|Monster MPA 5150 Multi-channel Power Amplifier|
|Home Theater Power Amplifiers Multi-Channel Amplifiers|
|Written by Brian Kahn|
|Sunday, 01 July 2007|
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Monster Cable’s MPA-5150 is a feature-laden, solidly built piece of equipment that offers much for its selling price. From a construction standpoint, the majority of the amplifier is built like a tank. However, the feet are made out of relatively lightweight plastic. I would like to have seen higher-quality feet on the amplifier.
Sonically, the amplifier surprised me; it does most things extremely well. As noted above, I found it to by slightly forward of neutral. I would take care not to pair this amplifier with other components that are forward or bright-sounding, as it would compound this slight attribute and turn it into something more noticeable.
Monster Cable’s MPA-5150 is a solid performer in the world of multi-channel amplifiers, especially at its price of $3,500. If you need any of the special features that the MPA-5150 offers, the decision to purchase it is quite easy. If you are simply looking for a good, solid, quality amplifier for your neutral or slightly recessed five-channel system, the MPA-5150 deserves a listen. Do not let the relatively low power rating scare you away; it performs like a more powerful amplifier, especially when it comes to controlling speakers. If your speakers have a more relaxed or polite top end (as many currently do), the MPA-5150’s forward treble should not be noticeable.
All in all, Monster Cable’s first five-channel amplifier benefits greatly from Richard Marsh’s talents. While not perfect, this amp is a contender that should be taken seriously.