A stereo amplifier is engine of any hi-fi system, and whether you want a stripped-out design or one with all the bells and whistles, here's our current list of the best examples on the market...

Hi-fi amplifiers were unchanged for decades, their analogue connections favouring traditional sources such as CD players and turntables.

But with laptops, smartphones and streaming services gaining traction as music sources, the stereo amp has had to evolve. Built-in DACs (digital-to-analogue converters), USB connections and wireless streaming are now standard issue on many amplifiers.

We've rounded up seven of our current favourites across a wide range of prices - we think there's an option for everyone.

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Cambridge Audio CXA60

Reviewed on 21st December 2016 at
£500

This 2015 What Hi-Fi? Product of the Year is a lively performer and still one of our favourites. Dynamics are expressive and rhythms surefooted. Build quality is impressive too.

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Under £2000
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Rega Elicit-R

Reviewed on 18th February 2015 at
£1,600

Rega’s top integrated builds on the qualities of its smaller brother, the Elex-R. It's a case of more of the same, but at an even higher level.

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Audio Research GSi75

Reviewed on 10th February 2017 at
£14,500

Be prepared to fall in love with this stunning one-box solution. It isn't cheap, but this level of premium sound quality never is.

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