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Onkyo TX-SR706 7.1 A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR706 ReceiverAt $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.


Denon AVR-5308C1 7.1 A/V Receiver

Denon AVR 5308C1 ReceiverWhen 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.  The last flagship receiver I’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.  But feature-wise, the 5308 is substantially ahead of the 5805, which is why it’s here for me to review.


Marantz SR7002 THX Select2 7.1 A/V Receiver

Marantz SR7002 ReceiverI’ve really had the itch to try out one of the new wiz-bang receivers with HDMI, high def audio, auto configuration etc.  Luckily, at least for my bank account, the Marantz SR7002 recently showed up at my door to help scratch my upgrade itch.


Denon AVR-1909 7.1 A/V Receiver

Denon AVR-1909 AV Surround ReceiverWith 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.  While not necessarily inexpensive at $649, the Denon AVR-1909 can be considered a deal in comparison to the $5500 price tag of their top offering.   Since the AVR-1909 falls roughly in the middle of Denon’s 23 receiver lineup, my initial impression is that this receiver will offer a lot a value for your money.  Let’s see if that impression plays out.


Denon AVR-689 7.1 A/V Receiver

Denon AVR 689 ReceiverIt amazes me that what passed for a premium feature in A/V receivers two or three years ago can now be found on entry level models.  That is the beauty of progress!  Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the Denon AVR-689.  At an MSRP of $399 it is hard to believe that this unit is so jam packed with bells and whistles. Now this is what I call an affordable - and good - receiver. Read our review to see more.


Marantz SR6003 7.1 A/V Receiver

Marantz SR6003 7.1 A/V Receiver 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 “audiophile” 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 “big box” 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.  Did the Marantz SR6003 have the audio/video prowess to match its beauty? Let’s find out.


Denon AVP-A1HDCI Surround Sound Processor and POA-A1HDCI Power Amplifier

Denon AVP-A1HDCI SSP and POA-A1HDCI Amplifier

Denon's new AVP-A1HDCI sports 12 configurable XLR fully balanced output channels. It handles all the newest codecs, including DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Using its Denon Link, along with a DVD player that also has the Denon Link, you can play SACDs with the native DSD bitstream being sent to the processor for decoding (no conversion to PCM like most other systems do).


Denon AVR-2309CI 7.1 A/V Receiver

Denon AVR-2309CI ReceiverThe Denon AVR-2309CI is the entry level product in Denon’s Custom Integration line, which includes receivers specifically designed with custom installers in mind.  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.


Onkyo TX-SR806 THX Ultra2 Plus 7.1 A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR806 Receiver

With the TX-SR806 Onkyo further pushes the bar of what can be done within a $1100 Reciever:  THX Ultra2 Plus certification, 1080 line video processor, and the full suite of audio processing.  Did they give anything up?  Our Brian Florian investigates.


Onkyo TX-SR576 7.1 A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR576  ReceiverLast 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.


Rotel RSP-1069 7.1 Surround Sound Processor

Rotel RSP-1069 SSP

Rotel made some interesting choices with their RSP-1069 7.1 SSP. There is an obvious attention to build quality, the processor is heavy, solid and uses quality components throughout. However it is missing some key features found on many processors today, most obvious is the lack of room correction.