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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 06, 2017 0 comments
Looking for a compact speaker with built-in phono preamp so that you can plug a turntable directly into it?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Among the better Dolby Atmos surround demos at the Venetian was one featuring Arcam and KEF products.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
NAD is now shipping several products previously announced at CEDIA. Here's a quick rundown.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Bluesound's Pulse soundbar raises an intriguing question: Sub or no sub?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 3 comments
Emotiva, the champion of value-packed audio products, will release 37 of them this year. The RMC-1 surround pre-pro is among them.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Two new subwoofers from SVS include 16-inch drivers backed with eight-inch voice coils. They definitely moved some air.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Where wireless options are concerned, Onkyo asks: Why limit yourself?

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 05, 2017 0 comments
Damson Audio's small and affordable S Series Home Theatre System is one of the few to win THX certification.

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"When Harman, Datasat, BMW, Volvo, Pioneer, Arcam, Emotiva, Xiaomi, Oppo, and OnePlus want digital audio optimization solutions, they turn to Dirac," boasted a sign at the Dirac exhibit. But the demo was not of the Swedish company's world-beating room correction systems but of a newly developed system to enhance headphone listening for virtual reality and gaming.

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Mark Fleischmann Posted: Jan 03, 2017 3 comments

Audio Performance
Features
Ergonomics
Value
PRICE $2,200

AT A GLANCE
Plus
Nine amp channels, 11.2 (7.2.4) pre-outs
Automated angle and height calibration
Minus
No Auro-3D

THE VERDICT
Yamaha’s new flagship receiver packs nine amp channels into a well-built package.

Buying an A/V receiver has always been a challenge, even to the well informed. Incoming technologies add still more complexity. Sometimes, however, they also generate new priorities and narrow your choices. Sure, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X require you to add more speakers and make your system more elaborate. But if you want to run those formats in their most effectively enveloping configurations, your shopping expedition for a receiver has suddenly become a lot simpler.

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