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If you are in need of a new or upgraded receiver, your options are diverse and bountiful. Read the following reviews to learn which receiver will best match your needs.
The Uphorik has separate inputs and circuits for MM or MC cartridges. On the input and output there's both balanced and unbalanced outputs. Each channel is processed separately, in a full, shielded, dual mono design. Linn claims a signal to noise ratio of 105 dB and a frequency response of 2.5 Hz to 40 kHz (-3 dB) with both the MM and MC inputs.
All three new receivers--The AVR-4311CI, AVR-3311CI and AVR-2311CI-- have Control4 Certification, so you can control them with that company's control products. The existing CI models now have the same certification. Read on for more info.
As you'd expect, the AVR-4810CI decodes all the latest audio formats. Each of the receiver's nine channels puts out 140 watts. For front height channels, there is Dolby ProLogic IIz processing and Audyssey's DSX (which adds the possibility of width channels as well). Audyssey's MultEQ XT 8-point room correction processing is also inside. All incoming video signals, regardless of resolution or input, can be upconverted/transcoded to HDMI and 1080p.
The 7.2-channel TX-SR608 is THX-Select2 Plus certified and has 100 watts per channel. In addition to Dolby ProLogic IIz height processing, there is now Audyssey DSX for height and width capabilities. Video processing, scaling, and transcoding is done via a Faroudja DCDi Cinema chip. Read on to know more about it.
The VSX-820-K adds iPhone connectivity. An included cable recharges your iPhone, and lets you control it using the receiver's remote. If you want to go back to navigating on the iPhone itself, a button on the front of the receiver toggles back and forth. The cable also carries video info, so you can get videos and album info on your TV. Pioneer claims the cable will work with most nano, touch, and classic models as well.
The 650BD, meanwhile, has the needed Ethernet connection to play BD-Live Web content. It offers internal decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as 7.1-channel analog audio outputs. Dual USB ports are on board for playback of digital media files.
The back of the CAP-2100 reveals its dual mono construction. Left- and right-channel circuits are built in mirror-imaged pairs to minimize signal leakage between the two. Amplifiers are kept separated for better sound.
The AVR-5805 supplies sound to a home theater plus as many as three additional rooms. One of those three can even have surround sound, so you can set up a second home theater without adding a second receiver.
There are many options for controlling the picture, such as deciding upon the aspect ratio and fine-tuning vertical/horizontal positioning of the image. Scaler settings for each input are stored, so they'll change automatically when you switch from your VCR to your DVD player.
The H100 is based on their H1 integrated amp, but adds in a USB jack and a corresponding DAC. Hegel's philosophy is that you're going to have most of your music on your computer, not just on your iPod, so why not go to the source? Also, it's difficult to get a digital signal from the iPod, and hooking up via USB will let your computer do the codec decoding, and the Hegel do the digital-to-analog conversion.
With the level of customization provided by the RV-8, it comes as no surprise that the instruction manual resembles the phone book of a small city. Details below may be helpful before your purchasing.
As coffee-table-sized symphony orchestras are a few years off, the true stereo enthusiast is faced with the daunting task of finding a way to play cherished recordings old and new in the highest quality possible. For many of us (and we know who we are) this can mean switching from vinyl to iPod to CD and back again as fast as our whims can carry us.
For starters, you will not find it at a big electronics retailer. Rotel products are sold exclusively through specialty audio stores and custom installers. A Rotel receiver in your living room marks you as a cognoscente, a person who considers an audio component to be more than a mere appliance.
Inside the RSX-1560 is a 7-channel Class-D amplifier, and a pretty powerful one at that. Rated at 100-watts per channel into 8 ohms, Rotel claims an even more impressive 200 watts into 4 ohms. Amplifiers should double their wattage when you halve the impedance, but most don’t. Most companies don’t volunteer this rating.
There are two ways to look at the i3.3: what it is and what it can be. The base i3.3 is a stereo integrated amplifier with four analog inputs and 100 watts per channel. Where the genius comes in is what it can be. Read on to learn more information below.
The TGR-401 is a clean, stylish looking component absent the confusing overabundance of buttons and switches found on many receivers. The TGR-401 is a switchable two-zone audio receiver, which borrows the two surround back channels to power stereo speakers in a second zone, leaving five channels for the main home theater system, though you can add a separate amp two-channel amp to the main system to keep the 7.1.
Viva amplifiers' transformers are all designed by Schembri and custom built by a local supplier. Again, that obsessive level of design is rare, even for most of today's high-end vacuum tube electronics manufacturers. Schembri's custom transformers are absolutely crucial to the Solista MkII's sound because the music signal is routed through the transformer.
For those consumers that already have a Rhapsody music subscription, this receiver is already set up to deliver CD-quality songs in the Rhapsody music collection as soon as you hook up the unit. Read on to learn more details about the receiver.