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AMC AV81HT-DD
6 Reviews
rating  4.17 of 5
MSRP  1400.00
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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Hugo Casas a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I love this unit the sound quality in the dolby digital mode is great specially when used with a DVD player. It feels like I am the movie theater. If you have the chance to purchase one do so but not at full price. A little difficult to set up but and to use the different modes but once you do you will love it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Purchased At:   Private



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Cass Goodwin a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 22, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This preamp is simply superb for the money. All freqencies are reproduced accurately and cleanly (and quite often loudly). Top quality product for minimal price. I have it coupled to a Luxman M-363 power amp (if you have one of these, or know someone with one, please email me, i wish to know some specs for it) and the warm power amp and neutral preamp make a spectacular overall sound. The remote is a little lightweight, but i don't tend to use it anyway. Overall it is an excellent addition to my system.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $230.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mark a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 2, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I purchased directly from a dealer as a floor model. I believe that AMC is going to discontinue all products in Canada. I like the way this unit works and sounds. Presently only using two channel stereo but I'm looking forward to purchasing a 3-channel amp and trying the DD feature.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $500.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dennis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2000

Bottom Line:   
This is actually a review for the Dolby Pro Logic version, (AV81HT)which I believe is identical in all other respects.

Although I primarily use this in a seperate Home Theater system, I have "evaluated" this with much higher priced gear. Overall this is a surprisingly accurate and musical performer. While it may lack some of the "warmth" of tubes, if accuracy and a low noise floor are your criteria,
you would be hard pressed to do better than this pre amp without spending A LOT nmoere money.

If your upgrading from a Dolby receiver (no matter what brand) you will also probably be shocked at how much more real sounding and transparent DVD soundtracks will be reproduced through this pre amps processor.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ross a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: December 30, 1999

Bottom Line:   
First I should say I got my AMC unit used from a motivated seller for $500 (retail $1400), and this review takes that into account. Second, in my 4 months of listening I am extremely happy with the sound in both 2-channel and Prologic/Dobly Digital surround. I needed a preamp that would serve in a combined home theater/music system. I also wanted a unit that would not use A/D converters, given my significant love for, and investment in, analog (turntable, tuner). Lastly, I needed a unit that the family could operate w/out my preparing typed instructions on top of the preamp. I studied all the new pre/pros that have come out in the past couple years, and was frankly dissatisfied. Too complicated (c'mon, sure everything is easy to operate if it's your passion, if you play w/ it and tweak it...but that's not usually the case for everyone living with you!). Cost was a factor, too. While the stuff I really wanted was $4000 (PAV/PDSP, Theta) the $2000 stuff didn't meet my criteria. Enter the AMC-AV81HTDD, mostly analog in design w/ the digital chips basically added on. With the AMC unit I was able to use my existing high-end tuner, and I sprang for a new phono preamp (together the tuner and phono retail for about $1300), giving me much better playback capabilities than units w/ these features built in. The AMC is simple to operate. I am soooooo happy with this you would not believe. Not sure I would pay full retail....for $1400 you're getting close to the price of other units that give folks the added flexibility and features that they seem to crave.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1999




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