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Onkyo TX-NR646 and TX-NR747 Atmos / DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Onkyo TX-NR646 and TX-NR747 Atmos / DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Onkyo just announced their new TX-NR646 and TX-NR747 receivers. These two new Onkyo receivers are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (FW upgrade needed) ready as well as having 4k Ultra HD, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Apple Connect. Best of all is the price. At just under $700 for the TX-NR646 this feature backed AVR will get your home theater system updated to the latest technologies without breaking the bank. But how do they compare to the Pioneer models? Read on to find out.

Onkyo's TX-NR646 and TX-NR747 AV receivers are among the FIRST DTS:X receivers on a manufacturers website. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X ready as well as having 4k Ultra HD, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Upgrade time?

— June 22, 2015 12:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-S710W & AVR-S910 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-S710W & AVR-S910 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X Receiver Preview

Denon has released two new receivers in their S-series line: the AVR-S710W and the AVR-S910W. These two AV receivers bring all of the latest tech at ridiculously reasonable prices and include a variety of connectivity options and wireless networking. Best of all, for under $500 you can get into the latest in Immersive Surround Sound from Dolby Atmos (limited to 5.1.2 configuration) and DTS:X with an upcoming firmware upgrade. While the power ratings of these latest generation Immersive Surround receivers coming from all of the major manufacturers may be a bit inflated, their features certainly are not.

The new Denon AVR-S710W and AVR-S910W sport Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Immersive Surround Sound, simplified installation, networking features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and 7 channels of audio from $479.

— June 18, 2015 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A2040 Dolby Atmos AV Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-A2040 Dolby Atmos AV Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-A2040 is a powerful AV receiver that features Dolby Atmos, nine channels of amplification and two HDMI outputs that can be assigned for multiple zones in a whole house audio system, and streaming audio from Pandora, Spotify, or your DLNA Home Network. We spent several months with the RX-A2040 to see if could transform our home theater with object-oriented audio and high-resolution audio. We compared Dolby Prologic II with the new Dolby Upsampler and discrete vs Dolby reflection speakers. See what configuration gave us the best results by reading this review and watching our associated YouTube video.

The Yamaha RX-A2040 is a powerful Dolby Atmos AV receiver, 9 channels of amplification, multiple zones for a whole house audio and wifi for streaming. Check out our extensive Atmos listening tests.

— June 16, 2015 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite VSX-45 and VSX-90 AV Receivers Preview

Pioneer Elite VSX-45 and VSX-90 AV Receivers Preview

We were able to get a look at Pioneer’s Elite VSX-45 and VSX-90 receivers today and were pleased with what we saw. With these new receivers being 4k video ready and having networking features like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as interface upgrades; they're loaded with features to modernize your home theater. The VSX-90 comes with Dolby Atmos on board for those wanting to dive into the latest immersive surround format for just under $700, though its limited to only two height channels for a 5.1.2 speaker configuration.

Pioneer VSX-45 and VSX-90 AV receivers offer ease of installation, networking features (Bluetooth & Wi-Fi), Dolby Atmos (VSX-90) and user interface upgrades to modernize your home theater on a budget.

— June 15, 2015 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha R-N301 Stereo Receiver Preview

Yamaha R-N301 Stereo Receiver Preview

Yamaha's new R-N301 may not wow users accustomed to the advanced features on today's A/V receivers. However, with a pair of digital inputs, multiple streaming options, as well as a slick control app for iOS and Android, this Yamaha is a cut above most stereo receivers. Add in 100W of power per channel and a modest price tag of $349.95, and we'd reckon that the R-N301 should appeal to many consumers who are looking for a more sophisticated two channel receiver.

Preview: Yamaha's R-N301 stereo receiver is priced at $349.95 and features a pair of digital inputs, multiple streaming options, a slick control app for iOS and Android, and 100W of power per channel.

— December 12, 2014 06:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X7200W A/V Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X7200W A/V Receiver Preview

The AVR-X7200W is Denon's newest flagship A/V receiver. Priced at $2,999, Denon's latest and greatest is a 9.2 channel receiver (expandable to 11.2) boasting 150W of power per channel, Audyssey MultEQ XT with SubEQ, HDMI 2.0, Dolby Atmos, and Auro-3D (optional upgrade). Denon also has one other important trick up their sleeve: they are promising a hardware upgrade next year which will make the AVR-X7200W HDCP 2.2 compliant while retaining full speed HDMI 2.0.

Preview: Denon AVR-X7200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver is priced at $3k, boasts 9.2 channels of audio(expands to 11.2), Audyssey MultEQ XT with SubEQ, HDMI 2.0 with a promised upgrade to HDCP 2.2, Auro 3D.

— November 24, 2014 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo Dolby Atmos A/V Receiver Comparison Guide

Onkyo Dolby Atmos A/V Receiver Comparison Guide

With no less than five A/V receivers supporting Dolby Atmos, Onkyo leads the pack in terms of adopting the new audio format. Audioholics takes a look at the TX-NR636 ($699), TX-NR737 ($899), TX-NR838 ($1,199), TX-NR1030 ($1,699), and the TX-NR3030 ($2,399) to help consumers figure out which model might be right for them. We also discuss Onkyo's adoption of their AccuEQ room correction system, as well as their HDMI 2.0 / HDCP 2.2 rollout.

Onkyo is at the forefront of manufacturers adopting Dolby Atmos, with no less than five AV receivers ready for the new codec. TX-NR636/NR737/NR838/NR103/NR3030 comparison overview.

— November 17, 2014 10:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X5200W Dolby Atmos AV Receiver Review

The Denon AVR-X5200W 9.2 Channel Dolby Atmos AV receiver packs a punch with a fully assignable amp section rated at 140 watts/ch x 9. It’s a moderately priced wireless networking AV receiver that’s a jack of all trades and will accommodate all of your A/V processing needs for the foreseeable future including if you someday plan to expand into an Atmos or Auro-3D speaker configuration. Is Atmos the greatest breakthrough in 20 years like Dolby claims? You’ll have to read our review to see how we put this Denon AV receiver through its paces to validate this claim with listening tests and our usual battery of bench and operational tests to find out.

Review: The Denon AVR-X5200W 9.2 Channel Dolby Atmos AV receiver features a fully assignable amp section rated at 140 watts/ch x 9. We evaluate in a full Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 speaker configuration.

— October 26, 2014 21:35 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon and Marantz Offer Auro-3D Upgrade on Select Models

Denon and Marantz Offer Auro-3D Upgrade on Select Models

We have been inundated with news of Dolby Atmos and its new height and ceiling speakers over the last few months. With little word from Auro-3D and DTS UHD, we thought that Atmos would rule the roost for at least a model year as the other formats rush to market. We couldn't have been more wrong. Denon and Marantz announced that select models will be receiving Auro-3D via firmware update (this is a paid update - pricing TBA). Denon's AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W receivers along with Marantz's SR7009 receiver and AV7702 preamplifier will all get the update. We break down what this means for you the consumer and what speakers you should hang to take advantage of both formats.

Denon and Marantz announced that select models will be receiving Auro-3D (an alternative to Dolby Atmos) via firmware update. We break down what speakers you should hang to take advantage of both.

— October 20, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra Upgrades Existing AV Receivers to Dolby Atmos

Integra Upgrades Existing AV Receivers to Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos and 4k as well as HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 are arriving. Necessary for full 4k, people are starting to scour receiver specification charts for the latest HDMI and HDCP support. Like all manufacturers, Integra has new receivers on the way with full HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support. Unlike many others, they have upgraded three existing receivers to Dolby Atmos. Available via USB or over the network, the Integra DTR-30.6, DTR-40.6 and DTR-50.6 can be firmware upgraded to support Dolby Atmos. We break down these new models and give you the information you need to make an informed buying decision.

Preview: The Integra DTR-30.6, DTR-40.6 and DTR-50.6 AV receivers can be firmware upgraded to support Dolby Atmos. We break down these new models and give you the information you need.

— October 07, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

AURO-3D Auriga AV Receiver Preview

AURO-3D Auriga AV Receiver Preview

AURO is looking to bring more speakers to your home theater much like Dolby Atmos. Supporting up to 16 channels (13 amplified), the AURO-3D Auriga receiver is the only sporting AURO-3D's unique height and top speaker decoding. While we could find no Blu-ray movie discs that actually have AURO-3D encoding, AURO assures us that some are on the way. Auro promises their format isn't just about movies, but music as well. If you are going to drop $16,700 on the only receiver supporting AURO-3D decoding, we certainly hope so and look forward to hearing Auro in all its glory in the near future.

Preview: Auro-3D Auriga AV Receiver ($16.7k) supports up to 16 channels (13 amplified), and is currently the only product sporting AURO-3D's unique height and top speaker decoding and Dolby Atmos.

— September 10, 2014 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR6009 / SR7009 Dolby Atmos Network AV Receivers Preview

Marantz SR6009 / SR7009 Dolby Atmos Network AV Receivers Preview

The Marantz SR7009 is the first receiver from the company with Dolby Atmos. Supporting up to 11 speakers (plus two independent subwoofers), the SR7009 can power up to nine speakers at 125 watts. The SR6009 is a 7.2 channel receiver that lacks Atmos but can do everything from stream from the Internet wirelessly, connect via Bluetooth, or support your Moving Magnet record player. With all the stylings of previous Marantz offerings, these two receivers have something for just about everyone.

Preview: The Marantz SR7009 is the first AV receiver from the company with Dolby Atmos. Supporting up to 11 speakers (plus 2 independent subwoofers), the SR7009 can power up to 9 speakers at 125watts.

— August 28, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W AV Receiver Preview

Denon's newest AV receivers, the AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W are packed to the brim with features including Audyssey MultEQ XT32 with SubEQ, integrated wireless, and HDMI 2.0. Of course that's not the big news here. These two models also happen to represent Denon's initial Dolby Atmos ready receiver offerings. The X4100 is a 7.2 channel receiver which is expandable to 9.2 channels via preouts, while the X5200 is a 9.2 channel receiver that can be expanded to 11.2. Three Atmos configurations are possible with the X4100 (5.1.2, 7.1.2, 5.1.4), while the X5200 adds two more to the mix (7.1.4, 9.1.2). Want to know all the details? Click to keep reading!

Preview: Denon's AVR-X5200W and AVR-X4100W AV receivers are priced at $1999 and $1399 respectively. As you might imagine, these AVRs are packed with features including built-in WiFi and Dolby Atmos.

— August 10, 2014 10:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V577 Networking AV Receiver Review

Yamaha RX-V577 Networking AV Receiver Review

With digital media consumption skyrocketing, network-ready AV receivers like the Yamaha RX-V577 are quickly becoming the centralized hub for accessing online and network-based audio and video content. With advanced networking features, HDMI UHD/4K pass-through at 30fps, built-in support for major music services, Yamaha's new AV receiver wants to serve as the hub of your increasingly-networking media world. Will the Yamaha's RX-V577 receiver's features and performance meet your needs or come up short? Read our full review to find out.

Review: The Yamaha RX-V577 is an HDMI 1.4, 80 watt/ch receiver, designed for digital entertainment with built-in WiFi and Ethernet; native AirPlay, Pandora, Spotify; and extensive networking features.

— August 04, 2014 07:00 in AV Receiver Reviews