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Receiver & Amplifier Reviews

Updated: Mar 20, 2018 01:37
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Creative Soundblaster E5

Audio snobs will look down their noses the Sound Blaster E5, but I see—and hear—a ton of value in this little box. I’ll probably never use some of its features—the integrated mics, the CrystalVoice effects, and Scout Mode among them—but the E5’s...

5 expert reviews | 44 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...

13 expert reviews | 37 user reviews

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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 | 8 user reviews

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Cambridge CXA80

It’s not the resounding success we’d expected it to be, but the Cambridge CXA80 is still a powerful, muscular beast of an amplifier

1 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X4200W

The Denon AVR-X3200W and AVR-X4200W AV receivers bring with them everything we loved in their predecessors while adding Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI 2.0, and HDCP 2.2. This completes their entire lineup.

5 expert reviews | 32 user reviews

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Marantz SR6010

The Marantz SR6010 & SR7010 AV receivers feature ethernet & WiFi; Dolby Atmos, DTS:X; Auro3D upgrade (SR7010 only); hi-res & Bluetooth audio streaming; 4K video scaling; & dual HDMI 2.0a outputs.

2 expert reviews | 14 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...

5 expert reviews | 52 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.

8 expert reviews | 55 user reviews

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Denon PMA-50

The Denon PMA-50 Lifestyle Stereo Amplifier delivers 50 watts of high-quality sound and features like HD Audio and Bluetooth with aptX in a compact size that doesn't suck up the space in a room.

8 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

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Sony STR-DN850

The Sony STR-DN850 has it all: bountiful Wi-Fi networking features, the brawn to provide maximum home theater fun, and the refinement to bring a string quartet recording to life.

5 expert reviews | 219 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.

11 expert reviews | 25 user reviews

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Cambridge Audio CXR120

This receiver makes idiosyncratic audiophile choices—omitting Atmos, Bluetooth, and other features—but the revamped look and feel are great, and the sound is reliably musical. See the amp's specs! $2400 for this??? crappy indeed. Inadequate feature...

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Denon AVR-X2000

The Denon AVR-X1000 and AVR-X2000 4k Ultra HD Receivers are the newest in the lauded IN-Command series of AVR's from Denon. The AVR-X1000 retails for $499 while the AVR-X2000 retails for $699.

16 expert reviews | 276 user reviews

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Arcam SR250

A great two-channel amp with all the features of a great home theater receiver? That's what Arcam is trying for with their new SR250 2.1 channel amplifier. Did they hit the mark? Read on to find out.

3 expert reviews

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Yamaha RX-V677

An endlessly entertaining receiver that’s full of character

6 expert reviews | 476 user reviews

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Yamaha RX-S600 / RX-S600D

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.

12 expert reviews | 132 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR838

Onkyo's usual benchmark audio and video get incremental upgrades, plus new features that include future-proofing HDMI 2.0 and Dolby Atmos. We do periodically cull outdated products from the active TP list we keep online; mainly anything that's no...

9 expert reviews | 47 user reviews

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Pioneer VSX-S510

I bought this to replace my pioneer SC 2022 as it was massive and did not fit in my cabinet. I thought this reciever would not sound as good but i was wrong. Excellent sound. The one thing i do like is the gapless playback for wav and flac files...

8 expert reviews | 62 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....

15 expert reviews | 202 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR 545

The Onkyo TX-NR545 is a wireless-triple-threat receiver with an intrinsically good-sounding amp. Surround channels in film were never rear channels. The surround channels in cinemas always ran along the side of the auditorium and then followed along...

5 expert reviews | 120 user reviews

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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.

5 expert reviews | 43 user reviews

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Onkyo TX-NR 535

Onkyo's TX-NR535 receiver offers decent home-theater performance and a useful number of streaming features, but it's not the last word on value.

9 expert reviews | 239 user reviews

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Marantz SR5009

Sonically, I liked what I heard from the SR 5009. It performed well with both movies and music. The streaming from my NAS was a lazy man’s fantasy. The remote was well laid out and the INFO button quite useful. The App worked without glitches and could...

11 expert reviews | 78 user 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 | 99 user reviews

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Teac UD-503

Well-equipped and easy to listen to, but sonically not a patch on the class leaders

2 expert reviews


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