1. 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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  2. Denon AVR-4520

    Denon AVR-4520

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

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    Available from £1099
  3. Onkyo TX-NR3009

    Onkyo TX-NR3009

    Comprehensive specification and seriously rewarding surround sound

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  4. Onkyo TX-NR1009

    Onkyo TX-NR1009

    A hugely exciting amp, with a powerful yet refined sound

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  5. Pioneer VSX-521

    Pioneer VSX-521

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

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  7. 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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  8. Arcam AVR-400

    Arcam AVR-400

    The AVR-400 is Arcam's entry-level home cinema amplifier, has a generous spec and a fast, musical sound

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  9. Denon AVR-3311

    Denon AVR-3311

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

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  10. Denon AVR-2311

    Denon AVR-2311

    Denon's AVR-2311 is prodigious value for money

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  11. NAD T754

    NAD T754

    Outputs for two subwoofers don't make up for an underwhelming specification at this price

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