1. Sony HT-XT1

    Sony HT-XT1

    The Sony packs a punch and offers a lot but it is still bested by some rivals

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    Available from £269
  2. Tannoy BaseStation One

    Tannoy BaseStation One

    It’s not a class leader, but its big, hearty sound is alluring and easy to live with

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  3. Canton DM 50

    Canton DM 50

    Hugely thrilling sound and a beautiful design. Still our favourite soundbase.

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  4. Q Acoustics Media 4

    Q Acoustics Media 4

    Q Acoustics has taken its stereo speaker expertise and put it to great use

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  5. 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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    Available from £399.95
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  7. Yamaha RX-V377

    Yamaha RX-V377

    Superb surround sound on a budget – a contender for a first home cinema system

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    Available from £239
  8. Pioneer SBX-N700

    Pioneer SBX-N700

    Talented first entry from Pioneer that impresses with more than just its sound

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    Available from £229.9
  9. Panasonic SC-HTB480

    Panasonic SC-HTB480

    Boosts volume and bass, but not much else. Not a significant improvement on a decent-sounding TV

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    Available from £259
  10. Toshiba SBX4250

    Toshiba SBX4250

    Average sound, average looks and good connections. The same money can buy better

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  11. Philips HTL5120

    Philips HTL5120

    If you’re willing to spend £250 to boost your TV sound, look no further

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