An amplifier’s most basic, but nonetheless super-important, job description is to provide a source of clean, reliable power so your loudspeakers can operate at peak performance. This power amplification comes housed in a variety of different components. Traditional separates-based analog systems consist of a power amplifier, a preamplifier (with volume control and inputs for sources) and source components such as a turntable, disc player and/or streaming device.
An integrated amplifier includes two channels of power amplification plus the functionality of a preamplifier (volume control and inputs). Many modern integrated amplifiers also add a high-performance digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to make them even more versatile, and for the ultimate in convenience, some even add streaming, from online music services.
Here's a look at some of our most popular integrated amplifiers.
A compact, cost-effective 2-channel power amp, the Rega IO outputs 30 watts per channel in to 8 ohms and features two line-level inputs, a high specification Rega moving magnet phono stage, and a dedicated high quality headphone output.
The supremely affordable Cambridge Audio AXA35 offers 35 watts of power per channel, an integrated moving magnet phono stage, a white display screen, and a ¼-inch headphone socket for private listening sessions.
Featuring nostalgic design with today's technology, the Yamaha A-S1200L employs a high performance toroidal transformer to help crank out 90 watts per channel. Mechanical Ground Concept begins with the bolts of the feet welded directly to the main chassis, followed with the large heat sink, power transformer and block capacitors also directly bolted to the chassis. With this heavy-duty design unwanted vibration is avoided, for expressive and rhythmic bass.
With a fully discrete, two-stage design for minimal interference and proprietary HDAM technology for signal purity, the 100 watts x 2 Marantz Model 30 offers exceptional sound quality in a stunning form factor.
Integrated amplifiers with DACs
With a 24-bit/192kHz DAC and a built-in MM phono equalizer, the value priced Denon PMA-600NE allows for the most vivid and emotional reproduction of hi-res audio and vinyl. You can also pair it to your smart device or computer via Bluetooth and listen to your favorite music wirelessly.
The NAD D3045 compact integrated amplifier is everything a modern amp should be, with 60 watts x 2 of Hybrid Digital amplification, a high-res DAC capable of DSD and full MQA playback, and a phono input for vinyl lovers.
Perfect for a desktop or rack system, the Yamaha A-S801 offers 100 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms, plus USB input for music playback from a computer. Its advanced DAC supports DSD (2.8 MHz and 5.6 MHz) and PCM files (up to 32-bit/384 kHz) for superb digital audio playback.
An oversized toroidal transformer gives the Cambridge Audio CXA61 60 watts of power per channel. USB Audio input accepts up to 24-bit/384kHz & DSD 256 digital files from Mac or PC, and it also has Bluetooth aptX HD built in for a high quality wireless connection.
The McIntosh MA5300 is the smallest solid state McIntosh integrated amplifier in terms of both power output and physical size, making it an ideal choice for smaller spaces or as an entry into audiophile-grade equipment. It delivers 100 watts per channel into 8 ohms and boasts 12 inputs, including 6 analog inputs (4 unbalanced, 1 balanced and 1 Moving Magnet input for turntables) and 6 digital inputs (2 each coaxial and optical, 1 USB and 1 proprietary MCT for use with our MCT series of SACD/CD Transports). See more of our McIntosh favorites in our McIntosh Showroom Tour below.
Enhance your home audio the easy way with the Class D Sonos Amp. With 125 watts of power per channel you can enjoy high-resolution sound from your bookshelf speakers, TV and other passive components, and Wi-Fi connectivity supports multi-room setups and wireless streaming via AirPlay and the Sonos app.
Bluesound POWERNODE EDGE is a compact wireless hi-res music streaming smart amplifier. It’s the perfect entry point into "just add speakers" Hi-Fi, with streaming sources, control, and amplification all in one sleek and affordable device. Its audiophile-grade componentry is capable of hi-res audio up to 24 bit/192 kHz and MQA playback.
The Denon PMA-900HNE features HEOS® Built-in Wi-Fi, which connects to your network to provide near-limitless streaming options. Listen to a wide array of online music services or connect to a smart device via AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth. The Advanced High Current amplifier drives your loudspeakers with 50 watts of power-per-channel into 8 ohms, and voice control is available via Alexa and Google Assistant.
Both Cambridge EVO 75 and EVO 150 use revolutionary Hypex NCore Class D amplification, rated at 75 watts per channel in EVO 75 and 150 watts per channel in EVO 150. The StreamMagic app offers comprehensive control of the entire EVO system, plus access to the world’s most popular and highest-quality music streaming services. Digital and analog inputs let you add a turntable, CD player or even a TV. Read all about the EVO 75 & 150 in our blog post ‘One Player To Do it All.’
Combining a sophisticated music streamer and powerful 100-watt-per-channel amplifier in one stylish component, the NAD M10 V2 is made for the way people listen to music today. The acclaimed BluOS multi-room music platform has integrated support for dozens of streaming services as well as full MQA decoding and rendering.
The Hegel H190 is a powerful amplifier (150 watts per channel) with DLNA streaming capabilities that can play music from any streaming platform including AirPlay. With configurable inputs, a high-end DAC, and a front-facing headphone output you can enjoy the ease of use with ultimate sound quality.
At the heart of the Hegel H390 is Hegel’s patented SoundEngine 2 amplifier section, which cranks out a massive 250 watts per channel and cancels out errors made by the amplifier. The state-of-the-art DAC provides bit-perfect playback, and an ethernet connection facilitates network streaming with Roon and other third party apps. There’s Apple Airplay and UPnP streaming, with support for most audio formats like DSD and MQA.
The Hi-Fi Rose RS201E is a unique streaming amp that offers not only stellar audio performance, but video as well! With RoseTube, View your local video files or ad-free YouTube videos in Ultra HD 4K quality on your display device with an HDMI output connection. Learn more about the RS201E in our video rundown below.
Not sure which amplifier fits your needs? Chat with ListenUp’s audio experts to discuss the best options for your system.