1. Sony STR-DN1050

    Sony STR-DN1050

    A seriously good amp that balances muscle and subtlety with stacks of features at a great price. Sony raises the bar once again

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    Available from £479
  2. Denon AVR-X2100W

    Denon AVR-X2100W

    A strong contender, but its weaknesses are highlighted by its rivals.

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    Available from £499
  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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    Available from £249
  4. Sony STR-DN850

    Sony STR-DN850

    Sony’s first amp of 2014 is an impressive and well-featured all-rounder at a great price

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  5. Arcam FMJ AVR450

    Arcam FMJ AVR450

    A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals

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    Available from £2200
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  7. Arcam AVR750

    Arcam AVR750

    One of the few multichannel amplifiers we’ve heard that does a great job with both movies and music, particularly the surround variety

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    Available from £3999
  8. 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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  9. Denon AVR-X4000

    Denon AVR-X4000

    A decent amplifier for the price, but needs more subtlety, power and dynamics to truly compete with class leaders

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    Available from £599
  10. 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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    Available from £169
  11. Pioneer VSX-923

    Pioneer VSX-923

    The VSX-923 might need a more oomph and detail, but its composure is admirable at this price

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    Available from £249.9

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