The Best High Fidelity Stereo Power Amplifiers

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The Best High Fidelity Stereo Power Amplifiers
High fidelity stereo power amplifiers help determine an audio system's sound. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

High fidelity audio systems typically comprise multiple components, each specially designed to produce the best sounds possible. The basic components of most audiophile systems include sound sources like CD players and turntables, a preamp, power amplifier and speakers. Stereo power amplifiers play a key role in an audiophile's system performance.

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Krell Evolution Power Amplifier

Known for their engineering innovations and superior sound, Krell power amplifiers consistently rank among the best stereo power amplifiers for audiophiles by industry magazines such as Stereophile. These amps are built with the highest level components, machining and assembling methods. Current Evolution models features Krell's propietary CAST, or current audio signal transmission technology as well as traditional analogue inputs. Krell amplifiers can cost up to £19,500.00 and are marketed to the super high end user.

Mesa Baron Audiophile Power Amplifier

Mesa Engineering, famous for their tube guitar amplifiers, such as the Triple Rectifier and Boogie amps, developed the Mesa Baron power amplifier for the home audiophile market. These amplifiers feature a combination of traditional tube technology and solid state circuitry for improved stereo imaging. Earning consistently high marks from industry magazines such as Stereophile and amplifier critics like Mark Block with The Audiophile Voice, these amplifiers have become popular among tube amplifier enthusiasts.

Dynaco ST-70

Developed and introduced in the 1950s, the Dynaco ST-70 was designed for the best sound possible for the lowest cost. Available as a kit to assemble at home or pre-assembled, these amplifiers are well known for their clear, all tube sound. The ST-70 was produced for many years, with over 300,000 units sold, making it the most common stand alone audiophile amplifier in history.

McIntosh MC-3500

Released in 1968, the MC3500 established McIntosh as the performance amplifier company of its day. Featuring over 12 tubes and huge transformers, this amplifier was designed for commercial usage as the model MI-350 but rebadged for home use as the MC-3500. Many modern amplifier critics hold the MC-3500 as one of the best amplifiers available and seek out vintage models for rebuilding or repair.

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