Price: $30,000 per pair
Aron said: I found the Reference 160M captivatingly enjoyable to listen to, despite a slight roundness and lack of texture in the bass.
The gist: The new ARC look is a big improvement.
Price: $85,000 per pair
Doug said: The EMM Labs MTRX2 monos are the best-sounding amplifiers I’ve ever heard.
The gist: Meitner magic applied to amps.
Tom said: The Meridian 857’s purity, accuracy, life, presence and transparency were extremely satisfying.
The gist: Solid in every aspect is just what you would expect from this reputable company.
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.
The gist: Probably better than many “super amps” but at a much lower price.
Price: AU$12,999 each
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.
The gist: Yamaha is real high end.