1. Onkyo TX-NR838

    Onkyo TX-NR838

    A most commendable amplifier, but not quite an all-rounder.

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  2. Pioneer VSX-924

    Pioneer VSX-924

    A solid effort from Pioneer, but the excellent competition rob it of a fifth star

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  3. Onkyo TX-NR636

    Onkyo TX-NR636

    An impressively specified receiver, but its sound performance leaves us wanting

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  4. Denon AVR-X2100W

    Denon AVR-X2100W

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

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  5. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 £729
  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Onkyo TX-NR626

    Onkyo TX-NR626

    Good but not great – and that’s not quite enough at this hugely competitive price for AV receivers

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