1. Pioneer SC-LX88

    Pioneer SC-LX88

    A staggeringly powerful and entertaining amp that’s unrivalled at this price

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  2. Harman-Kardon AVR 370

    Harman-Kardon AVR 370

    This Harman Kardon amp is eager to please with its beefy sound, but rivals do it better

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  3. Harman-Kardon AVR-171

    Harman-Kardon AVR-171

    Subtler rivals might outclass it, but this lovely-looking receiver delivers a powerhouse performance with music and movies

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  4. Denon AVR-4520

    Denon AVR-4520

    An enjoyable, easy-going sound, pipped only in terms of absolute excitement

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    Available from £1351.2
  5. Pioneer SC-LX56

    Pioneer SC-LX56

    Best home cinema amplifier £700-£1500, Awards 2012. Excitement, top tech and amazing sound

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  7. Onkyo TX-NR3009

    Onkyo TX-NR3009

    Comprehensive specification and seriously rewarding surround sound

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  8. Onkyo TX-NR1009

    Onkyo TX-NR1009

    A hugely exciting amp, with a powerful yet refined sound

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  9. Pioneer VSX-521

    Pioneer VSX-521

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

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  10. Sony STR-DH820

    Sony STR-DH820

    Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2011. If you're taking your first step towards a home cinema setup, this Sony is a fantastic start

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  11. Denon AVR-3311

    Denon AVR-3311

    A hugely sophisticated piece of kit, but its sound lacks a little drama

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