He said: One thing that the Arcam FMJ A18 made abundantly clear in these listening sessions is that it’s an overachiever. Built on a rock-solid platform, it’s brilliantly engineered, and performed admirably against an A/V receiver offering half again as much power.
The gist: Bulletproof sound from a Full Metal Jacket.
He said: It’s solidly built, its operation during the review period was straightforward and without fault, and, most important, it sounded simply fantastic.
The gist: Unassuming package, unexpected sound quality.
Price: $5500 (add $500 for optional phono stage)
He said: The CAP-2100’s seductive smoothness throughout the audioband is reminiscent in ways of the silky sound of tubes, but with proper bass and high-frequency extension.
The gist: Still great integrated after all these years.
He said: The Luxman L-509u is a versatile, full-featured integrated amplifier, complete with a MM/MC phono section and a headphone output, and it offers sonic performance that easily outclasses my current reference.
The gist: Luxman is back with a vengeance.
He said: The Marantz PM8003 is a fine amplifier! It has all the inputs and outputs you could want, and delivered sound as good as anything I’ve heard for the price.
The gist: Classically styled integrated from a company that knows about classics.
He said: As for its presentation of the music, I really came to appreciate the INT-150’s more diffuse staging, and I suspect that others will enjoy this too. You just have to give it time so you can get used to the perspective, which, to my ears, replicated the live experience in an obvious way.
The gist: Does anyone know more about amplifiers than designer Nelson Pass?
He said: The key point is that the Moon i.5 is among the best of the best at its price. If you have a relatively small listening room and/or efficient speakers and you’re looking for an integrated amplifier that sounds really fine, find your local Simaudio dealer and check out the Moon i.5.
The gist: Entry-level ampage from a northern heavyweight.
He said: If you value a revealing, engaging sound that will get your toe tapping and your head nodding, you owe it to yourself to audition the Simaudio Moon i3.3.
The gist: Better than the i.5, and better than most at the price.
He said: In the AG-H600NT, TEAC America has achieved a quality that, through the years, the best receivers have been famous for: big bang for the buck.
The gist: TEAC price, almost Esoteric sound.