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Denon New AVR 10/90 Lineup Adds Features, Value

Denon New AVR 10/90 Lineup Adds Features, Value

Denon announced their new lineup of AVRs this week. Three new high end 'CI' models were released, the AVR-4310CI and AVR-3310CI along with two more in the same line without the CI designation; the AVR-1910 and AVR1610. The retail (or home theater) line is also getting a total makeover with the inclusion of the AVR-990, AVR-890, AVR-790, and AVR-790. The prices range from $1,999 for the AVR-4310CI to $349 for the AVR-590. Think Denon isn't giving you value for your money? Every AVR in the lineup can decode the high def audio formats!

Denon announced their new lineup of AVRs this week. Three new high end 'CI' models were released, the AVR-4310CI and AVR-3310CI along with the AVR-1910 and AVR1610.

— May 13, 2009 23:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V665 A/V Receiver plus Line Upgrades Preview

Yamaha RX-V665 A/V Receiver plus Line Upgrades Preview

In Yamaha's continuing commitment to making your new receiver obsolete each and every year, they have released updates to their RX-V line lead by the RX-V665. The RX-V663 was the best selling receiver in 2008 and Yamaha wants to build on that success. Included in the new releases are the RX-V765, MSRP: $649.95; RX-V565, MSRP: $479.95; RX-V465, MSRP: $379.95; and RX-V365, MSRP $249.95 The RX-V665 will retail for $549.95.

In Yamaha's continuing commitment to making your new receiver obsolete each and every year, they have released updates to their RX-V line lead by their most popular RX-V665 receiver.

— February 24, 2009 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-Z7 7.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-Z7 7.1 Channel Networking A/V Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-Z7 offers benchmark performance in virtually every category with the only caveat being it generates a lot of heat. Armed to the teeth with all of the latest audio and video processing features, along with a host of multi room and networking capabilities, the RX-Z7 leaves little to be desired for even the most sophisticated home theater installs. Its ability to transform your listening space into a concert venue or mega Cineplex is unrivaled. The RX-Z7 proudly lives up to the "Z" heritage and in some aspects out Z's their very own flagship RX-Z11.

The Yamaha RX-Z7 offers benchmark performance in virtually every category with all of the latest audio and video processing features, along with a host of multi room and networking capabilities.

— February 08, 2009 23:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Four New Receivers from Pioneer

Four New Receivers from Pioneer

At CES 2009, Pioneer’s home entertainment group is introducing four new A/V receivers - VSX-519V, VSX-819H, VSX-919AH, and VSX-1019AH. The Pioneer-brand A/V receivers continue to bring digital media content into the living room with a complete IPod (including iPhone, iPod Nano and iTouch) solution for high-quality sound reproduction in the home. To ensure quality audio reproduction, the new models are outfitted with the company’s digital sound processing technologies that promise to improve compressed and lower-quality music files to near CD performance.

At CES 2009, Pioneer’s home entertainment group is introducing four new A/V receivers - VSX-519V, VSX-819H, VSX-919AH, and VSX-1019AH.

— January 09, 2009 03:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD Electronics T 747 and T 737 AV Receivers Preview

NAD Electronics T 747 and T 737 AV Receivers Preview

NAD Electronics introduced two new AV receivers: the T 747 ($1,299) and T 737 ($799). The T 747 AV receiver features 60 watts (x7) channels and uses high-current discrete output devices. The T 747 also includes the newest lossless audio CODECs from Dolby and DTS, including TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. The T 737 delivers 40 watts to each of its seven channels. Its three surround modes automatically cater to multichannel-encoded DVDs using Dolby Digital EX and DTS ES, encoded two-channel recordings with Dolby ProLogic IIx and DTS Neo:6, and NAD's own EARS and Stereo Enhanced modes, which are perfect for creating convincing surround sound from unencoded sources like CDs.

NAD Electronics introduced two new AV receivers: the T 747 ($1,299) and T 737 ($799). The T 747 AV receiver features 60 watts (x7) channels and the T 737 delivers 40 watts to each of its 7 channels.

— January 09, 2009 02:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD Upgrades Recievers/Processors Preview

NAD Upgrades Recievers/Processors Preview

NAD Electronics introduced upgraded HD versions of the T 785, T 775, T765 AV Receivers and the T 175 AV Tuner Preamp-Processor. Additionally, NAD premieres Modular Design Construction (MDC) in the new Masters Series M15HD AV Preamp-Processor. We'd like to formally welcome NAD to the 21st century. New features include dual 32-bit Aureus 7.1 high-speed digital signal processors (DSPs) by Texas Instruments, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume by Audyssey; decoding for several advanced audio formats, including Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio; and Sigma Designs’ VXP broadcast studio quality image processor.

NAD Electronics introduced upgraded HD versions of the T 785, T 775, T765 AV Receivers and the T 175 AV Tuner Preamp-Processor with the new Masters Series M15HD AV Preamp-Processor with MDC.

— January 09, 2009 01:45 in AV Receiver Reviews

Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD Flagship Receiver Preview

Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD Flagship Receiver Preview

Harman Kardon displayed their new AVR 7550HD 7.2-channel audio/video receiver. It features HDMI v1.3a (with Deep Color support) and can pass video signals to 1080p. The receiver employs Faroudja DCDi Cinema digital-video processing utilizing the leading-edge Torino chipset (FLI30436), providing HD upscaling and enhanced 1080p image quality from all video sources. Harman hasn't yet proved itself in the high-end receiver line-up, at least not since the introduction of HDMI and video processing, so it will be nice to see how well this new flagship product is received in the marketplace.

Harman Kardon displayed their new AVR 7550HD 7.2-channel audio/video receiver. It features HDMI v1.3a (with Deep Color support) and can pass video signals to 1080p.

— January 09, 2009 01:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite SC-07 A/V Receiver Review

Pioneer Elite SC-07 A/V Receiver Review

The Pioneer SC-07 A/V receiver is armed with all of the latest decoding and processing, making it a capable product for next generation high definition audio and video. Although the SC-07 didn't fare well on the bench when tested with 4-ohm loads, it proved to hold up quite well on real world 4-ohm speaker systems driving musical content instead of continuous test tones and only gave up some of its composure as the volume levels were increased. I found MCACC to be quite a useful tool and ease of setup and operation of the SC-07 were strong points in a sea of overly complex A/V receivers. If you're a Pioneer fan, you will probably be quite satisfied with this receiver from a performance and operational standpoint. Although it isn't class leading, it can serve well in an upscale home theater system if used within its design limits.

The Pioneer SC-07 A/V receiver is armed with all of the latest decoding and processing, making it a capable product for next generation high definition audio and video.

— December 16, 2008 16:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V3900 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V3900 Receiver Preview

At $1799, the Yamaha RX-V3900 7.1 CH A/V receiver comes with everything but the kitchen sink. Extensive networking features allow you to stream music from your PC, Internet Radio, or Rhapsody online music service. The RX-V3900 also boasts HD Radio with iTunes tagging, four HDMI v1.3a inputs and two outputs, with HDMI up-conversion and scaling to 1080p and extensive multi-zone custom installation compatibilities. It supports the latest HD Audio formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio (192kHz). For just under $1800 the RX-V3900 promises to be a primary contender in this price bracket, competing aggressively with the other major manufacturers for most capable and feature-rich product at this price point. Yamaha seems to have nailed this one out of the park. This is a nice receiver!

At $1799, the Yamaha RX-V3900 boasts HD Radio with iTunes tagging, four HDMI v1.3a inputs and two outputs, and HDMI up-conversion and scaling to 1080p.

— November 05, 2008 15:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

2008 A/V Receivers & Preamp/Processors - Breaking Down Barriers

2008 A/V Receivers & Preamp/Processors - Breaking Down Barriers

2008 has really taken features in receivers to the next level. Just a few years ago, it was nearly impossible to get A/V receivers for under $500 with HDMI switching. Today, not only are those commonplace, but you are now also getting HDMI 1.3a with audio support at this price range. This is great news for the most part, but we are noticing a trend with some manufacturers whom are trading amplifier quality for features which I plan on writing more about in a separate editorial. In the meantime, we found some really cool innovations being done by the likes of Denon, Marantz, Yamaha, Integra and Anthem that will likely please the audiophiles and videophiles alike.

We preview new (for 2008) receiver offerings from Denon, Marantz, Yamaha, Integra and Anthem highlighting their new features and comparing them to older offerings.

— September 09, 2008 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-818V 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Review

Pioneer VSX-818V 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver Review

Can a receiver with a $249 price tag deliver the sound quality worthy of a true Audioholic? We took the new Pioneer VSX-818V A/V receiver for a spin to find out. With an onscreen display, straight to digital iPod connectivity, and Pioneer’s MCACC speaker calibration system and a solid amp section, the VSX-818V has certainly given it a good shot. Read the full review to find out more.

The Pioneer VSX-818V A/V receiver has an onscreen display, straight to digital iPod connectivity, Pioneer’s MCACC speaker calibration system, and a solid amp section.

— August 29, 2008 17:25 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-Z7 A/V Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-Z7 A/V Receiver Preview

Yamaha is looking to expand their top end of their receiver line with the addition of the RX-Z7 - a $2700 behemoth that is touting, among many other features, near unlimited connectivity and five HDMI inputs. At 140 watts x 7, the RX-Z7 uses Vista compatible DNLA support to stream files off your computer (WAV, Mp3, WMA, AAC) and Internet radio streams (Mp3, WMA). It supports Sirius Internet Radio, Rhapsody, and, of course, Yamaha's own MusicCAST system. You can pull music from your iPod, Bluetooth device, or USB device. Now all you'll need is $2700 to afford it.

Yamaha is looking to expand their top end of their receiver line with the RX-Z7 - a $2700 behemoth that is touting, among many other features, near unlimited connectivity and five HDMI inputs.

— August 25, 2008 12:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-5308CI AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-5308CI AV Receiver Review

The AVR-5308CI shares nearly all of the same features found on Denon's $7500 AVP-A1HDCI flagship processor. While it lacks the balanced circuitry design, class A audio drivers and several other upgrades which did actually show some measureable results, the AVR-5308CI sells for about $2,000 less than this preamp and has seven respectable built in power amplifiers, I’d say it makes it quite a bargain. From our tests, the AVR-5308CI performed as we'd come to expect from Denon's flagship product, excellently!

The AVR-5308CI shares nearly all of the same features found on Denon's $7500 AVP-A1HDCI flagship processor. The AVR-5308CI performed as we'd come to expect from Denon's flagship products - excellently

— August 11, 2008 04:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Harman Kardon AVR-347 Receiver Preview

Harman Kardon AVR-347 Receiver Preview

The Harman/Kardon AVR-347 is one of the lower-priced 1080p HDMI receivers available on the market today for those looking to get updated to the newest technologies. The receiver delivers plenty of power along with 1080p compatibility and upconversion over HDMI. The Harman/Kardon AVR-347 appears to be a no-compromise head unit capable of driving a fully-equipped home theater. With a host of features and a unique visual appeal, this receiver will also fit right in among the most elegant of home decors. But don’t let its good looks deceive you, because this receiver is more than capable of driving most speaker systems made to extremely high levels. The AVR-347 has more about it than a pretty face.

The Harman/Kardon AVR-347 is one of the lower-priced 1080p HDMI receivers available. It delivers plenty of power along with 1080p compatibility and upconversion over HDMI.

— May 22, 2008 07:40 in AV Receiver Reviews