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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Oct 21, 2014 22:00
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Musical-Fidelity X-T100

Possessed of rare articulacy, it delivers an unrepentantly grown-up sound.

4 expert reviews

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Meridian G61

Both the G61 and G55 are in Meridian's lower priced (for them) G-Series line. Nevertheless, these are high performance, audiophile quality products. Their handsome exteriors, available in either black or brushed aluminum, are built to fortress-like...

3 expert reviews

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ET9000 320GB

Next we take a closer look at the Hercules Prophet 9000 PRO.

2 expert reviews

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Clearaudio Balance

The basic signature of the Balance is one speed and quiet, with great bass and a full, though slightly bleached, tonal palette. The channel separation figure for the Balance is a whopping 100dB, so stereo plays well, with wide soundstaging and...

3 expert reviews

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Plinius SA-201

The Tuatoro is one of the more “tweakable” of the high-end preamps I've auditioned. This could be viewed as extraneous, but I did not find that to be the case. It allows any user to experiment and tune the Tautoro for his own system and personal...

2 expert reviews

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Marantz SR96000 Receiver

Marantz' sales lit asks whether this is an audiophile's AVR or a videophile's AVR. Of course this is their way of saying it intends to be both, and they might well be right. This AVR boasts ample power, a typically Marantz overbuilt chassis and power...

2 expert reviews

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Xetec Gravity 8G-1000

Products engineered in Germany have always held a fascination for me. Whether it's the quirky styling of a German motorcycle...

2 expert reviews

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Sunfire TGP-5

While Sunfire's Bob Carver isn't quite the household name that Apple's Steve Jobs is, he absolutely qualifies as a bona fide audio legend. Carver's greatest hits range from his early high-power amplifier, the 350-watt-per-channel Phase Linear 700, to...

2 expert reviews

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Pioneer VSX-816 A/V Receiver

Back when Jimmy Carter was president (or was it Ford?), my first audio system featured a Pioneer SX-434 receiver. Even then, manufacturers had figured out that SX sells. My old receiver was rated at 15 watts per channel and weighed 18 pounds. Today,...

2 expert reviews

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Arcam FMJ P7

Arcam FMJ AV8 Around the BlockIn the world of high-end audio, the more expensive and higher-performance a product is, chances are the fewer knobs it will have. The opposite seems to be true in the A/V world, where more money means more knobs, more...

2 expert reviews

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Quad II-Forty

In September 2000, full production began of possibly their most significant valve pre/power combination since the first QUAD II rolled off the production floor over fifty years ago. The system comprises one valve pre-amplifier and two mono valve power...

3 expert reviews

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Rupert Neve's Portico 5043

Half-rack audio compressor/limiter shows a master designer's touch

2 expert reviews

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PS Audio GCA MC-250 Three-Channel Power Amplifier

PS audio began in 1975 as two guys' effort to create affordable high-fidelity audio equipment. Paul McGowan and Stan Warren (the P&S) parted ways after a couple of years with Paul continuing PS and Stan going on to Superphon. After a good run Paul sold...

2 expert reviews

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Denon AVR-5805 A/V Receiver

The feature set of the Denon is so rich, in fact, and its operation so flexible (or complicated, depending on your point of view), that it takes a 191 page manual--all in English--to explain it all!

2 expert reviews

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Cutting Edge CE1000M Class AB Mono Amplifier

Cutting Edge rates this amplifier at 1,000 watts into one ohm. The amplifier can be bridged with a second CE1000M to achieve...

2 expert reviews

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Boston Acoustics AVR7120

Boston Acoustics has been perfecting the art of speaker design for 26 years, so I guess they're ready to try something new. For 2005, the company set their sights on the fiercely competitive A/V-receiver market and released a classically handsome,...

2 expert reviews

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Sunfire Ultimate II AV Receiver

That lead and the rest of the review had to be delayed because by the time it was ready to run, the Ultimate II version was announced. It adds Pro Logic IIx and video upconversion, from composite to S-video to composite. Otherwise, as far as I can...

2 expert reviews

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Marantz SR 4500

Most human beings have 10 fingers and 10 toes. Therefore the number 10 is a big deal to us. We use a base-10 number system, bestow honors in top-10 lists, and think in multiples of 10. So it's inevitable that makers of surround receivers have fixated...

3 expert reviews

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Planet Audio PA2500D Amp

The first thing that you notice about the Planet Audio PA2500D is that it is a substantial power amplifier. The unit weighs...

2 expert reviews

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Sony XM-1502SX Amp

The amplifier market has a lot of good things going on these days. In addition to incredible technological advancements,...

2 expert reviews

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Bryston Powerpack 300 Power Amplifier

Many consumer-electronics pundits may deny it, but sound matters in a high-end home theater. How much? I would hazard to say that the sonic character of a home theater is even more important than its picture quality. To give you an example, let me...

2 expert reviews

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Audiobahn 2800E Car Audio Amplifier

Unpacking the 2800E reveals an unusual looking power amplifier. The amplifier is finished in either a chrome plate or bright...

2 expert reviews

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Sony STR DA9000ES

While specialist manufacturers can still make a good case that their separates maintain an edge in sound quality, the gap separating them from the best receivers is not nearly as big as it was in the early days of the still-young home theater market....

2 expert reviews

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Netgear MP101

The End Of 2004 MP101, however, gets a Recommended from me. It's not the perfect lounge room music stream receiver, but the price is right

2 expert reviews

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T+A V 10

An impressive combination of classic/vintage concept, modern cosmetics and no-compromise construction, both mechanical and electrical, the T+A V10 integrated stereo amplifier establishes a new standard for audio excellence. The V10 builds its unique perfo

3 expert reviews

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