“Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”
Facebook Youtube Twitter instagram pinterest

Recently Reviewed AV Receivers

Pioneer Elite SX-S30 Slim Stereo Network Receiver Preview

Pioneer Elite SX-S30 Slim Stereo Network Receiver Preview

Pioneer announced its new SX-S30 Slim Stereo Network Receiver. Offering a wealth of connectivity options, the SX-S30 packs high-res sound and functionality into a slim, compact receiver that fits almost anywhere. The feature set is great allowing you to access all of your high res audio from mobile or networked devices. But what about the power section? So many receivers these days are skimping on power and inflating their ratings. Is Pioneer doing this with their new SX-S30? Will it even matter to consumers that care more about features than power? Read on to find out.

Pioneer announced its new SX-S30 Slim Stereo Network Receiver offering a wealth of connectivity options for streaming high-res audio from a slim, compact form factor. But is it slim on power? Read on.

— February 07, 2017 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite SC-LX701/801 & SC-LX901 Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Pioneer Elite SC-LX701/801 & SC-LX901 Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Pioneer's exclusive Elite line has always represented the company's best. Topping the Elite line are three new Dolby Atmos/DTS:X network AV models. The SC-LX701 and SC-LX701 are 9.2 channel monsters with nine channels of on-board amplification for full 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. The flagship SC-LX901 ups the ante with 11 onboard amplifiers. Factor in HDMI 2.0a, HDR, BT.2020 color support, hi-res music streaming, FireConnect wireless speaker support and that classic Pioneer sound and you have a solid offering with a focus on performance not gimmicks....well except maybe how they've rated amplifier power. Read on to find out.

Pioneer's SC-LX701 LX801 LX901 Network Receivers feature 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, hi-res music streaming, new jitter reduction systems, and the latest 4K/UHD video support with HDR and BT.2020.

— October 14, 2016 10:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra Research DRX-R1 AV Receiver /DRC-R1 Processor Preview

Integra Research DRX-R1 AV Receiver /DRC-R1 Processor Preview

Integra's new Research Series is sure to make custom installers salivate with the new DRX-R1 network AV receiver and DRC-R1 network preamp. This receiver and preamp are built with the latest immersive audio configurations with full support for 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setups. Just about any hi-res audio format, the latest streaming services (including Tidal), and MQA are major additions to the mix. Custom installers will love all the standard features such as three independent zones, HDBase-T, RS-232, IP, and IR repeater options. Factor in HDMI 2.0a and the latest video standards and you have two networked AV beasts that can serve as the center of any connected home.

The Integra Research Series DRX-R1 AV receiver and DRC-R1 preamp pack 7.2.4 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, hi-res and streaming audio—including MQA, and custom-installer friendly features galore.

— September 28, 2016 15:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-RZ3100/1100 Atmos A/V Receivers & Inflated Power Ratings

Onkyo TX-RZ3100/1100 Atmos A/V Receivers & Inflated Power Ratings

Custom home theater installers will be happy to see Onkyo’s new lineup of A/V receivers this week at the CEDIA show in Dallas, Texas. Built with custom integration in mind, each Onkyo RZ Series receiver contains features to make installation and integration with control systems easy. The THX Select2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel TX-RZ3100 Network A/V Receiver and the 9.2-channel TX-RZ1100 Network A/V Receiver, along with a flagship THX Ultra2 Plus-certified 11.2-channel PR-RZ5100 Network A/V Processor are some of the best Onkyo products we've seen despite their ridiculous power ratings. Read on to find out why.

Onkyo's new TX-RZ3100 and TX-RZ1100 Atmos/DTS:X A/V receivers, and PR-RZ5100 Processor are built with custom integration in mind and everything you need including inflated power ratings?

— September 18, 2016 21:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X6300H / AVR-X4300H Atmos AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X6300H / AVR-X4300H Atmos AV Receiver Preview

Denon's new AVR-X6300H AVR-X4300H are powerhouse home theater AVRs loaded with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and optional Auro 3D immersive audio upgrade. They feature the latest 4K/UHD video (including upscaling of legacy DVDs) and are the first receivers featuring HEOS wireless audio. Add to that the X6300H's 11 channels of on-board amplification for a built-in 7.4.1 setup and you have an awesome addition to Denon's lineup.

Denon's new AVR-X6300H AVR-X4300H are loaded with Dobly Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D immersive audio, the latest 4K/UHD video including upscaling and are the first receivers featuring HEOS wireless audio.

— September 02, 2016 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR6011 9.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver Preview

Marantz SR6011 9.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver Preview

Can't wait for the new line of multi channel, 4k ultra enabled, 3D sound receivers to come out this fall? Good news! Marantz has already announced the release of their new SR6011; a 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Surround Receiver with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DTS:X, and Dolby Atmos. With all these new features, Audyssey room correction, and the ability for 11.2 channel processing you may have to have Christmas in September. Check out this new powerhouse from our friends at Marantz.

Marantz announced the release of their new SR6011 receiver this month. A 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Surround Receiver with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, Audyssey room correction, and more!

— August 24, 2016 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X3300W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X3300W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

Denon has just released their new AVR-X3300W 3D immersive sound AV receiver to round out their X-series line up. The AVR-X3300 will be available in July and with amazing features like DTS:X, Dolby Atmos, 4K Ultra video and upscaling, a 7.2ch pre-out section, an RS232 port and flexible amp assignment options for multi-zone listening and home automation all for a price point just under $1000. It's good to see manufacturers offering sub $1k AV Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers with preouts to allow consumers to upgrade when their systems demand more power.

The new Denon AVR-X3300W receiver has some amazing features like DTS:X & Dolby Atmos, 4K Ultra video and upscaling, a 7.2ch pre-outs, an RS232 port and flexible amp assignments; all for under $1k.

— June 22, 2016 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A 60 AVENTAGE AV Receivers Compared & Important New Feature!

Yamaha RX-A 60 AVENTAGE AV Receivers Compared & Important New Feature!

In a major announcement this week , Yamaha unveiled their new and updated premium AVENTAGE RX-A 60 Series network Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers, one our favorite lines of AV receivers on the market. The RX-A 60 series is a little more than a refresh of the series predecessor. ALL of the models (starting at $649) in this line up support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The RX-A3060 sports 64 bit precision for enhanced YPAO capabilities and DSP overlay on Atmos and DTS:X. Best of all, Yamaha even took our suggestion to change their manual PEQ so it now works down to 15Hz which allows for useful subwoofer EQ correction. Be sure to checkout our YouTube video discussion for a breakdown of each model and our personal picks.

In a major announcement this week, Yamaha unveiled their new AVENTAGE RX-A 60 Series network AV receivers all supporting Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and some important updates to YPAO and PEQ. Check it out!

— May 22, 2016 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

2016 Yamaha RX-V81 Atmos/DTS:X A/V Receivers Preview

2016 Yamaha RX-V81 Atmos/DTS:X A/V Receivers Preview

Looking for a new Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver? Yamaha is about to release some outstanding receivers to go along with many of their other fine AVRs. The RX-V481, RX-V581, RX-V681, and the RX-V781 will be released soon and will have to compete with many of the similar products available from the other major manufacturers. With the latest in features varying in price, these new AV receivers from Yamaha might be just what you are looking for especially if your looking for full 7.2 multi-channel preamp outputs in a Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver for under $850. The RX-V781 could very well serve as the best affordable Atmos/DTS:X Pre/Pro alternative currently on the market!

The RX-V481, RX-V581, RX-V681, and the RX-V781 are part of Yamaha's new affordable Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver lineup. The RX-V781 doubles as an affordable pre/pro alternative so check it out!

— April 26, 2016 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

2016 Onkyo Atmos A/V Receivers Budget Line Preview

2016 Onkyo Atmos A/V Receivers Budget Line Preview

Think that Onkyo receivers are only for discriminating audiophiles with lots of money to spend? Check out this preview of Onkyo's latest round of impressive AV receivers for the discerning audiophile on a budget. Onkyo recently announced the TX-SR353, TX-NR555, TX-NR656, and TX-NR757 receivers and WOW do they look good for the price. Check out our preview for the most up to date information on these feature rich budget AV receivers.

Onkyo recently released their TX-SR353, TX-NR555, TX-NR656, and TX-NR757 AV receivers and WOW do they look good for the price. Check out our preview on these feature rich budget AV receivers.

— April 10, 2016 11:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Arcam SR250 Stereo AV Receiver Preview

Arcam SR250 Stereo AV Receiver Preview

Arcam has always designed and produced top notch amplifiers, but at CES in Las Vegas this year they introduced a top notch AV receiver for two-channel enthusiasts - the SR250. The SR250 is designed to fill the gap for audio enthusiasts who have their room setup for stereo listening, but still want the connectivity and flexibility that a networked modern AVR delivers and sophisticated room correction to optimize the speaker to room integration. Is it right for you? Read on to find out and be sure to watch our YouTube video overview to gain further insights.

A great two-channel amp with all the features of a great home theater receiver? That's what Arcam is trying for with their new SR250 2.1 channel amplifier. Did they hit the mark? Read on to find out.

— January 30, 2016 16:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X7200WA Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X7200WA Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Review

Denon's flagship AVR-X7200WA Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver wants to rock the AV world. It supports every immersive audio format known to man; has network streaming connectivity options galore; sports all the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 UHD standards; and will do just about everything except make your coffee. We put this flagship to test by connecting a full complement of 11 speakers for Dolby Atmos and Auro 3D. Check out our full review to see if this Denon flagship claims a place among the the receiver elite or if it can't make it to the top of the mountain.

The Denon AVR-X7200WA Atmos/DTS:X AV receiver sports 9 channels of amplification and the UHD video support. We tested a full 11 speaker configuration with the Auro 3D upgrade for a spectacle of sound.

— December 15, 2015 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Anthem Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers and AVM60 Processor Preview

Anthem Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers and AVM60 Processor Preview

At this year's CEDIA Expo, Anthem took taken a major step forward into immersive audio with the launch of their new MRX receiver lineup and AVM 60 pre-pro. But it's not just about Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Anthem has become the first manufacturer to support DTS' Play-Fi high-resolution wireless music streaming as a standard feature on all models. Bundle in Anthem's heralded ARC room correction system and legendary audio quality and you have a potent recipe for a killer product lineup in 2016. Read all about Anthem's new lineup in our in-depth coverage.

Anthem's new MRX receivers and AVM 60 pre-pro support Dolby Atmos/DTS:X, 8 HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2, 18.2 Gbps switching, High Dynamic Range, BT.2020 color, 4:4:4 at 4K60, 10 bits, and DTS Play-Fi.

— November 13, 2015 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

AudioControl AVR-7 & AVR-9 Dolby Atmos Receivers Preview

AudioControl AVR-7 & AVR-9 Dolby Atmos Receivers Preview

AudioControl may have found their niche at CEDIA this year with their new Concert AVR-7 and AVR-9 AV receivers. Today they announced the release of these two new 7.1.4 models all with the features you would expect out of the most popular brands like Dolby ATMOS, 4K and HDMI 2.0a - PLUS these two new receivers come with DIRAC LIVE, a room sophisticated correction system rarely seen on high end processors let alone AV receivers.

With features like Dolby ATMOS, 4K and HDMI 2.0a, PLUS DIRAC LIVE room correction, AudioControl's new Concert AVR-7 and AVR-9 receivers step you up to the latest in immersive surround.

— October 18, 2015 20:00 in AV Receiver Reviews