Folks who are just getting into the wonderful world of vinyl records may not be fully aware of the importance of the various parts of your component system. Indeed, without the right turntable matched with the right amplifier matched with the right speakers, you are bound to end up with a sound that lacks continuity and ends up hurting the way your records sound rather than helping them. This is the last thing that anyone who has spent time grooming and perfecting their record collection wants to hear. They want things to be perfect; they want their records to sound great simply because they sound great. Instead, without the careful planning of a vinyl connoisseur you are likely to end up with a system that just doesn’t feel right. This is why an vinyl album and components store like SoundStage Direct is always a good place to start when you begin looking into your options for the perfect amplifier to go with your already excellent turntable. Here are some great amplifiers to look into. Be sure to see if you can take the amplifier home for a trial run with your turntable and speakers to ensure that it all works together perfectly, but use these tips as a guideline:
- Pro-Ject Stereo Box 5: This amplifier is quite small, but it produces twenty five watts of power. The advantages to this amplifier include its size and its focus, making it ideal for people who want a lot of power but do not have a lot of room to spare. However, this amplifier is not the greatest up higher levels, so this is something to keep in mind.
- Rega Brio-R: This is also a fairly small amplifier, so it again is great for people without a lot of space to spare. However, this Rega product holds up its end of the Rega name, with all the inputs you could need and incredible quality for an amplifier of its size and price. It creates an airy sound and packs a lot of power in terms of bass sound. Match this with your already excellent Rega turntable and you are in for an excellent music listening experience.
- Arcam FMK A19: This amplifier has all the power of a giant but without the lack of dexterity. Indeed, the thing that sets this amplifier apart is the fact that it is easily able to fill a room but without bumbling through the music leaving you with a muddy sound. The best way to match this excellent amp is to provide open sounding speakers that take the sound upwards, rather than letting it get bogged down in the power of the amplifier.
- Icon Audio Stereo 20PP: This amplifier is modeled after an old stereo from the late 1950s and has a really musical sound to it. It makes up for its lack in bass power with its lyric dexterity and is stunning to look at to boot. This makes it a lovely addition to a system that perhaps has the tendency to lose the clarity of the upper register.