AT A GLANCE
Fulfills your innermost audiophile aspirations
Excellent proprietary room EQ
Kiss your sweet analog sources goodbye
Feature-wise, it’s missing a lot more than the kitchen sink
You’ll easily get through your diet of high-def viewing and listening with this great-sounding surround processor that works without a hitch.
I couldn’t make the John Mayer concert in Hartford a few weeks ago, but I heard it was great. Best I can do is throw the Born and Raised CD into the tray and set the AVP-18 surround processor to one of the DSP modes that turns a studio album into a concert event in your living room. Let’s see, he was at the open-air under-cover Comcast theater which has really great sound from most seats, so nothing slap-echo-happy like the over-the-top Stadium or Theater modes. Ahh, Rock has just the right amount of reverb tail.