Amplifier Reviews (253 Reviews)


Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Here at the end of 2018, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from budget favorites to aspirational flagship products. Continue Reading

Amplifier Reviews

Alongside the AV preamp or stereo preamp, an amplifier is the second piece of a separates-based audio system—it provides the power for your speakers. Going the separates route is generally considered to be the higher-performance option, as opposed to using an all-in-one AV receiver, because the manufacturer can focus more on selecting just the right components and design elements for that device’s specific function. And you can focus on choosing the right amplifier technology (Class A, Class AB, Class D, etc.) and configuration (mono, stereo, five-channel, etc.) for your needs. Learn more about amplifiers through the Resources below, then check out our review archive to read the latest amplifier reviews.

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Mono, Stereo, Multichannel, Class A, Class AB and Digital Switching amps are reviewed from the top makers in the audiophile business.

Amplifier Reviews Archives

Nov 05, 2018

Parasound JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Myron Ho says that the Parasound JC5, like its big brother the original JC 1 is a stunning performer with great musicality and none of the sterility of more analytical amps. Continue Reading
Parasound JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 31, 2018

Krell Theater 7 Seven Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Looking for a great home theater amp that also delivers pure Class A performance up to 100 watts per channel? Myron Ho says the Krell Theater 7 sets a new standard at this price point. Continue Reading
Krell Theater 7 Seven Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 24, 2018

Digital Amplifier Company MEGAschino Power Amplifier Reviewed

If you're looking for an amp with a very distinctive sound, keep on looking. The Digital Amplifier Company's MEGAschino delivers music straight, no chaser. Continue Reading
Digital Amplifier Company MEGAschino Power Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 29, 2018

Aric Audio Transcend Push-Pull Tube Amplifier Reviewed

Aric Audio has managed to combine the smooth, natural timbres of SET designs with the oomph you only get from a push-pull design. Continue Reading
Aric Audio Transcend Push-Pull Tube Amplifier Reviewed

Jul 23, 2018

Micromega M-150 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

How on earth Micromega managed to cram 2x 150 watts of Class AB amplification and dual power supplies into this slim little integrated amp is beyond us, but it sounds as delicious as it looks. Continue Reading
Micromega M-150 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Jul 09, 2018

PS Audio Sprout100 Reviewed

Steven Stone says that the updated PS Audio Sprout100 isn't merely better than the original; it's a great little overachiever with the right inputs and outputs to put together a first-rate desktop or room-based audio system. Continue Reading
PS Audio Sprout100 Reviewed

Jun 18, 2018

Mark Levinson No.585 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Mark Levinson is one of the venerable brands in the audio industry. The company started over 45 years ago and... Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No.585 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Feb 14, 2018

AricAudio Transcend Series KT120 SE Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

After I wrote the article What's So Irresistible About a Single-Ended Triode (SET) Amp? I started to receive scores of... Continue Reading
AricAudio Transcend Series KT120 SE Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 29, 2018

Pass Labs XA25 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

In this week's featured review, Terry London auditions the XA25 amplifier from Pass Labs. This pure Class A stereo amplifier is rated at 25 watts RMS into eight ohms and 50 watts into four ohms. Continue Reading
Pass Labs XA25 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 17, 2018

Control4 Triad One Streaming Amplifier Reviewed

Over the past few years, I've seen integrated amplifiers progress in ways that outpace the rest of the traditional, high-end... Continue Reading
Control4 Triad One Streaming Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 01, 2018

Bryston 14B³ Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Greg Handy auditions Bryston's 14B³ stereo amplifier, a Class AB design rated at 600 watts per channel at eight ohms and 900 watts per channel at four ohms. Continue Reading
Bryston 14B³ Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 18, 2017

Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

It's that time of year again--when the HomeTheaterReview.com staff looks at all of the products we reviewed this year and picks the best of the best. We've tried to hit all the product categories and price points. We hope you enjoy our Best of 2017 list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

Oct 30, 2017

Naim Uniti Atom All-in-One Wireless Music Player Reviewed

Dennis Burger explores the Uniti Atom all-in-one wireless music player from Naim. This audiophile music system combines a streaming audio player and DAC with a Class AB integrated amplifier and stereo-preamp capabilities for $2,999. Continue Reading
Naim Uniti Atom All-in-One Wireless Music Player Reviewed

May 10, 2017

Benchmark AHB2 Reference Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Every enthusiast, audiophile, and equipment reviewer has different criteria for selecting reference equipment. Some embrace gear based just on sound... Continue Reading
Benchmark AHB2 Reference Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 09, 2017

Classé Sigma 2200i Stereo Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Dennis Burger reviews Classé's Sigma 2200i integrated amplifier, which embraces some features not commonly found on an integrated amp--like HDMI video switching and AirPlay support. Continue Reading
Classé Sigma 2200i Stereo Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 14, 2016

Wadia a102 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Wadia Digital was founded in 1988 by engineers formerly from 3M (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company) who believed in the... Continue Reading
Wadia a102 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'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. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Nov 30, 2016

Linear Tube Audio ZOTL40 MK.II Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

After my amazing experience reviewing the MicroZOTL2.0 preamplifier back in May, I was informed by Mark Schneider, owner/engineer of Linear... Continue Reading
Linear Tube Audio ZOTL40 MK.II Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 07, 2016

Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

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. Continue Reading
Pass Labs INT-60 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Sep 21, 2016

Pass Labs XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Ben Shyman explores the XA30.8 from Pass Labs. This 30-watt stereo amplifier is a Class A solid-state design with an MSRP of $6,800. Continue Reading
Pass Labs XA30.8 Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

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