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Acurus A150
36 Reviews
rating  4.61 of 5
MSRP  699.00
Description: 150 watts per channel continuous, both channels driven into 8 Ohms 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz at no more than 0.06% THD


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

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Sweet!! I bought this off craigslist for $200 to replace an Adcom 555II that I was mourning over and this baby made it sound like a toy. Full and deep soundstage with layers and layers of detail. Thundering solid bass with nice airy highs and liquid mids, Voices are spectacular! This sounds far better than the 2 Krells, Jeff Rowland 5 and the Mark Levinson that I used to have! I am fascinated with this sweet thing every time I listen to it. I would recommend this to everyone! I have had at least 60 different amps over the years and this has stopped them dead in their tracks. I used to have an Aragon 4004MKII which is probably the closest sounding amp. If you every come across one don't hesitate. I am looking for a second one so I can mono them. Audio nirvana achieved! If you happen to have one to sale email me at carolaparks@gmail.com

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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 CHRIS URENDA a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2010

Bottom Line:   
IM TRYING TO SELL MINE ANYBODY LOOKING TO BUY IT PLZ CALL 719 766 3540

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile



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

Date Reviewed: March 24, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I purchased this amp many years ago to run the monitors in a recording studio and have been amazed at what this thing can do. I have used it to drive a range of speakers, mostly 2 way monitors: Spica TC-60, Meadowlark Audio Kestrals, Yamaha MS-10Ms (yuk!) and for the last year they have been powering an amazing pair of B&W Nautilus 805s. This amp was up to all of them without a sweat. Lots of gear has changed in the studio, but this amp has been a constant through it all and for good reason. It's conservatively rated and sounds very smooth. I have lots of experience with Bryston, QSC, Crown and lots of other pro amps, and there was no way any of them could compete when money was a factor. 90% of their performance for 20% of the price is a great thing! The sound of the amp is a tiny bit rounded off at the edges: gentle treble and slightly gentle bass. However, there's still plenty there and I have used it for mixing a ton of music recorded at 24bit/96k. One advantage the sweet treble has is that this amp covers over a bit of the nastiness of compressed music. It is never fatiguing and allows the listener to discover the music instead of being hit over the head by it. And, as more and more music is mixed as an assault on your ears, this amp can become a wonderful ally and friend in truly discovering how good music can sound! Highly recommended. I had to spend over $1000 to better it!

Strengths:
Powerful, forgiving of the source without loosing detail, built to last forever, an amazing deal, can power any speaker without getting even warm, the LED stops working on all of them very quickly so you can actually listen in the dark. Great imaging.

Weaknesses:
Could have slightly more grip on the speakers in the bass, The LED burns out (also a strength depending on your point of view), very hard to find something to replace it with without breaking the bank.

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Finally replaced it with a B&K Reference 200.2 which matches the B&W's better. It's more powerful and more detailed than the a150 so better for studio work, but man is working with compressed audio (when I have to) painful. The a150 was much more forgiving of the quality of the source recordings and I still miss it on lots of projects. I wonder if I should get another one just for those days when a client brings in a compressed master... hmmmmm...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1997



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich D. a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I first came across this amp on Audiogon in May of 2006. Prior to using this, I was getting by with a Rotel RX-1052 Receiver to power my PSB Stratus Mini's. After several email sessions with my brother in Arizona, he convinced me to "grab this gem" on Audiogon. All I can say is that the Acurus A150 is an absolute giant killer!!! When I combined this amp with JPS Labs Superconductor interconnects, and an Acurus Act 1 Pre, I was astounded by the sound. Smooth highs, good bass, detail, and a soundstage that you would expect from an amp in the Bryston and Krell range. I was almost ready to give up on the Stratus Mini's until I heard them through the Acurus. The Mini's are singing for their supper, and now I have a hard time getting anything done...due to extended listening sessions. The Acurus A150 is an absolute wonderful piece, and at $350 it is almost criminal how good it sounds. A very engaging amplifier all the way!!! Definate 5 stars, until I can afford Mark Levinson.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich D. a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 5, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I first came across this amp on Audiogon in May of 2006. Prior to using this, I was getting by with a Rotel RX-1052 Receiver to power my PSB Stratus Mini's. After several email sessions with my brother in Arizona, he convinced me to "grab this gem" on Audiogon. All I can say is that the Acurus A150 is an absolute giant killer!!! When I combined this amp with JPS Labs Superconductor interconnects, and an Acurus Act 1 Pre, I was astounded by the sound. Smooth highs, good bass, detail, and a soundstage that you would expect from an amp in the Bryston and Krell range. I was almost ready to give up on the Stratus Mini's until I heard them through the Acurus. The Mini's are singing for their supper, and now I have a hard time getting anything done...due to extended listening sessions. The Acurus A150 is an absolute wonderful piece, and at $350 it is almost criminal how good it sounds. A very engaging amplifier all the way!!! Definate 5 stars, until I can afford Mark Levinson.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon




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