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Monday, 01 January 2007 ,  Written by Tim Hart
Classé CA-5200 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
Introduction Classé has thrown the gauntlet down in the multi-channel amplification arena by introducing the CA-5200, a five-channel, 200-watt-per-channel amplifier whose sole intention is to raise the bar high enough in both aesthetics and sound to make everyone swoon, from the design-oriented to the hardcore audiophile. One look at the CA-5200, even unplugged or without a preamp, and you’d be hard pressed to suggest Classé hasn’t accomplished at least half of its mission. The CA-5200’s sleek lines and nontraditional metal work beautifully matches the stealthy pose of the lauded Classé CDP-300 DVD player and the SSP-600 AV preamp. The size and stature of the CA-5200 is certainly a head turner, with heat sinks on either side of what appears to be a solid block of aluminum, refined to a blended front face with large rounded corners asymmetrically bisected by a vertical black anodized aluminum panel that is consistent with the rest of the Delta product ...
Friday, 01 December 2006 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Outlaw Audio Model 7200 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
Introduction Earlier this year, I raved about the Outlaw 970 processor and matching 7075 multi-channel amplifier. Together, the 970 and 7075 not only redefined bang-for-your-buck performance, they also set a benchmark in its price class by which all other products, both separates and receivers, will be judged. I liked the combo so much that I kept them. Beyond the sonic attributes of the subject matter, that review was special to me because it was my first introduction to Outlaw Audio. An introduction, I must say, that has been both eye-opening and frustrating. I say frustrating, because once you’ve crossed over and become an Outlaw yourself, it’s exceedingly tough to justify anything else. The only saving grace for me is that Outlaw doesn’t make speakers (with the exception of their subwoofers) or source components. Sure, I’ve heard a barrage of products that do one thing or another that the Outlaws cannot, but at the end of ...
Wednesday, 01 November 2006 ,  Written by Andrew Robinson
Parasound A 52 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
Introduction Ahh, power amplifiers. Aside from loudspeakers, they are often the most touted products in the consumer electronics industry, and for good reason. Without them, there would be no music. They are charged with a great deal of responsibility and, while they may not look as sexy as some of their counterparts, they are without a doubt the backbone of every system. So, when a new amp is released, especially by a company as reputable as Parasound, one has reason to get excited. Officially launched in 2003, Parasound’s Halo line of components were specifically designed to bridge, or at least blur, the gap between ultra-performance and budget-conscious components. Solid performance at a reasonable price has always been Parasound’s bread and butter, so it was a bit of a gamble when they set out to challenge some of the industry’s most notable, and expensive, players. With the exception of maybe a handful of other companies, like ...
Friday, 01 September 2006 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Halcro MC50 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
Introduction The Halcro brand name is famed in the world of audiophiles, most notably for offering amplifiers that have been lauded as “the best” by many in the know. In an effort to move past the constantly shrinking two-channel audiophile world, Halcro has expanded their product offerings to include a home theater line, consisting of multi-channel amplifiers and a preamplifier-processor (review pending). The amplifier line consists of two-, three-, five- and seven-channel units. The MC50 five-channel unit which retails for $5,990 is the one we’re reviewing here. Halcro’s parent company Minelab makes technologically advanced metal detectors and land mine scanning equipment. In the security industry, it is imperative that every product be designed and built to astronomical standards, as lives are literally on the line. Without question, Halcro has adopted these same high standards for their audio gear. The build quality of the MC50 is spectacular, even in comparison to the best that more established audio companies ...
Saturday, 01 April 2006 ,  Written by Matthew Evert
Rotel RMB-1077 Multi-channel Power Amplifier
Introduction Rotel’s illustrious history was started in Japan over 40 years ago by a family whose obsession with music inspired them to manufacture truly high fidelity stereo components of their own unique design. Today, Rotel engineers are known for their tendency to select only the finest capacitors, resistors and other parts from all around the globe. The goal of these searches for the best audio components is to create audio equipment that is musical and reliable, yet affordable. If a component has not met the engineer’s desired standards, Rotel is not afraid to make the actual part itself. This was the case for Rotel’s decision to make its own toroidal transformers. One of Rotel’s latest contributions to the home theater market is the RMB-1077 a seven-channel amplifier that retails for $2,500. Now, you ask, what is so great about this amplifier? Amplifiers have been around for years and much of the technology has not changed significantly. ...
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