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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Jul 30, 2021 16:08
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Cambridge Audio CXN V2

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,...

2 expert reviews

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Denon AVC-X3700H

A surprisingly big improvement on its already excellent predecessor, the AVC-X3700H could well be the performance-per-pound pick of Denon's 2020 range

4 expert 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.

4 expert reviews

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Tangent Ampster BT

A revised version of Tangent's original Ampster BT (HFC 409), the BT II's outward appearance looks much the same but the Danish maker claims improved digital amps and cooling to deliver 2x 25W into 8ohm (2x 50W into 4ohm). There's a good selection of...

4 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...

4 expert reviews

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Chord Electronics Hugo TT 2

The Chord Hugo TT2 is a DAC, preamp, and headphone amplifier capable of DSD512 and PCM 32BIT/768kHz decoding. It is priced at £3995.

2 expert reviews

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Marantz SR

A great reciver. I compared it to the Denon AVCX 3700 in a test at home and found there to be a clear difference to the quality of the sound. It had more depth and warmth but it was still detailed.

9 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X2700H

Full features and class-leading home cinema sound - it’s a very reasonable price for a very good AVR

1 expert reviews | 126 user reviews

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Audiolab 6000A

Audiolab's 6000A integrated amplifier-DAC may retail for $949.99, but it doesn't look or feel it -- from the fit and finish of its metalwork to the feel of its controls to its bright OLED display, it's more up- than downmarket. The 6000A is also highly...

5 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR696 (TX-NR696-S)

The Onkyo TX-NR696 is a crowd-pleasing AV receiver with plenty of power, oodles of features and connections and a dynamic sound.

3 expert 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...

19 expert reviews | 124 user reviews

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Denon AVC-X4700H

The AVC-X4700H is 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz-capable, ensuring this mid-range receiver ideally suited to next-generation sources – but it's the nine-channel power plant, 11-channel processing functionality and wide-ranging format support that make it a...

3 expert reviews

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MDR-110LP Headphones

I bought my Linn 22 years ago because it offered far better phono sound than my McIntosh Laboratory C27 solid-state preamp. When I heard the Cambridge Audio Duo through my system, I thought, “Aha! Finally, I've found a phono stage that offers that...

5 expert reviews

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Bluesound Powernode 2i

Bluesound's Powernode 2i Wireless Streaming Amplifier and Pulse Flex 2i Wireless Streaming Speaker deliver high-quality audio, premium...

6 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Yamaha AVENTAGE MX-A5000

Yamaha launched a new series of premium two-channel audio components- The 5000 Series. With a $8k turntable, $10k preamp, $10k amp, and $15k/pr speakers, Yamaha is doubling down on 2 channel audio.

6 expert reviews | 10 user 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.

4 expert reviews

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic

Exquisite sound quality ; Volume control is handy ; Great fit and finish ; Unnoticeably light and compact

31 expert reviews | 410 user reviews

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Yamaha RX-V485

The Yamaha RX-V485 offers high-quality sound at an affordable price, but for some people it's worth paying more for extra inputs and and Dolby Atmos capability.

4 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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Nevertheless, the Vena is still an interesting proposition, not least because of the apparent shift by Quad to a more driven, potent sound. Whether this direction is taken with the company’s future products remains to be seen – but for now, Vena is a...

6 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

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Teac AX 3000

The TEAC Distinction line certainly seems to be well thought out and well matched to each other. The CD-3000 with its 192kHz upsampling before decoding and dual differential DACs has us excited.

5 expert reviews

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Marantz SR8012

We reviewed the Marantz SR8012 11.2CH streaming AV receiver which decodes EVERY immersive surround format, supports the latest in 4K UHD resolution and has a meaty amp section confirmed in our bench tests.

2 expert reviews

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Denon AVC-X8500H

Denon has cooked up a storm with its latest AV Amplifier. How good? Read on to see if Denon's AVC-X8500H earns just one, or a trio of Michelin stars.

7 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Marantz SR8012

12 months after Sound United's ownership of Denon and Marantz, good things are emerging. The latest product from the Marantz stable is the flagship SR8012 11.2 channel AV amplifier. We take a closer look.

9 expert reviews

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Cyrus One

Cyrus has added Chromecast and voice assistant compatibility to its range of One amplifiers, but forgot to improve the sound

8 expert reviews | 4 user reviews