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TEAC Distinction AI-3000 Stereo Integrated Amp Preview

TEAC Distinction AI-3000 Stereo Integrated Amp Preview

The new Distinction line of Integrated amplifiers from Teac appear to offer some high quality construction and parts which should appeal to audiophiles wanting clean quality raw power. Regardless of the stereotypical black color scheme, the brushed aluminum front plate looks to be very attractive and, dare we say it, distinctive in a sea of gloss black components. The no-frills operation hints toward high fidelity and ease of use. The largest in the series, the AI-3000 is rated at 200wpc into 8 ohms and 360 watts into 4 ohms. Although these amps seem a bit pricey, they do appear to offer all the ingredients of a quality no-frills audiophile piece of gear as evident by the large power supply, heatsinks and clean board layouts. The $1000 AI-1000 may be a nice solution for a budding audiophile's first two channel system. The Distinction series of Integrated Amplifiers appear to be a hopeful line from TEAC and one that we'll be keeping an eye on.

The new Distinction series from TEAC appear to be a nicely crafted, high performance audiophile line of integrated amplifiers ranging from 85wpc to 200wpc and stable into 4 ohms.

— March 12, 2012 17:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo 2012 Budget Receiver Line Preview

Onkyo 2012 Budget Receiver Line Preview

There is very little that we find more interesting than new budget receiver offerings. Onkyo has made a name for themselves over the last few years for offering the highest feature to dollar ratio. So when they announce that they are updating their budget offerings, we can't help but perk up. While Onkyo has placed their WRAT amplifier typology throughout this entry-level line and have tried to incorporate as many streaming and convenience features as they can at all price points, they don't have any room correction for any offering under $500. While we think users of all but the bare bones TX-SR313 will appreciate Silicon Image's InstaPrevue feature, mostly would be more impressed with a room correction system than a better amplifier typology. We'll have to see how the public receives the new Onkyo 2012 line to know for sure.

Onkyo's new 2012 line of entry-level receivers sport upgraded amps and tons of networking and streaming features but leaves out room correction under $500. Silicon Image's InstaPrevue is available.

— February 22, 2012 20:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sony STR-DA3700ES AV Receiver Review

Sony STR-DA3700ES AV Receiver Review

Today we're looking at the new Sony STR-DA3700ES Receiver. We're actually pretty excited about this one because we got to see it up close and personal at this year's CEDIA event in Indianapolis. What's the big deal? Well, Sony has completely redesigned the GUI on-screen display and setup system. They haven't just redesigned the setup menu, they've took an axe to the whole way you connect and engage music, video and streaming media. In all honesty, we had to restrain ourselves from lifting up the receiver to look for an Apple logo. Sony is back in the game, except that they never really left, they just haven't been pushing the envelop over the past several years. Now other manufacturers are going to have to sit up and take notice.

Today we're looking at the new Sony STR-DA3700ES Receiver. We're actually pretty excited about this one because we got to see it up close and personal at this year's CEDIA event in Indianapolis.

— January 15, 2012 11:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

AudioControl AVR-4 HD Home Theater Receiver Preview

AudioControl AVR-4 HD Home Theater Receiver Preview

AudioControl announced the launch of their new Concert AVR-4 HD Home Theater Receiver. The Concert AVR-4 HD is said to fill a gap in the market for an audiophile quality receiver, at a great price, that does not compromise on the quality of its components, delivering a stunning movie experience rich in top tier audiophile sound quality and video performance. With a high efficient Class H 120wpc x 7 (all channels driven) amplifier design, the AVR-4 HD seems like it will deliver oodles of power for upscale home theaters while remaining cool in operation making it an ideal choice for rack mounting. The AVR-4 HD supports all the latest in HD audio and video decoding including 3D video pass-thru. We look forward to learning more about the new AVR-4 HD Home Theater Receiver from AudioControl when info becomes available.

The new AudioControl AVR-4 HD Home Theater receiver features a high efficient Class H 120wpc x 7 amplifier and the latest in HD audio & video decoding options (including 3D support).

— January 10, 2012 12:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A1010 AVENTAGE 7.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-A1010 AVENTAGE 7.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Review

Yamaha has once again put forth a solid offering in the highly competitive $1k price category with their new RX-A1010 Aventage 7.1 Channel Networking A/V receiver. The performance and feature set of the RX-A1010 should make Yamaha and its owners proud of this middle child A/V receiver. Over the last couple of years, Yamaha has been paying close attention to reviewer and customer feedback on their receivers as evident by the improved sound and build quality that birthed the Aventage lineup. Take time to set this baby up the right way, feed it a good speaker system, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labor. Don’t doubt for a minute that you can’t have a good two-channel and multi-channel experience with the RX-A1010 because I found it to be quite a musical receiver too. At this price point you have a lot of options from competitor products but the Yamaha RX-A1010 should be at the top of the list for your consideration especially if you want to take advantage of all of the latest networking streaming music options. Highly recommended!

Yamaha RX-A1010 A/V receiver is a solid offering that emphasizes audio quality and hosts all the latest networking features. This review explores the RX-A1010 features and performance capabilities.

— December 15, 2011 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR5006 AV Receiver Review

Marantz SR5006 AV Receiver Review

Near as we can tell, the audiophiles took over the design department at Marantz and now their new line of AV receivers, like the Marantz SR5006 receiver, looks very much like their reference line of 2-channel products. And, quite frankly, it's really awesome. This is a great receiver for a number of reasons. The first thing you notice about the SR5006 is that the huge LCD display that seems ever-present on all brands of AV receivers has been replaced by a minimalist round display. For under $800, the SR5006 offers power, inputs, and network streaming that go far above and beyond what we'd expect. On top of that it's rugged and looks totally audiophile - in a way that no one else does right now. This is a receiver that stands out in the crowd - and that's been very hard to come by in an age of nearly identical-looking black boxes.

The Marantz SRSR5006 receiver looks like the audiophiles took over the design department. Their new line of receivers looks very much like their reference line of 2-channel products.

— December 13, 2011 09:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz PM-15S2 Limited Integrated Amplifier Preview

Marantz PM-15S2 Limited Integrated Amplifier Preview

The Limited Edition PM-15S2 may have very few substantive improvements over the standard PM-15S2 Integrated Amplifier other than the switch to a black chassis and an upgraded power supply, but Marantz did it without raising the price. If you were thinking of investing in a PM-15S2 and the color was holding you back, rejoice. For the rest of us, we now have two top tier Marantz products to drool over.

The Limited Edition Marantz PM-15S2 Integrated Amplifier may have very few substantive improvements over the standard PM-15S2 but those improvements now come in black - and without raising the price.

— November 11, 2011 05:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz PM6004 Integrated Amplifier Preview

Marantz PM6004 Integrated Amplifier Preview

If the Marantaz PM6004 sounds like an Integrated Amplifier built for the high end crowd; it does to us as well. Until you get a look at the price. At $600 MSRP, the PM6004 is well within the reach of the masses. This is high end quality at big box prices. If you've always dreamed of a two channel listening setup, you may have just had your prayers answered. We're really looking forward to getting the PM6004 on our test bench to see what it can do.

If the Marantaz PM6004 sounds like an Integrated Amplifier built for the high end crowd; it does to us as well. Until you get a look at the price. At $600 MSRP, the PM6004 is well within your reach.

— October 27, 2011 07:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-70.3 9.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-70.3 9.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver Preview

Frankly, we weren't going to write about the Integra DTR-70.3 receiver. We already wrote about the DTR-80.3 which is the new flagship of the Integra line. What could the DTR-70.3 have to offer other than less features for less money? How about the same features for less money! We had to look hard to find the differences between the two receivers and we're guessing that you'll take the $700 savings over an extra optical input and a better power supply solution.

What could the Integra DTR-70.3 have to offer over the flagship DTR-80.3 other than less features for less money? How about the same features for less money!

— September 23, 2011 11:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Universal Remote Control TSP-2000 Network AV Receiver Preview

Universal Remote Control TSP-2000 Network AV Receiver Preview

This may be a short preview, largely because not too much is known, but Universal Remote Control debuted its upcoming TSP-2000 9.2-channel surround receiver . The receiver feature 125 watts per channel for each of its 7 channels of amplification and is slated to be THX certified according to literature displayed with the receiver. The receiver has a Decidedly "Denon-eque" look on the back in terms of its layout, but URC stated that while they explored various partners, this final design is their own development, directed to meet the specific needs of integration with the Universal Total Control line of products. For starters, the receiver features an Ethernet port - not so that you can stream media through it (for that URC has the SNP-1 Streaming Network Player) - but so that this Network Home Theater Processor can be integrated flawlessly into URC's network of Total Control solutions. It's a brilliant move. Instead of relying on their growing database of control codes for everyone else's products, now custom installers can use a complete solution in-house that is built to work flawlessly as a whole system.

Universal Remote Control debuted its upcoming TSP-2000 9.2-channel surround receiver. The receiver feature 125 watts per channel for each of its 7 channels and is slated to be THX certified.

— September 20, 2011 09:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-80.3 9.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-80.3 9.2 Channel Network A/V Receiver Preview

The Integra DTR-80.3 receiver has everything the DHC-80.3 processor claims plus 20 lbs of amps. At 145 watts per channel, this THX Ultra2+ certified 9.2 channel receiver has nearly every feature available today including top of the line Audyssey room correction (MultEQ XT32), DTS Neo:X processing, 4K upscaling with ISFccc calibration, a host of custom installer features, and lots more. While the price tag isn't for the faint of heart, it isn't some outrageous number that only the uber-rich could possibly afford. At only $400 over the price of the processor, this is a receiver that should be turning many heads.

The Integra DTR-80.3 receiver has everything the DHC-80.3 processor claims plus 20 lbs of amps. At 145 watts per channel, this THX Ultra2+ 9.2 channel receiver has most every feature available.

— September 20, 2011 03:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite SC-55 & SC-57 9.1 Channel A/V Receivers Preview

Pioneer Elite SC-55 & SC-57 9.1 Channel A/V Receivers Preview

Pioneer Electronics announced its new flagship SC-57 ($2000) and SC-55 ($1600) Elite receivers that bring state-of-the-art audio and visual content performance into any room. Both Elite models incorporate Pioneer’s new Class D3 digital amplifier technology (rated at 140wpc x 9). The integrated Class D3 amplifier can deliver Pioneer's highest-ever continuous power simultaneously to all dedicated channels with extremely high efficiency, significantly less heat production and ultra-low distortion. We spoke with Pioneer about the concerns we had with past products using the ICE modules (ie. SC-07) when driving 4 ohm loads and they claimed these their new D3 module is much more robust at handling low impedance loads. This is something we look forward to bench testing via a formal review. Packed with the latest in A/V processing and functionality, these A/V receivers appear to be a trend setter in the upscale A/V receiver marketplace.

Pioneer announced two new 9.1 channel A/V receivers (SC-57 @ $2000 and SC-55 @ $1600). Both utilize their new D3 amp module rated at 140wpc x 9.

— September 10, 2011 12:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A1010 AVENTAGE AV Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-A1010 AVENTAGE AV Receiver Preview

The Yamaha RX-A1010 is a 7.2 channel receiver sporting 110 watts per channel. It is 3D compatible with 8 in/ 2 out HDMI 1.4a connections including one on the front panel and supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) and Standby Pass-thru. Unlike other receivers that still require full power for their Standby Pass-thru, the RX-A1010 requires only 2 watts. With nearly every feature on the market (or some proprietary version of it), the RX-A1010 is a tempting carrot dangled in front of fans enticing them to pull out their wallets. For the rest, it is a pretty compelling reason to put Yamaha on your short-list of receivers.

The Yamaha RX-A1010 is a 7.2 channel receiver sporting 110 watts per channel. It is 3D compatible with 8 in/ 2 out HDMI 1.4a connections including one on the front panel and supports ARC.

— September 09, 2011 00:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD T 748 7.1 3D Receiver Preview

NAD T 748 7.1 3D Receiver Preview

If you are on the market for a NAD receiver, the T 748 is their newest entry level model. At only $900, you get the legendary (according to the marketing material) NAD sound and not a lot else. There is an OSD but you'll have to connect a composite cable to your display to see it. On the flip side, you do get NAD's proprietary EARS DSP and 7.1 channel analogue pre-outs for connecting an external amplifier. You'll just have to live without video scaling, networking, zone 2 audio, more than 4 HDMI inputs, native iDevice integration, a second subwoofer output, the newest DSPs that support height/width channels, a GUI...

If you are on the market for a NAD receiver, the T 748 is their newest entry level model. At only $900, you get the legendary (according to the marketing material) NAD sound and not a lot else.

— August 13, 2011 03:20 in AV Receiver Reviews