Hi-Fi Guide: Bi-Wiring and Bi-Amping - Richer Sounds Blog.
Pre-amplifiers control everything - volume, tone and input switching, converting a relatively weak electronic signal from your sources to one strong enough for power amplification. As with most components in hi-fi, the more dedicated a device is to carrying out singular actions, the better the overall performance is. So by splitting the actions that an integrated amplifier performs into two.
The Pioneer almost immediately got rave reviews in the hi-fi press, won awards and sold by the lorry load. In the 18 months since it was first launched nearly 25,000 of these amplifiers were sold which accounted for a staggering 12.8% of the total market share. The Pioneer was a giant killer which wiped the floor with almost every other amplifier in its price bracket and many more above it. I.
By introducing the ZENSOR series, DALI launches a genuine hi-fi loudspeaker range applied with refined in-house technology. Heritage from DALI high-end speakers is evident, while performance and appearance join forces to create a most satisfying best-in-class audio-visual experience. Consisting of four models, the entry-level ZENSOR family covers all needs from a compact stereo to an ambitious.
The Belkin SoundForm Elite Hi-Fi disappoints on several counts: Overemphasized bass response, a hollowed-out midrange, and no support for AirPlay or pairing two speakers in stereo. The wireless.
The pinnacle of the legendary twenty series, the PMC Twenty 26 Speakers features the same traits as its siblings - finesse, delicacy and musicality - but with an added ability to convey huge dynamic impact and the sheer scale of a musical performance, it can engulf the largest room. This exceptional, well thought out design will excel with a vast array of amplification due to its ease of drive.
The sub volume is the only control for it, there is no way to adjust the low pass crossover cutoff frequency. I would guess the low pass filter is set fairly high, maybe 150-200 hz, but I didn't measure it. The bass and treble are only additive, so you can raise the base or treble from flat, but you can't lower them. There is no way to bypass the tone controls entirely like there is on some of.
The reason for its popularity is due to its very low distortion, minimal external components, and low cost. With the right layout and component selection, you can build an excellent sounding Hi-Fi audio amplifier that will rival high-end amps retailing for several thousand dollars or more.