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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Oct 2, 2015 10:12
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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...

5 expert reviews | 153 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...

5 expert reviews | 52 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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Harman-Kardon AVR 171

Harman/Kardon steps into the crowded, competitive midrange receiver market with the AVR 171, a product packed with compelling cutting-edge features and an impressive specification.

4 expert reviews | 60 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 | 9 user reviews

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Cambridge Audio DacMagic

The Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS USB DAC/headphone amplifier’s $190 price tag may seem a little steep, especially when the well-reputed Audioquest Dragonfly v 1.2 is appears to be very similar, likely capable of the same performance and at about $40-$50...

27 expert reviews | 98 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 | 24 user reviews

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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...

5 expert reviews | 24 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 | 283 user reviews

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FiiO Andes E07K

FiiO is a Chinese company that specialises in making accessories for music lovers. The company is now selling most of its products in India through e-commerce players like Amazon . Since a high-end amplifier can cost over Rs 20,000, the Andes USB DAC...

1 expert reviews | 60 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 | 438 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 | 171 user reviews

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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

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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.

4 expert reviews

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Yamaha RX-A3030

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

4 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

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Marantz PM6005

I was quite pleased with the performance of both the amp and CD player, although I would hope that Marantz would consider adding FLAC playback in their next update of the player. Although the omission of this feature may be a deciding factor for some...

6 expert reviews | 123 user reviews

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Marantz MM8077

We have liked Marantz Reference Series products for quite sometime so it is nice to see some of the design features trickle down to moreaffordable product. Then again, we say “affordable” in comparison to some ofthe other products we have recently...

12 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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NAD D3020

If it isn't already obvious, I was supremely impressed by the D 3020. Its ability to drive a pair of large four-ohm speakers as stoutly as a 75-pound Emotiva amplifier is nothing short of astounding. It may only be rated at 30 watts per channel but it...

8 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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Yamaha RX-A1030 Silber

Looking for a full fledged flagship receiver for your home theater? Take a close look at the Yamaha RX-A1030. It's got most everything you could ever want. Want something to do all that plus power or feed multiples rooms in your home? Grab on to the...

7 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

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Numark iDJ Pro

Numark IDJ Pro reviewA lot of home DJ gear gets a hard time in DJ circles, much of which is deserved because a lot of home DJ gear is rubbish. But Numark's latest incarnation of its IDJ console is r

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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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...

11 expert reviews | 88 user reviews

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Sony SRSX3 Portable Wireless Speaker - Black

With comparably good sound for its size and the addition of speakerphone features, the Sony SRS-X3 mini Bluetooth speaker measures up well against the pricier Bose SoundLink Mini.

2 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR818

Listening to the percussion-heavy “Piano Smasher,” from Blue Man Group’s DVD The Complex, made me us as though we were about to personally reenact the chest-burst scene from Alien.

14 expert reviews | 281 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X4100W

A cursory glance might suggest that the AVR-X4100W looks like any other receiver released from the Denon stable over the past decade. However, that notion couldn't be further from the truth. While the basic form factor promises comfy familiarity,...

2 expert reviews | 7 user reviews



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