Roger said: The MCA 525 may look unpretentious, but don’t underestimate it. Its excellent all-around performance makes it my favorite midpriced multichannel amp.
The gist: A solid anchor for your new home-theater system.
Roger said: If I were in the market for a new amp, I’d buy the Bryston 4B3 without hesitation. It is without a doubt a true classic, continuing in the tradition of the legendary Bryston B amps that came before it.
The gist: Maybe the best stereo amp under six grand.
Price: $6850; power supply upgrade, $600; $7380 if purchased together
Hans said: Exogal’s Ion PowerDAC is a novel, forward-thinking concept. It partners a high-performance DAC with a multitude of inputs, including traditional analog inputs and a dedicated headphone output, with a proprietary amplifier in a well-tailored all-in-one package.
The gist: Unique DAC-amplifier technology is the thing with this product.
Price: $25,000 per pair
Jason said: You’ll get what we audiophiles always say we want: an incredibly short signal path, true dual-mono construction, and phenomenal sound quality.
The gist: Built by hand in Canada with incredible results.
Jeff said: It sounds stunning, it looks like a real power amp should, and for €29,000, it has all the technology and badass hardware you could want.
The gist: Jeff Fritz’s favorite Gryphon amp.
Price: $14,998 per pair
Erich said: The BHK Signature 300 Monos are expensive, but nothing in their build quality or sound makes me doubt that they’re worth every penny PS Audio asks for them -- or that they’re great amps.
The gist: Superamps without the superhigh price.
Price: AU$29,500 as a package
Edgar said: Given these ideals of signal integrity preservation are rather elusive, albeit not totally rare nor unique, the Magnificata passive preamplifier and monoblock amplifiers from Redgum Audio meet this stringent mandate – with full autumn leaves flying colours.
The gist: Straight-wire-with-gain-type sound.