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Tuesday, 03 February 2009 ,  Written by Ivan Shin
Yamaha RX-V663 AV Receiver
My home theater hobby started when buying my first independent receiver, the Sony STR-DG 810. This was a simple starter receiver for me because it would pass audio and video through HDMI. As I played around with the settings more and more, I realized I was not happy with the way everything sounded; bass was somewhat lacking and the frequency response was flat.  I really required a receiver which could bit-stream all the new High Definition Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and give me greater control over the sound field.  I eventually settled on the Yamaha RX-V663 receiver. I have always been impressed with the products Yamaha has created, specifically their musical instruments, pianos in particular.  Without intimate knowledge about their Home Theater products, I researched a few models and did from price comparisons.  I ...
Friday, 23 January 2009 ,  Written by Julianne Stilson
Marantz SR5003 AV Receiver
The Marantz SR5003 AV Receiver is a mid-range AV Receiver that sports many high-end features. While a newly designed, aluminum and glass-reinforced body is immediately eye-catching, the SR5003 brings a welcome assortment of technology inside. This model has 90 watt per channel and 7 channel surround sound that will satisfy even longtime home theater enthusiasts with its combination of power and performance all for a low MSRP of around $800.The SR5003’s linear power supply is engineered using a high-capacity EI core transformer. In addition, well-thought-out capacitors add to this model’s solid design. Much like previous models manufactured by Marantz, the SR5003 mounts all audio circuits on a separate board. As a result, video and control signals will not interfere with the system by providing optimum isolation.The SR5003 also accommodates all of the latest high-resolution audio formats like DTS-HD in High ...
Friday, 09 January 2009 ,  Written by Donald Tibbs
Onkyo TX-SR706 AV Receiver
The BasicsThe Onkyo TX-SR706 THX Certified Seven Channel AV Receiver is a 7.1 channel AV receiver that builds on what was best about the previous TX-SR606 model. The TX-SR706 strengthens its value with vast improvements in video upscaling of up to 1080p, breathing new life into just about any DVD collection. It also has an Audyssey automatic speaker setup and room-equalization program that delivers more accurate sound.However, its top selling point (as detailed in its product name) is that the Onkyo TX-SR706 is THX Select2 Plus certified. To many home theater enthusiasts, this is a deal maker. This model was evaluated by THX (of George Lucas/Star Wars fame) against some very strict benchmarks. THX has indeed found the 100-watt-per-channel receiver more than capable of delivering accurate as recorded sound at volume levels typical of most home theaters. All in all, ...
Wednesday, 07 January 2009 ,  Written by Douglas Bryant
Denon AVR-5308 AV Receiver
Audio-video receivers, more commonly known as AV receivers, are used chiefly used to enlarge sound from the many different audio sources that can come with the home theater systems of today. In addition, they also route video signals to the TV, such as from Blu-Ray or DVD players. Therefore, AV receivers like the Denon AVR-5308 AV Receiver provide the user with more control, including the ability to configure and program audio and video sources that eventually come out of your TV and speakers.The Denon AVR-5308 AV Receiver pretty much has everything that your home entertainment system needs. First, it provides 150W x 7 channels and up-to-date Dolby, THX, and DTS decoding. You will also find that it features HDCD, MP3, WMA, Dolby Headphone, and Neural Surround Mode XMCF processing. The latter decodes 5.1 or 7.1 discrete channels from Neural-encoded 2-channel ...
Thursday, 18 December 2008 ,  Written by Julianne Stilson
Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH A/V Receiver
The BasicsThe Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH is a 7.1 channel AV receiver that employs high-precision, sophisticated audio and video processing using a state-of-the-art MCACC environment tuning. The VSX-94TXH is built with 140 watts of power delivered seamlessly to 7 channels for deep and detailed sound. In addition, it works with the latest HD technology while upgrading older analog sources using a Faroudja DCDi Video Scaler. The VSX-94TXH also has generous analog audio and video inputs for game consoles, CD players, VCRs, and even near-obsolete components like turntables. On-board decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio makes it perfect for use with Blu-ray and HD DVD.The VSX-94TXH provides 4 HDMI v1.3a 1080-capable inputs and 1 output to integrate it easily into your home theater system. Other bonuses included are an Ethernet port that accommodates streaming audio from a PC or Internet ...
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