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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Aug 4, 2015 23:42
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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...

5 expert reviews

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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

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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 | 170 user reviews

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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

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Onkyo TX-NR636

While the $500 TX-NR535 can pass through 4K/60Hz and has HDMI version 2.0ports, the $700 TX-NR636 adds HDCP 2.2 compliance for the best possible chance offuture-proofing your receiver purchase. Regardless, both of these receiversoffer fantastic...

9 expert reviews | 380 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 | 18 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 | 11 user reviews

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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 | 34 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN1050

Product of the Year, Awards 2014. A seriously good amp that balances muscle and subtlety with stacks of features at a great price.

7 expert reviews | 223 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR838

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

6 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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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 | 57 user reviews

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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 | 7 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.

9 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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Yamaha RX-V677

An endlessly entertaining receiver that’s full of character

4 expert reviews | 154 user reviews

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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 | 24 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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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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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-NR 646

This is an upgrade from another onkio and I love it.

1 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN860

I purchased this before I install a new TV system. I will need the 3D and other capabilities

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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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

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Marantz SR6009

I'm using the Marantz SR6009 as the centerpiece of my audio system. To cut to the chase, it is a fine sounding, well provisioned, and fully featured receiver for playing recorded music. Once you complete the initial setup, the SR6009 is a joy to listen...

1 expert reviews | 22 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 | 138 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR626

It's really refreshing when something just plain works, especially when you're talking about cutting-edge home theater gear. Oftentimes, the more technologically advanced a product is, the more of a pain in the ass it is to configure. This receiver...

14 expert reviews | 418 user reviews

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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 | 47 user reviews



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