Feb 02 2016

News - Denon AVR-S710W reviewed at RHT

I have a Denon AVR, and I've found it to be quite solid so RHT's conclusion on this HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 $480 Denon AVR-S710W doesn't surprise me in the least.

Nov 03 2015

News - Yamaha Introduces RX-S601 Slimeline AV Network Receiver with MusicCast

Googling MusicCast was the first thing I did when this bit of PR showed up in my inbox. If it's your preferred scheme for wireless audio, or just limited for space this $600 AVR could fit the bill nicely. Seems to tick all the right boxes (4K, HDCP2.2, HBR audio, etc.), including one of the most important - decent (YPAO) room correction.

Oct 29 2015

News - AVS Forum Contest: Win Pioneer Elite Dolby Atmos AV Receiver

From what I understand Pixels is a pretty rubbish movie, but who doesn't like to win free stuff? You will have to answer some questions though, so better brush up on your Google skills.

Answer a few trivia questions about this action comedy starring Adam Sandler and you could win a Dolby Atmos-ready AVR from Pioneer!

In conjunction with the Blu-ray release of Pixels, our friends at Dolby, and Pioneer are offering a terrific opportunity for AVS Forum members to win a Pioneer Elite 4K Ultra HD 9.2 Channel Network AV Receiver with built-in Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi, featuring Dolby Atmos, valued at $1600.00. As a bonus a copy of Pixels Blu-ray will be included in the prize pack!

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Jun 17 2014

News - HTR: How to Pick the Right Amp for Your Speakers

If you've ever wondered how to approach matching up a set of speakers with an amp (or AVR), but didn't know where to start Home Theater Review has a great primer available.

But first, a caveat: this article is intended as a quick primer for beginners. As such, it contains a number of simplifications, many of them bordering on grossness. The goal here isn't to write the definitive treatise on the subject, but rather to give budding audio enthusiasts a foundation of knowledge on which to build. To keep things simple, we'll mostly be focusing on the characteristics of your typical solid-state amplifier and ignoring things like OTL (output transformerless) tube amps. Still, even a simple discussion of the relationship between speakers and amps can get a bit mathy; so, if you're merely looking for a cheat sheet to help you find a new amp for your favorite speakers (or vice versa), you can skip straight to the conclusion.


Feb 04 2014

News - Yamaha Adds Spotify Connect to AVRs

It's always great when an OEM adds value to devices in the field (instead of asking you to upgrade your hardware), so it's welcome news that Yamaha is adding support for Spotify Connect via a firmware update to select audio video receivers (AVR). I've never spent much time with the service so I can't speak to how useful it is in practice, let us know in the comments if this is a critical (or meh) feature add for you.

PR and list of supported AVR after the click.

Sep 24 2013

News - Deconstructing The AVR

I consider the audio video receiver (AVR) to be a critical home theater component, but aside from a basic understanding of what's inside my knowledge of what is actually in the black box in the stack is pretty limited. That's not to say I'm not curious, just a little leary of cracking open a very expensive component just to have a poke around like a kid in biology class. As much fun as that would be (on someone else's AVR), it is also unecessary because Dr. David A. Rich has done us all a favor.

What does your money purchase inside the chassis of an AVR or Pre-Pro in an audio / video system?  In this article, I attempt to answer this question: I will open the top and look at the parts inside and show how each of the individual parts can affect the audio quality. We will see that dramatic differences exist at a given price point. While this article is focused on electronic components that perform the complex tasks in the audio channel of the AVR, I have always kept in mind the need to make the material understandable to a motivated reader.

Herein, we examine the components embedded in thirty AVRs and Pre/Pros from twelve manufacturers. I draw my observations from service manuals and the technical information found on the manufacturers' websites. Some of my manuals are dated by a couple years, but little has likely changed in the preamp sections of the units on which this article concentrates, with the exception of a handful of products that recently had a DAC upgrade.

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity


May 16 2013

News - Integra Announces DTR-30.5 - "First" AV Receiver with Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

While I wish that they would do more to officially embrace a position in orchestrating the home theater it is still interesting to see how AVR OEMs evolve their products. At least from Onkyo it appears to be the year of integrated Wi-Fi & Bluetooth - which is a nice get. I'm not that interested in their custom integrator (CI) targeted Integra line personally because I don't need the CI features (or the associated price tag), but it is a great signal of where the consumer line will end up so well worth some attention.

Full PR after the click.

Jun 27 2012

News - Onkyo 2012 High-End A/V Receivers

Onkyo TX-NR5010

Offering pre-outs for 11.4 and nine amplified channels, Onkyo's newest high-end AVR (TX-NR5010) is a beast. Including all the good stuff like MultEQ XT32, HQV video processing, and IP content that piqued interest in the TX-NR818, alongside top-end audio processors it's clear that it earned its spot at the top. The TX-NR3010 and TX-NR1010 were also announced for July arrival, but it's not entirely clear what besides "toroidal power" you'll give up by keeping more $ in your wallet.

Full PR after the click.

Mar 26 2012

News - Onkyo Exposes More 2012 AVRs

Onkyo TX-NR818Last month Onkyo announced four audio video receivers (AVR); while the video features were interesting none offered advanced room correction. Today we received word that the specifications for two more mid-range AVR are now available (the actual devices will show up in May), with the TX-NR818's MultEQ XT32 addressing that gap. We'll have to see where the reviews end up, but with features like InstaPrevue, HQV VPP/scaling, and network connectivity it is now on the short-list. Brief feature breakdown and PR after the click.

Feb 13 2012

News - Onkyo Unveils Mid-range 2012 Lineup

2012 OnkyoWhen we dropped in on Onkyo during CES I was impressed with InstaPrevue and MHL, but a little disappointed in my ability (or better said, lack thereof) to pry any details from them regarding the 2012 lineup. Given the vague answers received, I was a bit concerned that those features wouldn't make it into enough of their products to really be useful to most consumers. Fortunately, with a product announcement issued this morning we've learned about four new audio video receivers (AVR), and except for the so-so level of room correction (Audessy 2EQ) Onkyo has continued its history of delivering an incredible amount of features per $. A quick breakdown is included below, with the full PR available after the click for those looking for more details.

Model (MSRP)ChannelsInstaPrevueMHLMarvell Qdeo™ (VPP, and scaling)Audyssey DSXNetwork
TX-NR616 ($699) 7.2 (THX-Certified)X XXX X
TX-NR515 ($599) 7.2X XX  X
TX-NR414 ($499) 5.1X    X
TX-SR313 ($299) 5.1     

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