If you've been looking at other power amps here you've probably noticed that our descriptions are pretty spare most of the time. That's because not much moves or needs controlling on a power amp. But I'm going to break with tradition a bit for the Onkyo M-5000R. It's got so many good things going for it that they deserve to be called out. Bear with me.
First of all, and probably least important to the performance, it's got a lovely set of power meters on the front panel that add to the unit's overall attractiveness, and foreshadows the fine build quality you'll discover as we dig a little deeper.
Power enough for nuance and thunder
An amplifier's power rating can only tell you so much. What's even more important is how well it controls the power it purports to deliver. The M-5000R doesn't disappoint. Two massive toroidal transformers feed four 27,000 microfarad storage capacitors to create a reservoir of clean, instantly available power for your demanding stereo sources. Sudden violin bowing attacks, slamming kick drums, fat synth bass lines, a stabbing horn riff — all are faithfully re-created with all their intended impact.
Errors will not be tolerated
The M-5000R is carefully crafted to minimize any errors that might detract from your musical enjoyment. Onkyo's acclaimed AWRAT technology (Advanced Wide Range Amplifier Technology) incorporates innovations like dynamic distortion reduction, closed ground-loop circuit design, and symmetrical twin-monaural construction to keep your music free from the most common sources of signal degradation.
Kick it up a notch
Need even more pristine power? Consider getting two M-5000Rs and running them each in mono mode. With a pro-grade XLR feed from your preamp to the Bridge-Tied Load (BTL) input on each amp, you'll be sending 180 extra-clean watts on both channels. That extra dynamic range will let your music's passion and energy shine through every time.