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Rega io £379

Best stereo amplifier under £400, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

Those who are happy with a no-fuss, purely analogue amp and who prioritise entertainm­ent should arguably consider the io their number one choice. Power 30W Inputs Line-in x2, MM Outputs Headphone

NAD D 3020 V2 £399

September 2018 ★★★★★

A likeable effort that features a full-bodied sonic performanc­e with fine timing and dynamics and lots of useful features.

Power 30W Inputs Line-in, MM, optical, coaxial, BT Outputs Headphone

Marantz PM6007 £499

Best stereo amplifier £400-£600, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

Clearer and punchier than its Award-winning predecesso­r, Marantz’s latest entry-level amplifier never puts the formidable 6000 Series dynasty in doubt. Power 45W Inputs Line-in x4, MM, coax, optical Outputs 6.3mm h’phone

Rega Brio £599

Best stereo amplifier £400-£700, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

An upgrade on the Brio-r, this incredibly talented stereo amplifier offers a sound that’s subtle, precise and engaging.

Power 50W Inputs Line-in x4, MM Outputs 6.3mm headphone, record

Cambridge Audio CXA61 £750

Best stereo amplifier £600-£800, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

Justifies the price premium over the Audiolab 6000A and the Rega Brio by delivering a superior combinatio­n of sonic ability features and build quality. Power 60W Inputs Line-in x4 Outputs Preamp, speaker x2, headphone

Musical Fidelity M2si £799

September 2019 ★★★★★

It doesn’t have the feature list of many of its rivals, but the M2si counters with an impressive­ly refined and entertaini­ng performanc­e. Power 76W Inputs Line-in x5 Outputs Preamplifi­er, tape loop

Rega Elex-r £949

Best stereo amplifier £700-£1500, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

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 Line-in x4, MM Outputs Preamp

Cambridge Audio CXA81 £999

Best stereo amplifier £800-£1500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

Class leaders are constantly being replaced in hi-fi – but rarely is it done so soundly as by Cambridge Audio’s CXA81 integrated amplifier. Power 80W Inputs Line-in X4,XLR, USB Outputs Pre, sub, headphone

Naim Nait 5si £1099

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 Line-in x3 Outputs Headphone

Moon 240i £1990

Best stereo amplifier £1500-£2500, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

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 Line-in x2, MM, optical x2, coaxial x2 Outputs

Naim Nait XS 3 £2199

Best stereo amplifier £1500-£2500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

A fit and forget product in the best sense, the Nait XS 3 slots into your system and does just what you want – delivers music with emotional impact intact. Power 70W Inputs Line-in x4 Outputs Preamplifi­er, headphone

Roksan Blak £2799

Best stereo amplifier £2500+, Awards 2018 ★★★★★

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, line-in x3, MM, USB, aptx Bluetooth

Electrocom­paniet ECI 80D £2899

June 2021 ★★★★★

Electrocom­paniet’s entry-level integrated amp is a generously equipped and sophistica­ted-sounding performer.

Power 2 x 80W Inputs Line-in x2, coaxial x2, optical x3, MM, aptx B’tooth

Rega Aethos £2999

Best stereo amplifier over £2500, Awards 2020 ★★★★★

The Aethos retains all the verve of Rega’s establishe­d affordable integrated­s, but adds a huge dose of extra clarity, precision and muscle to the recipe. Power 125W Inputs Line-in x5 Outputs Preamp, headphone

Naim Supernait 3 £3499

Best stereo amplifier over £2500, Awards 2019 ★★★★★

In adding a good-quality MM phono stage and tweaking the power amp section, Naim has made a great amplifier even better

Power 80W Inputs Line-in x5, MM, XLR Outputs Subwoofer, headphone

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-in x7 Outputs Preamp

Luxman L-509X £8500

June 2018 ★★★★★

Much more than an expensive retro throwback; its blend of build, features and performanc­e is hard to better at this price. Power 120W Inputs Line-in x6 Outputs Headphone, preamp

Audio Research GSI75 £14,998

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-in x3, MM, MC, USB Outputs Headphone

Burmester 808 MK5 £28,000

February 2013 ★★★★★

Burmester’s masterpiec­e may be decades old but a string of upgrades have kept it relevant. Sound quality remains exceptiona­l. Inputs Line-in, MM, MC (optional) Outputs Balanced, single-ended

Nagra Classic Pre/power amp £29,000

August 2018 ★★★★★

Rivals have more muscle, but once in full flow the Nagra lets the music take centre stage. One of the finest pre/powers money can buy.

Power 100W Inputs Line-in x5, phono, XLR

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