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AV Preamplifier and 7.1 Surround Sound Processor Reviews

The modern AV preamp is a jack-of-all-trades. While at its core it is a switching device for audio and video sources, the modern AV preamp has to do much more than switch between inputs. First, it must offer all the inputs currently available to allow itself to integrate into any system. This means older connectors and formats such as composite, S-Video and component video need to be supported for many users, as well as HDMI. Video scaling and transcoding are also key for ease of use, allowing a user to connect their display with a single cable, presumably HDMI. The modern AV preamp must also provide exceptional two-channel and multi-channel audio performance. While audiophiles may form a hybrid system, where a dedicated two-channel preamplifier covers the stereo sources and a zero gain or home theater bypass allows use of the home theater for multi-channel use, most do not want to deal with the added headaches and space required for such a system. Most users want a single box to satisfy both their home theater and two-channel listening needs.

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Marantz AV8801 AV Processor

Marantz AV8801 AV Processor

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Marantz delivers again with a very strong entry into the marketplace. Our Brian Kahn loves it, and can only think of one thing that it is missing . . . Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Read More

 
Crestron PROCISE PSPHD Surround Sound Processor Reviewed

Crestron PROCISE PSPHD Surround Sound Processor Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Many preamplifiers offer audio enhancement features like room correction or apps, but, as Sean Killebrew discovered during his review, few can offer the integration and control option of Crestron's PROCISE PSPHD preamp. Read More

 
Krell Foundation AV Preamp Reviewed

Krell Foundation AV Preamp Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Foundation is brand new territory for Krell. The company has built a brand new AV preamp that features a more affordable price tag. But does the Foundation offer all the performance one expects from Krell. Jerry Del Colliano finds out. Read More

 
Emotiva UMC-200 7.1 Channel AV Preamp Reviewed

Emotiva UMC-200 7.1 Channel AV Preamp Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Emotiva has been a very popular and much demanded review. Here is the first review as Andrew Robinson takes Emotiva's UMC-200 AV preamplifier and takes it to task to see how it holds up under pressure. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Read More

 
Outlaw Audio Model 975 7.1 AV Surround Sound Processor Reviewed

Outlaw Audio Model 975 7.1 AV Surround Sound Processor Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Outlaw Audio has worked long and hard to bring the Model 975 AV surround sound processor to market. Andrew Robinson takes the unit in for review and finds out that it was worth the wait. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's 2011 Best Of Awards

Home Theater Review's 2011 Best Of Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

For a third time, the editorial staff of Home Theater Review have examined the year's offerings in AV gear and decided what they deem to be the best in every category. Find out who is the best of the best. Read More

 
Cary Audio Design Cinema 12 HD Surround Sound Processor Reviewed

Cary Audio Design Cinema 12 HD Surround Sound Processor Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

HomeTheaterReview.com reviewer Sean Killebrew integrated the Cary Audio Design Cinema 12 HD surround sound processor into his system to put it through a series of tests. Read on to find out what the results were. Read More

 
Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 Channel AV Preamp Reviewed

Integra DHC-80.2 9.2 Channel AV Preamp Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The Integra DHC-80.2 is a 9.2 channel AV preamplifier that impressed Andrew Robinson, who had the unit in for review. He threw a series of tests at the DHC-80.2 and it handle them rather well, with only a few drawbacks. Read More