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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

Yamaha RX-S600 Slimline AV Receiver Preview

Yamaha RX-S600 Slimline AV Receiver Preview

The RX-S600 is Yamaha's latest A/V receiver offering. A 5.1 slimline model measuring a shade over 4" tall and a foot deep, the RX-S600 is priced a nickel under $650. Able to fit where others don't, the Yamaha packs a bevy of features. How do we think this half pint measures up? Keep reading to find out!

Priced at $650, the Yamaha RX-S600 slimline A/V receiver can fit where others don't. Does this half pint have what it takes to measure up to the big boys? Keep reading to see what we think.

— September 15, 2013 17:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-60.5 HDBaseT Receiver and DHC-60.5 AV Processor Preview

Integra DTR-60.5 HDBaseT Receiver and DHC-60.5 AV Processor Preview

The Integra DTR-60.5 receiver and DHC-60.5 AV Processor are some of the first products on the market that supports HDBaseT. If you even suspect you might need a long HD video run at some point, you should be considering HDBaseT. Right now, Integra is one of the only manufactures that is offering this solution that can send 4k video up to 100 meters (over 300 feet) without an active solution. Over Cat5e/6 no less! Add to that DTS Neo:X support (up to 11.2 channels in one room), nine internal amps, 4k upconversion, nine HDMI inputs, and much more, the Integra DTR-60.5 should just be on every installer's suggestion list. The DHC-60.5 loses two channels but gains a stereo XLR input and saves you $300.

The Integra DTR-60.5 receiver and DHC-60.5 Processors are some of the first on the market that supports HDBaseT. If you even suspect you might need a long HD video run at some point, you want HDBaseT.

— July 26, 2013 00:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz M-CR510 and M-CR610 Network Stereo Receivers Preview

Marantz M-CR510 and M-CR610 Network Stereo Receivers Preview

I’m a real sucker for systems like the M-CR510 and M-CR610, and a lot of solid AV companies are starting to make them, including Denon, Yamaha, and Onkyo. I like this product category because it really fills a niche. Once you are used to a nice two-channel music system, it’s hard to listen to tracks on anything else. At the same time, you can’t have a big stereo rig in every room in the home. The M-CR series is compatible with and can connect to basically every digital storage device on the market. It has USB, analog, and digital optical inputs. It also has built-in WiFi and music streaming apps soyou can pull in music from outside your personal collection. Although these units aren't cheap at $699 for the M-CR610 and $599 for the M-C510, they look like nice products.

Although the Marantz M-CR510 and M-CR610 are pint sized network receivers, they pack an impressive load of features. Add in speakers and a sub and you'll have a great 2.1 stereo system.

— July 22, 2013 07:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sony STR-DN1040 AV Receiver Review: WiFi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay Oh My!

Sony STR-DN1040 AV Receiver Review: WiFi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay Oh My!

Last year, we reviewed Sony’s bursting-at-the-seams-with-tons-of-features $500 STR-DN1030 7.1 receiver. It had all of the features we could hope for in a budget receiver, but a horrid user interface and sub-par sound quality held it back from going from good to great. So, this year, when Sony contacted us asking if we’d like to review the new STR-DN1040, we wondered if they had listened to any of our feedback (or feedback from consumers) about the STR-DN1030. The answer? Yes! They kept all of the great features from last year, like built-in Bluetooth, WiFi, and AirPlay, and added new functionality like FLAC decoding and a revamped user interface. Although we still have some gripes, the STR-DN1040 is a big step forward. Read on for our full review.

The Sony STR-DN1040 is a big step up from the STR-DN1030 we reviewed last year. A new Remote, GUI, mobile app, and FLAC support are just some of the improvements Sony made. Read on for a full review.

— July 17, 2013 07:55 in AV Receiver Reviews

Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo RetroReceiver Review

Outlaw Audio RR2150 Stereo RetroReceiver Review

It's not often we have a chance to review a stereo receiver. Nowadays it seems that most people are concerned with pre-amp/amp systems or integrated amps. But not everyone has forgotten about stereo receivers. Outlaw Audio released the RR2150 RetroReceiver a few years back and we have finally gotten a chance to get it on our test bench. In short, it's awesome! It's the most powerful stereo receiver we have ever measured and has a number of bells and whistles not found on most other stereo receivers(ie. USB input and bass management system). The looks aren't too shabby either. Actually, it looks pretty cool with a blend of retro and modern styling. If you are on the hunt for an extremely capable stereo receiver, the RR2150 might be your ticket, or, if you think you need separates or an integrated amp, the RR2150 might just change your mind.

The Outlaw RR2150 stereo receiver is a true stand out product. From features, to build quality, to an extremely powerful amp, this is one stereo receiver not to ignore. Read on for our full review.

— July 09, 2013 08:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 Recievers Preview

Integra DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 Recievers Preview

The Integra Research 110 watt, 7.2 channel DTR-40.5 and 130 watt, 7.2 channel DTR-50.5 receivers answer the age old question of how to connect your home theater to your network - wirelessly. With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in, and not just offered as a $100 accessory purchase like many manufacturers, this is sure to turn a lot of heads. Adding custom installer features like triggers, IR inputs and outputs, and two-way RS-232 ports will ensure that more than a few customers will be pushed in Integra's direction - even when the Onkyo counterparts are hundreds less with nearly identical feature sets.

The Integra Research DTR-40.5 and DTR-50.5 receivers offer a great balance of features for general consumers and custom installers alike, including built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. Click for a closer look

— June 28, 2013 07:50 in AV Receiver Reviews

Sherbourn SR-8100 Slim AV Receiver Review

Sherbourn SR-8100 Slim AV Receiver Review

Sherbourn's newest AV receiver, the SR-8100, is designed to provide essential features and technologies, along with the power needed to drive 7 full size speakers, all in a compact, easy to use package (only 4.25" tall). List price is $899, but it is currently on sale for only $599. As Sherbourn is a sibling company to Emotiva, we expected great build quality, and found it. Feature wise, the SR-8100 is no slouch either, with 3 zones of audio support, Bluetooth, and analog multichannel inputs, it keeps up with full sized receivers on most front. However, it does lack network features. Still, this is a great performing product for someone looking for a compact system that doesn't skimp on power or build quality.

During our Sherbourn SR-8100 review, we found that it not only matches the performance of full size receivers, it often out performed them. It's sure to be the perfect solution for many installs.

— June 19, 2013 22:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Marantz SR5008, SR6008, and SR7008 Receivers Preview

Marantz SR5008, SR6008, and SR7008 Receivers Preview

Each year most manufacturers release new batches of receivers, and Marantz is no different. The new SR5008, SR6008, and SR7008 make a clear statement that Marantz is targeting consumers interested in audio quality and legacy product support instead of features. The SR5008 is one of the least expensive receivers we know of that supports full 7.1 analog inputs. The SR6008 is bit more of a misnomer when compared to the Denon AVR-X4000 for $100 more, as it has less power and less features, but makes up for some of that with higher build quality. The SR7008 adds two more amplifier channels than the SR7007 had, supporting a full 9.2 system along with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 & SubEQ HT. The receiver market finally seems to be getting a little more diverse than it has been the last few years. For the consumer, this means it's easier to find a receiver that does everything you want, without paying for features you don't need. Read on to see how we think the 2013 Marantz lineup stacks up.

The Marantz SR5008, SR6008, and SR7008 receivers are straight up audiophile products, but lack some of the features that make other AV receivers so compelling. Here's how we think they stack up.

— June 05, 2013 14:15 in AV Receiver Reviews

Yamaha RX-A1030, RX-A2030 and RX-A3030 Aventage Receivers Preview

Yamaha RX-A1030, RX-A2030 and RX-A3030 Aventage Receivers Preview

The Yamaha RX-A1030, RX-A2030, and RX-A3030 are the newest in the Aventage line of receivers from Yamaha. While the RX-A1030 will give you everything (nearly) you want for your cutting edge home theater, it doesn't do much for multi-room audio and video. The RX-A2030 will provide everything the RX-A1010 has plus add up to four extra zones of audio and video. The RX-A3030 has the pinnacle of what Yamaha currently has to offer with up to 11 channels in the main theater, stereo subs, and the best of Yamaha's room correction and amplification. While their prices (starting at $1200 and topping out at $2200) may seem steep, they are a bargain compared to how much it would cost to find all these features in separate boxes.

The Yamaha RX-A1030, RX-A2030, and RX-A3030 are the newest in the Aventage line of receivers from Yamaha. These are for those that want the ultimate in home theater.

— May 31, 2013 04:20 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X4000 AirPlay AV Receiver Review

Denon AVR-X4000 AirPlay AV Receiver Review

The Denon AVR-X4000 4K Ultra HD Networking Receiver is the replacement to the AVR-3313CI. Although it sports a new model number scheme, much of what we loved about the 3000 series is still here. Denon has somehow managed to put together a new receiver that can appeal to everyone, the picky audiophile, the custom installer, and the feature happy Gen-Xer. Full 11.2 pre-outs, Audyssey MulEQ XT32 & SubEQ HT, HDMI audio support in multiple zones, network control, and more, all with a $1299 MSRP. In fact, the AVR-X4000 has some new bells and whistles not found on any other Denon receiver, ever. And we are the first publication to have a full review. Read on to see why we’re such a fan of this new AVR.

The Denon AVR-X4000 AV Receiver is more than worthy successor to the AVR-3313CI. We review a lot of receivers, but rarely come across one we like this much. Read on to see why we're such fans.

— May 27, 2013 15:00 in AV Receiver Reviews

Integra DTR-30.5 AV Receiver Preview

Integra DTR-30.5 AV Receiver Preview

The $1000 Integra Audio DTR-30.5 Wireless AV Receiver is a first for the company. It is not only Wi-Fi compatible, but Bluetooth is supported. Marvell Qdeo upconversion and scaling to 4K, MHL, InstaPreview, and more should appeal to those that care more about features than power. But, of course, the Integra DTR-30.5 has power as well. With 95 watts per channel, a two-way RS-232 port, legacy video connections, and three 12 volt triggers, installers are going to love this receiver. At $1000, consumers aren't going to be afraid of the price. Add in the savings from having to run an Ethernet cable to you home theater, and the Integra DTR-30.5 may be a home run for the company.

The $1000 Integra DTR-30.5 Wireless AV Receiver is a first for the company. It is not only Wi-Fi compatible, but Bluetooth is supported as well as 4K scaling and 95 watts per channel.

— May 21, 2013 06:05 in AV Receiver Reviews

Denon AVR-X1000 and AVR-X2000 IN-Command Receivers Preview

Denon AVR-X1000 and AVR-X2000 IN-Command Receivers Preview

The Denon AVR-X1000 and AVR-X2000 are the newest in the lauded IN-Command series of receivers from Denon. The AVR-X1000 is the least expensive at $500 but it is packed full of features, including 80 watts per channel (five channels), discrete amplification, Apple's AirPlay, app control, two zones, six HDMI inputs, and Audyssey MultEQ XT. The AVR-X2000 adds $200 to the price but increases the number of channels to seven, adds 15 watts, 1080p and 4k upconversion, Windows 8 compatibility, and more. Regardless of which receiver you choose, the AVR-X1000 or the AVR-X2000, you're going to have one of the most feature-packed receivers at their price point.

The Denon AVR-X1000 and AVR-X2000 4k Ultra HD Receivers are the newest in the lauded IN-Command series of AVR's from Denon. The AVR-X1000 retails for $499 while the AVR-X2000 retails for $699.

— May 02, 2013 22:00 in AV Receiver Reviews