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Monitor Audio unveils its most compact and affordable amplifier yet

Monitor Audio unveils its most compact and affordable amplifier yet
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Monitor Audio has today expanded its custom install range with the launch of the IA40-3 amplifier, a compact (as you can see) and affordable (£395) model designed to be the driving force in a TV or audio system.

With 40 watts of power over three channels, or 60 watts over two, the British brand is pitching its latest addition as an ideal powerhouse for passive bookshelf, in-wall and in-ceiling speakers (it naturally points to a pair of its own!) or a television.

There’s Dolby Audio decoding (Dolby Digital) through an optical connection to a TV, and also on the connectivity side is analogue inputs, aptX Bluetooth, and a sub/line output to cater for the hook-up of an active subwoofer.

Designed for easy, do-it-yourself installation, its brackets allow it to be positioned on a wall, cabinet, stand or, thanks to the supplied Velcro strips, the back of a TV. And thanks to a heat sink design aimed at keeping the amp cool even in tight spaces, it can be discretely hidden away without risk of overheating. Also enabling discrete positioning is an IR sensor that can learn the volume controls from a TV’s remote control.

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Becky is the Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, Australia, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her eight years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.