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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Aug 29, 2014 08:58
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Unison Unico

The Unico is a fairly expensive player, but it combines exotic build with an engaging and revealing sound that most music-lovers will have difficulty resisting.

6 expert reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Moon I-3

Lots of upgrade options, great build and we liked the internal DAC, but a little expensive taken just as an amp

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

dbx 223

The Dbx 223 is a stereo 2-way or mono 3-way crossover designed for live sound use and for DJ's. It allows you to easily switch between two or three different sources, depending on the way you are ...

9 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Orange [AD Series] AD30TC

All in all I think the Orange AD30 is a decent amp for someone looking for a more vintage style Orange amp in a not too complex package. The two channels sound great when you dial them both in and ...

5 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Rotel RSX-1057

What would your life be like if you'd married the first person you ever dated? If you want a great home theater system, sometimes it pays to dig deeper. OK, American Acoustic Development (AAD) stands in the shadow of larger and more prestigious brands,...

5 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Rotel RC 1070

Dolby Digital EX + DTS - USB Interface

8 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Naim Supernait

Rare blend of features and impressive sonic ability - well worth an audition.

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Electrocompaniet EC 4.7

I also found that the 4.8 worked well with a wide range of sources. Each of the front-ends mentioned above sounded good and mated well. Its input impedence of 47kOhms combined well with its -111dB minimum gain and 6dB maximum gain and low noise floor...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Denon 7-channel Home Theater Receiver AVR-2106 REFURBISHED

I've just upgraded from an Onkyo TXSR-602 receiver, which I moved to my bedroom(HT in the making)to this Denon AVR 2106. What can I say..... 100 watts@ 8ohms(rms power)!!!!! I have the Denon hooked up to an 12 speaker HT system in my bonus room. I have...

6 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Mackie Onyx 800R

For the price I don't think you're going to find too many eight channel preamps like the Mackie Onyx-800R. It's not the cheapest way to get this amount of preamps, but considering the quality, sam...

7 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Quad 909 Stereopower

The 909 Stereo Power Amplifier incorporates Quad's patented current dumping technology and is one of the finest audio amplifiers available today. The current dumping technique eliminates many of the problems associated with transistor amplifiers. The...

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Rotel RB 970BXII

Back in 2001 I wrote a review on this amp in this column and gave it two stars.Since then my system has completely changed, I'm currently using a Mac 220 tube pre-amp, B&W CDM9NT speakers, Velodyne SPL 1000 sub, Arcam CD73T cd player, pro-ject...

6 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Traynor YCV40WR Custom Valve

All in all I think the Traynor YCV40WR is pretty good. It's nice and versatile and does clean and drive tones all in one. The tones are good and lack the overcompressed nature of a lot of newer Tra...

5 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Musical-Fidelity KW 500

The Musical Fidelity kW500 is an integrated vacuum tube preamplifier/solid-state power amplifier with remote control. The kW500's has the ability to suggest the vital, physical presence of instruments and performers within the recording space, making...

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5


i have an strde885 and an strde985 running off of the same input. this 985 is soooo adjustable: vol for individual speakers WITHIN the three ways, crossovers, etc. this may be a dinosaur because it doesnt have hdmi, but this receiver is the benchmark!...

6 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Yamaha HTR-5640

I recently bought the Yamaha HTR-5640 and couldnt be happier about my switch. I have owned a Bose Lifestyles 8 Series II for about 2 years prior to the Yamaha. It will now be in my bed room as a secondary system. The problem with my Bose is not sound...

8 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Harman Kardon Signature Series 2.0 - (A/V Preamplifier)

I bought a Sig 2.0/2.1 combo because my speakers are 25 years old, the size of small coffins, and have low impeadances. They love current. Even with 45 amps of current, the protection circuits in my old HK AVR500 would kick in under heavy (i.e.,...

6 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Sony STR-DB870

This is a serious piece of kit which does everything that you could ever require from an A/V amplifier. The sound filed definition is about as perfect as you are going to get without at least doubling your budget. Also it is worth considering over...

1 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Nakamichi AV-3S Receiver Receivers

It would be nice if I could decode the latest digital video standards, but that's about it on complaints. Considering the extremely reasonable price, this is simply the best receiver I've ever had. It offers astonishingly clear sound (with my 5 ohm...

6 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Electro-Harmonix Deluxe Memory Boy

True Bypass Tap Tempo 5 Selectable Subdivisions Internal Modulation Effects Loop Expression Pedal Control for Your Choice of: Rate, Depth, Feedback, Delay

2 expert reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Pioneer Elite VSX-80 - 1155W 7.2-Ch. Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD and 3D Pass...

My favorite part of this unit is the multi room/multi task feature. I have two high-definition televisions in different rooms. You can watch your blu-ray player that's hooked up to the unit in a different room while someone else is watching cable in...

2 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Anthem MRX 310

Putting together a new home theater setup? Looking to upgrade that old receiver you've had soldiering on valiantly in your a/v cabinet? Well, the home theater enthusiast should find themselves spoiled for choice these days. But I have quite a few...

2 expert reviews

alaAverage 4.5


Seems well built. Included a short USB power cable ; It did work with some HDMI sources and seemed to be able to be powered by some sources without using the usb cable

2 user reviews

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Teac A-R 630

Did all it said it would in my case it was to improve TV sound and I run 4 speakers from it and play iPad also though them via the TV , the sound improvement needs to be heard to see what an amplifier like this can do to tv sound.

4 user reviews

alaAverage 4.5

Sony TA-A1ES

We’d like a bit more punch too – it all seems just a touch polite at the moment. None of these shortcomings is fatal.

1 expert reviews | 1 user reviews



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