Best budget stereo amplifiers


Got a source, a pair of speakers and less than £400 to spend? You're in luck - these amps represent prodigious value for money.

Under £250

Onkyo A-9010

Breathtaking agility and a wicked sense of rhythm make this Award-winner the most entertaining amp at anything like this price.


Remote control | Phono stage | Headphone output

Reasons to Buy
Entertaining and energetic presentation
Fine rhythmic drive and well-developed dynamics
Articulate and expressive midrange
Reasons to Avoid
Nothing at this price

Under £300

Yamaha A-S501

Spacious, detailed and powerful sound from a beautifully built amp

Reasons to Buy
Excellent build and finish
Good features list
Spacious and detailed sound
Good power
Reasons to Avoid
Lacks the composure and excitement of the best

Under £350

Marantz PM6006 UK Edition

Lavishly specified at the money and possessed of poised, articulate sound.


6.3mm headphone jack | Coax and optical digital inputs | 5x analogue line-in terminals

Reasons to Buy
Full bodied, tonally balanced and easy on the ear
Focused and detailed
Times well and dynamically adept
Plenty of inputs
Reasons to Avoid
No Bluetooth or USB