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Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

Theory Audio 9CH System Demo Sets the Bar in Soundbar Performance

Theory Audio demonstrated their 9CH Soundbar Discrete speaker surround system powered by a 1U DSP tuned amplifier controller that delivered gut wrenching dynamics and sound redefining our expectations for this category of product. Check out our Youtube interview at CEDIA 2019 with company founder and engineer Paul Hales to learn about how he pulled this off.

Theory Audio demonstrated their 9CH Soundbar Discrete speaker surround system powered by a 1U DSP tuned amplifier controller that delivered gut wrenching dynamics and sound redefining our expectations for this category of product.

— September 17, 2019 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

Legacy iV7 600 Watt 7CH Amplifier Most Powerful Multi-CH Amplifier Ever?

Legacy Audio is dropping the gauntlet down with their new 600 wpc iV7 7CH and 8CH Class D amplifiers which they claim to be the most powerful home theater amplifiers in consumer audio to date. Armed with the latest ICE high power modules and independent power supplies gives us little reason to doubt this claim. The fact that Legacy uses these amplifiers in their $80k flagship Valor speaker system gives a good indication of amount of performance and power this platform offers. Did we also mention they look great? Read on for more details.

Legacy Audio's new 600 wpc iV7 7CH and 8CH Class D amplifiers are said to be the most powerful home theater amplifiers in consumer audio to date. The specs are as impressive as their looks. Read on.

— September 06, 2019 03:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

Denon PMA-600NE Stereo Integrated Amp Inflates Power But Not Price

Denon's new PMA-600NE Integrated Amplifier looks audiophile and sports 70 watts per channel for only $399! Or does it? Look closer and you'll see that Denon may be being ambitious with its power ratings. Read on to learn all of the juicy details of the affordable PMA-600NE integrated amplifier and matching CD player to see if our scrutiny is justified or if it's really a good deal for the price especially considering all of the audiophile features packed into this machine.

Denon's new $399 PMA-600NE 2CH Integrated Amp and $299 DCD-600NE CD Player pack great build quality and features into affordable audiophile compact form. Power is overstated but don't let deter you.

— September 03, 2019 04:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Anthem’s MDX Audio Distribution Systems Promise Audiophile Performance In Every Room Of The House

Anthem’s MDX Audio Distribution Systems Promise Audiophile Performance In Every Room Of The House

Anthem has launched a new series of advanced, multi-zone audio distribution systems aimed at audiophiles who want great-sounding music all around their homes. The MDX Series features Anthem’s ARC Genesis room correction as well as the ability to add subwoofers with custom bass management settings for every zone. The series includes the 8-zone, 16-channel MDX-16 ($2,999) and the 4-zone, 8-channel MDX-8 ($1,999). Both units are shipping now; read on to learn more.

Anthem's 8-zone MDX-16 and 4 zone MDX-8 audio distribution amplifiers are designed to provide high quality music all around your home boasting ARC Genesis room correction and bass management.

— August 21, 2019 01:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

NAD’s Masters Series M10 BluOs Streaming Amplifer Does It All

NAD’s Masters Series M10 BluOs Streaming Amplifer Does It All

The small and elegant NAD M10 BluOS Streaming Amplifier is a streamer, dac, and an integrated amp all squeezed into one small and stylish package. The $2,747 M10 features an MQA-capable ESS Sabre DAC and a Hypex nCore amplifier stage delivering 100 real-world watts per channel. Built-in room correction via Dirac Live helps the M10 sound its best even in less than ideal acoustical environments. Read on to learn more.

The small, elegant NAD M10 BluOS Streaming 100 wpc x 2 Amplifier is a streamer and DAC all squeezed into one small and stylish package with Dirac Room Correction. Is it worth the $2,500 price tag?

— June 24, 2019 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

ATI AT4002 Class AB and AT522NC Class D Amplifier Review Shootout

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies . The AT4000 class A/B and the AT522NC Class-D amplifiers both fit into the 200-watt sweet spot and both have surprisingly similar specifications. The AT500 series is 25% cheaper and up to 50% lighter than the AT4000’s. So, how do they compare? Let’s find out.

In market for a powerful 200 WPC amp? ATI has you covered with two completely different technologies. We compare the AT4000 class A/B and the AT522NC Class-D amplifiers to help you decide.

RichB — May 20, 2019 23:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Mark Levinson Unveils New 5000 Series Integrated Amps

Mark Levinson Unveils New 5000 Series Integrated Amps

Mark Levinson has introduced two new integrated amplifiers: the № 5802 ($7,000), and the № 5805 ($8,500). Though hardly cheap, these new products represent the least expensive amplification options from the company. Both feature built-in DACs, and both deliver 125 watts of class A/B power. The № 5802 is designed for digital sources only, while the № 5805 includes a patent-pending analog preamp section. Read on to learn more.

Mark Levinson has introduced two new integrated amplifiers: the № 5802, and the № 5805 and are their most affordable products yet. Read on to learn more about their different features and performance.

— December 04, 2018 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

NAD C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 Amplifier/DAC, C 588 Belt-Drive Turntable Preview

NAD C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 Amplifier/DAC, C 588 Belt-Drive Turntable Preview

Audio company NAD released information on three new hi-fi products unveiled at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest last month. The products include the upgradeable C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 amplifier/DAC, and the C 588 belt-drive turntable for hardcore vinyl enthusiasts. Read on for our first look at these new products from NAD to see what makes them so compelling to the modern audiophile.

NAD released three new hi-fi products, the C 658 Streaming DAC, D 3045 amplifier/DAC, and the C 588 belt-drive turntable. Read on to see what makes them so attractive to the modern audiophile.

— November 13, 2018 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon’s New ‘800NE’ Range Merges Classic Style With Modern Features

Denon’s New ‘800NE’ Range Merges Classic Style With Modern Features

Denon has introduced three new audio components that aim to combine the look and feel of classic Hi-Fi components with the functionality of a smart, streaming, multi-room audio system. Can the PMA-800NE integrated amplifier, DNP-800NE network audio player, and DCD-800NE CD player bridge the gap between the traditional and the cutting-edge? Read on to learn more.

Denon has introduced three new audio components '800NE’ series that aim to combine the look and feel of classic Hi-Fi components with the functionality of a smart, streaming, multi-room audio system.

— October 08, 2018 12:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

McIntosh’s MC462 Stereo Amplifier is a Powerhouse

McIntosh’s MC462 Stereo Amplifier is a Powerhouse

The new 450-watt/ch McIntosh MC462 is the company’s most powerful stereo power amplifier. With 50% more filter capacity and 66% more dynamic headroom than its predecessor, the “Quad Balanced” MC462 is the result of some serious engineering work. As you would expect from McIntosh, it’s also built like a tank, nice to look at, and more than a little pricey. Read on to see what new enhancements McIntosh made to their latest stereo amplifier.

The new 450-watt McIntosh MC462 is the company’s most powerful stereo power amplifier. As you would expect from McIntosh, it’s also built like a tank, nice to look at, and more than a little pricey.

— August 10, 2018 12:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Outlaw Audio Model 7220 7CH Amplifier Runs Cool Enough For Mr. Freeze

Outlaw Audio Model 7220 7CH Amplifier Runs Cool Enough For Mr. Freeze

Looking for a cool new amplifier with enough power to blow you away? The new Model 7220 seven channel amplifier from Outlaw Audio may be your answer. This class AB, fully balanced, differential design is rated to deliver 220W per channel into an 8-ohm load with ALL seven channels driven. Outlaw Audio teamed up with ATI Audio technologies to develop a powerful linear amplifier into a moderately heavy unit without the use of massive heat sinks. Read on to find out how this amplifier stays cool enough for Mr. Freeze.

Looking for a cool running new amplifier? Outlaw Audio's Model 7220 is a seven channel class AB fully balanced amp rated to deliver 220W per channel into an 8-ohm load with all seven channels driven.

— August 02, 2018 12:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Preview

Parasound Halo JC 5 Stereo Amplifier Preview

After 16 years of great reviews from their JC 1 amplifier, Parasound has finally given consumers exactly what they want: Two top-of-the-line Halo JC 1 monoblock power amplifiers integrated into a single chassis that is the same size as one JC 1. The new Parasound Halo JC 5 combines high power and ultra-high bias Class A/AB sonic quality at roughly two-thirds the price of a pair of JC 1s.

If you like the performance of the Parasound JC1 amplifier, but just couldn't justify the cost of two to run your system, check out their new JC5. Two monoblock amplifiers in one chassis! Read on!

— June 03, 2018 12:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

ATI AT6000 Signature Amplifier Review

ATI AT6000 Signature Amplifier Review

ATI is a well-known amplifier manufacturer that also builds amplifiers for Lexicon, Outlaw, SAE, and most recently Monoprice. Their Signature Series amplifiers are their top-of-the line reference offering. It is a fully balanced class A/B design using two toroidal transformers and independent secondary windings to provide separate power supplies for each channel. With configurations from 2 to 7 channels the ATI AT6000 series amplifier performance is as massive as its dimensions and weight; and yet, completely silent. Their performance matches and exceeds many mono-blocks while versatile enough to support bi-amplified and multi-channel audiophile systems.

With configurations from 2 to 7 channels the ATI AT6000 series amplifier performance is as massive as its dimensions and weight; and yet, completely silent. Read on to see what makes these amps great.

RichB — March 09, 2018 19:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

NAD M22 V2 Masters Series Amplifier Preview

NAD M22 V2 Masters Series Amplifier Preview

If you’re a fan of NAD electronics or if you’ve been thinking of upgrading your amp to a more sophisticated product brand you might want to check out NAD’s new M22 V2 Masters Series Amplifier released this year at CES, Las Vegas, Nevada. NAD’s new M22 V2 delivers a 20% increase in power over their previous model and adds bridging mode and an input sensitivity switch for system flexibility. Did they really offer a significant upgrade in performance without an increase in price? Read on.

NAD released their new M22 V2 Class D Masters Series Amplifier at CES 2018. The M22 V2 boasts a 20% increase in power over their previous model plus other significant upgrades at no cost increase.

— January 27, 2018 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews