Class AB Amplifier
A Class AB amplifier is your standard powered amplifier. This type can be either a tube or solid state design. Solid state Class AB amps are known for weight thanks to their hefty heat sinks and large toroidal transformers. Class AB amplifiers are also known for their ability to produce clear, clean sound, and as such, they are the most popular choice among audiophiles.
Class A Amplifier
Class A amplifiers aren’t as popular these days due to their high heat output, low power delivery, and large power input requirements (240 volts). They run so hot because they are designed to run at full power all the time. At one time, they were the audiophile’s pick because they could reproduce music so well. However, in order to get the very best sound quality, the amp needed to be “warmed up” for hours. And, in home theater setups, these amps simply can’t keep up with the demands of most modern film soundtracks.
Tube amplifiers not only sound good, they look good. The alluring glow of the vacuum tubes lends a surreal touch to one’s sound system and the warm analog sound that’s produced by these amps is nearly incomparable for any lover of vinyl. But, like Class A amps, tube amplifiers generate a lot of heat and they need time to warm up before they sound their best. They also produce far less power than comparably priced solid state Class AB amplifiers. These amps also require a lot of maintenance because over the course of just a few weeks, they can get out of adjustment and your sound will suffer. Then there’s the cost of replacing the tubes after every few hundred hours of listening.
Class D Digital Amplifier
Digital Amplifiers are closing in on becoming the gold standard thanks to their small footprint, tremendous power delivery, and ultra-quiet, low-heat operation. But, before they can become a true gold standard, improvements still need to be made. Current digital amplifiers tend to lack the musicality and weight of a traditional AB amplifier. However, there are some hybrid models on the market that are bridging the gap between the two amplifier technologies.
Monoblock, or “mono” amplifiers, are another popular choice among audiophiles and they are commonly found in the most demanding home theater systems. Because the amplifier delivers one audio channel only, these systems consist of one physical amplifier per audio channel. The best thing about this setup is that each channel of audio gets its own power supply and this enables the system to reproduce the source material as accurately and effectively as currently possible. Monoblock amps are found in all varieties of amplifier, even class D amplifiers.
Power Regeneration Inside High End Amplifier
These are the highest end amplifiers on the market today. They come complete with their own internal AC power regeneration built in. As a result, a PS Audio or Audiophile APS Pure Power device is not necessary for your audiophile amplifiers. These innovative amplifiers stand as the last level of extreme performance and audio refinement and as the most expensive amplifiers in the industry.
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