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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

Pioneer Elite SC-57 9.1 THX Reciever Preview

Pioneer Elite SC-57 9.1 THX Reciever Preview

With a newly designed Class D amplifier section, THX Ultra2+ certification, and the new DTS Neo:X on board, the Pioneer Elite SC-57 9.1 channel receiver looks to be a worth contender for your $2000. It has a slew of custom installer features including three zones of audio (and video), 3D support, 11.2 channel analogue outputs, and support for just about every CI solution on the market. You can calibrate your video inputs, upconvert and scale everything to 1080p/24Hz over HDMI, and power all three zones of audio simultaneously. Add to that support for Apple AirPlay and just about every other networking feature, and there is a lot to like about the Pioneer SC-57.

With a newly designed Class D amplifier section, THX Ultra2+ certification, and the new DTS Neo:X on board, the Pioneer Elite SC-57 9.1 channel receiver looks to be a worth contender for your $2000.

— August 08, 2011 00:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V671 AV Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V671 AV Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-V671 offers some of the most important features we tend to look for, like a discrete powered Zone 2, and network features that let you stream music from the likes of Pandora, vTuner, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio and Napster. In the past, Audioholics has spoken about "break points" in receivers. These are the price points where you really want to be if possible, because it affords you features that you just can't get below it. The Yamaha RX-V671 lets you stream media from any DLNA-compatible source. This is a great AV receiver for $550. If you don't need Zone 2 or network audio features, save $100 and pick up the RX-V571, but either way, we're certain it's going to be a good addition to anyone's room and an excellent value.

The Yamaha RX-V671 receiver offers some of the most important features we tend to look for, like a discrete powered Zone 2, and network features that stream music and use multiple zones of audio

— August 04, 2011 11:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD T 757 Surround Sound Receiver Preview

NAD T 757 Surround Sound Receiver Preview

Future-proof. This is the dream of nearly all AV enthusiasts. NAD Electronics is taking the next stab at the modular design with their recent receivers. The least expensive is the T 757, a $1599 receiver. This new receiver sports many of the newest features including 3D/ARC support, video upconversion to HDMI, and an on-screen interface over HDMI. But NAD has always been more about the audio side of things than video. NAD rates this receiver at 60 Watts per channel. If the T 757 was measured like other receiver offerings, it would put out 120 watts per channel. We're most interested to see how well NAD supports their modular design as companies like Onkyo and Integra couldn't get them to work for very long.

The T 757, a $1599 receiver, is NAD's least expensive foray into a "future-proof" modular design receiver. But can they succeed where other, larger companies have failed?

— August 03, 2011 05:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A3010 9.2 AVENTAGE Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-A3010 9.2 AVENTAGE Receiver Preview

The Yamaha RX-A3010 is a 9.2 channel receiver sporting 150 watts per channel. It has 11 pairs of binding posts, 11.2 channel analogue outputs, and supports almost all the latest networking features. The new RX-A3010 adds only $100 to the MSRP of the RX-A3000 but you get some significant upgrades. In fact, if you look at the (now getting long in the tooth) RX-Z11, aside from a couple of amps, the RX-A3010 has almost the same features. Of course, the RX-Z11 retails for $5500 (rather than the $2000 of the RX-A3010). What a difference a couple of years make huh?

The Yamaha RX-A3010 is a 9.2 channel receiver sporting 150 watts per channel. It has 11 pairs of binding posts, 11.2 channel analogue outputs, and supports almost all the latest networking features.

— July 22, 2011 03:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-3312CI AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-3312CI AV Receiver Review

AV receivers are getting more and more powerful, and their feature sets are getting more and more expansive. For some, the critical price/performance breakpoint comes at around $5-$600. At that price you start to get advanced features like video upconversion to HDMI and amplifiers that can be re-routed to a second Zone. So what does Denon have to offer above and beyond that with its AVR 3312CI receiver, that's priced at twice that. I mean what do you really get for $1100? The truth is - there's so much we can't really cover it all in this video. It'd be kinda boring and I gotta get dinner at some point. So let's start with power. While most 7.1 or 7.2 receivers around the $600 price point deliver 90 watts per channel, the AVR 3312CI puts out 125watts, rated 20-to-20, and at just .05% THD. And it puts out that power across all channels equally. Think that's easy to come by? Video processing and a few more connectors don't weigh all that much, and yet the 3312CI is a full 4-1/2 pounds heavier than the 1912. It's all in the amps.

The Denon AVR-3312CI receiver handles all of the latest HD A/V formats and audio streaming at a very modest price. It's rated at 125wpc x fullbandwidth which should provide plenty of power.

— July 18, 2011 01:35 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-50.3 THX Select2+ Networked Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-50.3 THX Select2+ Networked Receiver Preview

Is the Integra DTR-50.3 a great receiver? From the specs, absolutely. So, what is there to get excited about with this new Integra DTR-50.3? Honestly, not a lot if you aren't a custom installer. Mavell QDEO processing up to 4k for a display you can't buy, IDT HQV Vida VHD1900 chips for scaling and individual input calibration, tons of inputs and outputs (including dual subwoofer outputs), Audyssey MultEQ XT/DSX, Dolby PLIIz...all the players are here. Custom installers will like the bi-directional Ethernet and RS232 ports for control, 2 IR inputs and 1 out, 3 programmable 12-V triggers, non-volatile and lockable dealer settings.

Is the Integra DTR-50.3 a great receiver? From the specs, absolutely. So, what is there to get excited about with this new Integra DTR-50.3? Honestly, not a lot if you aren't a custom installer.

— June 16, 2011 05:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite VSX-53 3D-Ready Receiver Preview

Pioneer Elite VSX-53 3D-Ready Receiver Preview

There is a ton to like about the Pioneer VSX-53. THX, Apple AirPlay, tons of networking features, App control, 7.2 channels (specs say 7.1 but we see 2 subwoofer outputs on the back), Marvell QDEO scaling, three zones (Zone 2 with video), native iDevice and Android support... the list goes on. Add 110 watts per channel, seven HDMI 1.4a inputs and 2 outputs, Advanced MCACC calibration, and a PC assisted walk-through of setting up your new receiver, and we like what we see. The question will be, how does it hold up to the competition?

There is a ton to like about the Pioneer VSX-53. THX, Apple AirPlay, tons of networking features, App control, 7.2 channels, Marvell QDEO scaling, native iDevice and Android support.. the list goes on

— June 15, 2011 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR1009 THX Select2 Plus Networking Home Theater Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR1009 THX Select2 Plus Networking Home Theater Receiver Preview

DTS Neo:X technology - The industry’s first 2.0/5.1/6.1/7.1-to- 9.1/11.1 conversion technology within a single algorithm. Is it enough to get you to buy the Onkyo TX-NR1009? Because aside from two additional channels of amplification (and maybe a bell or whistle or two), it's what the TX-NR1009 has over the $1100 TX-NR809. Consumers will have to take a close look at the TX-NR1009 to see if the slight upgrades are worth the $200 price increase.

DTS Neo:X technology - The industry’s first 2.0/5.1/6.1/7.1-to- 9.1/11.1 conversion technology within a single algorithm. Is it enough to get you to buy the Onkyo TX-NR1009?

— June 03, 2011 00:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

B.M.C. AMP C1 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview

B.M.C. AMP C1 Stereo Integrated Amplifier Preview

While an Audioholic might not think $8k for an integrated amp in denial about the integrated part is worth it, for an audiophile, it is practically an impulse buy. The B.M.C. Amp C1 is certainly balanced - sometimes to a fault. While some of the claims made about the C1 are dubious, it looks to have some rather solid engineering behind it. While we wouldn't mind getting one on the test bench, we're pretty sure after this first look, it ain't happening. So, like you, we'll have to wait until some other reviewer gets it and proclaims it as the latest in an endless string of gear that made everything before it sound "thin" and "not at all chocolatey."

The B.M.C. Amp C1 is certainly balanced - sometimes to a fault. While some of the claims made about the C1 are dubious, it looks to have some rather solid engineering behind it. For $8k, it should.

— May 16, 2011 11:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR809 7.2 Channel THX Network Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR809 7.2 Channel THX Network Receiver Preview

The Onkyo TX-NR809 has THX Select2 certification, 7.2 channels, 135 watts per channel, Mavell Qdeo and IDT's HQV Vida video upscaling and processing, ISF calibration, 8 in 2 out HDMI, 3D support with ARC, Audyssey MultEQ XT, GUI over HDMI, and just about everything else. It streams Mediafly, Pandora, Slacker, Napster, Rhapsody, vTuner, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio, and Last.fm and is Windows 7 and DLNA certified. Front and rear USB ports for your external drives and MP3 players, tons of connects for your new and legacy gear, and just about every audio and video feature on the planet makes this $1100 receiver a very attractive option for new buyers.

The Onkyo TX-NR809 has THX Select2 certification, 7.2 channels, 135 watts per channel, Mavell Qdeo and IDT's HQV Vida video upscaling and processing, ISF calibration, and 8 in 2 out HDMI w/3D and ARC.

— May 15, 2011 12:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo HT-RC370 7.2-Channel THX Select2 Receiver Preview

Onkyo HT-RC370 7.2-Channel THX Select2 Receiver Preview

The real feather in the cap of these new receiver offerings from Onkyo is the Marvell Qdeo 4K video scaling - especially at the $549 price point of the HT-RC360. That said, there is a lot to like in the HT-RC370. For well under a grand you get top of the line scaling, all the latest surround DSPs, Audyssey MultEQ XT, iPod integration, networking, 3D, ARC, THX, and a lot more. It's pretty incredible. There are very few things you can complain aren't included and almost none that are included in other products as similar price points.

Onkyo's new HT-RC370 7.2 THX Networked receiver has top of the line scaling, all the latest surround DSPs, Audyssey MultEQ XT, iPod integration, networking, 3D, ARC, THX, and a lot more. Amazing!

— April 26, 2011 01:10 in AV Receiver Reviews