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Marantz SR6010 and SR7010 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Marantz SR6010 and SR7010 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Marantz has just announced their SR6010 and SR7010 network multichannel receivers that are loaded with modern features such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for immersive audio (the SR7010 adds Auro3D as an option), high-resolution streaming, wireless audio via Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay plus UltraHD support. These new home theater receivers feature just about everything a modern music and home theater setup could want. Check out all the details on these new powerhouse receivers from Marantz.

The Marantz SR6010 & SR7010 AV receivers feature ethernet & WiFi; Dolby Atmos, DTS:X; Auro3D upgrade (SR7010 only); hi-res & Bluetooth audio streaming; 4K video scaling; & dual HDMI 2.0a outputs.

— October 12, 2015 15:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X6200W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X6200W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

We were really impressed with Denon’s new AVR-X6200W receiver and it's flexibility in setup options. The AVR-X6200 features the latest in 3D HD video and audio technologies including Dolby Atmos with up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 (with additional 2 channel amplifier) and is DTS:X ready with a firmware update. Thanks to its 11.2-channel processing capability the AVR-X6200W offers a huge amount of flexibility. Let's not forget video with HDMI 2.0a compatibility to support the pass-through of HDR content as well as 2.2 copy protections on all HDMI inputs and outputs. Denon has you covered to handle ALL the latest in HD audio and video with the AVR-X6200W AV receiver.

Denon released a look at their new AVR-X6200W AV receiver which features the latest in 3D HD video and audio and technologies including Dolby Atmos with up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 and is DTS:X ready.

— October 05, 2015 15:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X4200W and AVR-X3200W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X4200W and AVR-X3200W Atmos/DTS:X AV Receiver Preview

We were able to get an advanced look at the Denon AVR-X3200W and AVR-X4200W Atmos/DTS:X AV receivers, and they look pretty cool. They bring with them flexible multi-room installation options, Audyssey, and HDMI 2.0. These receivers are both 4K Ultra HD ready with upscaling and upconverting. They come out of the box with Dolby Atmos and through an upgrade will both offer DTS:X Immersive Surround Sound, bringing them up to date with current 3D surround technology.

The Denon AVR-X3200W and AVR-X4200W AV receivers bring with them everything we loved in their predecessors while adding Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI 2.0, and HDCP 2.2. This completes their entire lineup.

— August 05, 2015 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X1200W / X2200W Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Receivers Preview

Denon AVR-X1200W / X2200W Dolby Atmos and DTS:X Receivers Preview

Denon has launched their new AVR-X1200W and AVR-X2200W AV Immersive Audio Surround Receivers. These two new IN-Command Seriers A/V receivers both feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (firmware upgrade) and have full 4K support with HDCP 2.2. This pair of 7.2 channel speakers increase Denon's already expansive line of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X enabled receivers. We were able to get a quick look at the new receivers to give you the details on what they bring to the table and what features they offer that their less expensive AVR-S710W and AVR-S910W siblings do not.

The Denon AVR-X1200W and AVR-X2200W are 7.2 channel receivers that upgrade the IN-Command line with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support. They include features like Bluetooth, WiFi, full 4K and HDCP 2.2.

— July 01, 2015 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A1050, RX-A2050, and RX-A3050 Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Yamaha RX-A1050, RX-A2050, and RX-A3050 Atmos/DTS:X AV Receivers Preview

Yamaha has updated the top 3 AV receivers in their Aventage line, namely the RX-A1050, RX-A2050, and RX-A3050. These babies are packed with the latest in HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2 support, immersive audio like Dolby Atmos and considering that prior entries in this series have been some of our tops picks we are excited to see that they will have full DTS:X support. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X arm you with the capability of achieving an exceptional immersive audio experience with the right speakers properly set up and placed within your listening space.

The Aventage RX-A1050, RX-A2050, and RX-A3050 from Yamaha are built to a high caliber. They sport Dolby Atmos and DTS:X and are packed with useful set up features and networking to meet your needs.

— June 24, 2015 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

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