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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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Anthem AVM 60 A/V Processor $2,999 Review

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“At the end of the day, I found Anthem’s AVM 60 a pleasure to use. Its sonics were without blemish, and its interface was clean, clear, and quick. Price to one side, I would be perfectly happy having the Canadian design as my system’s long-term front end, and I’ve no higher praise. Of course, price is never entirely irrelevant. While $3,000 may be only lower-middling among all available preamp/processors, Anthem’s MRX 720 receiver provides almost all of the same preamp functionality, with seven channels of onboard power, for $500 less”
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EMOTIVA XPA GEN3 POWER AMPLIFIER REVIEW

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“It didn’t disappoint on music, either. With musical reproduction, the Gen3 offered a bubbly, vivid and dynamic performance that did not sound anything like the multi-channel amps from years past. It actually approached the sound of many of the better solid state stereo amps I’ve used at various times. This amp most definitely has the chops to serve double duty for cinema and music. It earns its keep on movies and then pays dividends when you want to enjoy some music!”

 

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EMOTIVA XPA GEN3 POWER AMPLIFIER REVIEW

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It didn’t disappoint on music, either. With musical reproduction, the Gen3 offered a bubbly, vivid and dynamic performance that did not sound anything like the multi-channel amps from years past. It actually approached the sound of many of the better solid state stereo amps I’ve used at various times. This amp most definitely has the chops to serve double duty for cinema and music. It earns its keep on movies and then pays dividends when you want to enjoy some music!”

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McIntosh Home Theater and Streaming Audio – Video

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