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Sharp SD-WH1000U Review

  • Excellent overall hi-res audio performance
  • WiSA is a wonderful thing
  • Ditto WiHD (mostly)
  • Seamless format transitions
  • NNW — Not Necessarily Wireless
  • Can’t play SACDs via WiHD
  • $5K/$6K could be a deal-breaker
Our Score 9

Rotel RA-1570 Review

  • Excellent musicality
  • Dashing good looks
  • Digital and analog inputs, including phono
  • Defeatable tone controls
  • Pre-outs for subwoofer or external amp
  • Finicky remote control of mobile devices
  • USB driver install required for 24/192 (PC)
  • Sluggish remote control response
Our Score 9

Elac Element EA101EQ-G Integrated amplifier Review

  • Smooth, rich, full-bodied sound
  • Warm, easy-going midrange and treble
  • Good imaging and soundstaging capabilities
  • Great aesthetics
  • Feature rich
  • Sonic details too smooth and obscured
  • Treble lacks air and sparkle
  • Sense of rhythm and timing needs work
Our Score 7

Anthem Integrated 225 Review

  • Pure, accurate and engaging sound
  • Extremely powerful
  • Clean, attractive design
  • Outstanding phono input
  • Balanced XLR inputs
  • Overly sensitive volume control
Our Score 9.5

Marantz PM6004 Review

  • Ample power
  • Tight bass, transparent mids, warm-yet-detailed…
  • Phono pre-amp included
  • Two sets of speaker outputs
  • Source direct mode
  • Lacks muscle needed for deepest sub-bass
  • No ⅛-inch input for portable media players
Our Score 9