Anthem 225 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

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Low Points
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225's remote is great to have but it is a bit cluttered and while the buttons are fully backlit (pay attention competition) they are a touch on the small side. Also, the volume control via the remote is a bit touchy, taking a bit of skill to get it just right. 
• I would've liked to see a dedicated subwoofer or LFE output for I can't help but think people who would purchase the 225 might be more inclined to buy stand mounted bookshelf speakers and mate them to a subwoofer than traditional floor standing speakers. 
• Poorly recorded material, especially lower bit rate MP3's are going to be exposed for what they are when played back through the 225. It's not quite the Krell KID when it comes to shaping up downloaded files, keep the bit rate up (256 kbps or better) and you should be fine.

Conclusion
For just under $1,500 retail the Anthem 225 Integrated Amplifier is an astounding centerpiece for any audiophile system not to mention one of the best bargains out there today. If you're a little tight on cash and space the Anthem 225 isn't a bad option when it comes to building a very simple, yet very effective, home theater on a budget. While it won't handle your video processing it will handle anything the latest blockbuster will throw at you and your speakers. While there are cheaper integrated amplifiers out there, very few, if any, have the magic touch of the Anthem 225.

Additional Resources
• Read integrated amp reviews from the likes of NAD, Krell, Arcam and many others.
• Read a review of Krell's FBI Integrated amp.
• Read a review of the NAD C325BEE Integrated amp.
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HTR Product Rating for Anthem 225 Integrated Amplifier

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

5

Overall

4.5

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