1. Anthem MRX 510

    Anthem MRX 510

    If you put sound performance ahead of features, this Anthem is a terrific choice. Rarely have we heard a multi-channel amplifier sound so accomplished with music

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  2. Nakamichi AV1/AVP1

    Nakamichi AV1/AVP1

    It has its strengths, but this pairing has too many flaws to compete with the best

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  3. Harman-Kardon AVR-171

    Harman-Kardon AVR-171

    Subtler rivals might outclass it, but this lovely-looking receiver delivers a powerhouse performance with music and movies

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  4. Sony STR-DN1040

    Sony STR-DN1040

    Product of the Year, Awards 2013. Depth of detail, exciting and ample connectivity – this is a superstar in the making

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    Available from £499.99
  5. Denon AVR-4520

    Denon AVR-4520

    An enjoyable, easy-going sound, pipped only in terms of absolute excitement

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    Available from £1199.9
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  7. NAD T787

    NAD T787

    Pricey NAD is a bit behind the curve

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  8. Yamaha RX-A3020

    Yamaha RX-A3020

    A powerhouse of a surround amp and a shot across the bows of the class leaders

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    Available from £994.2
  9. Pioneer VSK-527-K

    Pioneer VSK-527-K

    Inexpensive surround amp has AirPlay and Bluetooth, but lacks punch

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  10. Pioneer SC-LX56

    Pioneer SC-LX56

    Best home cinema amplifier £700-£1500, Awards 2012. Excitement, top tech and amazing sound

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  11. Yamaha RX-V373

    Yamaha RX-V373

    Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2012. A fantastic first step into the realm of 5.1 sound

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    Available from £170

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