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

Hi-fi amplifiers were unchanged for decades, their analogue connections favouring music played on CD players and turntables.

But with laptops, smartphones and streaming services gaining ground as music sources, the stereo amp has had to evolve, with built-in DACs (digital-to-analogue converters), USB connections and wireless streaming now becoming increasingly important.

We've rounded up all our current favourites across a wide range of prices, to ensure there's an option for everyone.

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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. We haven’t heard a more precise amplifier for the money.

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Audio Research GSi75

Reviewed on 10th February 2017 at
£14,500

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

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