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Yamaha RX-V467 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V467 Receiver Preview

From a pure user standpoint, the Yamaha RX-V467 is light years better than then RX-V367. For $379 (a $120 premium) you'd expect as much. The native decoding of HD audio and YPAO room correction are welcome additions and should make the RX-V467 very user friendly. While we still think that the new line of Yamaha receivers are lacking a bit in comparison to the competition, this one at least is offering what consumers want - top of the line HDMI connectivity with enough ease of use and functionality to allow them to grow.

From a pure user standpoint, the $379 Yamaha RX-V467 is light years better than then RX-V367. The native decoding of HD audio and YPAO room correction are welcome additions to this AV receiver.

— April 26, 2010 04:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V367 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V367 Receiver Preview

In the plus column, the Yamaha RX-V367 receiver has four HDMI inputs that are 3-D ready. If that is all you are looking for in an AV receiver, this is the one for you. While entry level receivers are expected to be spartan, the RX-V367 is relying on its number of HDMI inputs and their 3-D readiness to sell it which, in our opinion, just isn't enough. Basically, if you don't care about native HD audio decoding then buy the RX-V367. If not, you should really be looking to buy Yamaha's next model up - the RX-V467 which supports HD Audio and has YPAO room and speaker optimization/setup.

In the plus column, the Yamaha RX-V367 has four HDMI inputs that are 3-D ready. If that is all you are looking for in a receiver, this is the one for you. Other than that, the RX-V367 is very basic.

— April 23, 2010 04:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-SR608 Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-SR608 Receiver Preview

Onkyo has long been known as a feature leader in the receiver department. They certainly are looking to maintain that reputation with the TX-SR608. If you are looking for all the latest audio features including Burr-Brown DACs, Dolby ProLogic IIz, many of the latest Audyssey features including DSX, and dual subwoofer outputs plus 1080p video upconversion and THX Select2 Plus certification, the Onkyo TX-SR608 has what you need.

If you are looking for Burr-Brown DACs, Dolby ProLogic IIz, Audyssey DSX, and dual subwoofer outputs plus 1080p video upcoversion and THX, the Onkyo TX-SR608 is just what the doctor ordered.

— March 30, 2010 03:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-1120-K Receiver Preview

Pioneer VSX-1120-K Receiver Preview

The VSX-1120-K offers the pinnacle of the Pioneer-branded line. Many of the upgrades will appeal to those that are looking for the best possible audio and video performance matched with ease of use and system integration features. Will the VSX-1120-K be for everyone? No. But those that don't mind paying a premium for extra convenience and performance are going to be very tempted.

The VSX-1120-K offers the pinnacle of the Pioneer-branded line. Those that don't mind paying a premium for extra convenience and performance are going to be very temped by that VSX-1120-K.

— March 27, 2010 03:30 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-1020-K Receiver Preview

Pioneer VSX-1020-K Receiver Preview

The new Pioneer VSX-1020-K has all the functionality of the $399 VSX-920-K with the addition of a GUI, on-screen album art, a powered Zone 2, improved MCACC, Internet radio, iPhone control, and Sound Retriever AIR. Within that list there are functional improvements, control upgrades, and feature additions that should have a wide appeal. We think that the new VSX-1020-K will be one of the hottest sellers for Pioneer.

The new Pioneer VSX-1020-K has all the functionality of the $399 VSX-920-K with the addition of a GUI, on-screen album art, a powered Zone 2, improved MCACC, Internet radio, and iPhone control.

— March 16, 2010 20:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-920-K Receiver Preview

Pioneer VSX-920-K Receiver Preview

The Pioneer VSX-920-K shares a lot of the features with the two lower priced receivers. Why shouldn't it? They offer a great foundation. With four 3-D ready HDMI 1.4 inputs, 110 watts per channel, and iPhone Certification, there is lot to like. The VSX-920-K introduces two more channels of amplification (to 7.1) that you can use to power your Dolby ProLogic IIz height channels, PQLS for enhanced two-channel audio, and Anchor Bay powered 1080p upconversion. Is it worth $399? We definitely think so.

The Pioneer VSX-920-K introduces two additional channels of amplification over the two lower models, PQLS for enhanced two-channel audio, and Anchor Bay powered 1080p upconversion all for $399.

— March 15, 2010 02:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-820-K Receiver Preview

Pioneer VSX-820-K Receiver Preview

The VSX-820-K is the next in line from the electronics giant and comes in at just under $300. The question we had was what more you could expect for the $70 premium over the 520-K. How about an extra HDMI input, an on-screen display, MCACC auto system setup, and iPhone certification? Yeah, we were surprised too.

The VSX-820-K is the next in line from the electronics giant and comes in at just under $300 with an extra HDMI input, and on-screen display, MCACC auto system setup, and iPhone certification.

— March 11, 2010 03:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-520-K Receiver Preview

Pioneer VSX-520-K Receiver Preview

Pioneer seems to be pushing the envelope of what we can expect in an entry-level receiver. We really think they have cut the right corners with the Pioneer VSX-520-K. As an entry level receiver goes, this one has a lot of expandability. You can add surround back/height channels, Bluetooth control, and it is ready for 3D. For $229, this may be the new defacto standard for budget receivers.

We really think Pioneer has cut the right corners with the Pioneer VSX-520-K. You can add surround back/height channels, Bluetooth control, and with HDMI 1.4 it is ready for 3D all for $229.

— March 04, 2010 17:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz NR1501 Slimline AV Receiver Review

Marantz NR1501 Slimline AV Receiver Review

Of late I've been giving a lot of overviews (both in person and via the Audioholics website) about the role of the AV receiver in today's home theater. In particular, I am impressed with how products such as the Marantz NR1501 are able to produce so much functionality in a small package and how well it integrates into todays' aesthetics-driven homes. The $599 NR1501 receiver is Marantz' "Slimline" model which packs most of the functions of a full-size receiver into a smaller chassis. Their claim is that the unit is just as good as a full-sized receiver, but made for those living in apartments, dorms, or other space-restricted areas where a smaller overall unit is desirable.

The $599 NR1501 receiver is Marantz' "Slimline" model which packs most of the functions of a full-size receiver into a smaller chassis. It features an analog power supply and ample power output.

— February 15, 2010 09:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V765 7.2 Home Theater Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V765 7.2 Home Theater Receiver Preview

While you can get into an entry level receiver these days for under $300, there are some serious advantages to stepping it up a notch. If you want advanced functionality like video upconversion, higher quality amplifiers and advanced connectivity options, Yamaha's RX-V765, with its typical selling price of just $649.95 gives consumers a way to get into a fully-functioning HDMI-equipped AV receiver without breaking the bank. The receiver has four HDMI inputs, each of which are capable of reading and decoding the new high resolution audio formats. This provides a great way to feed four components into a newer HDMI-equipped HD television. Because these HDMI inputs decode the latest HD audio formats, you can finally say goodbye to optical or multi-channel 7.1 analogue audio sources.

Yamaha's RX-V765, with its price of just $649 makes it one of the best ways to get into a powerful HDMI-upconverting AV receiver. The receiver has four HDMI inputs, each which captures HD audio.

— February 11, 2010 07:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Rotel RSX-1560 Surround Sound Receiver Preview

Rotel RSX-1560 Surround Sound Receiver Preview

The Rotel RSX-1560, with class D amps, 4 HDMI inputs, and dual sub AND center channel outs certainly has a lot of bells and whistles for a more esoteric brand. While there are a few omissions that may turn off the potential buyer, for most, we guess, the RSX-1560 will be a tempting choice. Compared to many other esoteric offerings, the RSX-1560 positively overflows with features. The question that needs to be answered is whether or not the RSX-1560 does what you need.

The Rotel RSX-1560, with class D amps, 4 HDMI inputs, and dual sub AND center channel outs certainly has a lot of bells and whistles for a more esoteric brand.

— February 01, 2010 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD T 747 A/V Receiver Preview

NAD T 747 A/V Receiver Preview

The NAD T 747 A/V receiver exemplifies their principle of simplicity, form and function while also providing the raw power to sonically please its listeners and satisfy the speakers it powers. The T 747 is fully capable of decoding all of the latest HD formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD, while also supporting legacy connections and Faroudja DCDi processing and upscaling to full 1080p resolution. With 4 HDMI inputs and 3 Component video inputs, the T 747 should provide enough connectivity to all but the most sophisticated installations.

The NAD T 747 A/V receiver exemplifies their principle of simplicity, form and function while also providing the raw power to sonically please its listeners and satisfy the speakers it powers.

— January 22, 2010 11:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V565 5.1 Home Theater Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V565 5.1 Home Theater Receiver Preview

This past year we reached a place where almost anyone can enjoy surround sound. There are two paths to home theater nirvana - or at least the start if it: a home theater-in-a-box system, or building a 5.1 or 7.1 system from quality entry level components. Yamaha's RX-V565, with its typical selling price of just $429.95 gives consumers a very inexpensive way to get into an HDMI-equipped AV receiver. The receiver has four HDMI inputs, each of which are capable of reading and decoding the new high resolution audio formats. This provides a great way to feed four components into a newer HDMI-equipped HD television. Because these HDMI inputs decode the latest HD audio formats, you can all but say goodbye to optical or multi-channel 5.1 analogue audio sources. You can also say goodbye to switching inputs on your television, should you decide to use the 1080p up-conversion that comes with this receiver.

Yamaha's RX-V565, with its price of just $429 makes it one of the least expensive ways to get into an HDMI-upconverting AV receiver. The receiver has four HDMI inputs, each which captures HD audio.

— January 12, 2010 14:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR6004 A/V Receiver Boasts Prologic IIz and Dolby TrueHD/DTS:HD

Marantz SR6004 A/V Receiver Boasts Prologic IIz and Dolby TrueHD/DTS:HD

Marantz just put the rest of the industry in checkmate when they unveiled their new SR6004 Dolby TrueHD/ DTS HD PLIIz A/V receiver. Their claim is the performance of separates components in a single box. Given their strong history towards the audio side of the A/V equation, we have little doubt that the SR6004 would disappoint. If you are a Marantz fan and are looking for the latest in A/V receiver technology in this price range, you owe it to yourself to take the SR6004 for a test drive in your own home theater system to see and hear if its the right solution for you.

Marantz just put the rest of the industry in checkmate with their new SR6004 A/V receiver. This receiver is packed with the latest in A/V processing, solid amplification, ease of setup and usage.

— January 11, 2010 15:45 in AV Receiver Reviews