A strong contender, but its weaknesses are highlighted by its rivals.
Sony’s first amp of 2014 is an impressive and well-featured all-rounder at a great price
Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2014. Superb surround sound on a budget – a contender for a first home cinema system
It has its strengths, but this pairing has too many flaws to compete with the best
A great amp with some notable musical skills, but it loses a star compared with its better-performing, better-specified rivals
Pioneer strikes gold again. The SC-LX87 is a stunning AV amp with extraordinary in performance and features. You must listen to this.
Pioneer’s budget amp is an impressive balance of sound and features
A talented, well-equipped amp – just make sure it’s a sonic match for the rest of your system
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
Subtler rivals might outclass it, but this lovely-looking receiver delivers a powerhouse performance with music and movies