Roger said: The MCA 525 may look unpretentious, but don’t underestimate it. Its excellent all-around performance makes it my favorite midpriced multichannel amp.
The gist: A solid anchor for your new home-theater system.
Edgar said: Add to all that the aesthetic design flair commensurate with the Italian credo plus the Swiss-precision build quality and you have yourself one extremely serious power amplifier that should last you a lifetime.
The gist: Italian designed, nicely styled stereo amp.
Erich said: In the Foundation VT80, Audio Research Corporation has come up with a beautiful-looking amplifier with excellent fit and finish that is as hassle-free a tube amp as you’re likely to find.
The gist: No-fuss entry into the world of ARC.
Roger said: If I were in the market for a new amp, I’d buy the Bryston 4B3 without hesitation. It is without a doubt a true classic, continuing in the tradition of the legendary Bryston B amps that came before it.
The gist: Maybe the best stereo amp under six grand.
Price: $39,000 per pair
Doug said: If someone has the means and the desire to spend on these amps more than most people would spend on a new car, I wouldn’t try to talk them out of it. They’ll likely find the sound worth every penny.
The gist: State-of-the-art solid-state sound.
Price: $6850; power supply upgrade, $600; $7380 if purchased together
Hans said: Exogal’s Ion PowerDAC is a novel, forward-thinking concept. It partners a high-performance DAC with a multitude of inputs, including traditional analog inputs and a dedicated headphone output, with a proprietary amplifier in a well-tailored all-in-one package.
The gist: Unique DAC-amplifier technology is the thing with this product.
Price: $25,000 per pair
Jason said: You’ll get what we audiophiles always say we want: an incredibly short signal path, true dual-mono construction, and phenomenal sound quality.
The gist: Built by hand in Canada with incredible results.
Jeff said: It sounds stunning, it looks like a real power amp should, and for €29,000, it has all the technology and badass hardware you could want.
The gist: Jeff Fritz’s favorite Gryphon amp.