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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Denon AVR-S700W& Envaya Bluetooth Speaker Reviews
D&M Holdings has been on a tear recently. The company that owns Denon has been flooding the market with products chock full of cutting edge features, and priced at amazingly reasonable price points. They must be keeping their engineers pretty busy as it seems they are keeping one step ahead of most of the competition. And, with economies of scale, their ability to innovate is certainly impressive. I recently reviewed the DHT-S514 soundbar, which I really liked, and the fabulous DA-300USB DSD DAC and headphone amp. I found both products well made and engineered. The DA-300USB came in very handy as a reviewing tool, with its high resolution, universal format decoding, and great ergonomics. These days, we have seen the market shift to a demand for products that can become the center of a domestic entertainment system. Fast changing technologies, ...
Friday, 03 August 2012 ,  Written by Andre Marc
Marantz NR1403 & NR1603 AV Receivers Review
Aside from being one of the most respected manufacturers of reference-grade hifi components, Marantz is also a big player in the home theater market. They make products at fair price points, for just about every application, with cutting edge features. I reviewed their flagship AV separates, the mighty AV7005 and MM7055 preamp processor/multi channel and power amplifier combination that brought heaps of power, superb sound, networking, flexibility, and impressive looks to the table. Certainly, this $3000 combo is not for everyone, and for those who can’t accommodate these big boys and who don’t need gobs of power, Marantz gladly makes slimline, more modestly priced receivers.Marantz just introduced a number of brand new AV receivers and I have two on hand to evaluate: the NR1403 and NR1603 integrated receivers. The NR1403 retails for $399 and the NR1603 for $649.  At first ...
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
Cambridge Audio Azur 650R AV Receiver Review
Shopping for a home theater system can be an almost overwhelming proposition. There are AV receivers and surround speaker packages for almost every specific type of home theater application and setting. Consumers can choose from receivers capable of delivering up to 9.2 channels with enough power to shake pictures off the walls. And the sound quality of some A/V receivers is so good that there's little compromise choosing between a receiver and a pre-amp/power amp combo or integrated amplifier. The true art, then, of assembling a high performance home theater system comes with matching receiver to speakers and then to the room. I came to audition Cambridge Audio's Azur 650R AV Receiver and Mordaunt-Short Mezzo Loudspeakers after a request to review Cambridge's 650BD Blu-ray player fell through. The demand for the universal player was distributor, Audio Plus Services' supply, so ...
Monday, 06 December 2010 ,  Written by Michael Palmer
Integra DTR-80.2 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Preview
For those who want it all, let us introduce you to Integra's flagship from the DTR Audio Video Receiver line.  The THX Ultra2 Plus certified DTR-80.2 is 4-Zone, networkable AV Reciever with 8 HDMI 1.4a inputs and powers 9 separate channels with 145 watts per channel (20-20kHz, 0.05% THD).The matte black Integra's DTR-80.2 isn't the cleanest appearance-wise, but the many buttons on the front are well organized.  Like other units in this series, I enjoy the easy-to-see silver volume and power controls.  A USB port for an iPod/iPhone (or other hard drives loaded with music), analog stereo and video RCA jacks, an optical toslink digital in, and an HDMI input round out the front.  Speaking of connections, this receiver has 8 HDMI 1.4a inputs (7 back, 1 front) which allow 3D pass-through for 3D Blu-ray and 3D broadcast content.  HDMI ...
Monday, 08 November 2010 ,  Written by Todd Whitesel
AudioControl Concert AVR-1 Home Theater AV Receiver Review
I like movies but dislike the movie theater experience. I'll never understand the connection between attending the cinema and stuffing one's face with as much popcorn, candy and soda as possible in a 2-hour swipe. Inevitably, I'm surrounded by groups of folks more intent on demonstrating how loudly they can masticate than actually watching the film. Thus, I've acquired a reputation as something of a movie theater Scrooge and would rather do the whole movie thing at home. My critics counter, “But you can't get the same big-screen experience at home. And what about the special effects and the sound?” Granted, I can't drop a 30- or 40-foot screen into my living room without calling my insurance agent; however, you want movie theater special effects and sound? Really great sound? That's where AudioControl's Concert AVR-1 comes in to save the ...
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