Receivers Archive

In-Depth Review of the Pioneer Elite VSX-LX103 AV Receiver

The technical specs for home theater AV receivers can sound overwhelmingly complex to a non-audiophile. In fact, micro-specs can even sound overwhelming to seasoned tech product reviewers like us. Why should we care about ohms and Total Harmonic Distortion? The truth is, the small details do matter, but ultimately the most important question is: How does the speaker system sound? Everyone has different sound preferences, …

Review of the Onkyo TX-NR686 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver

High definition surround sound isn’t only a matter of having nice speakers. In the process of creating high quality audio, distortion can weasel its way into a signal at countless junctures. About half of the responsibility of creating high quality sound goes back to the receiver you’re using to send sound signals to speakers. But in many cases, quality isn’t the issue at all. Instead …

Sony STRDH590 5.2 multi-channel 4k HDR AV Receiver Review

4K and HDR are the new resolution standard, period. 1080p is trying its darndest to stay relevant, but that ship is slowly sailing away. As a new generation of TVs enter our living rooms, the demand for updated audio equipment is becoming an international crisis. Okay… maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement, but it really is a problem. If you’re using a receiver that’s …

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2 Dolby Atmos Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver Review

These days, AV receivers have a much tougher job than they did 20 years ago. What used to be a simple box that took quiet sounds and made them loud is now the centerpiece of your home entertainment system. This hardware takes all of the video and audio sources and rebroadcasts them in the highest quality possible. It’s very possible that your current receiver works …

Review of the Marantz NR1607 Ultra HD Network AV Receiver

Home theater systems have taken on a considerable amount of advancement in a short period of time, both in terms of performance and ease of use. With the advent of 3D and super high definition audio with many new media releases, in areas such as movies, music and video games, although we’re only beginning to notice the benefits of them, they’re quickly becoming defining features …