Full List: Audio Amplifier Brands/Manufacturers (+ Examples)
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Full List: Audio Amplifier Brands/Manufacturers (+ Examples)

In this massive directory, I list out all amplifier brands and manufacturers. To keep this article a reasonable length, I’ve only included bullet points about each brand/manufacturer. I’ve also only included companies that produce standalone amplifiers (combo-style instrument amp, powered and active speakers are not included). The amplifier types included are as follows: The majority…

Top 11 Best AV Receiver Brands In The World 2024
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Top 11 Best AV Receiver Brands In The World 2024

Whether you’ve got an entertainment room or a full-out home theatre, a great AV receiver will be a key component to the setup. There are plenty of brands/manufacturers that produce AV receivers. Some are better than others (technologically, price-wise, service-wise, etc.). This article will focus on the best receiver brands on the market today to…

Top 11 Best Headphone Amplifier Brands In The World 2024
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Top 11 Best Headphone Amplifier Brands In The World 2024

Headphones, and the amplifiers that drive them, are used by millions of people each and every day. Headphone amplifiers range from the small digital-to-analog converters in the headphone jacks of our devices to carefully designed standalone units. Great headphones will generally require great headphones amplifiers to reach their full potential. In this article, we’ll discuss…

Why Do Speakers Need Amplifiers? (And How To Match Them)
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Why Do Speakers Need Amplifiers? (And How To Match Them)

Speakers are quite remarkable in their ability to convert electrical audio signals into sound waves for our listening pleasure (or displeasure). Speakers of all sizes, from built-in smartphones to live sound subwoofers, require amplifiers. Why do speakers need amplifiers? Typical analog audio signals are recorded, stored, and played back at line level (nominally 1 volt…

What Is Amplifier Ground & Where To Ground An Amplifier

What Is Amplifier Ground & Where To Ground An Amplifier

Understanding electrical ground is critical when dealing with electrical systems (including amplifiers, preamplifiers and the like). What is amplifier ground, and where should we ground an amp? Amplifier ground refers to the ground wire that safely provides the least amount of electrical resistance to earth ground or chassis ground to minimize the chance of electrocution….

Why Do Audio Amplifiers & Preamplifiers Need Power To Work?
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Why Do Audio Amplifiers & Preamplifiers Need Power To Work?

Amplifiers (and/or preamplifiers) are essential components in most practical audio signal chains and typically require electrical power to function properly. They’re used to drive loudspeakers and headphones, boost mic and instrument signals to usable levels, and for many other reasons. Why do audio amplifiers and preamplifiers need power supplies? Whether solid-state, tube-based or digital, audio…

What Is Amplifier Slew Rate & Does It Affect Performance?
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What Is Amplifier Slew Rate & Does It Affect Performance?

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, you’ve likely been confused about the slew rate specification on an amplifier specifications sheet and want to know more about this rare and odd data point. What is amplifier slew rate, and how does it affect performance? Amplifier slew rate is a measurement of how quickly an amplifier is…

Solid-State Vs. Tube Amplifiers (Pre, Power & Guitar Amps)
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Solid-State Vs. Tube Amplifiers (Pre, Power & Guitar Amps)

Audio amplifiers are required in nearly all playback environments and many recording situations as well. There are plenty of amplifier types out there, and a major distinction between amplifiers is the use of solid-state circuitry versus tube circuitry. What are the differences between solid-state and tube amplifiers? Solid-state amps use solid-state (transistor-based) amplifier circuits, while…

What Is Damping Factor Between An Amplifier & Loudspeaker?
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What Is Damping Factor Between An Amplifier & Loudspeaker?

The damping factor is one of many equations that applies to audio equipment. When discussing the relationship between audio outputs (particularly amplifiers) and audio inputs (particular loudspeakers), the damping factor is somewhat lesser considered rating but important to know nonetheless. What is the damping factor between an amplifier and a loudspeaker? Damping factor (DF) is…

Complete Guide To Power Amplifier Specifications & Data
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Complete Guide To Power Amplifier Specifications & Data

Whether separate units or built into other audio equipment (speakers, integrated amps, etc.), power amplifiers are critical components in any loudspeaker setup. With so many power amp options, it’s good to know how to read their specifications to get a good idea of how each amp will perform. What are power amplifier specifications? Power amplifier specifications,…

What Is Amplifier Impedance? (Actual Vs. Rated Impedance)
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What Is Amplifier Impedance? (Actual Vs. Rated Impedance)

Impedance is a confusing topic when it comes to amplifiers, speakers and pretty much all other audio devices. If you’ve ever wondered what the ohm (Ω) rating meant on your amp and how it affects the amp’s performance in a system, this is the article for you! What is amplifier impedance? Audio amplifiers have inputs…

Passive Amplifiers Vs. Active Amplifiers (Sound & Audio)
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Passive Amplifiers Vs. Active Amplifiers (Sound & Audio)

Amplifiers can be found all around us if we choose to look for them. They’re in our phones, televisions, entertainment systems, vehicles, shopping malls, and many other places. Though we may think of active amps when we think of amplifiers, there are also passive amplifiers that are common enough in our daily lives. What is…