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Yamaha RX-V2400 A/V Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V2400 A/V Receiver Review

, aThe Yamaha RX-V2400 is an extraordinarily good product and value, and in my opinion, fills a marketplace that no other product in its price class currently does. It offers a quick auto set-up for the neophyte that will at least achieve a reasonably good sounding configuration some users ordinarily wouldn't be able to achieve manually, and allows for user tweakable adjustments to improve those settings. It even has a bi-directional RS-232 interface and a receiver editor feature allowing the user, or more commonly, the custom installer to set-up, configure, and retain programmable settings on a computer incase of the event of memory failure or accidental user erasure/modification of settings. Two multi zone settings (one with power amp assignability, the other passive with triggered outputs) allows for the receiver to serve as the demarcation point for house wide entertainment with minimal components required.

The Yamaha RX-V2400 is an extraordinarily good product and value. The Yamaha RX-V2400 offers a quick auto set-up for the neophyte, and allows for user tweakable adjustments to improve those settings.

— December 07, 2003 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-SR601 6.1 Home Theater Receiver Review

Onkyo TX-SR601 6.1 Home Theater Receiver Review

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Onkyo TX-SR601 amplifier section, especially at a $500 retail price point. We are often asked about sub-$500 receiver options at Audioholics and I would have no problems recommending the Onkyo as a contender within that price range. Its performance for both music and movies is exceptional and it can handle efficient 6-ohm and even 4-ohm speakers with no apparent difficulties at moderate to loud listening levels in reasonably medium sized rooms (under 2500 cubic feet).

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Onkyo TX-SR601 amplifier section, especially at a $500 retail price point. It has plenty of power, features, and everything else you'll need at this price point

— September 06, 2003 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-5803 Home Theater Receiver Review

Denon AVR-5803 Home Theater Receiver Review

The Denon AVR-5803 pushes the envelope in digital technology with its implementation of a pair of Analog Devices top DSP's (32bit Dual Hammerhead SHARC's) and sixteen of Burr Browns top audio DAC's (PCM 1738-E) fully capable of decoding DVD-A and SACD if tasked. It amazes me that so much horsepower is found in this receiver, which is uncommon in much costlier so called "high end" separates. In fact, during my evaluation of the AVR-5803 masterpiece I did a little research and found no separate pre/pro at the same price and significantly more money than the AVR-5803 which implemented quad dual differential DAC's in pure direct mode, and dual differential DAC's in multi channel modes for all channels. And that is just the tip of the feature and power iceburg.

The Denon AVR-5803 pushes the envelope in digital technology with its implementation of a pair of Analog Devices top DSP'sand sixteen of Burr Browns top audio DAC's. And that's just the start!

— August 31, 2003 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-Z1 Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-Z1 Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-Z1 proved to be a very competent preamp and home theater processor. In movie theater modes, the RX-Z1, when driving my (admittedly hard to drive) reference speaker system, did a bang up job at turning my living room into a state of the art surround sound theater rivaling a majority of THX Cineplex's I have recently visited. This flagship Receiver offers two advantages over all separate Processors currently available, that I know, of: DTS 96/24 processing and 100MHz Component Video Bandwidth switching. I undeservedly recommend adding the Yamaha RX-Z1 to your shopping list if a state of the art, one box, high performance; reliable and reasonably priced home theater Receiver is in your future.

The Yamaha RX-Z1 proved to be a very competent preamp and home theater processor. In movie theater modes, the RX-Z1, when driving my reference speaker system, transformed my room into a cineplex.

— March 14, 2003 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V1 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V1 Receiver Preview

The Yamaha RX-V1 is the successor to the infamous and highly regarded DSP A1. The RX-V1 means business with its massive 20lbs high current power transformer and large heat sink area for the discrete output devices. The RX-V1 uses some of the best internal components, including high voltage, low ESR Audiophile grade capacitors on the power supply section.

The Yamaha RX-V1 is the successor to the infamous and highly regarded DSP A1. The RX-V1 means business with its massive 20lbs high current power transformer and large heat sink area.

— January 31, 2003 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Battle of the Sonys: TA-E9000ES vs. STR-DA4ES

Battle of the Sonys: TA-E9000ES vs. STR-DA4ES

The Sony STR-DA4ES and the STR-DA7ES offer the processing options and completeness that those who prefer affordable separates are seeking after even if they don't have the power for the higher end speakers. These Receivers recently replaced the STR-DA5ES and lists at a price of $1,100 and $2,300 respectively. Both come with all the latest software decoding, 64-Bit processor, and a host of DSP Modes as well as Pro-logic II (music and movie) and DTS-Neo (music and movie). With its 6-channel inputs, they are equipped to handle DVD-Audio and SACD as well as having 6 channel outputs for connecting to any powered Amplifiers. This makes them ideal for those that want a processor with the latest features and are on a budget. But which one is for you? We break them down for you.

The Sony STR-DA4ES and the STR-DA7ES offer the processing options and completeness that those who prefer affordable separates. But which is for you? We break them down for you.

Steve DellaSala — January 14, 2003 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR-18 Receiver Preview

Marantz SR-18 Receiver Preview

The Marantz SR-18 is one receiver with need for little introduction. It is basically a state of the art piece of hardware and one of the best all in one box home theater solutions on the market. Marantz has recently come a long way with their A/V receivers, as this powerhouse flagship best illustrates here. Build quality of the SR-18 is second to none within its respected class. The SR-18 is endowed with a high-current toroidal transformer power supply, premium high storage, low ESR power supply capacitors, fully discrete preamp and power amp output stages, and premium 96KHz / 24 bit DAC's. While the interface needs a bit of work, our listening tests proved the Marantz SR-18 to be a very musical, powerful and dynamic receiver.

The Marantz SR-18 is one receiver with need for little introduction. It is basically a state of the art piece of hardware and one of the best all in one box home theater solutions on the market.

— December 31, 2002 18:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-DS989 Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-DS989 Receiver Preview

Six years ago Onkyo rocked the industry with the release of the first THX receiver and raised the bar for surround sound excellence. Today the TX-DS989 isn't just posed to change home theater, its here to revolutionize it. As the first receiver to offer True 7.1 amplification, true THX Surround EX playback ability (other 5.1 receiver offer THX Surround EX but all require an additional amp) and 192kHz/24Bit DACs for all channels, the TX-DS989 is built to be the absolute ultimate-home theatre centerpiece.

Six years ago Onkyo rocked the industry with the release of the first THX receiver. Today the Onkyo TX-DS989 isn't just posed to change home theater, its here to revolutionize it.

— June 30, 2000 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews