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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: May 23, 2015 09:57
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#1
alaScore 100

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3040

For most reasonably easy-to-drive speakers, the Yamaha RX-A3040 is a fabulous choice for a receiver, offering plenty of power and all the latest features and connectivity options, with overall sound quality among the finest. I'd like to reiterate again...

4 expert reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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.

4 expert reviews

#3
alaScore 99

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 | 135 user reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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 | 17 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

Pioneer SC-LX88

Pioneer's new flagship AVR comes to the HCC test bench fresh from its Dolby Atmos firmware upgrade, bristling with features that will have both music and movie fans salivating. It's a lavishly-engineered top-flight powerhouse that deserves an audition...

3 expert reviews

#6
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 | 204 user reviews

#7
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 | 1 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

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

#9
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 | 149 user reviews

#10
alaScore 97

Onkyo TX-NR838

With apologies to Tom Cruise, welcome to the edge of tomorrow.

6 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

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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#12
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

#13
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 | 5 user reviews

#14
alaScore 96

Yamaha RX-V677

An endlessly entertaining receiver that’s full of character

4 expert reviews | 70 user reviews

#15
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

#16
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 | 22 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

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

#18
alaScore 95

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

#19
alaScore 94

Musical Fidelity V90-DAC

This is a great unit, just as all the review in Stereophile and The Absolute Sound have said. Lively and clear, nice and full, with punch. I've tried a few of those Topping and SMSL things, but they aren't even close. Plus, SMSL's break down horribly...

5 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Marantz SR5009

Marantz has produced grin-inducing amps and receivers for many years. Their SR5009 will keep you smiling as it sends stunning sound to your speakers and gorgeous pictures to your TV. Featuring the latest high resolution audio decoders such as Dolby...

3 expert reviews | 44 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

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 | 417 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Onkyo TX-NR 535

The Onkyo TX-NR535 5.2 A/V Receiver is part of Onkyo's new line of entry level receivers and features HDMI 2.0 to allow it to pass Ultra HD 4K/60 Hz video. It also features built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy streaming of music from your tablet,...

4 expert reviews | 178 user reviews

#23
alaScore 93

Yamaha AVENTAGE CX-A5000

Suddenly the ESS SABRE DAC is showing up everywhere. At first it was only in high-end audio products like the Oppo BDP-95 and BDP-105 Blu-ray players. Now we have seen it in the Pioneer SC-79 receiver and in a pair of SSPs (Surround Sound Processors):...

7 expert reviews

#24
alaScore 93

Pioneer SC-LX57K

Pioneer has done it again. The SC-LX57 builds upon its predecessor’s success to deliver an even better balanced and more thrilling sound. The Pioneer has once again set the bar for rival manufacturers. It’s a truly fine achievement.

3 expert reviews

#25
alaScore 93

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 | 260 user reviews

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