2 Channel Home Stereo Amplifier 2021 Latest Updated Review

2 Channel Home Stereo Amplifier 2021 Latest Updated Review.

Do you crave exceptional, immersive sound when listening to music and watching movies? Do you want to hear the artists’ music the way it was originally intended? Then a good quality  2 channel home stereo Amplifier is the only way to go.

2 channel home stereo

Whether you’re building a home stereo from scratch or want to splash out on a system upgrade, you’ll find our pick of the best 2 Channel Home Stereo below

A great stereo amplifier is the engine of any great hi-fi system. All you need to do is find the right one for your particular set-up and we hope this carefully curated list can help.

1. Cambridge Audio CXA81 Home Stereo

MVP is one of the best 2 Channel Home Stereo Amplifier you can buy for around $1000. Its elegant Lunar Grey chassis may bear a passing resemblance to its predecessor, the CXA80, but like a thanksgiving turkey, the CX81 is stuffed with fresh internals.

2 channel home stereo

The signal path has been improved, there’s a superior DAC and the USB port now supports hi-res audio up to 32-bit/384kHz and DSD256 quality. You even get an aptX HD Bluetooth receiver that delivers better-than-CD-quality wireless playback.

The result of these upgrades? Sound that is rich, confident, full-bodied, and bursting with detail. Whether it’s hammering out a frenetic mid-range melody or a staccato bass line, the CX81 has the agility and energy to handle whatever comes it’s way.

Clarity is stunning given the (very reasonable) sticker price. Those sweet sonics, plus the high feature-count, mean the CX81 sets a new benchmark at this price.

Put simply, this is one awesome amp.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power: 80W per channel | Remote control: No | Phono stage: n/a | Digital inputs: S/PDIF coaxial, Toslink | USB: Yes | Bluetooth: aptX HD receiver built-in | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 11.5 x 4.3 x 34.1cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • Nothing at this price

2. Marantz PM6006 Home Stereo

The first-ever Marantz audio product was designed and built by Saul Marantz in his home in New York in 1953. Today, Marantz is based in Japan but continues to turn out impressive amplifiers at affordable prices.

2 channel home stereo

For proof, seek out the PM6006, which trumps its predecessor, the PM6005, with a bunch of upgrades.

There is a second optical input (useful when using this as part of a home cinema set-up), a more efficient power supply, and high-performance’ feet that aim to reduce unwanted vibration.

Sadly there’s no Bluetooth or USB port, but those omissions are easily overlooked in favor of the PM6006’s outstanding sonics and support 24-bit/192kHz. Sound is crisp, cohesive, and shot through emotive detail. There’s a wonderful sense of timing, too, and complex rhythms are given room to breathe.

Whether you’re looking to upgrade or build your first hi-fi separates system, this Award-winning budget amp is a fantastic buy.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power: 45W (8 Ohms) | Remote control: Yes | Phono stage: MM | Digital inputs: optical/coaxial | USB: No | Bluetooth: No | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 10.5 x 44 x 37cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Smooth and insightful delivery
  • Dynamically expressive
  • A decent set of digital connections

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • No USB input
  • No Bluetooth

3. Cambridge Audio CXA61 Home Stereo

The CX61 has big boots to fill. Its predecessor, the CX60, scored five-stars in our tests and picked up a coveted What Hi-Fi Product of the Year Award. Thankfully, the CX61 builds on that heritage with a classy design, impressive connections, high-resolution audio support, and study remote.

Cambridge Audio CXA61

The lower-specced sibling of the CX81 (above), the CX61 makes do with a touch less power (60W vs 80W). But at under $1000, it delivers exceptional sound-per-pound.

Audio is fluid, entertaining, and energetic but that’s not to say this integrated amp is constantly in party mode. It’s serious about detail, dynamics, and rhythmic precision, and knows just when to tone down the enthusiasm.

It does lack a USB port – you’ll need to splash out on CX81 if that’s a deal-breaker – but the CX61 is a fine bit of kit that pairs well with almost any musical genre.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power: 60W per channel | Remote control: No | Phono stage: n/a | Digital inputs: S/PDIF coaxial, Toslink | USB: Yes | Bluetooth: aptX HD receiver built-in | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 11.5 x 4.3 x 34.1cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Detailed, dynamic audio
  • Stacked feature set
  • Great build quality

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • Pricier than the previous model

4. Rega Brio Home Stereo

British outfit Rega has been designing high-end audio components since the early 1970s. The company launched the original Brio amp back in 1991 but this sixth-generation model continues to pay homage to its illustrious forebears.

Those retro looks may divide opinion but few would dispute that the Rega Brio takes sound to new heights at this price point.

This is an analog-only amplifier, so there’s no built-in DAC, but it sounds terrific. From the incredible sense of scale to the punchy dynamics, this is certainly Rega’s best-ever Brio.

Build-quality is typically solid and the hefty 5kg aluminum case has a reassuring, tank-like quality to it. In terms of features, Rega hasn’t added much since 1991. You do get a phono stage but forget about Bluetooth streaming or digital inputs.

If you can overlook the lack of wireless connections, the back-to-basics Brio delivers stellar sound-per-pound and is worth every penny.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power: 50W (8 Ohms) | Remote control: Yes | Phono stage: MM | Digital inputs: No | USB: No | Bluetooth: No | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 7.8 x 21.6 x 34.5cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Detail and dynamics to die for
  • Agile and rhythmic presentation
  • Good headphone output

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • No digital inputs

5. Cambridge AXA35 Home Stereo

So if you’re looking for the best 2 Channel Home Stereo Amplifier at the cheapest price, this Cambridge model’s a great option.

Cambridge AXA35

At around $350, it’s big on value, big on sound, and built to last. The sleek, 8cm-high case is equipped with a built-in moving-magnet photo stage (worth using if you have a budget turntable), a 6.35mm headphone output, and 3.5mm auxiliary input.

The lack of Bluetooth and USB port is entirely forgivable give the bargain sticker price.

As for sound, the AXA35 puts on a killer performance for the money. It throws plenty of power and weight behind every track, providing a spacious and spirited sound without any harshness.

If you’re happy to live with the relatively simple specs, this great budget amp serves up superb sonics.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power: 35W (8 Ohms) | Remote control: Yes | Phono stage: MM | Digital inputs: No | USB: No | Bluetooth: No | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 8.3 x 43 x 33.5cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Punchy, precise sound
  • Good detail resolution
  • Expressive midrange

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • Remote struggles off-axis
  • No Bluetooth

6. NAD D 3020 V2

You might be struck by this budget amp’s quirky design, but things get a whole lot more interesting under the hood.

The D 3020 V2 is packed with high-tech features including, Class D amplification, Bluetooth for music streaming, and a moving magnet phono stage for connecting a turntable.

NAD D 3020 V2

Assuming you appreciate the curvature of its neat, upright case, this accomplished NAD amp is easy to love.

It combines an impeccable sense of timing with superb dynamics to great effect, making it an enjoyable and engaging listen.

Presentation is tonally-even but there’s the option of a tasteful ‘bass boost’ via a button on the remote control.

Detail levels are superb for the money, although the Marantz PM6006 near the top of this list offers a bit more performance for the money. Still, if you want a fully-featured digital amp, the NAD 3020 V2 is a great shout. Be sure to add it to your shortlist.

SPECIFICATIONS

Power: 60W (8 Ohms) | Remote control: Yes | Phono stage: MM | Digital inputs: optical/coaxial | USB: No | Bluetooth: Yes | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 18.6 x 5.8 x 21.9cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Full-bodied performance
  • Fine timing and dynamics
  • Phono stage

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • Nothing really at this price

RECOMMENDED!!!

7. Audiolab 6000A

If you’re not sold on the Rega Brio’s retro looks, or simply want an accomplished alternative for the same money, take a look at the five-star Audiolab 6000A.

Audiolab 6000A

A competitive mid-range amp, the 6000A shares a DAC chip with the Award-winning Audiolab M-DAC, giving it instant appeal.

The solid, high-quality case and volume dial are well-crafted, while connections are plentiful. You get four digital inputs, three analog inputs, and a pair of moving magnet phono inputs. And unlike the Rega Brio, this amp also has Bluetooth for music streaming.

The sound is wonderfully-crisp, with ample detail and plenty of clarity. Vocals are cut with emotion and subtlety. We find that the best amplifiers breathe new life into well-worn tracks, and this model does just that.

While the Rega Brio offers more texture, the nimble Audiolab 6000A offers a more spacious and refined sound that’s hard to beat at this price. A fantastic sub-$1000 amp.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Power: 100W (8 Ohms) | Remote control: Yes | Phono stage: MM | Digital inputs: optical/coaxial | USB: No | Bluetooth: Yes | Headphone output: Yes | Dimensions (hwd): 6.5 x 44.5 x 30cm

WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Clear, refined, and articulate sound
  • Big, spacious presentation
  • Good spread of features

WHAT WE DO NOT LIKE:

  • Fierce competition

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