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on November 5, 2011
I've owned a few top-notch receivers, but I wanted to enjoy audiophile quality sound, the kind of sound that comes from using a dedicated power amplifier isolated from any other circuitry (tuners, sound processors, etc.) so last night I retired my Yamaha HTR-5450 to a second room and set up my new Onkyo M-282. Nothing to it. A detachable power supply cord, two sets of some good solid speaker connections (banana plug style) in the back, an input control, some auto-sensing power-on / power-off switches, and RCA style audio in and pass-through connections.
The first test I did was to listen to any audible noise introduced by the amplifier. With the input control turned all the way up on the amplifier, and my source output turned up as high as it could, and with the speakers connected, I tried my best to listen for noise, and couldn't. Everything was up all the way and I couldn't hear the slightest bit of noise.
Then I threw in a couple CDs... Return to Forever's Romantic Warrior was incredible, and I was able to listen to it without any fatigue at really awesome sound pressure levels. Rush's Presto was super crisp. This amplifier is a work of art. Highs are really bright and crisp with a hell of a lot of attack, midrange is clear and without any muddiness at any volume, and the bass is flat and perfect. This amp is rated at 100w into 2 channels at 8 ohms, and amplifies frequencies from 10 all the way to 100k with a signal-to-noise of 110dB! I've put it to the test, it sounds as good as it reads on paper.
For the time being, I doubt I will be listening to music or watching movies at the levels I used to. My ears crave the clean power this amp provides and it gives my music new life I never knew I was missing!
For less than two Benjamins, you can own this audiophile quality amplifier.
From the owner's manual:
Power Output: 100 Watts per channel min. RMS at 8 ohms, both channels driven from 20 to 20,000 Hz with no more than 0.08% total harmonic distortion. 125 Watts per channel min. RMS at 6 ohms, both channels driven from 1 kHz with no more than 0.1% total harmonic distortion.
Dynamic Power Output: 2 x 140 Watts at 8 ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.08% at rated power
IM Distortion: 0.08% at rated power
Damping Factor: 100 at 8 ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance: 1 V, 50 kohms
Output Level and Impedance: 1 V, 10 kohms
Rated Speaker Impedance: 6 ohms MIN
Frequency Response: 10 Hz - 100 kHz, +/- 1 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 110dB (IHF A, 0.5 V input)
Power Supply: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption: 2.5 A
Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 145 x 316 mm or 17-1/8" x 5-11/16" x 12-7/16"
Weight: 8.5 kg, 18.7 lbs.