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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Jul 29, 2014 00:40
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#51
alaScore 92

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

#52
alaScore 91

NAD C390DD

NAD C390DD: Sound quality But how does it sound? Well, for a smidge over £2000, pretty good. It’s precise and detailed, offering good scale and plenty of sonic authority. By the highest standards, though, it’s not as expressive or rhythmically adept as...

12 expert reviews

#53
alaScore 91

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 | 116 user reviews

#54
alaScore 91

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

#55
alaScore 91

Pioneer SC-LX76

The SC-LX76 is supplied with a wireless LAN adapter, which plugs into the Ethernet port and draws its power from the dedicated SUB charge port on the back. There are 11-channel plastic speaker binding posts and a cluster of custom install sockets,...

6 expert reviews | 3 user reviews

#56
alaScore 91

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 | 22 user reviews

#57
alaScore 91

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 | 414 user reviews

#58
alaScore 91

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.

7 expert reviews | 230 user reviews

#59
alaScore 91

Yamaha RX V500

Perhaps I'm being a bit whiny. This is, after all, the only proper home-theatre receiver so far on the Australian market with a DAB+ tuner built in. With good all-round audio performance and a reasonable price, that makes it all worthwhile.

1 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

#60
alaScore 91

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.

5 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

#61
alaScore 91

Marantz SR6007

If you’re in the market for a performance-oriented receiver at around $1,200, the Marantz SR6007 should be at the top of your list.

9 expert reviews | 38 user reviews

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#62
alaScore 91

Sony STR-DN1030

On paper, the Sony STR-DN1030 looks like quite an impressive receiver, with a feature list poised to make other $500 receivers blush. Among those features are built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplay, HDMI upconversion and a new user interface. In my opinion,...

8 expert reviews | 217 user reviews

#63
alaScore 91

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

#64
alaScore 91

Yamaha R-S500

This is a well made, good value, mature stereo receiver. If this is what you need then, I think you'll be happy with it. Even though I've released 2 iOS apps to locate radio stations, I don't listen to a lot of radio. I must say, however, this receiver...

1 expert reviews | 227 user reviews

#65
alaScore 91

Pioneer A-70

Excels in many areas, even if its sound falls short of class-leading

9 expert reviews

#66
alaScore 91

Pioneer VSX-922 K

May saw Pioneer doing its traditional launch of a new range of AV receivers. As usual, the lower- and mid-range models break cover first – and the VSX-922 is one of the latter.

11 expert reviews | 275 user reviews

#67
alaScore 91

Onkyo TX-8050

If you want a stereo receiver and nothing else, the TX-8050 is a good choice

7 expert reviews | 394 user reviews

#68
alaScore 91

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 | 73 user reviews

#69
alaScore 91

Yamaha RX-V475

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

2 expert reviews | 423 user reviews

#70
alaScore 91

Bose SoundLink Mini Speaker

While it's fairly expensive at $200, the Bose SoundLink Mini is one of few standout products in the ultracompact wireless speaker category, featuring a top-notch design and very good sound for its tiny size.

2 expert reviews

#71
alaScore 90

Pioneer SC-LX85

The SC-LX85 is the latest in a lauded line of high-performance AV receivers from Pioneer. It's ostensibly a replacement for the award-winning SC-LX83, which implies a casual revamp, but it arrives casting a longer, more regal shadow. This is a...

11 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

#72
alaScore 90

Yamaha RX-A3020

Yamaha’s Aventage range looks and sounds better than ever. We hope the other models in this range follow suit.

7 expert reviews | 17 user reviews

#73
alaScore 90

Yamaha RX-V575

With Airplay and network standby enabled on this guy, I can step up to my front door, queue up Bell Biv Devo's "Poison" and make a proper entrance into my house, with a shuffle and a slide. This unit is replacing my previous Yamaha, so it integrated...

1 expert reviews | 150 user reviews

#74
alaScore 90

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...

7 expert reviews

#75
alaScore 90

Marantz NR 1604

If traditional home cinema is to flourish, it needs AV receivers like the Marantz NR1604. It's no secret that real-world consumers have fallen out of love with the surround sound behemoths of yesteryear – incredible hulks just don't cut it anymore...

3 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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