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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Oct 24, 2014 22:31
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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

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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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Bel Canto eVo2 two-channel power amplifier

After making and refining tube amps for several years, Stronczer began to explore the possibility of making a solid-state model. After examining and discarding conventional solid-state designs, Stronzer learned about a new circuit: the Tripath...

2 expert reviews

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Ayon Audio 300B

For $3,400 you can acquire a beautiful, 68-pound music machine decked out in a rosewood-looking base, chrome top and front plates, and accents to complement the big-ass tranny covers. Like the Diavolo, it's a zero-feedback design but does not offer an...

2 expert reviews

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Lexicon CX 7

When the dust settles, Lexicon's CX-7 won't simply be known as the LX-7's little brother. It has plenty of power, plenty of design and build quality, and plenty of swagger to forge its own identity in the amplifier arena. I expect it will grab a...

3 expert reviews

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Parasound Halo C 2

The Parasound Halo C 2 is a 7.5-channel controller offering coonventional 7.1-channels output needed for the latest soundtrack formats, plus four user programmable auxiliary channels. Two of the auxiliary channels are intended as subwoofer outputs (one...

3 expert reviews

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Sunfire Ultimate A/V Receiver

There's no doubt that having a high-end manufacturer produce receivers does a lot of good for the genre. But when a high-end manufacturer makes a receiver that truly lives up to the standards that people have for these companies, it does a lot more....

2 expert reviews

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Lexicon MC8

You can't please everybody, especially in the home theater world. Lexicon came close in 2000 with the release of the MC-12, an end-all pre/pro that carried on the company's tradition of performance but also addressed the few issues that people had with...

2 expert reviews

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Audio Refinement Pre-2DSP & Multi-5 preamplifier-processor & multichannel...

André takes a slow, methodical approach to audio design, making sure to get it right before a product is released to the public; as a result, YBA products remain available a long time. (The Integré integrated amplifier, which I reviewed in the June...

2 expert reviews

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Outlaw 950 & 770-preamplifier-processor & 7-channel power amplifier

Reach for the Sky The first feature of the Outlaw 950 pre-pro that you'll appreciate is its understated front panel. I normally cringe when confronted with the 101 similarly sized buttons crammed onto typical mass-market receivers, "secret" drop-down...

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Parasound Halo C1

While it may always get second billing in the parade of human emotions, don't forget about anticipation's potent influence. This is the force that has been linked to Parasound's Halo C1 pre/pro ever since its trade-show debut a few years back, and it...

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Arcam AV8

Fortunately, the AV8 and P7 won't cost you a million bucks. The retail price of the combo is $9500 ($5000 for the AV8, $4500 for the P7). So, Arcam spent a lot of money. The question is did they get what they paid for? And more importantly, will you,...

3 expert reviews

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Adcom GTP-880

Ultimate Choice Premier Choice Budget Choice Reviews Recently Added Video Displays Video Projectors Flat Panel Displays Rear Projection TVs CRT Displays Speakers Speaker Systems Subwoofers Sources DVD Players/Recorders HD Disc Players/Recorders...

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Marantz SR8200

Fast forward to Marantz' new SR8200 audio/video receiver, where users will find not only analog pass-through and tone-control-defeat buttons but also a ''Video Off'' mode to bypass video circuitry in the event that video is being routed around the 8200...

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McIntosh MX134 Preamp/Processor & MC206 Amplifier

Despite its conservative McIntosh combo is one hell-raising stack of gear.

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Quad QC 24

I can state that the QC-twenty four sounds magnificent on an absolute scale and is thus an obvious superior buy, especially when you consider that it is the least expensive component I know to possess that elusive quality of "continousness"...

2 expert reviews

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Yamaha RX V2200

It can be a daunting task for some: dipping your toes into the deeper end of the home theater pool and crossing over the $1,000, advanced-swim rope. Sure, we all know that there are people in our little world who will spend thousands of dollars on...

2 expert reviews

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Parasound Halo A 23

Halo is a new brand from Parasound intended as a step up in aesthetic design and performance from its traditional line, now called "Parasound Classic." A combination review with the P3 Preamplifier.

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Kenwood Sovereign VR 5900

While the VR-5900 decodes EX and ES, it doesn't include amplification for these formats' two rear "effects" channels, for which you'll have to supply an external 2-channel amplifier. Be sure to consider that when you compare the VR-5900's price ($3000)...

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