Best Home cinema amplifiers 2014

Product of the year

£350-£700

Sony STR-DN1050

"Sony raises the bar once again: this is a seriously good midrange amp that balances muscle and subtlety with stacks of features at a good price."

Best buys

Up to £350

Yamaha RX-V377

"Superb surround sound on a budget – an absolute no-brainer if you're building your first home cinema system."

£700-£1500

Pioneer SC-LX58

"The reigning champion gets even better. Superbly detailed and dynamic sound combined with all the features you need make this a natural winner."