Introduction to Integrated Amplifier Reviews

Integrated amplifiers are an excellent choice for those who want high quality performance from a two channel system. We review integrated amps of all types and we are finding more and more that offer advanced features like internal DAC's, WiFi, Bluetooth, video processing, etc. Secrets' crack staff is a trusted resource to help you sort through all the possibilities, guiding you as to which features are useful improvements and which may just be pointless marketing hype.

Like other amplification components, Integrated Amps are available with various topologies including tube or solid state but they also perform the important functions of input switching, balance control, tone control and the ever critical volume control. We help you break down these components so you will get a deeper understanding of what makes a successful product and what makes the others not so great.

Integrated Amplifiers

NAD C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

NAD C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Integrated Amplifier Review

Today, I’m looking at NAD’s C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier. It’s a two-channel integrated amp with digital chops in the form of an advanced DAC that features a dual-differential signal path. It also supports moving-magnet phono cartridges and boasts a clean and efficient 50 watts-per-channel thanks to a unique Class D design.

McIntosh

McIntosh MA8900 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Review

The McIntosh MA8900 stereo integrated amplifier follows a long line of classic solid-state integrated amplifiers from McIntosh. It features high power, autoformer speaker-coupling, and the usual generous array of McIntosh controls; all implemented with state-of-the-art technology. The McIntosh MA8900 offers the classic Mac sound, looks, and quality for the twenty-first century.

NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier

NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier Review

NAD’s Director of Advanced Development, Bjorn E. Edvardsen, has been so pleased with the Hypex UcD Class D tech from the D 3020 integrated amplifier, that he uses this “hybrid digital” module in the new NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital integrated amplifier. Along with this sleek technology comes some other interesting advancements, such as built-in Chromecast and Wi-Fi streaming capabilities. It may not win any design awards for aesthetics, but the NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital integrated amplifier can still deliver the sonic goods and can drive almost any speaker on the market.

NAD M32 DirectDigital Amplifier

NAD M32 Direct Digital Amplifier Review

Enthusiasts covet sound quality above all, while others prioritize convenience. The NAD M32 DirectDigital Amplifier bridges the gap between audiophile and lifestyle products. This smart-amp incorporates advanced amplifier technology from the Masters Series along with an optional BluOS module that pulls music in from the Internet and your personal library. It’s just as comfortable playing your most treasured vinyl as it is pulling in alt-rock from iHeartRadio.

Cary Audio SI-300.2D Integrated Amplifier Review

Cary Audio attempts to provide tube-like sound from their newest 300 watts-per-channel solid-state integrated amplifier. In some aspects, I think they’ve succeeded. It sports a Class A preamplifier section with a well-built power amplifier. A premium-quality, and very versatile DAC is also included.

Mark Levinson No585 Integrated Amplifier Review

Mark Levinson is beginning to roll out new products that are being developed at their new state of the art R & D facility located in Shelton, Conn. The No585 integrated amplifier is among the first of those products. It is a large and quite powerful integrated amplifier with a built-in DAC capable of decoding LPCM signals up to 32-bit/192 kHz or DSD signals up to 5.6 MHz. It is also compatible with asynchronous USB data from your Mac or PC.

Raven Audio Nighthawk MK2 Integrated Amplifier Review

Raven Audio is a relatively new company that makes high-end tube preamps, integrated amps, and power amps. They sell them direct, through their website. In this review, we take a look at the Nighthawk MK2, which is an integrated amplifier. It comes in a silver colored baked enamel. With solid aluminum handles, a folded carbon steel chassis and solid aluminum remote, the overall solid feel of quality construction was undeniable. The sound was a tubeophile’s dream.

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.

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.