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NAD M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV Processor Review

We got a chance to review the NAD's new M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV processor and test DIRAC. Be sure to watch our Youtube review and read on to find

NAD M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV Processor Review
Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Immersive Surround AV Processor

16 Channel processing from Monoprice? You bet! The new Monolith HTP-1 form Monoprice comes with 16 Channel Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Home Theater

Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Immersive Surround AV Processor
Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

The Anthem STR preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP, ARC room correction, and oodles of power

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

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NAD M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV Processor Review

NAD M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV Processor Review

Recently, NAD released their M17 V2, a much needed upgrade to their original M17 AV pre/pro. The NAD M17 v2 is an 11.1 CH Dolby Atmos AV Processor with a fully modular upgradeable design that supports 4K UHD resolution and features Dirac, one of the advanced room correction systems on the market. Be sure to check out our detailed YouTube video review with Dirac test results and this written overview to get all of the latest product details.

We got a chance to review the NAD's new M17 V2 11.1CH Atmos AV processor and test DIRAC. Be sure to watch our Youtube review and read on to find out what v2 brings to this impressive $6k pre/pro.

— April 11, 2019 21:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Immersive Surround AV Processor

Monoprice Undercuts Industry with $4k HTP-1 16CH Immersive Surround AV Processor

Internet direct company Monoprice released details on their state of the art Monolith HTP-1 16 Channel Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D home theater processor with Dirac & Alexa compatibility. This 16 channel processor looks to be engineered for the most demanding audiophile and comes in at $1,000 less than the Emotiva RMC-1. Does it have all the features you need for your new fully immersive home theater? Read on to find out.

16 Channel processing from Monoprice? You bet! The new Monolith HTP-1 form Monoprice comes with 16 Channel Dolby Atmos & DTS:X Home Theater Processing, Dirac Live, and Alexa compatibility all for $4k.

— January 09, 2019 12:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Anthem STR Preamp and Power Amplifier Review

Anthem's STR series preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP processing, ARC room correction and a serious analog circuit path that will surely satisfy even the most critical audiophile. The HT bypass mode makes for a seamless integration into your theater system. Our comprehensive bench tests prove this dynamic duo packs plenty of power to drive even the most power hungry speakers. Read our comprehensive review and watch our YouTube videos to learn more.

The Anthem STR preamp and power amplifier emphasize fidelity first armed with the latest in 32 bit DSP, ARC room correction, and oodles of power reserves on tap. More details in our review so read on.

— November 07, 2018 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

Acurus 12.1CH Muse Processor & M8 8CH Amplifier Targets Multi-Media Rooms

Acurus brought several new and newly upgraded products to the CEDIA 2018 EXPO Show last month, including a new immersive audio processor called the Muse. Based on the company’s high-end ACT 4 platform, the Muse is a more compact design that will sell for less than $6,000. The Muse and its companion M8 8CH class D amplifier are intended for use in a “multi-purpose media room,” rather than a dedicated theater. What does that mean? Read on to learn more.

Acurus announced their Muse 12.1CH Immersive Audio processor and companion M8 8CH Class D amplifier. They are designed in a more compact affordable form factor best suited for a media room.

— October 15, 2018 06:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Rotel's First Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor RSP-1576 Released!

Rotel's First Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor RSP-1576 Released!

Looking for a new surround preamp processor to handle Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? Rotel released their RSP-1576 Surround Sound Processor at CEDIA 2018. This multi-channel preamplifier is capable of decoding high res audio including the ever popular immersive surround sound formats and comes with 2 powerful DSPs and an array of 6 Wolfson 24/192k audiophile grade DACs. Is it worth the $2,400 price tag? Read on to find out.

Looking for a new surround preamp processor to handle Dolby Atmos and DTS:X? Last week audio company Rotel released their RSP-1576 surround sound processor. Is it right for you? Read on to find out.

— September 13, 2018 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Will Yamaha's AVENTAGE CX-A5200/MX-A5200 AI Seduce You to Upgrade?

Will Yamaha's AVENTAGE CX-A5200/MX-A5200 AI Seduce You to Upgrade?

Yamaha recently released information on their two newest separates, AVENTAGE CX-A5200 AV preamplifier and 11-channel MX-A5200 amplifier. Yamaha is again harnessing the power of surround sound artificial intelligence with their new preamp and their amplifier boasts upgrades to the power supply and chassis. With AI on the preamp and the ability to bridge the front channels for more output power is this the combo you've been waiting for to make the switch to separates? Read on to find out.

Will Yamaha's newest CX-A5200 11CH AI Atmos/DTS:X preamp and MX-A5200 amplifier seduce you to getting into separates? Read on to learn of all the new improvements Yamaha has made to find out.

— September 01, 2018 10:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Yamaha CX-A5100 11.2CH Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor Review

Yamaha CX-A5100 11.2CH Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor Review

For the demanding home theater enthusiast, the Yamaha Aventage CX-A5100 11CH AV preamp processor armed with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, and 64-bit processing can seemingly do it all. With an array of speaker configuration options, you will be ready to support a full 11.2 or 7.2.4 system for the latest immersive audio. From high resolution music to serving as the hub of a whole house wireless music system via their new MusicCast system to full HDMI 2.0a support, this pre-pro from Yamaha has all the hallmarks of being a real winner. Check out our review and comprehensive YouTube video of the CX-A5100 to see how this product can serve all of your HD audio and video needs for the foreseeable future.

The Yamaha 11.2CH CX-A5100 AV Pre/Pro supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, balanced outputs, 64-bit processing, high resolution music & MusicCAST, and multi-zone HDMI 2.0 outputs. Is it a bargain? Read on.

— March 28, 2018 00:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Acurus Updates ACT 4 Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor to 20 Channels

Acurus Updates ACT 4 Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor to 20 Channels

Acurus has updated their 13.3 channel ACT 4 Processor to 20 Channels. Indy Audio Labs (IAL), owner of the high-performance audio brands Aragon and Acurus says this is the first processor to offer that level of immersive-audio performance for less than $10,000. The Act 4 supports full 7.3.6 native Atmos/DTS:X speaker configurations with 4 additional channels, HDMI 2.0b, PEQ speaker tool and much more. This is one pre/pro to get excited about and we can't wait to take a closer look in the near future.

Acurus has upgraded their ACT-4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV processor to support full 7.3.6 native Atmos/DTS:X speaker configurations with 4 additional channels, HDMI 2.0b, PEQ speaker tool and much more.

— February 19, 2018 00:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

StormAudio AV Immersive Sound Processors and Multi-Channel Amplifiers Preview

StormAudio AV Immersive Sound Processors and Multi-Channel Amplifiers Preview

StormAudio was recently bought out by the Immersive Audio Technologies Group. The StormAudio lineup is much different than normal consumer products. There is NO OSD, no remote control. Everything is controlled via the web interface and/or an iOS App. But with all this flexibility and power comes a cost, in this case to your wallet. On the other hand, at this point in time, StormAudio has the most flexible bass management system we've seen in any AV preamp/processor and for those needing this level of sophistication, price may be no object.

StormAudio AV products are light on features but heavy on customization and performance. They support up to 32 channels and all three immersive surround formats. But are they worth the price? Read on.

— January 18, 2018 16:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4k UltraHD AV Processor Preview

Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4k UltraHD AV Processor Preview

What do you get when you mix Denon digital know-how with Marantz analog finesse? The AV8805 13.2CH AV Processor! The AV8805 boasts an audiophile grade preamp section while supporting ALL 3 immersive surround formats, 3 pairs of height channels, and flexible preamp assignability for multiple speaker configurations. All of your high-resolution music streaming needs are met thanks to full HEOS support and their related app to allow easy multi-room listening. The latest in HDMI will is HDR and Dolby Vision compatible and upgradeable to HDMI 2.1 and 8K resolution. Read on for more details on why the AV8805 should be on your short list of upscale preamp/processors.

The Marantz AV8805 13.2CH 4K UHD AV processor supports all 3 immersive surround formats, 6 assignable height channels, high resolution multi-zone streaming and the latest in HDMI HDR and Dolby Vision.

— January 13, 2018 13:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Denon Introduces Heos Super Link 4-Zone Preamplifier

Denon Introduces Heos Super Link 4-Zone Preamplifier

Denon just introduced the HEOS Super Link at the 2017 CEDIA Expo show. Super Link is a networked multi-room pre-amplifier that is said to take the company’s pre-existing HEOS Link to the next level. Supporting four HEOS zones in a rack mountable yet compact framework, the HEOS Super Link provides custom installers with optimal aesthetics, user appeal, performance and more. Denon is banking on multi-room audio ease of convenience to be a big win for them and after seeing this product first hand, we understand why.

Denon just introduced the HEOS Super Link at the 2017 CEDIA Expo show. Super Link is a networked multi-room pre-amplifier that is said to take the company’s pre-existing HEOS Link to the next level.

— September 07, 2017 12:38 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Classé Sigma SSP MkII Preamp/Processor Adds Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and 4K UHD

Classé Sigma SSP MkII Preamp/Processor Adds Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and 4K UHD

If you’re in the market for a new immersive audio preamp and you have the money to spend, Canadian audio company Classé announced the release of their Sigma SSP MkII. This eight channel preamp is an upgrade to their highly regarded Sigma SSP. The new MkII has been made even better with the addition of a new audio DSP for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive surround sound and HDMI board for 4K UHD support. Current SSP owners can purchase this hardware update and have it installed at the dealer or in their homes.

Classé new Sigma SSP MkII supports Dolby and DTS:X immersive surround formats and passes 4K UHD video at 60 Hz with HDCP 2.2. Current Sigma owners can upgrade theirs too at the dealer or in home.

— June 27, 2017 16:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Emotiva RMC-1 16CH Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor Preview

Emotiva RMC-1 16CH Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor Preview

Emotiva announced their long awaited RMC-1 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor, a no-holds-barred model that supports full 4K UHD video, with high speed video switching. Armed with 16 fully balanced channels for Dolby Atmos and DTS-X object-oriented surround sound, including an all-analog preamplifier section, precision 32-bit AD/DA conversion, and an advanced 4K UHD video management system the RMC-1 leaves nothing for the audiophile or videophile to desire other than to wait for its unannounced shipping date. Read on for more details.

The Emotiva RMC-1 16CH Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor boasts a fully balanced all-analog preamplifier section,32-bit AD/DA conversion, and an advanced 4K UHD video management system. Check it out.

— January 07, 2017 20:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Anthem AVM 60 11.2CH Preamp/Processor Review

Anthem AVM 60 11.2CH Preamp/Processor Review

The Anthem AVM 60 is the company's first 11.2 immersive audio-capable AV preamp that brings the latest and greatest Ultra-HD audio and video support including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2, HDR, and BT.2020. While it slims down some features over its predecessor, the new AVM 60 is a sonic powerhouse featuring the superb ARC-2 room correction system. We put the AVM 60 to a full workout in separate two channel and 7.1.4 channel Dolby Atmos setups and came away mightily impressed. Check out our recently added YouTube video review.

Anthem's AVM 60 is a stellar-performing Dolby Atmos / DTS:X-ready AV processor supporting 7.4.4 setups with HDMI 2.0a, HDCP 2.2, 4K/UHD and a rich feature set for installers. Read our review.

— December 12, 2016 17:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews