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Thursday, 04 December 2008 ,  Written by Donald Tibbs
Yamaha RX-V1900 AV Receiver
The BasicsThe Yamaha RX-V1900 Seven Channel Home Theater Receiver falls in the mid-to-high end category for 7.1 channel AV receivers. At a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,399.95, this model features 130 watts/channel power, 4x HDMI 1.3a inputs, high definition audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts HD-MA, and video upscaling of 1080p of analog video.Compared to previous models like the Yamaha RX-V1800, the RX-V1900 also adds HD radio, Bluetooth capability (A2DP with optional YBA-10 wireless adapater), Sirius radio, and an 8 point YPAO automatic system calibration.The Yamaha RX-V1900 packs a lot of power all packaged in a premium, very minimalist body featuring hidden buttons and AV inputs to preserve its sleek looks. These are all well-camouflaged behind a panel under the display.The Yamaha RX-V1900 features 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels, low-jitter phase-locked loop circuitry, and assignable amps for Yamaha’s ...
Wednesday, 01 October 2008 ,  Written by Thomas Garcia
Onkyo TX-NR905 AV Receiver
Introduction Founded in 1946, Onkyo has produced many memorable AV components over the last half-century, including several behemoth receivers from the 1970s which are still sought out by vintage equipment collectors.  Their reputation for building robust, feature-laden components has been instrumental in creating universal brand recognition and a loyal following.  Aggressively incorporating the most recent technological advances in audio and video processing, they continue to develop new components, which offer sophisticated features and functions often found exclusively in higher-priced, high-end equipment. Onkyo’s continuing efforts are definitely evident in their heavyweight audio/video receiver, the TX-NR905 ($1,999).  This THX Ultra2-Ccrtified 7.1 multi-channel receiver offers a plethora of standard and high-definition audio decoding formats, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS 96/24 and DTS Neo:6.  ...
Monday, 29 September 2008 ,  Written by Julianne Stilson
Yamaha RX-V863 AV Receiver
The BasicsThe Yamaha RX-V863 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver is a surprise buy at an affordable $999.95. It is a surprise since it doesn’t hold back on features despite being priced significantly lower than comparably loaded models.First, you can play all the latest audio formats since the RX-V863 supports native decoding using 3 in/1 out HDMI 1.3 ports. In addition, this model also fully supports up to 36 bit Deep Color, 120Hz refresh rates, and 108024Hz transmission. As a result, you have access to many great sources. 192 kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs and ADCs add a confidence that encoded and decoded audio is optimized for final presentation.Second, the RX-V863 also has 2 (out of 7) 105 watt amplifiers that can be assigned for bi-amp or Zone 2 configurations. Furthermore, it is very generous with connections to accommodate almost all of your ...
Sunday, 01 June 2008 ,  Written by Jim Swantko
Denon AVR-988 AV Receiver
Introduction Before I begin, I must admit that prior to this review, when I last spent any significant time with a receiver as the heart of my audio/video system George W. wasn’t yet in office, although his father was. Yes, it’s been quite a while. Back in the day, all a receiver was expected to do was to pick up a few radio stations, switch a handful of analog two-channel inputs, and amplify them. How hard could that be? Apparently, it was pretty hard, because my memories of receivers are not fond ones. I remember treble best described as painful and bass that was weak and bloated. When I was finally able to afford separates, I did so immediately, forever swearing off the compromises in sound quality I had been forced to make for the convenience and affordability of an all-in-one ...
Thursday, 01 November 2007 ,  Written by Ken Taraszka, MD
Marantz SR8001 Receiver
Introduction Receivers are a tough market, given the massive changes in home theatres these days. What was red hot in receivers a few years ago – DVI comes to mind – is already dated technology. Receiver makers have fought tooth and nail to keep up with the ever-changing market and the subject of this review, the Marantz SR8001 A/V receiver, displays the fruits of these efforts. For over 50 years, Marantz has been producing some of the finest audio gear on the planet and this receiver is currently the best they make. Offering all the power, flexibility and performance you could want and a new, shallower cabinet size, which enables this receiver to fit into small places more easily, the Marantz SR 8001 is designed to be the center of a whole home audio/visual system. This receiver offers tons of features, all for a retail price of $1999.99. The Marantz SR8001 offers four-to-two HDMI ...
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