Recommended AVR / Amplifiers

One of the most common concerns we get from customers is “can my entry-level AVR power my speakers properly?”  The answer is definitely yes! You do not need an expensive or even prosumer AV receiver to bring out the proper sound signature of Arendal Sound speakers. The difference will be clear after the recommended 50-hour break-in period.

So what benefits will a high-end AVR or dedicated amplifier bring to the table?

In general, you will be able to play louder and with less distortion. You may also experience more detail in certain areas of the sound spectrum, depending on the amplifier. We always recommend a higher quality amplifier over a cheaper one with high wattage as you will experience a more pure sound with a lower noise floor and less distortion. Please also see: How Much Amplifier Power Do I Really Need?

Specifically, we are fans of ATI amplifiers as they maintain a certain level of sonic quality while also producing significant power to achieve dynamic SPL. That being said, there are many high-quality amplifiers to choose from. Just do your research and don’t be afraid to try different amplifiers until you find the one that suits your ears best.

Since a lot of you still ask for specific models or brands, here is a list of the ones we and our customers had good experiences with.

  • Yamaha – AVRs starting at the RX-A2A model, stereo amps starting with the A-S1200
  • Denon – AVRs starting with AVC-X3700H
  • Marantz – AVRs starting with SR5015
  • Anthem – their whole range of AVRs, pre-pros, and power amps
  • Emotiva – great lineup of versatile power amps and good AV processors
  • Trinnov – top-of-the-line AV processors and power amps
  • Rotel – great integrated and power amps for the money
  • Parasound – great sounding power amps
  • Monoprice Monolith – very good value power amps, built by ATI
  • NAD – versatile amplifiers, AVRs a little low on power.
  • Arcam/JBL/Audiocontrol – Good AV processors and power amps. (problems with software in the past)