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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.
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. ”
“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.”
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, “”
“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.”
“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.”
“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”