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Denon AVR-3312CI 7.2 Channel Integrated Network A/V Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-3312CI 7.2 Channel Integrated Network A/V Receiver Preview

We're always excited to check out new receivers and the Denon AVR-3312CI is no different. There is a lot of muscle under the hood and tons of options. Including Audyssey MultEQ Pro in such and affordable product is quite nice as is out of the box support for Apple's AirPlay, Windows 7 compatibility, and DNLA support. Of course all the HDMI inputs (7) and outputs (2) are HDMI version 1.4 which means 3D and Audio Return Channel are available and supported. Whether you are a newbie looking for a nice receiver that you can grow into, a power user who likes the latest features with the ability to tweak, or an installer looking for a receiver for a budget install, the Denon AVR-3312CI has something for you.

Whether you are a newbie looking for a receiver to grow into, a power user wanting tons of options, or an installer looking for options for a budget job, the Denon AVR-3312CI has something for you.

— April 18, 2011 08:25 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR709 7.2 Channel Networked THX Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR709 7.2 Channel Networked THX Receiver Preview

We're shocked at how much Onkyo is giving you in the sub $900 TX-NR709. We expect 3D and many of the features but not all of them. We can honestly only count less than a handful features that aren't included in this receiver. 3D, ARC, DSX PLIIz, MultEQ XT, Marvell Qdeo, 4K, THX... the alphabet soup goes on. Add to that an i-App for control, integral iPod/iPhone support via a front mounted USB, eight HDMI inputs and dual outputs, dual subwoofer outputs, 7.1 channel inputs and 7.2 channel pre-outs plus Zone 2 line outputs, 11 pairs of speaker connections... there is just too much to mention. For this price point, the TX-NR709 looks to be the receiver to beat.

We're shocked at how much Onkyo is giving you in the sub $900 TX-NR709. We expect 3D and many of the features but not all of them. We can count less than a handful of available features not included.

— April 18, 2011 01:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V671 Network A/V Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V671 Network A/V Receiver Preview

There is a whole lot to like with the Yamaha RX-V671 starting with the price. At under $600, you are getting a full suite of networking features including out of the box iPod/iPhone integration via a front mounted USB port. App support is practically a must these days and, aside from no Android support, is present. Yamaha has included a robust amp section and the ability to power a second zone with the surround back amps. Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs are included for all channels, onboard deinterlacing looks to be top notch, 3D is supported, and you can scale all analogue and HDMI inputs to 1080p. While there are a few features we would miss, for most consumers, the RX-V671 packs a lot of punch in a very affordable package.

At under $600, the Yamaha RX-V671 provides a full suite of networking features, out of the box iPod/iPhone integration via a front mounted USB port, 90 watts per channel, HDMI scaling, and more.

— April 12, 2011 03:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-1021-K Receiver First Look Preview

Pioneer VSX-1021-K Receiver First Look Preview

The Pioneer VSX-1021 is a 7.1 channel receiver boasting 90 watts per channel, supports all the latest HD audio decoding, sports HDMI 1.4a connections, and has high quality 192kHz/24-bit DACs. The receiver will pass all the latest 3D formats and also supports Deep Color, Audio Return Channel, and HDMI Standby Pass-Thru. The VSX-1021 was built with Apple products in mind with AirPlay support, Made for iPhone certification, an included cable to connect your iDevice, and two unique apps. Along with a remote app there is an Air Jam app that allows you to use Bluetooth (option Bluetooth adapter required) to stream songs from up to four different devices. Add to that a unique interactive setup and guide system and the Pioneer is breaking new ground all over the place. But don't worry, it won't break your wallet at only $550.

The Pioneer VSX-1021 is a 7.1 channel receiver boasting 90 watts per channel, supports all the latest HD audio decoding, sports HDMI 1.4a connections, and has high quality 192kHz/24-bit DACs.

— March 11, 2011 02:30 in AV Receiver Reviews

Perreaux Audiant 80i Integrated Amplifier Preview

Perreaux Audiant 80i Integrated Amplifier Preview

The price of the Perreaux Audiant 80i clearly delineates it as an audiophile device. At just a hair shy of $3k, it's definitely a niche product. We like that they've taken some steps into the 20th century with the Audiant 80i including a home theater input (whatever that is), USB input, and touch screen control on the front. You can even control iTunes and Windows Media Player with the remote. With 80w x 2 into 2 channels, it's beef and weighs in at over 25 lbs while maintaining a 2.6" height. The Audiant 80i is a mix of old school integrated with some touches of new school technology. Perreaux is a company that you probably haven't heard of. They cater more toward an audiophile crowd. But when we saw the Audiant 80i Integrated Amp we thought two things - first, they put the "i" on the wrong side of the "80" and second, where are all the switches, buttons, and analogue power meters? The Audiant 80i brings in a refreshing mix of the old school features integrated amp lovers want with a few bells and whistles that they've probably been interested in but haven't had access to in a product.

We like that Perreaux has taken some steps into the 20th century with the Audiant 80i including a home theater input (whatever that is), USB input, and touch screen control on the front.

— March 10, 2011 03:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sony STR-DN1020 Networked Receiver Preview

Sony STR-DN1020 Networked Receiver Preview

The new Sony STR-DN1020 receiver looks to up the ante by offering DLNA certification and also Slacker and vTuner support for $500. With 7.2 channels, 4 HDMI inputs, proprietary room correction, and Faroudja DCDi Edge upconversion, it may impress some people. Just not us. It does support 3D, audio return channel, and HDMI Standby pass-through so it isn't a compete wash. Since Sony receivers seem to go on immediate sale as soon as they hit the Sony Store, you can bet that it'll look like a steal when it ships.

The new Sony STR-DN1020 receiver looks to up the ante by offering DLNA certification and also Slacker and vTuner support for $500. Also with 7.2 channels, 110 watts, and 4 HDMI inputs.

— March 08, 2011 03:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon RCD-N7 Receiver/Dock/Streaming Thing Preview

Denon RCD-N7 Receiver/Dock/Streaming Thing Preview

If Denon RCD-N7 is an office solution, it is the most advanced one we've ever seen. Apple Airplay support, streaming from networked computers/drives, access to Internet radio, Napster, Pandora and Rhapsody makes the RCD-N7 truly networked. With high quality five-way binding posts, pre-outs for a sub and external amp, and 65 watts per channel, it promises something more than your usual office solution. While you could get most of what the RCD-N7 for less, you'd have a hard time getting it all for that price. And you wouldn't get it in such a small box.

If Denon RCD-N7 is an office solution, it is the most advanced one we've ever seen with Apple Airplay support, streaming, high quality five-way binding posts, and pre-outs for a sub and external amp.

— March 07, 2011 03:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Anthem MRX 300 Receiver Preview

Anthem MRX 300 Receiver Preview

On its face, the Anthem MRX-300 is a very capable receiver. We were surprised that they managed to get so many of the newer features into the receiver. The MRX-300 sports 3D support through a free firmware update, dual-processor audio DSP, a 1080p24 mode, Dolby Volume, and Dolby ProLogic IIz. It has an HD radio tuner to expand your terrestrial radio choices, 80 watts x 7, two zones, and Anthem Room Correction system. It doesn't stream anything nor does it support MP3 players without a dock (which hasn't been released yet). Still, at $1000 MSRP, it's a solid entry level offering from a company whose name alone could command a higher price.

On its face, the Anthem MRX-300 is a very capable receiver. The MRX-300 sports 3D support through a free firmware update, Dual-processor audio DSP, a 1080p24 mode, Dolby Volume, and ProLogic IIx.

— March 04, 2011 03:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD T-785 A/V Receiver Preview

NAD T-785 A/V Receiver Preview

New Acoustic Dimension, NAD Electronics latest entry at the flagship A/V receiver level is the T-785 Surround Sound Receiver. Clad in classic NAD charcoal gray, this 56 lb receiver boasts a dual toroidal transformer power supply that is rated at 120 watts full frequency range power into an 8 ohm nominal impedance. The T-785 also features modular construction of the pre/pro circuitry that is billed as future proofing for the receiver, that can perhaps eliminate the need to otherwise replace a more than satisfactory power amplifier section just because Hollywood wants to resell all of their movies in a conveniently, for them, incompatible new format. The T-785 is ready for the future. It's ready for you!

The new NAD T-785 modular A/V receiver boasts 120 wpc x 7 (all channels driven), has dual toroidal power supplies, and weighs in at 56lbs. It's ready for the future, it's ready for you.

— March 01, 2011 10:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR609 THX Select2 Plus 7.2 Network Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR609 THX Select2 Plus 7.2 Network Receiver Preview

Seeing networking as low as $399 is pretty impressive. Seeing the feature set of the $599 Onkyo TX-NR609 is even more so. We love the Mavell Qdeo upconversion (same as in the new Oppo BDP-93 BD Player), the powered Zone 2, the six HDMI inputs, the front mounted USB that word with iPod/iPhone, and the overlaid on-screen display. The PC input and 4k upconversion will speak to the techie, the room correction and Audyssey Dynamic EQ/Volume and overlaid OSD will speak to the neophytes, and the 3D, 7.2 Channel, and price will speak to those that love buzzwords and deals. If you are planning on buying a receiver, either for yourself or your family, and know that once it is installed it won't be touched until it is replaced, this is a fantastic option.

The feature set of the $599 Onkyo TX-NR609 is very cutting edge. If you are planning on buying a receiver, either for yourself or your family this is a fantastic option.

— February 14, 2011 01:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sherwood Newcastle R-876 Network A/V Receiver Preview

Sherwood Newcastle R-876 Network A/V Receiver Preview

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new high-performance audio/video components at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Branded with the premium Sherwood Newcastle designation, the R-876 Network audio-video receiver features the Trinnov Optimizer, an advanced room correction system, and the BD-876 3D Blu-ray player, the first-ever Newcastle Blu-ray player, is enabled for Internet video streaming. Both the receiver and the Blu-ray player will be available in July 2011, with an MSRP of $1199.95 for the receiver and $399.95 for the 3D Blu-ray player.

Sherwood America Inc. announced the introduction of the R-876 Network audio-video receiver which features the Trinnov Optimizer, an advanced room correction system at CES in Las Vegas today.

— January 06, 2011 20:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sherwood RD-6506 Receiver Preview

Sherwood RD-6506 Receiver Preview

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new audio-video receivers at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Scheduled for April shipment, the RD-606i Network receiver is 3D ready with HDMI 1.4 and Audio Return Channel, at an MSRP of $349.95, and the RD-6506 receiver, which shares the same features without networking, has an MSRP of $249.95. These 5.1 channel audio-video receivers bring HDMI 1.4a capability to a new, lower price point, enabling 3D video and higher sound quality through Audio Return Channel's ability to receive high-resolution audio from Blu-ray disc. The products share identical performance specifications and most features, with the step-up RD-606i adding networking capability and Internet Radio access.

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new audio-video receivers at the 2011 CES, the RD-606i Network receiver and the RD-6506 receiver

— January 06, 2011 20:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sherwood RD-606i Network Receiver Preview

Sherwood RD-606i Network Receiver Preview

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new audio-video receivers at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Scheduled for April shipment, the RD-606i Network receiver is 3D ready with HDMI 1.4 and Audio Return Channel, at an MSRP of $349.95, and the RD-6506 receiver, which shares the same features without networking, has an MSRP of $249.95. These 5.1 channel audio-video receivers bring HDMI 1.4a capability to a new, lower price point, enabling 3D video and higher sound quality through Audio Return Channel's ability to receive high-resolution audio from Blu-ray disc. The products share identical performance specifications and most features, with the step-up RD-606i adding networking capability and Internet Radio access.

Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new audio-video receivers at CES 2011, the RD-606i and the RD-6506 receiver.

— January 06, 2011 20:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A3000 Aventage 11.2 Networking A/V Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-A3000 Aventage 11.2 Networking A/V Receiver Review

AV receivers are constantly changing, constantly leap-frogging one another in features and capabilities. This year Yamaha announced its Aventage (RX-A) line and, in the process, jumped over a lot of the competition. And not a little jump, more like an Olympic gold medal long jump. Much of that jump is simply in the way of value – we mean the Aventage line in general has build quality and features that seem like it should cost a lot more than it does. The RX-A3000 takes that to the 'nth' degree. There are five receivers in the Aventage lineup and the RX-A3000 is the flagship. This 11.2 channel (140wpc x 7) A/V behemoth has endless configuration options, including dual independent subwoofer outputs, full power amp assignability, simultaneous usage of front effect and back channels, full 3D support, and HDMI Standby with switchable inputs even when the receiver is powered down. If you’re ready for the future, the RX-A3000 is ready to serve you in every capacity. It has proven itself to be a worthy and most importantly less costly successor to the venerable RX-Z7.

If you’re ready for the future, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A3000 is ready to take you there. It has proven itself to be a worthy and most importantly less costly successor to the venerable RX-Z7.

— December 23, 2010 23:10 in AV Receiver Reviews