Al said: Arcam’s Solo Music will be great for those who want to dispense with a component-based hi-fi system. With everything included -- amplifier, preamp, SACD/CD player, DLNA network streamer -- all you need to add are speakers (and a sub, if you’ve got one).
The gist: The most simplified Arcam system so far.
Doug said: For those who want a neutral sound, excellent resolution, high power, ease of use (for a tubed amp), superb build quality, and beautiful industrial design, Audio Research’s GS150 is very tough to beat.
The gist: Retro styling and modern sound by a legendary company.
Hans said: With the Expert 130 Pro, Devialet has continued to build on the most excellent foundation of past successes like the 120 and Expert 200. Despite my apathy for such monikers as ADH and Magic Wire, their clever circuits continue to set the bar for audio realism.
The gist: Hans was blown away by this thing.
Al said: Hegel Music Systems’ Röst is a versatile, forward-thinking hi-fi component -- I can’t think of another integrated amplifier with connectivity options that address not only the needs of audiophiles, but also those of the custom-installation market. It looks interesting, it sounds great, and it has AirPlay -- to hear uncompressed music, you need only whip out your iPhone.
The gist: Update on Hegel’s very successful integrated-amp platform.
Al said: NAD’s C 368 is a highly competent, great-sounding integrated amplifier that in itself represents an excellent value at $899.
The gist: Classic NAD integrated reborn for the modern audiophile.
Hans said: From packaging to build quality to connectivity to, most important, sound quality, the M32 is an outstanding example of how audiophiles don’t necessarily have to spend top dollar to get top-shelf performance.
The gist: Call it Devialet light.
Al said: The Rotel A12 is an easy recommendation for anyone looking to move beyond mass-market stereo receivers.
The gist: Modern, affordable integrated with sufficient power for most speakers.