Home Entertainment - Receivers http://www.hemagazine.com/taxonomy/term/2/0 en Denon Announces Major Hardware and Firmware Upgrade http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577 <p><strong>3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> Pass-Through, Audyssey and Dolby Upgrades Added</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div style="text-align: justify">Denon Electronics is offering owners of its flagship AVR-5308CI A/V receiver and AVP-A1HDCI MultiMedia preamplifier a major hardware and firmware upgrade that will provide full 3D pass-through capability, as well as Audyssey MultEQ XT32, Audyssey DSX and Dolby PLIIz.</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;We are very excited to bring these leading-edge features to owners of our flagship products, noted Jeff Talmadge, Director, Product Development &amp; Systems Integration, Denon Electronics. &quot;Early adopters who purchased these components nearly 4 years ago bought them with the confidence that they would experience the very best home entertainment for years to come. This upgrade opportunity is yet another example of how Denon is committed to ensuring that our customers are ‘future ready' and remain at the leading edge of all the latest performance-enhancing technologies.&quot;</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22577#comments Tech Talk News Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:22:26 -0800 MarkE 22577 at http://www.hemagazine.com Airplay Capability Now Available on Denon and Marantz Components http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22421 <p><strong>Users Can Unleash Their iTunes® Music Libraries, Stream Songs from iPhone®, iPad<sup>TM</sup> or iPod Touch® Devices to Denon or Marantz Systems </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">Denon Electronics, the 100 year-old technology innovator and Marantz America, a leader of advanced home entertainment solutions, have announced the availability of AirPlay music streaming capability on nine network-capable audio/video components in their respective lineups, making the A/V receivers the world's first to include AirPlay capability. Given the availability of the newly launched Apple iOS 4.2 update to its mobile operating system, owners of AirPlay-compatible Denon and Marantz components may now stream songs directly from their iTunes music libraries, as well as music stored on their mobile devices, though their Wi-Fi enabled networks from their iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices.* The AirPlay upgrade is available at both the Denon and Marantz websites for $49.99.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22421">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22421#comments Home Automation &amp; Remotes Hot Products News Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Wed, 19 Jan 2011 20:12:51 -0800 MarkE 22421 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sherwood America Introduces Two New Receivers http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22356 <div style="text-align: justify">Sherwood America Inc. announced today the introduction of two new audio-video receivers at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Scheduled for April shipment, the RD-606i Network receiver is 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> ready with HDMI 1.4 and Audio Return Channel, and the RD-6506 receiver shares the same features without networking.</div> <div style="text-align: justify"> </div> <p style="text-align: justify">&quot;With the inclusion of HDMI 1.4a with repeater and Audio Return Channel in the introduction of the RG-6506 and RD-606i, we've brought the price point on these advanced functions down to a new level. In addition to providing 3D video capability, we are making it easy for users to seamlessly connect their Blu-ray player to the receiver to ensure they can enjoy lossless high-resolution DTS or Dolby audio,&quot; said Gary Graning, Sherwood's Vice President, Sales.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22356">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22356#comments News Receivers Wed, 05 Jan 2011 13:24:05 -0800 MarkE 22356 at http://www.hemagazine.com Anthem’s First Receivers Now Shipping http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22315 <div style="text-align: justify">Anthem, manufacturer of high-end electronics for music, home theater and distributed audio systems, has announced shipping of their first receivers. Both models in the MRX series feature seven channels of amplification, four HDMI in/one out and the ability to play music from a flash drive, USB disk drive or the Internet. MRX receivers are also equipped with award-winning Anthem Room Correction (ARC) system. Known for their separate amp/preamp components, Anthem's new MRX receivers deliver high-end performance in a more convenient package and at a more modest price point. Anthem MRX receivers include support for the latest audio formats including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic IIz, and DTS-HD Master Audio. Internet radio is available on both models while HD Radio is supported by the MRX 700 only. </div> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22315">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/22315#comments Hot Products News Other Audio Gear Receivers Wed, 29 Dec 2010 08:57:27 -0800 MarkE 22315 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sherwood: New Receivers, New Connectivity, New Price Points http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21970 <div style="text-align: justify"><strong>UPnP, Internet Radio, Wi-Fi, Windows 7, Optional Bluetooth, HDMI 1.4, 3D<sup class="glossary-indicator" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..."><a href="/taxonomy/term/68" title="3D, so much more than 2D. 50% more, really..." class="glossary-indicator">i</a></sup> Ready, Smart Phone, PC, iPod Connect.</strong></div> <p style="text-align: justify">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify">The battle for bragging rights for &quot;most wattage&quot; in an AV receiver has been supplanted by &quot;most connected&quot;, as Sherwood's two newest 7.1 receivers demonstrate. Model RD-705i dual-zone, network receiver streams Internet audio, including Internet Radio, with 802.11n Wi-Fi ability. Compliance with UPnP for home networking, allows music sources to be streamed wirelessly from digital devices anywhere in the home. Its HDMI 1.4 capability makes the RD-705i 3D ready. Optional Bluetooth connectivity offers streaming audio from Bluetooth components such as smart phones and PCs. For users with iPod music libraries, Sherwood's optional DS-10 iPod dock provides another audio source. Then, there is the full complement of Dolby and DTS high-resolution audio formats. Model RD-7505 offers identical audio-video performance without networking. Both receivers were recently unveiled at the CEDIA Expo in Atlanta, GA. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">Says Jeffrey Hipps, Sherwood's Sr. VP for Marketing and Product Development, &quot;With UPnP and Windows 7 compatibility, this receiver sets a new standard for connectivity and performance in its price class and the inclusion of HDMI repeater capability means they can internally decode the highest-resolution audio formats available to consumers today on Blu-ray disc.&quot; Users can access Internet radio from Pandora, Aupeo, Reciva, Shoutcast and other streaming music services that make available thousands of radio stations from around the world. Full bit-rate capability for multiple formats is provided by its192 kHz/24 bit D to A converters. </p> <p style="text-align: justify">The RD-7051 has an MSRP of $499.95. The RD-7505 has an MSRP of $399.95. Both receivers offer 100 watts per channel (x 7) and will become available in November.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21970">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/21970#comments News Receivers Mon, 18 Oct 2010 15:56:06 -0700 MarkE 21970 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon AVR-4311CI 9.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver http://www.hemagazine.com/denon_network_receiver_9.2-channel <p>Denon’s new A/V receiver, the AVR-4311CI, is now available and has been chosen as a finalist in the 2010 CEDIA Manufacturers’ Excellence Awards. </p> <p>The 9.2-channel Network receiver includes a variety of advanced features. It has the Audessey MultEQ 32 Room Correction, which has 32 times the resolution quality than that of the current MultEQ XT system. Additionally, it has Audessey’s new Sub EQ HT that allows the AVR-4311CI to have access to the highest level of audio playback quality. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/denon_network_receiver_9.2-channel">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/denon_network_receiver_9.2-channel#comments Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Wed, 01 Sep 2010 13:18:08 -0700 liz123 21867 at http://www.hemagazine.com Pass Labs INT-30A Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review <p><strong>The Pass Laboratories INT-30A integrated amplifier doesn't do much, and that's what makes it great!</strong></p> <p>I've probably reviewed well over a hundred amplifiers, but I can't say I've ever really heard one. I'm always listening to an amplifier driving a speaker, so the sound is really the combination of the two. </p> <p>I'm pretty sure Nelson Pass has not only listened to more amps and speakers than I have, he's designed more than a few of my favorite high-end amps. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Pass_Labs_INT-30A_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Receivers Fri, 02 Jul 2010 02:37:18 -0700 geoffm 21791 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon AVR-4810CI Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AVR-4810CI_Review <p><strong>All the bells and whistles<br /></strong><br />Reading the features list on modern receivers is like some sort of Tolstoy-esque torrent of acronyms and abbreviations. </p> <p>This is a good thing, believe it or not, at least when it's all implemented correctly. Denon has a strong history at being able to get it all to work together, so we take a look at their AVR-4810CI to run it through its paces.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AVR-4810CI_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Denon_AVR-4810CI_Review#comments Product Reviews Receivers Fri, 12 Mar 2010 02:51:45 -0800 geoffm 21615 at http://www.hemagazine.com 10 Best Gear 2010 http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010 <p><strong><span style="font-size: medium">The best gear of the year, as picked by the editors of <em>Home Entertainment</em>.</span></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Best_Gear_2010#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Amplifiers Flat Panel TV Reviews Headphone Reviews Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Plasma TVs Pre-amps &amp; Processors Projectors &amp; Screens Receivers Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:35:00 -0800 geoffm 21491 at http://www.hemagazine.com NaimUniti Review http://www.hemagazine.com/NaimUniti_Review <p><strong>Premium Blend<br /></strong><br />The NaimUniti combines all your stereo favorites in to one unifying package.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/NaimUniti_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/NaimUniti_Review#comments Product Reviews All-in-One System Reviews Amplifiers Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Receivers Mon, 21 Dec 2009 03:25:09 -0800 geoffm 21471 at http://www.hemagazine.com Hegel H100 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review <p><strong>Mix together one part amp and one part DAC and you get Hegel's H100 Integrated Amp.</strong> </p> <p>I am loving the influx of high-end audio gear that plays nice with computers. </p> <p>It's taken long enough, but it seems like the audiophile companies are embracing computer-based digital audio for the future that it is. <br />    <br />Whch brings us to this, the Hegel H100 Integrated Amp. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Hegel_H100_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Mon, 14 Dec 2009 02:20:11 -0800 geoffm 21462 at http://www.hemagazine.com Fatman iTube Red-i and Peachtree Audio Nova Reviews http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>When Digital Met Analog</strong></p> <p>Ditch the transistors and go tubing with old-fashioned, oh-so-analog vacuum tube audio gear from Peachtree Audio and Fatman.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Fatman_iTube_Red-i_Peachtree_Nova_Reviews#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Speakers Mon, 19 Oct 2009 03:18:00 -0700 geoffm 21367 at http://www.hemagazine.com Dolby Pro Logic IIz vs. Audyssey DSX vs. DTS http://www.hemagazine.com/Dolby_Pro_Logic_IIz_vs_Audyssey_DSX <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>Wall of Sound: Three new surround formats from Audyssey, Dolby and DTS aim to bring your theater sound to a whole new dimension. Literally.</strong></p> <p>You want me to buy <em>more</em> speakers? Yeah, I get that. To be honest, that was my first thought when I heard about height speakers. Just a gimmick, right? </p> <p>Well, to find out, I journeyed up and down the California coast visiting the headquarters of the formats’ creators.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Dolby_Pro_Logic_IIz_vs_Audyssey_DSX">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Dolby_Pro_Logic_IIz_vs_Audyssey_DSX#comments Product Reviews Other Features Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Wed, 23 Sep 2009 03:18:06 -0700 geoffm 21319 at http://www.hemagazine.com Viva Solista MkII Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Viva_Solista_MkII <p><strong>The Light Fantastic </strong></p> <p>“See me, touch me, hear me!” Those would be the Solista MkII's first words, if it could talk. </p> <p>The amplifier's flowing lines and voluptuous shape couldn't be from anywhere but Italy. And it is, entirely hand-crafted in Vicenza. The chassis' undulating curves and exquisitely machined knobs show this is no ordinary high-end amplifier. Listen to your favorite tunes and it becomes clear the Solista MkII was designed to preserve, above all else, the essence of the music.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Viva_Solista_MkII">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Viva_Solista_MkII#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Receivers Thu, 17 Sep 2009 02:53:14 -0700 geoffm 21303 at http://www.hemagazine.com Rotel RSX-1560 Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Rotel_RSX-1560_Review <p><strong>Silver Sounds</strong></p> <p>Well, it looks huge. Maybe not huge, but certainly hefty. </p> <p>And yet at 38 pounds, it’s not. </p> <p>There must be some kind of magic in there doing something. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Rotel_RSX-1560_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Rotel_RSX-1560_Review#comments Product Reviews Receivers Mon, 20 Jul 2009 03:03:59 -0700 geoffm 21109 at http://www.hemagazine.com Yamaha RX-V3900 Receiver Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Yamaha_RX-V3900_Review <p><strong>One receiver to rule them all</strong></p> <p>The consumer who is looking for one receiver to deliver stellar audio from their iPod and Internet radio stations, while also featuring HD radio need look no further.</p> <p>Yamaha has risen to the demanding challenge of designing one integrated receiver that combines all of those elements and even more with the RX-V3900 7.1 Home Theater receiver.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Yamaha_RX-V3900_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Yamaha_RX-V3900_Review#comments Product Reviews Receivers Tue, 19 May 2009 01:33:52 -0700 geoffm 20998 at http://www.hemagazine.com Simaudio MOON i3.3 Integrated Amplifier Review http://www.hemagazine.com/Simaudio_MOON+i3.3_Review <p><strong>Ultimate Hybrid</strong></p> <p>One of the fastest-growing product categories is high-end audio devices that decode digital audio from a computer or iPod. </p> <p>This amuses me, as for years many in the high-end audio realm thought of the iPod somewhere above the Anti-Christ but just below one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse. </p> <p>Not sure which, maybe the green one. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Simaudio_MOON+i3.3_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Simaudio_MOON+i3.3_Review#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Other Audio Gear Pre-amps &amp; Processors Receivers Mon, 04 May 2009 01:21:13 -0700 geoffm 20968 at http://www.hemagazine.com Crestron Experience Center - Hands-On Home Automation http://www.hemagazine.com/Crestron_Home_Automation <!--paging_filter--> <p><strong>The Crestron Experience Center in Las Vegas is one of the few places in the world delivering hands-on demos of the wonders of home automation.</strong></p> <p>With its new Las Vegas Experience Center, Crestron—which in home automation is perhaps even more pervasive than Microsoft is in the computer business—seeks to make its creations more accessible to dealers and customers. The Experience Center is one of only a few places in the world where one can witness home automation at work. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/Crestron_Home_Automation">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/Crestron_Home_Automation#comments Product Reviews Home Automation &amp; Remotes Multiroom Audio/Video Other Audio Gear Other Video Gear Receivers Mon, 16 Feb 2009 01:35:11 -0800 geoffm 20807 at http://www.hemagazine.com Sunfire TGR-401 Theater Grand Receiver Review http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sunfire_TGR-401_Review <p><strong>One Point Four Kilowatts</strong></p> <p>An A/V receiver is arguably the most important component in a home theater system surpassed, only, perhaps by speakers. </p> <p>It has a big job: Take in all your sources, process them, and then the &quot;little box that could&quot; has to amplify the signal and send it out to your speakers. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sunfire_TGR-401_Review">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Sunfire_TGR-401_Review#comments Product Reviews Receivers Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:51:49 -0800 geoffm 20579 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Denon DVD-3800BDCI and AVR-4308CI http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Denon_DVD-3800BDCI_AVR-4308CI <p><strong>An Audio Lover’s Video Player.</strong></p> <p>Over the past year, Denon has quietly assembled an interesting array of Blu-ray players designed to suit a host of budgets and systems—from the digital-only DVD-2500BTCI transport ($999) to the recently announced “entry-level” DVD-1800BD ($749). </p> <p>Residing at the top of the chain is the reference DVD-3800BDCI ($1,999), a beefy unit whose build quality and high-end components befit that higher price tag. </p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Denon_DVD-3800BDCI_AVR-4308CI">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Denon_DVD-3800BDCI_AVR-4308CI#comments Blu-ray Players Product Reviews Other Audio Gear Other Video Gear Receivers Tue, 18 Nov 2008 00:09:38 -0800 geoffm 20541 at http://www.hemagazine.com Duelling Domains http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Duelling_Domains <!--paging_filter--> <p>For an audio receiver to be worth its salt today, it must be able to handle the intricacies of video with the same precision as it does audio. So rather than waxing poetic on how nicely the GFR-700HD's controls blend into its industrial-tech black and silver finish, I'll start instead with the integral video scaler. It accepts video signals from legacy sources such as VCRs and DVD players, converts them into whatever resolution your video display prefers, then outputs the video to your display through an HDMI digital video jack.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Duelling_Domains">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/Duelling_Domains#comments Product Reviews Receivers Sat, 01 Sep 2007 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 6181 at http://www.hemagazine.com The Arcam Solo http://www.hemagazine.com/node/The_Arcam_Solo <!--paging_filter--> <p>Jack White, the guitarist and singer-songwriter half of rock’s reigning power duo, the White Stripes, records his music the old-fashioned way—on analog tape, and then edits his tapes with a razor blade. No computers are used recording and mixing the White Stripes’ music, and when asked why he stubbornly avoids the benefits of digital technology, Mr. White sums up his approach this way: “It’s all about soul.” For him, the immediacy of the sound is what matters most. Methinks Arcam’s all-in-one CD player/radio/stereo amplifier, the Solo, was conceived with a similar mindset.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/The_Arcam_Solo">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/The_Arcam_Solo#comments Product Reviews Other Audio Gear Receivers Speakers Sun, 01 Jan 2006 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 5351 at http://www.hemagazine.com Classé Audio's CAP-2100 Delta Integrated Amplifier http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5141 <!--paging_filter--> <p>Where most upscale components flaunt bravado and power, the Classé Audio CAP-2100 Delta Integrated Amplifier’s gracefully curved metalwork and sky blue touchscreen display send a very different message. Better yet, the beauty is more than skin deep—fresh thinking is evident in every aspect of its design.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5141">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5141#comments Product Reviews Amplifiers Receivers Wed, 01 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 5141 at http://www.hemagazine.com Denon's AVR-5805 http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5136 <!--paging_filter--> <p>The Denon AVR-5805 audio/video receiver embodies the super-size concept in ways even McDonald’s must envy.  This product weighs 92 pounds—as much as 368 Quarter Pounders. Denon has squeezed more ingredients into the AVR-5805 than any past receiver has held. And it measures 11 inches high—more than an inch taller than the previous record holder, Sony’s STR-DA9000ES.</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5136">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5136#comments Product Reviews Receivers Wed, 01 Jun 2005 05:00:00 -0700 Administrator 5136 at http://www.hemagazine.com Lexicon's RV-8 receiver http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5111 <!--paging_filter--> <p>When I interview custom installers for Robb Report Home Entertainment’s Home Portfolio section, I love to ask why they chose each piece of equipment. Every component seems to have its own story. This projector was selected for its high light output and low maintenance; that screen gives the best contrast for this room; those speakers complement the owner’s taste in music.</p> <p>However, I have stopped asking, “Why did you choose the Lexicon?” because I always get the same answer, delivered as if I had asked why the seating faces the screen: “It’s the best.”</p> <p><a href="http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5111">read more</a></p> http://www.hemagazine.com/node/5111#comments Product Reviews Receivers Fri, 01 Apr 2005 04:00:00 -0800 Administrator 5111 at http://www.hemagazine.com