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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Feb 8, 2016 21:52
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#51
alaScore 92

Yamaha RX-V679

We said that the RX-V679 is the best AV receiver we’ve heard from Yamaha for a few years – but unfortunately the others around it have also done better. At £600, we’re disappointed not to see Atmos, but at the very least, we’d expect a performance that...

3 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

#52
alaScore 92

Yamaha RX-S600 / RX-S600D

While the RX-S600 is of fairly compact dimensions, it would appear Yamaha has ensured that there is little lacking in its feature set. Connectivity is respectable, with a total 5 of HDMI inputs, four digital inputs (2 coaxial, 2 optical), a front panel...

11 expert reviews | 129 user reviews

#53
alaScore 92

Pioneer VSX-S510

Not as solidly made as my Yamaha that it replaces, but that's not a major aspect of this machine. I bought this because my wife no longer wished to have a big ugly metalic object in the lounge and I wanted something easier to use as the Yamaha was far...

8 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

#54
alaScore 92

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.

16 expert reviews | 1058 user reviews

#55
alaScore 92

Denon AVR-X520BT

This is incredible value for money. Not an expert but when setup with some decent speakers it's very powerful. Having 5 hdmi inputs and Bluetooth makes it the best unit I have had at this price. Only one small niggle is the sound when switching on and...

2 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

#56
alaScore 92

Pioneer VSX-830

For some reason it is not working I turn it on and it does not move from there and it never turns off with the buttons or control we have to unplug it

1 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#57
alaScore 92

Denon AVR-S910W

The Denon AVR S910W comes fully loaded with up-to-the-second features, and delivers highly transparent sound.

2 expert reviews | 33 user reviews

#58
alaScore 91

Audiolab 8200MB

The Audiolab M-DAC is a superb DAC in design and performance alike and, we think, offers far more than expected of its £600 price tag. We guarantee you’ll be immediately hooked by its effortlessly fluid and punchy sound. It’ll make you want to listen...

6 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

#59
alaScore 91

Yamaha RX-V377

The RX-V377 isn’t revolutionary, yet Yamaha doesn’t rest upon its laurels – this is a hugely capable budget receiver.

2 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

#60
alaScore 91

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...

9 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#61
alaScore 91

Ableton Live 9 Suite

Instruments, Mixing, and Conclusions In the full Ableton Live 9 Suite package, you get 25 packs of over 3,000 instrument sounds, five virtual synths, three samplers, 390 drum kits, and over 4,000 royalty-free loops you can use, manipulate, and warp to...

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

#62
alaScore 91

Cambridge Audio DacMagic

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25 expert reviews | 164 user reviews

#63
alaScore 91

Oppo HA-1

The Oppo HA-1 is a good, well-built and excellently specified DAC and headphone amp at this price but, at this level, the competition is strong. There’s a lot to like about the HA-1 – it’ll no doubt appeal to many because of the pure level of choice it...

3 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#64
alaScore 91

Denon PMA-50

If you're looking for a brain and engine to anchor a high-quality, compact system, the Denon PMA-50 check off almost every box. Assuming performance meet expectations, which our experience with Denon products indicates is almost always the case, I...

7 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

#65
alaScore 91

Pioneer SC-LX87 K

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...

11 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

#66
alaScore 91

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...

12 expert reviews | 85 user reviews

#67
alaScore 91

Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1040

So is it time to sell your Audio Research tube electronics and buy a Yamaha receiver? Maybe not – (but you already knew that). However, with the Yamaha priced at less than a fancy set of speaker cables, the receiver has a lot to offer in a second...

4 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

#68
alaScore 91

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,...

16 expert reviews | 283 user reviews

#69
alaScore 91

Denon AVR-X2100W

Overall, I have to say that the X2100W is an excellent choice for the price/performance you get. The feature set should satisfy anyone who is looking in this price range. As I have come to expect, the Denon quality continues with this unit. I am very...

5 expert reviews | 208 user reviews

#70
alaScore 91

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....

13 expert reviews | 189 user reviews

#71
alaScore 91

Yamaha RX-V675

Yamaha's RX-V475 is a great-sounding 5.1 receiver and a good value, although competitors offer better features and design.

10 expert reviews | 993 user reviews

#72
alaScore 91

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 | 64 user reviews

#73
alaScore 90

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):...

6 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

#74
alaScore 90

Hegel H80

Hegel is certainly giving you something for your $2000 with the Hegel H80 integrated amplifier. Allowing a USB connection to your computer with high quality DACs is something we usually don't expect of audiophile gear. Can you get more for less? Yes....

4 expert reviews | 22 user reviews

#75
alaScore 90

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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