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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Jul 31, 2014 23:55
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#1
alaScore 100

Google Chromecast

There are tons of ways to watch online content on your HDTV. Your media hub, your game console, your Blu-ray player—even your HDTV itself might be able to access YouTube and Netflix. The Google Chromecast is an alternative to all of the above. It's a...

32 expert reviews | 8849 user reviews

#2
alaScore 99

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...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#3
alaScore 99

VIZIO S5451w-C2 54-Inch 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer...

The Vizio S5451W-C2's extra-large sound bar and surround speakers deliver standout surround sound, if you can live with the size.

2 expert reviews

#4
alaScore 98

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...

6 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#5
alaScore 98

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.

5 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#6
alaScore 98

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.

12 expert reviews | 343 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

Arcam FMJ A19

There’s still a tiny hint of restraint, a reluctance to completely let itself loose and go wild, but the Arcam’s stability and composure is one of its defining features.

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#8
alaScore 97

Sony STR-DN840

The Sony STR-DN840 is by far the best AV receiver value of the year, offering tons of wireless connectivity and six HDMI inputs for well under $500.

8 expert reviews | 314 user reviews

#9
alaScore 97

Denon DA-300USB

With top-notch circuitry, proprietary Advanced AL32 Processing and High-Precision 32 bit, 192 kHz digital to analogue conversion, analog line outputs, and four digital inputs (including USB-B for your computer), the Denon DA-300USB DAC ticks all the...

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#10
alaScore 96

Yamaha RX-A3030

Yamaha has yet again delivered a powerhouse performance with a comprehensively connected and feature-packed AV receiver.

3 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

#11
alaScore 96

Onkyo TX-NR929 B Schwarz

Onkyo's TX-NR929 is not one of the brand's heavyweight offerings, but this well-priced receiver – it now sells for around £1,000, after initially launching at nearer £1,500 – packs enough performance and feature tricks to comfortably drive and tune...

3 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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#12
alaScore 96

Pioneer VSX-923

AVR manufacturers are obsessed with matching their TV counterparts and introducing a gamut of new models each year, despite bona fide audio developments being few and far between. As such, Pioneer's VSX-923 represents a revamp of the VSX-922 (itself a...

7 expert reviews | 73 user reviews

#13
alaScore 95

Marantz MM8077

Now coming to the MM8077, the power section of the combo, it features Marantz’s unique current feedback discrete power amp output stages that are identical for all channels. What helps the entire output stage is the multiple high current discrete power...

10 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#14
alaScore 95

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,...

11 expert reviews | 211 user reviews

#15
alaScore 95

Denon AVR-X3000 Schwarz

With receivers this powerful, it is nearly impossible to list all their features in such a short article (lucky for you that we have a full review of the AVR-X4000 in the works finished!). The takeaway you might get from this is that the new IN-Command...

7 expert reviews | 77 user reviews

#16
alaScore 95

Yamaha RX-V675

The dynamic, full-bodied sound needs a couple of tweaks to make the RX-V675 reach its potential – but it's worth it

4 expert reviews | 217 user reviews

#17
alaScore 95

Sony STR-DN1040

When I turn on the Sony STR-DN1040 and am greeted by a colorful, interactive full screen graphical interface, I am surprised. It is even in high definition! Someone has actually been listening to complaints from users and decided to do something about...

9 expert reviews | 300 user reviews

#18
alaScore 95

Pioneer VSX-528

We like this amp. It doesn’t offer the final word in sound or specs, but it does occupy a comfortable spot in the middle ground.

4 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

#19
alaScore 95

Belkin F7C027FCAPL

The futuristic promise of the connected home is slowly beginning to materialize, with learning thermostats like the Nest, as well as various solutions for monitoring and controlling your devices at home from afar. The Belkin WeMo Switch + Motion...

8 expert reviews | 1490 user reviews

#20
alaScore 94

Marantz AV8801

Marantz delivers again with a very strong entry into the marketplace. Our Brian Kahn loves it, and can only think of one thing that it is missing . . .

2 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#21
alaScore 94

Marantz PM6005

This is a really excellent integrated amp that plays clean and has the right features for the right price. Fan of Marantz are going to love the DAC and those looking to develop a nice two-channel system are going to want to give this a listen. It's a...

2 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

#22
alaScore 94

Cambridge Audio DacMagic

This tiny device sounds spectacular, and its ability to turn any computer, Mac or PC, into an audiophile-worthy source can’t be understated.

22 expert reviews | 131 user reviews

#23
alaScore 94

Pioneer SC-1223 K

For a mid-priced home theatre receiver, the Pioneer SC-1223 is pretty impressive. I'd prefer it to have multiple subwoofer crossover frequencies, but aside from that the audio performance could not be faulted. The video processing is excellent. The...

2 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

#24
alaScore 94

PreSonus FireStudio Mobile

Overall this is a great product, this was my first time using a product from Presonus. Never really knew too much about them until I bought this. When I had a question I gave them a call and they a...

1 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

#25
alaScore 94

Onkyo TX-8020 B

This is a great product, was as described. This item is durable and easy to use. Was delivered on time and the price is just.

1 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

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