Archive for category AV Receivers
At the beginning of the review, I mentioned that I approached the SR5014 receiver with high expectations. I am glad to report that the receiver met my expectations and then some. The Marantz SR5014 is a mid-priced AV receiver with a high-end attitude. It is well built and packed with a powerful 7 x 100 Watts amplifier onboard. It is also equipped with state-of-the-art surround format processing and extensive input/output connectivity that will accommodate most users’ AV needs. The addition of the HEOS feature enhances the convenience of the receiver’s networking operations. More importantly, the SR5014 delivers strong sonic performance in both stereo and home-theater applications. For people who are looking for a one-box central AV controller solution for their system within the $1000 price range, the SR 5014 is a must audition. Its comprehensive features and well-rounded performance could easily win them over”
“Yamaha makes a big deal of their new Surround:AI with their latest xx80 series AV receivers and 5200 series Aventage separates. The “AI” stands for Artificial Intelligence and Yamaha claims it analyzes and optimizes the DSP parameters for each scene of a movie five times per second. They claim their system instantaneously analyzes each scene in real time, focusing on distinct sound elements (such as dialogue, background music, ambient sounds and sound effects), and automatically optimizes the overall surround effect for your home theater. Yamaha goes on to tout that their Surround:AI system enhances the enveloping immersion of the soundtrack while also anchoring the center channel dialogue.
I put this system to the test initially while listening to two-channel music and the results were less than stellar. I noted a decrease in bass response and an overall collapsing of the soundstage for my front speakers. Switching to the Dolby Surround Upmixer (DSU) provided much better sonic results while also preserving the bass levels.”
Denon’s approach to its lower/mid-range AV receivers is to lay on the features and deliver crowd-pleasing sonics. It’s a winning combination, improved by its attention to ease-of-use. The Denon AVR-X2600H is an accomplished all-rounder that’s hard to find fault with (beyond its seven-channel limit and a few streaming omissions), and is a fine option for cinematic audio and music alike. The differences with last year’s model are too limited to require upgrading, though.
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More fun can be had from streamed music. Pioneer doesn’t go in for a plethora of genre/venue-specific post-processing modes (the choices are Classical, Rock/Pop and Unplugged) but that’s of no concern. The same full-steam-ahead approach it shows with film mixes is good for upbeat tracks and electronica, and the Extended Stereo and Extended Mono modes bring your other speakers into play without any enjoyment-robbing pseudo surround pretensions. Digital file playback includes 192kHz/24-bit ALAC, AIFF, FLAC and WAV – plus 5.6MHz DSD – but again I’m not sure if this receiver’s target audience will lap up this functionality.
“And you definitely want to use the app, because it turns Audyssey MultEQ XT32 from a solid room correction solution into a really, truly fantastic one, allowing you to establish your own target room curves, set a maximum filter frequency, and make other tweaks and adjustments that aren’t available via the GUI.
For this review, I tinkered around with a few different max filter frequency settings, but generally kept the filters below 350Hz, except with my surround speakers, where a bit of recent redecoration in this room led to some unevenness in the response just north of 500Hz. Since I couldn’t fix that with placement in short order, I set a 600Hz max filter frequency for those speakers, and noticed no deleterious effects for having done so”