• Steve Withers


    Steve Withers (Twitter, Google+) is a professional calibrator and freelance journalist who regularly contributes to AVForums, reviewing audio and video products, writing articles, appearing on our podcast and presenting numerous videos.

    Steve has been writing about audio and video products for nearly ten years and, along with AVForums, he also contributes to Tech Radar, Trusted Reviews, Pocket-lint, Home Cinema Choice, and Wired.

    Steve is a professional audio and video calibrator who is Level 2 certified with THX, the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and the Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). As such he remains abreast of all AV technology developments and the latest industry standards as we transition into a new era in home video and audio.

For use in a strictly stereo music re-production system (or HiFi - to the old guard), an integrated amplifier includes all the audio inputs required for such a system including digital inputs and a phono stage for use with a turntable. The vast majority also include AM/FM tuners with some also offering DAB radio.

The key difference between the Integrated Amplifier and the Pre-Amplifier is the amplifiers which are included in the Integrated Amplifier. You will usually find two channels of amplification built-in, offering enough power to drive two fairly large speakers.

Popular brands include Cambridge Audio, Arcam, Denon, Meridian, Pioneer and Onkyo

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