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REVIEW: Audio Research, Inc. D-200 Amplifier (SS)

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Model: D-200
Category: Amplifier (SS)
Suggested Retail Price: $3995
Description: 110 Watt stereo amplifier w/ Balanced and unbalanced inputs
Manufacturer URL: Audio Research, Inc.
Manufacturer URL: Audio Research, Inc.

Review by seanmcd ( A ) on October 02, 2002 at 19:17:45
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This won't be a long review containing all of the audiophile adjectives.
I am a very critical listener who likes things to sound natural, tonally and spacially. I've used tubes for the last 3 years and was reluctant to go back to ss, I'm glad I gave it a shot. The D-200 is a tonally neutral amplifier with good power and it presents a vast soundstage with my associated equipment. I would recommend this amp to people who do not like forward sounding systems but who also do not want to sacrifice resolution and detail to prevent the forward sound.

Product Weakness: makes me want to buy another to power my rears
Product Strengths: great buy on the used market. Doesn't seem to add or detract anything to or from the recording. Honest amplification.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: Audio Research D-200
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): Arcam Xeta2 (movies) Audio Research LS-7 (music)
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Music Hall MMF-5/Sony sumthin500-sumthin DVD/SACD
Speakers: DIY MTM using Focal Utopia drivers
Cables/Interconnects: Tranparent ICs, DIY CAT5 Braid Speaker cable
Music Used (Genre/Selections): Classical, Jazz, Rock, Bluegrass, Folk, New Age
Room Size (LxWxH): 13 x 26 x 8.5
Room Comments/Treatments: soft furniture
Time Period/Length of Audition: 1 month
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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