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Marantz SR4002 7.1 A/V Receiver w HDMI 1.3

Marantz SR4002 7.1 A/V Receiver w HDMI 1.3

The Marantz SR4002 surround receiver comes fully loaded with features previously found on units that were considerably more expensive. These features include 192kHz/24-bit processing on all seven channels, full complement of DTS processing including DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital EX and Pro-logic IIx, Dolby headphone, HDCD decoding (unheard of in this price range), HDMI V1.3 switching and V1.1 repeating, S-video up conversion to component, 8-channel input and 8-channel pre amplifier outs, (this will have some separates people thinking), and M.R.A.C. auto calibration. With a price tag of only $550, the Marantz SR4002just might be one of the best buys of the year.

The Marantz SR4002 has seven channels of all discrete amplifier stages, HDMI V1.3 Switching with V1.1 Repeating, (7.1) LPCM via HDMI, and a ridiculously low MSRP of only 549.99.

— January 26, 2008 09:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sherwood RD-6500 AV Receiver

Sherwood RD-6500 AV Receiver

Sometimes when people ask me to research a GREAT budget AV receiver I am truly amazed at the features and quality you can get for just a little bit of money. Sometimes though, I also find exactly what I would expect from budget gear - some basic features, and a lot of compromises that are going to make you want to upgrade, before that "new receiver" smell has worn off. Unfortunately, I would put the Sherwood RD-6500 in the latter category. While this receiver covers the audio portion of the receiver pretty well, only having access to composite video makes the receiver obsolete before you even get it home.

The Sherwood RD-6500 could be considered the perfect stereo receiver - that also does surround sound but only having access to composite video makes it obsolete for video before you even get it home.

— January 09, 2008 20:30 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Debuts 4 New Advanced Receivers

Pioneer Debuts 4 New Advanced Receivers

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today debuts four advanced A/V receivers that deliver dynamic high definition video and audio formats for next generation home theater performance. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pioneer is showcasing the VSX-518-K, VSX-818V-K, VSX-918V-K and VSX-1018TXH-K A/V receivers, which incorporate new proprietary amplifier technologies that ensure maximum power from multi-channel sound formats while maintaining clean audio with impressive THD specifications. Improved sound tuning and customization options along with an abundance of HD digital connectivity ports make it easy for consumers to usher their home entertainment into the HD era.

Pioneer is showcasing the VSX-518-K, VSX-818V-K, VSX-918V-K and VSX-1018TXH-K A/V receivers, which incorporate new proprietary amplifier technologies.

— January 09, 2008 02:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

New Adcom Products Preview

New Adcom Products Preview

Adcom had a bunch of new products on display including HDMI capable receivers, amplifiers, and transports. Unfortunately, they couldn't tell us much about their products and had no real marketing material to help enlighten us. From what we could gather, some of the new receivers could upconvert to 1080p, the transport could upconvert to1080i, and they mostly had a short protection circuit. Regardless of the number of amps or processing power, the receivers and amps were all about the same size (extra huge) and looked as industrial as they did serious.

Adcom had a bunch of new products on display including HDMI capable receivers, amplifiers, and transports. Unfortunately, they couldn't tell us much about their products other than that they were HUGE

— January 09, 2008 02:25 in AV Receiver Reviews

Final Sound HD Receiver 201 Preview

Final Sound HD Receiver 201 Preview

Final Sound Solutions has begun shipping the Final Sound HD Receiver 201, the first compact virtual surround sound system to integrate high-end electrostatic speakers and a subwoofer for seamless integration. The Final Sound HD Receiver 201, the corner stone of the Final Sound HD System 8 family, combines a 75-Watt Audio/Video receiver with two high-definition electrostatic speakers and a subwoofer. This unique receiver combines a upconverting DVD/CD player and a virtual surround sound DSP chip.

The Final Sound HD Receiver 201, the corner stone of the Final Sound HD System 8 family, combines a 75-Watt Audio/Video receiver with two high-definition electrostatic speakers and a subwoofer.

— January 06, 2008 23:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

NAD VISO DVD/CD Receivers Preview

NAD VISO DVD/CD Receivers Preview

NAD Electronics showed off their new VISO FIVE DVD/CD Surround Sound Receiver and VISO TWO DVD/CD Receiver, ideal command centers for advanced audio/video systems today as CES. The VISO FIVE and VISO TWO deliver the uncompromising performance associated with NAD’s acclaimed full-size separate components in a pair of elegant, compact designs created to complement today's advanced video displays. Their compact dimensions and outstanding performance make them ideal for those with minimal space and the craving for a total theater experience.

NAD Electronics showed off their new VISO FIVE DVD/CD Surround Sound Receiver and VISO TWO DVD/CD Receiver, ideal command centers for advanced audio/video systems today as CES.

— January 06, 2008 23:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-588 AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-588 AV Receiver Review

The new entry level Denon AV receiver is out and it is packed with more features than anybody has a right to expect for around $350. With plenty of connectivity options, features, and power, it’s hard to think of any reason a serious home theater enthusiast on a budget wouldn’t want to anchor their system with the AVR-588. While it is a very impressive A/V receiver, it will require some work to set it up in your theater and make full use all of its features.

The new entry level Denon AVR-588 AV receiver is out and it is packed with more features (plenty of connectivity options, options, and power) than anybody has a right to expect for around $350

— January 01, 2008 18:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-517K AV Receiver Preview

Pioneer VSX-517K AV Receiver Preview

Let me guess, you've got a buddy that got some new A/V component for Christmas and now he's looking for a great A/V receiver that can handle high definition video but does not cost too much. The bad news is that this situation always involves making compromises. The good news is there are receivers like the Pioneer VSX-517 out there that offer a great list of features for very little money. It offers plenty of power, features, and connectivity options to meet the needs of most people setting up their first home theater or upgrading to high definition video sources.

The Pioneer VSX-51 offers plenty of power, features, and connectivity options to meet the needs of most people setting up their first home theater or upgrading to high definition video sources.

— December 29, 2007 15:10 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-2308CI A/V Receiver Review

Denon AVR-2308CI A/V Receiver Review

Denon once again proved they know how to build a better receiver by staying true to their roots and delivering more than advertised power and performance, unparalleled bass management flexibility and an overall solid, time tested platform. The AVR-2308CI is certainly one of the most versatile receivers I have tested at this price range carrying over many of the great features (independent channel trims per mode, independent crossover settings per speaker group, Audyssey MultEQ, HDMI upconversion with OSD support, etc) which until only recently, were found only on their flagship products. I walked away from this review amazed by the fidelity improvement of my parents system for every seat in their theater room thanks to the Audyssey room correction and solid amplification section bestowed upon the Denon AVR-2308CI.

The AVR-2308CI is one of the most versatile receivers I have tested with features like independent channel trims per mode, Audyssey MultEQ, HDMI upconversion with OSD support, and more.

— December 28, 2007 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Harman Kardon AVR-146 AV Receiver

Harman Kardon AVR-146 AV Receiver

Do you have components in your current home theater system that offer better video signals via their HDMI outputs, but you cannot utilize that feature because you have not upgraded your A/V receiver to a unit that can switch HDMI signals? You probably think it's going to cost you $400 - $500 to upgrade to a HDMI switching receiver. Well it doesn’t have to. The Harman Kardon AVR-147 offers HDMI switching among other great features and has an MSRP of just $299 and a street price of less than $250 at the time of this review!

Do you have components in your current home theater system that offer better video signals via their HDMI outputs, but you cannot utilize that feature because you have not upgraded your A/V receiver

— December 22, 2007 13:52 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-SR805 AV Receiver Review

Onkyo TX-SR805 AV Receiver Review

The Onkyo TX-SR805 represents the current pinnacle of value at its price point. It sounds good, decodes all the latest HD audio codecs, sports a large power supply, has an impressive feature set, THX Ultra2 certification, and Audyssey MultEQ at a price well below what the competition offers. This high level of value is not just limited to this particular model; Onkyo has spread value and features across their entire product line. Onkyo has resurged into the market as a serious player once again and clearly upped the ante with the TX-SR805. Highly recommended.

The Onkyo TX-SR805 represents the current pinnacle of value at its price point. It sounds good, decodes all the latest HD audio codecs, a large power supply, lots of features, and more.

— November 09, 2007 16:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-Z11 Preview

Yamaha RX-Z11 Preview

Yamaha has finally announced its new flagship receiver. The RX-Z11 is a 11.2 powerhouse that breaks all of boundaries of former Yamaha receivers and steps up to present more advanced features than anything else they have delivered to date. First off is the new 11.2 moniker - how can you have 11.2 in a home theater system? With a lot of DSP...

The Yamaha RX-Z11 is a 11.2 powerhouse that breaks all of boundaries of former Yamaha receivers and steps up to present more advanced features than anything else they have delivered to date.

— August 06, 2007 10:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-4308CI Preview

Denon AVR-4308CI Preview

The Denon AVR-4308CI picks up where the AVR-4306CI left off, adding some incredible new features that will make the new "digital" age of audio and high-definition video even easier to use. The AVR-4308CI ramps up HDMI capabilities along with power, Zone 2/3 functionality, Internet streaming features and... wait for it... adds Wi-Fi capability! Now you don't have to run a cable to your receiver to enable streaming of Internet radio or music from a local PC provided you have wireless access in your room.

The Denon AVR-4308CI ramps up HDMI capabilities along with power, Zone 2/3 functionality, Internet streaming features and... wait for it... adds Wi-Fi capability!

— July 03, 2007 11:40 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-3808CI Preview

Denon AVR-3808CI Preview

We were able to get some advance info on the upcoming Denon AVR-3808CI product being released later this month and are now able to show that info to our readers. The primary advances of the new -08 CI series is the addition of HDMI 1.3a and support for 1080p/24 as well as 1080p/60. DVD-Audio and SACD are supported as is 12-bit Deep Color. Both Dolby TrueHD and dts-HD Master Audio support is provided natively through the receiver (no more PCM conversion required from the HD-DVD player). 7.1 channels of PCM 24-bit/192kHz audio is supported as well for any legacy device requirements.

We were able to get some advance info on the upcoming Denon AVR-3808CI - look forward to HDMI 1.3a and support for 1080p/24 as well as 1080p/60. DVD-Audio, DTS-MA, and SACD are supported and much more

— July 03, 2007 10:05 in AV Receiver Reviews