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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

Yamaha RX-Z9 A/V Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-Z9 A/V Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-Z9 is an exceptionally good product and value, and in my opinion, dominates a segment of the marketplace currently not filled. The RX-Z9 has just about every conceivable feature, from video processing to unlimited DSP modes, tone controls and equalizers with adjustable settings, to i.Link to handle DVD-A and SACD in the digital domain. It has time delay compensation, level control and decoding. At last, one cable to handle all audio formats and allow the receiver to provide necessary bass management! 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 where minimal components are required.

Review: The Yamaha RX-Z9 AV Receiver is an exceptionally good product and value. It dominates a segment of the marketplace currently not filled with every conceivable feature. High end audio meets AV.

— July 03, 2004 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-3805 Receiver Review

Denon AVR-3805 Receiver Review

The review of the Denon AVR-3805 has been a long time in coming, but we have assembled what we hope will be an informative document that does its best to take you through what it's like to own this 7.1 receiver. The Denon AVR-3805 is an impressive all-around receiver. It is feature-rich and is the next in line of an unbroken a pedigree of solid performers from Denon. The customization offered by the AVR-3805 rivals just about anything in its price class. With the ability to bi-amp the main channels, full customization over your speaker configuration, and ample control over how DSP modes are utilized and configured for each source mode, the Denon AVR-3805 tops our recommended list in its price class. Add to this 8 Burr-Brown 24-bit 192 kHz DACs on all eight channels, 24-bit 192 kHz A/D conversion on ALL stereo analogue inputs, and some of the latest, most progressive features yet to hit the hi-fi market and you've got a real winner.

The Denon AVR-3805 is an impressive all-around receiver. With the ability to bi-amp the main channels, full customization over your speaker configuration, and more, this receiver is highly recommended

— June 08, 2004 19:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

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