Great audio inspires passion! It's the way a tune can evoke a memory; it's in the million tinkling raindrops behind Jim Morrison's vocals in 'Riders On The Storm. It's the wide soundstage that transports you to the front row of brilliant live performances.
A hi-fi separates system is absolutely the best way to get maximum sound quality, and at the heart of any great system is a great stereo amplifier. It's dedicated to the job, with none of the extra gubbins a home cinema receiver requires, so more of your money goes directly to ensuring that you’ve got the best possible quality components for a truly pure signal.
So why pay more for a high-end amp? Richer Sounds only sells products that are great – and great value – but we do stock a wide range to suit all budgets. Spend more and you'll get more.
Because of their simplicity, there's a very direct relation between the money you spend on a stereo amp and the quality of components and circuitry design. Spend more and you might get a heavyweight casing for less vibration, toroidal power transformers for cleaner power, as well as simplified circuitry and higher-end digital-to-analogue convertors (DACs). All of these features and design nuances combine to create a sound that is more true to life: you hear music just as the musician intended.
Our top-of-the-range stereo amplifiers have extremely high quality input and output terminals and advanced, symmetrical circuits will transfer the signal from CD, phono stage or any other source perfectly, without distortion to the speakers.
As well as pure sound quality, higher-end amps can also be more future-proof: they include features that will help you make the most of your music for years to come. Just as with speakers, a good amp should last you decades as a serious investment and not be out of date the minute a new digital audio format comes out.
So, does your amp handle high-resolution digital audio well? Has it got built-in Wi-Fi? What's the DAC like? Does it offer multiroom wireless streaming? How about a phono stage for vinyl? There are a number of features that will let your stereo amplifier adapt as the way you listen to music changes.
Every stereo amp we sell is a star performer in its own right – but hopefully now you know why buying a basic model can often be a false economy, not delivering performance, features, or a user experience that will truly delight you over its lifetime. As ever, you're welcome to come hear the differences for yourself.