Amplifier Reviews (239 Reviews)


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Feb 03, 2010

Bel Canto REF 1000M Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Into 4 ohms, the REF 1000M from Bel Canto puts out 1000 watts. What's even more amazing is that it does it with a chassis that is only 8 inches wide. They also run cool and sound great. Andrew Robinson takes a pair for a spin. Continue Reading
Bel Canto REF 1000M Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 28, 2010

Outlaw Audio Model 7500 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Outlaw Audio makes some of the most affordable, yet great performing, audio products out there. The new 7500 5-channel amp is no exception, with 200 watts per channel, an understated design, and a great price. Andrew Robinson powers it up. Continue Reading
Outlaw Audio Model 7500 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 21, 2010

Cary Audio Design Model 7.125 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Packing seven channels of amplification into one chassis is no easy feat, and making them all sound good is even harder. The Model 7.125 has, as the name suggests, 125 watts for each of its seven channels. Sean Killebrew gives us an in-depth look. Continue Reading
Cary Audio Design Model 7.125 Power Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2010

ROTEL RB-1092 Amplifier Reviewed

Rotel isn't the only amp company to use B&O's ICE amp chips (think: NuForce, Bel Canto and Wyred For Sound) but they bring a long lineage of audiophile history in taking a bright idea and making it sound really, really good. Read the Ken Kessler review on this page. Continue Reading
ROTEL RB-1092 Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 31, 2009

Classe Audio CA-M400 Mono Amplifier Reviewed

While not the brand new, rack-cool-to-the-touch Classe CT-M600 monoblocks power amps, the Classe CT-M400 are enough power to rock nearly any speakers your audiophile aspirations can dream up. Classe' unbelievably good looking industrial design isn't just skin deep. Compare these amps with the best from Mark Levinson, Krell and beyond. Continue Reading
Classe Audio CA-M400 Mono Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 29, 2009

Parasound Halo JC 1 Monaural Amplifier Reviewed

As far as audiophile amp designers go - John Curl goes back to the roots of AV with the Mark Levinson JC-1. If you want some of Curl's latest designs you need to focus your attention on Parasound as they have cornered the market on his services and deliver them at a very fair price by audiophile standards. Read the Andrew Robinson review here. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo JC 1 Monaural Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 28, 2009

Anthem PVA-8 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

With 125 watts for each of its eight channels, the big PVA-8 from Anthem should satisfy the power needs for even the largest home theater systems. At only $2,299, its even priced so that most people can afford it. Continue Reading
Anthem PVA-8 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 28, 2009

Arcam FMJ A18 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

British hifi manufacturer Arcam knows a thing or two about integrated amps, and at only $1,099 the FMJ A18 packs a lot into an inexpensive and small package. We check out if its 50 watts can hold its own. Continue Reading
Arcam FMJ A18 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 26, 2009

McIntosh MC501 Monaural Power Amplifier Reviewed

Ahh... the cult of McIntosh... To compare McIntosh to say Harley Davidson Motorcycles wouldn't be a stretch as both have serious followers willing to invest in time-tested performance. Read Jim Swantko's full review of these beefy mono amps here. Continue Reading
McIntosh MC501 Monaural Power Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 07, 2009

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Nov 16, 2009

Rotel RA-1520 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Integrated amps are great for those looking to get a little audiophile, without going all tubey. The RA-1520 from Rotel doesn't even have a screen, but has several analog and digital inputs. We test it out. Continue Reading
Rotel RA-1520 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 16, 2009

Parasound 5250 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

The new Parasound 5250 five-channel power amp not only has 250 watts for each of its channels, but it is THX Ultra-2-Certified, ensuring it performs among the best in its class. We put the big amp through its paces. Continue Reading
Parasound 5250 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 08, 2009

Krell FBI Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

For those looking for an integrated amp that has all of the guts and glory of a big separates system comes the Krell FBI. The Fully Balanced Integrated has the beef to power up nearly any load known to man right from on chassis. Read the Brian Kahn review here. Continue Reading
Krell FBI Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 26, 2009

Bryston 2B SST Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Boasting one of the best warranties in the business and the reputation as one of Canada's best amps (along with Anthem and Classe) Bryston is a recording studio and movie theater standard. Home theater enthusiasts and audiophiles alike love the somewhat dry sound of these powerful yet controlled amps. Read the Jerry Del Colliano review here. Continue Reading
Bryston 2B SST Stereo Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 13, 2009

Mark Levinson No. 436 Monaural Amplifier Reviewed

This rack mountable Mark Levinson 350 watt per channel power amp is about as big as the brand makes and is custom designed to power Revel speakers as well as any number of of top performing audiophile speakers. Jerry Del Colliano tells you why these amps were his reference amps for so long. Continue Reading
Mark Levinson No. 436 Monaural Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 13, 2009

Krell Evolution 900 Monaural Power Amplifiers Reviewed

There might not be a better amp in the marketplace today than the Krell Evolution 900 mono amps. Designed before his departure from Krell by Dan D'agostino there is an "E" version of the amp that saves on power but who really cares when we are talking about this kind of power. With the best bass in the business, the Evo amps have an openness and air Continue Reading
Krell Evolution 900 Monaural Power Amplifiers Reviewed

Sep 27, 2009

Cambridge Audio Azur 840W Amplifier Reviewed

The stereo Azur 840W from Cambridge AUdio has 200 watts per channel, and an understated design that reviewer Jim Swantko wasn't too sure about. He did like that you could bridge the channels to be 500 watts. Continue Reading
Cambridge Audio Azur 840W Amplifier Reviewed

Sep 09, 2009

Marantz PM-KI-Pearl Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

After 30 years with the company, audio designer Ken Ishiwata is celebrated by Marantz with a line of high-end components. The PM-KI-Pearl Integrated Amplifier has 90 watts per channel. Brian Kahn tests it for HTR. Continue Reading
Marantz PM-KI-Pearl Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 20, 2009

Marantz PM5003 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Knowing that audiophilia knows no economic bounds, the PM5003 from Marantz is only $449.99. A great price for 36 watts per channel and a variety of inputs. We test it out and see if it holds up. Continue Reading
Marantz PM5003 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Aug 11, 2009

Cary Audio Xciter Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Desktop audio is becoming more and more popular, and the Xciter line from Cary is poised to dominate. Featuring a USB DAC and this tube integrated amp that should both live up to its name. Jim Swantko tests it out. Continue Reading
Cary Audio Xciter Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

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