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Thursday, 13 May 2004 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Kenwood has just introduced its 2004 home theater receivers, including the VR-8070, the industry’s first 7.1-channel THX® Select receiver priced at $600.00. The receiver also includes high-resolution, 24-bit/96kHz digital-to-analog audio conversion, HD component video switching, digital inputs and outputs, and THX Surround EX and DTS-ES® audio decoding.
Friday, 20 February 2004 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
DVD is the driving force behind home theater and consumer electronics. DVD is a digital format that, up until just recently, had to have its picture converted from digital to analog before being sent to our TVs because Hollywood movie studios feared copy protection problems. Video enthusiasts protested at first and then invested in the best component video systems they could afford. In time receivers started adding component video switching but little could be done about the fact that converting the digital picture on DVD to analog caused significant loss of picture quality.
Wednesday, 27 August 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Yamaha has just introduced the RX-Z9, the first 9-channel capable Digital Home Theater Receiver. Features include massive 9-channel power amplification (170W x 7, 50W x 2 for a total of 1,290W) and Yamaha’s Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology). The high current amplification system uses a symmetrical drive and full push/pull circuit configuration with a FET input stage. The large toroidal transformer and large capacity block chemical condenser (28,000µF) help provide a stable power supply. The RX-Z9 decodes most formats, including Dolby Digital–EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS 96/24 and Neo:6.
Tuesday, 05 August 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Onkyo has just introduced the TX-SR701 A/V receiver, delivering 6x100 Watts of power, and THX Select performance and processing capabilities. The receiver also includes a full suite of high end features such as digital bass management for DVD-A and SACD, sophisticated video conversion and switching capabilities, and multi-room flexibility, including Onkyo's Powered Zone 2. The TX-SR701 features Onkyo's Powered Zone 2 capability, which can be used to power stereo speakers in a second room as well as the main zone thanks to a dedicated set of zone 2 L/R speaker terminals. The receiver is capable of processing separate stereo sources simultaneously for each zone, or sending the same signal to both. There is also a zone 2 pre-out that can be used in conjunction with an external amplifier.
Friday, 25 July 2003 ,  Written by AVRev.com
Yamaha Electronics Corporation, just introduced two affordable A/V digital home theater receivers. Yamaha uses the latest advances in LSI, component and circuitry design in the RX-V2400 and RX-V1400. Successors to Yamaha’s previous receiver models, the mid-priced RX-V2400 and RX-V1400 feature 7-channel amplification and utilize Yamaha’s Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) design concept to maximize digital sound quality, with several operation modes that provide short, direct signal paths for sound clarity. A 32-bit proprietary LSI provides full range realistic music and movie sound. Both units are compatible with the latest sound formats (including Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24), and also provide THX Select processing.
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