Archive for category Amplifier multiple Channel

Russound MCA-88X Multiroom Controller Review

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I found the Russound media server function to be nearly unworkable for accessing my very large music collection. You can search your collection by artist, album, track, etc. So far, so good. The problem comes when you are scrolling through collection: you have to scroll A-Z in small chunks while the files are loading. This can be very tedious because you cannot skip to a section of the alphabet or type in a name to search. Thankfully, I found a great workaround: Roon. Using Roon I was able to select any of the three Russound streamers as my endpoint and use the Roon interface to select music from TIDAL or my own library. Other music programs that can stream to AirPlay devices should also work. A downside to this type of workaround is that you will need to switch between apps to control music selection and the Russound system.”

 

 

 

 

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Parasound Halo A 52+ Amplifier $2,995 Review

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The control and immediacy of the A 52+ made another track shine: “Good on the Ground” by the Vijay Iyer Sextet. In this freeform jazz cut, the saxophone and piano struggle for dominance over a driving layer of standup bass and drums. When I listened with the Parasound and MartinLogan combination, all instruments were distinctly conveyed, and the drums in particular had a muscular presentation. The standup bass seemed a bit softened in attack compared with the sound put out by my reference amp on this track, but overall I was impressed by the bass control I heard with most music.

 

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Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor $3,800 Review

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The Rotel RAP-1580 delivers sterling sound with especially satisfying dynamics and rich timbre. Is it worth $3,800? On the basis of sound quality, unquestionably—it could easily go head to head with a good pre/pro and any one-chassis multichannel amp. If you want to power demanding speakers with a one-box solution, this is your best shot. ”

 

 

 

 

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AVM 60 is the first 11.2-channel preamplifier-processor Review

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“The Anthem AVM 60 has all the technology necessary to support a modern home theater system. It can function as a leading-edge 11.2 channel processor supporting Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. It is capable of HDMI video pass-through and handles the latest 4K UltraHD Blu-ray content including Dolby Vision. It features an updated Anthem Room Correction system, and with ARC Mobile, it is now easier to use than ever. Of course the best thing is that the AVM 60 sounds amazing for both movies and music.”

 

 

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Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Review

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There’s no denying that Rotel’s RAP-1580 is a bit of an anachronism, but it’s a charming one, for sure. Its 1990s-era setup menus (and configuration capabilities) are sure to be infuriating to some and welcome to others, as is the lack of room correction capabilities or any other form of auto calibration. More troubling are the limitations in terms of amp distribution. I can imagine there are a number of people for whom this would be their ideal receiver (or surround amplified processor, “”

 

 

 

 

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Monoprice Monolith 7-Channel Amplifier Review

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“In the third pairing, I connected the Monolith to my Denon X7200WA AV receiver to drive the seven primary channels of my 11.1.4 Atmos and DTS:X setup. I left the height channels to the Denon’s internal Class A/B Amplifier. The speakers for this setup consisted of SVS Ultra Towers and Ultra Center. Ultra Bookshelves rounded out the surround and rear channels and Beale Street in-ceiling speakers served as height channels. An SVS SB13-Ultra subwoofer anchored the bass.”

 

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EMOTIVA BASX PT-100 STEREO PREAMP/DAC/TUNER REVIEW

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“The low-pitched voice of Zara Larsson on Lush Life is preserved perfectly through this preamp. Some electronics have trouble reproducing the lower-female to high-male voice range, making it sound as if the singer is farther back in the soundstage than the rest of the music. The PT-100 avoids this and makes Zara sound more real than just about any other preamp I’ve heard.”

 

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