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STR Power Amplifier

2 years ago


2020 The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Awards

2020 The Absolute Sound Editors' Choice Awards

The Absolute Sound
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STR Power Amplifier

2 years ago


2019 The Absolute Sound Product of the Year [ARC Genesis]

Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier: Accuracy, Authority, Adaptability

Normally, I have a hard time listening to recordings for a period of time after enjoying the live experience, maybe for a day or so. Yes, it’s probably setting an unnecessarily high bar but I guess I’m looking for the sort of emotional connection I get from flesh-and-blood musicians in an acoustically favorable venue when I sit down in front of my audio system. I got more than a little of that when listening to canned music with Anthem’s STR electronics—it seemed that I wasn’t nearly as refractory to the appeal of my favorite recordings. That’s a distinction, for sure.

—Andy Quint, The Absolute Sound
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STR Power Amplifier

2 years ago

Anthem STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier

When combined, the STR components present the music with such impact, drive, and unbridled live-music-like enthusiasm that it is impossible to not be moved by it.

—Christiaan Punter, hifi-advice.com
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago


2019 Best of Awards: Best Stereo Preamplifier

Anthem STR Preamplifier and Power Amplifier Review

The Anthem STR preamplifier and amplifier are every bit the statement 2-channel products that they are billed as. Individually, they are some of the very best sounding examples of their respective categories. Together, they comprise as seamless and powerful a playback chain as you are likely to find.

—Carlo Lo Raso, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago


HomeTheaterReview.com 2018 Best of Award
Score: 5/5 Performance, Value, and Overall

Anthem STR Stereo Power Amplifier Reviewed

I have been blessed to review a lot of really cool amps recently and I would consider the Anthem STR some of the best Class AB amplification that I’ve gotten my hands on in terms of overall performance regardless of MSRP. When you factor in the price, you see how Anthem has disrupted the market yet again with a product that doesn’t just ask for consideration--it demands that you audition it.

—Myron Ho, HomeTheaterReview.com
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago


Audioholics 2018 Product of the Year
Score: 5/5 Performance, Features, & 2-channel Performance

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

The STR preamp is perhaps one of the most flexible and diverse two-channel preamplifiers I've ever seen. It offers state-of-the-art performance in every mode of operation handling analog and digital sources with equal ease. The connection options the STR preamp offers are virtually limitless and the home theater bypass mode is a Godsend for those wanting to merge home theater and two-channel systems together in perfect harmony. The STR amplifier puts forth impressive power figures for an amplifier in such a reasonably sized package that is refreshingly manageable to transport. The system works seamlessly together to reproduce music with fidelity at the very highest level, especially if care is taken to set up ARC properly.

—Gene DellaSala, Audioholics
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago

[YouTube] Anthem STR Preamp & Power Amplifier Overview

The Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier represent the very best offerings from this well respected Canadian company. Designed and built in Canada, Anthem's goal was to get back to their roots in developing the very best two-channel experience and audiophile could have. The STR preamp comes armed with their ARC room correction and the STR amp boasts up to 800 watts/ch (2-ohms). We met up with Anthem's Joey Perfito at the Audioholics Showcase home to do an overview video of these products to give you an idea of what they are capable of with much more to come.

—Gene DellaSala, Audioholics
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago

[YouTube] Anthem STR Preamp & Power Amp Unboxing

Today we take a look at Anthem's STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier Two-Channel Separates components. Like the STR integrated amplifier 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. Watch our unboxing video and stay tuned for more detailed coverage, and our measurement report of these new high-end separates from Anthem.

—Gene DellaSala, Audioholics
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago

[Facebook Live] Unboxing of Anthem's STR Preamp and Power Amp

A Facebook Live unboxing video of the Anthem STR Preamplifier and STR Power Amplifier with Gene DellaSala of Audioholics.

—Gene DellaSala, Audioholics
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STR Power Amplifier

3 years ago

Anthem STR Pre/Power Amplifiers: The science of the music

With the STR pre-amp and power amp, Anthem has successfully migrated its innovation, digital signal processing expertise, room correction know-how and commitment to quality into the notoriously difficult high-end stereo environment. The pre-amp’s versatility and the power amp’s tremendous reserves make for a satisfying partnership, while also delivering as far as musical accessibility and engagement are concerned.

—Deon Schoeman, Audio Video
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STR Power Amplifier

4 years ago

Anthem STR power amplifier

It is also noteworthy to mention how this amplifier looked after dynamics in music that on other amplifiers could come across as if somewhat restricted. The Anthem often recreated the same music with more bounce and greater contrasts between soft and loud. It produced the music with enough drama to keep its audience entertained throughout and this was especially true for my electrostatics, the likes of which can be hard to please.

—Leander van Rooyen, Celestial Sounds
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CX-A5000 Surround Processor
Audio Performance
Video Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
MX-A5000 Amplifier
Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE CX-A5000, $3,000; MX-A5000, $3,000

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Audiophile pre/pro sound quality
Impeccable build quality
Apple AirPlay support
Minus
Amp performance merely competent
Limited network interface

THE VERDICT
Yamaha’s new pre/pro is a surefire contender, though its matching 11-channel amplifier wasn’t quite the same caliber.

If you’re in the market for a new AVR, you can spend countless hours researching all of the various manufacturers’ Websites and, when all is said and done, still have 20 or more models to choose from that have all the bells and whistles you want. The same can’t be said for the surround processor market, which is extremely limited by comparison.

Most companies offer only one model—if that—and it’s generally a reconstruction of their flagship AVR minus the amp section. Don’t expect a discounted price, though; with such a limited audience for pre/pros, you can expect to pay top dollar even when the amps are absent. That said, this isn’t such a bad deal because you can then choose an amplifier that mates well with your particular speakers. Furthermore, by having the electronically noisy amps in a separate enclosure, energized by their own dedicated power supply, you can theoretically enjoy improved audio quality. Of course, you also get an increased footprint in your rack with additional black boxes. The quest for audio nirvana certainly isn’t easy.

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Best stereo amplifiers 2021: best integrated amps for every budget

Best stereo amplifiers 2021: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best stereo amplifiers you can buy in 2021.

Stereo amplifiers aren't as simple and stripped back as they used to be. The days of equipping them with just analogue inputs and outputs and a pair of speaker terminals are now no longer the norm.

With laptops, smartphones and streaming services becoming ever-more popular music sources, the integrated amplifier has moved with the times. Many now contain built-in digital-to-analogue converters (DACs), phono stages for turntables, USB connections for laptops and hard-drives, and Bluetooth streaming. Some even have network streaming integrated, making them a fully fledged just-add-speakers system.

We've rounded up a wide selection of the best integrated amps on the market, offering a vast selection of features across a range of prices. We're confident there will be something here to suit all budgets and requirements, and to get your music system singing.

1. Marantz PM6007

One of the best stereo amplifiers we've ever heard at this level.

Specifications

Power: 45W per channel

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: coaxial, optical

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 10.5 x 44 x 37cm

Reasons to buy

+Clear and punchy performer+Broad connectivity+Solid casework

Reasons to avoid

-No Bluetooth or USB

The new Marantz PM6007 takes the winning formula of the Marantz PM6006 UK Edition, (a former What Hi-Fi? Award winner) and manages to squeeze even more performance out of it.

Let's get the negatives out of the way first, though. There's no USB input or Bluetooth connectivity, which some users might demand but apart from this, the PM6007 is pretty much faultless.

The PM6007 boasts trademark Marantz styling and is a solidly built, nicely-finished integrated amplifier with traditional hi-fi appeal.

Improvements include a new DAC and new filters, which can be switched between when you're using the amp's digital inputs, plus new components in the power amp and phono stages. The latter also gets upgraded circuitry.

And the results speak for themselves. The sound is smooth, full-bodied and balanced, with a pleasing spaciousness. Another quality hi-fi amplifier from Marantz.

Read the full review: Marantz PM6007

2. Cambridge Audio CXA81

One of the best stereo amplifiers you can buy at the money.

Specifications

Power: 80W per channel

Remote control: No

Phono stage: n/a

Digital inputs: S/PDIF coaxial, Toslink

USB: Yes

Bluetooth: aptX HD receiver built-in

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 11.5 x 4.3 x 34.1cm

Reasons to buy

+Strong presentation+Great timing+Awesome detail

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing at this price

Despite some minor cosmetic tweaks, the CXA81 might look a lot like its predecessor, the CXA80, but all the improvements are where it counts: on the inside. 

Cambridge Audio's engineers have upgraded the signal path, as well as the capacitors in both the preamp and power amp sections. Also on board is a new DAC and an improved USB input that supports hi-res audio. 

What does this all mean? It means there's a world of difference when it comes to performance. It's as punchy as anything, with a bold, powerful sound. Yet detail is never sacrificed, and it's lean and agile enough to handle anything you can throw at it. 

Add in the addition of aptX Bluetooth for wireless playback, and you've got the best stereo amplifier around at this price and a very worthy 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award-winner. It sets a new standard for hi-fi amplifiers in this price bracket - one we can't see being surpassed any time soon.

Read the full review: Cambridge Audio CXA81

3. Rega io

A brilliant stereo amplifier in an affordable package.

Specifications

Power: 30W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: 0

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 6.8 x 18 x 29cm

Reasons to buy

+Detailed, rhythmic and fun sound+MM phono stage+Good headphone output

Reasons to avoid

-No digital inputs

This excellent budget integrated amp borrows the power amp and moving magnet phono stage from its elder sibling, the Rega Brio, which you'll find in position six on this list. And it's quite obvious when you power up the io, that it's a descendant of this excellent amp. It showcases a fantastic sense of rhythm, impressive dynamics, detail. It's a whole lot of fun to listen to. In terms of stereo speakers, we'd look to partner the Rega with something like the Elac Debut 2.0 B6.2 or Bowers & Wilkins 606.

One slight drawback is that in order to reach this level of audio quality, Rega has made the decision to stick purely with analogue inputs. The lack of any digital connectivity might be a hindrance to some, but it's not unheard of at this price point, and it doesn't dampen our enthusiasm for what is one of the best stereo amplifiers we've heard in 2020.

Read the full review: Rega io

4. Naim Nait XS 3

This third-generation Naim integrated amp is better than ever.

Specifications

Power: 70W

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: n/a

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 7 x 43 x 40cm

Reasons to buy

+Dynamic sound+Decent MM phono stage+Able to be upgraded

Reasons to avoid

-Bettered for features

This is the third-generation instalment of a model first introduced in 2008. The XS 3 adds a moving magnet phono stage and better responsiveness, and that's about it. If that sounds negative, it shouldn't – the XS 3 is a killer stereo amp, earning a well-deserved five stars, and picking up a 2019 What Hi-Fi? Award for its trouble. 

Why? Attention. To. Detail. Open it up and you'll see what we mean - there's immaculately assembled audio circuitry, with fantastic care shown in reducing the degrading effect of outside interference and unwanted interactions between components.

And it shows. The sound is much crisper and more agile than its forebears, thanks in no small part to this exacting eye for detail (it even goes as far as the shape of the connecting wiring and the exact number and placement of tie clips holding it in place). It might not be enough of a difference to justify upgrading from its predecessor, but it still makes for an awesome amp nonetheless.

So not a massive change, as we say. But if it ain't broke...

Read the full review: Naim Nait XS 3

5. Cambridge Audio CXA61

At this level, there aren't many better hi-fi amplifiers out there.

Specifications

Power: 60W per channel

Remote control: No

Phono stage: n/a

Digital inputs: S/PDIF coaxial, Toslink

USB: Yes

Bluetooth: aptX HD receiver built-in

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 11.5 x 4.3 x 34.1cm

Reasons to buy

+Detailed, dynamic audio+Stacked feature set+Great build quality

Reasons to avoid

-Pricier than the previous model

The CXA61 is the lower-specced stablemate to the CXA81 at the top of this list, and successor to the CXA60, a winner of multiple What Hi-Fi? Awards. So it's in good company. 

Thankfully, it doesn't let the side down: it has the same digital inputs and Bluetooth capabilities as the CXA81, but only outputs at 60W per channel instead of 80W, giving you less power. But for most listening scenarios, that won't be a deal breaker. 

What's more important is the sound quality. And we're happy to report it's a real step on from the CXA60, being more transparent and fun, but always staying composed even when the music gets frantic. It's a presentation style that works well across a wide range of musical genres and speakers, and should please all but the most demanding of listeners. If that's you, you'll have to spend a little more to satisfy your audio taste buds.

Read the full review: Cambridge Audio CXA61

6. Rega Aethos

A superb stereo amplifier with that justifies its premium pricetag.

Specifications

Power: 125W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: No

Digital inputs: No

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 9,5 x 43.3 x 36cm

Reasons to buy

+Impressive agility and punch+Rhythmic and dynamic+Solid build

Reasons to avoid

-Runs warm-Some minor ergonomic issues

The Rega Aethos delivers an fantastic combination of insight, dynamics and rhythmic precision to produce a class-leading sound. It's not the most highly-specced stereo amp we've seen, though. There are no digital inputs, nor is there a phono stage for a turntable, which is surprising at this level. You do get five line-level inputs and a 6.3mm headphone socket, though.

IF you can live with that, the Rega will reward you with a captivating sound, that majors in clarity and dynamic fluidity. Its sense of timing is second to none at that level, which is part of the reason it's a What Hi-Fi? Awards 2020 winner.

Read the full review: Rega Aethos

7. Chord Anni

Chord's diminutive amplifier offers a premium twist on desktop sound

Specifications

Power: 10W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: No

RCA inputs: x2

Digital inputs: No

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: 3.5mm, 6.3mm

Dimensions (hwd): 43 x 160 x 97mm

Reasons to buy

+Detailed, dynamic and musical sound+Pleasing sense of sonic stability+Fine build

Reasons to avoid

-Only two inputs-Ergonomics aren’t great-Runs hot

Chord Electronics has proven to have quite some talent in finding new market niches. And the diminutive Anni desktop integrated amplifier is a perfect example of that.

Make no mistake, this really is a proper Chord amplifier in miniature, using as it does the Ultima dual feed-forward circuitry seen in the latest generation of the brand’s high-end power amplification. However, this little box is only the size of the Chord Qutest digital-to-analogue converter – for the uninitiated, think smaller than a pair of coasters laid end-on – and it’s intended to be an ideal partner for that DAC and the company’s Huei phono stage. The important thing to note is that it’s designed for desktop use with either headphones or suitable speakers.

This is one of the most capable headphone amplifiers we’ve heard. It sounds clean, clear and articulate yet captures the manic energy of Nick Cave & The Bad Seed's Babe, I’m On Fire superbly.

Use it as a desktop amplifier as intended and it shines. Sure, there are operational quirks – something that’s proving to be a Chord trait – but when the Anni sounds this good we can forgive a lot.

Read the full Chord Anni review

8. Rega Brio

A talented integrated amplifier, with bags of detail, precision and dynamics.

Specifications

Power: 50W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: No

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 7.8 x 21.6 x 34.5cm

Reasons to buy

+Detail and dynamics to die for+Agile and rhythmic presentation+Good headphone output

Reasons to avoid

-No digital inputs

If it's heritage you want, the Rega Brio has it in abundance. The original Brio launched in 1991, when Bryan Adams was topping the charts with (Everything I Do) I Do It For You. And it wears its heritage on its sleeve, with a redesign that harks back to those earlier models.

It's now in its sixth generation, and we had to wait six long years for this model to touch down. Thankfully, it was worth it.

It takes audio performance to a whole new level at the money, making it the kind of amplifier we want to leave on and play our entire music collection through. Again and again. 

Yes, your main inputs are limited to standard RCA sockets and a moving magnet phono stage, but we're willing to overlook this, given the amp's amazing sense of musicality. It sounds terrifically fluid with precision and scale in spades. In fact, almost anything you play on it will sound amazing. Even Bryan Adams.

Read the full review:Rega Brio

9. Cambridge Audio Edge A

A stunning flagship integrated amp with an array of musical talents.

Specifications

Power: 100W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: No

Phono stage: n/a

Analogue inputs: line-level x3, XLR

Digital inputs: optical, coaxial, HDMI (ARC)

USB: Yes (type B)

Bluetooth: Yes

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 15 x 46 x 40.5cm

Reasons to buy

+Superb all-round presentation+Lots of insight and drama+Excellent build and finish+Good feature list

Reasons to avoid

-Runs warm-Needs plenty of rack space-No phono stage

As far as flagship stereo amplifiers go, the Edge A is a stunning piece of kit. The casework looks slick thanks to its curved corners, while the knurled input selector ring works with wonderful precision. It even comes with a classy remote handset. Features include an array of digital and analogue inputs including balanced XLRs and USB (type A), plus Bluetooth aptX HD, and even an HDMI ARC socket to help your TV sound better.

And the Cambridge sounds like a truly complete amplifier for the money. It generates a huge sense of authority and scale, with amazing dynamic reach. The amp also has a fantastic grasp of low-level details, thanks to a display of clarity and control you'll struggle to beat at the price.

If you're looking for a fit-and-forget hi-fi amplifier, we can't think of anything better at this level.

Read the full review: Cambridge Audio Edge A

10. Naim Supernait 3

A brilliant premium integrated amplifier.

Specifications

Power: 80W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: No

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 8.7 x 43 x 31.4cm

Reasons to buy

+Punchy and dynamic sound+Excellent rhythmic drive+Sonic authority+Upgrade potential

Reasons to avoid

-No digital inputs

This is another integrated amp with some serious pedigree. This third-gen model doesn't break any moulds, but then it doesn't have to. A slight improvement on its predecessor would be enough to make it one of the best around in its category.

And that's exactly what we have here. Changes over the previous version are limited to the addition of a (good quality) moving magnet phono stage and a tweak in the power amplifier section. It makes the Supernait a little more useful and a little bit better. But such was the quality of its predecessor that that's enough to keep the Supernait at the cutting edge at this level.

Some may baulk at the lack of digital inputs, but these can harshen the analogue performance. And they never sound as good as a dedicated outboard unit like a Chord Mojo. So we support Naim's decision to keep it strictly analogue.

It certainly shows when it comes to sound quality. In fact, we can't think of a more talented alternative when it comes to punch, dynamics and rhythmic drive.

Read the full review: Naim Supernait 3

11. Cambridge AXA35

Cambridge Audio's budget integrated amplifier strikes gold.

Specifications

Power: 35W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: No

USB: No

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 8.3 x 43 x 33.5cm

Reasons to buy

+Punchy, precise sound+Good detail resolution+Expressive midrange

Reasons to avoid

-Remote struggles off-axis-No Bluetooth

Let's be honest, the world of budget stereo amplifiers isn’t exactly brimming with superstar products. So when we come across something as talented as Cambridge’s AXA35 we’re especially pleased.

This is a well-built, cleanly styled product that packs all the essentials. True, we’d like to see Bluetooth as well as a couple of physical digital inputs, but we’re willing to overlook such things when the amplifier is as sonically capable as this. And if you have a budget turntable, you can take advantage of its built-in moving magnet phono stage.

The AXA35 delivers a bold and composed sound that practically overflows with detail. It’s an even-handed performer that’s as happy playing a large-scale Mahler symphony as it is Jay-Z’s latest, along with everything in between. And when it comes to rhythmic drive and dynamic expression, few alternatives do better. 

At this price, you really can't ask for more.

Read the full review:Cambridge AXA35

12. NAD D3020 V2

It’s difficult not to love this spruced-up version of a classic NAD amp.

Specifications

Power: 60W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: optical/coaxial

USB: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 18.6 x 5.8 x 21.9cm

Reasons to buy

+Full-bodied performance+Fine timing and dynamics+Phono stage

Reasons to avoid

-Nothing really at this price

If you want an interesting alternative to the Marantz mentioned above, then we suggest the NAD D 3020 V2. It has a smaller design, and the fact it can stand upright means it's more versatile with positioning. 

The NAD is also packed with useful features. There's Bluetooth for offline streaming and a moving magnet phono stage for connecting a turntable. Which give you far more options when it comes to audio sources. Plus you get optical, coaxial and RCA connections, along with a subwoofer out for adding lashings of bass.

And if this wasn't enough, it's an enjoyable listen too. Dynamics and timing are up there with the best, while detail levels are impressive for this class. Even if the Marantz does pip it for all-round sound quality, this NAD more than makes up for it in terms of features and ease of use. Definitely one for your shortlist.

Read the full review: NAD D 3020 V2

13. Audiolab 6000A

A hugely capable hi-fi amplifier for the money.

Specifications

Power: 100W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: MM

Digital inputs: optical/coaxial

USB: No

Bluetooth: Yes

Headphone output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd): 6.5 x 44.5 x 30cm

Reasons to buy

+Clear, refined and articulate sound+Big, spacious presentation+Good spread of features

Reasons to avoid

-Fierce competition

Arguably, this is the only stereo amplifier at this price capable of troubling the Rega Brio (at no.6). So needless to say the Audiolab 6000A is a very accomplished performer. 

It's well-equipped on the connections front - four digital inputs, three analogue inputs, and a pair of moving magnet phono inputs. Add Bluetooth and a headphone output to the equation and you've got a list of options the Rega simply can't match. 

So how does it sound? Very good indeed. Though considering it uses technology derived from the top-of-the-range 8300A series, and the same DAC chip as the Award-winning Audiolab M-DAC, its prestige audio quality comes as no surprise. 

The 6000A's open and airy presentation gives music plenty of room to breathe and there's bags of refinement on offer too. It's clean and articulate, with a gorgeous sense of clarity and an absolute tonne of detail to get your teeth into. Take it from us, the 6000A doesn't disappoint.

Read the full review: Audiolab 6000A

14. Musical Fidelity M2si Integrated Amplifier

Short on features but still a superb stereo amplifier.

Specifications

Power: 60W (8 Ohms)

Remote control: Yes

Phono stage: None

Digital inputs: None

Bluetooth: No

Headphone output: No

Dimensions (hwd): 10 x 44 x 40cm

Reasons to buy

+Expansive and fluid sound+Impressive dynamics+Refined yet muscular performance

Reasons to avoid

-Line level unit only-No headphone out

Sours: https://www.whathifi.com/best-buys/hi-fi/best-stereo-amplifiers

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