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Denon AVR-S700W 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-S700W 7.2 Channel AV Receiver Review

On paper, the Denon AVR-S700W AV Receiver offers a lot of bang for the buck. For $499, you get HDMI 2.0, integrated WiFi and Bluetooth networking, and Audyssey's Bronze Built-in package which includes MultEQ auto-setup and calibration. As you might guess, a useful array of network streaming options are also available including Pandora, Spotify, and Sirius/XM. The question of course is whether or not Denon had to cut any corners. To answer that, we got our hands on a review sample and gave it a thorough examination. How did Denon's $500 offering hold up? Click to find out!

Review: The Denon AVR-S700W AV Receiver is priced at $499 and features HDMI 2.0, built in WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as Audyssey's Bronze package. Ease of use and great sound. Read on.

— July 23, 2014 09:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A740 to RX-A3040 AVENTAGE A/V Receivers Preview

Yamaha RX-A740 to RX-A3040 AVENTAGE A/V Receivers Preview

Just in time for all the Dolby Atmos hullabaloo, Yamaha has unveiled their new 2014 AVENTAGE A/V receiver lineup, including the entry level RX-A740 and RX-A840 to the Atmos-ready RX-A2040 and RX-A3040 high end models. Even the base model RX-A740 is packed with features including HDMI 2.0 with video upscaling to 4K/60p and integrated wireless, while higher end models add niceties such as preamplifer outputs, ESS SABRE DACs, and more advanced versions of Yamaha's YPAO auto-calibration system. Want to know all the details? Click to keep reading.

Preview: Yamaha AVENTAGE A/V receivers; the RX-A740 and RX-A840 to the Dolby Atmos ready RX-A3040 and RX-A2040. All new models boast HDMI 2.0, and wireless networking.

— July 03, 2014 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR5009 A/V Receiver HDMI 2.0 Preview

Marantz SR5009 A/V Receiver HDMI 2.0 Preview

Marantz's new SR5009 AV receiver appears to be a substantial improvement over the outgoing SR5008. HDMI 2.0 support is on board, as are integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas for wireless streaming. The best part? The price is remaining at $899. Usually that's not all sunshine and rainbows; lots of manufacturers offer more features for the same or less cost by skimping in areas that really matter to audiophiles (power, preamplifer outputs, etc). Thankfully, that doesn't appear to be the case here.

Preview: Marantz's new SR5009 AV receiver includes several big upgrades over its predecessor including HDMI 2.0 as well as integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas for wireless streaming.

— June 23, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X1100W, AVR-X2100W, AVR-X3100W AV Receiver Preview

Denon AVR-X1100W, AVR-X2100W, AVR-X3100W AV Receiver Preview

Denon's newest IN-Command AV receivers, the AVR-X1100W, AVR-X2100W, and AVR-X3100W are priced from $499-$999. Boasting 7.2 channels of audio, HDMI 2.0 compliance, as well as integrated WiFi and Bluetooth antennas, Denon's midrange A/V receiver refresh appears to offer a lot of bang for the buck. Fortunately, it doesn't appear that corners were cut when it comes to sound quality: Audyssey MultEQ XT is on board even for the least costly AVR-X1100W, while the AVR-X3100W steps things up with Audyssey Pro and 7.2 channels of preouts. Click to read all the juicy details about Denon's latest and greatest.

Preview: Denon's newest IN-Command AV receivers, the AVR-X1100W, AVR-X2100W, and AVR-X3100W are priced from $499-$999 and boast HDMI 2.0 compliance as well as integrated WiFi and Bluetooth antennas.

— May 28, 2014 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon S-Series A/V Receivers Preview

Denon S-Series A/V Receivers Preview

Denon's new S-Series A/V receivers pack in a boatload of features for not a lot of coin. With prices ranging from $249 to $599, even the base model AVR-S500BT offers HDMI 2.0 compliance and Bluetooth networking to wirelessly stream music from your mobile devices. Stepping further up the line to the $449 AVR-S700W nets you 7 channels of amplification, more power, and integrated WiFi antennas among other perks. Those opting for the $599 AVR-S900W will get multiple HDMI outputs and video processing with upconversion up to 4K resolution. Curious to know more? Click to read all the details about Denon's latest A/V receivers.

Preview: Denon's S-Series A/V receivers pack in features like HDMI 2.0 and wireless networking at low prices ranging from $249 to $599. Click to get all the info about the new lineup.

— May 08, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Onkyo TX-NR535 and TX-NR636 Receiver Preview

Onkyo TX-NR535 and TX-NR636 Receiver Preview

While the $500 TX-NR535 can pass through 4K/60Hz content and has HDMI version 2.0 ports, the $700 TX-NR636 adds HDCP 2.2 compliance for the best possible chance of future-proofing your receiver purchase. Regardless, both of these receivers offer fantastic features for the price and should do well for the company. Between HDMI 2.0, integrated Bluetooth and WiFi, and low prices, Onkyo looks to have winners on their hands.

Preview: The $500 Onkyo TX-NR535 can pass through 4K/60Hz and has HDMI version 2.0 ports, while the $700 TX-NR636 adds HDCP 2.2 compliance and other features for future-proofing your receiver purchase

— April 09, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V ’77 Series A/V Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V ’77 Series A/V Receiver Preview

Fresh for 2014, Yamaha has a new batch of A/V receivers ready to hit the market: the new RX-V '77 lineup features four new models ranging from $450 to $850. Given that the HDMI 2.0 specification was recently finalized, everybody has to jump on board and shout from the rooftops about their support for the new standard. Or do they? Combing through Yamaha's press release and the literature on their website, you're not likely to find much mention of "HDMI 2.0". What the heck is going on here you ask? Keep reading to find out.

Preview: Fresh for 2014, Yamaha has 4 new models for their RX-Vx77 A/V receiver lineup. What does Yamaha's latest and greatest bring to the table? Is HDMI 2.0 on the menu? Click to find out.

— March 27, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

New 2014 Pioneer AV Receivers: VSX-44/80 & VSX-824/1024/1124-K Preview

New 2014 Pioneer AV Receivers: VSX-44/80 & VSX-824/1024/1124-K Preview

It seems like every year we ask ourselves the same question: what new features will A/V receiver manufacturers wow us with next? Pioneer has their answer for the 2014 model year, with five new models (including two Elite receivers) ranging from the entry level VSX-824 (SRP $399) to the Elite VSX-80 (SRP $700). First to market with HDMI 2.0, the new lineup has a few extra goodies sure to please feature-philes. Keep reading for more info.

Preview: New Pioneer AV Receivers for 2014; the VSX-824/1024/1124-K, as well as the Elite VSX-44/80. With prices ranging from $399 to $700, read on to see what Pioneer has up their sleeves.

— March 12, 2014 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-V377 Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-V377 Receiver Preview

For $300, the Yamaha RX-V377 is quite the receiver. It has 4/1 HDMI inputs with ARC, CEC, and 4k/3D pass-through. It has two component/three composite video inputs and three digital and four analog audio inputs for legacy gear. At 5.1 channels and 70 watts per channel, it has more than enough power for most applications. The front USB port is Made for iPod/iPhone certified and the RX-V377 remote will control your iDevice. Basically, for $300, Yamaha is giving you everything you might expect and more. We expect this receiver to be a big hit for the company.

Preview: For $300, the Yamaha RX-V377 is quite the AV receiver. It has 4/1 HDMI inputs with ARC, CEC, and 4k/3D pass-through. At 5.1 channels and 70 watts per channel, it has more than enough power.

— March 10, 2014 20:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz M-CR610 Wireless Network CD Receiver Review

Marantz M-CR610 Wireless Network CD Receiver Review

The new Marantz M-CR610 Wireless Network CD Receiver offers a unique solution for those who want a good source for audio but can't fit a full-fledged AV receiver into a space. It's perfect for a dorm, office, or small living room. Although it has a small form factor, it does a lot. It's a CD player. It's an AV receiver. It's a network streaming media player.

Review: The new Marantz M-CR610 Wireless Network CD Receiver offers a unique solution for those who want a good source for audio but can't fit a full AV receiver into a space.

— November 24, 2013 13:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha R-N500 Network Stereo Receiver Preview

Yamaha R-N500 Network Stereo Receiver Preview

The $600 Yamaha N-R500 Network Stereo receiver ticks all the right boxes to entice the budding audiophile and the two-channel lover that wants networking features. With Apple AirPlay, DNLA 1.5, Spotify and Pandora, and USB streaming, the R-N500 can accept FLAC/WAV 192 kHz / 24-bit encoded music. On the other side, there is a phono input with a ground screw, a pure direct mode, a focus on keeping digital and analogue separate, and plenty of power. Got a two-channel system and were thinking of a mid-line surround sound receiver? Got audiophile aspirations but can't spend the price of a car on the gear? Think again. Yamaha's R-N500 might be just what you were hoping for.

Preview: The $600 Yamaha R-N500 Network Stereo receiver ticks all the right boxes to entice the budding audiophile and the two-channel lover that wants networking features.

— October 21, 2013 08:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Anthem MRX710, MRX510, MRX310 Gen2 AV Receivers Preview

Anthem MRX710, MRX510, MRX310 Gen2 AV Receivers Preview

Anthem has announced their new Gen2 receivers at CEDIA 2013 and they look awesome. The MRX 710 and MRX 510 are 7 channel models and the MRX 310 sports 5 channel. The new Gen2 models include ARC M1 room correction solution, which boasts improvements to Anthem's Room Correction (ARC) vs the Gen1 receivers. With the new ARC M1, you can print out before and after graphs to see how ARC has improved the audio in your room. With 4k scaling, HDMI Pass-Through, faster HDMI switching, both IP and RS-232 automation control, bi-amp speaker options on the MRX710 and MRX510, lower power consumption, and more, what's not to like?

Anthem's MRX710, MRX510, and MRX310 gen2 AV receivers feature a more powerful version of Anthem's ARC room correction, 4k upscaling, faster HDMI switching, and lots of integration and remote options

— October 14, 2013 14:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-60.5 Receiver with HDBaseT

Integra DTR-60.5 Receiver with HDBaseT

Integra's DTR-60.5 AV receiver is the second HDBaseT-enabled AV receiver we saw at the CEDIA 2013 Expo. They also have the DHC-60.5 which is the processor version of this receiver. This new receive came out about a month ago and retails for around $2300, so it's not for the faint of wallet, but it is a really cool product and installers should go nuts over this thing. What's exciting about HDBT, of course, is that you can send video over 100 meters via shielded CAT6 cable.

Integra's DTR-60.5 AV receiver is the second HDBaseT-enabled AV receiver we saw at the CEDIA 2013 Expo. They also have the DHC-60.5 which is the processor version of this receiver.

— September 28, 2013 08:44 in AV Receiver Reviews

Pioneer Elite SC-79 Receiver with HDBaseT

Pioneer Elite SC-79 Receiver with HDBaseT

At the Pioneer listening room in the High Performance Audio room at CEDIA we got to check out the SC-79 AV receiver. This is a 9.2-channel 200 watt per channel amplifier that is the flagship of Pioneer's line. It has some very interesting new features. It has 8 HDMI inputs, which is pretty impressive, but it also has two HDMI outs. That's not typically unusual, but what is unusual is what Pioneer did with the third Zone. The third Zone has HDBT (HDBaseT)—which is really, really awesome.

At the Pioneer listening room in the High Performance Audio room at CEDIA we got to check out the SC-79 AV receiver. This is a 9.2-channel 200 watt per channel flagship amplifier.

— September 28, 2013 01:22 in AV Receiver Reviews