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Recent 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

Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier Preview

Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier Preview

Anthem Electronics released their STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier at the 2017 CEDIA Expo. Like the STR integrated amplifier they released last year, the new separates both feature a fresh industrial design and premium audio circuit components and Anthem ARC room correction. The power amplifier is a no holds barred class AB rated to 800 watts/ch into 2 ohms. The entire series is proudly designed, engineered, and Crafted in Canada. Check out all of the details to see if these babies will be in your next two-channel rig.

Anthem Electronics released their STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier at CEDIA 2017. These new separates feature Anthem Arc room correction and premium audio components with gobs of power reserve

— September 26, 2017 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Rotel 1572 Series Integrated Amplifier, Preamp, and CD Player Preview

Rotel 1572 Series Integrated Amplifier, Preamp, and CD Player Preview

For over half a century audio manufacturer Rotel has been putting out award winning hi-fi components. Rotel's newest lineup of 15 series components was recently released and include an integrated amplifier, stereo preamp, and their newest CD player which processes digital signals up to 24-bits in length at sampling rates from 8 kHz to 192 kHz. To see what Rotel has to offer with their new 15 series components, read on.

Rotel's new lineup of 15 series components was recently released and include an integrated amplifier, stereo preamp, and their newest CD player. Check out our preview to see if they're right for you.

— July 29, 2017 09:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Monoprice Monolith 7-Channel Amplifier Review

Monoprice Monolith 7-Channel Amplifier Review

Monoprice may have made its name making cheap HDMI cables but there's absolutely nothing cheap about their new line of audiophile-grade Monolith amplifiers. The Monolith 7 is a 7-channel, 200wpc (with all channels driven), 93 pound beast of an amplifier. From its build to astonishing real-world performance the Monolith 7 may just rank as one of the best price/performance amplifiers you can buy. We put the Monolith through a battery of tests and came away impressed. Read our full review and watch our YouTube Video to see why the Monolith really is THAT good.

The Monoprice Monolith is an astounding 7-channel, 200wpc amplifier with two massive teroidal transformers delivering gobs of power and textbook performance at a value price point. Our amp of the year

— March 30, 2017 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Marantz SA-10 SACD/CD Player/DAC and PM-10 Integrated Amplifier Preview

Marantz  SA-10 SACD/CD Player/DAC and PM-10 Integrated Amplifier Preview

Hi-Fi company Marantz released information on their new audio products in preparation for the January 2017 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Their Premium 10 series is their most advanced Hi-Fi combination to date and includes the SA-10 SACD/CD player/DAC and PM-10 fully balanced Integrated Amplifier. This duo features Marantz’ renowned audio technologies designed to deliver great sound from high-resolution audio formats and CDs alike. So if you’re in the market for a great new SACD/CD player and Integrated Amplifier pair, the Marantz SA and PM-10 might be right for you. Read on to find out more.

Marantz released information on their new audio products Their Premium 10 series includes the SA-10 SACD/CD player/DAC and PM-10 Integrated Amplifier. Read on to find out if they're right for you.

— December 20, 2016 20:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Outlaw Audio 7140 7CH Amplifier Preview

Outlaw Audio 7140 7CH Amplifier Preview

Outlaw Audio had lofty goals when redesigning their 7125 into the new 7140. How do you take a great amplifier and give it increased power (140wpc x 7), improved performance, greater reliability, AND an enhanced user experience for only $100 more than the original price of their 7125? They kept their classic AB amplification and added some amazing redesigns. But, was it worth it? Read on to find out.

Outlaw Audio redesigned their 7125 into their 7140. How do you take a great amplifier and give it increased power, improved performance, greater reliability, AND an enhanced user experience? Read on.

— November 21, 2016 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Anthem STR Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview

Anthem STR Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview

Anthem is strengthening its presence in the two-channel audio space with the introduction of the STR Integrated Amplifier which they unveiled at the CEDIA 2016 Expo show. Built with high end components, a MC and MM phono preamp and high resolution 32-bit/384 kHz DAC, the STR is ready to meet your audiophile needs. Able to pump 600 watts into 2 ohm loads, it can also easily power the most demanding loudspeakers as well. Looking to get your two-channel fix? Try Anthem!

Anthem has stepped up their two-channel game with their new STR Integrated amplifier built with high end components, MC/MM phone input, 32-bit/384 kHz DAC's and 600 watts of power into 2ohm loads.

— September 30, 2016 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Monoprice 2CH/3CH/5CH and 7CH Amplifier Comparison Preview

Monoprice 2CH/3CH/5CH and 7CH Amplifier Comparison Preview

Monolith took the internet by storm with their 7x200 Multi-Channel Home Theater Power Amplifier. Monoprice has answered the calling to offer 2CH, 3CH and 5CH versions of this field tested, impeccably built amplifier. Starting at just $999, you can have the 2CH version of this meaty Class AB amp that will dish out a solid 200wpc continuously (8 ohm). Give your AV receiver a shot of adrenaline by picking up one of these babies today. Your speakers will thank you.

Monoprice is offering 2CH, 3CH and 5CH versions of their awesome 7CH amplifier that made everyone take notice last summer. Starting at $999, you will get 200wpc that will make your speakers sing.

— September 16, 2016 12:05 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Rotel 14 Series A14/A12 Integrated Amplifiers & CD Player Preview

Rotel 14 Series A14/A12 Integrated Amplifiers & CD Player Preview

Rotel has just introduced their new 14 series of integrated amplifiers and CD player to continue their legacy of offering high performance affordable audio that made them famous nearly a half century ago. The A14 ($1,299) features 80wpc, high performance AKM DAC and bluetooth connectivity. The A12 steps down to 60wpc but offers similar features and saves you $400. The CD14 ($599) uses similar Wolfson DAC's found on the A12, and is also controllable via a downloadable App to your Smartphone.

Rotel just introduced their new A14 and A12 integrated amplifiers and CD14 CD player to continue their legacy of offering high performance affordable audio that made them famous nearly a half century

— September 13, 2016 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Pass Labs F7 Class A Stereo Power Amplifier Preview

Pass Labs F7 Class A Stereo Power Amplifier Preview

Pass Labs unveiled their new F7 power amplifier with emphasis on sonic purity and getting the first watt right. Unlike other models in their line up, the F7 is a relatively low power (25W/channel into 8-ohms) simple Class A circuit, that sells for a whopping $3k. Pass Labs touts the usage of minimal negative feedback in this design, but is that a good thing? Is Class A operation really necessary in this day and age where electronics have evolved so much and we are more conscious about energy conservation?

Pass Labs unveiled their F7 stereo Class A amplifier rated at 25 watt/ch with an asking price of $3k. It's touted as a minimalist design, but is that a good thing? Read on to find out.

— August 05, 2016 00:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews