If you’re piecing together your first hi-fi stack, you’re probably well aware by now that you’re going to need a home audio amplifier in your system. It’s an essential unit that acts as the ‘muscle’ of your system. Whatever you’re using to listen to your music, it’s connected to the amplifier which then powers the speakers and controls the volume. But don’t just go out there and buy the first amp you see!
Every stereo system requires an amplifier – it’s what breathes life into the loudspeakers. Even the smallest loudspeakers have an amplification module somewhere in their structure, only it’s usually integrated so well that it can’t be seen. Read on to learn why these amplifiers sound so good.
The amplifier is the link between the audio source (iPod, CD player, record player etc.) and the speakers. A small example: You have just bought the best record player in its class and combine it with excellent speakers. If you now make the mistake of using only a mediocre audio amplifier for the connection, the sound quality of the entire system will be lowered to its level. It is therefore worth investing a little more in the hi-fi amplifier because it is the heart of the hi-fi audio system.
The amplifier is the heart of an audio system and determines the sound quality. 5.1 system or home cinema? The choice of the right model depends on the intended use. An AV receiver is ideal for home cinema and other consumer electronics in the living room, stereo amplifiers and hi-fi amplifiers are particularly suitable for pure music enjoyment and offer the best sound quality. An amplifier is the device that turns the low voltage signals from your source equipment into a signal with enough gain to be used to power a pair of speakers. The functions of an amp can be split into two main sections. The first allows you to collate and select multiple inputs and select the required level of gain and is generally referred to as the preamplifier. The second does the ‘heavy lifting’ and adds the gain to the signals in order to be used to power a pair of speakers. This is the power amplifier. If the functions are split into two boxes like the 851E and 851W, these are referred to as pre and power amps. With amplifiers like our CXA80, both functions are placed in a single chassis and referred to as an integrated amplifier. Now is the perfect time to buy best high power home audio system.