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Marantz PM6006 £279

De­cem­ber 2016 Another fine am­pli­fier from Marantz. It’s a clear im­prove­ment over the PM6005, our only dis­ap­point­ment is the scarcity of dig­i­tal sources. Power 45W In­puts 5 line-in, MM Out­puts head­phone

Onkyo A-9010 £200

Best stereo am­pli­fier un­der £300, Awards 2017 Our favourite bud­get am­pli­fier, this is ar­guably the most en­ter­tain­ing af­ford­able amp around. It is ag­ile and has a wicked sense of rhythm. Power 44W In­puts 5 line-in, MM Out­puts speaker, head­phone

Cam­bridge Au­dio CXA60 £580

Awards 2016 This is a lively per­former with ex­pres­sive dy­nam­ics and a sure­footed sense of rhythm. The build qual­ity is im­pres­sive too. Power 60W In­puts 4 line-in Out­puts Preamp, 2 x speaker, head­phone

Rega Brio £600

Best stereo am­pli­fier £300-£700, Awards 2017 An up­grade on the Brio-r, this in­cred­i­bly tal­ented stereo am­pli­fier of­fers a sound that’s sub­tle, pre­cise and en­gag­ing. Power 50W In­puts 4 line-in Out­puts 6.3mm, head­phone, record

Rega Elex-r £900

Best stereo am­pli­fier £700-£1500, Awards 2017 Ar­guably the best-value amp Rega makes, with in­sight and a pre­cise han­dling of rhythms that’s hard to bet­ter even at dou­ble the price. Power 72W In­puts 4 line-in, MM Out­puts Speaker, preamp

Rok­san K3£1250

Feb­ru­ary 2015 This lively ef­fort from Rok­san de­liv­ers a sound that’s big, ex­pres­sive and ag­ile. It even per­forms ca­pa­bly on a Blue­tooth con­nec­tion. Power 150W In­puts 5 line, MM, B’tooth Out­puts Spkr, preamp, h’phone

Naim Nait 5si £1029

Jan­uary 2015 Naim’s starter amp is an ex­cep­tion­ally pol­ished per­former which com­bines drama with the in­sight and sub­tlety to match the very best. Power 60W In­puts 3 line-in Out­puts speaker, head­phone

Moon 240i £1990

Best stereo am­pli­fier £1500-£2500, Awards 2017 A gor­geous piece of kit that puts in a stun­ningly re­veal­ing and dy­namic per­for­mance. The Moon 240i is in a class of its own. Power 50W In­puts 2 RCA, MM, 2 Opt, 2 Coax Out­puts RCA, 3.5mm

Rok­san Caspian M2 £1900

Oc­to­ber 2013 A supremely rounded prod­uct with solid build, classy aes­thet­ics and a bril­liant all-round sound that works well with all types of mu­sic. Power 85W In­puts 5 line-in Out­puts Speaker, preamp

Lavardin ISX Ref­er­ence £3890

Novem­ber 2017 The most in­for­ma­tive, en­ter­tain­ing and mu­si­cal in­te­grated am­pli­fier we’ve heard in years; it’ll keep you lis­ten­ing for hours on end. Power 50W In­puts 4 line

Naim Su­per­nait 2 £3100

De­cem­ber 2013 A ter­rific in­te­grated am­pli­fier. It’s punchy, with a low-fre­quency per­for­mance that brims with author­ity. Dy­nam­ics are strong too. Power 80W In­puts Line x 5 Out­puts Speaker, head­phone, preamp

Rok­san Blak £2800

Best stereo am­pli­fier £2500+, Awards 2017 A well equipped all-rounder with a pow­er­ful and en­er­getic sound. It’s happy to work with a wide range of sys­tems and mu­si­cal gen­res too. Power 150W In­puts Bal­anced XLR, RCA x 3, USB, MM, aptx B’tooth

Au­dio Re­search GSI75 £14,500

April 2017 This can stand toe-to-toe with the finest pre/power com­bos at this price; it’s a well equipped one-box so­lu­tion for high-end purists. Power 75W In­puts Line x 3, MM, MC, USB Out­puts Speaker, h’phone

Leema Tu­cana II An­niver­sary Edi­tion £4995

March 2017 It looks no dif­fer­ent to its 2010 in­car­na­tion, but this re­mains a top-class amp that works across a wide range of sys­tems and mu­sic. Power 150W In­puts Line x 7 Out­puts Speaker, preamp

Ga­mut D3i £6150

Jan­uary 2015 This Ga­mut D3i is a bril­liant per­former with ex­cel­lent de­tail and su­perb trans­parency. It isn’t packed with in­puts, but will cope with most set-ups. In­puts Line x 3 Out­put Bal­anced, sin­gle-ended DAC No

Burmester 808 MK5 £22,242

Feb­ru­ary 2013 Burmester’s master­piece may be decades old but a string of up­grades have kept it rel­e­vant. Sound qual­ity re­mains ex­cep­tional. In­puts Line, MM, MC (opt) Out­puts Bal­anced, sin­gle-ended DAC No

Burmester 956 Mk2 £8440

Jan­uary 2017 Paired with the 099 preamp, this im­pec­ca­bly built power amp of­fers a smooth, en­gag­ing and full-bod­ied sound that needs to be heard. Power out­put 115W Mono/stereo Stereo In­puts XLR

Ga­mut D200i £8500

Jan­uary 2015 The D200i com­bines trans­parency, mus­cle and agility bet­ter than any al­ter­na­tive we’ve heard. Build and fin­ish are ex­cel­lent. Power out­put 220W Mono/stereo Stereo In­puts Phono, XLR

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