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Denon Custom Install CI Products

Denon Custom Install CI Products

Denon Electronics announced its latest programmed dubbed 'CI' which adds Custom Install functions to many of its AV receiver products. Features include such functions as remote access, configuration lock-down, and even advanced Audyssey EQ and calibration options.

Denon Electronics delineates its 'CI' or 'Custom Install' receivers. Features include such functions as remote access, configuration lock-down, and even advanced Audyssey EQ and calibration options.

— January 04, 2007 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS Receiver Review

Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS Receiver Review

The short version of the Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS is that the general user can set up this receiver quickly and be perfectly happy with it. The high end user can set it up quickly and tweak it to their hearts content. After reviewing the Pioneer VSX-516, I wasn’t expecting to see another receiver for a while. Maybe it was wishful thinking on my part as one of the more difficult pieces of equipment to take out of and install into a system is the receiver. But when Pioneer contacted me and asked if I’d be interested in taking a gander at one of their Elite receivers, what could I say? Of course! What would you say?

The Pioneer Elite VSX-82TXS is a receiver that the general user can set up this receiver quickly and be perfectly happy with it. The high end user can set it up quickly and tweak as much as they want.

— October 17, 2006 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-3806 Audyssey MultEQ XT Test Report

Denon AVR-3806 Audyssey MultEQ XT Test Report

Audyssey’s MultEQ XT is a sound equalization system that’s finding its way into more and more audio-related products destined for the consumer electronics marketplace. It's encapsulated on a TI Aureus chip, found in Denon flagship products or in the case of the Denon AVR-3806 and other brand products, an Analog Devices’ chip. Traditional approaches to EQing typically featured time or frequency domain measurements of the room response made at a single (or multiple) listening position(s) and deriving from the results a filter (EQ) response that’s an inverse of the room response. The approach Audyssey has taken - embodied in the MultEQ XT system - is to consider this formidable equalization problem as one of pattern recognition. We test out the implementation of Audyssey's MultEQ XT in the Denon AVR-3806 receiver to see just how well it works.

Audyssey’s MultEQ XT is a sound equalization system that’s finding its way into more and more audio-related products. We test out the implementation in the Denon AVR-3806 receiver.

— September 06, 2006 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V659 Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V659 Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-V659 sets a benchmark in receiver performance in its price class. From its raw power, capability of driving 4 ohm loads with ease, and audiophile performance, to its ease of use, chock full of useful features such as iPod connectivity, compress music enhancer and more, it remains one of the best values in affordable high performance receivers.

The Yamaha RX-V659 sets a benchmark in receiver performance in its price class. From its raw power, and audiophile performance, and more, it remains one of the best values in its class.

— September 04, 2006 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-4306 Receiver Review

Denon AVR-4306 Receiver Review

The Denon AVR-4306 is jaw-dropping. This is the type of receiver you can put into your system and keep for a long, long time. With the introduction of USB and Internet radio support it is like getting a streaming media device for free - allowing for an almost endless source of free music for parties and casual listening. On the high-end, its underrated power capabilities and noise-free performance is sure to satisfy even the most discriminating audiophile. Try the Audyssey room EQ system, but don't count on it being the magic bullet for every room. Denon has scored several goal-winning points in the last several years, and the AVR-4306 may actually be a product that hits the mark for many consumers looking for an affordable high end product to control their home theater system. I would highly HIGHLY recommend this receiver to anyone looking for the best performance and feature set available for a receiver under $2000. This is a true benchmark, trend setting product!

The Denon AVR-4306 receiver is highly HIGHLY recommended to anyone looking for the best performance and feature set available for a receiver under $2000. This is a true benchmark product.

— May 28, 2006 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-516 Receiver Review

Pioneer VSX-516 Receiver Review

At $199, the Pioneer VSX-516 is the definition of "budget" receiver. I used the VSX-516 for a couple of weeks, the review period was tight so I couldn't spend as much time as I would have liked, but I will say that I found this unit to be an able performer at any price point. At no time did I have a problem with the unit identifying the correct decoder. Does it do bass management on multi-channel music? No. Does it do upconverting? No. Does it have a million inputs and outputs? No. But does it really have to? I don't think so. At this price point, this unit provides nearly everything you need and some things you don't. All that, and the defaults of the unit are set in such a way that if you just turn it on and go through the Quickstart... 90% of your settings will be correct. For Joe Consumer, that is exactly what you want. So bottom line, if this unit has the number and type of inputs you need, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it.

At $199, the Pioneer VSX-516 is the definition of "budget" receiver. I found the Pioneer VSX-516 to be an able performer at any price point. If it has the inputs you need, we recommend it!

— May 03, 2006 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V2600 Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V2600 Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-V2600 is a paramount achievement in terms of the receiver market. Receivers are finally starting to pay almost as much attention to the second half of "audio-video" as they previously did to the first half. What we found was that the Yamaha RX-V2600 did a very good job of upconverting 480p to 720p and 1080i output overall. It comfortably met our audio benchmark goal of 100mohms or less through the entire audio band almost twofold! If you want to add an amp (you don't need to, the RX-V2600 has plenty of power) you can pretty much drive any power amp on the market to full power, without the Yamaha preamp section adding any unwanted harmonic distortion. This is the first receiver we've seen that truly takes anything in (save 1080p) and gives you a one-cable solution to a display. For those with a single cable running to a wall-mounted plasma or LCD flat panel this might just be the most intelligent purchase you could make this year.

The Yamaha RX-V2600 is a paramount achievement in terms of the receiver market. Receivers are finally starting to pay almost as much attention to the second half of "audio-video".

— February 20, 2006 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sony STR-DA7100ES Receiver Review

Sony STR-DA7100ES Receiver Review

The Sony STR-DA7100ES Receiver has plenty of power and enough features to keep most people satisfied. It misses on the finer details like on-the-fly and input level trims, but jumps all over new technologies like HDMI upconversion and video processing. I'd love to see Sony take some additional American input on their user interfaces and remote control design. We also recognize, though, that so often these types of products are integrated into home automation systems (or at the very least incorporated into the functions of a universal remote control) that many of its targeted users may not take much notice in these areas. Overall this is a nice receiver - both in terms of its build quality and looks and well as its ability to satisfy in the performance department.

The Sony STR-DA7100ES Receiver has plenty of power and enough features to keep most people satisfied. Overall the STR-DA7100ES is a nice receiver - in terms of its build quality, looks, and abilities.

— January 24, 2006 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V4600 Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V4600 Receiver Review

Enter the new Yamaha RX-V4600 - the 'does-everything-and-more' receiver at a price point that won't force users to refinancing their homes. With leading receiver manufacturers such as Denon, Marantz and Pioneer Elite bulldozing the competition with a line of products featuring all of the latest and greatest connectivity options, supportive formats, automatic setup & room correction, THX certification and processing, etc, it was only a matter of time before someone would shake up the status quo and offer these features in a product in the sub $2000 category.

Enter the new Yamaha RX-V4600 - the 'does-everything-and-more' receiver at a price point that won't force users to refinancing their homes. For $1899, you can have the state of the art RX-V4600.

— July 22, 2005 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer VSX-815 Receiver Review

Pioneer VSX-815 Receiver Review

It was with a desire to investigate Pioneer's new entry-level line of receivers that we requested the VSX-815. With three component video inputs, auto setup system and flexible amplifier assignments, this receiver turned out to be a solid entry-level product that is one of the best values in the industry.

With three component video inputs, auto setup system and flexible amplifier assignments, the Pioneer VSX-815 turned out to be a solid entry-level product that is one of the best values in the industry

— June 19, 2005 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V4600 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V4600 Receiver Preview

In preparation for our comprehensive review of the new Yamaha RX-V4600 A/V receiver, we thought we would give you a sneak peek at it up close and compared to the RX-V2500. Also check out the press release of the RX-V4600.

In preparation for our comprehensive review of the new Yamaha RX-V4600 A/V receiver, we thought we would give you a sneak peek at it up close and compared to the RX-V2500.

— June 08, 2005 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-5805 AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-5805 AV Receiver Review

The Denon AVR-5805 10 Channel AV Receiver is a technological marvel. It has the most robust amplifier section we've ever measured in an AV receiver. In fact, its able to keep up with some of the best dedicated multi-channel amps. State of the art DAC's and support for the latest HD audio and video formats make it a master of all domains. Add in the fact that the AVR-5805 has four zones (two of them with simultaneous and independent surround sound decoding), you've got yourself a true one box whole home audio solution. There is no other product on the market like the Denon AVR-5805 Multi-Zone Surround Sound AV Receiver.

The Denon AVR-5805 A/V receiver features 4 zones (two with independent surround sound and HDMI support) and 10 amplifier channels. In our review, we found it to be a one box whole home audio solution.

— May 15, 2005 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V2500 Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V2500 Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-V2500 receiver is, quite possibly, the most amazing receiver you will find for just over $1000. With a fairly accurate YPAO system and room corrective EQ that doesn't sound half bad, this is a receiver to be reckoned with - and you can bet other manufacturers are watching. Yamaha has consistently provided improvements to its lineups over the years, but since 2003 they have been on a mission - and technological progress and excellence appears to be their goal. As we concern ourselves more and more with room acoustics and technology that makes it easy to setup and manage our home theater systems, products that incorporate technologies like Yamaha's GUI and YPAO systems are imperative. And what's more, they are going to be expected. We're happy that there are a few leading companies out there bringing these technologies home and daring the market as a whole to keep up.

The Yamaha RX-V2500 receiver is, quite possibly, the most amazing receiver you will find for just over $1000. With a fairly accurate YPAO system and room corrective EQ that doesn't sound half bad.

— November 01, 2004 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Harman Kardon AVR 130 Review

Harman Kardon AVR 130 Review

With the AVR 130 receiver, Harman Kardon has delivered in a big way with a small price tag. Someone who is familiar with higher end specs and performance will not be let down by it's features; but more importantly, the person looking for a great centerpiece for his first home theater has found a powerful, un-intimidating, user friendly and killer sounding receiver that can get him started and allow him to grow in the future. I'd heard and read a lot about this receiver before, so I was anxious to bust it out and start playing. Before even plugging in the device, I read the user's manual which proved to be friendly, unthreatening and easy to understand. It was clear that it would speak to a novice as well as someone versed in "home theater speak". A great color-coded quick start guide made installation a snap and large print input/output terminal labels on the rear panel made the neck contorting chore of hooking up any piece of gear into a cramped entertainment center much easier.

With the AVR 130 receiver, Harman Kardon has delivered in a big way with a small price tag. Someone who is familiar with higher end specs and performance will not be let down by it's features.

Toby Daalsgard — August 18, 2004 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews