1. Pioneer VSX-528

    Pioneer VSX-528

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

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  2. Yamaha RX-V375

    Yamaha RX-V375

    Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2013. Energetic and punchy surround sound performance that will thrill and engage

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  3. Pioneer VSK-527-K

    Pioneer VSK-527-K

    Inexpensive surround amp has AirPlay and Bluetooth, but lacks punch

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  4. Pioneer VSX-521

    Pioneer VSX-521

    An agreeable entry-level amp which just lacks the spark of class-leading kit

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  5. Cambridge Audio Azur 340R

    Cambridge Audio Azur 340R

    This is a fine, musical, simple 5.1 AV receiver, with a smart design, but it lacks power and bottom-end grunt

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  7. Onkyo TX-NR509 A/V Receiver
    Available from £349.89
  8. Marantz NR1403 A/V Receiver
    Available from £349.9