Amplifier Reviews (239 Reviews)


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Jan 04, 2009

T+A K6 Integrated Amp and Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Residing in the "where are they now file" (much like Spinal Tap when in Atlanta) Germany's T+A came and went in the American market pretty quickly. Perhaps some day they will be back but their K6 integrated amp had lots of promise. Read the full Ken Kessler review along with words on the matching T+A CD player. Continue Reading
T+A K6 Integrated Amp and Compact Disc Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Jadis JPS8 Preamp and JA50 Power Amp Reviewed

Say what you will about the French they do know how to make audiophile components evident in French based manufacturer Jadis' latest offering the JPS8 two-channel preamplifier and the matching JA50 power amplifier. Both tube based designs and sporting gold chassis the Jadis combo is pure magic for those with the means to afford them. Continue Reading
Jadis JPS8 Preamp and JA50 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Graaf GM50B Integrated Amp Reviewed

One of Ken Kessler's favorite products in all of audiophila is GRAAF Italian tube electronics. Forget Sonus Faber, GRAAF is just what the doctor ordered when it comes to Italian audio (OK, Sonus Fabers rock) but this sick audiophile gear is the reason why we love the hobby so much. Read the full review here. Continue Reading
Graaf GM50B Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audiovalve Baldur 70 Amplifier Reviewed

You know what you need? That's right, large format German tube amps. Packing 70 Watts per channel, the Audiovalve Baldur are the pinnacle of audiophile esoterica. God knows what this stuff sells for on Audiogon.com but its sure is cool looking. Check out the full Ken Kessler review here. Continue Reading
 Audiovalve Baldur 70 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Ayre AX-7 Power Amp Reviewed

Packed with a George Cardas burn-in disc, this Ayre AX-7 power amp is what audiophile dreams are made of. With American craftsmanship and the heart and soul of founder, Charles Hansen, behind the product its the kind of gear that makes Ken Kessler want to learn to love America all over again. Continue Reading
 Ayre AX-7 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

T+A V-10 Amplifier Reviewed

T+A has been making tubes since 1984 and that will woo the likes of Ken Kessler to your front door for a full feature review. With incredible industrial design and more power than you get from the SET set - Kenny likes it. Read the whole review here. Continue Reading
T+A V-10 Amplifier Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Copland CSA 29 Integrated Amp Reviewed

With Mark Levinson's Cello only living as a restaurant today - Copland is one of the closest matches to the legendary brand. Packing a slick look and an ultra-smooth sound - this audiophile-only product is worth seeking out. Read a full Ken Kessler Copland CSA 29 Integrated Amp review here. Continue Reading
Copland CSA 29 Integrated Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Audio Analouge Masestro is an off beat integrated amp designed for the audiophile market (mainly in Europe and Asia) that has Ferarri good looks and a sexy growl to match. When paired with the matching Compact Disc player it makes for a compelling combination for the adventurous audiophile. Continue Reading
Audio Analogue Maestro Settana Amp and CD Player Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Marantz SC-7S1 Preamp and MA-9S1 Amp Reviewed

Marantz was a dominant force in the high-end space all throughout the golden age of two-channel playback though in recent years they've become a dominant force among the budget home theater set. Not anymore, for with the release of their new reference line and products such as the SC-7S1 and MA-9S1 reviewed here... Continue Reading
Marantz SC-7S1 Preamp and MA-9S1 Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Musical Fidelity kW750 Power Amp Reviewed

For some people - they just done need a Lamborghini Murcielago which is why there is a Gallardo. This 750 watt-per-channel amp may not be the 1000 Watt (yes, a Kilo-watt) monster but for the love of God it is a LOT of power. If your speakers can't run on this sweet injection of power then they might need to go on the junk heap. Continue Reading
Musical Fidelity kW750 Power Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

Quad 33 Preamp and 303 Amp Reviewed

Not a whole lot to say about Quad that hasn't already been said-they're good at what they do and have a hugely loyal fan base reticent of Apple. Whether you harbor feelings for their speakers or their electronics one thing remains the same, once you hear a Quad system it's hard to listen to anything else. Continue Reading
Quad 33 Preamp and 303 Amp Reviewed

Jan 04, 2009

PrimaLuna 3 and 4 Tube Power Amp

Multi-chassis audiophile grade tube amps is enough sexy talk to get anybody who loves audio a little aroused. Primaluna is a bit of a sleeper in the United States but for those who don't know - take the time to learn as they are right up there with the likes of ARC, McIntosh and VTL but at a little less cost. Read more of the review here. Continue Reading
PrimaLuna 3 and 4 Tube Power Amp

Dec 28, 2008

Parasound Halo A52 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Andrew Robinson reviews the five channel Parasound Halo A52 power amplifier. His thoughts? If you are in the market for a home theater on a budget, you will be happy with what Parasond offers. Continue Reading
Parasound Halo A52 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Dec 28, 2008

Parasound A51 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Parasound are masters of high-performance, high-value amplifiers. Andrew Robinson tries out the A51 five channel power amplifier and found the amplifier to live up to the company's reputation. Continue Reading
Parasound A51 Five Channel Power Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 23, 2008

Ayre Acoustics MX-R Monaural Power Amplifier Reviewed

At 300 Watts-per-channel - the new Ayre Acoustics MX-R reference monoblock amps are truly an audiophile aspirational component. With American made quality and quick bass - audiophiles are easily sucked into the sound. To hear more about what Jim Swantko thought read the full review here. Continue Reading
Ayre Acoustics MX-R Monaural Power Amplifier Reviewed

Nov 08, 2008

Krell KAV-400xi Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

The best way to get into the ultra-high-end world of Krell gear is to start with one of their beefy integrated amps. The Krell KAV-400XI is just what the doctor ordered for many of not close to all audiophile applications not needing huge monoblock amps. Read the full Brian Kahn review here. Continue Reading
Krell KAV-400xi Integrated Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2008

NAD Masters Series M25 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

The big M25 from NAD is part of their Masters Series, and for $3,499 it offers seven channels at 160 watts each. It's THX Ultra2-certified, meaning it passes the most stringent of tests by THX. Jerry Del Colliano puts the big amp to the test. Continue Reading
NAD Masters Series M25 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2008

NAD Electronics T-975 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Speakers love power. Sometimes when you want to rock out, a receiver just can't handle it. NAD's new T-975 is a 7-channel amp with enough power to satisfy even the hardest to drive speakers. Jerry Del Colliano checks it out. Continue Reading
NAD Electronics T-975 Seven-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2008

Rotel RMB-1575 Five Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Rotel has long made high-quality, decently priced audio gear, and their new RMB-1575 amp is no exception. Featuring Class D amplification and a beefy 250 watts per channel, Rotel has made a winner. Jerry Del Colliano tests it for HTR. Continue Reading
Rotel RMB-1575 Five Channel Amplifier Reviewed

Oct 27, 2008

Krell Theater Amplifier Standard (TAS) Reviewed

Krell knows amps. Founder Dan D'agostino has designed some of the most revered amplifiers of recent memory. The TAS, for $7,500, has 200 watts for each of its five channels, and a massive 4,000 va toroidal power transformer. Jerry puts the spurs in it. Continue Reading
Krell Theater Amplifier Standard (TAS) Reviewed

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