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Inkel VR-654BD Blu-ray player with integrated 7.1-channel AV receiver

Posted in Receivers by Conner Flynn on August 11th, 2010

Inkel is offering folks in South Korea the VR-654BD Blu-ray player, which comes equipped with a built-in 7.1-channel AV receiver for your home theater system. Of course there’s Blu-ray and DVD support, but the device also features USB 2.0 connectivity as well.

Some other features include the ability to handle DivX and XviD file format playback straight from a USB flash drive, DB Live 2.0, and an integrated FM tuner radio. It should hit the South Korea market by the end of this month for $600. We may see it elsewhere soon after.

Pioneer readies three 7.1 receivers with iPhone control

Posted in Receivers by Conner Flynn on March 26th, 2010

Pioneer’s VSX-920-K, VSX-1020-K and VSX-1120-K 7.1-channel systems for the iPhone and iPod are being readied for their release this May and June. All come with a compatible USB port which will play Apple devices and charge them.

The 1020-K and 1120-K come with support for the iControlAV app (available for free in the App Store) which will steer the receivers, including multiple audio or video zones, balance tuning and input selection. Aside from that, all three feature an iPhone Control button which offers control on the touchscreen display instead of the receiver.

Onyko TX-SR608 receiver with six HDMI inputs

Posted in Receivers by Conner Flynn on March 9th, 2010

The Onyko TX-SR608 receiver is the latest receiver from the company. It will arrive next month for $599 and for that price you get six, count em six, HDMI 1.4 inputs and the ability to upscale lower resolution video to 1080p.

All six HDMI 1.4 inputs are capable of passing 3D video as well, with one of the inputs located on the front. All HD audio formats are able to be decoded, and it uses 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs. Dual subwoofer outputs and 7 x 160W output is an upgrade over the previous TX-SR607 model, which only had 90 watts per channel.

Onkyo TX-NR807 AV receiver with internet radio, DLNA streaming

Posted in Receivers by Conner Flynn on August 10th, 2009

Onkyo TX-NR807 AV receiver with internet radio, DLNA streamingOnkyo has unveiled a new home AV receiver that means business. It’s the company’s first that includes Pandora, Rhapsody, and Sirius streaming internet radio support. The Onyko TX-NR807 supports DLNA 1.5 media streaming, for playback of media stored on networked computers and drives, along with six HDMI ports, Faroudja DCDi Cinema 1080p upscaling and both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

You’ll also get Audyssey DSX soundstage extension processing and support for MP3, WMA, FLAC, Lossless, Ogg Vorbis and AAC files, a bi-directional remote control, ethernet port and 7.1 surround sound. There’s more. The TX-NR807 also supports multi-room audio, with powered zone two and three options and a serial port for system integration and more.

Marantz intros entry-level slimline AV receiver

Posted in Receivers by Conner Flynn on August 2nd, 2009

Marantz intros entry-level slimline AV receiverMarantz has introduced an entry-level AV receiver in the NR1501. List priced at $600, the AV receiver comes with four HDMI inputs, onboard decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, and analog video upconversion.

The NR1501 is a tad smaller than most receivers. The NR1501 has an onscreen display, but it’s the basic white text on a black, while many receivers in this price range feature full graphical user interfaces.There are also no 7.1 analog inputs, multizone functionality, or satellite radio connections.

New Onkyo A/V receivers are THX Ultra2 Plus certified

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on September 16th, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR876

Onkyo has on its hands this week two new THX Ultra2 Plus certified 7.1-channel A/V receivers which are available now. These are the TX-SR876 and TX-NR906, pricing at around $1,800 and $2,300, respectively.

Features wise, the only main difference between these two new A/V receivers seems to be that on the TX-NR906 there are “advanced networked audio capabilities.” Key features otherwise include HDMI repeaters for four high definition video sources, THX Loudness Plus processing, Audyssey’s new Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume technologies, HQV Reon-VX video upscaling to 1080p, multi-room support and HD Radio.

Sony adds new upper end A/V receivers

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on June 27th, 2008

Sony STR-DA4400ES

Sony is updating its line of upper end “Elevated Standard” A/V receivers with three new models. The STR-DA4400ES, STR-DA3400ES and STR-DA2400ES receivers are priced at around $1,500, $1,000 and $800 respectively.

Sony said all three receivers will be available later this summer. Key features include 7.1 channel surround sound, support for advanced audio codecs like Dolby TrueHD, a new graphical user interface and auto audio calibration. You can get the full details of these new Sony ES A/V receivers after the jump.

ADA receiver dones eight zones of audio goodness

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on June 26th, 2008

Audio Design Associates Suite 8200

Say you seek a multi-zone A/V receiver to go beyond your traditional two or three zone models. How about a receiver which can do eight zones? That’s the idea behind the new Audio Design Associates Suite 8200, priced at around $5,000.

The Audio Design Associates Suite 8200 can be combined with another Suite 8200 to give you 16 zones if you like. Beyond that, you’ll find this A/V receiver offering dual radio tuners to support XM or Sirius as well as HD and standard AM/FM radio.

Integra offers up DTR-5.9 A/V receiver

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on June 2nd, 2008

Integra DTR-5.9

Sometimes custom installers are the only ones who get access to the potentially really cool products. This seems to be the case with the new featured loaded DTR-5.9 A/V receiver from Integra, priced at around $800.

The new model, according to Integra, “features the same HDMI 1.3a repeaters and high resolution audio processing as the best-selling DTR-5.8 that it replaces, and adds two additional HDMI inputs for a total of four, 1080i upscaling of standard definition sources over HDMI, and Audyssey’s new Dynamic EQ loudness compensation technology.”

Onkyo rolls out new A/V receivers

Posted in Receivers by Nino Marchetti on March 18th, 2008

Onkyo TX-SR576Home electronics company Onkyo is set to bring us two new entry level A/V receivers which are each available in black or silver finishes. The 80 watt-per-channel TX-SR576 and 75 watt-per-channel TX-SR506 are priced at around $480 and $380 respectively.

These new Onkyo A/V receivers offer dual source “powered zone 2″ capability, meaning the receiver’s rear surround amplifier channels to power stereo speakers in a second room while still listening to 5.1-channel sound in the main zone. They also both offer support for Audyssey’s new Dynamic EQ loudness correction technology.

CES 2008

Sherwood debuts new flagship A/V receiver

Posted in CES 2008,Receivers,Sherwood by Nino Marchetti on January 10th, 2008

Sherwood R-972New A/V receivers are always plentiful at CES. One is from a company called Sherwood and it is known as the Sherwood R-972. Price is around $1,800.

The Sherwood R-972 is Sherwood’s new flagship receiver. You get a lot of features for your almost two grand: 100 watts RMS per channel for each of its seven channels, HDMI 1.3b support, decoding lossless audio from Blu-ray/HD DVD and a very advanced speaker performance measurement system.

Get the full scoop on the Sherwood R-972 after the jump.

NAD A/V receivers top heavy with features

Posted in NAD Electronics,Receivers by Nino Marchetti on November 16th, 2007

NAD T 785NAD Electronics, an audio-video manufacturer, is introducing three new A/V receivers to the market – the T 765, T 775 and T 785. The T 785 seems to be the most interesting of the lot, priced at around $3000.

The NAD T 785 offers up four 1.3 HDMI inputs for those who have multiple HDMI hardware pieces. It also looks to offer something called “cross conversion,” which delivers “all analog-video inputs (composite, S-, or component video) to HDMI with full quality.” A built-in calibrated microphone helps balance and adjust a multi-channel speaker system and “electro-mechanical configuration” reportedly makes the T 785 makes it easier to upgrade the receiver as new A/V technologies emerge.

Marantz ships powerful SR8002 A/V receiver

Posted in Home Theater,Marantz,Receivers by Nino Marchetti on October 31st, 2007

Marantz SR8002Word on A/V Street this week is Marantz, a developer of audio-video gear, is out with a new and highly desired A/V receiver. The Marantz SR8002 is priced at around $2,100.

The Marantz SR8002 is a 7.1-channel receiver loaded to the gills with features. Take a look at this laundry list of its most pronounced ones: HDMI 1.3 repeating capability, HD Radio, THX Select2 processing, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and dts HD Master Audio as well as MultEQ room correction and calibration technology from Audyssey Laboratories. You also get multi-room signal distribution.