Amplifiers/Processors

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Steve Withers  |  Aug 25, 2022  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeTrinnov's new 16-channel Amplitude model is all the amplifier you'll ever need, argues Steve Withers

Trinnov has forged a reputation when it comes to object-based home cinema sound, its Altitude32 and Altitude16 (HCC #287/#322) processors setting a high bar. But given a processor is only as good as the amp it's partnered with, it figured it had better build some.

Steve Withers  |  Jul 28, 2022  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeSteve Withers has an object-audio ball with Anthem's most sophisticated AV processor yet

Anthem's AVM 90 has been a long time coming, but it heralds the completion of the Canadian manufacturer's upgraded AV lineup. And while first announced in October 2020, the delayed arrival of this top-of-the-range processor hasn't seemed to harm it. Rather, it means Anthem has been able to offer HDMI 2.1 compatibility out of the box, certainly a demanded feature when a product sells for a cool £6,749.

Mark Craven  |  Jun 22, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Primare's eight-channel amplifier aims to make sure no watts go to waste as it beefs up your system, discovers Mark Craven

Eight channels? When I first saw the spec sheet for Primare's new power amplifier I did wonder if I'd read it wrong, because in the home cinema arena we're used to odd numbers. Yet the A35.8, thanks to flexible internal engineering, considers eight to be just the right amount, whether you're interested in movies or music.

Mark Craven  |  May 09, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendNAD expands its lineup of hi-res streaming amplifiers with the C 700, a more affordable – but still well-featured – alternative to its Masters Series hardware. Mark Craven investigates

Those who admired NAD's M10 two-channel, do-it-all streaming amplifier but were put off by the £2,200 price tag (see HCC #304) are clearly the target audience for the Canadian manufacturer's new C 700. Like the costlier Masters Series model, this compact component promises to drag your music playback into the 21st century via its hi-res capable BluOS streaming module, while chucking in a range of physical inputs for good measure, and then giving connected speakers a healthy punch of Class D amplification. Unlike the M10, however, it sells for £1,300.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 21, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers installs a lot of speakers to assess this AV processor's promise of full sonic immersion

First announced in October 2020, the arrival of Anthem's new home cinema range in the UK has been delayed by you-know-what, but finally its AVM 70 processor is here and ready to rumble. It joins three AV receivers – the flagship MRX 1140, the MRX 740 (reviewed in HCC #321), and the entry-level MRX 540 – and will be followed in due course by another processor, the AVM 90. And it's dripping in tech and setup potential.

Steve Withers  |  Mar 09, 2021  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeIn these days of 3D audio can you have too many channels? French company Trinnov doesn’t seem to think so, judging by its flagship Altitude series of home cinema processors...
Steve Withers  |  Feb 03, 2021  |  0 comments
NAD’s seven-channel amp utilises Purifi’s Eigentakt Class D wizardry to claim more power than its M27 predecessor. Steve Withers reports
Steve Withers  |  Jun 19, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers finds out if this 11-channel power amplifier can drive today's immersive systems without breaking a sweat

US audio brand Emotiva set itself the laudable goal of building high-end products 'at prices that more people could afford'. It aims to achieve this by keeping operations lean and focusing on relatively few product lines, and using a modular approach that lends itself to certain economies of scale. It also designs and assembles its entire range in its homeland – something of a rarity these days.

Steve Withers  |  May 18, 2020  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeThis 16-channel AV processor promises to sound perfect in any room. Steve Withers pricks up his ears

Any company that christens its room correction system RoomPerfect must be confident it can live up to such a moniker. It's right there in the name. Anything less than sonic perfection and you're opening yourself up to a world of criticism. The MP-60, the new 16-channel AV processor from Danish manufacturer Lyngdorf, is designed to deliver exactly that: the perfect room.

Steve Withers  |  Sep 27, 2019  |  0 comments

Steve Withers dabbles in astral sound projection with Focal’s 16-channel home cinema processor and amplifier

Steve May  |  Jun 24, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedSteve May plays hide and seek with this space-saving 5.1-channel AV amplifier that's designed to mount to the back of your flatscreen

The Artison Nano Backpack P5 is a Dolby Digital/DTS amplifier unlike any other. Ultra-slim and input-lite, it's AV stripped back to the point of anonymity. And, let's be clear, this is a good thing.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  0 comments
NAD’s flagship home cinema processor has been updated to V2 guise, adding Dolby Atmos, 4K HDR and Dirac Live EQ – we welcome the new functionality
Steve Withers  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  First Published: Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments
If IOTA’s goal is to deliver unbeatable price/performance, then it’s certainly off to a good start as far as this seven-channel power amplifier is concerned...
Steve Withers  |  Dec 05, 2018  |  0 comments
Yamaha has been doing multichannel surround and immersive audio longer than just about anyone. In fact, it pioneered the concept of height speakers before Dolby and DTS got in on the act. However, with nearly every AVR marque offering object audio setups with speakers all over the room, it was time for Yamaha to have a rethink. Enter its CX-A5200 processor.
Steve Withers  |  Nov 19, 2018  |  0 comments
The AV8805 is Marantz's new flagship AV processor, capable of decoding a whopping 13.2 channels. In fact it's a technological statement of intent, an AV hub that boasts just about every feature imaginable. So not only does it support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, it also handles Auro-3D – making it the only preamplifier to decode all three immersive audio formats at anything approaching a sensible price.

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