When you need an amplifier, what should you look for? It is important to consider how you intend to use the amplifier and whether or not there are other amplifier products made by the same company. The following list of qualities that will help you find a great amplifier.
Built with High-Quality Materials
Look for amplifiers that are only built with high-quality materials. For example, Burmester amplifiers are a German-built, German-engineered amplifiers made with quality materials. Look for it or similar amplifier brands that meet or exceed the high quality mark on materials and craftsmanship.
Amplifiers for All Kinds of Sound Systems
Companies that also create amplifiers for more than just concerts and music performances are something you should look into when you are looking for any type of amplifier. If you like the amplifier you buy for playing an electric guitar, you may also enjoy an amplifier for your stereo system from the same company. If you need an amplifier for business use to project announcements over loud speakers, there are some companies that make those, too.
Models That Are DC-Coupled
DC-coupled amplifiers can be used anywhere, which means that it does not matter where in the world you take your amplifiers. They can play off of an AC outlet in the U.S. or a DC outlet anywhere else. DC-coupling allows both AC and DC current (alternating current and direct current) to run into the amplifiers without any major electrical problems and without the need for any wall or plug adapters.
Models That Have a High Damping Feature
The main point to an amplifier is that it amplifies sound. A damping feature decreases sound waves and vibration, so why would you want an amplifier that has a high damping feature? The answer is simple, really. You want to dampen the vibrations created by any heavy bass or extremely loud music. By damping the vibrations, you hear more of the pure sound and less of the reverberations on the back end of the music. You hear the music rather than feeling the jarring motion of sound waves. (You should be able to adjust the damping feature if you would prefer to be shaken and not stirred by your music.)
Numerous Sizes of Amplifiers to Fit Your Needs
If you are a traveling musician, or you want to swap out the sound system amplifiers in your car, amplifiers come in numerous sizes to fit your needs. Installation of home and auto amplifiers will need some expert help, but the portable amplifiers for musicians are fine on their own. If there is not an amplifier to fit the space you have, it may be possible to have a company custom build one for you. But look for amplifiers that that come in multiple sizes.
Chrome is a popular thing, even in the music industry. It reflects the light, and sets a mood while amplifying the music. Involving chrome in different ways creates points of interest in a room, a performance venue, or in a car. In cars, the chrome fits right in with its environment, surrounded by more chrome. In home audio, it makes your stereo system a little more vintage, which is really hot right now. As for traveling amplifiers, it reflects all the lights of the stage, lighting up a dark venue better than stage lights alone.
Buying Your Amplifier
Typically, the best amplifiers are sold by high-end AV stores. Home amplifiers are sold as a package deal in stereo systems made by specific companies. Auto amplifiers are typically pre-installed in high-end luxury and sports cars, although you may be able to buy one separately. Performance amplifiers are sold in many music stores where quality electric guitars and keyboards are sold.