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Sherbourn PT-7020A Processor First Look

Sherbourn PT-7020A Processor First Look

It's been almost 5 years since the debut of the PT-7010A pre-processor from Sherbourn Technologies. Since then, the company has been mostly focused on selling its existing line of multi-channel amplifiers for the custom install market. Now the CE channel manufacturer is getting back into the home theater game with its updated PT-7020A preamplifier/processor. The PT-7020A is a 7-channel A/V processor which includes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-MA decoding, 5 HDMI 1.3a inputs and RS-232 control. Upon closer inspection it seems to be heavily based on the new Emotiva UMC-1.

It's been almost 5 years since the debut of the PT-7010A pre-processor from Sherbourn Technologies. Now they are back with the PT-7020A, an updated platform that updates the company's CE channel.

— March 16, 2010 21:30 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Anthem Audio/Video Master 50v Preamplifier/Processor Preview

Anthem Audio/Video Master 50v Preamplifier/Processor Preview

Anthem showed the Audio/Video Master 50v preamplifier/home theater processor with a built in tuner and independent source selection for recording. This updated version of the AVM 50 combines A/V performance-enhancing technologies with whole-home entertainment control that makes it possible for users to direct audio and video program materials throughout their homes.

Anthem showed the Audio/Video Master 50v preamplifier/home theater processor with a built in tuner and independent source selection for recording.

— January 15, 2009 12:10 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Pass Laboratories XP-10 and XP-20 2-Channel Preamplifiers Preview

Pass Laboratories XP-10 and XP-20 2-Channel Preamplifiers Preview

Pass Laboratories exhibited its high-end XP-10 and XP-20 2-channel preamplifiers which feature Pass Labs signature beveled billet aluminum front panels. Building upon the XP-10, the XP-20 upgrades to an isolated power supply to further enhance its performance. Both preamps furnish two balanced and three single-ended inputs. Like all Pass Laboratories designs, these products minimize the number of components and stages in the signal path, a design choice that is intended to reproduce the purist fidelity possible.

Pass Laboratories exhibited its high-end XP-10 and XP-20 2-channel preamplifiers which feature Pass Labs signature beveled billet aluminum front panels.

— January 09, 2009 00:30 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Parasound Halo P7 Multi Channel Audio Preamp Preview

Parasound Halo P7 Multi Channel Audio Preamp Preview

The Parasound Halo P7 Multi Channel Audio Preamp is a $2000 audio preamp designed for sound purists seeking superior low-noise performance from classic stereo sources as well as multichannel music and movies from Blu-ray, DVD-Audio, and SACD players. But where's the beef? Considering Parasound Halo P7s lack of HDMI support, audio decoding, and video connectivity, one wonders if this is more or less a re-issued legacy product with minor upgrades or if it's a completely new design which just happens to lack several features commonly found on receivers starting at $249.

The Parasound Halo P7 Multi Channel Audio Preamp is a $2000 audio preamp designed for sound purists seeking superior low-noise performance from classic stereo sources. But where's the beef?

— August 19, 2008 21:25 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV Processor Review

Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV Processor Review

The Denon AVP-A1HDCI home theater processor represents bleeding edge technology that only a select few manufacturers can compete with regardless of price. From its sophisticated top notch A/V processing, construction and component usage, you’re getting Mercedes level performance and refinement at Acura prices. Your high end audio snob friends may snicker at this system, especially since they likely spent 2-3 times more for hollow boxes, but I suggest humbling yourself by saying nothing. You don’t want everyone driving the same car you’re driving, do you?

Review: The Denon AVP-A1HDCI AV processor is packed with the latest HD audio and HDMI connectivity and THX Ultra2 Certification. It supports 12 channels of audio and is a technological masterpiece.

— June 16, 2008 23:50 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Classe SSP-800 Preamp/Processor Preview

Classe SSP-800 Preamp/Processor Preview

One doesn't have to be interested in Home Theater too long before they come across the name "Classe." And from an aesthetic viewpoint alone, the name is apt. They make some of the best looking gear out there. Classe is taking processors to a new level with the release of their new SSP-800 - a 10 channel preamp/processor that promises bells and whistles that you didn't even know you wanted. Classe Audio recently unveiled new HDMI 1.4 video capabilities in its updated SSP-800 and CT-SSP Surround Sound Processors. They are now available with the new video board. The new board has five full-featured HDMI 1.4 inputs and two outputs, which support all standard 3Di video resolutions and formats plus HEC (HDMI Ethernet Channel) and ARC (Audio Return Channel).

Review: The Classe SSP-800 AV preamp processor supports all of the latest HD audio and video formats with emphasizes audio performance to satisfy the most critical audiophile or audioholic.

— May 16, 2008 08:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Emotiva Audio RSP-1 Stereo Pre-Amplfier Review

Emotiva Audio RSP-1 Stereo Pre-Amplfier Review

Emotiva's RSP-1 is a 2-channel pre-amplifier that operates almost solely in the analogue domain. You won't find any digital audio inputs, video inputs or outputs, and you won't have to worry about what version HDMI you have. For all of you true audiophiles that are only interested in 2-channel, this is the unit for you. The RSP-1 performs exactly as promised. Considering the low price of the Reference Audio Series, Emotiva has taken the dedicated high end 2-channel rig out of the hands of the ultra-rich and placed it squarely within reach of most enthusiasts. It looks audiophile, it sounds audiophile, it just doesn't cost audiophile.

Emotiva's RSP-1 is a 2-channel pre-amplifier that operates almost solely in the analogue domain. The Emotiva RSP-1 has taken the dedicated high end 2-channel rig out of the hands of the ultra-rich.

— August 31, 2007 07:55 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Emotiva Reference MMC-1 AV Processor Review

Emotiva Reference MMC-1 AV Processor Review

What do you get when you cut the price of the Emotiva DMC-1 by almost 67% off its original retail price, upgrade the cosmetics and add HDMI functionality? The Emotiva Reference Theater Series MMC-1. For those seeking solid performance, with a high WAF, the Emotiva MMC-1 A/V processor paired with the matching IPS-1 7CH power amp is a killer combo. Combine this with Emotiva’s excellent customer support and aggressive tradeup deal on their processors, and you’ve choice for your next separates solution just got that much easier.

What do you get when you cut the price of the Emotiva DMC-1 by almost 67% off its original retail price, upgrade the cosmetics and add HDMI functionality? The Emotiva Reference Theater Series MMC-1.

— May 14, 2007 19:30 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Sherbourn PT-7000 Processor and 7/2100 Amplifier Review

Sherbourn PT-7000 Processor and 7/2100 Amplifier Review

It is obvious by the latest product offerings from Sherbourn that they understand the current industry trends, and as a result they have managed to intelligently design high performance products that fit quite nicely. Enter the PT-7000 7.1 Channel Preamp/Processor (MSPR: $1500) and the 7/2100 7CH 200wpc Power Amp (MSRP: $2850). This combined duo retails for $4350 and weighs in at a whopping 140lbs! At this price point, your alternative options are flagship receiver such as those from Denon, Pioneer Elite, B&K, etc, or separates from other manufacturers such as Outlaw, Adcom, Rotel, etc. This is an interesting price point to compete in as it is where a threshold is crossed between flagship home theater receivers and entry level separates.

Looking for a separates solution? Enter the Sherbourn PT-7000 7.1 Channel Preamp/Processor (MSPR: $1500) and the Sherbourn 7/2100 7CH 200wpc Power Amp (MSRP: $2850).

— January 05, 2007 08:25 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Attack of the Clones (Processors)

Attack of the Clones (Processors)

We were surprised (OK, not really) to discover that cloning has made its presence in Digital Preamp Processors. These processors were originally co-developed by East Tech and Cirrus Logic for Outlaw Audio for OEM purposes to later sell to Audio Hardware Manufacturers with customized chassis, faceplates and logos to accompany them of course. Eastern Tech in an Asian OEM which manufacturers the design and specifications of these processors. The DSP is CD4932-63L which provides decoding for Dolby Prologic II, and all the varieties of Dolby Digital, and DTS including EX, and DTS Neo:6 and Cirrus Logic’s own Extra Surround as well as their Triple Crossover.

Three AV processors (Sherbourn PT-7000, Atlantic Technology P-2000, Outlaw Audio Model 950) are basically the same except for price ($900-$1700 MSRP). We break it down for you.

— January 04, 2007 22:35 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Parasound Halo C2 Processor Review

Parasound Halo C2 Processor Review

Parasound introduced the Halo C2 and C1 in 2002, and both have been highly regarded among many audiophiles and professional installers not just for sound quality, but also the many unique features they offer. Features such as BNC video connections, video signal pass through (which allows video signals to pass through without the C2 power being on), customizable Aux channels, automatic calibration (which included automatically setting speaker distances and volumes), easy to use set-up menu, firmware upgradeability, software programmable all controlled by a sophisticated Universal MX-700 Remote Control (including a "Side-Kick" Remote), are simply not common place for many processors.

Parasound introduced the Halo C2 and C1 in 2002, and both have been highly regarded among many audiophiles and professional installers not just for sound quality, but also the many unique features.

Steve DellaSala — December 07, 2006 10:45 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Cary Cinema 6 AV Processor Review

Cary Cinema 6 AV Processor Review

Cary Cinema 6 AV Processor. In terms of audio quality, the Cinema 6 is quite simply the best sounding surround processor I have heard to date. However, I couldn't get pass many annoying faults and limitations, particularly the lack of ability to memorize the input type (coaxial, optical, analog) and last used surround processing mode per input source. Also, the unit has a noticeable lag locking onto digital input formats, and often with a brief noise burst.

Cary Cinema 6 AV Processor. In terms of audio quality, the Cinema 6 is quite simply the best sounding surround processor I have heard to date. Check out our Cary Cinema 6 AV Processor review.

— January 14, 2006 18:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

Emotiva DMC-1 Preamp Processor Review

Emotiva DMC-1 Preamp Processor Review

The Emotive DMC-1 is a beautiful looking processor with competent performance to satisfy even the most critical audiophiles. If you want to enter the realm of high-end audio and experience separates at prices much lower than its competitors, take a hard look at the Emotiva DMC-1 and matching Emotiva MPS-1 multi channel amplifier.

The Emotive DMC-1 is a beautiful looking processor with competent performance to satisfy even the most critical audiophiles. Check out our review of the Emotiva DMC-1.

— June 14, 2005 19:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews

RE Designs Audio SCPA 1 Preamp Review

RE Designs Audio SCPA 1 Preamp Review

Make no mistake however, that the RE Designs Audio SCPA 1 delivers unparalleled audio performance and adjustable channel trim precision that has no equal in this capacity. It has little to no place in consumer audio, but will likely serve a professional audio installation at a recording studio or equivalent environment requiring these attributes. For the diehard audiophile and purist at heart whose sole objective is to build a dedicated multi channel audio system without all the bells and whistles, with the utmost accuracy in calibration and noise suppression, the RE Designs Audio SCPA 1 may be the product of choice.

The the RE Designs Audio SCPA 1 is for the diehard audiophile whose sole objective is to build a dedicated multi-channel audio system with the utmost accuracy in calibration and noise suppression.

— July 23, 2004 19:00 in AV Preamp and Processor Reviews