Pioneer A-A9 AMPLIFIER Integrated Amplifiers

5/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $1999.00


Product Description

Integrated amplifier
70w @ 8ohms


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

Date Reviewed: February 1, 2013

Bottom Line:   
What a bargain. I love a bargain. Fabulous amplifier with fabulous build quality. Lucid, engaging, very powerful (sounds a lot more than 70 Watts). I only bought it because I got it cheap on EBay (£185) & now it takes pride of place in my system. At £700 the original price it is a bargain. It's goodbye expensive McIntosh and hello Pioneer for me.using with VPI turntable, creek cd, JBL TL260 speakers. No gripes at this money but the remote is very cheap looking ( but you don't listen to the remote) and the built in phono stage is dire especially if using a decent turntable but that's all I can fault. Highly recommended. Rubbish reviews. I will send What hi fi some Johnson ear buds with my compliments. Buy this, enjoy and smile.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



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

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2011

Bottom Line:   
My beloved A-A9 is a mark 1. I fell in love with it when I once saw it in photo on a Sunday mag; two years later I bought it as a bargain at AUDIOZONA, (an online Spanish shop, offering many outlet products) for only 499 euros. CRAZY! I expected a decent product but I was shocked discovering from the very start that this is a very serious and a very refined product: independent channels and sparated toroidal transforms. A motorised Alps power wheel. and a tiny and lovely black Alu remote. This amp is GORGEOUS, with a partly curved minimalist front, though not-so-slim and quite heavy. Very good LS connectors. I have quietly compared the sound and performance of this A-A9 amp with three different amps:
(1) A Gryphon Callisto 2200 integrated amp.
(2) A Gryphon Tabu 0ne Hundred vorverstarker/endstuffe combo.
(3) Last but not ldeast, an excellent SONY TA FA50ES integrated.
Sources I used and still own (1) Linn LP12+Lukaschek phono preamp +benz LS mc cartridge (2) NAD s-500 cd (3) Electrocompaniet EMC 1 cd + ECD 1 DAC. (4). Pioneer 06 cd.
Loudspeakers: (1) Dynaudio Confidence 5, (2) ProAc response 1SC, (3) Mission 771.
Cables:
(1) All by Siltech (mainly old stuff, g-3 and g5) .
(2) Straightwire, Sonic Link, Gryphon, Ocos, HMS energia.
My Opinion: Extraordinary amp, refined and musical . More confortable with a the less power demanding ProAc's and Mission 771, but able to work with the routhless Confidence 5 at moderate levels.
I wonder why this amp received mean reviews from What Hi-Fi and other English mags? After two years of moderate use, I can honestly declare that this amp is very good indeed. It compares very well with stuff 2, 3, 4 or 6 times more expensive. Sonically it requires a very good source, top cables and decent LS's (but it prefers good LS's). Supreme bargain, offering refined crystal clear and airy sound with all kind of musics. At his best with acoustic, jazz, chamber classic music or just vocal folk, but not shy with symphonic or rock music. My only complains are: (1) the power connector which has only 2 pins. and (2) I miss a balanced (XLR) input.
Positive but not cucial features are:
There are a Headphones socket. And an USB input that my son finds useful. The phono input is not bad but I used it only once. (instead I connect the Lukaschek or a Trigon phono pre-amp). Different gear produce different flavours and add spice and salt to music, and that's fun. Simply put, this Pioneer A-A9 amp is a joy that produces simply great music. No less. And it's gorgeous too.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2007



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

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2009

Bottom Line:   
An elegant and refined amp. Wicked clarity, transparency and realism.
Reveals all the flaws in bady mastered CDs, which can be a pain, but also reveals the beauty in well produced recordings. Lovely.
Needs to be partnered with a good source and warm speakers.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2008




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