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During the review period, I got comfortable using voice commands with Alexa to stream music from Tidal and Pandora to the Denon receiver or the HEOS speakers. It was a nice convenience to be able to dictate the music on the fly while cooking in the kitchen without having to grab the remote or my phone. And the full sound of the HEOS 5 was impressive for a speaker of its size. There were only two or three times when Alexa got confused, playing the wrong song or not playing a song at all. And it was great to have the two HEOS 1 speakers set up as a stereo pair in the bathroom to play music streamed from the HEOS app or directly from my phone while getting ready in the morning.
Streaming high-resolution music from my NAS was straightforward using the HEOS button on the Denon remote, too. The AKM DACs and amps built into the Denon did a more than adequate job resolving the 24bit/192kHz and DSD files I sent their way.
In my case, DCAC set all my speakers to large, which always happens with my RBH system. I left the tower speakers set to large, and it was easy to manually change the size of the center and surrounds to small and select a crossover (it ranges from 40 to 200 Hz in 10-Hz increments). The distances looked about right. The only level setting that caught my eye was for the subwoofer, which was boosted 9 dB. I suspected that was going to be way too much bass, but I left it alone to start, just to see if the Sony receiver knew something I didn’t.”
“The SR7012 sits just below Marantz’s flagship SR8012 AVR. Marantz’s SR8012 commands an $800 premium due to several differences such as a substantially larger power supply, which uses a Toroid vs ecore; a copper plated chassis; and two more on-board amplification channels (a total of 11). Whether or not Marantz’s SR7012 or SR8012 is a better value will depend on your specific performance and installation needs.
The SR7012 is billed as a 9.2-Channel receiver, reflecting its on-board amplifier channels. The Marantz can natively power a 7.1.2 or 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X and 9.1 Auro-3D immersive audio setups. However, the SR7012 has a cool little secret. It has an 11.2-channel preamp section capable of driving a full 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setup or 10.1 Auro-3D if you add an additional two-channel amplifier.”
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.”