It’s a brave soul who enters the stereo amplifier market looking to make a lasting impression.
At £700/$1050, the integrated Pioneer A-50DA has the build quality, features list and the heritage to make a bold stand. But it faces tough competition from the likes of Arcam, Cambridge Audio and Rega.
The A-50DA’s closest rivals are two Award-winners: the Cambridge CXA60 (£500/$750) and the Arcam A19 (£595/$892,5).
The CXA60 is more affordable and the A19 doesn’t have an integrated DAC, so in effect, the Pioneer sits somewhere in between those two.
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