This is one of Pioneer’s best selling amplifier. Conservatively rated at 100W per channel in 2-channel model and 50W per channel in 4-channel mode, the amplifier actually sounds a lot more powerful than what it has been rated for. But the specs are not the true “star” of this amp. Its the quality of its amplification. When we had it on the rack with the Ayre V-3, many of our customers actually thought they were listening to the Ayre when in actual fact, it was the Pioneer! Its only upon closer and more meticulous auditioning can you then pickup the slightly better mid-range, a more resounding bottom end and a sweeter high. But at a far more cheaper price point (both MSRP and our asking) the Pioneer is quite the bargain buy. If curbside appeal is important to you, get the Ayre. But for almost 85% performance of the Ayre and an under $500 price tag now, we can’t think of a better amp to recommend with the same outstanding Made in Japan built quality and class beating sound.
Cosmetically, the amp looks really good. Minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. We don’t have the original box but will securely pack this fairly hefty amp securely for safe shipping.