|Anthem Statement A5 Multi-channel Power Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Multi-Channel Amplifiers|
|Written by Bryan Dailey|
|Monday, 01 August 2005|
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It’s hard to pick fault with a product that is engineered so well and gives so much performance for a relatively reasonable price. Some might argue that the A5 does not have enough power, but for my small living room system, I felt like I was never even close to pushing the amp to its limits, while the sound was still clean and precise. I'd like to see the XLR inputs on the back of the amp have the small flange pieces that you see on microphone inputs. Also the spiral bound instruction manual seemed a little lower on the quality side compared to the rest of amp and box as far as presentation is concerned, but the information contained in the manual is top notch so really the A5 does not have much that I can knock.
The impression that I am left with after running this amplifier in my system for several months is that it is incredibly versatile and rock-solid. I don’t have to think about it and it doesn’t impose its own will on my music and movie soundtracks. It does everything as good as I had hoped at this price point and it certainly doesn’t hurt that it looks pretty damn good.
I did find the neutrality of the A5’s sound to be a bit of a blessing and a curse. It’s engineered so well that it allows the speakers and your source components to do the work, as far giving your music system its distinct flavor. Some amps, like the much pricier Krells, are famous for their rock and roll flavor. The Anthem is a little better behaved and might not stir the Jimi Hendrix in your soul, but it might just bring out your inner Lenny Kravitz.