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Multitest – The best amplifier for 1000 Euro – 2022 edition

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Price: € 1000

Intro

Sometimes we just feel like doing a big, huge, grande test. It’s educational for us and for you it provides insight into what’s available and how products perform relative to each other. This time we put eight amplifiers side by side. We sampled, measured and listened to all amplifiers. You can find everything in this article.

You have a pair of beautiful speakers, a fine source and…. Oh… no matching amplifier yet. That is of course a critical link! Well… lucky you… we just tested eight integrated amplifiers for you. Price class: 1000 Euro.

Now most models we have a d / a converter or even Bluetooth, but in this test we focus on sound quality and the quality of the amplifier chain. Because at the end of the day, what matters is: how do they sound?

The test setup

We included all amplifiers in our reference system. That sounds like complete idiocy: connecting a pair of 9000 Euro Focal Sopras to an integrated amplifier that costs around 1000 Euro. However: the device under test must be the weak link. In addition to the Sopra works surprisingly well with all the test candidates, so – fortunately – there was no reason to use other loudspeakers.

As for the other components: we put in our Alpha Audio PC and Metrum Acoustics Pavane d/a converter (DAC3). This way we have a decent test system. Cabling comes from Driade (Flow speaker cable) Grimm (TPM) and Yeti (power-cables). We also used the Isotek Aquarius and Titan EVO V to keep things clean.

Measuring

We not only listened, but also measured all the amplifiers. So you get insight into: distortion, power and neutrality. We are going to write another article on how to read the measurements. Let’s go and see the test candidates!

Winkels met Arcam

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
Jozef Verbovenlei 54
2100 Deurne, BE
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL
Paalstraat 128
2900 Schoten, BE

Winkels met Atoll

Cort van der Lindelaan 11
9722 LP Groningen, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Stationsweg 87
9471 GM Zuidlaren, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Spoorstraat 18
7491 CK Delden, Overijssel, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
St.-Katelijnevest 53
2000 Antwerpen, BE
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Audiolab

Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Grotestraat 23
5931 CS Tegelen, NL

Winkels met Cyrus

Korevaarstraat 2 e-f
2311 JS Leiden, NL
St.-Katelijnevest 53
2000 Antwerpen, BE

Winkels met Rega

Sint-Antoniusstraat 15
2300 Turnhout, BE
Joseph Bensstraat 21
1180 Ukkel, BE
Bredabaan 1031
B-2930 Brasschaat, BE
Pelikaanstraat 126
2018 Antwerpen, BE
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
Stationsweg 87
9471 GM Zuidlaren, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Breestraat 146-148
2311CX Leiden, Zuid Holland, NL
Koningsstraat 35
2011TC Haarlem, Noord Holland, NL
Steenstraat 54
6828 CM Arnhem, Gelderland, NL
Theresiastraat 151 - 157
2593 AG Den Haag, Noord Holland, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL

Winkels met Roksan

Pleinweg 136
3083 EP Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, NL
Schoenmakersstraat 19
6041EX Roermond, NL
St. Ceciliastraat 28
5038 HA Tilburg, NL
Beethovenstraat 9-b
1077 HL Amsterdam, Noord Holland, NL