AV Receiver Reviews (108 Reviews)


AV Receiver Reviews Archives

Oct 26, 2008

Pioneer Elite SC-09TX A/V Receiver Reviewed

The SC-09TX provides power that is "bountiful and robust, making it one of the better sounding receivers in the game today." It also "possesses more features and customizable options than even the most fanatical home theater enthusiast is ever like to need and/or use" Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite SC-09TX A/V Receiver Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH A/V Receiver Reviewed

Andrew Robinson called the VSX-94TXH "a delight to use and among the easiest full-featured receivers to live with day-to-day." He also noted that it filled rooms with "rich, full, dynamic and dare I say, analog-like sound that suits a wide variety of listening tastes and source material." Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH A/V Receiver Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Harman Kardon AVR 354 A/V Receiver Reviewed

The two channel performance on the AVR 354 is "first-rate, possessing a terrific soundstage in terms of width and depth." The easy interface "makes this one of the easiest receivers to live with long-term." When it comes to the actual performance, our reviewer said it "possesses a smooth, rich, dare I say, somewhat relaxed sound" Continue Reading
Harman Kardon AVR 354 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Oct 26, 2008

Harman Kardon AVR 154 AV Receiver Reviewed

Despite the fact that it costs just $350, our reviewer found the AVR 154 "shockingly musical and dynamic, making it suitable for a wide variety of source material." He also noted it "sounds much better and far more robust than it should." It also had "stunning good looks" and "ease of use" Continue Reading
Harman Kardon AVR 154 AV Receiver Reviewed

Oct 20, 2008

Meridian G95 Surround Receiver Reviewed

The sound on this receiver was rated very highly by our reviewer. "Whether you are listening to movies in 5.1 or CDs in stereo, or the famed Meridian Trifield setting, you will get some of the finest sound imaginable." Furthermore, the G95 "is likely the best home theater system for rooms where space is severely limited" Continue Reading
Meridian G95 Surround Receiver Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Yamaha RX-V863 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

The V863 "possesses a lively and energetic sound that adds a bit of swing to music and punch to movies" and it sounds "remarkably good for a receiver in this price class." It is also a better value than most similarly priced receivers because it has more features and options than they do. Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V863 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Sony STR-DA3300ES 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

The STR-DA3300ES has an "excellent, easy to use graphical user interface which puts it a notch above" most of the competition. The sound uses the Digital Cinema Auto Calibration feature which tunes the receiver for optimal sound based on room size and features. Our reviewer felt it "compares favorably with Audyssey room correction" Continue Reading
Sony STR-DA3300ES 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR805 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed with the TX-SR805, calling it "one of the best-sounding receivers in its price class" and adding that it has a "full-bodied, non-etched sound with incredible bass definition and impact." There is also power here, as there are 130 watts available on all seven channels Continue Reading
Onkyo TX-SR805 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR575 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

The TX-SR575 has "very good audio performance for the money" and provides "deep bass and a pleasant sound that is better than comparably priced receivers." It also has some nice enhancements like the Audyssey 2EQ and both Sirius and XM capability. Video images are "clear and bright...especially HD sources" Continue Reading
Onkyo TX-SR575 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Marantz SR8002 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Our reviewer called the SR8002 "a powerhouse receiver that really excels in the audio department and does an excellent job on video as well." It supports many high-resolution surround sound formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD and provides "beautiful video reproduction, especially on high-def sources." Continue Reading
Marantz SR8002 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Oct 12, 2008

Integra DTR-8.8 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

The DTR 8.8 is "the perfect receiver for someone who wants to upgrade their entry-level receiver to provide more features and functionality while offering superb performance and remaining easy to use." The sound quality was excellent and it can play high-resolution surround sound formats like Dolby True HD and DTS-MD Master Audio. Continue Reading
Integra DTR-8.8 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Feb 15, 2006

Denon AVR 2807 Receiver & Denon DVD-1920 DVD Player Reviewed

The combo sits middle of Denon's line and offered a lot of bang for the buck. Both these models have since been replaced in the lineup but they continue to circulate on the used market Continue Reading
Denon AVR 2807 Receiver & Denon DVD-1920 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 15, 2005

Yamaha RX-V1400 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Our reviewer was impressed by the RX-V1400 and described it as a "versatile, multi-purpose, value-priced receiver." The sound is "refined...warm and full," although some listeners may want a bit more power. The Dolby Digital and DTS decoding modes sounded accurate and realistic with a terrific bass presence." Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V1400 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Apr 15, 2005

NAD T763 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

The T763uses the EARS circuit, a digital signal processor which uses NAD surround processing to "reproduce a two-channel recording with natural ambient acoustic sound." The set up was simple and straightforward and this model has "plenty of features and advanced technology that set NAD apart" from the competition Continue Reading
NAD T763 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

Apr 03, 2005

Yamaha RX-V1500 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver Reviewed

The setup of the RX-V1500 is very easy and does "much of the thinking for you and lets you focus...on enjoying your system." Our reviewer concluded, "If you're in the market for a top-notch A/V receiver and you like the idea of calibrating your system to sound the best that it can, the RX-V1500 warrants serious consideration." Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V1500 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver Reviewed

Feb 15, 2005

Yamaha RX-V457 Receiver Reviewed

The RX-V457 is an "entry level, all-purpose receiver that will thrill most and satisfy the rest." Sound-wise, the two-channel reproduction was "crisp and real," while the "Roxy Theater" setting "brought back the room and I could almost smell the smoke and alcohol." Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V457 Receiver Reviewed

Apr 15, 2004

Denon AVR-2803 A/V Receiver Reviewed

This model offers an eight-channel analog input for SACD/DVD-Audio sources. While listening to music on the AV-2803 was "pleasing," listening to films was superb. Our reviewer noted that "Surround effects sprang to life and the soundstage was extremely engaging" Continue Reading
Denon AVR-2803 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Apr 15, 2004

Sherwood Newcastle R-903 A/V Receiver and Newcastle V-903 DVD Player Reviewed

Our reviewer found music played on the R-903 to be "very warm and spacious. Vocals were clean and powerful with stringed instruments sounding lively." The design was attractive and slim and the setup procedures were user friendly "even for novices." Continue Reading
Sherwood Newcastle R-903 A/V Receiver and Newcastle V-903 DVD Player Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

NAD T752 A/V Receiver Reviewed

This surround sound unit features PowerDrive amplifier technology which "automatically adjusts the power supply settings of the amplifier to the exact needs of each loudspeaker." DVD soundtracks sounded excellent and had a "sense of space and power...The bass was very clear and resolute and the surround sound steering was very exciting and punchy." Continue Reading
NAD T752 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Apr 18, 2003

Yamaha RX-V730 AV Receiver Reviewed

The RX-V730 has an impressive list of decoding options including Dolby Digital EX and ProLogic II & DTS-ES compatibility. It features the Quad-Field Cinema Digital Surround Processor which our reviewer found "impressive." It's affordable which makes it "perfect for a casual user or first-time buyer." Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V730 AV Receiver Reviewed

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