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Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Review
Mark Fleischmann | Oct 26, 2017
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $3,800 AT A GLANCE Plus Muscular Class A/B amp PC-USB and phono inputs Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 7.1.4 decoding Minus No auto setup Limited access to seven-channel amp for Atmos/DTS:X THE VERDICT Rotel returns to analog amplification for their latest top-of-the-line home theater machine—and the results are golden. Is the Rotel RAP-1580 the surround receiver that dares not speak its name? In keeping with the two-channel distinction between stereo receivers and integrated amplifiers, Rotel calls it a surround amplified processor because it doesn’t include an AM/FM tuner. But to my mind, the defining trait of a surround receiver is that it combines a surround preamp/processor and a multichannel amp in one box. So I prefer to call this an audiophile receiver. You say tomato... [Editor’s Note: I’d call it a surround amplifier, and I don’t think it’s the last of this type we’ll be seeing...but, whatever.—RS]
Pioneer VSX-832 A/V Receiver Review
Daniel Kumin | Oct 24, 2017
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE$479 AT A GLANCE Plus Satisfying power for both two-channel and multi-channel modes 3.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setup option with phantom surrounds Surprisingly responsive home-network streaming Basic auto-setup/EQ on board Minus Five-channel power requires choice between height or rear channels No analog multiroom capability No audio outputs other than HDMI THE VERDICT Good five-channel power, 4K/HDR readiness, excellent streaming responsiveness, and phantom-rear-channel Atmos give this affordable AVR its distinct attractions. Everybody knows what to expect from a flagship or cruiser-class A/V receiver: top-bracket power of 120 watts per channel or more, with nine, 11, or even 13 channels ready for latest-generation surround technologies like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, as well as hightech auto-setup routines and DSP on board. And then there are the deluxe extras, such as extensive multiroom capabilities, 4K/HDR passthrough and 4K scaling, and plenty of internet- and computer-audio streaming options. But what can you expect from the other end of a brand’s AVR fleet? Not so much, right?
Sony STR-DN1080 A/V Receiver Review
Daniel Kumin | Jul 20, 2017
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $600 AT A GLANCE Plus Fine amplifier sonics and power Excellent, quick-responding home-network streaming plays most formats, including HRA and DSD Speaker Relocation & Phantom Surround feature Minus Scales only 1080p/24 video to 4K THE VERDICT Excellent audio performance and a unique feature set counterbalance a somewhat quirky and (in a few cases) slow user interface. It’s been several years since I’ve had a Sony AV receiver in my rack, so when the STR-DN1080 arrived on my porch, I was eager to see what the foundational brand’s 7.1-channel Dolby Atmos/DTS:X model had to offer. Sony has been synonymous with consumer electronics for so long that today—in the more specialized corners of the field, such as home theater—it’s easy to overlook the company that was such an early player in the game. But Sony still has an enviable market position, as well as design and engineering firepower aplenty to compete in any sphere they choose.
Marantz SR7011 A/V Receiver Review
Mark Fleischmann | Apr 28, 2017
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $2,199 AT A GLANCE Plus Nine amp channels HEOS multiroom compatibility Audyssey, ISF, Control4, Crestron Minus No PC-friendly USB jack THE VERDICT The Marantz SR7011 is a state-of-the-art receiver with excellent room correction, fine overall sound, and the potential for HEOS multiroom extension. The D+M Group was formed in 2002 with the merger of Denon and Marantz, each a powerhouse in A/V receivers and other audio categories. Through several changes of ownership, the two brands have remained distinct, with different cosmetic looks, slightly different feature sets, and slightly different voicings; each team has its own sound-tuning engineers and expert listeners. But as a reader once pointed out, popping the lid on comparably priced models from the two brands may reveal a close kinship in circuit layouts, suggesting certain economies of scale. And the new top-of-the-line AVR from Marantz further mimics its sister brand by adopting HEOS multiroom connectivity, a feature previously associated with Denon. Our review sample of the receiver arrived with Denon’s HEOS 7 and HEOS 1 speakers, and we put them through their paces together.
Onkyo TX-RZ1100 A/V Receiver Review
Daniel Kumin | Jan 26, 2017
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $2,199 AT A GLANCE Plus Impressively dynamic, generous nine-channel power Dolby Atmos, DTS:X on board THX Select2 certified Minus Meh remote Ocassionally unintuitive ergonomics Some features still await firmware update Premium pricing THE VERDICT This Onkyo has faultless amplification and solid usability, though you’ll pay extra for it. Onkyo must not have gotten the memo about Class D–powered audio gear being smaller, svelter, lighter. The company’s new topmodel-but-one TX-RZ1100 is an imposing object 8 inches tall, and while the receiver’s 43-pound weight poses no challenge to the seemingly 100-pounders of yesteryear, it’s not exactly nothing, either.
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3060 A/V Receiver Review
Mark Fleischmann | Jan 03, 2017
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.
Anthem MRX 1120 A/V Receiver Review
David Vaughn | Oct 27, 2016
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $3,499 AT A GLANCE Plus Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support Anthem Room Correction (ARC) 11 amp channels in one box Minus ARC doesn’t calibrate dual subwoofers individually Pricey THE VERDICT One of the finest-sounding AVRs I’ve had the pleasure to audition, though it’ll cost ya. Much like a luxury sports car, the flagship AVR is expected to have every bell and whistle under the hood in order to appeal to the well-heeled crowd that’s willing to drop a few thousand dollars on a piece of electronics. The real bummer is that even if you spend the extra cash on a flagship, there’s no such thing as totally future-proofing your investment, due to the rapidly changing landscape of the home theater business.
Onkyo TX-RZ610 A/V Receiver Review
Mark Fleischmann | Oct 20, 2016
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $799 AT A GLANCE Plus Crisp, clear top end FireConnect wireless capability Attractive, simplified remote Minus Atmos limited to 5.1.2 Single-position room correction THE VERDICT The Onkyo TX-RZ610 is an excellent-sounding receiver with sensible ergonomics and unusual FireConnect wireless capability in addition to the usual Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and Bluetooth. Onkyo has long been an industry leader when it comes to packing the latest and greatest features into their under-$1,000 A/V receivers. The Onkyo story has been just as interesting behind the scenes. A few years ago, Gibson Brands—yes, the guitar people—acquired a majority stake in Onkyo USA, while also investing directly in Onkyo Corp. (Onkyo Corp. also invested in Gibson, Onkyo reminded me; each CEO now sits on the other’s board.) More recently, in the spring of 2015, Onkyo Corp. acquired Pioneer’s Home A/V division. Together, Gibson, who is in essence partnered with Onkyo, and Onkyo, under the aegis of its corporate parent, now market three prominent AVR brands, including Onkyo, Integra (aimed at the custom installation market), and Pioneer (it’s actually four brands if you count separately Pioneer’s offshoot premium Elite brand). In the small world of AVR manufacturers, that makes this American/Japanese duo something of an empire.
Arcam AVR850 A/V Receiver Review
Daniel Kumin | Oct 13, 2016
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $6,000 AT A GLANCE Plus Outstanding seven-channel power from uncommon amp topology Dirac Live auto setup and room correction Winning remote handset Minus Lacks wireless connectivity Premium pricing THE VERDICT Reference-grade seven-channel power, an unusual (and unusually effective) auto-EQ system, and refreshing simplicity and straightforward ergonomics in a pricey, albeit very attractive and well-executed package. Arcam’s new flagship A/V receiver, the AVR850, is about the most expensive receiver you can buy today: $6,000 here in the Land of the Free(-ish) (not counting a slightly more expensive, similarly spec’d model sourced by Arcam for AudioControl). That’s a lot of simoleons for a box that, on the surface anyway, doesn’t do quite as much stuff as the big-brand models, doesn’t have as much claimed-on-paper power or as many colored lights or flashing displays, and which exudes a substantially simpler design aesthetic. So what do you get for your extra couple of kilo-clams?
Denon AVR-X4200W A/V Receiver Review
Daniel Kumin | Sep 29, 2016
Audio Performance Features Ergonomics Value PRICE $1,499 AT A GLANCE Plus Very solid amplifier performance DTS:X, Dolby Atmos on board with seven-channel power and nine-channel processing Good streaming-audio client performance and ergonomics Minus Ho-hum remote Firmware/feature upgrade process is clumsy THE VERDICT Denon’s latest-generation upper-echelon AVR does all of the most current modes, sources, and processings very competently indeed, with ample audio power and fully up-to-date video abilities. Full disclosure: Denon holds a special place in my hi-fi heart, because the brand’s former parent company, Nippon Columbia, brought me to Japan for my first time, on a sort of mini–press junket cooked up by the firm’s U.S. marketing guru. When I say mini, I mean it: It was just myself; Ken, the marketing guy; colleague Ken Pohlmann; and the late consumer electronics editor Bill Wolfe, whom I already knew well through long associations at titles like Video, Car Stereo Review, and (Plain Ol’) Stereo Review (S&V’s precursor).