1. Denon AVR-X2100W

    Denon AVR-X2100W

    A strong contender, but its weaknesses are highlighted by its rivals.

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  2. Sony STR-DN850

    Sony STR-DN850

    Sony’s first amp of 2014 is an impressive and well-featured all-rounder at a great price

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  3. 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

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  4. Nakamichi AV1/AVP1

    Nakamichi AV1/AVP1

    It has its strengths, but this pairing has too many flaws to compete with the best

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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 £2199
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  7. Pioneer SC-LX87

    Pioneer SC-LX87

    Pioneer strikes gold again. The SC-LX87 is a stunning AV amp with extraordinary in performance and features. You must listen to this.

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    Available from £1589
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  8. Pioneer VSX-528

    Pioneer VSX-528

    Pioneer’s budget amp is an impressive balance of sound and features

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    Available from £199
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  9. Sony STR-DN840

    Sony STR-DN840

    A talented, well-equipped amp – just make sure it’s a sonic match for the rest of your system

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    Available from £199.95
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  10. Pioneer SC-LX57

    Pioneer SC-LX57

    Best home cinema amplifier £700-£1500, Awards 2013. Stunning levels of subtlety make this a truly impressive AV receiver. We can’t get enough of it

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    Available from £889
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  11. 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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