Receiver and Processor Reviews
- Written by Ross Jones
- Published on 22 June 2009
Integra keeps putting out high-quality, value-priced products year after year. The company, which is the "high-end" of the Onkyo brand, sells primarily to custom installers and boutique A/V resellers rather than Internet and big-box stores. In this review, we examine the new DTR-8.9.
- Written by Kieran Coghlan
- Published on 01 June 2009
Part of what I enjoy most about this hobby is helping other people get into it. Given that, I'm a big fan of mid- to entry-level home theater equipment, since most people asking for advice about their first system are not looking to dole out beaucoup bucks, especially in this economy. Yamaha has a great history with their A/V receiver product line, with many excellent products in the mid- to entry-level range.
- Written by Piero Gabucci
- Published on 02 March 2009
When Denon finally made good on their promise to deliver to market a separate processor/amplifier, (the AVP-A1HDCI and POA-A1HDCI) I wondered where the receivers at the top would fit in.Â The last flagship receiver Iâ€™d reviewed was the AVR-5805 in May of 2005 and I wished it was in two components. But there are those that still want one box, saving space, wires and some money too.Now that the pre/pro/amp is out, the receivers can be downsized, thankfully. The new AVR-5308CI weighs 35 pounds less and stands 3 inches shorter than its predecessor 5805.Â But feature-wise, the 5308 is substantially ahead of the 5805, which is why itâ€™s here for me to review.
- Written by Brian Alvarez
- Published on 25 May 2009
Onkyo has broken new ground by introducing two receivers to be the first in the world with isf video calibration. The TX-NR906 is the flagship of the Onkyo receiver line and the step up from the equally ISF-capable TX-SR876. Several features set the 906 apart from the 876. The 906 having more power supplies including a toroidal power transformer for the amplifier section.
- Written by Kevin Lichterman
- Published on 09 February 2009
With over a five thousand dollar range from the entry level AVR-588 to the top of the line AVR-5308CI, Denon offers a receiver to fill just about every budget and need.Â While not necessarily inexpensive at $649, the Denon AVR-1909 can be considered a deal in comparison to the $5500Â price tag of their top offering.Â Â Since the AVR-1909 falls roughly in the middle of Denonâ€™s 23 receiver lineup, my initial impression is that this receiver will offer a lot a value for your money.Â Letâ€™s see if that impression plays out.
- Written by Gabe Lowe
- Published on 14 May 2009
There has been a huge boom, over the last few years, in the number of devices for your A/V system that stream or play music. These devices include many things, from gaming consoles like the Xbox 360 to standalone boxes such as Yamaha's own MCX-2000. In the past year, we have been seeing these types of features creep into traditional consumer electronics components, such as Blu-Ray players and A/V Receivers. The Yamaha RX-V3900 is one such component.
- Written by Tyler Stripko
- Published on 26 January 2009
Marantz enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the finer consumer electronics companies in the audio/video industry, with products ranging from affordable home theater receivers to the â€œaudiophileâ€ 2-channel components of their highly regarded Reference Line. They also produce some of the best front projection units in the business. While not being sold at many â€œbig boxâ€ retailers, Marantz has continued to thrive by producing quality products and selling them primarily through specialty retailers and custom installers. As I unboxed the SR6003 receiver, I was immediately struck by the desire to like this unit. The elegant curves of the front face panel combined with a readily apparent solid build quality captured my attention.Â Did the Marantz SR6003 have the audio/video prowess to match its beauty? Letâ€™s find out.
- Written by Jim Milton
- Published on 02 April 2009
Onkyo has recently added a new line of receivers to its already long list of stellar audio/video equipment. The new TX-SR606 is the latest upgrade to the well reviewed TX-SR605.In one-upmanship, it has the added features of 4 HDMI (1.3) inputs and Audyssey 2EQ. SIRIUS and IPod docking are available, too. This is my first foray in using Audyssey and I was anxious to take it for a test drive in my upstairs, dedicated media room. MSRP is $599, which puts this receiver in the entry to mid range in price (though I have seen a street price as low as $399), and for the money, the 606 comes very well equipped!
- Written by Gabriel Lowe
- Published on 04 December 2008
The Denon AVR-2309CI is the entry level product in Denonâ€™s Custom Integration line, which includes receivers specifically designed with custom installers in mind.Â It offers extras like an RS-232C port for integration with automation and advanced control systems such as Crestron, and a 12 volt trigger to automate things such as a front projection screen lowering when the system is powered on.
- Written by Matthew Abel
- Published on 09 March 2009
At $899, the Onkyo TX-SR706 is Onkyo's least expensive THX certified model and an interesting product within Onkyo's range of receivers. It is the lowest priced receiver in Onkyo's line-up that offers all the features I want in a receiver including HDMI 1.3 inputs, HD audio processing, Audyssey room equalization and pre-amp outputs. With its solid feature set and reasonable price, I was excited to see how the TX-SR706 would perform.
- Written by Matthew Abel
- Published on 17 November 2008
Last year Onkyo introduced a truly stunning product, the TX-SR605, which offered HDMI 1.3 inputs, HD audio processing and a host of other advanced features at the amazing price point of $599. As 2007 has moved to 2008, Onkyo has now introduced their TX-SRxx6 series receivers and a new model, the Onkyo TX-SR576, that looks to move some of the TX-SR605's novel features to an even lower $479 price point.