Amplifier Reviews (248 Reviews)


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Jan 11, 2009

NuForce Icon / S1 Amplifier Reviewed

NuForce is one of the newest high end players in the audiophile game with a line up of Class-D "switching" amps that run cool and are small in size. This book-sized amp can put out a small amount of power but is perfect for desktop and other small audio applications. Read more here. Continue Reading
NuForce Icon / S1 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Krell KAV-300i Integrated Amp reviewed

Known for their blisteringly powerful amps, the idea of a small, integrated amp isn't something most would expect. Rated at 150 watts per channel, though, is more like it. Big power, small size, we're intrigued. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-300i Integrated Amp reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Note Conquest Amp Reviewed

Big tubes are the name of the game with the Conquest Amp from Audio Note. It's British-built, and even though its only rated at 18 watts per, it has some amazing performance as we find out in our full review here. Continue Reading
Audio Note Conquest Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research Reference 600 Power Amps Reviewed

This amp means serious business. If the massive size didn't give it away, maybe the VU meters did. It's a tube amp, but its rated at upwards of 600 watts, depending on the speakers. Interested yet? You should be because these tube amps are the state of the art performers. Continue Reading
Audio Research Reference 600 Power Amps Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Primaluna Prologue Two Amplifier Reviewed

Primaluna is one of the leading players in the affordable audiophile movement and these guys rock some serious tubes. Ken Kessler calls it his "affordable reference" and looks at this new offering from Primaluna as a breakthrough product. Continue Reading
Primaluna Prologue Two Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

NVA AP10 Integrated Amp Review

It is so minimalist, it doesn't even look like an integrated amp. Its 15 watts, but don't let that discourage you. Its performance is far greater than its power rating, or meager price, would dare suggest. Continue Reading
NVA AP10 Integrated Amp Review

Jan 11, 2009

Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

While it may look vintage and original the Model 7 from Marantz, like the Quad II Reissue, is a newly manufactured throwback designed to give audiophiles a taste of the golden age if they were unable to enjoy it the first go-round. Continue Reading
Marantz Model 7 Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Arcam Solo Integrated Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Arcam has picked up in the United States market where Linn left off and player like Anthem and NAD dominate. Value audio is all the rage and Arcam delivers in spaces. Their Solo Integrated amp is a kick ass solution for audiophiles and lifestyle users alike. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Arcam Solo Integrated Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Arion Nemisis Power Amp Reviewed

SET amps are all the rage, and the Nemisis from Arion has a lot going for it to distinguish itself from the crowd. First, it's cheap(ish) compared to many, it also looks pretty different from the rest. Is it any good? We find out. Continue Reading
Arion Nemisis Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research VS55 Power Amp Reviewed

This early 2000's vintage Audio Research tube power amp harkens back to a day of older ARC designs yet packs the newest tube design power from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ken Kessler takes a long look at this wonderful tube amp in this full review. Continue Reading
Audio Research VS55 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Krell KAV-250a and KAV-250p Reviewed

Entry-level Krell gear? Say it ain't so. Of course, "entry-level" for Krell doesn't exactly mean "cheap" nor does it mean low-powered. With 250-watts per channel, the 250a is hard-core. We check it out, and the matching 250p preamp. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-250a and KAV-250p Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amp Reviewed

If you're going to go the integrated amp route, why not do it right with that ultimate of audio brands, Audio Research. The CA-50 is a 56lb beast with big tubes and all the sound quality you'd expect from ARC. Continue Reading
Audio Research CA-50 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

GRAAF GM20 Power Amp Reviewed

Italians know quite a few things about design, just look at Ferrari or Armani. Their AV companies don't shy from that label either. Take, for example, the gorgeous GM20 tube amp from GRAAF. Continue Reading
GRAAF GM20 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

EAR V-20 Amp Reviewed

Amps don't have to look boring. The V-20 from EAR, for example, puts out its 24 watts per channel with a visual aplomb hard to find elsewhere in the AV world. Built to look like a V-12, and perform like one as well... Continue Reading
EAR V-20 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated Amp Reviewed

British, esoteric and code-named - this is a good start for audiophile reviewer, Ken Kessler. See what conclusions he draws from his review of the Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated amp here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity X-Ray Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Primaluna Prologue One Integrated Amp Reviewed

Although there is no detailed research to back up my guesstimate, I'd hazard that, based on my limited attendance at... Continue Reading
Primaluna Prologue One Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Wait - a rate Ken Kessler Audio Research review that isn't packed with compliments? It can't be - can it? Ken takes offense to the new look of the ARC VSi55 Integrated amp but sure as hell can't pick on the sound as ARC rules supreme on all of our world's. Continue Reading
Audio Research VSi55 Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sudgen A21 Amp Reviewed

Another Richard Allan design from overseas woos, Ken Kessler with its Class-A (not to be confused with Classe') operation in the esoteric Sugden A21 power amp. Continue Reading
Sudgen A21 Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Sonus faber Musica Amp Reviewed

Yes Sonus faber makes an amp. Yes, it comes in a wood case and has the same Italian hand craftsmanship that you'd expect from their wonderful speakers. Does it pack the audio power of Mark Levinson, Krell or ARC? Read the review to find out. Continue Reading
Sonus faber Musica Amp Reviewed

Jan 11, 2009

Unison Research Simply 845 Integrated Amp Review

Ken Kessler compares the Unison Research Simply 845 tube power amp to an Audio Note Ongonku for one fifth of the price. Can this sexy, yet affordable amp live up to this much audiophile hype. Read more to find out. Continue Reading
Unison Research Simply 845 Integrated Amp Review

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