The power amplifier has the challenging task of taking the audio signal that comes in and muscling your speaker into reproducing it at whatever volume your heart desires. Ultimately, it is responsible for making sure that the speaker drivers move about their business as quickly and accurately as possible, all while not introducing any distortion. Whether your cup of tea is solid state or tubes, we have a variety of superb-sounding amplifiers to complement your system.
Arcam makes high-value, high-performance music and home theater audio components. The Arcam P7 multichannel amplifier is shown at the left, below the AV8 surround sound processor.
Arcam makes digital components, preamplifiers, surround sound processors, amplifiers, and tuners.
|Local sales only|
Founded in 1970, Audio Research is the oldest high end electronics company that still produces true high end components—and many feel that they founded the modern high end era. They have been famous around the world for their tube designs. For more info:
Audio Research also makes digital components, preamplifiers, and cables.
|Audio Research Tube Integrated Amplifier|
|Audio Research Tube Amplifiers|
|Audio Research Solid State Amplifiers|
|Audio Research Multi-channel Amplifiers|
Boulder also makes digital components, pre-amplifiers, and surround sound processor.
Boulder amplifiers have immense power reserves, terrific dynamics, bass power galore―and yet are sweet sounding and delicate. The 300 watt / channel stereo Boulder 1060 is pictured at the left.
|Boulder 800 Series Amplifiers|
|Boulder 865 integrated amplifier. $Call.|
|Boulder 860 stereo amplifier. $Call.|
|Boulder 850 mono amplifier. $Call.|
|NOTE: In the 800 Series: Gain stages are monolithic, amplifiers are Class A up to approximately 15 watts and then operate in Class AB, amplifier output stages are unbalanced, power outputs are lower by approximately one-half and chassis work is much simpler and inexpensive in comparison to 2000.|
|Boulder 1000 Series Amplifiers|
|Boulder 1060 stereo amplifier. 300 w/channel. $Call.|
|Boulder 1050 monoblock amplifier. 500 w/channel. $Call.|
|NOTE: In the 1000 Series: Gain stages are partially discrete/partially monolithic, amplifiers are Class A up to approximately 15 watts and then operate in Class AB, and everything is a “single chassis” design..|
|Boulder 2000 Series Amplifiers|
|Boulder 2060 stereo amplifier. 600 w/channel. $46,000|
|Boulder 2050 monoblock amplifiers. 1000 w/channel. $86,000/pr.|
|NOTE: In the 2000 Series all gain stages are fully discrete and modular, all amplifiers are full Class A, and everything is isolated for optimal noise reduction whenever possible.|
Halcro also makes digital components, pre-amplifiers, amplifiers and surround sound processors. The dm68 is pictured at the left.
Linn makes three ranges of products: high performance audio/video products, including speakers, custom installation products which allow house-wide music, and one-box music or movie components.. Within these ranges, Linn makes phono components, digital components, preamplifiers, amplifiers, speakers, surround sound processors, cables, and tuners. The Linn 2250 amplifier is pictured at the left.
MSB makes power amps and Digital Components
The MSB M202 power amp is pictured to the left.
|MSB Power Amps|
Musical Fidelity makes turntables, digital components, preamplifiers, amplifiers, and tuners.
The M6I integrated amplifier are pictured above.
NAD has just released the new M2 which will play all PCM sampling rates. Not only does it function as a D-A converter in that it takes in digital signals and outputs analog, but the M2 functions as a complete digital integrated amp and has an analog input as well. NAD makes analog preamps as well as analog power and integrated amps.
The NAD M2 is shown on the left.
|Digital Integrated Amp|
|NAD M2. $Call.
M2 Direct Digital Amplifier Features
Nagra makes digital components, pre-amplifiers, and amplifiers.
The Nagra MSA power amplifier is pictured above.
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Naim makes digital components, preamplifiers, amplifiers, and tuners.
They also feature their very attractive multi-room solution which is termed their NaimNet IP-based system. NaimNet can provide whole-home control over IP as well as allow for a higher level of performance for multi-room audio distribution.
The Naim SUPERNAIT integrated amplifier is pictured above.
|Naim All-In-One Integrated Player/Amp|
| NaimSuperUniti $Call.
| NaimUniti 2 all-in-one audio player plays music from
the following: CD, FM/DAB, Internet Radio, MP3/iPod, Digital Audio Music
Streams and USB—and it incorporates
a 50 watt/channel integrated amp. $Call.
The NaimUniti 2 offers many sources: CD, FM/DAB, Internet Radio, MP3/iPod, Digital Audio Music Streams and USB: making it the most music box. NaimUniti 2’s Internet Radio player takes Internet Radio (iRadio) seriously, it’s not the afterthought that internet radio so often appears to be. It offers the listener a wealth of musical options, thousands of stations – narrowcasting at its finest – now easily accessible from a Hi-Fi component and available in Naim-quality sound. Also key is NaimUniti 2 ’s digital audio music streaming capabilities. NaimUniti 2 can wirelessly stream music stored on UPnP™ networked devices, providing access to even more music. With its onboard DAC, NaimUniti 2 becomes the ultimate audio source hub, able to interface with digital audio sources, such as computers and gaming consoles and the latest TV's.
Option: n-Link - analog / control interconnect
for iPod, NaimUniti 2. $Call.
|Naim Integrated Amps|
|NAIT5i-2 Four input integrated amplifier with iPod jack, 50 W / channel. $Call.|
|NAIT XS integrated amplifier 60W / channel. $Call.|
|SUPERNAIT Six input integrated amplifier with digital inputs, 80 W / channel. $Call.|
|Naim Power Amps|
|NAP150x 50 W / channel stereo power amplifier. $Call.|
|NAPV175 50 W x 3-channel AV power amplifier. $Call.|
|NAP200 70 W / channel stereo power amplifier. $Call.|
|NAPV145 80 W mono AV power amplifier. $Call.|
|NAP250-2 80 W / channel stereo power amplifier. $Call.|
|NAP300 + 300PS 90 W / channel dual-mono fan-cooled power amplifier with external supply. $Call.|
|NAP500 + 500PS 150 W / channel dual-mono fan-cooled reference power amplifier with 500PS external supply. $Call.|
|NaimNet Room Amps|
|Naim NNP02 NaimNet-enabled 90W stereo network room amplifier. $Call. info|
|Naim NNP01 NaimNet-enabled 110W stereo network room amplifier. $Call. info|
Parasound makes tuners, pre-amplifiers, surround-sound processors, and amplifiers. The Parasound Model 2250 amplifier is pictured above.
|Parasound Stereo Amplifiers|
Quad makes digital components, pre-amplifiers, amplifiers. speakers, and tuners,
The 909 power amplifier is pictured at the left.
|Quad Stereo Amplifiers|
Simaudio also makes digital components, pre-amplifiers, amplifiers, surround processors, and power conditioners.
The MC-8 power amp is pictured above.
|Simaudio Power Amplifiers|
|Simaudio Moon Evolution Series Amplifiers|
|Evolution MC-8/7 (220-240V only) Power Amplifier, 7 x 250W, RS-232 + 12V. $Pricing.|
|Evolution MC-8/6 (220-240V only) Power Amplifier, 6 x 250W, RS-232 + 12V. $Pricing.|
|Evolution MC-8/5 (220-240V only) Power Amplifier, 5 x 250W, RS-232 + 12V. $Pricing.|
|Evolution MC-8/4 (220-240V only) Power Amplifier, 4 x 250W, RS-232 + 12V. $Pricing.|
|Evolution MC-8/3 (220-240V only) Power Amplifier, 3 x 250W, RS-232 + 12V. $Pricing.|
|Evolution MC-8/2 (220-240V only) Power Amplifier, 2 x 250W, RS-232 + 12V. $Pricing.|
Soulution makes digital components, pre-amplifiers, amplifiers.
A pair of Soulution 700 mono power amplifiers are pictured at the left.
Note: Soulution is a manufacturer that recently started making high end audio electronics and we do not have this new line on display at the store. The reason that we have included this new line in our line listings here is that the Magico Ultimate II speakers are extremely efficient—and at over 110db efficiency it is nice to have the quietest amplifier possible in terms of circuit noise both at system idle and during the quietest passages of music. (Of course this particular aspect is not normally of consideration with the vast majority of speakers which are in the 85-95db efficiency range.) We have heard the Soulution amps on the Magico Ultimate II's and so we know that the amps are a good match for the speakers. If you are interested in knowing more there are links below.
|Soulution Solid State Power Amplifiers|
|Soulution 710 - 120 watt stereo power amp. $Call.|
|Soulution 700 - 430 watt (or (2 x 110 watt in bi-amp mode) mono power amplifier. $Call.|
Founded in 1977, Spectral is one of the most respected names in high end audio today. Spectral Audio makes wide bandwidth, extremely fast, high resolution amplifiers. Their amplifiers use many smaller power supplies, rather than one big one. This approach allows Spectral to locate a power supply (capacitors, rectifiers, regulators, and secondary windings) closer to each FET output device. Spectral amplifiers have a very transparent sound, with excellent settling (the ability of the amplifier to stop the speaker after a transient).
Note: Whereas other Spectral Audio components (i.e. their preamplifiers and digital source components) may be used with any other brand of equipment, Spectral mandates that their non-Universal amplifiers be driven by a Spectral preamplifier to ensure reliable operation. Spectral Universal amplifiers however may be driven directly by any brand of preamp, D-A, or surround sound processor. In addition, Spectral amplifiers need to be used in conjunction with the proper Spectral-approved MIT interconnects and speaker cables. These usage guidelines are now a condition of Spectral's warranty on their amplifiers. There are several reasons for these guidelines:
- Because of their wide bandwidth, Spectral amplifiers can amplify high frequency signals in the MHz range at massive power levels. Therefore radio frequency noise must be kept out of the amplifier. The MIT interconnects contain RF protection, and Spectral preamplifiers are stable at these high frequencies.
- Unlike most all solid state preamps, Spectral preamplifiers are true discrete designs, are DC coupled, and can output the high current that the (non-Universal) Spectral power amps are designed to be driven by. Other brands of preamplifiers often use integrated circuits or other devices which will probably not be able to drive the amplifier properly. It is interesting to know that IC's (integrated circuits) simply cannot provide for high current output in a preamp design which utilizes them. Whereas a fully discrete Spectral preamp—fully discrete meaning no IC's in the signal path—can provide on the order of 1 ampere of output current per channel!
- As part of their stability design, Spectral amplifiers use an output network found in the proper MIT speaker cables. (Spectral has found that by placing this network close to the load, i.e. the speaker, they can achieve superior results.)
What will happen if you don't follow these guidelines? Well, it's a probability thing. You may not encounter any problems—or you may encounter premature failure of some components in the amplifier. Or (worst case) your amplifier may suffer severe RF problems, and you will have to pay to have all the output devices replaced (which is expensive). Therefore, we highly recommend that you follow Spectral's operational and warranty guidelines for both peace of mind as well as highest performance and fidelity. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to call us as 781-893-9000.
So why would anybody bother using an amplifier that needs such precise conditions to be operated properly? Because for music lovers who value linearity—i.e. who truly wish to hear what the musicians played in an acoustic space on a recording—Spectral offers an incredibly transparent window on recorded musical events. And for the many satisfied Spectral clients, nothing else meets their demanding criteria for emotional involvement with the music.
Spectral also makes digital components and pre-amplifiers.
Pricing on Spectral products is available by contacting us directly.
|Spectral Power Amplifiers (which require being used with a Spectral preamplifier and certain specified models of MIT/Spectral speaker cables)|
Theta makes digital components, surround sound processors, and amplifiers. The Theta Dreadnaught III is available in black or silver (pictured at the left). You can find owner's manuals in pdf format here.
|Theta Power Amplifiers.|