Summary: I am a professional classical cellist. I listen exclusively to classical music, which places high demands on audio equipment: huge and often sudden dynamic changes, complex textures that demand excellent instrumental separation, and a variety of timbres that are difficult to reproduce accurately. I've had my Onkyo A-5VL amplifier for almost a year now and am still very happy with it. It sounds clean, clear and spacious.
Summary: I purchased an Onkyo A-5VL 9 months ago and I'm quite happy with it. I wanted an integrated amp primarily for listening to music, but that could also double as a 2-channel home theater system. The A-5VL stood out in my search primarily because of it's features: a phono preamp, remote controllable volume and mute, a volume knob, digital inputs with high-quality A/D conversion, and a low profile to fit in my small cabinet.
Summary: I've been involved with stereo equipment for more than 35 years, I've never come across an all out bargain like the onkyo. The sound is smooth and powerful, with great detail and balance. To have an IA with both a MM and a MC phono pre-amp is very unusual--not to mention an optical input. The quality is far beyond its price point. Am I impressed---U BET.
Summary: I bought this integrated amplifier and conected to KEF reference speaker (4ohm)it drive my speakers efortlesly without any other issues like hum or noise that you read ridht here.It didnt got hot only warm to the touch.I t punps 80 watts at my KEF speakers and it souded very clean.It is heavy and well made.At this price point you cant get better than this.
Summary: I paired this amp with an Apple TV (latest gen) over optical audio in, and then connect 2 pairs of Klipsch outdoor speakers for the pool/patio area. This allows me to stream my iTunes library over wifi, control the content and modulate the volume straight from any iPad or iPhone. This is a secondary amp that is solely used for this purpose. It's located in a climate-controlled annex to the garage on the far end of the house. Works awesome!
A High Quality Audio that's built to last, sounds great and is a bargain !
6 December 2011
Summary: Great 2 channel amp! It's heavy as it has 2 power supplies. The ability to run pure digital with a high quality DAC. All the specs are on the web for all to see. Bottom line is this is a step above consumer grade audio products. The unit has a tactile feel the exudes quality. The weak spot is the remote in that is a limited function, odd layout.
Summary: This integrated amp is perfect for anyone interested in an audio only system. I paired it with 90dB speakers (Monitor Audio BX2's) and could not be happier. The sound is clean, open, and marvelous. Incredible level of detail lets me spend hours just listening to music without fatigue. I originally had reservations due to the 40 watt rating but no longer. This thing cranks out serious music. I have yet to turn the volume past the halfway mark.
Noisy volume knob & silence...(All good now...UPDATED 9/5/14)
16 September 2011
Summary: 2014 UPDATE 4-STARS: --- Fast forward three years, I still own this little unit and have grown quite fond of it, warts and all. Yes the very slight power-on buzz is still there, but just like the buzz from my Panasonic plasma, that no longer bothers me and I would need to put my ear very close to hear it. Of the three inputs, I find the highest quality in the following order: Analog (for SACD), Coaxial, Optical.
Summary: This amp is connected to my Mac Pro via an optical cable. There are only a few simple amps (i.e., not video decoders) that take optical in. This is a slender, elegant, study amp, and I love the sound. It sounds better than my prior Pioneer Elite (which was a video receiver too) which cost 3x the price.