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Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black)

B&H # ONA5VL Mfr # A-5VL
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Product Highlights
  • Low Heat Output
  • Energy Efficient
  • Slim Design (17.1 x 3.1 x 13.4")
  • VLSC for Smooth Output Waveforms
  • Noise-Free Signal Conversion
  • Single Transformers for L/R Channels
  • Audio Tuned Reference Capacitors
  • Compatible with RI-Dock for the iPod

Onkyo's A-5VL Integrated Amplifier is a digital amplifier, which offers significant power efficiency savings and sports a slim and elegant design. With such a slender design, one might begin to wonder how so much pre and power amp functionality can fit into one integrated package. Simply, the A-5VL was crafted with energy efficiency in mind. Since it produces much less power than your typical amplifier, the heat sink in the design was molded much smaller than in previous models. This less for more scenario leaves more room for audiophile-grade parts, like audio-tuned capacitors and low-impedance copper bus plates.

The unit also includes the company's proprietary VLSC (Vector Linear Shaping Circuitry) technology. When data is converted between sampling points, these points are then joined with analog vectors in real-time to produce smooth output waveforms. It is also compatible with Onkyo's optional RI (remote interactive) Docks for the iPod, which allows you to control playback of your iPod via the amplifier's remote controller. Due to the high efficiency of its design, the A-5VL produces remarkably little heat production or distortion, thus enabling each channel to output exceptional sound quality, and clarity in every audible detail.

Exceptional Sound Quality and Clarity in Every Audible Detail
Offers Significant Power Efficiency Savings
Sports a Slim and Elegant Design
Exclusive Vector Linear (VL) Digital Technology
Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-Bit DACs
Compatible with Onkyo's Optional RI (remote interactive) Docks for the iPod
Separate Transformers for L/R Channels
Low-Impedance Copper Bus Plates for Perfect Ground Potential
New Custom-Designed, Audio-Tuned Reference Capacitors
Amplifier
Number of Channels 2
Power Rating 40W @ 8OHms
Frequency Response 5 Hz - 60kHz (+ 1, - 3 dB, CD)
Signal to Noise Ratio 100 dB (CD, IHF-A), 70 dB (Phono, IHF-A)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) 0.08%
Connectors
Input Analog Audio:
Phono: RCA x 1 L/R
CD: RCA x 1 L/R
Tuner: RCA x 1 L/R
Tape: RCA x 2 L/R
Tuner: RCA x 1 L/R
Digital Inputs:
Optical x 1
Coaxial x 1
Output Headphone: - 1/4" Phone Plug
Speaker: A/B Posts
3/4" (19mm) Audio Terminals for High-Grade Cable
General
Dimensions (HxWxD) 17.1 x 3.1 x 13.4" (435 x 80 x 340mm)
Power Requirements 110W
Weight 22.5 lbs (10.2 kg)
Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black)
  • Remote controller

  • 2 x AA batteries

  • Power cord (2 m / 6.5ft)

  • Documentation
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    OnkyoA-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black)
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (7)
    • Easy to set up (5)
    • Simple controls (5)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Good remote control (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Smaller rooms / apartments (4)
      • Basic systems (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Audiophile (5), Practical (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (6)

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      4.0

      Just what I wanted

      By the2bears

      from Palo Alto, CA

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

          And just what I needed, too. Easy to set up, does exactly the job I was looking for - playing the role of an amplifier in a budget conscious music kit that includes a turntable and a phono pre-amp.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Hummmm

          By Jeff T

          from Yorktown, VA

          About Me Audiophile, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Remote Control
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Larger Rooms
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

            First of all, let me say that this is a surprisingly good sounding amp. In my current setup, I am using this amp with a pair of JBL Control One Pro - 5 Speakers which are connected with 10 gauge cables. My input device is an Onkyo C-7030. I also have a TV which utilizes the optical audio port. My initial experience was that the amp made a significant transformer buzz which could be heard between CD track and was very annoying. B&H did a wonderful job with getting me another unit. One the replacement unit, there is still a mild hum which originates from the transformer, but it is significantly less than the previous unit and I found it to be acceptable considering the awesomeness of how this amp performs under load. Keep in mind, that I am set up in a rather small environment and I do not intend on waking the neighbors, but I could if I wanted to...

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Cool Stereo Integrated Amp with DAC

            By Hipper

            from Fountain Valley, CA

            About Me Audiophile, Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Energy Efficient
            • Good Power Output
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems

              Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

              This Amp pair with Sony Blu-Ray using coax digital as audio input and it drives my Mirage OMD-5 speakers easily.

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              (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Solid performer.

              By Rob

              from NJ

              About Me Audiophile, Practical, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Energy Efficient
              • Good Power Output
              • Good Remote Control
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

                First of all I realy love this amp. I run it with KEF IQ30 with crossovers modified to
                XQ20. The amp itself has enaugh energy to deliver 100db measured with SPL C weighted 8ft from the speakers at amp half power in room 16x16 ft. I like its super dynamic and awesome separation, very wide and deep sound stage but... with other than onboard DAC. I used Dacmagic and modified Fiio D3 with superior resoults. A5vl+Dacmsgic is a blast at this price range. $30 fiio d3 with Analog Devices AD8656 op am is also nice but output is bit lower by 3dB. Onboard DAC is inclined to much in high freq area, prolonged listening can lead to fatigue. Another words you are gaining better mids and more pleasant highs with higer end external dacs. At this price point it is very highly recommended product.

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                5.0

                Great integrated amp with phono stage

                By bob

                from Stanton, NJ

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Great Sound Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

                    It's much harder than it used to be to find a stereo integrated amplifier that includes a phono preamp. I was thrilled by the sound of this one, with surprisingly more separation and detail apparent through speakers or headphones.

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                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantastic amp

                    By Rick

                    from Kenova, WV, USA

                    About Me Audiophile

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate Controls
                    • Easy Setup
                    • Good Power Output
                    • Good Remote Control
                    • Great Sound Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Basic Systems
                      • Home Theater
                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

                      This is a fantastic-sounding amp. At one time I was considering trying a tube amp, now I'm perfectly happy if this is my last amp ever bought. No regrets, the sound is warm, not digital or harsh. Very well made and classy looking. I also have the CS5VL CD player, a perfect match.

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                      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Fantastic Integraed Amp

                      By Jeff

                      from Tulsa

                      About Me Audiophile

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate Controls
                      • Clean Sound
                      • Durable
                      • Easy Setup
                      • Good Power Output
                      • Good Remote Control
                      • Great Sound Quality

                      Cons

                      • Runs Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Onkyo A-5VL Integrated Amplifier (Black):

                      I am using this with a pair of Usher S 520 monitors and the sound is fantastic! I was worried that the amp would not drive the Ushers because they are 86db sensitivity but I can honestly say this is no problem. I have ownned NAD and Arcam 40 watt integrated amps and the Onkyo is by far the best especially considering the features.

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