Pioneer strikes gold again. The SC-LX87 is a stunning AV amp with extraordinary in performance and features. You must listen to this.
A solid performance but lacks the subtlety to cut it as a complete all-rounder
There's no questioning its power, it's just that a little more precision is required at times
Best home cinema amplifier £1500+, Awards 2012. A multichannel powerhouse, the SC-LX86 sets a new benchmark at this pricepoint
The Onkyo is a beast, one many kit racks will struggle to house
Comprehensive specification and seriously rewarding surround sound
Best home cinema amplifier £1500+. An extraordinary feat, and a true all-rounder
If you want a powerful but refined multichannel receiver to go with Pioneer's new BDP-LX71A Blu-ray player, the SC-LX81 is a superb choice
An amp you've just got to listen to – it makes movies viscerally thrilling or intimate as needed.
Can a surround amplifier, even one as good as this, really be worth £5000? We certainly think so.