Updated November 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Class AB Amplifiers

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in November of 2018. A hybrid of always-on Class A and push-pull Class B topology, AB amplifiers draw less power and reduce heat discharge, while delivering accurate and distortion-free sound. They're great in a range of applications, and are the amp of choice for many car audio upgrades and hi-fi home theaters. Here are some of the best, from high-end, audiophile units, to cost-effective, budget-oriented models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best class ab amplifier on Amazon.

10. NAD C 316BEE

9. HiFiMan EF100

8. Dayton APA150

7. DS18 SLC-X Select

6. JBL GX-A604

5. Orion Ztreet

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4. Dayens Menuetto

3. Hifonics Hercules

2. Emotiva BasX A-100

1. Outlaw Retro Receiver 2160

Editor's Notes

November 22, 2018:

There are quite a few to choose from across this broad category, but we've listed the best of most worlds, we think. Budget home theater enthusiasts will love the Emotiva, but if you can afford it, the Rodeo really shines. The vast majority of car stereo builds will be sufficiently powered by the Hifonics, and for a bit less, the DS18 is an excellent choice and has a cult following for a reason. Serious audiophiles should consider the Dayens; like all their stuff, it's of absolute premium quality.


Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 29, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.


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