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A/V Receivers & Separates
Sony STR-DA5200ES 1080p A/V Receiver $1,500, December 2006 For not much coin, Daniel Kumin reported, Sony's new flagship delivers "class-leading video processing" that upscales all video sources to 1080p, and a sophisticated graphic user interface that's "by a wide margin, the most elegant and detailed I've seen." sonystyle.com Cambridge Audio Azur 640R A/V Receiver $1,400, May 2007 Though short on the latest video and audio processing features, for straight-up high-end sound and sheer power you can't beat this audiophile-pedigree receiver. audioplusservices.com Anthem AVM 50 Preamp/Processor $4,699, October 2006 A built-in high-end Gennum video processor for upscaling signals to 1080p combines with Anthem's award-winning audio quality for two state-of-the-art products in one. anthemav.com Anthem MCA 50 5-Channel Amplifier $2,299, October 2006 A massively overbuilt amp that delivers five channels of clean 180-watt power, even with all channels driven simultaneously. anthemav.com Based on Sound & Vision's experience with the following brands and model lines, also consider these untested models: Denon AVR-5805ci multiroom A/V receiver, $7,200 (see related review of AVR-5805), www.denon.usa.com Yamaha RX-V2700, $1,600 (see related review of RX-V2600), yamaha.com/yec.