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ADCOM GFA-535 in operation.
Cary Cinema 5
Our Multichannel Amp of the Year honor goes to Cary Audio for the outstanding Cinema 5. A high-end company that seems equally at home with tube or solid-state designs, Cary has recently expanded its line of home-theater gear, and are we glad they did! The (solid-state) Cinema 5 delivers a healthy 200Wpc into 8 ohms and 350Wpc into 4 ohms. But there are plenty of amps out there that can match the Cary's power rating. What few of them even come close to matching is this model's superb sound--and believe us when we tell you that the few that do (or that can better it) cost a whole lot more. The Cinema 5's trademarks are its immediacy and transparency, and an overall balance that sounds "right" with both music and film. Expect to hear a warm easy presentation, rich harmonic structure, silky extended highs, and a powerful, controlled, and visceral bottom end. And its natural, beautifully articulated midrange makes dialogue both clear and easy to understand. Most importantly, ...