Ayre VX-5Price: $7950

Website: www.ayre.com

Doug said: The VX-5 is an extremely accomplished-sounding power amplifier that I could easily listen to and live with as my personal reference for a long, long time, without ever feeling in the slightest shortchanged. For many -- even those expecting to spend a lot more -- it may be the perfect amplifier.

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The gist: Ayre’s entry level might just be your reference level.

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