1. Sony STR-DN1050

    Sony STR-DN1050

    Product of the Year, Awards 2014. 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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  2. Denon AVR-X2100W

    Denon AVR-X2100W

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

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    Available from £399.9
  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. 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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    Available from £599.99
  5. Yamaha RX-V377

    Yamaha RX-V377

    Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2014. Superb surround sound on a budget – a contender for a first home cinema system

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Pioneer SC-LX87

    Pioneer SC-LX87

    Pioneer strikes gold again. The SC-LX87 is a stunning AV amp with extraordinary in performance and features. You must listen to this.

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  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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  11. 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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