Mono, stereo and multichannel power amplifiers reviewed on the SoundStage! Network in 2009. All prices are in US dollars unless otherwise noted and are accurate at the time of the review.

The entries are shown alphabetically by company name.


Price: $6695

Website: www.bryston.com

Howard said: The Bryston 9B SST2 looks like a million bucks, and its rock-solid construction means it will likely see your kids through nursery school, kindergarten, grade school, college, and grad school. And it performs at a level that will scare the bejesus out of amps costing twice as much.

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Read the Home Theater & Sound review.

The gist: Solid performance from a venerable company. Yet again.


Price: $25,000 per pair

Website: www.classeaudio.com

Jeff said: But if you want the best sound that transistors can produce, you just better go out and invest in some Classé Omega Omicron Monos before their ilk disappears altogether.

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Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: Canadian powerhouse flexes its muscle.


Price: $7250 per pair

Website: www.dehavillandhifi.com

Garrett said: Their combination of top-to-bottom balance, clean and resolving highs, magnificent bass and slam, articulate speed and PRAT, and gorgeous brocade of sound, seems to me very hard to beat.

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Read the Ultra Audio review.

The gist: Back to the future.


Price: $7850 per pair

Website: www.raysonicaudio.com

Marc said: If vividness and excitement are what you like about listening to recorded music, the M100 monoblocks will certainly deliver. They never sound languid or limp, always enhancing the rhythmic qualities of the music and especially conveying the space on well-made recordings.

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The gist: Looking for good Chinese? Taste these.


Price: $51,975 per pair

Website: www.zandenaudio.com

Marc said: While vacuum tubes will always have their issues, audiophiles will continue to admire them, and an amplifier like the Model 9600 only increases the pull. If your audiophile rite of passage begins with the Model 9600, I predict it will end there as well.


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The gist: Are there better-looking tube amps? Uh, no.

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