Acurus ACT-3 version 2 A/V Preamplifier

4.28/5 (71 Reviews) MSRP : $1800.00


Product Description

Dolby Digital and DTS surround preamp processor


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bfedwards a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I bought the unit on ebay years ago during the last month of the upgrade availability and did so. No regrets. One must go through the programming to optimize the settings. A pink noise generator is present for this. Each channel is balanced individually for loudness and milliseconds of delay based on placement. The Sub woofer is balanced for loudness. There is no "hiss" on any channel- only silence when no signal input is present. My components consist of a sony progressive dvd player, sansui tu 717 tuner, acurus act 3 with 7.1 upgrade, carver av 806x amplifier, sequerra met 7 speakers for front and middle channels, met 8 woofer, met 9 tweeters for front channels. My speaker cable consists of either home twisted 12g solid copper wire or double twisted 14 g ultralink cl414 cable. My soundstage is accurate. My bass shakes the floor. My vocals and instruments are natural. I have programmed the TV and DVD player to the acurus remote without difficulty. As with all multiple component systems, the weakest link influences the results. This component is not that link.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by johnphaas a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I purchased an Acurus Act-3 with ABM recently-Mondial has a great rep with Aragon so I took a chance needing a clean preamp
This unit is super quiet-not an ounce of the reported hiss-even though it is not super current the DAC's and processing are superb-
the soundstage is great-clear highs-lows and mids-and has overall superior sound quality-highly recommeded

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by JesusChrist a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 18, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This piece is already obsolete by today's standards and cannot compete with the current modestly priced processors which offer better sound and value. Nevertheless the Act-3 performs admirably well for budget HT systems. However, the S/N ratio is indeed a major drawback as a rather loud audible hissing noise can be heard when the volume is cranked up too considerably high, which........ahem.........proved to be quite annoying.

If you're building your first HT, I would strongly suggest against getting this unit UNLESS you can get it dirt cheap, say something like $250-300. Basically you would get waaayy better performance from even standalone receivers like the Denon 3805. Even the 3803 better than the Act-3 in HT duties and virtually trounce it in 2-channel stereo.

To sum it up, the Act-3 is not a worthy consideration anymore as the technology is already old and obsolete.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 21, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Let me start by saying that this thing is awesome "for the price". I had been looking for a good quality pre/pro for some time and was getting frustrated because I didn't want to spend a lot of beans until I had better speakers and electronics. I checked out the rotels, B&Ks, Adcoms and some others. I am extremely picky when it comes to audio and I worked home audio long enough to know what works and what doesn't. After reading the reviews on the act3 with ABM I was fairly certain that this would do the trick. Knowing full well that the original version was a hummer and had some other issues. I didn't like the rotel stuff and the B&K didn't give me warm fuzzies either, so I bought this on audiogon from a guy who was upgrading. The only real complaint is that the remote doesn't operate ANYTHING other than the Acurus. Not my yamaha dvd, my cable box, or my Sony TV. The sound, however is very good. I ran a Kimber PBJ from the Yamaha DVD(has burr-brown dacs) and it sounded muted and dull in comparison to the dacs built into the act-3. The dvd is a $700.00 unit so this impressed me. For less than $500.00 bucks it is hard to knock this unit. Between this and the Citation 7.1 amplifier and Spica TC-50 speakers, with an old kappa sub I am in budget audiophile bliss. I will eventually upgrade to a proceed or even the now defunct California audio labs, but for now I am happy. Make sure you are getting the ABM model! Keep in mind that there are better pre/pros out there, but not for this price!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   audiogon.com



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by stevearino a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought an Acurus ACT3 on ebay and now I wish that I didn't.On dvd movies I'm pleased with it,no problems with the unit switching to what ever source I'm using[Dolby Digital or DTS] and no hum problems.Watching movies sounds good but on 2 channel stereo it sounds terrible.The bass is very very weak,and on music through pro logic sounds worse.I don't know if I have it hooked up wrong or what but this is how I have it,I have an onyko DVD player hook up by toslink digital,I have monster cable for interconnects and speaker wire,I have my tuner hooked up to the act3 analog,also with monster cable,I have my Dish satallite hooked up to analog with monster cable,I have the act3 configuration set at Zero since all my speakers are full range.MY biggest gripe about the act3 is the bass.I have an old Sansui preamp that sounds alot better on music than the act3.Thats with the bass and treble controls set at zero.I know the act3 is supposed to be alot better than the sansui but as of right now it's not.My act3 does not have the advance bass management but the way I understand that is I don't really need it since my speakers are all full range.Has anybody else experience this problem or is there something wrong with my unit or do I have it connected wrong? Any information would be appreciated. And as of now I don't have a subwoofer yet. You can email me at Stevesly007@ aol.com or stevearino37066@ yahoo.com
p.s. my unit is supposed to be one and a half years old,and it was a demo at a hifi store.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   ebay




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