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Marantz SR6003 7.1 A/V Receiver

Marantz SR6003 7.1 A/V Receiver Marantz enjoys an enviable reputation as one of the finer consumer electronics companies in the audio/video industry, with products ranging from affordable home theater receivers to the “audiophile” 2-channel components of their highly regarded Reference Line. They also produce some of the best front projection units in the business. While not being sold at many “big box” retailers, Marantz has continued to thrive by producing quality products and selling them primarily through specialty retailers and custom installers. As I unboxed the SR6003 receiver, I was immediately struck by the desire to like this unit. The elegant curves of the front face panel combined with a readily apparent solid build quality captured my attention.  Did the Marantz SR6003 have the audio/video prowess to match its beauty? Let’s find out.

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Denon AVR-2309CI 7.1 A/V Receiver

Denon AVR-2309CI ReceiverThe Denon AVR-2309CI is the entry level product in Denon’s Custom Integration line, which includes receivers specifically designed with custom installers in mind.  It offers extras like an RS-232C port for integration with automation and advanced control systems such as Crestron, and a 12 volt trigger to automate things such as a front projection screen lowering when the system is powered on.

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Onkyo TX-SR806 THX Ultra2 Plus 7.1 A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR806 Receiver

With the TX-SR806 Onkyo further pushes the bar of what can be done within a $1100 Reciever:  THX Ultra2 Plus certification, 1080 line video processor, and the full suite of audio processing.  Did they give anything up?  Our Brian Florian investigates.

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Onkyo TX-SR576 7.1 A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR576  ReceiverLast year Onkyo introduced a truly stunning product, the TX-SR605, which offered HDMI 1.3 inputs, HD audio processing and a host of other advanced features at the amazing price point of $599. As 2007 has moved to 2008, Onkyo has now introduced their TX-SRxx6 series receivers and a new model, the Onkyo TX-SR576, that looks to move some of the TX-SR605's novel features to an even lower $479 price point.

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Rotel RSP-1069 7.1 Surround Sound Processor

Rotel RSP-1069 SSP

Rotel made some interesting choices with their RSP-1069 7.1 SSP. There is an obvious attention to build quality, the processor is heavy, solid and uses quality components throughout. However it is missing some key features found on many processors today, most obvious is the lack of room correction.

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Marantz SR7002 THX Select2 7.1 A/V Receiver

Marantz SR7002 ReceiverI’ve really had the itch to try out one of the new wiz-bang receivers with HDMI, high def audio, auto configuration etc.  Luckily, at least for my bank account, the Marantz SR7002 recently showed up at my door to help scratch my upgrade itch.

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Anthem Room Correction (ARC) for the Anthem D1 and D2 SSP

anthem-arc-teaser.jpgARC, or Anthem Room Correction, has been a long time in coming.  Its origins can be traced back as far as 1990 to research conducted at Canada's NRC (National Research Council).  Was it worth the wait?  Our Brian Florian finds out!

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Denon AVR-689 7.1 A/V Receiver

Denon AVR 689 ReceiverIt amazes me that what passed for a premium feature in A/V receivers two or three years ago can now be found on entry level models.  That is the beauty of progress!  Nowhere is this better exemplified than in the Denon AVR-689.  At an MSRP of $399 it is hard to believe that this unit is so jam packed with bells and whistles. Now this is what I call an affordable - and good - receiver. Read our review to see more.

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Integra DTR-7.8 A/V Receiver

integra-dtr-78-receiver-teaser.jpgThe Integra DTR 7.8 seven-channel A/V receiver has cutting edge features such as HDMI 1.3a, and internal processing of the latest hi-resolution audio codecs. It offers THX Ultra2 certification at an amazingly low price, and most importantly, produces the clean, neutral sound that we’ve come to expect from Integra products. Integra has produced another winner here.

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Denon AVP-A1HDCI Surround Sound Processor and POA-A1HDCI Power Amplifier

Denon AVP-A1HDCI SSP and POA-A1HDCI Amplifier

Denon's new AVP-A1HDCI sports 12 configurable XLR fully balanced output channels. It handles all the newest codecs, including DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Using its Denon Link, along with a DVD player that also has the Denon Link, you can play SACDs with the native DSD bitstream being sent to the processor for decoding (no conversion to PCM like most other systems do).

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Denon AVR-4308CI 7.1 Receiver

denon-avr-4308ci-receiver-teaser.jpgDenon's new AVR-4308CI is one heck of a receiver, with 7 x 140 watts and HDMI 1.3 connections, along with Wi-Fi and Ethernet capability. See our review to find out the details.

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