(2019) Power Amplifiers

Price: $30,000 per pair

Website: www.audioresearch.com

Aron said: I found the Reference 160M captivatingly enjoyable to listen to, despite a slight roundness and lack of texture in the bass.

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The gist: The new ARC look is a big improvement.


Price: $85,000 per pair

Website: www.emmlabs.com

Doug said: The EMM Labs MTRX2 monos are the best-sounding amplifiers I’ve ever heard.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Meitner magic applied to amps.

Price: AU$15,269

Website: www.meridian-audio.com

Tom said: The Meridian 857’s purity, accuracy, life, presence and transparency were extremely satisfying.

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The gist: Solid in every aspect is just what you would expect from this reputable company.

Price: $5995

Website: www.parasound.com

Roger said: Often, in the Conclusion of a review, I offer a few qualifying thoughts or caveats. This time I have none. I can’t recommend Parasound’s Halo JC 5 highly enough.

Reviewers' Choice

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The gist: Probably better than many “super amps” but at a much lower price.

Price: AU$12,999 each

Website: www.yamaha.com

Edgar said: Make no mistake, the Yamaha C-5000 and M-5000 preamplifier and power amplifier duo, alongside its ‘perfect match’ GT-5000 turntable and NS-5000 loudspeakers, will provide the engineering excellence, the aesthetic splendour and the arresting communication of the musician’s intent, in its purest form, on a par with the best of the high-end.

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The gist: Yamaha is real high end.

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