TEAC A-R650 review

This retro-styled amp from TEAC might look the business, but we found it wanting against its competition in this class Tested at £249.00

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Our Verdict

There are some seriously strong performers around at this price-point and this TEAC can’t really compete

For

  • Build quality feels solid
  • detail and dynamics both reasonable

Against

  • Lacks excitement and energy
  • a little bright
  • competition is fierce here

It has been a while since we've seen a TEAC stereo amplifier and the A-R650, TEAC's new budget offering, is certainly strikingly designed, dividing opinion among our review team.

If you like retro styling then this should be up your street, offering two large rotary controls for input selection and volume, plus three smaller knobs for balance, treble and bass. Along with the remote, these all feel good to the touch. You'll find plenty of audio inputs but no phono stage.

Partnered with our ATC SCM50 reference speakers, it fires out Radiohead's 15 Step from the album In Rainbows.

Disorganised and ruffled
Frantic, scattered drums see the TEAC struggling to gather it all together in to a composed whole, instead sounding disorganised and ruffled by the whole ordeal.

We switch to the simpler structure of Eminem's Stay Wide Awake, which the TEAC finds more manageable, but the sound struggles to engage and entertain, and there's some hardness to treble notes.

With price-matched speakers, such as EB Acoustics EB1s, the A-R650 sounds a little more comfortable but the delivery remains lacklustre.

As proved in recent tests, the budget amplifier category is staggeringly strong at the moment, a fact which sadly leaves this TEAC amp scrabbling for scraps below the best.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.teac.com
Brand NameTeac
Product TypeAmplifier
ManufacturerTeac America, Inc
Manufacturer Part NumberAR650
Product NameA-R650 Amplifier
Product ModelA-R650

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • A-R650 Amplifier
  • Remote Control
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE

Audio

RMS Output Power180 W
Audio Channels2

Physical Characteristics

Width435 mm
Depth355 mm
Weight Approximate9.71 kg
Height142 mm
Dimensions142 mm (H): 435 mm (W): 355 mm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Analog Audio Inputs7

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption300 W

Technical Information

Impedance8 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response1 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion THD0.5%