1. 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

    93%
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    Available from £179.95
    Buy
  2. 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

    100%
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  3. Anthem MRX 700

    Anthem MRX 700

    A fantastic-sounding product and well worthy of a serious audition

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  4. Pioneer VSX-521

    Pioneer VSX-521

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

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  5. 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

    80%
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  7. Denon AVR-1911

    Denon AVR-1911

    Denon's accomplished AVR-1911 picks up where the award-winning AVR-1910 left off, but the competition is too fierce for that final star

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  8. Samsung HW-C700

    Samsung HW-C700

    This is one of the latest generation of AV receivers from Samsung, but despite its 1.4a ability, its sonic abilities are simply woeful

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  9. Harman-Kardon AVR 660

    Harman-Kardon AVR 660

    It's good looking and well specced, but the AVR 660 doesn't pose a big threat to its rivals

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  10. Onkyo TX-SR507

    Onkyo TX-SR507

    As entry-level machines go the TX-SR507 is inoffensive enough, but we've come to expect better from Onkyo

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  11. Marantz SR6004

    Marantz SR6004

    This Marantz looks the business and has a decent specification, but it's not quite dynamic enough to match up to the elite

    0%
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