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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

Yamaha RX-A3000 Aventage Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-A3000 Aventage Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-A3000 unlocks an almost limitless amount of options for the amplifiers, inputs, HDMI and DSP. We're talking a massive amount of configurability, and the visual representation of what you are doing makes it easy to understand the settings. There are both Front and Rear Presence channels that can be assigned, and the way the 11-PAIRS of speaker connections are laid out on the rear of the receiver, you can bet that you are going to be able to find a configuration that that works for your whole home. Look, there is so much to say about the Yamaha that we're just going to have to stop talking and force you to wait for the full review to see how it measured, and how it performed in our listening tests.

The Yamaha RX-A3000 flagship A/V receiver unlocks a limitless amount of options. We're talking a massive amount of configurability, and the new GUI makes it easier than ever to set up.

— December 20, 2010 15:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Samsung HW-C700 AV Receiver Review

Samsung HW-C700 AV Receiver Review

The $399 Samsung HW-C700 has a nice amount of frills for an entry level receiver, and it will have most, if not all, of the features anyone will likely need in a typical one-room setting. The notable exception is video upconversion, but that's just going to cost you a bit more. If you are in need of elite, high end sound and tons of video processing, then the Samsung HW-C700 isn’t the product for you, but for those looking for an elegant, all encompassing product to satisfy all of your AV/home theater needs, you'll be hard-pressed to match this kind of value and flexibility for your hard-earned money.

The $399 HW-C700 receiver is Samsung's budget-priced model which packs many of the functions of a full-size receiver into a smaller chassis in order to provide an all-encompassing AV solution.

Dave DeBorde — November 24, 2010 01:35 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock System Review

Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock System Review

The Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock System is new. One of the things we frequently hear about is a request for receiver manufacturers to allow for the use of wireless transfer of music via popular mp3 players. Yamaha solves this in a unique way with their YID-W10 Wireless System for iPod. Until iOS 4.0, the iPod has been strictly a mono device when it comes to Bluetooth. As a result, manufacturers had to resort to dongles in order to send stereo music wirelessly from the device to a receiver unit attached to an AV receiver. Yamaha is no different, and their transmitter is one of the smallest we've seen for this type of device.

The Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock System is new. We are frequently asked about the wireless transfer of music to AV receivers via popular mp3 players. This product solves the dilemma.

— November 09, 2010 06:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-A100 100th Anniversary Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-A100 100th Anniversary Receiver Preview

The AVR-A100 is missing almost nothing in its feature set. It has nine internal amps with discrete mono amp construction. The 41lbs AVR-A100 sports 140 watts per channel and is rated to drive 4 ohm speakers. These are paired with 11.2 channel analogue audio outputs seven (six on the back, one on the front) HDMI 1.4a inputs that are 3D, ARC, and CEC enabled with two outputs, and supports up to three zones of audio (can power them as well) and two zones of video (Zone 2 is relegated to a Composite connection only). There is support for all the latest HD audio formats, all the latest DSPs, the best room correction, and dual subwoofer support. Its got Anchor Bay VRS video processing on board which will upconvert all your video sources to 1080p along with video calibration adjustments and GUI overlay. While $2500 seems like a chunk of change, it really isn't considering the cutting edge nature of this product.

The 9.2, 140 watts per channel, Denon AVR-A100 is missing almost nothing in its feature set. While $2500 seems pricy, it really isn't considering the cutting edge nature of this product.

— October 15, 2010 00:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver Preview

Onkyo HT-RC260 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver Preview

For $500 (a full $350 less than the HT-RC270), the Onkyo HT-RC260 packs in a lot of features. What are you missing are a few speaker connection points to make switching configurations easier, an input or two, analogue pre-ins and pre-outs, THX certification, and all of the network features. What you get is the same amp section, Faroudja DCDI Cinema video processing, a ton of HDMI 1.4a inputs, dual subwoofer outputs, and all the latest audio processing. If you aren't that interesting in networking and streaming, you can save a cool $350 by going with the HT-RC260 over the 270. That's two pairs of shutter glasses and a 3D Blu-ray! For some that is money well saved.

The Onkyo HT-RC260 shares a lot of features with its bigger and more expensive brother. It has a similar amp section (100 watts per channel into seven channels) but shaves $350 off the retail price.

— October 12, 2010 00:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-80.2 9.2-Channel Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-80.2 9.2-Channel Receiver Preview

The new THX Ultra2 Plus certified, 9.2 channel, Integra DTR-80.2 has 145 Watts per channel, individual power supplies for the audio and video components, 8 in 2 out HDMI 1.4a, four zones, and 11 pairs of binding posts. It is installer friendly and packed with all the latest features including Audyssey MultEQ XT32, DSX, Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ, Dobly TrueHD, Volume, and PLIIz, and DTS HD and Neural Surround Decoding. There is video out for Zone 2, sub pre-outs for Zones 2 and 3, and a powered Zone 4. There is HDMI video upscaling to 1080p/24 with HQV Reon-VX, ISF calibration features on all video inputs, and OSD overlay on all video outputs. All this, and more, is available for the MSRP of $2800.

The new THX Ultra2 Plus certified, 9.2 channel, Integra DTR-80.2 has 145 Watts per channel, individual power supplies for the audio and video components, 8 in 2 out HDMI 1.4a, and four zones.

— October 06, 2010 01:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V867 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V867 Receiver Preview

The new Yamaha RX-V867 receiver shows up with not only 3D capability built in (which equates to HDMI version 1.4a) an Audio Return Channel but also networking features, multiple HDMI inputs and dual outputs, and analogue and HDMI upscaling to 1080P. All this for sub $900? We just had to take a closer look.

The new Yamaha RX-V867 receiver has not only 3D capability built in and Audio Return Channel but also networking features, multiple HDMI inputs/dual outputs, and analogue and HDMI upscaling to 1080p.

— September 28, 2010 07:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver Preview

Yamaha R-S700 Stereo Receiver Preview

The US version of Yamaha's R-S700 has some definite improvements over the UK version. Most notable is included Zone 2 support with a dedicated remote. With high quality components, 100 watts per channel, Pure and CD Direct modes, and a host of features, two-channel enthusiasts have a lot to think about. All but the price. At a suggested $549.95, the R-S700 is practically a bargain buy for many esoterics out there. We fully expect this product to do well is select groups. We really think many an executive or anyone that spends a lot of time in an office would be interested in the R-S700 or one of its lower cost cousins.

The US version of Yamaha's R-S700 has Zone 2 support with a dedicated remote, high quality components, 100 watts per channel, Pure and CD Direct modes, and a host of other features.

— September 27, 2010 09:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sherwood R-904n NetBoxx Slimline Receiver Preview

Sherwood R-904n NetBoxx Slimline Receiver Preview

At a bit over 10 pounds and the height of many DVD players, the Sherwood 904N NetBoxx will fit in most any installation. Sherwood certainly has gotten the form-factor right with the R-904N NetBoxx. While the lights might be a little overdone, the aesthetics and size seem to be on point. The receiver functions all seem there with Dolby Volume, used to keep the volume constant, added a pretty important benefit. We could really see this unit fitting right in a family room in a contemporary setting.

At a bit over 10 pounds and the height of many DVD players, the Sherwood 904N NetBoxx will fit in most any installation. Sherwood certainly has gotten the form-factor right with the R-904n NetBoxx.

— September 23, 2010 18:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Harman Kardon AVR 3600 AV Receiver Review

Harman Kardon AVR 3600 AV Receiver Review

At just under $1000 the Harman Kardon AVR 3600 AV receiver isn't a cheap receiver. So, what exactly do you get for all that additional money? Well, for one, you get more power. People like to read specs and the first thing you may note about the Harman Kardon AVR 3600 is that it "only" has 80 watts going to each of its 7-channels. The thing is, Harman has always been a little odd in how it rates its receivers and if you want an apples-to-apples number, we'd put their 80 watts at around 105 watts or more - but that's just an estimate.

At just under $1000 the Harman Kardon AVR 3600 AV reciever offers Faroudja-powered HDMI scaling and upconversion, analogue video upconversion, a discrete Zone2, plus 80 watts to each of its 7-channels

— September 14, 2010 17:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-4311CI AirPlay Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-4311CI AirPlay Receiver Preview

When Denon came out with the new AVR-4311CI, we could only speculate they asked the following questions: What do you want out of a receiver? Do you want power? Video upconversion? Networking and streaming? 9.2 audio decoding and amplification with expandability to 11.2? How about the integration of Apple's new iTunes AirPlay protocol? Denon knows who you are and is trying to push you over the edge. The new Apple iTunes AirPlay compatibility is just one function that shows the company is staying on top of technology and monitoring what's really hot in the industry. The update won't require any hardware adjustments, just a firmware update via the included Ethernet port. If you've got an Internet connection, you should be ready to go.

Power, new Audyssey MultEQ XT 32, networking, Pre-amp mode, 9.2 channels... the Denon AVR-4311CI has it all. All for the same price as last generation's model.

— September 10, 2010 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo HT-RC270 7.2 Channel Network Receiver Preview

Onkyo HT-RC270 7.2 Channel Network Receiver Preview

Onkyo's new HT-RC270 is betting on networkablility. If you are into streaming from the Internet or from a networked computer, you're going to find the HT-RC270 very attractive. With the DLNA 1.5, the RC270 is out-of-the-box ready to connect to your Windows 7 PC for content streaming plus support for Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Mediafly, Slacker, vTuner, and Sirius Internet Radio. Add to that six HDMI 1.4a inputs (one on the front) with 3D and Audio Return Channel, 5-way binding posts for 11 speakers (for easy switching between Zone 2 and the extra channels of Audyssey DSC and Dolby PLIIz, THX Select 2Plus certification, and a ton more features and $850 seems pretty reasonable.

Onkyo's new HT-RC270 AV receiver is betting on networkablility. If you are into streaming from the Internet or from a networked computer, you're going to find the HT-RC270 very attractive.

— August 19, 2010 06:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V467 AV Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V467 AV Receiver Review

Audioholics does a video review of the Yamaha RX-V467 AV receiver. If you want to experience true surround sound you're going to eventually have to step up to a true AV receiver. While you can get by with one of those all-in-one systems or simulated surround like many sound bars and televisions can get you, the real path to surround will involve picking up a dedicated receiver like the Yamaha RX-V467. Now this is a brand new product and it sits in a precarious but strategic position among the entire Yamaha product line.

We do a video review of the Yamaha RX-V467 AV receiver, which in pursuit of true surround, offers some distinct advantages over an all-in-one home theater-in-a-box system, sound bar or television.

— August 10, 2010 07:35 in AV Receiver Reviews