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. Arcam FMJ AVR450

    Arcam FMJ AVR450

    A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals

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    Available from £2200
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  7. 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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    Available from £799.99
  8. Yamaha RX-A1030

    Yamaha RX-A1030

    An enjoyable amplifier that delivers big-time on power and muscle

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    Available from £649
  9. Yamaha RX-A3030

    Yamaha RX-A3030

    Best home cinema amplifier £1500+, Awards 2013. If you want big and powerful dynamics, then this high-end AV receiver will fill up your home cinema

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    Available from £1399
  10. 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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  11. 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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    Available from £299

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