Updated December 06, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Home Theater Amplifiers

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in October of 2018. When it comes to home theaters, setups using separate components have a number of advantages over integrated receivers. Not only will a good power amplifier deliver superior levels, accuracy, and consistency, it can also last for many years of use -- in the right hands. Following are some of the best sounding, most reliable, and fully featured, at a variety of prices. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best home theater amplifier on Amazon.

10. OSD XA5180

9. Marantz MM8077

8. ATI AT6005

7. Yamaha MX-A5000

6. Emotiva BasX

5. ATI AT527NC

4. Carver HTA5A

3. Monoprice Monolith

2. Emotiva XPA

1. Outlaw 5000

Editor's Notes

December 04, 2018:

The uninitiated may flock to combo A/V receivers, but anyone making an informed investment should check out the world of separates before committing to an integrated amp. Categorically, these are more expensive than all-in-one devices, but can last through generations of speaker upgrades — as long as you choose a reliable one. It's honestly pretty tough to beat the Outlaw (at any price range), and everything from Emotiva is a close second for low- to medium-size budgets. The Monolith represents a remarkably powerful, 7-channel option, and the Carver is great for people who are really, really picky about their sound.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on December 06, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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