Receiver and Processor Reviews
Rooted in technology and expertise with a music heritage that runs over 125 years deep the R-S202 was created from years of experience and technological expertise in receiver design. The distinguishing “new” feature for this stereo receiver is the addition of Bluetooth technology...
When I reviewed the Marantz AV8802 processor late last year, I mentioned that Marantz was planning on offering a free upgrade to DTS:X, which is the competing 3D surround format from DTS. While the AV8802...
The Casablanca platform dates back to 1996. Designed with an upgradeable architecture, Theta has offered continuous hardware and software upgrades to stay current with the demands of the A/V technologies.
Reviewing the Datasat RS20i gave me the opportunity to evaluate a product that was designed and built for performance as the highest priority. It represents a product where the engineers apparently focused on optimum component selection and circuit design. The result is a product that tests well objectively and sounds excellent on the subjective level.
The Marantz AV8802 defines what it means to be a flagship A/V processor and preamp. Featuring support for up to 11.2 channels of immersive sound, the AV8802 includes Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, and the complete Audyssey Platinum suite. It can be optionally software upgraded to support Auro-3D and even the hardware can be updated to the latest HDMI 2.0a standard so the AV8802 is ready for the future of 4K and HDR video content.
The Sigma SSP is Classé's newest 7.1 channel surround sound processor. Classé optimized it for two-channel music playback and gave it extensive customization features. Included in this review are the Classé Sigma Amp2 two-channel amplifier and Sigma Amp5 five-channel amplifier. The combination of the Sigma SSP, Amp2 and Amp5 produces exceptional sound quality for both music and movies.
The DHC-80.6 is the current top-of-the-line 11.2 channel processor / preamp from Integra. It includes support for Dolby Atmos as well as the latest Dolby Surround upmixer, which can create a 3D surround experience...
Emotiva has earned a reputation for delivering great quality products at a substantial value to their customers. Emotiva has come a long way with their processor line, and this review covers the Emotiva XMC-1 Gen 2 which is a 7.2 channel preamplifier/processor (SSP).
Today, there are more SSP options on the market, but few of them are as up-to-date as the AV7702. Considering the AV7702's hardware and feature upgrades from the AV7701, I am impressed Marantz managed to keep the price so close to the old AV7701's.
Marantz has produced grin-inducing amps and receivers for many years. Their SR5009 will keep you smiling as it sends stunning sound to your speakers and gorgeous pictures to your TV. Featuring the latest high resolution audio decoders such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the Marantz SR5009 7.2 Network Home Theater A/V Receiver also includes Dolby Pro Logic IIz decoding so you can connect front height speakers for a dramatically expanded front soundstage.
The Audioengine B1 is an easy to use add-on accessory that promises quality audio playback via Bluetooth technology for under $200. It uses the latest Bluetooth 4.0 technology with the aptX Codec. This extends the B1's range and gives you the best possible audio reproduction.