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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Nov 23, 2014 03:07
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Musical Fidelity Supercharger 550K

For some years, Musical Fidelity's Antony Michaelson has been banging on about the need for more power than has been considered necessary by the audio community. It wasn't just the single-ended triode brigade that incensed him, with claims for the......

2 expert reviews

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Myryad MXP2000

Works well with the company?s MXA2150 power amp, but can sound a bit safe

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Putting the "V" in Your AVR

While many new technologies have been incorporated into A/V receivers over the last few years, perhaps the biggest change we've seen in these traditionally audio-based components is the inclusion of advanced video processing. Just a few years ago,...

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Mcintosh MC207

Introduction There are some products and/or brands that seemingly need no introduction. McIntosh is at the top of the list. Throughout the 1970s, McIntosh was the iconic symbol of all things good and high-end when it came to two-channel music. Today,...

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Pioneer Susano SC-LX90

The Pioneer Susano SC-LX90 home theatre amplifier is simply excellent in just about every way. Unless you simply, absolutely, must have radio, you're unlikely to be disappointed. Except, now that I think about it, can you still purchase a separate...

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Integra DTR-8.8 A/V Receiver

Eric Dolphy is still playing off the thumb drive as I finish this piece. Oh, right, that's why I got into this business.

2 expert reviews

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Luxman L-550A

In other respects describing the sound of this player is to repeat everything I said about the L‑550A regarding tonal neutrality, dynamics, resolution, and detail. The price of the DU‑50 lands it squarely in a highly competitive segment of the market....

2 expert reviews

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Three Ways to Fill a Rack

At the heart of a typical home theater system is the surround receiver. True, the video display might be the emotional heart of your system—but only if you're willing to settle for tinny sound. You might also go bleeding-edge and ditch the surround...

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Aqvox Phono 2 CI

Keep on with the good work.

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Thule Audio Spirit IA350B

In the past two decades, a slow evolution has taken place in audio, as top-notch designers come more and more to understand the nature of the beasts they are working with. Today it is not hard to put together a system that is clean and musical, and...

2 expert reviews

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JungSon JA 88D Luxury

Jungson's JA-88D looks like a power amplifier but it's not. It appears that Jungson was caught out by a high consumer demand for integrated amplifiers at a time when it was primarily producing separate pre and power amplifiers. The company judged that...

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Vollverstärker Accuphase E 450

Now I wonder if the Class “A” Accuphase series, maybe the A-30 or A-45 power amps might be just what it takes to bring me over to, shudder, the solid-state “dark side”. Hey Axiss, you still have my address?

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Pioneer VSX 74TXVi

Integrating iPod and XM support is a natural extension of the AVR paradigm, as is HDMI switching. Add i.LINK connectivity and effective automatic setup, and you’ve got a blockbuster that’s hard to beat at this—or even a much higher—price.

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Class Delta CA-M400

The CA-M400 is primarily about control, something it exerts in a remarkably calm yet revealing fashion. Some will feel that this sounds like a lack of dynamics but in truth it means that the amp can deliver all the required power without having to...

3 expert reviews

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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