1. Pioneer SC-LX88

    Pioneer SC-LX88

    A staggeringly powerful and entertaining amp that’s unrivalled at this price

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    Available from £1999
  2. 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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  3. Denon AVR-X2000

    Denon AVR-X2000

    The AVR-X2000 brings Denon back to the AV receiver top table in this ultra-competitive price category

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  4. Pioneer VSX-528

    Pioneer VSX-528

    Pioneer’s budget amp is an impressive balance of sound and features

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  5. Sony STR-DN840

    Sony STR-DN840

    A talented, well-equipped amp – just make sure it’s a sonic match for the rest of your system

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  7. Harman-Kardon AVR 370

    Harman-Kardon AVR 370

    This Harman Kardon amp is eager to please with its beefy sound, but rivals do it better

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  8. Pioneer SC-LX57

    Pioneer SC-LX57

    Best home cinema amplifier £700-£1500, Awards 2013. Stunning levels of subtlety make this a truly impressive AV receiver. We can’t get enough of it

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  9. 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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  10. Denon AVR-4520

    Denon AVR-4520

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

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  11. Onkyo TX-NR3010

    Onkyo TX-NR3010

    A solid performance but lacks the subtlety to cut it as a complete all-rounder

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