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Receivers & Amplifiers

Updated: 26-01-2020 00:17
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Yamaha RX-V577

The £500 AVR market is more competitive than the final stages of The Great British Bake-Off. These days, it's no good simply offering multichannel decoding and amplification with the odd DSP mode and a raft of HDMI sockets. No: you have to spread the...

8 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

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Pioneer SC-LX88

That apart, we can’t stop praising the SC-LX88. It strikes a mature balance between subtlety and power, and offers a wealth of features that blow away the competition. It has a captivating sound that will keep you entertained for hours.

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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TiVo Roamio OTA

TiVo's latest is the best over-the-air DVR ever made, but the $15 monthly service fee (combined with the lack of a Lifetime Service option) means you're trading a low upfront price for some high long-term costs.

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Yamaha RX-V379

A superb budget amp, Yamaha’s entry-level receiver is a great way to delve into home cinema

7 expert reviews | 181 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN1050

Product of the Year, Awards 2014. A seriously good amp that balances muscle and subtlety with stacks of features at a great price.

10 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN1040

Product of the Year, Awards 2013. Depth of detail, exciting and ample connectivity – this is a superstar in the making

16 expert reviews | 203 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR656

Purchased this as I wanted to move from 7.1 on my old Onkyo amp to atmos and dts-x, set up was easy on the whole and the difference in sound using atmos was unbelievable. Also had the bonus of wifi and Bluetooth so I could use my Spotify account on it....

3 expert reviews | 72 user reviews

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Cambridge Audio AZUR 851A

But if it’s room-filling sound with impressive clarity, weight and bags of power, then the Cambridge Audio Azur 851A should be on your list.

5 expert reviews | 61 user reviews

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Pioneer VSX-932

I bought this a week ago to replace an older vsx923 as i had recently upgraded to a samsung 4k tv and old system did not support 4k. I could not believe how much difference the vsx932made to the sound quality. Easy set up was running in less than an...

1 expert reviews | 74 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR626

As Apple's iPhone finally hits UK shores, Riyad gives you the full low down.

19 expert reviews | 1043 user reviews

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Pro-Ject Phono BOX USB

Another strong vinyl product from Pro-Ject - just not quite the master it needs to be for full marks

1 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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Nevertheless, the Vena is still an interesting proposition, not least because of the apparent shift by Quad to a more driven, potent sound. Whether this direction is taken with the company’s future products remains to be seen – but for now, Vena is a...

3 expert reviews

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Connected amp, started playing music - sounded excellent, deep bass, fantastic separation. Easily powers my 3 sets of speakers without breaking sweat. Haven't had the volume control over half yet.

18 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X2200W

Denon has thrown everything at this receiver and with fantastic results. It’s been quick to pick up where it fell down last year, and added in some excellent functionality that leaves no stone unturned in 2015. For £500, the Denon X2200W will deliver...

9 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

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Pioneer VSX-930

A great starting point for early Atmos adopters on a budget

8 expert reviews | 65 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN1060

The STR-DN1060 has plenty going for it, but that isn’t quite as straightforward as before. Those looking to futureproof their system with Atmos won’t find that here, and with the Denon AVR-X2200W showing that it is possible at the same price, things...

8 expert reviews | 152 user reviews

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Marantz SR5009

The Marantz SR5009 looks and feels more upscale than the competition's receivers, and follows through with stellar sound quality.

10 expert reviews | 45 user reviews

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Denon AVR-S920W

The Denon AVR-S920W is an excellent mid-priced Atmos-ready receiver, with plenty of home cinema muscle and excellent usability.

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Amazon Echo Link (2019)

It’s a swing and a miss for Amazon’s first ‘hi-fi’ music streaming amp

4 expert reviews

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NAD Master Series M17/M27

Highs: Exceptional performance across all media; stunning build; easy to set up and run; welcome upgrade potential Lows: No Dolby Atmos or HDMI 2.0 support at present; no Wi-Fi; no home networking; not exactly cheap

2 expert reviews

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Sennheiser HD VD 800

I'm so happy with the unit! Very well built and produces the great sound to my headphones! Excellent product! Fantastic unit!

4 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000

Highs: Herculean muscle; dazzling dynamics; deep calibration modes; comprehensive connectivity; outstanding design and build quality Lows: Head-scratchingly complex to optimise; no THX post-processing; fuzzy UI; only two HDMI outputs; can sound a touch...

7 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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NAD C390DD: Sound quality But how does it sound? Well, for a smidge over £2000, pretty good. It’s precise and detailed, offering good scale and plenty of sonic authority. By the highest standards, though, it’s not as expressive or rhythmically adept as...

13 expert reviews

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Audioquest Dragonfly DAC v1.2

The icing on the cake with this DAC, though, is that you’re getting all this outrageously good sound quality at such a tempting price. DragonFly has us buzzing all over again!

3 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

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Hegel H160

EUROPEAN AMPLIFIER 2015-2016 - Hegel H160: The very model of a modern integrated amplifier, Hegel's H160 offers a substantial 150W output from an innovative and flexible design that offers both analogue and digital inputs. These include coaxial and...

5 expert reviews | 10 user reviews