Amplifier reviews

Arcam A18 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A18
True, every now and again a part in the British firm might fail to excite the fires, unless 'preoccupied' is a fire, but their success-to-miss rate is quite striking. With 50W per channel, this signifies Arcam's notion of an entry level machine, but, when it comes to pricing, and truly operation,...
Arcam A19 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A19
The A19 is also among the more affordable amps in the evaluation and is the lowest amplifier. Regardless of this, you get a good sum for the £650. This layout comes with a MM phono stage as well as five analogue input signals. Interestingly, for people with no turntable and six input sources, the...
Arcam A28 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A28
The Arcam FMJ A28 principle of operation is recognizable enough, with the large knob used individually and to adjust menu and volume settings-labelled buttons call up a couple more functions and to choose inputs. Using electronic input signal- switching and volume control has empowered Arcam to offer...
Arcam A38 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A38
Not much has changed with Arcam's amps in recent years, at least. That's certainly fine by this observer, who thought they were thought-out when they initially appeared and hasn't found any reason to shift opinion since. For instance, it's entirely electronic switching and volume control: but you still...
Arcam A39 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A39
While the type system may not rule British society just how it did, it is still an inescapable fact of life if you're an amplifier. Even with the quick march of technology, the tremendous improvements in the as well as computerisation pushes reached by ultra large-scale integration, there is simply no...
Arcam A49 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A49
Within the last couple of years, Arcam has been beavering away at a brand new range of amplifiers. I had been told by an insider in the Cambridge-based firm the brief was to create the "finest-sounding amps" it could, with cost a "secondary consideration". They may be thus really 'state of the Arcam',...
Arcam A70 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A70
The' fascia bears a distinct similarity to existing versions, with details such as the layout of switches and knobs, and the green that is educational screen common to a number of other versions in the business. With regard to specifications, it offers no surprises with six line inputs as well as...
Arcam A85 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A85
The past couple of years have been difficult ones for manufacturers. With declining sales in some sectors of the two-channel separates market many have felt the need to expand their product range to encompass A/V products. The audiophile likes of Musical Fidelity, Roksan and now the “UK's leading manufacturer...
Arcam A90 Amplifier
Amplifier Arcam A90
The A90 is a stereo piece in several ways an average line level incorporated with seven inputs, preout, dual loudspeaker terminals etc. Like a lot of its own ilk, it provides a phono period in this instance, as an optional extra as an otherwise blanked hole is occupied by the necessary outlet without...
Audiolab 8200A Amplifier
Amplifier Audiolab 8200A
Any hi-fi buff who has not learned of Audiolab honestly is not one. It was refined enough for the classical music of Father could pour out serious levels of electricity for young Gary's celebrations, when the people went out without going bang. The brand found a reversal of possession of a decade...
Audiolab 8300A Amplifier
Amplifier Audiolab 8300A
Audiolab has enjoyed a renaissance since becoming part of China's giant IAG group just over a decade ago. Innovative goods including the MDAC and Q-DAC digital-to-analogue converters have turned into a benchmark for quality at their price points, while the 8200CDQ was a groundbreaking CD player - just...
Cambridge Audio Azur 651A Amplifier
Amplifier Cambridge Audio Azur 651A
Around forty years back, every single integrated amp subsequently made aspired to be like this one. Gilded with umpteen different fascia knobs and styled, blessed with a significant quantity of electricity, buttons and switches, this can be the kind of thing that might have captured the interest. So...
Cambridge Audio Azur 740A Amplifier
Amplifier Cambridge Audio Azur 740A
It should not come as a surprise, in a sound market controlled by bristling home theatre receivers, but it took a while to get used to a programmable LCD screen on a hifi amp. Which will not be accurate, but should Cambridge Audio be taken when they trim a hardcore analogue unit with digital frippery?...
Cambridge Audio Azur 840A Amplifier
Amplifier Cambridge Audio Azur 840A
Efficiently a house brand Cambridge Audio's Azur 840A £700 pricetag of Richer Sounds, may not be everyone's concept of budget, but it is not jaw-droppingly expensive either. It is also an incredibly remarkable little bit of kit having a front panel that is a denser ball of aluminium than you will...
Copland CTA-506 Amplifier
Amplifier Copland CTA-506
History, they had supposed, was linear and thermionic valves would certainly be well and actually part of it... Not thus, it appears. As phonograph record has shown us, it is difficult to help keep a great technology down, and valves have at least something to offer in terms of the job of amplifying...
Creek Destiny 2 Amplifier
Amplifier Creek Destiny 2
Creek describes this model as its 'high-end' offering: that is not absolute, of course, but it is definitely true that that is the most fancy and most highly given model ever produced by the stalwart of wise audio that's Creek. It is a very solid device very smart, fairly slimline, astonishingly heavy,...
CREEK EVOLUTION 100A Amplifier
Amplifier CREEK EVOLUTION 100A
Michael Creek first made a name for himself back in the early eighties. It cost around GBP100 and shook the British hi-fi world to its very foundations, because it seemed much better than anyone could have anticipated given its modest price. A compact, slimline design housed in a hand-painted wooden...
Creek Evolution 50A Amplifier
Amplifier Creek Evolution 50A
Creek continues to be a strong competition in this cost section for years as well as the Evolution 50A is its latest offering to challenge the group. For this end, the 50A makes usage of Creek's brand string of low impedance output signal capacitors to act as one component and a promised 200W transformer....
Creek Evolution 5350 Amplifier
Amplifier Creek Evolution 5350
You will definitely recall early Creek amplifiers if you have a long memory for issues sound. To that particular extent, Creek has not changed tack one bit. You can reveal this version that is new as an ideal example of just that term, replacing '2010' for '1980s' to anybody. Physically, nevertheless,...
Cyrus 6A Amplifier
Amplifier Cyrus 6A
Here's another amplifier that's evolved from an early eighties antecedent. The first Mission Cyrus amplifiers introduced the winning formula of excellent sound in a small carton, and also the mid-nineties Cyrus 3 refined the package with the lovely alloy casework. Several generations further on, the...
Denon PMA-50 Amplifier
Amplifier Denon PMA-50
All these were found in the firm's European summit a year ago, where it was clear in the layout of the screen it is taking private sound really seriously: while the AV receivers and the like were ordered round the sides of the exhibit space, the desktop computer products were quite actually put centre...
Electrocompaniet ECI 3 Amplifier
Amplifier Electrocompaniet ECI 3
Electrocompaniet has existed for quite a while and while this amp definitely does not date from the first times of the firm, it is hardly a spring chicken. It is a notably big animal, deep and broad, which can be only partially accounted for from the employment of through-hole parts which take up much...
Electrocompaniet PI-2 Amplifier
Amplifier Electrocompaniet PI-2
Despite somewhat patchy UK supply before, Electrocompaniet is a firm having a long and honourable history. Characteristics and building will not be extremely from the common, although input signal lineup is somewhat unusual in having two balanced inputs alongside both ones that are unbalanced (all...
Exposure 3010S2D Amplifier
Amplifier Exposure 3010S2D
Times trends and change with it. It appears that folks purchasing amplifiers that are integrated in 2015 anticipate or really need the stripped down minimalism that came . These days, the strain needs digital functionality accessible to its customers, should they want it. I have to admit I'm a huge...
Hegel H100 Amplifier
Amplifier Hegel H100
Understated sophistication. Quality. Substance. In the event the underlying opinions expressed in those phrases appeals to you personally, an integrated amplifier may function as the alternative to some clear-cut system that is though amazing. The prospect of cables and fewer chassis afforded through...
Hegel H160 Amplifier
Amplifier Hegel H160
Scandinavia is celebrated for natty knitwear, its broody TV detective shows, unforgiving weather and magnificent design aesthetic, but is also becoming understood for hifi superiority. Norwegian maker Hegel is part of a tide of Nordic names grabbing our focus, and this is its latest integrated amplifier,...
Hegel H200 Amplifier
Amplifier Hegel H200
Integrated amplifiers embody the "get the work done using minimal price and bustle" strategy, which appeals to my practical side profoundly. Yes, you can find drawbacks, for example the close existence of isolated magnetic fields of the power-amp section interfering with all the fine circuits of the...
Hegel H300 Amplifier
Amplifier Hegel H300
The Hegel H300 is an integrated amplifier/DAC. Although for most British folks Hegel's sole claim to fame was being immortalised in the 'Philosopher's Song' by Monty Python's Flying Circus ("David Hume/Could out-have/Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel"), he was in fact among the driving forces behind German...
Hegel H360 Amplifier
Amplifier Hegel H360
All-in-one integrated amplifiers are like golfers - they must do three things well. Play precise iron shots golfers must drive with power and then putt direct. Golfers and one-box amplifiers put within an average score and regularly struggle with among the skills. Then comes a Tiger. The H360 is Hegel's...
Hegel H80 Amplifier
Amplifier Hegel H80
The firm has a solid technology pedigree and its own strategy to its sound merchandise variety that is wide-ranging would be to do things quite differently in the standard. That is DAC and an integrated amplifier in one carton which is setting out its stall to offer quality along with convenience....
Leema Pulse Amplifier
Amplifier Leema Pulse
Occasionally the greatest impression can be made by the most insignificant things. We were taken together with the power button with this amp. There is a great deal more to enjoy about the Pulsation amp, needless to say. The remaining portion of the leading panel, for starters, is a big brushed aluminium...
Luxman L-550AX Amplifier
Amplifier Luxman L-550AX
Nobody could accuse Luxman of subsequent fashion. At least not vogue from this decade - or century even. For in these days of pared down, fairly minimalist - amplifiers that are appearing its latest L-550AX integrated appearances nothing less than something directly from the 1970s. In other words...
Marantz PM6005 Amplifier
Amplifier Marantz PM6005
Here we've an illustrious business that began as a purveyor of a few of the finest in the United States -sounding valve amplifiers ever made. Subsequently the possession of Marantz ended up with Philips where it became renowned for outstanding Japanese-built affordable hi fi separates. That is a bright-looking...
Marantz PM8003 Amplifier
Amplifier Marantz PM8003
Marantz efficiently has two product lines for two channel stereo - the routine items (version numbers in the thousands) as well as the esoteric (version numbers). The PM8003 is now the highest part boasting (would not you think?) It is no idle boast as it is a well more fancy amp in lots of ways than...
Micromega MyAmp Amplifier
Amplifier Micromega MyAmp
The name says it all. In a Googled-up universe that tracks your every on-line movement as a way to sell you things you would like to purchase, the zeitgeist is caught by this new miniature Micromega carton perfectly. The MyAmp is your amp, because you are an individual. It is something that is made for...
Monitor Audio A100 Amplifier
Amplifier Monitor Audio A100
For Essex-based Monitor Audio the sole method isn't loudspeakers, which it may make and sell standing on its head. After impressing with Essex's W100 AirStream active desktop computer stereo speakers and dabbling in loudspeaker docks it's entering the brand new world of streaming and amplification. Sporting...
Moon I.1 Amplifier
Amplifier Moon I.1
But the Moon i.1 isn't just a shrinking violet, even though its 50-watt evaluation is pretty small by current standards as well as the unit isn't at all daunting to behold. It is definitely practical as well as tidy as we shall see. The truth is, it is every inch a classic no frills incorporated....
Moon I3.3 Amplifier
Amplifier Moon I3.3
That is only one of an increasing variety of integrated amps to add an electronic input signal, either as as regular or, as in this instance an optional extra. It makes plenty of sense: you do not want a tremendous number of circuitry to make a fairly decent DAC already it is rather a straightforward...
Myryad MXI2080 Amplifier
Amplifier Myryad MXI2080
The large Myryad news of late has been but the business's variety of normal stereo, the Mi all in one (and truly multi-station) products continues to flourish. It is consistently interesting to find out old favourites stack up against beginners, thus its reappearance, although it hasn't changed substantially...
Myryad Z240 Amplifier
Amplifier Myryad Z240
This hi-fi type is not as instantly recognisable as Audiolab 8200A or Cyrus 6A say, but still has great design provenance. So despite being relatively unknown in the audiophile firmament that is large, there is an actual pedigree supporting the name. The Z240 replaces the Z142, an entry level (as...
NAD C356BEE Amplifier
Amplifier NAD C356BEE
Possibly more than some other brand in this evaluation, NAD is focused on affordable integrated amplifiers that deliver top-notch performance for practical outlay, dating all the way back to the 3020. The company has n't forgotten its roots and the C356BEE DAC is lots of amp for the cash while it has...
NAD C372 Amplifier
Amplifier NAD C372
In the '80s, NAD made its name on the rear of budget amplifiers such as the infamous 3020. They price pocket money were scrawny, and were not very well put together, but they seemed miles better than the dominant Japanese competitors despite their low power output. Does it outpace its rivals like its...
NAD D3020 Amplifier
Amplifier NAD D3020
I thought the D3020 a little strange when it came out last year. I did not quite 'get it', and neglected to see the form factor would alter drastically. Now, however, the thought has sunk in. Its 'stand up' layout is eye-catching, and appears and feels wonderful with its rubberised side panels, fascia...
NAD D7050 Amplifier
Amplifier NAD D7050
You could think you have already seen the D7050 as it appears strikingly much like NAD's D3020 amp and D1050 DAC gracing our review pages in recent months. The D7050 here, nevertheless, is an entirely more comprehensive bundle, and uses the Direct Digital circuitry, handed down in the firm's high end...
NAD M12/M22 Amplifier
Amplifier NAD M12/M22
As the manufacturer of among the very most famous budget amplifiers of time - the 3020, which first appeared in the conclusion of the '70s offering a preference of audiophilia to get an extremely fair GBP80 and changing something in the area of 500,000 units in three years -it is scarcely surprising...
Onkyo A-9010 Amplifier
Amplifier Onkyo A-9010
As the nineties slowly morphs from contemporary to historic, let's reflect and pause on the hi fi of the decade. It was all the Pioneer A-400's fault as I remember, and this began a trend for Sonys, Kenwoods, Marantzs, etc. all fettled notably for us. Maybe it is more useful to discuss with regards...
Parasound A31 Amplifier
Amplifier Parasound A31
Although Parasound's Halo amplifiers have stayed basically unchanged for more than a decade, they're considered to provide outstanding value, even by the standards of today: benchmark-quality audio for budget costs. Boasting classic circuit designs costs which range from just under $1000 to a couple...
Pioneer A-20 Amplifier
Amplifier Pioneer A-20
Recall integrated amps? Thus does Pioneer. The company's new Elite A-20 is an unabashed throwback: two stations, no radio, analog input signals that are a few (no digital), a couple of knobs. I do not care about radio, 'cause it is all junk anyhow. And I do not care about weight, size, buttons, or...
Pioneer A-50 Amplifier
Amplifier Pioneer A-50
The A-50 boasts superb finish allied to a wide variety of characteristics, plus an awful lot of electricity - at least that is on paper. 90W RMS is maintained, making it among the very most strong here. That is not impossible in the cost as a result of using Class D, which can be a more affordable method...
Pioneer A-70 Amplifier
Amplifier Pioneer A-70
That is the flagship of Pioneer's current stereo output signal and is the greatest and most significant amplifier here. Not content having the most metalwork, the A-70 also has the most complete spec. The sole feature not available is a set - this is not too astonishing, although as none of the Pioneer...
Pioneer A-A9 MK2 Amplifier
Amplifier Pioneer A-A9 MK2
The A9 is a completely double-mono design, at least as far as the energy amplifier stages are worried. The preamplifier segment is a normal stereo board, including a phono phase switchable (at the back) between going-magnet and moving-coil sensitivity. There's also a USB outlet on the back, designed...
PrimaLuna Prologue One Amplifier
Amplifier PrimaLuna Prologue One
Chinese manufacture, the ProLogue One and the merchandise of design that is Dutch certainly feels a cut above your typical Shenzhen tube amp that is cheerful and cheap. It's an all-steel building, well painted in metallic gunmetal grey, and there's a valve cage comprised which is suggested for those...
PrimaLuna Prologue Two Amplifier
Amplifier PrimaLuna Prologue Two
Made in China and designed in Holland, the amps of PrimaLuna are basically valve layouts that are classic, however they some modern design touches as well as bring distinguishing aesthetics. One characteristic that is noteworthy is 'Adaptive vehicle prejudice'. Prejudice is a longstanding pain in the...
Primare I30 Amplifier
Amplifier Primare I30
An author to create see-through any conflicts of interest is paid for by it he might confront appropriate first of a hardware review. In this instance, I have to confess a particular prejudice as I possess the sample in regards to the Primare I30 amplifier. I Will try and make sure it stays interesting...
Rega Brio-R Amplifier
Amplifier Rega Brio-R
The people at Rega are not in charge of balancing the trade deficit. While a significant number of priced hifi is now made in China, Rega continues to make strong layouts constructed by hand by skilled craftspeople in its UK factory. The organization makes a 50wpc integrated amplifier with the outstanding...
Rega Elex-R Amplifier
Amplifier Rega Elex-R
Rega's latest midrange amp is not much to look at but it's made quite an entry: the Elex-R got a glowing five star review before making off as 'Best amplifier GBP800-GBP1500'. The inquiry is, does it have the legs to sit quite in the top for the future? It definitely has the workings of an excellent...
Rega Elicit Amplifier
Amplifier Rega Elicit
Any similarity to the present amp is not profound at most, as this layout is not old in layout, specification and theory. It is an 80-watt-rated amp assembled right into a familiar-seeming Rega case. All around the mounted mains transformer would be the parts, mostiy surface- that do amplifying...
Rega Elicit-R Amplifier
Amplifier Rega Elicit-R
The longer we have understood the Rega Elicit-R, the more we have fallen in love with it. It won an easy five stars, but did not win its group evaluation at that cost, being only pipped by the Roksan Caspian M2 when we first discovered it last year. What instantly catches our focus is how great...
Roksan Caspian M2 Amplifier
Amplifier Roksan Caspian M2
Styled, Roksan products never seem to appear hip, which gives a certain timelessness to them that lots of will value. In a beauty contest, the Caspian M2 incorporated would surely win no prizes to my eyes, but it is usually very well built because of its cost. Its stainless steel casework is liked...
Roksan K3 Amplifier
Amplifier Roksan K3
The Roksan K3 has some huge shoes to fill. Up until a number of years back, its Kandy K2 stablemate was clearly one of our favourites in the cost. The K3 is expecting to score a success that is similar, but at a cost that is new, jumping from just under GBP 1000. While the power supply segment has...
Rotel RA-12 Amplifier
Amplifier Rotel RA-12
Rotel has been a long standing adversary but historically its amps were never the most feature-laden versions going. But no more, as the RA-12 is possessed of a rational few bells and whistles. At the same time as four line-level input signals, it has four digital inputs (although not one of these is...
Rotel RA-1570 Amplifier
Amplifier Rotel RA-1570
The integrated amplifier is certainly a useful barometer in measuring the present path of home sound. The coming of Compact Disc in the 1980 s began a move from vinyl playback and place the line stage to the limelight. The 2nd decade of the 21st Century streamed as digital files or has found music lovers...
Rotel RMB-1095 Amplifier
Amplifier Rotel RMB-1095
This amplifier is not really light that it needs wheels that are little to assist owners steer the amp in stand spaces that are tight. Adorable touch, but undoubtedly needed. Toroidal transformers, with 200 watts across all five stations, this amp is large enough to want those casters that are little. In...
TEAC AI-1000 Amplifier
Amplifier TEAC AI-1000
Teac has re-entered the two-channel market at this price point after some time away as well as the AI-1000 is the smallest of three incorporated stereo amps in a new range with fitting SACD players. Little is a relative term and other than the Pioneer that is burly, this is the largest amp here. It is...
Teac AI-301DA Amplifier
Amplifier Teac AI-301DA
Once upon a time in the event you mentioned audiophile and the words computer in the exact same sentence you'd happen to be chased out of town. Understanding hires formats may be more daunting than deciphering the Da Vinci code but something that's incontrovertible is that lacking an outside DAC and...
Technics SU-C700 Amplifier
Amplifier Technics SU-C700
Regrettably, it is way from your triumphal return we'd hoped for. But let us start off with what is not bad, and there is no doubting there's been some serious thought in regards to the look of the SU-C700. Its size is not common, sitting somewhere between half-full and stand-rack width at 34cm across,...
Vieta VH-HA100 Amplifier
Amplifier Vieta VH-HA100
Some say as we all know it's reached the end that divides hi fi. The argument goes that the planet is going wireless, and we'll all be needing ultra market merchandises to represent our varied lifestyles. Fascinating afterward to see another hifi brand that is new appear - new at least to these coasts...
Yamaha A-S2000 Amplifier
Amplifier Yamaha A-S2000
Retro in styling, hi fi buffs of a particular age will find themselves warped right back. Really it is so authentically detailed that it seems entirely in keeping sat next to CT-7000 tuner! The A-S2000 is an excellent bit of styling afterward, and distinct also, as it's to the eye; totally clear taking...
Yamaha A-S201 Amplifier
Amplifier Yamaha A-S201
There is no doubting Yamaha's pedigree in hifi. The new A-S201 is a development of its A-S200 integrated amplifier that is entry level, and continues to be designed with convenience in mind as it moves from recent years' retro-styled equipment. The fascia runs on the mixture of buttons and a fluorescent...
Yamaha A-S3000 Amplifier
Amplifier Yamaha A-S3000
The firm, obviously, makes a huge array of products including an array of motorbikes as well as the grand piano that is strange. We had be surprised if too a lot of people joined Yamaha with high end hi fi; it is not that it will not have pedigree in this place, it is simply that its focus has consistently...
Yamaha A-S500 Amplifier
Amplifier Yamaha A-S500
Match with the A-S500, afterward. We reviewed its high-priced A-S2000 big brother in March, and it is a case of deja vu once again. Really, despite being not many countless pounds more expensive, it has seemingly lost fewer knobs and comparatively few watts. Despite being the most affordable in this...
Yamaha A-S701 Amplifier
Amplifier Yamaha A-S701
Cast your mind back to the late 1980s, when many Japanese makers were offering lamps that were integrated with inbuilt 16-bit DACs to manipulate DAT, CD and pre -DAB digital broadcasting technologies that never actually took off in the united kingdom. On first appearance, the GBP560 Yamaha A-S701 amplifier...