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        Best integrated amplifiers for 2021

        How to choose the right integrated amp for your stereo system

        In this article: I’ll provide shopping tips to help you find an integrated amplifier with plenty of power and connections for your stereo system. And I’ll recommend seven of the best integrated amplifiers I’ve tried...

        1. Best value — Cambridge CXA81
        2. Best for audiophiles — McIntosh MA5300
        3. Best for wireless streaming — Marantz PM7000N
        4. Best desktop amp — NAD D 3020 V2
        5. Best for vinyl lovers — Denon PMA-800NE
        6. Best for playing high-res music files — Primare I35 Prisma
        7. Best looking — Quad Vena II

        ... with budget alternatives and links to hundreds of customer reviews.

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        here are many convenient ways to listen to music these days: portable Bluetooth speakers and earbuds offer quick and easy ways to stream music from a phone or tablet. You can even stream music through the sound bar you use for TV watching.

        I'm not knocking those handy options, but if you're like me — a music lover who really prioritizes sound quality — you may want to make an integrated amplifier the centerpiece of your primary sound system. The one you turn to when you settle into a comfy chair for a couple of hours of serious listening.

        An integrated amp is the right choice if you want all to connect all of your music sources to a dedicated two-channel amplifier using one component. And most of them can accomodate wireless music streaming, too. We'll go over everything these versatile amps can do, and help you narrow down your choices until you find the perfect one for your sound system.

        What is an integrated amplifier?

        An integrated amplifier is actually two components in one:

        1. A power amplifier, which generates the wattage needed to drive your loudspeakers
        2. A preamplifier that accepts the inputs from all of your music source components

        The preamp lets you switch between wired and wireless sources and control the volume. The preamp may also include balance and tone controls. The built-in power amp lets you drive one or two pairs of bookshelf or floor-standing speakers.

        Integrated amp vs. receiver

        So what makes an integrated amp different from a stereo receiver, then? The answer is in the name of the latter component. A receiver has an AM/FM tuner built in that "receives" conventional radio signals. If you're like me, and only listen to the radio while driving, you may prefer the streamlined functions of an integrated amp.

        Integrated amp vs. preamp/power amp

        Many music fans prefer a system with a separate preamp and power amp. The benefits of this approach are cleaner sound — because power can introduce noise into preamp circuitry — and more flexibility in building and upgrading a high-end system.

        The drawbacks, naturally, are the higher cost of purchasing two components instead of one, and the necessity of finding space in your entertainment center for two large components. It's worth noting that most integrated amps offer a preamp output that lets you send audio signals to a separate power amp and only use the integrated for source switching, so you can reconfigure your system in the future if you want more power.

        There's no wrong way to build a system — your unique situation will dictate whether you choose a stereo receiver, home theater receiver, separate components, or an integrated amp. If you've read this far and the integrated amp still sounds like your cup of tea, let's dig into features and specs so you can zero in on the perfect one for your living space.

        Integrated amp features

        Consider the number and types of connections an integrated amp provides. You'll want to be certain that it can accommodate the components you currently have, or may want to add in the future.

        Cambridge Audio Azur 851A integrated amplifier

        The Cambridge Audio Azur 851A integrated amplifier includes plenty of analog RCA audio inputs. It also includes two pairs of balanced XLR jacks for connecting high-end gear.

        Analog audio inputs

        Back in the day, analog inputs were the only inputs. Modern integrated amplifiers have made room for digital inputs and wireless connection hardware, but analog features will likely never go away.

        As a vinyl lover, I absolutely require a phono input, for instance. And additional RCA inputs come in handy for adding a standalone DAC, a cassette deck, or the analog output of a CD player. If you prefer to use an outboard phono preamp, you'll need to plug it into your integrated amp via a standard RCA input, too.

        Some high-end sound systems use balanced XLR connections that offer superior noise rejection. If any of your other components offer XLR inputs and outputs, you can connect them using high-quality XLR cables.

        If you're an analog purist, many integrated amps offer an analog mode that shuts down all digital circuits. And some integrated amps — the NAD C316BEE, for example — go old-school and offer only analog connections.

        Yamaha A-S801 stereo integrated amplifier

        This Primare I15 provides analog and digital audio inputs, plus a USB connection for your computer.

        Digital audio inputs

        Some integrated amplifiers include a built-in digital-to-analog converter (DAC) that turns digital signals into analog sound your speakers can reproduce. There are a few common types of digital audio inputs:

        • If your integrated amp has a DAC, you can connect the digital output of your CD player to a coaxial digital input
        • An optical digital (Toslink) input offers slightly lower resolution for connecting a CD player or the output of a TV or Blu-ray player
        • Music lovers who have high-resolution music files stored on their computers will need a USB Type B connection
        • If you use your mobile device or USB thumb drive to store files, look for USB Type A, but make sure it's an active input and not just a service port for firmware updates
        • An Ethernet port is crucial for accessing files hosted on the internet or stored on a network-connected computer or hard drive

        In very rare cases, an HDMI input may be present for connecting a compatible TV or Blu-ray player.

        Wireless connectivity

        It's hard to beat the convenience of wireless streaming when it comes to music listening. A number of integrated amplifiers support wireless music streaming — you can’t beat it for convenience. And some let you add compatible speakers and components to create an expandable wireless whole-home audio system.

        For instance:

        • Built-in Wi-Fi allows you to connect to your home's wireless network and access popular streaming services like Spotify, TIDAL, and Amazon HD, plus online internet radio
        • Bluetooth lets you stream music wirelessly from apps on your smartphone, tablet, or computer
        • Apple AirPlay 2 is designed to work specifically with an iOS device like an iPhone® or iPad®
        • Some integrated amps feature built-in multi-room streaming platforms like HEOS, BluOS or DTS Play-Fi that allow you to create a whole-home audio system by wirelessly connecting to compatible sound bars and speakers

        As you can see, there are a lot of ways to listen to music, and you should look for an integrated amp that can give you access to all of your favorite sources.

        Outputs

        Inputs are crucial to getting what you need out of your integrated amp, but don't overlook the output possibilities, either:

        • A headphone jack (1/4-inch or 3.5mm) provides a great way to enjoy your music without disturbing others
        • A subwoofer output lets you connect an optional powered sub to supplement your system's bass output
        • A stereo preamp output gives you an easy way to add a new power amp to your system. This is handy if you move your system to a larger room or buy new speakers that need more power
        • A + B speaker connectors offer an easy way to connect two pairs of speakers, or bi-wire a single compatible pair

        Now that we know what to look for, we can single out some of the best integrated amps for specific applications. In each category, I list my favorite, plus a lower-priced runner-up to give you even more options.

        Our top picks for 2020

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        Best value — Cambridge CXA81

        Crutchfield customers love this rock-solid integrated amp. The Cambridge CXA81 offers plenty of power — 80 watts per channel — plus the detail you want when listening to your favorite tracks. Those watts are generated by a power supply that employs an audiophile-grade toroidal transformer for plenty of steady, low-noise current. And it has analog and digital inputs for connecting your favorite sources, including balanced XLR connections.

        The amp's built-in high-performance ESS Sabre SE9016K2M DAC ensures that sound from connected digital sources is clean and accurate. It offers convenient Bluetooth connectivity, too. And I've always liked that Cambridge favors the classy brushed-aluminum front plate, which looks super-sharp in an entertainment center or equipment rack.

        Details

        • 80 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (120 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms)
        • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
        • toroidal power transformer for low noise and high-current output
        • Bluetooth with aptX® HD encoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
        • coaxial digital, USB Type-B, and dual optical digital inputs
        • balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs

        Budget-friendly alternative

        My runner-up in this category is another of our top-sellers: the Yamaha A-S501. It's got good power and adds a dedicated phono stage that the Cambridge doesn't have. Bluetooth is optional, and requires an additional adapter, and there are no XLR inputs, but it's a rugged, rock-solid choice that won't empty your wallet.

        What our customers say about the CXA-81:

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        Best for Audiophiles — McIntosh MA5300

        This isn't the first time the words "best," "audiophile," and "McIntosh" have appeared together, and it surely won't be the last. This venerable American company has been making exquisite hi-fi equipment since 1949, and the MA5300 is one of their finest efforts. It's versatile, sophisticated, powerful, and elegant.

        It works smart as well as hard. The amp's large power transformer uses multiple filter capacitors for plenty of energy reserves to help deliver lightning-fast transient response and explosive dynamics, so music sounds crisp and detailed.

        Digital sources benefit from the high-performance 8-channel 32-bit DAC built into McIntosh's DA1 Digital Audio Module. And the entire DA1 module can be removed and replaced in the highly likely event that McIntosh comes up with something even better in the future.

        Most integrated amps are designed solely for use in a two-channel system, but the MA5300 has a handy Home Theater Pass Through feature that lets you use it in a home theater system. The right and left front channels from a surround sound preamp/processor can pass through the amplifier's analog inputs, allowing you to use its 100-watt-per-channel power output on your main front speakers.

        Details

        • 100 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (160 watts x 2 into 4 ohms)
        • 8-channel, 32-bit/192kHz Quad Balanced DAC
        • large power transformer with multiple filter capacitors and regulated power supply
        • 2 optical and 2 coaxial digital inputs (up to 32-bit/96kHz resolution)
        • USB Type B input (PCM files up to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD files up to 11.2 MHz, and DXD files)
        • 1 set of balanced stereo XLR inputs
        • 4 stereo RCA audio inputs
        • dedicated phono input for turntable with moving magnet (MM) cartridge

        Budget-friendly alternative

        I love the Cambridge Audio Azur 851A. It's got a ton of power — 120 watts per channel into 8 ohms — and a sleek look that would be welcome on my shelf of gear. It features dual XLR inputs, eight RCA inputs, and a dedicated phono input. Its lack of digital inputs keeps it out of the top spot, but for an analog fiend like me, that's less of an issue.

        What our customers say about the MA5300:

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        Best for wireless streaming — Marantz PM7000N

        I'm not going to pretend this was an easy choice to make — integrated amp manufacturers are packing most amps with streaming goodies these days. But I like the PM7000N for a couple of reasons. For starters, the HEOS operating system gives you access to popular streaming services, and gives you the functionality to set up a multi-room wireless sound system with the addition of HEOS-compatible speakers.

        Where this integrated amp truly sets itself apart is in the hardware. The built-in DAC supports high-resolution audio files, and Marantz's Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module (HDAM) technology offers very precise control over the drivers of connected speakers. And there's a Source Direct mode that bypasses tone control circuits for sonic purists.

        Details

        • 60 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (80 watts x 2 into 4 ohms)
        • built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
        • free HEOS app offers easy Wi-Fi control, settings adjustments, and music selection and playback
        • Apple AirPlay 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
        • includes support for Pandora®, SiriusXM, and Spotify® (subscription required for some services)
        • supports multi-room audio with compatible wireless speakers
        • 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter supports PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz and DSD files up to 5.6MHz
        • 2 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital audio inputs
        • Type-A USB port on rear panel for connecting a portable drive
        • 4 stereo RCA audio inputs (including a phono input for use with a moving magnet cartridge)

        Budget-friendly alternative

        The NAD C 338 offers built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can stream pretty much anything that's on your phone or tablet. It lacks the expandable wireless multi-room capacity of some more pricey options, but if that's not a deal-breaker, this amp is a fantastic choice.

        What our customers say about the PM7000N:

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        Best desktop amp — NAD D 3020 V2

        Since more of us are working from home these days, it makes sense to improve your desktop system, and this is an excellent way to do so. Most integrated amps are designed to lie horizontally on a shelf in an entertainment center, so the NAD D 3020 V2 stands out immediately in that regard.

        It's amazing how much functionality NAD has packed into this space-saving chassis. There's a phono input as well as an unassigned RCA input pair. There are individual optical and coaxial inputs for digital sources. And wireless streaming via Bluetooth, of course.

        Design-wise, I must say, I like the gentle curve at the top corner of the chassis, and the large, easy-to-grip manual volume knob.

        Details

        • 30 watts x 2 into 8 ohms
        • compact, low-profile design allows vertical or horizontal orientation
        • built-in 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog converter
        • Bluetooth with aptX® encoding provides high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
        • 1 pair of analog stereo (RCA) inputs
        • 1 optical digital and 1 coaxial digital input
        • phono input for connecting a turntable with a moving magnet (MM) cartridge
        • built-in headphone amplifier with 3.5mm minijack output

        Budget-friendly alternative

        The Audioengine N22 is a super-affordable compact desktop amp. It has the headphone amplifier I consider so crucial for a desktop system, and I can connect a space-saving pair of desktop speakers like the Cambridge Audio Minx Mini for near-field listening that won't disturb family or co-workers.

        What our customers say about the NAD D 3020 V2:

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        Best for vinyl lovers — Denon PMA-800NE

        If you have a treasure trove of favorite records, and like to have flexibility in what type of cartridge you use on your turntable, the PMA-800NE is a great choice. It features a built-in phono preamplifier that's compatible with moving coil and moving magnet cartridges, which is rare.

        The amp does have a nice DAC in it, and connections for digital sources, but Denon's engineers made sure analog fans can still have the unadulterated vinyl experience they crave. There's a Pure Analog setting that disables its digital circuitry, and Stop Mode deactivates the microprocessor when it's not in use for a lower noise floor.

        Details

        • 50 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (85 x 2 into 4 ohms)
        • stereo RCA phono input for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges
        • Analog Mode disables digital circuitry for better sound with analog sources
        • Stop Mode deactivates the microprocessor when it's not in use for a lower noise floor
        • Advanced High Current (AHC) single push-pull circuit power amplifier
        • 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter for high-performance playback of digitally connected sources
        • 4 stereo RCA line-level inputs
        • 3 optical and 1 coaxial digital audio inputs
        • built-in headphone amplifier with full-size (1/4-inch) jack

        Budget-friendly alternative

        The Yamaha A-S301 doesn't support moving coil cartridges, but it does have a bulit-in phono stage for moving magnet cartridges, which are far more common. Beefy construction reduces resonance and the buttons on the front panel and the remote are easy to use.

        What our customers say about the PMA-800NE:

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        Best for playing hi-res audio files — Primare I35 Prisma

        I'm differentiating this from our streaming champ above — I'm choosing the Primare I25 Prisma for its facility with high-resolution audio files downloaded to a computer or external hard drive, or encoded on a compact disc.

        It has multiple digital inputs, which benefit from the built-in high-performance AKM AK4497EQ DAC. It's compatible with all of the file formats audiophiles favor, and it can absolutely do justice to your analog and streaming sources, too.

        Details

        • 150 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (300 watts x 2 into 4 ohms)
        • premium AKM AK4497EQ DAC (PCM up to 32-bit/768kHz; DSD up to 11.2MHz)
        • compatible file types: WAV, LPCM, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, MP4 (AAC), WMA, OGG, and DSD
        • built-in dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
        • Apple AirPlay and Chromecast built-in
        • 4 Toslink optical and 2 coaxial digital inputs
        • USB Type-A and Type B inputs for digital sources like thumb drives, NAS drives, and computers
        • 2 stereo balanced XLR analog inputs
        • 3 stereo unbalanced RCA analog inputs
        • dual Ethernet ports for connecting to a home network

        Budget-friendly alternative

        This may sound funny, but if you can get by without the sheer power of the I35 Prisma and fewer inputs, the Primare I15 Prisma offers the same high level of performance, and the USB connections I find indispensible for listening to high-resolution music files. It's a one-box solution for most people's digital music needs.

        Our expert's take on the Primare I35 Prisma:

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        Best looking — Quad Vena II

        This is my highly subjective pick, and I welcome your dissenting opinion in the comment section. But I love, love, love that there are no hard edges on the gorgeous Quad Vena II. The design of the front panel is also aesthetically pleasing. And if I were choosing one for myself, I'd choose this white version, because I love the contrast between the dark and light elements of the case.

        And looks are really just the tip of the iceberg. I clearly remember when Quad demonstrated this amp in our training room, in pre-pandemic days when we could do such things. I looked around the room and saw veteran advisors mouthing the word "wow" to each other when they heard the clean, detailed, muscular sound this amp provided.

        Details

        • 45 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (65 x 2 into 4 ohms)
        • class AB amplifier with beefy toroidal transformer
        • built-in Bluetooth® with aptX audio coding for a better-sounding connection to compatible devices
        • phono stage for turntables with moving magnet cartridges
        • premium ESS ES9018 DAC supports hi-res digital files up to 32-bit/384kHz
        • dedicated headphone amplifier
        • 2 Toslink optical, 1 coaxial digital input
        • USB Type-B input for connecting to a computer
        • 2 sets of stereo RCA aux inputs
        • phono input for connecting a turntable with a moving magnet cartridge

        Budget-friendly alternative

        The Arcam SA10 has contrasting silver buttons on a darker front panel, and that aesthetic works for me. I also like the layout of the controls and the rounded buttons on either end. The proportional size of the built-in screen enhances the effect.

        What our customers say about the Quad Vena II:

        Need help deciding?

        Our friendly, knowledgeable Advisors can help you narrow down your choices to find the perfect integrated amplifier for your unique circumstances. Contact us today.

        And don't forget, free lifetime tech support is included with your Crutchfield purchase.

        Last updated 1/21/2021

        Please share your thoughts below.

        • Jeffrey truman from Windsor, on

          Posted on 2/28/2021

          I found your article very informative. Im going to reread it again to better understand your opinions. I'm currently wanting to purchase a high end integrated amp. 10-15 thousand or more if there's a logical reason. And I also want to upgrade my speakers. In your opinion, if I were to spend ten thousand on an integrated amp, how much should I spend on speakers? I'm thinking 15 thousand. Currently I own a marantz sr5004 receiver, paradigm monitor 9 s.7 speakers and a mackie hrs 120 subwoofer. I know they aren't anything special but they've done a great job. I use decent cables and wires for everything and I know I'll have to upgrade them too. I'm thinking of not using a subwoofer with my next stereo because I think my next set of speakers should be at a level where a subwoofer isn't needed. On a side note I'm not a fan of surround sound. My two fronts and subwoofer is all I need for movies and I listen to music through them more than I use them for movies/tv. I have a b&w center speaker and b&w rears but don't use them. I still have my b&w dm603 fronts but in a different room for my wife's stereo in her reading/relaxing room...lol. Sorry for the long winded comment but I don't have any friends that have the knowledge needed for this.

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 3/1/2021

          Jeffrey - Your budget certainly sounds sensible, because I think the speakers are where "the rubber meets the road" in that they produce what your ears are hearing when you listen. If I could recommend one speaker we carry that I think will do exactly what you want, it's the MartinLogan Masterpiece Classic ESL 9. I may be biased, because I grew up in the town where MartinLogan is headquartered, but I've been listening to them for decades as they evolve, and I'm always blown away. I also like that they have 8" woofers built-in, which fits with your desire to avoid adding a separate subwoofer. Think it over, and if you have further questions, one of our Advisors would be more than happy to talk it over via phone or chat. Thanks for the interesting question!
        • Dale

          Posted on 1/31/2021

          I always see an ARCAM product on your page but never hear much about them from you, why is that?

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 2/1/2021

          Dale - There are always a number of great components to choose from in a "best of" article, and the ultimate choice is naturally somewhat subjective. I think very highly of Arcam products and we explore their virtues when we write the individual product pages. Suffice to say we hold Arcam in very high esteem around here.
        • Stewart Pinkerton

          Posted on 1/12/2021

          No Yamaha? Bwahahahaha

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 1/13/2021

          Stewart - This is a valid point, because I love the Yamaha integrated amps. This has been a weird year, with COVID disrupting the supply chain, and most of them are on backorder right now, so I didn't want to raise expectations and then say "sorry, you can't have it!" But yes, they're dynamite.
        • Robert Hoffman from San Diego California

          Posted on 1/2/2021

          Guy's! This is crap..Don't you have anything above 100watts? At least 250 per channel or I'm not buying.

        • Dylan Hunt

          Posted on 12/24/2020

          No Sprout 100, no value.

        • Steve from Cleveland

          Posted on 12/23/2020

          Why is there always an Arcam at the start of your page but you never talk about how great they are? What is this a bait and switch article?

        • GarageRat from NYC

          Posted on 11/20/2020

          Hard No on the Denon..

        • Kenneth Wallace from Indianapolis

          Posted on 11/10/2020

          I own Martin Logan scenarios. What amp would you recommend? I have read the impedance can get ridiculously low with these speakers. Is something with 6db of headroom my best option?

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 11/11/2020

          Kenneth - I've read the manual for those speakers, and it looks like their minimum impedance is 2 ohms. Of the integrated amps we stock we have three models that can go that low. The Devialet amps have truly impressed everyone here who's had a chance to use one, so that's my recommendation if it suits the rest of your system. Thanks for the question!
        • Miriam from Tegucigalpa

          Posted on 10/11/2020

          Really good comments of the integrated amplifiers. To obtain the best sound of the Klipsch 600m speakers, which is my best option among these integrated amplifiers: Yamaha A S501, NAD D 3020, NAD C 328 or a Marantz PM5005?

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 10/12/2020

          Miriam - It depends partly on what sources you want to plug into the amp, but for me, it's a choice between the Yamaha and the Marantz. The Yamaha has more raw power, but the HDAM (Hyper Dynamic Amplifier Module) technology in the Marantz offers a great deal of control of the drivers for more accuracy. I'd compare those two and see how the connections and other features match your setup. Give us a call or chat if we can help with the final decision!
        • Jonathan Haworth from PITTSBURG

          Posted on 9/12/2020

          I have a Yamaha S801. I want to get a similar integrated to drive my SVS bookshelf's but Rotel, Cambridge,Arcam and others in 1000+ range have no sub out. Which have sub outs in that price range

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 9/14/2020

          Jonathan - Here's a list of integrated amps with subwoofer outputs. There's a pretty good selection, so if we can help you further narrow that list down by the other features you want, let us know. Thanks for the question!
        • VIRGINIA M ATMORE from Ventura

          Posted on 8/3/2020

          Which integrated amps have Main In connectors as well as preout connectors? Do any 2 channel receivers have both?

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 8/4/2020

          Virginia - These Arcam integrated amplifiers have a Processor Mode that functions the way you're describing. Generally speaking, I don't see that feature called out very often in integrateds or stereo receivers, but if I can find enough of them, I'll see about getting a filter for that option put on the page. Thanks for the question!
        • Dan from Silver City

          Posted on 8/1/2020

          Nice article. I built a Heathkit integrated receiver/amp from parts 40 years ago. It had the best of all features for that time. Alas, it has been dying a slow death in recent years, and it died yesterday. I have been recording my LP collection to .mp3 files via Audacity. I still have LP's waiting in the queue. I need an integrated amp that has both phono inputs and "Line Out" jacks (for a stand-alone external USB sound card). Yes, the Heathkit had jacks for Tape Out, which are electrically Line Out. (also had Tape In and Tape Monitoring, just for the sake of history!). I have high efficiency speakers and a small house, so power not an issue. Your recommendations? Many thanks, Dan

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 8/3/2020

          Dan - I think I have a pretty good choice for you. The Cambridge Audio AXA35 has a phono input and they literally call their line out "record out." On the off chance that one doesn't catch your eye, here's a filtered link that shows all integrated amps with phono input.
        • Tithdary from Tampa

          Posted on 7/22/2020

          Excellent explanations Thank you

        • Hee Kim from Fort Lee

          Posted on 7/16/2020

          Thanks for your technical information. Much helpful!

        • Randall from Concord

          Posted on 7/1/2020

          Could you please explain why you only recommended home theater receivers in response to Addison Marks of Anaheim Hills question? Is there a reason an integrated amp wouldn't be better?

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 7/2/2020

          Hi, Randall. I recommended Home Theater receivers in that case because of the part of the system that feeds Left, Right, and Center channel speakers. To get the center channel information off of a movie, you'd have to have a set of binding posts that serve that specific function. Hope that helps!
        • Randall from Concord

          Posted on 7/1/2020

          Could you please explain why you only recommended home theater receivers in response to Addison Marks of Anaheim Hills question? Is there a reason an integrated amp wouldn't be better?

        • Addison Marks from Anaheim Hills

          Posted on 6/16/2020

          Hi - My Onkyo receiver just broke and I need a new device and need your expertise. My primary use of this device is for music streaming from Spotify. I need 2 zones (outdoor & indoor) with an output port to my channel selector which controls volume to 6 outside speakers. This device also feeds 3 speakers (L, R & Center) inside for Spotify playing and from my TV for movies. Need ease of use so others in the family can switch to zone 2, etc.

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 6/16/2020

          Addison - I've filtered a list of Home Theater receivers to show those with Wi-Fi built in and a preamp output to feed into your channel selector. Without knowing more about your system, I'm reluctant to make a single recommendation, but this should narrow it down quite a bit: Home Theater receivers filtered list Hope that helps!
        • Anil Jannu from Bangalore , India

          Posted on 6/9/2020

          Really good insight into integrated amps !! Well articulated . Just water to check 1. if we use pre amp out to connect to a power amp can we also use the regular speaker A and B outputs to in effect you can fire 3 sets of speakers , am I right Or if you use preamp the amp gets disconnected ?? 2. How do we judge the quality of sound , such as rich, smooth, harsh , soundstage forward or laid back etc.. I know much depends on Speakers but every amp has its own signature . 3. The quality of DAC also matters , mostly we have bur brown, AKM , Olfson, Saber etc Which are the best ones? 4 . Finally I plan to buy one among the 3 integrated amps purely for stereo music for my Acostic Energy Elite 3 floor standers using Rotel 1582 power amp rated at 200 w/ch. Which do you suggest for rich , clear and smooth long hour listening mostly via streaming using tidal or sportify. a. Rotel A14 b . Marantz NR1200 c. CXA 61 d. NAD C 368

        • Anil Jannu from Bangalore , India

          Posted on 6/9/2020

          Really good insight into integrated amps !! Well articulated . Just water to check 1. if we use pre amp out to connect to a power amp can we also use the regular speaker A and B outputs to in effect you can fire 3 sets of speakers , am I right Or if you use preamp the amp gets disconnected ?? 2. How do we judge the quality of sound , such as rich, smooth, harsh , soundstage forward or laid back etc.. I know much depends on Speakers but every amp has its own signature . 3. The quality of DAC also matters , mostly we have bur brown, AKM , Olfson, Saber etc Which are the best ones? 4 . Finally I plan to buy one among the 3 integrated amps purely for stereo music for my Acostic Energy Elite 3 floor standers using Rotel 1582 power amp rated at 200 watts per channel. Which do you suggest for rich , clear and smooth long hour listening mostly via streaming using tidal or sportify. a. Rotel A14 b . Marantz NR1200 c. CXA 61 d. NAD C 368

        • Jorge Salas from Monterrey

          Posted on 5/27/2020

          I have a pair of bose virtually invisible 891. I'm about to buy an integrated amp. due to my budget my options are: - Onkyo a9110 - Marantz PM5005 - Cambridge Audio AXA35 Which will you recommend for those speakers? Great article, thanks!

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 5/28/2020

          Jorge - I'm a fan of the Marantz and Cambridge options, which are very similar in the way they perform. The main difference I can see is that the Cambridge has a built-in phono input, so I'd lean that way if you want to play records. If you get one of those from us, we offer lifetime tech support, so I hope you'll take advantage of the benefits of being a Crutchfield customer!
        • Ion from Castellon - Espa?a

          Posted on 4/23/2020

          Hola, Muchas gracias por una pagina tan buena donde podemos encontrar un monton de informacion por eso me aprovecho para pedir una informacion: Estoy pensando en comprar un equipo Marantz PM8006 + Marantz ND8006 y no se que altavoces comprar, me gustan mucho los Dali Opticon 2 o Dynaudio Emit M20 pero no se cual tiene mas synergia, porsupuesto me puede proponer otros que serian mejores que estos pero que no suba mas de precio A la espera de una respuesta os mando un caluroso saludo desde Espa?a

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 4/24/2020

          Ion - Thanks for the message. I had a Spanish-speaking colleague translate my reply: Soy un gran admirador de las altavoces Dynaudio. Tienen un sonido inmersivo y un rendimiento increíble por el precio. ?No puedes equivocarte eligiendo los Emit20! Esperamos que te quedes seguro y sano en Espa?a.
        • Dana from Pgh.

          Posted on 4/13/2020

          Clear information about audio components and how to use and extra information is always available thanks

        • richard ackerbauer from Cobleskill

          Posted on 4/8/2020

          Great Article. I am quite new to this field but Bought a Marantz receiver a couple weeks ago with some Polk Audio Bookshelf speakers and stands...for my photography studio. With this simple setup...I as blown away. My question is would I benefit at all by running a Marantz Amp in conjunction with my receiver? Thanks in advance

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 4/9/2020

          Richard - If you're happy with the amount of power your receiver is sending to the Polks, you should be good to go. I'd only add an amp if you wanted more power than the receiver can offer. Thanks for the question!
        • Mark from Whitehall,mi.

          Posted on 3/16/2020

          Could you use a denon avrx1300w to get internet radio plugged into a integrated amp?

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          Eric Angevine from Crutchfield

          on 3/18/2020

          Mark - The Denon has built-in Wi-Fi, so you can stream internet radio. There may be a way to make a wired connection to a media streamer component, but using the wireless would be more cost-effective.
        • Dale from Meriden

          Posted on 2/22/2020

          Your opening picture shows an ARCAM product. But I do not see any mention of it in the article

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          Jim Richardson from Crutchfield

          on 2/24/2020

          It's the SA10. If you have questions about it, please contact a Crutchfield advisor.
        • Jeffrey C Bischoff from Palmyra

          Posted on 12/17/2019

          Wouldn't a separate stand alone radio tuner plugged into an integrated amplifier sound better than a reciever?

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          Jim Richardson from Crutchfield

          on 12/18/2019

          Most likely. Depends on which products you're talking about. For advice about specific items you're considering, please contact a Crutchfield advisor.
        • Wayne from Leslie

          Posted on 7/19/2019

          Is there such a thing as an integrated surround sound amp ?

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          Jim Richardson from Crutchfield

          on 7/22/2019

          The only one I'm aware of is the Rotel RAP-1580. Crutchfield doesn't carry it.
        • Tony Harrell from Tulsa

          Posted on 4/22/2019

          I listen to a lot of online music with the bitstream out option on my Xbox one. Can this be incorporated or replace my current setup.... Xbox oneS Onkyo SR444. Klipsch 6" tower and center. Would it be better to run my Xbox through an integrated amp? Dac? Any help is greatly appreciated. BTW. My current setup sounds pretty darn good watching video of a 1977 live performance of Hotel California!!!

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          Jim Richardson from Crutchfield

          on 4/23/2019

          Thanks for your inquiry. I have forwarded it to our advisors. Someone will contact you soon to discuss your system options.
        • bob from new albany

          Posted on 4/15/2018

          the sound quality of an integrated amp is going to be better than a receiver. and can serve very well for movies as well as music. while marantz is not featured here it represents one of the best sounding amps you sell. it is also stylish. marantz amp with klipsch speakers sounds excellent.

        • Joseph Dittrich from Philadelphia

          Posted on 11/23/2017

          Great article. Thank you for the insights.