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A/V Receivers 2010 Holiday Gift Guide  Print E-mail
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Written by Dick Ward   
Monday, 22 November 2010
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A/V Receivers 2010 Holiday Gift Guide 
Mid-Range
High-End

 

High-End

If you're planning on dropping a good amount of cash on a receiver this holiday season, these are the ones to go with.  They're the top of the line, and offer quality that you just won't find in the lower price brackets.

Pioneer 37Pioneer Elite SC-37

When you think of high end A/V receivers, the Pioneer Elite line always springs to mind.  The SC-37 doesn't disappoint, and brings out some of the best that Pioneer has to offer.  It packs networking features in with advanced iPhone connectivity and RS-232 support.

The SC-37 uses an ICEpower Class D amplifier that's housed in a separate component chassis and is capable of putting out 140 watts per channel.  It boasts 32-bit Burr-Brown DACS, Marvell Qdeo video processing and compatibility with 3D sources.  You'll find six HDMI inputs and two outputs, along with plenty of legacy ins and outs as well.

Audio Control AVR1AudioControl Concert AVR-1

Though it's definitely a receiver made for audiophiles, the AVR-1 from AudioControl is still a fairly user-friendly receiver.  It's also absolutely gorgeous.  It's got a minimalist design, and will look amazing in your A/V rack.

The AVR-1 uses ultra cool running Class H amplification that pumps out 120 watts per channel.  It can scale and process video from all sources, upconverting everything you put in up to 1080p.  It offers three Zone outputs, Dolby Volume, Pixelworks video processing and a setup system to automatically calibrate the receiver to match your room.  As receivers go, it's downright impressive.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3000Yamaha Aventage RX-A3000

Yamaha's newest offering to the home theater world is the Aventage line, and it looks to be quite notable.  The company boasts a complete redesign from the ground up, and performance to match. At the top of that line is the RX-A3000.

Along with the normal assortment of features you'd expect in a 7.2 channel receiver, the Aventage A3000 boasts HQV video processing, new noise reduction and resolution enhancement functions, low jitter PLL circuitry and a total of four separate audio zones.  Even the structure of the receiver has been redesigned, with Yamaha adding ant-vibration assurances including a fifth foot.






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