11 Best Power Amplifier Brands In The World 2024
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11 Best Power Amplifier Brands In The World 2024

If you’re listening to audio from loudspeakers, it’s practically guaranteed that there is a power amplifier in the audio signal chain. If you can’t see the amplifier unit, it’s probably built into the active speaker. If the speaker is passive, it will require a power amplifier. This article is about the latter of the two…

The Ultimate Power Amplifier Buyer’s Guide 2024
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The Ultimate Power Amplifier Buyer’s Guide 2024

So you’re wondering which power amplifier you should buy, rent or otherwise try out. In this comprehensive buyer’s guide, we’ll go through everything worth considering before you make any decisions about a power amp. If you’ve found yourself asking, “Which power amplifier should I buy?” this extensive resource is for you. Please feel free to…

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…

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…

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,…

Do Microphones Plug Into Amps? (Guitar Amps, Preamps, Power Amps, Etc)
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Do Microphones Plug Into Amps? (Guitar Amps, Preamps, Power Amps, Etc)

When dealing with any kind of audio signal, amplification is often a necessary step between devices (microphones to mixers, mixers to loudspeakers, etc.). Amplifiers, as the name suggests, are needed to provide such amplification to the audio signals. Do microphones plug into amps? Microphones output mic levels signals which require amplification to become line level…