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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblock Power Amplifier Review

Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 Monoblock Power Amplifier Review

The Emotiva XPA-1 Gen 2 is an update to Emotiva’s XPA-1 500 watt monoblock amplifier. Improvements include more power (600 watts RMS into 8 ohms), and 60 watts of Class A bias.

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ATI AT6002 Multi-Channel Power Amplifier Review

ATI AT6002 Multi-channel Power Amplifier Review

ATI, one of the leading amplifier designers, has released their Signature Series multi-channel power amplifier, the ATI AT6002, an 88 pound, 300 WPC, fully balanced component.

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Emotiva XPA-1 Gen2 Monoblock Power Amplifier Preview

Emotiva XPA-1 Gen2 Monoblock Amplifier Review

The Emotiva XPA-1 Gen2 is an update to Emotiva’s 1,000 watt per channel monoblock amplifier. There are subtle improvements, from a higher quality RCA jack and electrical changes, but the most noticeable is a switch up front. It allows the XPA-1 to run in Class A for the first 60 watts of power.

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Emotiva XPS-1 Phono Preamplifier Review

Emotiva XPS-1 Phono Preamplifier Review

The Emotiva XPS-1 is a compact, affordable phono stage that can accommodate just about any phono cartridge on the planet, from the simplest moving magnet to the most exotic and demanding moving coil.

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Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier Review

Parasound Halo P 5 Preamplifier Review

The new Parasound Halo P 5 is so much more than a preamplifier, with the inclusion of digital processing and bass management.

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Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Review

Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube Preamplifier Review

The Audio by Van Alstine FET Valve CF Vacuum Tube preamplifier is a pure analog design with no solid state transistors in the signal path. It is based on a Cathode Follower architecture providing wide bandwidth, substantial gain even into difficult loads.

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Krell S-550i Integrated Amplifier

Krell S-550i Integrated Amplifier

The S-550i is the larger of two new integrated amps from Krell. Both of these amps feature circuit boards that utilize surface mount components. This means they can pack more power into smaller chassis than ever before. The S-550i is rated at 275 watts per channel into 8 ohms, and that doubles to 550 wpc into a 4 ohm load. This being from a box that is less than 6 inches tall. So now you can get tons of Krell goodness in a small package and at a very affordable price.

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Mark Levinson No 52 Stereo Preamplifier Review

LevinsonMark Levinson, one of the most respected names in audio, has just released their latest stereo preamplifier design, the No52. Its looks, handling, and performance are what you would expect from Levinson: Extraordinary.

 

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Naim Supernait 2 Integrated Amplifier

Naim Supernait 2 Integrated Amplifier

1983. The compact disc is introduced and record companies everywhere rejoice at the prospect of selling everyone worse sounding versions of music they already own. The universe, however, seeks a balance. The same year, Naim unleashes the first Nait integrated amplifier and the product category is never the same. The runtish, low-powered amplifier was controversial on many fronts, but its astonishing degree of musicality was never in dispute. The Naim Supernait 2 integrated amplifier does not deviate from their unique path that began more than three decades ago.

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NewClear Audio NC1000L Class D Stereo Power Amplifier

New Clear Audio NC1000L AmplifierClass D (i.e., "Switching") amplifiers have been around for quite a while now. What's clear from models produced so far is they all sound different, even when using the same core technology. Like many amplifiers of the type, the NewClear NC1000L uses the Bang and Olufsen ICEPower module. What makes the NC1000L different isn't this module; it's how that module is implemented. NewClear Audio was started by Sean Brady to improve upon the sound of existing switching amplifiers. Sean had heard some very good amps based on ICEPower technology, but thought he could do even better. The question is, does the NC1000L deliver the goods compared to similarly priced, traditional Class A/B amplifiers?

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Marantz PM6005 Integrated Amplifier and CD6005 CD Player

Marantz PM6005 Integrated Amplifier and CD6005 CD Player

Marantz is one of the legendary names in audio and has remained a brand noted for high quality audio devices from power amplifiers to CD/SACD players, integrated amplifiers, home theater receivers and processors. The PM6005 integrated amp and CD6005 CD player are part of Marantz' Slim Line components and are updated versions of the PM 6004 integrated amplifier and CD 6004 CD player reviewed by Secrets' writer Jared Rachwalski in May, 2012.

 

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