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Emotiva XPA-2 Stereo Power Amplifier

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Everyone would like a "good deal" in the world of audio, but there's usually a lot of skepticism involved because of the tendency for such products to be made with cheaper components and outsourced labor.

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Jaton Operetta 2300a Class A/B Amplifier - First Look

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The Jaton company has been around for over 25 years. They started with manufacturing PC video cards, and have since branched into home theater and hi-fi gear. Lyra's HD-661 DX speakers were recently reviewed at Secrets, and their interesting design and great sound made me want to try out their amplification. George from Jaton was kind enough to send me a rather large and heavy Class A/B Stereo amplifier capable of putting out 300 watts RMS per channel into 4 ohms. Initial problems with the amplifier has required Jaton to redesign it, and the revised version will be sent to me for review In the meantime, here are some initial observations on the unrevised unit.

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Halcro MC70 Seven-Channel Power Amplifier

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Halcro's MC series amplifiers come in two, three, five and seven channel configurations (designated the MC20, MC30, MC50, and MC70). The MC70 lists for $7,000, but compared to the Halcro Reference DM88 monoblocks, which will set you back more than $40,000 per pair, the MC70 is quite the bargain. So what kind of amp do you get for a kilobuck per channel?

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Rotel RMB-1085 Class D (Switching) Five-Channel Power Amplifier

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Class D switching amplifiers are here to stay. The RMB-1085 is a five channel home theater amplifier that uses ICE power modules which stay cool and deliver very efficient high power, all from a small chassis.

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Lexicon ZX-7 Multi-Channel (300 watts x 7) Power Amplifier

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The Lexicon ZX-7 is a very powerful (300 watts RMS x 7 into 8 ohms) amplifier that delivers exquisite sound for two-channel music, surround sound music, and any movie you can imagine.

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McIntosh MA6300 Integrated Stereo Amplifier

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Although I have always been interested in McIntosh products, I was really intrigued by the McIntosh MA6300 because I could finally afford one. Modest power output and all solid state construction will let you into the world of McIntosh ownership for just $3,000.

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ONIX H6550 Integrated Tube Amplifier

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Following a product as revered and successful as the SP3 integrated amplifier, ONIX steps up and produces the new H6550. How could I possibly resist the temptation to request one for review? The good people at AV123 graciously offered to send it to me.

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Lyngdorf SDAI-2175 Integrated Amplifier

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If the SDAI-2175 power amplifier has flaws, they were invisible in my system. Every other amplifier I have had sounded like "something", while this one simply does not. This product has no sound characteristics of its own, and this is a remarkable achievement.

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Rotel RB-1092 Stereo (500 Watts/Channel) Class D (Switching) Power Amplifier

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Decades ago, an amplifier with 80 watts per channel (they were all two-channel amplifiers in those days), was considered a big amplifier.

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Parasound 2100 Stereo Preamplifier and 2250 Stereo Power Amplifier

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As I said at the beginning of this review, now is a good time to be an audiophile. The Parasound 2100 preamplifier and 2250 power amplifier offer sound quality across the board so good I would have thought you'd have to pay at least $3,000 to get them. But, at a mere $1800, the Parasounds are a steal.

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Rogue Audio Perseus Tube Preamplifier

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If I have my Greek mythology correct, Perseus was the slayer of Medusa, the serpent-haired Gorgon monster. Using his sword to view her reflection (because we all know a mere glance directly at her would turn you into stone instantly), he was able to slay her in her sleep.

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