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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Mar 27, 2015 21:49
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Google Chromecast

. It’s perfect for quickly and cheaply adding Netflix or YouTube to additional televisions or adding streaming options while on the go. It’s now up to Google to broaden its content possibilities or risk watching Chromecast go the way of Google TV.

98 expert reviews | 15443 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR3030

An outstanding Dolby Atmos-equipped AV receiver that justifies its price with a killer feature list and enthralling sound quality.

3 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

alaScore 98

Sony STR-DN850

Thinking over my entire experience with the STR-DN850 7.2-channel AV receiver, it strikes me as a little odd that the other receiver manufacturers haven't completely ripped off Sony's user interface, or at least tried to bring their own efforts up to...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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Marantz SR7009

Marantz is on one heck of a roll. Over the past five years I have had the opportunity to evaluate a slew of their products, from reference-level hifi to entry-level home theater. Some products I liked more than others, but all offered very good...

3 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

alaScore 98

Onkyo TX-NR636

The Onkyo TX-NR636 offers a compelling mix of features and performance with "future-proofing" that is unparalleled for the money.

9 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

alaScore 97

Denon AVR-X3100W

Last month while reviewing the amazingly priced Denon AVR-S700W, I wondered how Denon could offer significant performance improvements without a significant increase in cost. Well, here comes the AVR-X3100W. The 700 was was part of Denon's entry level...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony STR-DN1050

The Sony STR-DN1050 is a great deal that offers almost everything you could want in a midrange receiver.

8 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

alaScore 97

Denon AVR-X5200W

Review: The Denon AVR-X5200W 9.2 Channel Dolby Atmos AV receiver features a fully assignable amp section rated at 140 watts/ch x 9. We evaluate in a full Dolby Atmos 5.1.4 speaker configuration.

3 expert reviews

alaScore 96

Pioneer SC-LX87 K Schwarz

Pioneer's range of AV receivers caters to budgets from the extremely frugal to the decidedly lavish. If you feel that you sit in the latter category, you will need to look at the top of the pile and the SC-LX87. And, although this flagship might not be...

10 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

alaScore 96

Yamaha RX-V577

Review: The Yamaha RX-V577 is an HDMI 1.4, 80 watt/ch receiver, designed for digital entertainment with built-in WiFi and Ethernet; native AirPlay, Pandora, Spotify; and extensive networking features.

7 expert reviews

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Yamaha RX-V677

An endlessly entertaining receiver that’s full of character

4 expert reviews | 67 user reviews

alaScore 96

Ableton Live 9 Suite

This review took me longer than usual to write. Ableton Live 9 Suite ($749) is a tremendous program to begin with, but the real reason is that I've been recording music in more traditional digital audio workstations (DAWs) like Pro Tools and Logic for...

2 expert reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR838

Even if you think you’re not interested in Dolby Atmos now, it would be unwise to buy an AV receiver without the capability because it’s likely to become a home cinema staple soon enough. If you are already set on Atmos however, you should consider...

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

alaScore 95

Yamaha RX-V377

The RX-V377 isn’t revolutionary, yet Yamaha doesn’t rest upon its laurels – this is a hugely capable budget receiver.

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR1030

In a word, WOW! I watched Gravity last night for the umpteenth time. Watching\listening through the 1030 was like watching it for the first time, I really felt I was at the theater. My old setup was composite video and optical and the new one is HDMI...

1 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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Cambridge Audio MINX XI

The new Minx Xi Digital Music System from Cambridge Audio is a hopped up high-end streaming media player that will let you play just about any music source imaginable.

8 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Arcam irDAC

Having left the DAC market alone for the best part of twenty years, Arcam is making up for lost time with an increasingly extensive range. The latest arrival is the irDAC that replaces the earlier iDAC. While it looks similar, the irDAC boasts more...

5 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR626

Onkyo's TX-NR626 is a value-packed AV receiver with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even a turntable input, but it's just short of being our top pick.

15 expert reviews | 700 user reviews

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Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

All sources are upsampled to 192k with this DAC. Yes, 32 bit, not 24. At this price it was an easy choice. I triamped my system with 2 2020 Topping amps and an SMSL 98E for the low end. The speakers are horn loaded, all 3 drivers. The Tamps give VERY...

5 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X2000

Is $200 worth two additional channels of amplification, 4k upconversion, a component video input, and extra HDMI input, and a few other odds and ends? We think for many consumers it will be. If you have no need of seven channels or video upconversion,...

14 expert reviews | 281 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN1040

At the end of my time with the Sony STR-DN1040 I am surprised and happy by what I found. More and more of the content we consume comes from a smartphone, tablet, or computer. Getting it from there to your AV system is not nearly as easy as it could be....

12 expert reviews | 401 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X2100W

Denon's IN-Command line of receivers puts network integration features at the top of the list. Combine them with the usual performance of a Denon receiver and you have a formidable entry in the mid-level receiver market. Here, we review their new...

4 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

alaScore 94

NAD D7050

Stylish little package that’s easy to use with sensible features. Sonics are even handed, but lack some passion

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

alaScore 94

Creative Sound Blaster X7

Level up your audio system

2 expert reviews



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