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Yamaha RX-A1000 Aventage Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-A1000 Aventage Receiver Preview

Yamaha has done away with their RX-V designation for a new line of AV receiver products it is dubbing its Aventage line. There are five products, with the new RX-A1000 being located at the middle of the lineup. This new receiver features a new double bottom construction for more rigidity, plus Yamaha has added a fifth foot (which they call the "A.R.T. wedge") to stabilize the center of the receiver as well as a stabilizing bar they call an H-cross frame. Yamaha claims that their physical case modifications are yielding "noticeable sound improvements". Most importantly all five models feature upgraded power supplies and discrete amplification starting at $599.

Yamaha has dropped their RX-V designation for a new line of AV receiver products it is dubbing its Aventage audiophile line. There are five products, and we take a close look at the new RX-A1000.

— August 05, 2010 08:35 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR1008 9.2 Channel Networked A/V Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR1008 9.2 Channel Networked A/V Receiver Preview

Third down the line in the refresh Onkyo has made to its line up of receivers is the new TX-NR1008 networked model, updating the TX-NR1007. Although a downgrade in the amplifier design to a single transformer, the TX-NR1008 still clocks in at a hefty 41 lbs and it retains nearly all of the functionality provided by the more expensive TX-NR5008 and TX-NR3008 models. The TX-NR1008 is a 9.2 channel receiver that features a THX Certified Select 2 Plus amplifier section capable of making 135 watts at 8 ohms over 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The power supply is downgraded from the higher models to a single EI transformer, but the model does feature block construction that otherwise isolates the processing functionality from the power amplifier section.

Third down the line in the refresh Onkyo has made to its line up of receivers is the new TX-NR1008 networked model, updating the TX-NR1007 with more HDMI, more features and more bling.

— August 02, 2010 02:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sony STR-DA5600ES AV Receiver Preview

Sony STR-DA5600ES AV Receiver Preview

Adding to its high-end 3D capabilities Sony has announced new entries into its ES line that feature HDMI 1.4 capable receivers and even a Blu-ray player. The newest Sony ES receiver is the STR-DA5600ES and is designed to sit alongside your BRAVIA HDTV with 3D capabilities. But if you want to spend mid-fi money on products with the Sony logo, you’ll now have to go to the brick-and-mortar store to buy your hardware as internet dealers are getting a big "no-go" for launch. Sony has announced the new ES line of products are only available at specialty AV shops and custom installers.

Adding to its high-end 3D capabilities Sony has announced new entries into its ES line that feature HDMI 1.4 capable receivers and a Blu-ray player. The newest Sony ES receiver is the STR-DA5600ES.

— July 24, 2010 01:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR7005 3D Ready 7.1 A/V Networking Receiver Preview

Marantz SR7005 3D Ready 7.1 A/V Networking Receiver Preview

The Marantz SR7005 is a 3D ready 7.1 A/V Networking receiver sporting the looks and performance of their reference gear at more affordable prices. From their all newly designed GUI OSD to their streaming support of services such as Pandora and Rhapsody, the SR7005 is ready to serve as the center piece of your A/V entertainment system. The SR7005 has plenty of muscle to power your speakers with its 125wpc x 7 amplifier section and oversized analog power supply. Audyssey MultEQ XT equalization is available for all HD audio formats to ensure optimal sound for all listening modes. We are looking forward to engaging a formal review of the SR7005 as we have high hopes for its performance and operation given the recent trend of Marantz building a better product which each new generation.

The Marantz SR7005 is a 3D ready 7.1 A/V Networking receiver sporting the looks and performance of their reference gear at more affordable prices. Audyssey EQ is available for all HD audio formats.

— July 13, 2010 22:30 in AV Receiver Reviews

harman/kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver Review

harman/kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver Review

Harman/kardon demonstrated a masterful blend of features and performance with the HK 3490. Their "back to the basics" mentality of the HK 3490 redefined the modern two-channel stereo receiver and set the benchmark for others to follow. Instead of loading this receiver with useless features, harman/kardon decisively incorporated the ones that matter most: quality amplification, digital audio inputs, and pristine fidelity. The HK 3490 had ample power to drive even modestly efficient speakers to reference levels in small to medium sized rooms without ever sounding strained or compressed. Stereo lovers rejoice as I don't believe you can find a better sounding stereo receiver, especially at this bargain basement price

The harman/kardon HK 3490 redefined the modern stereo receiver and set the benchmark for others to follow. Stereo lovers rejoice as I don't believe you can find a better sounding stereo receiver.

— July 12, 2010 21:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR5008 Networked AV Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR5008 Networked AV Receiver Preview

Onkyo has begun refreshing its line up of receivers and at the top of the heap is the new TX-NR5008 networked model, updating the TX-NR5007. A few years back, with the advent of lossless audio formats to compliment HD video, Onkyo jumped ahead of the pack by offering a lot of functionality across its product line. Nothing as major as the introduction of Blu-ray and HD-DVD has occurred since then, but Onkyo appears to have pressed on with stuffing in as much of the available technology as the can.

Onkyo has begun refreshing its lineup of receivers and at the top of the heap is the new TX-NR5008 networked model, updating the TX-NR5007 will all of the latest features and THX Ultra2 certification.

— July 06, 2010 11:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR808 7.2 Networked A/V Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR808 7.2 Networked A/V Receiver Preview

Fourth in Onkyo's refresh to its line up of receivers is the new TX-NR808 networked model, updating the TX-NR807. The TX-NR808 is a 7.2 channel receiver that features a THX Certified Select 2 Plus amplifier section capable of making 135 watts at 8 ohms over 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Although some functionality from the upper models has been removed, the TX-NR808 still represents a solid mid-range receiver packed with features.

Fourth in Onkyo's refresh to its line up of receivers is the new TX-NR808 networked model, updating the TX-NR807. The TX-NR808 is a 7.2 channel receiver that features a THX Certified Select 2 Plus.

— June 27, 2010 11:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver Preview

From soup to nuts, we like just about everything we see with the new Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 A/V receiver. Yamaha updated their new 07 series receiver line with useful features, including the latest in 3D, while they simultaneously returned to their audio roots by offering discrete amplification (RX-V667 and above) which will improve sound quality and amplifier drive to handle a wider range of loudspeakers on the market. The RX-V667 is sure to be a hit among budget minded audiophiles and videophiles craving legitimately good performance for little out of pocket expense. Kudos to Yamaha for making it real again!

The RX-V667 is sure to be a hit among budget minded A/V-philes craving legitimately good performance for little out of pocket expense. Discrete amps and 3D processing for under $600. Wow!

— June 23, 2010 22:25 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR3008 9.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR3008 9.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Preview

Onkyo has begun refreshing its line up of receivers and one down from the top is the new TX-NR3008 networked model, the successor to the TX-NR3007. Sharing many of the features of its big brother (TX-NR5008), the TX-NR3008 is a 9.2 channel receiver that features a THX Certified Ultra 2 Plus amplifier section capable of making 140 watts at 8 ohms over 20 Hz to 20 kHz. The TX-NR3008, all in all, appears to be nearly everything that the TX-NR5008 is with few compromises to hit the lower price point.

The new Onkyo TX-NR3008 9.1 A/V Networking Receiver, appears to be nearly everything that the TX-NR5008 is with few compromises to hit the lower price point.

— June 14, 2010 17:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR6004 7.1CH AV Receiver Review

Marantz SR6004 7.1CH AV Receiver Review

If you're looking for a midpriced receiver with respectable power reserves and audio performance, the Marantz SR6004 is a top contender. It will deliver faithful audio reproduction to all but the most elaborate theater systems. I found myself enjoying extensive music listening sessions on the SR6004 which I usually shy away from if I am not happy with the fidelity of a product under review. Based on my findings, I would say that Marantz struck a good balance with the SR6004 and lived up to its strong audio heritage. Good sound quality and looks are the two key selling points of this product which should appeal to any serious audiophile not able to commit to the expense and space constraints of full fledged separate components. Recommended!

Check out the Marantz SR6004 if you're looking for a midpriced AV receiver that is easy to use, has respectable power reserves & audio performance and sports Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD and PLIIz upmixing.

— June 10, 2010 18:30 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-30.2 Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-30.2 Receiver Preview

The Integra DTR-30.2 is a 7.2 channel receiver with 100 watts per channel. Of course the HDMI 1.4a connections with their 3D ability and audio return channel will be the first thing out of everyone's mouths but the fact is that there is so much more. THX Select2 Plus certification, Audyssey 2EQ with DSX, Dynamic EQ, and Dynamic volume, and Faroudja video upconversion is just the tip of the iceberg. This is the sort of custom installation product that won't be limited to custom installers.

The Integra DTR-30.2 is a THX Select2 Plus certified 7.2 channel receiver with 100 watts per channel, HDMI 1.4a connections with 3D and audio return channel, Audyssey, and Faroudja upconversion.

— June 07, 2010 02:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-591 Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-591 Receiver Preview

The Denon AVR-591 builds nicely on the AVR-391 platform. Four HDMI 1.4a inputs, 120 watts per channel, preouts for surround back/Dolby PLIIz height channels, HDMI video upconversion, Audio Return Channel, and Audyssey MultEQ really rounds out this receiver. Is that enough upgrades to shell out an extra $100 over the $250 AVR-391? We think so. Denon's AVR-591 might not be as overstuffed as the AVR-391, but the feature set is absolutely great.

The Denon AVR-591 has 4 HDMI 1.4a inputs, 120 watts per channel, preouts for surround back/Dolby PLIIz height channels, HDMI video upconversion, HDMI OSD, Audio Return Channel, and Audyssey MultEQ.

— May 05, 2010 02:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-391 Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-391 Receiver Preview

The Denon AVR-391 comes in at a price point that we've never seen from the electronics giant - $249. The new AVR-391 sports four HDMI 1.4a inputs, discrete amplifiers, and HD audio decoding. Also Denon has included two addition preouts for Surround Back channels or for Dolby ProLogic IIz decoding. That a lot for only $250.

The new Denon AVR-391 sports four HDMI 1.4a inputs, discrete amplifiers, and HD audio decoding with preouts for Surround Back channels or for Dolby ProLogic IIz decoding.

— May 03, 2010 03:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V567 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V567 Receiver Preview

The Yamaha RX-V567 has a lot more of what consumers want in a next generation receiver. Building on the RX-V467 platform, they've added two additional channels of amplification, an On Screen Display, and HDMI upconversion and scaling. The Yamaha RX-V567 seems to be a very solid receiver offering from the AV giant.

The Yamaha RX-V567 has a lot more of what consumers want in a next generation receiver. They've added two additional channels of amplification, an On Screen Display, and HDMI upconversion and scaling.

— April 28, 2010 02:30 in AV Receiver Reviews