Archive for category AV Receivers
So natural sounding and well-placed in my listening room were background noises, that I often found myself pausing Iron Fist, thinking someone was calling out to me, or that my young daughter was bursting into my home theatre room.
The accurate and realistic placement of effects was helped by the SR8012 and Audyssey’s XT32’s ability to give my speakers a sense of cohesiveness. This cohesiveness produced some of the most convincing front to back pans I have heard from any AV receiver/amplifier.”
The NAD T 777 V3 AV Surround Sound Receiver can easily compete with and replace separates. It will drive demanding speakers and has more than enough headroom to play loud without distortion. HDMI 2.0a supports the latest 4K video with 10-bit color and HDR. And you needn’t worry about obsolescence. Modular Design Construction makes the T 777 V3 about as future-proof as any product can be. It might even be the last receiver you ever buy. Once you’ve heard it, I think you’ll agree. It earns my Highest Recommendation.”
Denon’s X4400H created a sound field that had both an excellent sense of height and width. This was helped in no small part by the X4400 upconverting the soundtrack to Neural: X which engaged the height channels.
The soundstage the X4400H created was big enough to place smack bang in the middle of the action. Combined with excellent channel steering and strong surround presence, the X4400H delivered both an immersive and engaging home theatre experience.”
The X4400H’s ability to decode pretty much anything you can throw at it, plus the benefit of the clean, taut bass it produces, outweighs its competitors arguably more polished overall high-end sound. It still delivers a heck of a good movie watching experience, and that is where it shines.”
The receiver’s Audyssey setup does offer the familiar Reference and Flat equalization options. There’s also Audyssey Dynamic EQ, which interactively modifies the shaping and balancing for the lower-than-reference levels that nearly all of us employ nearly all of the time. (Many audiophiles probably defeat this in their setup options. My advice: Don’t until you’ve tried it.) Then there’s Dynamic Volume, one of the best “smart-loudness-contour” implementations out there.”
Imagine Dragon’s “Believer” from the album Evolve (CD, Interscope) has been in heavy rotation in our household. I found that the Sony’s presentation provided plenty of detail and punch, especially in the mid-bass region. No, the Sony receiver driving wall- and ceiling-mounted speakers cannot provide the same level of performance as high-end separates and floorstanding speakers, but Sony’s attention to audio performance pays off–the receiver provided a lower noise floor and better detail than you would expect to find at this price point.”