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Emotiva BasX MC-700 7.1CH AV Processor Preview

Emotiva BasX MC-700 7.1CH AV Processor Preview

Emotiva Audio Corporation just announced their new BasX MC-700 7.1CH Surround Sound AV Processor. It comes armed with 4K UHD support, Dolby TrueHD/DTS HD decoding, dual subwoofer outputs (1 balanced) and Emo-Q room correction and eleven user-programmable fully parametric equalizers per channel. What's the best thing about this new Pre/Pro? The Price! Emotiva's retail price of $599 is pretty amazing, but their limited time introductory price of $499 (includes shipping) is just insanely awesome!

Emotiva Audio Corporation just announced their new BasX MC-700 7.1CH Surround Sound AV Processor. The MC-700 supports 4K UHD, Emo-Q room correction and manual PEQ and at $499, it's an absolute steal!

— December 09, 2016 11:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Anthem ARC Mobile App Preview

Anthem ARC Mobile App Preview

Anthem's ARC was a real game-changer in electronic room correction when it launched nearly a decade ago. Until now, using ARC has required an external PC running Windows. Mac and Linux users were left in the cold. That's all about to change. Anthem's heralded ARC room correction is going mobile for iOS and we have all the details. Did using ARC just get a whole lot easier? Read on to find out.

Anthem's ARC room correction is available as a mobile app for iOS devices. Using the device's built in microphone, ARC Moble performs the same multi-speaker calibrations that previously required a PC.

— October 16, 2016 13:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Marantz AV7702mkII Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor and Amplifier Preview

Marantz AV7702mkII Atmos/DTS:X AV Processor and Amplifier Preview

Along with its new lineup of power amplifiers, Marantz announced the AV7702mkII model preamp/processor capable of supporting Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Neural:X via a firmware update. The AV7702mkII also features upgrades such as HDMI 2.0a compatibility to support the pass-through of HDR content as well as 2.2 copy protections on all HDMI inputs and outputs and 32-bit DAC for all channels. With 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 Dolby Atmos configurations this pre/pro should be ready to go for fully immersive surround sound.

Along with its new lineup of power amplifiers, Marantz announced the AV7702mkII AV processor capable of supporting Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Neural:X, full HDMI 2.0a/HDCP2.2, networking and more.

— September 30, 2015 12:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 Channel AV Processor Review

Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 Channel AV Processor Review

The USA made Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 channel AV processor is designed with audiophile performance in mind with its fully differential two-channel analog audio section. It is one of the few AV processors on the market implementing Dirac LE and Dirac Full ($99 upgrade) room correction and manual PEQ customization. You don’t get every possible feature found in a budget AVR, but you do get “High-End” performance and plenty of HDMI inputs with upgrade to HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 on the way. If you’re looking for a moderately priced processor that starts with excellent sonic performance and adds both Dirac and full-featured PEQ, then the XMC-1 is a worthy contender.

The USA made Emotiva XMC-1 7.2 channel AV processor is designed with audiophile performance via its fully differential two-channel analog audio section and advanced DIRAC room correction system.

RichB — September 24, 2015 00:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Classé Sigma SSP AV Processor and AMP5 Review

Classé Sigma SSP AV Processor and AMP5 Review

What if you could have the high-end, two-channel sound in a modern, highly flexible 7.1 system? The Classé Sigma SSP AV processor and Sigma AMP5 Class D multi-channel amplifier promise to satisfy both the finicky audiophile and the demanding home theater lover. From the first listen, I felt as though there was something instantaneously remarkable about these Classé electronics. Read on to find out how they handled home theater and music functionality.

The Classé Sigma SSP Processor and AMP5 multi-channel amplifier supports HD audio processing with a USB DAC for high res audio. Simple function, audiophile nirvana sound makes this combo a home run.

— May 28, 2015 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Marantz AV8802 & Denon AVR-X7200W: DTS:X and HDCP2.2 Upgrades Announced!

Marantz AV8802 & Denon AVR-X7200W: DTS:X and HDCP2.2 Upgrades Announced!

Both Marantz and Denon have announced HDCP 2.2 and DTS:X upgrades to the AV8802 pre/pro and AVR-X7200W AV receiver, respectively. These are some of the industry's first products that will support ALL of the latest 3D surround codecs (Dolby Atmos, Auro 3D and DTS:X). Unlike Dolby Atmos, DTS:X is speaker agnostic allowing for more flexibility in speaker placements and configurations. These are exciting times ahead for Marantz and Denon owners.

Both Marantz and Denon have announced HDCP 2.2 and DTS:X upgrades to the AV8802 pre/pro and AVR-X7200W AV receiver, respectively. These are exciting times for Marantz and Denon owners.

— April 10, 2015 14:30 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Rotel RSP-1582 AV Processor Preview

Rotel RSP-1582 AV Processor Preview

Rotel just took things up a notch in their product line by introducing their RSP-1582, a new 7.1 channel, surround-sound preamplifier/processor home theater component that can serve as a master control for all audio and video components in an upscale home theater system. There will be NO support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X and according to Doug Henderson, President of Rotel, less than 20% of their customers ever go beyond 5.1. The RSP-1582 places emphasis on quality over quantity of features. Check out the slick front panel 7" TFT display and note all of the high quality parts this baby employs to satiate the most discriminating audio and video-holic alike.

The Rotel RSP-1582 AV Processor sports the latest in HD audio (TrueHD/DTS-HD) and video sans Dolby Atmos. Rotel emphasis is on quality over quantity which the RSP-1582 appears to have in spades.

— February 05, 2015 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Marantz AV8802 11.2CH Preamp/Processor Preview

Marantz AV8802 11.2CH Preamp/Processor Preview

Priced at $3,999, the Marantz AV8802 is a cutting edge 11.2 channel preamp/processor that's ready for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. A hardware upgrade to a full HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 implementation is also in the cards, meaning Marantz's new flagship will be able to support 4K Blu-ray discs. As you might imagine, the AV8802 is also loaded with useful features, including Audyssey's Platinum suite and integrated WiFi and Bluetooth antennas for wireless streaming; however, the 4-port Ethernet switch seen on the outgoing AV8801 has been nixed.

The Marantz AV8802 is a modern 11.2 channel pre/pro that's ready for Dolby Atmos and Auro-3D. An upgrade to a full HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 to support 4K Blu-rays. Is this AV Processor future proof?

— December 26, 2014 07:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Classe Sigma Series AV Processor and Amplifier Interview

Classe Sigma Series AV Processor and Amplifier Interview

Regular readers will have noticed that Classe released their new entry level lineup at CEDIA 2014, the Sigma series. While we were able to get some of the basic information like amplifier ratings, the finer details of these new components were sparse at the time. Fortunately, Audioholics was able to get in touch with none other than Classe's President, David Nauber, to get the full scoop on the Sigma line. Inside we touch on the features available in the Sigma SSP preamp/processor, as well as the motivation behind various design decisions.

Classe recently released their new Sigma series AV Processor and Amplifier components, and Audioholics got the full scoop on the new gear thanks to an interview with Classe's President, David Nauber.

— October 21, 2014 09:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Classe Sigma SSP, AMP2, & AMP5 Preview

Classe Sigma SSP, AMP2, & AMP5 Preview

Classé has announced the availability of a new series of components called Sigma. Sigma features a 7.1 channel Surround Sound Preamp/Processor, called Sigma SSP, and two amplifiers, the AMP2 and AMP5, rated at 2x200W and 5x200W into 8 ohms respectively. The SSP retails for $5,000, while the AMP2 and AMP5 cost $3,500 and $5,000, respectively.

The Classé SIGMA series consists of the SSP preamp/processor, and AMP2 and AMP5 amplifiers. Read on for more details.

— September 21, 2014 10:15 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC Preview

NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC Preview

NADs new C 510 is a digital preamp/DAC, which can be connected directly to your computer (Mac or PC) via a USB Type B connection (the square one) allowing you to use it as a standalone DAC. It accepts HDMI (two inputs), optical, coaxial, and AES/EBU inputs (one each), but it can only output stereo. These connections are all 192kHz/24bit capable for the highest possible audio quality. The thing we really like about the C 510 is that it is an easy and no-nonsense way to add high-end digital content to an existing analog-only system. The downside is the price.

Preview: NADs new C 510 is a digital preamp/DAC,which can be connected directly to your computer or used with your digital equipment with HDMI, optical, coaxial, or AES/EBU. The downside is the price.

— August 15, 2014 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

NAD Master Series Preamplifiers and Amplifiers Preview

NAD Master Series Preamplifiers and Amplifiers Preview

NAD's latest preamplifiers, the M12 and M17, continue to show the company's dedication to their Modular Design Construction technology. While you'll need to wait another year (reportedly) for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, the preamps that will eventually support them are here. While the two-channel M12 and seven-channel M17 aren't inexpensive at $3,499 and $5,499 respectively, they are packed with NAD's latest technology and a new look to boot. Matching amplifiers are also available, with the two-channel M22 and seven-channel M27 promising adequate reserves of power.

Preview: The NAD Master Series M12 two-channel preamp and DAC and M17 seven-channel preamp aren't cheap but they do have all the latest NAD technology and a new look to boot.

— June 17, 2014 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Cambridge Audio Azur 851E Preamplifier & 851W Stereo Power Amplifier Review

Cambridge Audio Azur 851E Preamplifier & 851W Stereo Power Amplifier Review

Cambridge Audio's Azur 851 separates aren't exactly inexpensive; however, compared to the flagship level products from other marques, an $1,849 preamplifier and a $2,499 stereo amplifier are downright pedestrian in pricing. Unsurprisingly, Cambridge claims to deliver near distortion free audio from their finest offerings; of course there's also no shortage of power on tap, with the Azur 851W capable of delivering 200W into 8 ohms, and 350W into 4 ohms. Curious to know more? Click to watch the video review and read the highlights.

Review: Cambridge Audio's Azur 851E Preamp and 851W Stereo Power Amplifier aren't inexpensive, but unlike flagship level products from other marques, they're actually affordable. Audiophile Separates.

— May 20, 2014 15:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Krell Illusion and Illusion II Stereo Preamplifiers Preview

Krell Illusion and Illusion II Stereo Preamplifiers Preview

Krell's $15k Illusion and $7k Illusion II preamplifers may look the similar, but they are completely different. The Illusion is an all-analog solution that breaks the power supply into a separate box. It has proprietary connections so, if you have all Krell gear, you can realize sonic benefits you didn't know you needed. The Illusion II has digital connections, a headphone output (no, the Illusion flagship doesn't have a headphone output), and no ability to add an internal crossover for your subs. We find some of their design choices odd but, then again, they've been at this a long time. Surely they know their customers.

Preview: Krell's $15k Illusion is an all-analog preamplifer while the $7k Illusion II adds digital inputs and processing. Made for different, but obviously wealthy, customers.

— March 18, 2014 00:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews