Not just the heart of a system, the brains too
No longer powerhouse of your system, the integrated stereo amp now comes with bluetooth, hi-res support and more. but is it still all about the performance?
Stereo amplifiers are trying to outgrow their 20th century role as simply the powerhouse of hi-fi systems. For many, it’s not just about power output or how nice the volume dial is any more, but the features they have: Bluetooth? A DAC? Hi-res support?
Our current Award-winner, the Rega Elex-r, doesn’t play this game, but it has bowled over the competition on performance alone to claim two consecutive What Hi-fi? Awards in the sub-£1000 category. But in the face of this year’s new wave of better-specified amps from the likes of legendary amp purveyors Cyrus and Audiolab, can it go on to make it a third?