Onkyo A-9010 Integrated Stereo Amplifier
- High-quality Wolfson WM8718 DAC unit decodes PCM signals to 192 kHz and 24-bit resolution, to create beautifully open and airy analog sound from digital sources
- Features 192 kHz/24-bit-capable coaxial and 96 kHz/24-bit optical inputs to accept Hi-Res, lossless, or compressed audio signals from source devices including PCs and media streamers
- Powerful independent headphone amplifier for clear and detailed sound signature
- Built-in MM phono equalizer, Phono Overload 94 mV (MM, 1 kHz, 0.5%)
- 44 W/Ch (8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC)
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Whether you want to break out the vinyl, discover the thrill of hi-res audio, or just want an amp that's versatile enough for a bit of everything ?from big TV sound on movie night to CDs on Sunday morning?, the A-9010 is ready to inspire. The latest addition to Onkyo?'s range of pure hi-fi separates boasts high-current WRAT (Wide Range Amp Technology), generous digital and analog audio inputs, a built-in phono equalizer, and the top quality Wolfson DAC. Inside the chassis are discrete low-impedance amplifiers, an extruded aluminum heat sink, and capacitors designed to support high current delivery with low distortion. The independent headphone amplifier, gold-plated transparent speaker posts, and chunky knobs will further help bring all your digital and analog sources to life.
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After 2-3 weeks with the Onkyo A-9010 I am still enjoying it, but with reservations. It does have a somewhat bright sound when volume is turned up to 1200 and beyond. Don't get me wrong, it is a fine integrated amp, with a lot of excitement and tight bass. I won't return it, because there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, and I don't want to abuse the return policy, but I'll probably go for a warmer sounding int amp in the future, maybe even a tube type. The A-9010 is great at what it does, remote works great, and don't let the 44wpc rating fool you, it'll crank loud enough to get the cops at your house in a second. In conclusion, great int amp, but if you want something warm sounding I'd look elsewhere. My last Onkyo TX-8255 Receiver was warm sounding, but it does not have the dynamic impact of this A-9010, so it depends on what you like in your sound. I'd still say it's a great buy, and stick with the 5 star rating.
That'll do Pig, that'll do. This is a hell of an amp. After a lot of hours of listening, this amp has settled in, and it is amazing. I'll never sell it, I may try others out of curiosity, but this amp is special. Highly recommend this for anybody that appreciates fine amplification. Best $300 I ever spent.
Still loving the Onkyo A-9010. Been thinking about trying a different int-amp, like Rega Brio 2017, Cambridge Audio CXA60, or Marantz PM7005, but to be honest this thing sounds so wonderful, and I'm really enjoying it so much it seems silly for me to do that. It's the best sounding amp I've had so far. Not the most powerfull, but I like the sound of it better than anything I've had before, which includes, an old McIntosh MC2100, a Jolida JD-1501A, NAD, Adcom, Harmon Kardon, and more. I'm baffled how Onkyo made this to sound so great, but only cost $300. I could tell people that didn't know better I paid $1500, and if they didn't see it, and could only heart it, they'd believe it.
Update 4-7-2017: I bought and tried a Marantz PM-7005, and after listening to it for over 2 weeks, I returned it for refund. I like the sound of the Onkyo A-9010 better, but don't get me wrong, the Marantz was a fine int/amp, and built like a tank. I just enjoy the more livelier presentation of the Onkyo. If I had to say what the Onkyo excels at, it would be horns and drums, and the Marantz excels at human voice, which it does beautifully. Next I may try the Cambridge Audio CXA60, I hear it is very lively.
With it narrowed down to two it came down to price and the Onkyo being about $200 cheaper with no real discernible difference in quality. Regardless of which one I got, people loved them.
I've had the Onkyo now for 4 months. It delivers clean, beautiful sound. It has few bells and whistles and is all about simplicity. I've only hit the on/off and volume control so far so I don't fiddle with it much. I listen to it thru a pair of AKG 702s and it's beautiful. There have been no quality issues and it's never run hot for me...even after 15 hours of continuous use.
Sound is such a subjective issue and differs widely between listeners but for me, the Onkyo works well.
To be real about it, the sound was nice and clear on the Sony AVRs with the Volume knob turned up to about 1/3 or so. Above that, it was always distorted, and I always blamed my affordable speakers. (Bose 201, Bose Interaudio 4000) Then, I picked up a nice set of the large Klipsch bookshelf speakers, with the 8" woofers. They're rated to handle MUCH more power than my old Sony AVR could put out. But still, I got distortion when turned up past 1/3 volume. I installed a powered 100 W Sony subwoofer. Bass was helped a lot, but everything still distorted past 1/3 volume.
By comparison, this Onkyo doesn't distort anywhere on the dial. Granted, the volume doesn't go up in a linear fashion as the dial is turned, but I'll take that over distortion any day!
The Phase Matched Bass button is just what is called for, for quiet listening. It boosts the bass just a bit, without going over the top. I was cross-shopping this amp vs. the similarly-priced Yamahas with their conventional Loudness dials, and wondered if I'd miss the adjustability of a variable Loudness control. I don't. Another reason I like this over the Yamahas is that this one is UL Listed. That guarantees a certain minimum level of internal component quality. (transformers, line voltage components, PCB materials, connectors, etc.) Lastly, this gives more Watts/Dollar.
Some reviewers have complained that we can't see what input is selected without getting really close. That's true, but let's face it. Most of us are going to use 1 or 2 inputs almost exclusively, so there's no guesswork, really.
I'm sure the Yamaha would have satisfied too, but I'm glad I went with this one. The old Sony AVR is now upstairs on TV duty, with the old Bose 201s and Sony subwoofer. The Onkyo is in my basement lair, with the Klipsch speakers and a proper CD player and turntable hooked up, for when I want to do some "serious" listening. No sub is needed, unless I want to start listening to hip-hop or something. (not bloody likely!)
Buy this with no worries. If you're not sure you need this much power, I wouldn't hesitate to get the A-9010 and save a few bucks.