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Posted 22 March 2011 | News & Blog   

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Rotel RSX-1550 7.1 A/V Receiver

Almost 50 years at Rotel has culminated in the 15 Series relatively new and was highly anticipated from 2009. The RSX-1550 arrived at my warehouse in mid-2010. Admittedly, I’m a little behind on my review of the Rotel receiver and although this is an apology to the good people at Rotel for their patience, it speaks volumes about the product I’ve had it in my system for many, many months.

Pioneer VSX-1020K 7.1 A/V Receiver

The marketplace for receivers is undergoing a rather interesting transformation. In the early days, most of the pieces that went into a receiver were a result of in-house development. This was also a time when the audio components dominated. These days the audio specifications nearly show up as an afterthought behind a laundry list of audio formats. It seems the majority of manufacturers have accepted the reality that keeping in-house solutions competitive with third party solutions is difficult and costly. Pioneer’s VSX-1020K is a 7.1 receiver with all the bells and whistles for only $549. It delivers very good performance for that price range. Read our review for the details.

Pioneer VSX-32 7.1 A/V Receiver

Last year I had the opportunity to review one of Pioneer’s Class D receivers, the SC-27, and I came away completely impressed with the performance of that product. While I would love to know how their new version of the SC-27 performs, I also wanted to experience another model of the Elite line and see how well one with a more conventional Class AB amplifier would perform. So, in this review, we take a look at the Pioneer VSX-32, which is a seven-channel receiver.

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NAD T785 7.1 A/V Receiver

Most stereo and home theater enthusiasts know NAD, and can almost certainly pick out a piece of NAD gear without seeing the label from it’s distinctive, slate gray color scheme. While most people probably know NAD more for their CD players and integrated amplifiers, they have a whole line of home theater equipment, from receivers to processors, Blu-ray players and multi-channel amplifiers. Recently, NAD came out with a whole new line of receivers and processors featuring their Modular Design Construction.


Sherwood Newcastle R-972 7.1 A/V Receiver with Trinnov Room Optimizer Technology

The Sherwood Newcastle R-972 A/V Receiver is the latest high-end receiver in the Sherwood product lineup. The Newcastle brand is Sherwood’s premier product line. The R-972 A/V receiver boasts some impressive features including 7 channels of amplification at 100 watts per channel, 4 HDMI 1.3 inputs, on-board decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD high-resolution audio formats, XM satellite, and a Silicon Optix Reon video processor supporting upscaling to 1080p. In addition to all this functionality, the R-972 is the first product to offer a consumer version of the Trinnov Room Optimizer technology.

Yamaha RX-V2065 7.1 A/V Receiver with MusicCast System

One thing that you’ll notice if you ever attend CEDIA is that certain types of equipment are far more common than you would expect because of the type of Expo that it is. Since it’s geared towards the custom installer market, whole home solutions for audio and video are everywhere, offering a variety of ways to get your media anywhere that you want. One system that proved very interesting to me at the time was the MusicCast system from Yamaha. In this review, we take a look at the RX-V2065 7.1 A/V receiver, along with the MusicCast system.

AD T 747 AV Surround Sound Receiver

The NAD T747 AV Surround Sound Receiver is a 7-channel two zone receiver that is capable of decoding bitstream inputs of all the latest high-resolution audio formats. I like its understated styling a la NAD. The minimalist front panel has a simple two-line VFD display in the center of the panel. The characters on this display are about 3/8” high. This is a major improvement over the super small logos that are commonly found in so many of today’s receivers and processors.

Sherwood RD-7503 7.1 A/V Receiver and BT-R7 Bluetooth Adapter

The Sherwood RD-7503 A/V Receiver is one of the newest offerings from Sherwood aimed at controlling all the latest devices in your home theater. The RD-7503 A/V receiver provides 7 channels of amplification at 100 watts per channel, 3 HDMI 1.3 inputs with repeater, on-board decoding of DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD high resolution audio formats, automatic room setup and support for a second zone. The RD-7503 also provides optional support for their DS-10 iPod dock, SIRIUS Satellite, and Bluetooth support which I will discuss later in the review.

Integra DTR-8.9 7.1 A/V Receiver

Integra keeps putting out high-quality, value-priced products year after year. The company, which is the “high-end” of the Onkyo brand, sells primarily to custom installers and boutique A/V resellers rather than Internet and big-box stores. In this review, we examine the new DTR-8.9.

Yamaha RX-V665 7.1 A/V Receiver

Part of what I enjoy most about this hobby is helping other people get into it. Given that, I’m a big fan of mid- to entry-level home theater equipment, since most people asking for advice about their first system are not looking to dole out beaucoup bucks, especially in this economy. Yamaha has a great history with their A/V receiver product line, with many excellent products in the mid- to entry-level range.

Onkyo TX-NR906 7.1-Channel Home Network A/V Receiver

Onkyo has broken new ground by introducing two receivers to be the first in the world with isf video calibration. The TX-NR906 is the flagship of the Onkyo receiver line and the step up from the equally ISF-capable TX-SR876. Several features set the 906 apart from the 876. The 906 having more power supplies including a toroidal power transformer for the amplifier section.

Yamaha RX-V3900 7.1 A/V Receiver

There has been a huge boom, over the last few years, in the number of devices for your A/V system that stream or play music. These devices include many things, from gaming consoles like the Xbox 360 to standalone boxes such as Yamaha’s own MCX-2000. In the past year, we have been seeing these types of features creep into traditional consumer electronics components, such as Blu-Ray players and A/V Receivers. The Yamaha RX-V3900 is one such component.

Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 A/V Receiver

Onkyo has recently added a new line of receivers to its already long list of stellar audio/video equipment. The new TX-SR606 is the latest upgrade to the well reviewed TX-SR605.In one-upmanship, it has the added features of 4 HDMI (1.3) inputs and Audyssey 2EQ. SIRIUS and IPod docking are available, too. This is my first foray in using Audyssey and I was anxious to take it for a test drive in my upstairs, dedicated media room. MSRP is $599, which puts this receiver in the entry to mid range in price (though I have seen a street price as low as $399), and for the money, the 606 comes very well equipped!

Onkyo TX-SR706 7.1 A/V Receiver

At $899, the Onkyo TX-SR706 is Onkyo’s least expensive THX certified model and an interesting product within Onkyo’s range of receivers. It is the lowest priced receiver in Onkyo’s line-up that offers all the features I want in a receiver including HDMI 1.3 inputs, HD audio processing, Audyssey room equalization and pre-amp outputs. With its solid feature set and reasonable price, I was excited to see how the TX-SR706 would perform.


Denon AVR-5308C1 7.1 A/V Receiver

When Denon finally made good on their promise to deliver to market a separate processor/amplifier, (the AVP-A1HDCI and POA-A1HDCI) I wondered where the receivers at the top would fit in. The last flagship receiver I’d reviewed was the AVR-5805 in May of 2005 and I wished it was in two components. But there are those that still want one box, saving space, wires and some money too.Now that the pre/pro/amp is out, the receivers can be downsized, thankfully. The new AVR-5308CI weighs 35 pounds less and stands 3 inches shorter than its predecessor 5805. But feature-wise, the 5308 is substantially ahead of the 5805, which is why it’s here for me to review.

Denon AVR-1909 7.1 A/V Receiver

With over a five thousand dollar range from the entry level AVR-588 to the top of the line AVR-5308CI, Denon offers a receiver to fill just about every budget and need. While not necessarily inexpensive at $649, the Denon AVR-1909 can be considered a deal in comparison to the $5500 price tag of their top offering. Since the AVR-1909 falls roughly in the middle of Denon’s 23 receiver lineup, my initial impression is that this receiver will offer a lot a value for your money. Let’s see if that impression plays out.

Marantz SR6003 7.1 A/V Receiver

Marantz enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the finer consumer electronics companies in the audio/video industry, with products ranging from affordable home theater receivers to the “audiophile” 2-channel components of their highly regarded Reference Line. They also produce some of the best front projection units in the business. While not being sold at many “big box” retailers, Marantz has continued to thrive by producing quality products and selling them primarily through specialty retailers and custom installers. As I unboxed the SR6003 receiver, I was immediately struck by the desire to like this unit. The elegant curves of the front face panel combined with a readily apparent solid build quality captured my attention. Did the Marantz SR6003 have the audio/video prowess to match its beauty? Let’s find out.

Denon AVR-2309CI 7.1 A/V Receiver

The Denon AVR-2309CI is the entry level product in Denon’s Custom Integration line, which includes receivers specifically designed with custom installers in mind. It offers extras like an RS-232C port for integration with automation and advanced control systems such as Crestron, and a 12 volt trigger to automate things such as a front projection screen lowering when the system is powered on.

Onkyo TX-SR576 7.1 A/V Receiver

Last year Onkyo introduced a truly stunning product, the TX-SR605, which offered HDMI 1.3 inputs, HD audio processing and a host of other advanced features at the amazing price point of $599. As 2007 has moved to 2008, Onkyo has now introduced their TX-SRxx6 series receivers and a new model, the Onkyo TX-SR576, that looks to move some of the TX-SR605′s novel features to an even lower $479 price point.

Marantz SR7002 THX Select2 7.1 A/V Receiver

I’ve really had the itch to try out one of the new wiz-bang receivers with HDMI, high def audio, auto configuration etc. Luckily, at least for my bank account, the Marantz SR7002 recently showed up at my door to help scratch my upgrade itch.

Denon AVR-689 7.1 A/V Receiver

It amazes me that what passed for a premium feature in A/V receivers two or three years ago can now be found on entry level models. That is the beauty of progress! Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the Denon AVR-689. At an MSRP of $399 it is hard to believe that this unit is so jam packed with bells and whistles. Now this is what I call an affordable – and good – receiver. Read our review to see more.

Onkyo TX-SR806 THX Ultra2 Plus 7.1 A/V Receiver

With the TX-SR806 Onkyo further pushes the bar of what can be done within a $1100 Reciever: THX Ultra2 Plus certification, 1080 line video processor, and the full suite of audio processing. Did they give anything up? Our Brian Florian investigates.

Integra DTR-7.8 A/V Receiver

The Integra DTR 7.8 seven-channel A/V receiver has cutting edge features such as HDMI 1.3a, and internal processing of the latest hi-resolution audio codecs. It offers THX Ultra2 certification at an amazingly low price, and most importantly, produces the clean, neutral sound that we’ve come to expect from Integra products. Integra has produced another winner here.

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