(*Mandatory fields)*Name*Email Address (must be valid to post review)
* Value Rating
(worth your money)
 
* Overall Rating
(money doesn't matter)
 
* How long have you used the product?    * Style that best describes you?

* What is the product model year?

* Review Summary

Characters Left

Product Image
Pioneer A-300R Precision
11 Reviews
rating  4.91 of 5
MSRP 
Description: Heavy modification of the A-300R.


Submit


Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating

Reviews 1 - 5 (11 Reviews Total) | Next 15

User Reviews

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

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2013

Bottom Line:   
An extremely good amp which just sounds right, though like its relations the A-400 and A-400X, it has a balance which is a little on the bright side.

Superb imaging capability is what really sets this one apart from most amps, but it also has a winning combination of smoothness and clarity.

Currently set up in my second system driving stand-mounted Mission 780SE speakers (the original early 90's ones, like deeper 760s), but I have also heard sounding excellent with more ambitious speakers.

I find the remote volume quite handy, but it is only going to control the volume!

As another reviewer pointed out, bi-wiring is a little more awkward than with many amps, since there's only connections for a single pair of speakers, but it can be done if you avoid the use of very thick cable and/or fit plugs to one set of leads.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995



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

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Excellent amplifier. I had an Arcam Alpha 8r previous to this - this has more treble clarity without the harshness, more mid-range detail and low-end thump. Really rythmic too; really brings out the best of a good recording.

It's also surprisingly loud for the rated power, which is a bonus. The sound quality doesn't deteriorate at higher volumes, either. Partnered with my Marantz CD5400 and Kef Q15.2, it's a beast of a bargain for £86 English pounds from eBay!

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $86.00

Purchased At:   eBay



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

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2005

Bottom Line:   
This is the best amp i've had yet regardless of cost.Don't let the name "Pioneer" put you off.This amp is a classic audiophile bargain.It's British designed and modified by electronics whiz Tom Evans.
I cannot fault this amplifier,bot at the price anyway.It basically lets you hear exactly how your source sounds without any colouration.It's very open and transparent with meaty and rythmic bass.
Only rated at 45wpc but will drive almost any speaker.I use it with an Arcam CD92T and Dynaudio 42's with excellent results.
Blew away a Cyrus 3,Naim 62/140,Exposure x.The £1000 Roksan Caspian came close but the Pioneer won on a more open and flowing midrange

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   used



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

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I only paid £150 for my original A300R Precision, several years ago, as I wanted a cheap amplifier. Unfortunately, it was so good it converted me into an audiofile, and seduced me into spending thousands of pounds on equipment to do justice to it. Speak to Tom Evans, and he'll persuade you to have his modifications, and then your're into a whole new listening experience. It's as though a curtain has been lifted from in front of the music. £700 for the modifications, but still a bargain. I use it with a Pink Triangle Anniversary Deck, Ortofon MC3000 II cartridge, Tom Evans Microgroove Plus phono stage, Monolith speaker cables and Eikos FR1 loudspeakers.
I listen mainly to clasical music on vinyl.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Hyperfi



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

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I picked this Amp up Second Hand on the Net for £225..what a deal !!

My amp has the Extra Tom Evans upgrade which cost an Extra £300 on top of the original price when it was originally done in 2000.

Well, when fully warmed up this is amazing.

Compared to my NAD C370 the differences are more detail, I mean quite a lot more.
This amp disects each recording and lays it bare. Wonderful Timing and Energy.

It also has more bottom end than the Nad but the bass is still tight and controlled. This amp LOCKS onto voices like a terrier and I also heard real Depth in the soundstage compared to the NAD C370. Playing somethin like Jeff Buckley's Grace album and you can hear every Nuance in his voice and the delicacy of the acompanying guitar is preserved perfectly.

Classical music is exactly the same this amp reveals the timbre of instruments and presents them in a revealing and enjoyable manner.

As has already been mentioned you need a very good front end, I have an Arcam7se as Transport through a Cambridge Audio s700 dac (another giant killer..!) and am well pleased.

This amp brings a smile to your face when listening to music and seems to make you want to let your discs spin and spin which is what all good audio equipment should do...

If you are looking for a new amp under £1000 and see one of these going second hand buy it !!


My System:

Arcam 7se through Cambridge Audio S700 Dac.
Pioneer A300r with EXTRA Tom Evans Modification.
Mission 752 Speakers.
Bi-Wired with Van den Hul Cs122 cables.
VDH 103 mk III from Dac to Amp.
VDH Hybrid Digital Coax from Cd to Dac.

Expand full review >>

Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $225.00

Purchased At:   Private sale




Reviews 1 - 5 (11 Reviews Total) | Next 15

Review Options:  Sorted by Latest Review | Sort by Best Rating