Thursday, 13 March 2014
High Def Digest
Pioneer has announced five new home theater receivers, including two elite models. All of the upcoming components feature full support for the recently announced HDMI 2.0 standard, offering increased bandwidth, higher frame rates, superior colors, and 4K resolutions.
Marantz has announced two new receivers, both of which introduce some networking features to the company's AVR line. The $499 NR1504 and $649 NR1604 both offer streaming audio from Pandora, Sirius XM and Spotify, but only the 1604 gives you Apple AirPlay for easy streaming from your iOS device. The 1604 also gives you 7.1 channels of audio, while its little brother offers 5.1.
The folks at Pioneer are really stepping things up with their entry and mid-level receivers for 2013. The company has trickled down quite a bit of technology to even their lowest price models. The $249 VSX-523, for example, is future proofed with 4K passthrough. At $599, the VSX-1123 adds 4K upscaling.
The folks at Yamaha have launched a new receiver line that gets you ready for the future of home theater. All of the new receivers are compatible with MHL and AirPlay, and they all handle 4K and 3D passthrough, but the higher end RX-V775WA and RX-V765 kick things up even further.
And you thought multizone audio was cool. The latest from Denon and Marantz takes it to a whole new level. Their upcoming receivers will pack an extra HDMI output that provides video in another zone. It's not explicitly stated, but we're guessing that means you'll get multi-channel audio, upscaling and the rest as part of the deal.