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Classe Sigma 2200i Integrated Amplifier Preview

Classe Sigma 2200i Integrated Amplifier Preview

Looking for a great integrated amp to start your two-channel hi-fi system? The Canadian manufacturer Classe, of The B&W Group along with Rotel, debuted he 2200i Integrated Amplifier this month with a price point of $5,500. It has a host of features and AV connectivity beyond most traditional integrated amplifiers and boasts some impressive power output into 4 ohm loads. Is this is yet another great addition to Classe’s truly audiophile line of products or just an overpriced integrated amp? Read on to find out.

Looking for an integrated amp to build a 2CH hi-fi system? Check out the Classe Sigma 2200i Integrated Amp. It boasts some impressive features and power output into 4 ohm loads. Read on for details.

— May 27, 2016 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Emotiva BasX Budget Line of Amplifiers & Preamps Preview

Emotiva BasX Budget Line of Amplifiers & Preamps Preview

Looking for a great budget minded AV processor, stereo preamp/tuner, integrated amp, or multizone amplifier? Emotiva launched a whole new series of affordable amplifiers and preamps dubbed BasX. The fact that you can pair their MC-700 AV Pre/Pro and A-700 seven-channel amplifier and have a separates solution for about the same price as a midline AV receiver, should give any audiophile pause that cares more about performance and function over features. Are these products right for you? You'll have to read on to find out.

Emotiva launched a whole new series of budget minded preamps and amplifiers dubbed BasX. With the MOST expensive unit coming in at $600, one of these might be right for you. Read on to find out.

— May 17, 2016 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Legacy Audio Powerbloc2 Dual Mono Class D Amplifier Preview

Legacy Audio Powerbloc2 Dual Mono Class D Amplifier Preview

Just a few short years ago, we would have scoffed at the idea that Class D-based amplifiers were audiophile-certified. That's all changed with the latest generation of ICEpower modules and Legacy Audio is putting both the audiophile and home theater world on notice with their new Powerbloc2 Dual Mono Amplifier. Don't let this amp's slim form-factor fool you. It's a 325w into 8 ohm, 650w into 4 ohm, and ultra-wide bandwidth powerhouse. It sports a true, dual-mono architecture to eliminate channel crosstalk and comes in at such a low price point that it made our jaws drop. Check out our in-depth preview.

Legacy Audio's Powerbloc2 Dual Mono Amplifier is built on the latest ICEpower modules dishing out 325W into 8 Ohms and 650W into 4 Ohms without the shortcomings of previous Class D designs.

— March 24, 2016 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Emotiva Announces Emersa Line of Preamps and Power Amplifiers

Emotiva Announces Emersa Line of Preamps and Power Amplifiers

Emotiva has unveiled a brand new line of audio gear dubbed Emersa. With the Emersa, Emotiva is targeting home users who want to balance elegant design, performance, and lifestyle options. The Emersa high efficient power amplifiers and EMP-1 pre-pro features Dirac room EQ are ALL built in the USA have OLED, slim chassis and modular architecture. Read on and be sure to also check out our YouTube Video Interview with Emotiva President Dan Laufman to get all of the details.

Emotiva's Emersa, the EMP-1 pre-pro, EPA-1 stereo pre, EPI-1 integrated, EDA-2 stereo amp, EDA-5, and EDA-7 multichannel amps are built in the USA have OLED, slim chassis and modular architecture.

— February 07, 2016 11:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Emotiva Announces Major Update with XPA Gen 3 Amplifiers

Emotiva Announces Major Update with XPA Gen 3 Amplifiers

Emotiva has delivered a major upgrade to its XPA lineup with the announcement of its third generation amplifiers debuted at CES 2016. The new XPA Gen 3 amplifiers are completely modular and upgradeable; feature a low-noise, highly efficient switched mode power supply; and are assembled right here in the USA. These new amps promise more power, more efficiency and lighter weight. Has Emotiva done it again? Read on for all the details and be sure to catch our YouTube interview with Emotiva Company President Dan Laufman to get the details.

Emotiva's XPA gen 3 amplifiers feature a modular architecture, upgradable amplifier modules, switched mode power supply, lighter weight, a low noise floor, Class H amp topology, and assembled in USA.

— December 21, 2015 16:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier Review

 Yamaha A-S801 Integrated Amplifier Review

The Yamaha A-S801 is an honestly rated 100 watt/ch stereo integrated amplifier. The inclusion of a high performance USB-B DAC updates its vintage appeal to the 21st century audiophile. Whether you're playing analog or digital audio, you can rest assured the A-S801 will bring your system to new sonic heights. This Yamaha amp will fit the bill nicely whether your building a hi resolution two-channel playback system in a dedicated listening space or using it for an upscale PC music system.

The Yamaha A-S801 is an honestly rated 100 watt/ch integrated amplifier with a built in high resolution USB-B DAC to power a serious dedicated two-channel or upscale PC system with pristine fidelity.

— November 01, 2015 19:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon HEOS Drive Multi-Room Audio System Preview

Denon HEOS Drive Multi-Room Audio System Preview

The Denon HEOS Drive fills a gap in the multi-room audio market that has been ignored for years. A great balance between the ease of set up and operation consumers demand, and the flexibility custom installers need, the Drive hits a sweet spot. At $2,499, this 4-zone amplifier sports a host of features that makes it a flexible solution. As the multi-room audio market moves from volume controls, IR repeaters, and FM tuners towards streaming sources and IP control, Denon seems poised to be a market leader.

The Denon HEOS Drive fills a big need in the multi-room audio market. Click through to learn what makes this 4-zone amp special.

— June 12, 2015 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Yamaha A-S301/501/701/801 Integrated Amplifier Preview

Yamaha A-S301/501/701/801 Integrated Amplifier Preview

Yamaha has come out with a solid lineup of integrated amplifiers geared towards soothing the two-channel audiophile in all of us. If you think that these integrated amplifiers are your father’s or grandfather’s integrated, you’d be sorely mistaken. Unlike the integrated amps of yesteryear, these new models have been designed for the modern audiophile. Rugged build quality, meaty power supply, conservative power ratings are all hallmarks of these new Yamaha integrated amplifiers. Now throw in a high end phono preamp and DAC and you're ready to enjoy all of your high resolution sources with pristine clarity. Best of all....they are affordable!

The Yamaha A-S301/501/701/801 Integrated Amplifiers boast power from 60W to 100W, will drive a 2 Ohm load, dual heatsinks with 4 output devices/ch, a big power supply, and variable loudness control.

— April 29, 2015 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Outlaw Model 5000 Five Channel Amplifier Review

Outlaw Model 5000 Five Channel Amplifier Review

Outlaw’s new Model 5000 five-channel amplifier was, until recently, a top secret project they were working on to put them back on the map of a high value per dollar ratio currently shared only by a select few manufacturers. Rated at a modest 120 watts/ch, how could this amp possibly stand out in a sea of more powerful competitors? We put one on our test bench and gave it a listen to find out. Our results may not only surprise you but more importantly put several of Outlaw’s competitors on notice. At $599, can this be the amplifier deal of the year? Read our review and watch our recently added YouTube Video to find out.

The Outlaw Model 5000 is a 5 channel 120 watt amplifier that over-delivers in power & performance. Great sound on the cheap without peer at $599. Best amp deal of the year? Watch our YouTube review.

— April 14, 2015 13:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier and DAC Preview

Parasound Halo Integrated Amplifier and DAC Preview

Parasound has just announced their new Halo Integrated Amplifier. The new Halo updates the classic integrated concept and updates it for the digital generation. It's a powerhouse rated at 160 watts/ch (8 ohms) and 240 watts/ch (4 ohm), high bias class A/AB, Dual-mono featuring a home theater bypass, and analog bass management for a 2.1 speaker configuration. With high end digital support including the latest generation ESS Sabre32 Reference DAC, DSD decoding, will the new Parasound Halo Integrated appeal to the current audiophile generation?

The Parasound Halo integrated amplifier is a powerful 160 watts/ch 2.1 High bias class A/AB, Dual-mono featuring a home theater bypass, bass management, ESS Sabre32 DAC, Native and DoP DSD decoding.

— April 02, 2015 09:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Mark Levinson № 536 Monaural Power Amplifier Preview

Mark Levinson № 536 Monaural Power Amplifier Preview

At CES 2015, Mark Levinson announced the № 536 Monaural Power Amplifier. This is a completely new design from the ground up from their new engineering facility. The No. 536 is slated to deliver 400W into 8 Ohms, 800W into 4 Ohms, and stable into 2 Ohm loads, and promises to drive just about any speaker to its potential. It's a fully differential design from input to output to take advantage of superior noise immunity and lower distortion compared to unbalanced designs. The amp is slated for release in the fall at an MSRP of $15,000. Read on for all the details.

The Mark Levinson No 536 is a fully balanced monoblock amplifier slated to deliver 400W (8 ohms), 800W (4 ohms), stable into 2 ohms loads with a massive power supply and hurricane binding posts.

— January 19, 2015 10:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Denon PMA-50 Lifestyle Stereo Amplifier Preview

Denon PMA-50 Lifestyle Stereo Amplifier Preview

The Denon PMA-50 delivers 50 watts of high-quality sound and features like HD Audio and Bluetooth with aptX in a compact size that doesn't suck up the space in a room. This could be the perfect cornerstone for a high-end headphone setup or computer-based HD-Audio setup. If you're rocking too-small, plasticy speakers and long for a compact system that can rival a full-sized setup, your search may end here.

The Denon PMA-50 Lifestyle Stereo Amplifier delivers 50 watts of high-quality sound and features like HD Audio and Bluetooth with aptX in a compact size that doesn't suck up the space in a room.

— January 14, 2015 05:30 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Parasound ZoneMaster Model 1250 Distribution Amp Preview

Parasound ZoneMaster Model 1250 Distribution Amp Preview

If you are thinking of installing a whole-home audio system, you're going to need a distribution amp. Distribution amps generally have lower power (but more channels) than dedicated home theater amplifiers. These are used to send audio all over you home in order to get the same content in multiple rooms. The problem with some distribution amplifiers is that they usually can only be used for distribution purposes. The new Parasound offering looks to buck that trend by being as versatile a distribution amp as we've ever seen.

Preview: If you are looking for a distribution amplifier, the Parasound ZoneMaster Model 1250 is an intriguing choice. It can accept up to 24 speakers, has 12 amp channels, and is stable into 2 ohms.

— September 22, 2014 05:10 in Audio Amplifier Reviews

Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amp & CD5005 CD Player Preview

Marantz PM5005 Integrated Amp & CD5005 CD Player Preview

Marantz's new PM5005 integrated amplifier ($499) and CD5005 CD player ($399) aren't what you'd qualify as revolutionary products. However, while they're similar in most respects to their predecessors, there are a few improvements under the hood worth talking about. Among other things, the PM5005 boasts a modest power increase while the CD5005 receives an upgraded DAC and improved transport mechanism. Want to know more? Click to read the full story.

Preview: Marantz's new PM5005 integrated amplifier and CD5005 CD player feature modest improvements over their predecessors including more power, an upgraded DAC, and improved aesthetics.

— July 01, 2014 08:00 in Audio Amplifier Reviews