Earlier today Joel helped answer a particularly fun question asked by one of our readers: Help Me Spend $750!. That post got us thinking about what we would do with that kind of money and our thoughts went immediately down the music route. We've always wanted an amplifier, but either money or intimidation has held us back. We've narrowed it down to three amps...
• Marantz PM5004 Integrated Amplifier, $449.00: If you're looking for a nod to retro stereo amplifiers the Marantz is a great option. It's a compact amplifier which means no fussing over a ton of different buttons. There's a detachable power cord and also a system remote control. Reviewers stated top of the line sound quality even when used with vinyl.
• Onkyo A-9555 Integrated Digital Stereo Amplifier, $439.00 Another amp coming in at under $500 seems to measure up with the big boys as well. Plug the Onkyo into your iPod or compatible CD player and let the good times roll. The amp provides a robust sound and great sound quality all packaged in an attractive and sleek body.
• Music Hall PH25.2 Tube Hybrid Headphone Amplifier, $400.00: Reviewed by Unplggd's own Anthony Nguyen, the Music Hall passed his test. Anthony admits while this may not be the most physically attractive model reviewed on the site, the sound quality is what ultimately matters. As Anthony stated in the review "Simply plug in your RCA source, hit the "on" button, and prepare yourself for audio bliss."
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