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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Apr 17, 2014 02:22
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#26
alaScore 94

Yamaha RX-V775WA RX-V

The Yamaha RX-V775WA is a great 7.2-channel network receiver that fulfills the promises listed on its spec sheet and hits the sonic mark accurately. If I were looking for a one-box AV solution, I would definitely purchase this receiver. With its...

1 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#27
alaScore 94

Ampeg SVT-6 Pro

Saw this model in a music shop in Belgium, it was an older demo model and was on sale. Since this amp has been discontinued I brought in an old Genz Benz Neo Pak 3.5 head and payed 250 euro extra and took the amp home. Without any doubt, that was a...

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#28
alaScore 94

Teac UD 501 B

This is a wonderful DAC. I've used it both with a Marantz CD player's digital out and a MacMini playing HD audio files, and in both cases performance is stellar. Soundstage is full and deep, and imaging has been excellent across the board, particularly...

2 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

#29
alaScore 94

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.

11 expert reviews | 297 user reviews

#30
alaScore 94

Roku LT

The Roku LT is the best budget streaming-media device, easily topping the $35 Chromecast.

6 expert reviews | 2700 user reviews

#31
alaScore 94

Onkyo TX-NR616

The Onkyo TX-NR616 is a tremendous AV receiver value, with eight HDMI inputs and a very low street price, although Onkyo's step-down models may be an even better buy.

12 expert reviews | 1417 user reviews

#32
alaScore 94

Cambridge Audio AZUR 851A

But if it’s room-filling sound with impressive clarity, weight and bags of power, then the Cambridge Audio Azur 851A should be on your list.

3 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

#33
alaScore 93

Yamaha RX-A1020

We like this new trend in receivers. Rather than doling out features as the price going up, we are seeing features hitting lower price points and the number and types of connections increasing with price. The Aventage line from Yamaha has been popular...

11 expert reviews | 21 user reviews

#34
alaScore 93

Denon AVR-4520

Somewhat dispensing with the preamble, Denon's AVR-4520 takes the AV receiver market by the scruff of the fascia and gives it a good shake. This flagship model does cost a significant chunk of money but it is one of the most flexible, well-featured and...

9 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

#35
alaScore 93

Pioneer SC-LX86

Netflix 4K - The future of cinema Hands-on with the revolutionary Ultra HD movie streaming service!

9 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#36
alaScore 93

Cambridge Audio AZUR 751R

What we also liked a lot about the 751R is the optimum way in which it has used the reduced real estate and yet provide with most features and functions that you would expect from any top-of-the-line AV receiver—complete connectivity and possibly...

5 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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#37
alaScore 93

Denon AVR-X1000

One final handy upgrade is the front USB port, which lets you plug in a memory stick or iPod/iPhone to play your own music files.

4 expert reviews | 177 user reviews

#38
alaScore 93

Marantz NR 1603

Aside from being one of the most respected manufacturers of reference-grade hifi components, Marantz is also a big player in the home theater market. They make products at fair price points, for just about every application, with cutting edge features....

11 expert reviews | 56 user reviews

#39
alaScore 93

Creek Evolution 50A

The amplifier sounds incredible, I switched from my 20 year old EAR859 tube amp. If I had to criticize, I'd say the bass can be a little slow, especially on fast transients, it sometimes lacks attack. The remote control doesn't power on/off the amp and...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#40
alaScore 93

Yamaha RX-S600 Schwarz

Priced at $650, the Yamaha RX-S600 slimline A/V receiver can fit where others don't. Does this half pint have what it takes to measure up to the big boys? Keep reading to see what we think.

4 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

#41
alaScore 93

Onkyo TX-NR828

When it comes to features, Onkyo aims to be there firstest with the mostest. Name a feature, and Onkyo's usually got it, typically in a licensed version with a hip logo, and quite often before anyone else. For the consumer who wants the latest features...

4 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

#42
alaScore 93

Harman-Kardon AVR 161

Still, the price of this unit should be borne in mind. For regular home-theatre functionality, and for internet radio and regular AM/FM radio, fine. Likewise, for plugging in a USB stick with some music. What a pity it doesn't have skip keys on the...

1 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

#43
alaScore 93

Arcam AVR 450

Completing the line-up is an Ethernet port for connection to your home network (more on that later) and aerial socket for the built-in DAB radio tuner. It’s a little surprising not to find multichannel analogue inputs given that potential buyers may...

2 expert reviews

#44
alaScore 92

Onkyo M 5000 R

Both the power and the pre amplifier have been built with audiophile-grade components from gold-plated, machined solid brass terminals to high-quality power supply units. At the same time, you get AES/EBU digital inputs in the preamplifier that help a...

6 expert reviews

#45
alaScore 92

Pioneer VSX 1123

Despite some price overlap, Pioneer's two receiver lines hew to different sets of values. Its Elite line offers more custom-install features, comes with a two-year warranty, and is sold through different distribution, primarily brick-and-mortar stores....

4 expert reviews | 86 user reviews

#46
alaScore 92

Onkyo TX-NR1010

You can’t argue with the spec-sheet, nor the ability to fill a room with powerful sound, but when it comes to complete control of fine details, the Onkyo gives a little way to some tough competitors.

7 expert reviews | 20 user reviews

#47
alaScore 92

Marantz SR5007

Yes, the comparison between the new Marantz and Denon lines is apt - they share a lot of the same features such as Apple AirPlay, 3D pass-through, 4k upscaling, Audyssey MultEQ XT, and more. But lots of receivers have these features. What distinguishes...

7 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

#48
alaScore 92

Yamaha RX-V673

Yamaha RX-V673: Tech features Features and specification are well up to expectations at this price. AirPlay, absent on last year’s models, is now included, while there are six HDMI inputs, including one on the front panel. Pass-through of 4K content is...

6 expert reviews | 413 user reviews

#49
alaScore 92

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.

19 expert reviews | 107 user reviews

#50
alaScore 92

Yamaha RX-V573

The Yamaha RX-V573 is a serviceable 7.1 AV receiver, but with only four HDMI inputs, competing models offer a better value.

6 expert reviews | 228 user reviews

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