• After a few minutes of warm up the Anthem P5 is so poised and refined you'll think you've spent far more for it than you actually did.
• From the highest frequencies to the lowest of lows the P5 doesn't seem to have an octave it doesn't like and while many amps extol their various, individual sonic virtues, the P5 is one of the most solid all round performers out there.
• Dynamically, the P5 is every bit the brawler that it looks, though it doesn't take the sledgehammer approach to dynamics most mega Watt amps do. The P5 seems to pile on layer upon layer of detail, subtlety and texture to achieve higher volumes and its dynamic prowess without becoming shouty or fatiguing.
• The P5's rear panel is neatly and spaciously laid out allowing for all types of cables to connect comfortably and securely in their proper places.
• If your house is a bit older and doesn't quite have the richest power on tap all the time the P5 will let you know with a subtle dimming of nearby lights upon power up.
• The Anthem P5 is a beast in more ways than one. First, it's huge both in height and depth and second; it's heavy as hell so be sure to lift with your knees. Better yet bribe a friend when you go to install it.
• It's an Anthem. This may sound like a funny downside but those in the market for a Krell or Mark Levinson amp may overlook the P5 purely based on its price and value for money status. Rest assured, the P5 is every bit a reference grade, super-premium offering as the others only it costs half if not a third as much.
Among the value for money set $4,999 is still a fair amount of money, however among the super elite amplifiers it's sales tax, yet the P5 is every bit as good as the costlier competition yet costs a touch more than many budget offerings. So is the P5 good value for your money or a cost no object piece of engineering? It's both and neither at the same time. While I usually don't understand or agree with many of the names manufacturers give their components I think Anthem has the right moniker attached to the P5 for it's quite a statement.