But with laptops, smartphones and streaming services gaining ground as music sources, the stereo amp has had to evolve, with built-in DACs (digital-to-analogue converters), USB connections and wireless streaming now becoming increasingly important.
Don't become obsessed by power figures when buying an amplifier – more power doesn't necessarily mean better sound. A relatively low-powered amp can still sound sweet with the right speakers. And unless you intend to play your system at party levels all the time, it's important to pay just as much attention to attributes such as timing, dynamics, precision and control.
Tested at £42,000
Get past the cost of the Dan D’Agostino Momentum Integrated and you’ll find a startlingly capable product – one of the finest amplifiers on the planet.
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