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Stereo amps up to £500

Rega io £379

Best stereo amplifier under £400, Awards 2021 ★★★★★

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 under £500, Awards 2023 ★★★★★

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

£500 to £1000

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

Arcam A5 £749

Best stereo amplifier £500-£1000, Awards 2023 ★★★★★

It has been years since we’ve heard such a convincing stereo amp from Arcam. Thinking of buying at this level? This one has to go at the top of your shortlist..

Power 50W Inputs Line-in, coax, optical, MM, BT Outputs Pre-out, h’phone

Cambridge Audio CXA61 £750

Best stereo amplifier £500-£800, Awards 2022 ★★★★★

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

Cambridge Audio CXA81 £999

Best stereo amplifier £800-£1500, Awards 2022 ★★★★★

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