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Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

Integra 11CH Flagship AV Processor & Receivers Promise Best in Class Features

Integra has announced three new “reference-grade” products at the CEDIA Expo. The flagship 11.2-channel DRC-R1.3 processor ($2,499) and DRX-R1.3 receiver ($3,299) promise high-end performance and best-in-class features. The 9.2-channel DRX-7.3 receiver ($2,399) now sits at the top of the company’s lineup of 9-channel receivers. All three new products support the 4K HDBaseT connectivity standard to deliver high-res video over ethernet. Read on and watch our YouTube video to learn more.

Integra announced three new “reference-grade” products at the CEDIA Expo including their flagship 11.2-channel DRC-R1.3 processor and DRX-R1.3 receiver and a 9.2-channel DRX-7.3 AV receiver.

— September 14, 2019 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer Rates Max Power with Elite SC-LX904 11.2 Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer's newest $3k Flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 will be officially unveiled at CEDIA 2019 in Denver, Colorado which will garner quite a bit of news coverage from such a beefy receiver. Check out the specs on this monstrous 11.2 channel receiver and how they rate power under maximum load conditions. This is stuff we love to see. Klingons everywhere rejoice, that TiP warriors find this model to be with honor.

Pioneer released information on their newest Flagship receiver, the Elite SC-LX904 11.2 channel AV receiver. The $3K 140WPC receiver gives max power ratings and we are liking what we see.

— September 10, 2019 01:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X3600H 9.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Offers Best In Class Features

Denon AVR-X3600H 9.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Offers Best In Class Features

With CEDIA just around the corner, audio manufacturers are scrambling to get their newest products ready for fall releases. Denon has one upped them by not only releasing information on their newest receiver, the AVR-X3600H, but also that it's shipping now! At $1,100, the new AVR-X3600H has 9CH of amplification and 11CH of processing to do a full 7.1.4 speaker system with the addition of a 2CH external amplifier. This is one of the least expensive AVR's on the market with 11CH of processing making it a compelling product to use as an inexpensive prepro with all the latest in HD audio and video processing.

Denon's newest AVR-X3600H 9.2 Channel IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver. At $1,100, it has 9CH of amplification and 11CH of processing, HDCP 2.3, etc, and closes the gap to the costlier AVR-X4500H.

— July 18, 2019 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DRX-4.2 & DRX-4.3 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Review

Integra DRX-4.2 & DRX-4.3 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Review

The Integra DRX-4.3 AV receiver sports the latest in HD audio and video with 9 amplification channels on-board and the ability to add an external 2CH amplifier to run a full 7.1.4 speaker configuration. It's a feature laden AVR with some excellent custom integrated tools that help differentiate it from its Onkyo lineup counterpart. In this review, we bench tested the older DRX-4.2 AV receiver and tested its HDBaseT system by running HD audio and video to a different room in the Audioholics Showcase home. We looked at what the newer DRX-4.3 successor model offers in comparison and discussed any potential shortcomings of both products.

The Integra DRX-4.3 AV receiver sports the latest in HD audio/video with 9 amplified channels on-board, expandable to a 7.1.4 speaker configuration. Our review discusses its performance and shortcomings.

— July 11, 2019 21:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz Announces New NR1510 and NR1710 Slimline AV Receivers

Marantz Announces New NR1510 and NR1710 Slimline AV Receivers

During the first ever Sound United North America Dealers Conference in New Orleans, Marantz announced the latest versions of its popular slimline AV receivers. The 5.2-channel NR1510 ($599) and 7.2-channel NR1710 ($749) both deliver a modest 50 watts of power per channel, limited no doubt by their compact chassis. New features for 2019 include Apple AirPlay 2 support, enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization (on the NR1710). Read on to learn more.

Marantz announced the latest versions of its popular slimline AV receivers. The 5.2-channel NR1510-$599 and 7.2-channel NR1710-$749. Will they be as good or better than their predecessors? Read on.

— June 30, 2019 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

Denon Revamps Entry-Level S-Series Receivers For 2019

Denon’s updated S-Series comprises three models, the AVR-S950H ($599), the AVR-S750H ($499), and the AVR-S650H ($399). Denon says that the lineup is “designed for anyone who wants an affordable way to dramatically improve their entertainment center.” All three of the new S-Series models offer voice control, AirPlay 2 support, and useful HDMI 2.1 features, like enhanced Audio Return Channel and Auto Low Latency Mode. All models are available now. Read on to learn more.

Denon’s updated S-Series comprises three models, the AVR-S950H, AVR-S750H,and AVR-S650H. Is the updated lineup an affordable way to dramatically improve your entertainment system? Read on to find out.

— May 12, 2019 22:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2CH IMAX Enhanced AV Receiver Review

Denon’s AVR-X8500H is the most technologically advanced receiver the venerable company has ever built. It is arguably the most advanced AVR available today. It’s among the best AVRs we've ever reviewed—and we tested every 3D audio format it supports: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D, and IMAX Enhanced to their maximum configurations. It just won our 2018 AVR of the year award. But those statements just tell a small part of the story. Read on and see why the AVR-X8500H may be Denon's best AVR since the legendary AVR-5805 and AVR-5308CI masterpieces.

Denon's AVR-X8500H receiver supports Dolby Atmos,DTS:X,Auro-3D, & IMAX enhanced to their max configurations with 13 built-in amplifier and every major 4K/UHD video standard. Best AVR of the Year?

— May 03, 2019 21:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver Review

Marantz SR8012 11.2CH Atmos/DTS:X/Auro 3D AV Receiver Review

The Marantz SR8012 11.2CH AV receiver decodes EVERY immersive surround format, supports the latest in 4K UHD resolution, streams music till your heart's content and is one of the first products on the market to support IMAX Enhanced features. But what makes us even more excited about this receiver is the meaty amp section that's pays homage to the AV super receiver of yesteryear. Check out our editorial and YouTube reviews with full bench test results to see if this is the best AV receiver you can get for $3k.

We reviewed the Marantz SR8012 11.2CH streaming AV receiver which decodes EVERY immersive surround format, supports the latest in 4K UHD resolution and has a meaty amp section confirmed in our bench tests.

— March 18, 2019 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon Releases Two IMAX Enhanced 4K AV Receivers: AVR-X4500H and AVR-X6500H

Denon Releases Two IMAX Enhanced 4K AV Receivers: AVR-X4500H and AVR-X6500H

This week at CEDIA, San Diego, Denon released the industry’s first IMAX Enhanced-Ready 4K AV Receivers with HDMI 2.1 support. The AVR-X6500H and AVR-X4500H are some of the most innovative and powerful receivers we’ve seen on the market today. What is IMAX Enhanced and should you run out and get a new AV receiver that is IMAX Enhanced compatible? Read on to find out...

Denon released the industry’s first IMAX Enhanced-Ready 4K AV Receivers,the AVR-X6500H and AVR-X4500H. Read on to learn about IMAX Enhanced and what these new receivers offer that nobody else has.

— September 06, 2018 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon’s AVR-X3500H AV Receiver Delivers New Features Worth Waiting For

Denon’s AVR-X3500H AV Receiver Delivers New Features Worth Waiting For

The new AVR-X3500H from Denon is a 7.2-channel receiver offering all the usual bells and whistles, plus a couple of brand-new ones from the upcoming HDMI 2.1 standard. With eARC and Auto Low Latency Mode on board, the AVR-X3500H offers some compelling reasons to upgrade. What do these new features bring to the table? Read on to find out.

The new AVR-X3500H from Denon is a 7.2CH receiver offering all the usual bells and whistles, plus a couple of brand-new ones from the upcoming HDMI 2.1 standard. Is this the receiver to beat for $1k?

— August 31, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-S602 Receiver Boasts Slim Design And Wireless Surround Capability

Yamaha RX-S602 Receiver Boasts Slim Design And Wireless Surround Capability

The RX-S602 Slimline AV receiver stands just 4.5 inches tall, and includes Yamaha’s MusicCast Surround technology. New for 2018, MusicCast Surround allows the user to send the rear-channel signals to Yamaha’s MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 wireless speakers, eliminating the need to run speaker cables across the room. Does this compact 5.1-channel receiver offer enough to lure style-conscious buyers away from Marantz and Denon? Read on to find out.

The RX-S602 5.1CH Slimline AV receiver stands just 4.5 inches tall, and includes Yamaha’s MusicCast Surround technology allowing the user connect surround speakers wirelessly.

— August 22, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

New Marantz Slimline Receivers Add Alexa, Heos, And Apple Airplay 2 Support

New Marantz Slimline Receivers Add Alexa, Heos, And Apple Airplay 2 Support

The $549 NR1509 and $749 NR1609 from Marantz pack new features into their slim and elegant chassis. Now with Alexa compatibility and support for multi-room music via Denon’s Heos and Apple’s Airplay 2 protocols, the latest slimline receivers do it all. If you have a small space, a limited budget, and high expectations, these new receivers from Marantz might be just what you’ve been waiting for.

The Marantz NR1509/1609 slimline AV receivers are ideal If you have a small space, a limited budget, and high expectations. They support HD audio and video, multi-room HEOS, Apple Airplay 2 and more.

— July 07, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 9.2 Channel Network AV Receiver Preview

Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 9.2 Channel Network AV Receiver Preview

With Onkyo’s purchase of Pioneer in 2015 it was just a matter of time before Pioneer introduced their foray into the midpriced / hi-end AV receiver arena with their Elite VSX-LX303. The 9.2 channel AV receiver is priced at $799 and, like Onkyo’s TX-NR787 supports and upmixes to DTS:X and Dolby Atmos soundtracks via 5.2.4-ch or 7.2.2-ch speaker layouts. See how this model compares to its Onkyo brethren.

Pioneer released the Elite VSX-LX303 which is their version of the Onkyo TX-NR787 9.2 channel AV receiver. At $799 it has all the immersive sound and video features you want at a great price.

— June 11, 2018 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR7012 9.2CH AV Receiver Review

Marantz SR7012 9.2CH AV Receiver Review

The SR7012 is among the first crop of Marantz receivers to offer Amazon Alexa voice control and AirPlay 2 support (via firmware update). Along with robust HDR support and the latest HDMI 2.0 specifications, the SR7012 is at home in both smart homes and those wanting cutting edge tech. Add eleven channels of processing; nine on-board, assignable amplification modules; HEOS multi-room streaming; hi-res audio playback; and support for every major consumer 3D audio format on the market today and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better value-laden package.

Marantz’s SR7012 AVR is a powerhouse 9.2 channel receiver packed with the latest and greatest audio, video, streaming, and smart home technologies that will stand toe-to-toe with the competition.

— June 07, 2018 10:00 in AV Receiver Reviews