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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Mar 26, 2023 16:23
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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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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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Moon 340i

The 2016 BMW 340i Sedan is the compact luxury car front-runner, both for driving enthusiasts and for those merely looking for a top-notch luxury car experience.

11 expert reviews

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Primare I15 Prisma

If you are looking for a compact amplifier with good rhythm and drive, while at the same time being resolved enough to convey the music in a believable way, Primare I15 Prisma should definitely be on the list. It has more power than the size suggests,...

6 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 MA7200

The McIntosh amplifier is a superb all-rounder. It drives most of the speakers, it kicks off the bass so it cracks its bones, and it has buckets of refined sound to offer. It can simply play anything on anything, better than most. It certainly lacks...

3 expert reviews

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Marantz PM7000N

Despite having a foot firmly in every camp, its presentation is impactful and gracious—an overall solid performer packed with value. Digital is easy to set up, and while the phono section isn’t perfect, it reveals plenty of detail and has a nice,...

8 expert reviews | 51 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.

9 expert reviews | 10 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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Audiolab 6000A

Audiolab's all-in-one integrated amplifier is a remarkable component that delivers excellent sound quality, build quality and functionality. Audiolab's all-in-one integrated amplifier is a remarkable component that delivers excellent sound quality,...

6 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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Cyrus One

The Cyrus One HD Integrated Amplifier is not inexpensive at $1,500 but nobody said that great sound quality would be cheap either. The Cyrus One HD Integrated Amplifier is not inexpensive at $1,500 but nobody said that great sound quality would be...

10 expert reviews | 4 user 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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Pro-Ject Phono BOX DS

The Pro-Ject DS3 B incorporates technology from high-end phono preamplifiers, bringing the balanced input listening experience to a far larger audience.

2 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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McIntosh C22

The McIntosh C22 Mk V is not an amplifier for those who want everything conveniently placed in one cabinet. But for those who want a sound that is a bit in the style of the retro design, and may prefer to enjoy the music from vinyl, the C22 is a...

2 expert reviews

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Denon AVR-X2700H

Denon’s AVR-X2700H provides an affordable jumping on point for the brand’s 2021 X-series AV receivers. The price tag hints at budget components, but in a smaller viewing room (rather than a cavernous theater), it defies expectations.

3 expert reviews | 241 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR696

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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Denon AVC-X6700H

This AVR has Audyssey XT32 room correction and is now compatible with the new MultEQ-X app for PC ($199) that offers deep configuration options to Audyssey users. You can tune this AVR to extremely high-performance levels and it’ll grow with your needs...

5 expert reviews

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Marantz Model 30

Marantz Model 30 is a magnificent amplifier for both eyes and ears, and the quality goes beyond most things.

4 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...

7 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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Rega Elicit

Rega adds more functionality than we’re used to, but doesn’t alter the sonic characteristics we’ve always admired.

15 expert reviews

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Tangent Ampster BT

The Tangent Ampster BT II can warm the heart of an old hi-fi geek. Be it so that it is far from flawless, but those are tniy blemishes that fade in light of the fact that here we get a really integrated stereo amplifier at a price that is so low that...

6 expert reviews

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McIntosh MA12000

History is filled with powerful, integrated amplifiers. Krell FBI, Musical Fidelity M6 si500, Gryphon Diablo 300, and more from McIntosh. I would argue that the MA12000 is the most usable of them all. With a total of 17 inputs, DAC, MM and MC input,...

3 expert reviews

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Primare I35 Prisma

So well equipped, and so right. Primare I35 Prisma speaks the truth, with tight sound and great sound. Then it plays what files and services should be.

4 expert reviews

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McIntosh MC462

If I were to pick from the top shelf, the McIntosh MC462 would be in the top five list of amps I could live with for the rest of my life. It does everything right and nothing wrong, is built to last for generations, and sounds great no matter what you...

2 expert reviews