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Two-Channel Electronics Reviews

While many audio enthusiasts may be moving toward multichannel audio, there is still a strong market for high-quality two-channel (stereo) electronics among audiophiles and home theater enthusiasts alike. A stereo preamp provides audio switching and signal processing only, while an integrated amplifier adds two channels of power for your speakers. (A stereo receiver, meanwhile, adds both amplification and AM/FM tuning.) Generally speaking, a stereo preamp or integrated amp won’t have all the bells and whistles found on the latest AV preamp or AV receiver, but these days you can find features like iPod connectivity, built-in DACs, Bluetooth capability, subwoofer outs, home theater pass-through, and (in some rare occasions) even HDMI video support. Check out our review archive below to read about the hottest electronics in the two-channel world.

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Wadia di122 Digital Audio Decoder Reviewed

Wadia di122 Digital Audio Decoder Reviewed

By Ben Shyman

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Founded nearly 20 years ago, Wadia is now part of the McIntosh Group that owns über-high-end audiophile brands such as McIntosh Labs, Audio Research, and Sonus faber. Digital technology is in Wadia's DNA, and the company's ideal customer also fully... Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Read More

 
Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Terry London explores the Pass Labs INT-60, a 60-watt integrated amplifier (the first 30 watts are pure Class A) with balanced inputs and outputs. Read More

 
Lyngdorf Audio TDAI-2170 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Lyngdorf Audio TDAI-2170 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

By Greg Handy

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Greg Handy reviews Lyngdorf Audio's TDAI-2170 integrated amplifier, which is rated at 170 watts per channel and has a modular design that allows for different input/output configurations. Read More

 
Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

Linear Tube Audio MicroZOTL2.0 Preamplifier/Headphone Amplifier Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Terry London reviews the MicroZOTL2.0 from Linear Tube Audio. To say he was wowed by this tube-based preamplifier/headphone amplifier combination would be an understatement. Read More

 
Rotel RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier and RB-1590 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Rotel RC-1590 Stereo Preamplifier and RB-1590 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

By Greg Handy

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Greg Handy reviews the new RC-1590 stereo preamp and RB-1590 stereo amplifier from Rotel. See how the dynamic duo performs in this week's featured review. Read More

 
Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Backert Labs Rhumba 1.1 Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Terry London reviews the Rhumba 1.1 stereo preamp from Backert Lab, which delivers much of the performance of the higher-end Rhythm 1.1 at less than half the cost. Read More

 
Raven Audio Cirrus Tube Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

Raven Audio Cirrus Tube Stereo Preamplifier Reviewed

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

A couple of months ago, I attended the Chicago Audiophile Society meeting that was held at Toska Audio, located in Mount Prospect, IL. At this gathering, Dave Thomson, the CEO/designer of Texas-based Raven Audio, presented his entire line of tube-based... Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Read More

 
Audio Space Reference-2S Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

Audio Space Reference-2S Vacuum Tube Preamplifier

By Terry London

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Terry London reviews the Reference-2S vacuum-tube preamp from Audio Space, which is based on the company's top-of-the-line Reference-2 that's built around a 300B tube. Read More