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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Sep 29, 2022 16:26
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NAD C 700

The price tag can be intimidating, but the NAD C 700’s design, build quality, and exquisite audio performance fully justifies it.

5 expert reviews

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Marantz NR1200

The MARANTZ NR1200 is like a Swiss army knife of receivers. In one very affordable box, you get the flexibility to stream music, the ability to integrate with video, and enough power for all but the most power-hungry speakers in the largest rooms. It...

8 expert reviews

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NAD Amp1

The small Chromecast amplifier NAD Amp1 is easy to use and has an inviting sound with good focus in the bass area. It may not shine quite so much upwards in the harmonics, but the overall impression is very good.

4 expert reviews

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Octave V 70 SE

Octave Audio’s V 70 SE integrated amplifier will amaze others besides us. It truly shakes the prejudices that many have against valve amplifiers, and will win the enthusiasm of many for something they didn’t think they were ready for or interested in....

4 expert reviews

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The Bluesound Powernode (N330) is even better than its predecessor, and although the price has gone up since we last tested it, it stands out so strongly from the field that this is quickly forgiven.

14 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Technics SU-G700

Technics is a brand that has been with us seemingly forever, and as a result there is no shortage of very diverse opinions out there about the brand and what it stands for. Some audiophiles look fondly upon Technics, whereas...

6 expert reviews

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Cambridge Audio Evo 150

Now headquartered in London, English audio product manufacturer Cambridge Audio was founded in 1968 in the university city of the same name. The company's initial product was the walnut-trimmed 20 watts-per-channel (Wpc) P40 integrated amplifier....

7 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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Rotel Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier

With second-to-none build quality and no-compromise sonic performance, the versatile Michi X3 integrated amplifier represents one of the best in its class far more than its price tag would suggest.

11 expert reviews

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Denon AVR-X1700H

It has a dizzying array of modern features like Dolby Atmos, 4K, HDR, and streaming services, plus a rare phono input for turntable types. Those who want the latest and greatest A/V receiver features, plus an easy way to kick it old-school with vinyl...

11 expert reviews

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Cabasse Stream AMP

The Cabasse Stream Amp is a good streaming amp that sounds nice and airy, and also has a deep, nice sound in the bass. It plays really well and also has enough power to drive a couple of decent speakers.

4 expert reviews

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McIntosh MC312

The McIntosh MC312 2-Channel Solid State Amplifier is one of their newest designs that easily carries the 70-year tradition of providing leading...

4 expert reviews

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NAD C298

The NAD C298 reminds me in a good way of several NAD power amplifiers that I have owned or listened to over the decades. Lots of power and good sound at a reasonable price – and in a cheap packaging. The Danish Purifi Eigentakt amplifier modules are...

7 expert reviews

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NAD C 338

THE NAD C 338 HYBRID DIGITAL INTEGRATED AMPLIFIER offers great sound, Chromecast, Wi-Fi, and the ability to drive any speaker for a very-reasonable $650.

5 expert reviews

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Denon AVR-X4700H

Early adopters of cutting-edge home theater, especially 8K enthusiasts. You want a titan of a home theater brain, combining power, performance, and longevity.

6 expert reviews

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Cambridge Audio CXN V2 & Acoustic Energy AE1 ACTIVE (Black)

I’m in love with Cambridge Audio’s superlative CXN (v2). This network music streamer is sleek, smart, flexible, powerful, well thought out, and will fit into a variety of audio ecosystems. If you’re a mixed audio marriage household juggling AirPlay,...

3 expert reviews

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Denon AVC-X3700H

Denon AVR-X3700h AV receiver. With 105wpc x 9 built in amplification, you can use the internal amps to power a 9CH speaker configuration or add a separate 2CH amp to power your main Left/Right channels and run a full 11CH surround system. Imagine the...

9 expert reviews | 108 user reviews

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Marantz NR1711

Among slim receivers we have tested before, Marantz has always come out best in tests in its class. And the 7.1 receiver NR1711 is Marantz’s best so far.

5 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Sonos Amp

And now there’s the new Amp, which is designed to fill in virtually every other gap with the full set of Sonos’ capabilities, whether that’s running a set of hidden speakers in the ceiling, making your vintage speakers connect to a modern music...

24 expert reviews | 128 user reviews

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MDR-110LP Headphones

Bel Canto REF150S Stereo Amplifier Musical Fidelity M6i Integrated Amplifier Definitive Technology Mythos ST-L SuperTower Loudspeakers Rotel RB-1582 MkII Stereo Power Amplifier Cambridge Audio Azur 350A Integrated Amplifier

5 expert reviews

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McIntosh C2700

The McIntosh C2700 is our new favorite among high-end class preamps. This is both because it is so useful and flexible, but also because it delivers the music on a silver platter. The practical DAC module with HDMI input, and the quiet and crystal...

4 expert reviews

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Denon PMA-A110

Denon PMA-A110 is an amplifier that evokes warm, nostalgic feelings in the reviewer. First, it looks like something that could have been built in the heyday of Japanese hi-fi. Or rather: It resembles the beautified memory of that time – because even...

4 expert reviews

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Cambridge Audio CXA81

Class leaders are constantly being replaced in hi-fi, but rarely is it done so soundly as by Cambridge Audio’s CXA81 integrated amp

1 expert reviews | 151 user reviews

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Arcam AVR30

The Arcam AVR30 isn’t cheap, but the best rarely is. This flagship AV receiver combines extensive object-based support with class-leading room correction, powerful amplification, and uncompromising immersive processing. If you’re lucky enough to be...

2 expert reviews

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Naim Nait XS 3

The Nait XS 3 is a gentle upgrade but remains one of the most musically enticing options at this price

4 expert reviews

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McIntosh MC1502

The McIntosh MC1502 will go down in history as one of their classics, on a par with the MC275. It combines brutal control and quantities of power, with openness and sophistication. The amplifier is potent enough to power most speakers, and will only...

4 expert reviews