1. Audio Research Reference 5

    Audio Research Reference 5

    It's not going to win an award with its looks, but in terms of sonic quality, this preamp is the best we've ever heard

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  2. NAD C275BEE

    NAD C275BEE

    If you're looking for a powerful but subtle amplifier, then the NAD C275BEE power amp, paired with the matching C165BEE preamp does the trick

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  3. NAD C165BEE

    NAD C165BEE

    This NAD preamp is best paired with the C275BEE power amp to create an amplifier that's got sonic muscle and subtlety to boot

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  4. TEAC A-R650

    TEAC A-R650

    This retro-styled amp from TEAC might look the business, but we found it wanting against its competition in this class

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    Available from £184.99
  5. Cambridge Audio Azur 550A

    Cambridge Audio Azur 550A

    The Azur 550A is another fine budget amplifier from Cambridge Audio, although in this market the competition's more than fierce

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  7. Chord Electronics Cyan Click HP

    Chord Electronics Cyan Click HP

    It's small and stylish, and incredibly well built too - in short we think this Chord Cyan Click HP is a bit of a top-end hi-fi gem

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  8. Denon PMA-710

    Denon PMA-710

    Quite simply the most enjoyable Denon amplifier we've heard in ages - the PMA-710 is a solidly accomplished performer

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  9. NAD C316BEE

    NAD C316BEE

    This NAD integrated amplifier is a great listen for the money, but it's just outclassed by some of its very close rivals

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    Available from £270.64
  10. Synthesis Shine

    Synthesis Shine

    An idiosyncratic valve-based design, the Synthesis Shine will hopefully put this little known brand on the radar of UK hi-fi customers

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  11. Creek Evolution 5350

    Creek Evolution 5350

    This Creek is a nicely built and likeable amp; it just lacks the dynamic reach of the very best

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