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Amplifiers & Receivers

Marantz PM5005

Marantz PM5005

From £199
  • Output power per channel: 40Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2
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Teac AR-650

Teac AR-650

From £218
  • Output power per channel: 180Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Marantz PM7005

Marantz PM7005

From £681
  • Output power per channel: 60Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2
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Pioneer VSX LX303

Pioneer VSX LX303

From £649
  • Output power per channel: 170Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 9 channels
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Denon PMA-520

Denon PMA-520

From £89
  • Output power per channel: 70Watts
  • Remote control: Without remote control
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Onkyo TX SR373

Onkyo TX SR373

From £239
  • Output power per channel: 135Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 5.1 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Bose SA-5

Bose SA-5

From £449
  • Output power per channel: 100Watts
  • Signal/noise ratio: 85dB
  • Colour: Black
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Denon PMA30SPE2

Denon PMA30SPE2

From £249
  • Output power per channel: 40Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dynavox TPR-3

Dynavox TPR-3

From £191
  • Signal/noise ratio: 70dB
  • Colour: Black
  • Remote control: Without remote control
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Monacor PA-900

Monacor PA-900

From £192
  • Output power per channel: 160Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Behringer AT108

Behringer AT108

From £95
  • Output power per channel: 15Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Omnitronic MPVZ 250.6

Omnitronic MPVZ 250.6

From £479
  • Output power per channel: 500Watts
  • Remote control: Without remote control
  • Type: Power Amplifier
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LD Systems LDSP46

LD Systems LDSP46

From £1,778
  • Output power per channel: 1140Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 2Ohms
  • Number of channels: 4
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JB Systems AVM 2

JB Systems AVM 2

From £286
  • Output power per channel: 850Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 88dB
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Harman/Kardon AVR 161 S

Harman/Kardon AVR 161 S

From £414
  • Output power per channel: 85Watts
  • Number of channels: 5.1 channels
  • Signal/noise ratio: 100dB
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Yamaha A-S201

Yamaha A-S201

From £159
  • Output power per channel: 140Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 100dB
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IMG Stage Line Stage line STA-2200

IMG Stage Line Stage line STA-2200

From £469
  • Output power per channel: 1100Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Sony STR DN1080

Sony STR DN1080

From £429
  • Output power per channel: 165Watts
  • Number of channels: 7 channels
  • Colour: Black
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Onkyo TXNR686

Onkyo TXNR686

From £576
  • Output power per channel: 120Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 7
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Auna AV2-CD508

Auna AV2-CD508

From £86
  • Output power per channel: 600Watts
  • Colour: Black
  • Remote control: With remote control
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Fonestar MA-25T

Fonestar MA-25T

From £161
  • Output power per channel: 30Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 16Ohms
  • Colour: Black
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Behringer iNUKE NU1000

Behringer iNUKE NU1000

From £152
  • Output power per channel: 500Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 2Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 100dB
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Monacor PA-1200

Monacor PA-1200

From £89
  • Type: Amplifier
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Pioneer VSX 933

Pioneer VSX 933

From £349
  • Output power per channel: 135Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 7
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Onkyo TXL 50

Onkyo TXL 50

From £399
  • Output power per channel: 80Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 6 channels
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Yamaha RX N602

Yamaha RX N602

From £500
  • Output power per channel: 115Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Ela PA-1120

Ela PA-1120

From £652
  • Type: Amplifier
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Denon DRA-1000

Denon DRA-1000

From £726
  • Output power per channel: 90Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Yamaha A S 301

Yamaha A S 301

From £295
  • Output power per channel: 60Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2
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Stageline STA 1504

Stageline STA 1504

From £344
  • Output power per channel: 160Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 4 channels
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Fame A 400 II

Fame A 400 II

From £133
  • Output power per channel: 200Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Madison MAD TA10BT

Madison MAD TA10BT

From £149
  • Output power per channel: 25Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Monacor STA 850 D

Monacor STA 850 D

From £288
  • Output power per channel: 50Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 8 channels
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Dynavox TPR-43

Dynavox TPR-43

From £203
  • Impedance at output power: 7Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 60dB
  • Colour: Black
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Onkyo TXL 20 D

Onkyo TXL 20 D

From £366
  • Output power per channel: 85Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Denon AVR X2500H

Denon AVR X2500H

From £369
  • Output power per channel: 95Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 7.2 channels
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Onkyo TX8270

Onkyo TX8270

From £529
  • Output power per channel: 160Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2
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Marantz PM 6006

Marantz PM 6006

From £505
  • Output power per channel: 60Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Pioneer A 50 DA K

Pioneer A 50 DA K

From £629
  • Output power per channel: 180Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 80dB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony STR DH590

Sony STR DH590

From £321
  • Output power per channel: 145Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 16Ohms
  • Number of channels: 5
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Yamaha RX V 481

Yamaha RX V 481

From £229
  • Output power per channel: 145Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 5 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Adastra CA30

Adastra CA30

From £82
  • Output power per channel: 30Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 73dB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Onkyo TX NR575E

Onkyo TX NR575E

From £349
  • Output power per channel: 135Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 7.2 channels
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Monacor PA-802

Monacor PA-802

From £96
  • Output power per channel: 100Watts
  • Number of channels: 4 channels
  • Type: Amplifier
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Monacor PA 6480

Monacor PA 6480

From £397
  • Output power per channel: 480Watts
  • Number of channels: 6 channels
  • Signal/noise ratio: 70dB
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Yamaha RX S 601D

Yamaha RX S 601D

From £369
  • Output power per channel: 95Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 6Ohms
  • Number of channels: 5 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Onkyo TX RZ 1100

Onkyo TX RZ 1100

From £1,999
  • Output power per channel: 200Watts
  • Number of channels: 9.2 channels
  • Colour: Silver
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Briko AP-32H

Briko AP-32H

From £247
  • Type: Amplifier
1 Offer from 1 shop >
IMG Stage Line STA-450

IMG Stage Line STA-450

From £154
  • Output power per channel: 50Watts
  • Remote control: Without remote control
  • Type: Power Amplifier
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IMG Stage Line STA-1508

IMG Stage Line STA-1508

From £479
  • Number of channels: 8 channels
  • Type: Amplifier
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Dynavox VR-70E

Dynavox VR-70E

From £509
  • Output power per channel: 40Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Marantz MCR 611

Marantz MCR 611

From £393
  • Signal/noise ratio: 90dB
  • Colour: Black, White
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Monacor PA-4240

Monacor PA-4240

From £647
  • Output power per channel: 960Watts
  • Type: Amplifier
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Monacor PA-2240

Monacor PA-2240

From £773
  • Type: Amplifier
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Monacor PA-1240

Monacor PA-1240

From £589
  • Type: Amplifier
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Onkyo TXRZ730

Onkyo TXRZ730

From £899
  • Output power per channel: 1125Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 8Ohms
  • Signal/noise ratio: 80dB
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Onkyo A 9150 B

Onkyo A 9150 B

From £499
  • Output power per channel: 60Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 2 channels
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Onkyo A9010

Onkyo A9010

From £229
  • Colour: Black
  • Remote control: With remote control
  • Type: Amplifier
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Pioneer VSX S 520

Pioneer VSX S 520

From £400
  • Output power per channel: 80Watts
  • Impedance at output power: 4Ohms
  • Number of channels: 6 channels
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Amplifiers

AV or Stereo

Yamaha amplifierThe first choice to make when buying an amplifier is whether you want an AV or stereo amp. A stereo amplifier is the simplest way to improve your speakers' sound quality at the lowest cost. It has a 2-channel stereo audio output signal sending the amplified sound down the two channels – left and right. If you want an amplifier that can amplify across more than two channels for surround sound then you should look at an AV amplifier.

The multi-channel AV amp can handle audio and video input. The difference between the two isn't the sound quality they offer. A stereo amplifier is solely designed for amplifying music which means you get a much better sound quality for a with stereo amp than a similar priced AV amp. You can really enjoy improved sound quality with a stereo amplifier and TV and DVD audio is transmitted in stereo. Although if you have a sub-woofer, most stereo amplifiers don't have an output to accommodate it, so you will have to look into getting a multi-channel AV amp. If you have a home cinema system, then this is the amp for you as it can power your system providing surround sound.

Whether the devices in your cinema system output stereo, analog or HDMI, the AV amplifier can connect them all. AV amps can play from 2.1 to 5.1 surround sound, but some higher end models can handle 7.1 or 7.2 surround sound that can accommodate more speakers and subwoofers.

More choices

Vision stereo amplifierThere is a huge spectrum of choices to make when deciding which amplifier best suits you. In terms of sound quality, there are two types of amps: integrated and pre/power amp. The pre/power amp normally produces the best sound performance by keeping each element of the amp separate but the extra hardware means extra price.

The next important choice to make is to find out which amplifier technology best suits the sound you are looking for. The two technologies – transistors and valve – both possess different qualities. If you are looking for an amplifier to solely to crank up your volume, then the technical advantages of a transistor amp will best suit. But, if you're after a richer sound, then a valve amp provides a better sound quality than the transistor.

Amplifiers also come with a different number of inputs and outputs. An amp with a greater number of output ports will allow you to connect extra speakers and sub-woofers without trouble. Also, if you are looking to connect up Blu-ray player, game console and satellite TV, you will have to make sure that the amp has adequate inputs.

The cheapest amplifiers start at around £100 and there is an extensive range of stereo amplifiers starting at this price. The lower end AV amplifiers start at a few quid more and can catapult well over £1,000 for the highest specification models. AV amplifiers with the same sound quality capabilities of a stereo amplifier cost around three to four times more.

Power

When choosing an amp, the amplifier output power is an important factor that you need to consider when deciding how much power you require. It's also worth considering that a higher watts rating doesn't necessarily mean a better sound quality. Which power level you need is dependent on the speakers you already have. If you can match up the power needs of your speakers with the output power of the amplifier, then you will get the best results. If you have a speaker with a lower sensitivity of 88dB to 93dB, then you need to be looking for an amp with more power. If the sensitivity efficiency is over 93dB, the speaker will require less amp power to play just as loud. So if you have a high sensitivity speaker, a 20 watt amp could do the job whereas it would take a significantly bigger amp to drive a lower sensitivity speaker.

If you don't buy an amplifier that doesn't exactly fit your speakers, it isn't a big deal. But in this scenario, it is better to get a bigger wattage per channel. If the speakers are a good size for your room, you will not need to use the full volume of the amplifier compared to not having enough wattage with the highest volume level not being loud enough. The most important thing is that you have enough power to fill the room and even the length of your room and height of you ceiling is worth taking into consideration.

Receivers

Onkyo receiverReceivers are another component of any hi-fi system or home cinema package. They sometimes contain an AM/FM, DAB or satellite radio in them. Most importantly, they are the hub for all of your stereo and AV inputs: TV, DVD or Blu-ray player, turntable, CD player or even a cassette player if you still have one. The receiver allows you to choose which device you're going to route a signal to. There is a difference between a simplified stereo receiver and one for audio-visual use: the addition of a video signal relay. It's simple, really. Are you looking for create a stereo system for music only or are you looking to kit out your home cinema with lots of goodies and components?

Extra specifications

Once you have deliberated on the key decisions of which amp is best for you then you can start to consider which model offers the sound quality you want. The transparency of sound is the most noticeable, single difference in sound quality between amplifiers. Amps that tend to focus on and accentuate detail will sacrifice this for the consistency of the overall sound and which is best is down to your personal preference.

Amplifiers that have strong stereo imagining will be able to provide a full, spacey sound that fills the room. Amps that are dynamically strong have more oomph and amps with good timing provide a sharp sound quality.

An AV amplifier can drastically tidy up the back of your home cinema system by reducing the amount of cables needed to connect everything. If this is something that you are interested in then look into the upconvert and upscale ability of the amp. If the amp can convert the inputted signals and has the ability to convert low resolution content into higher resolution then this will negate the need for so many cables.

AV amplifiers often include on screen displays as well which are handy for viewing set up information and amp statuses like volume can be displayed.