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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

Yamaha RX-V465 5.1 Home Theater Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V465 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 system from quality entry level components. Yamaha's RX-V465, with its typical selling price of just $299.95 makes it one of the least expensive ways 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 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs decode the latest HD audio formats, you can all but say goodbye to optical or multi-channel 5.1 analogue audio sources.

Yamaha's RX-V465, with its price of just $299.95 makes it one of the least expensive ways to get into an HDMI-equipped AV receiver. The receiver has four HDMI inputs, each which captures HD audio.

— January 11, 2010 14:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon S-5BD BD/Receiver Integrated Preview

Denon S-5BD BD/Receiver Integrated Preview

Don't be confused by Denon's new receiver/blu-ray integrated - this is no Home Theater in a Box. The Denon S-5BD is an audiophile grade 5.1 channel surround sound receiver with advanced Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player sporting HDMI 1.4 ports, small form factor, and extreme flexibility. As you'd expect from Denon, the S-5BD is packed with all the latest technology. Aside from the HDMI 1.4 ports already mentioned the S-5BD includes support of Dolby Pro Logic IIz front height effects channels (you'll need to use the pre-outs for the surround back speakers for this feature). Onboard decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio is practically a given these days and it would make no sense for an integrated unit like the S-5BD not to have it. The Denon S-5BD BD/Receiver is scheduled for availability in March 2010 with a suggested retail price of $1,799.

The Denon S-5BD is an audiophile grade 5.1 channel surround sound receiver with advanced Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player sporting HDMI 1.4 ports, small form factor, and extreme flexibility.

— January 07, 2010 03:35 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V365 5.1 Home Theater Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V365 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 system from quality entry level components. Yamaha's RX-V365, with its MSRP of just $249.95 makes it one of the least expensive ways to get into an HDMI-equipped AV receiver. The receiver has two HDMI inputs, and while each are merely switched inputs and don't read the new high resolution audio formats, they do provide a nice way to feed two components into a newer HDMI-equipped HD television. Because these 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs don't strip off the audio, you'll need to grab audio from either an optical or multi-channel 5.1 analogue audio source.

Yamaha's RX-V365, with its MSRP of just $249.95 makes it one of the least expensive ways to get into an HDMI-equipped AV receiver. The receiver has two HDMI inputs, but neither captures audio.

— January 07, 2010 02:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-4310CI PLIIz Networking A/V Receiver Review

Denon AVR-4310CI PLIIz Networking A/V Receiver Review

With a full compliment of all the latest playback formats including Audyssey DSX and Dolby PLIIz plus top of the line deinterlacing and scaling on board, the Denon AVR-4310CI has everything you'll need to build a sophisticated home theater system. Add to that multiroom support, networkability, and power reserves for all but the most demanding speakers in the largest rooms, and you're basically buying a receiver that you'll be hard pressed to replace for a very long time.

What does $2000 get you in a receiver? The Denon AVR-4310CI. Complete with power reserves galore, every audio format and processing on the planet, and onboard video processing, the 4310CI is a beast.

— January 03, 2010 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Electronics VSX-23TXH 7.1 Receiver Review

Pioneer Electronics VSX-23TXH 7.1 Receiver Review

With the VSX-23TXH 7.1 Receiver, Pioneer Electronics has increased number of HDMI inputs, including a front input suitable for the newest camcorders and digital cameras, and included Anchor Bay VRS video processing. The VSX-23TXH also comes certified as one of the first THX Select2 Plus A/V receivers and supports the newest high resolution audio formats. Don't get us wrong – there's not a whole lot of new innovation in this product, but given the value and the relatively low price-to-performance ratio, this A/V receiver certainly has our rapt attention.

The Pioneer VSX-23TXH isn't their top of the line, but it does have some improvements over even last year's top of the line VSX model like more HDMI inputs and THX Select2 Plus.

— December 21, 2009 04:25 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha neoHD YMC-700 Media Controller Review

Yamaha neoHD YMC-700 Media Controller Review

Even before I got a Yamaha neoHD YMC-700 Media Controller in for review, I couldn't help but be intrigued by the premise. Essentially, Yamaha is attempting to take a Home Theater in a Box receiver, a streaming media device, and a universal remote system, and shove them all in the same package. Sounds great to me, a knowledgeable enthusiast, but in order to convince the uninitiated it has to work as good as it sounds.

Yamaha is attempting to take a Home Theater in a Box receiver, a streaming media device, and a universal remote system, and shove them all in the same neoHD YMC-700 Media Controller package.

— December 17, 2009 03:35 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-4810CI 9.3 Channel Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-4810CI 9.3 Channel Receiver Preview

A 9.3 channel receiver? Yes, we had to do a double take as well. The Denon AVR-4810CI has three subwoofer outputs paired with nine channels pushing 140 watts each. The receiver boasts a host of features that you didn't even know you needed but will so be hard pressed to live without. The Denon AVR-4810CI has five HDMI inputs on the back and one on the front with dual HDMI outputs, Dolby ProLogic IIz and Audyssey DSX for height and width channels, analogue outputs for two additional DSX channels so you can add additional amps for an 11.3 setup. Of course the AVR-4810CI has all the latest upconversion/scaling courtesy of Anchor Bay's ABT VRS technology. And that's just the tip of the feature iceburg.

The AVR-4810CI receiver will make customers happy while making their job easier. Feature packed, powerful, and flexible, it's probably more receiver than you need. But it's just what you want.

— September 28, 2009 02:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Harman Kardon AVR 1600, AVR 2600, AVR 3600 A/V Receiver Preview

Harman Kardon AVR 1600, AVR 2600, AVR 3600 A/V Receiver Preview

The New HK receivers (AVR 1600, AVR 2600 and AVR 3600, respectively) look to be a marked improvement over their predecessors both in feature set and cosmetics. Though, they still retained the cheesy hollowed out volume knob that just feels cheap and easily breakable. Its great to see Harman Kardon step up to the plate and offer the latest in high definition audio decoding (ie.TrueHD, DTS-HD), while also supporting more multi zone functionality and iPhone, iPod connectivity. If the amps sound as meaty as they look, then we've got some great "audiophile" alternatives to the big brands to recommend to our readers. We will have to acquire a review sample shortly to see if they are competitive both in performance and operation to some of the other large A/V receiver manufacturers.

The New HK receivers (AVR 1600, AVR 2600 and AVR 3600, respectively) look to be a marked improvement over their predecessors both in feature set and cosmetics. Expect a more detailed review soon.

— September 14, 2009 15:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V2065 Preview

Yamaha RX-V2065 Preview

The Yamaha RX-V2065 is the latest in the '65 series of receivers. At $1399 MSRP, it is currently the most expensive. At that price point you'd expect a lot of performance, and you'd get it. With 130 watts per channel, all the latest HD audio formats decoded internally, dual subwoofer outputs, high end DACs and attention to detail in maintaining audio fidelity, the RX-V2065 doesn't disappoint. On the video side, you have analogue upscaling to 1080p and dual (simultaneous) HDMI outputs.

The Yamaha RX-V2065 is the latest in the '65 series of receivers. At $1399 MSRP, it is currently the most expensive. At that price point you'd expect a lot of performance, and you'd get it.

— September 11, 2009 08:25 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz NR1501 Slimline Receiver Preview

Marantz NR1501 Slimline Receiver Preview

What do you do when you have a spouse or piece of furniture that won't accept a traditionally sized receiver? You go slim! The Marantz 7.1 NR1501 receiver may be slim in size (4" tall, 13" deep), but with 4 HDMI inputs, 3 component video, not to mention full HD audio decoding and auto calibration it's tall on features. Full featured, tons of inputs, and slim design all with the quality Marantz is known for? The NR1501 is really a no brainer for the the fledgling Audioholic that is working within the constraints of an existing piece of furniture or a spouse's decor. It is also perfect for the consumer that thinks small equates to high tech and doesn't mind spending a little extra.

The Marantz 7.1 NR1501 receiver may be slim in size (4" tall, 13" deep), but with 4 HDMI inputs, 3 component video, not to mention full HD audio decoding and auto calibration it's tall on features.

— September 02, 2009 02:30 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo Double Ought Receivers Preview

Onkyo Double Ought Receivers Preview

Starting at only $1599, the double ought series will have 9 channels of amplification with two independent subwoofer outputs all with THX Ultra2 Plus and new Audyssey DSX processing. All three of these receivers, the TX-NR5007, TX-NR3007, and TX-NR1007 will be in stores by the end of September. We expect they won't be on the shelves for very long. With the feature sets and at these prices, they look to be a hard act to follow. Once again, Onkyo has shoehorned just about every feature on the market into their new offerings. Expect the buzz over these receivers to be huge.

Starting at $1599, the Onkyo TX-NR5007, TX-NR3007, and TX-NR1007 will have 9 channels of amplification with two independent subwoofer outputs all with THX Ultra2 Plus and new Audyssey DSX processing.

— September 01, 2009 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz Bluetooth Receivers Preview

Marantz Bluetooth Receivers Preview

We're fairly impressed overall with the new Marantz SR6004 and SR5004 receiver offerings. While streaming content from your Bluetooth devices sounds pretty cool, we're not sure it's worth $130. The SR6004 definitely gives you a lot for your money and the component video output for zone 2 for both receivers is definitely a plus. One thing that Marantz always seems to have going for them is looks, and on that alone, we'd like to spend some more time with their receivers.

In a market that is constantly changing, differentiating yourself is a must. Marantz is attempting to do this with the SR6004 and SR5004 featuring Bluetooth support.

— August 26, 2009 06:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V1065 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V1065 Receiver Preview

The Yamaha RX-V1065 is one of the newer receivers out of the AV giant and is retailing for just under a grand. There is no doubt that the Yamaha RX-V1065 is packed full of features. The problem is that the features on the most part aren't all that new. Over the previous Yamaha offerings you are gaining a brand new GUI which may help simplify user interaction (something that is probably a selling point for your family more than for you), some album art/information display, and an HDMI input. The question is, does the RX-V1065 have enough of what you want?

The Yamaha RX-V1065 is one of the newer receivers out of the AV giant and is retailing for just under a grand. Over the previous Yamaha offerings you are gaining a brand new GUI and an HDMI inputs.

— July 14, 2009 11:20 in AV Receiver Reviews