1. Lavardin C62

    Lavardin C62

    The Lavardin C62 preamp paired with the Lavardin AP150 has the ability to combine the subtle with the sledgehammer

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  2. Yamaha A-S500

    Yamaha A-S500

    Best stereo amplifier up to £500, Awards 2010. Yamaha has produced a new class leader, with a stunningly capable product

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  3. Quad Elite Pre

    Quad Elite Pre

    Pairing the Quad Elite Pre with the Elite Stereo produces well-balanced sound but just lacks an edge

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  4. Quad Elite Stereo

    Quad Elite Stereo

    The Quad Elite pre/power amplifier doesn't blow us away, but it's still worth consideration

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  5. NAD C356BEE

    NAD C356BEE

    If you like your listening full-throttle, then this NAD amplifier is for you, but those who take things easier may find the C356BEE a touch taxing

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  7. Roksan Caspian M2

    Roksan Caspian M2

    Best stereo amp £1500+, Awards 2013. It's had a re-design, but Roksan's Caspian M2 is still a formidable amplifier, and we like this latest version

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  8. Classe CA-2200

    Classe CA-2200

    The Classé CA-2200 power amplifier, with the help of the Classé CA-5200, can output a prodigious 2590 watts into our speaker reference system

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  9. Stello A1500

    Stello A1500

    Although this South Korean company isn't as well known as it could be, it's proving more than able, with top notch products like the Ai500

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  10. 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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  11. 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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