Unless you're a home theater idiot-savant, you probably forget what HDMI port your Xbox or Blu-ray player is connected to, requiring you to randomly cycle through inputs. A task that's now a lot easier with InstaPrevue's live video thumbnail previews.
If you fashion yourself as an audiophile and just threw down a decent wad of cash on a new A/V receiver, you probably won't like hearing that the receivers of yesteryear produce comparable sound. Why is that? Technological advancement, ironically.
Just like with Onkyo's HT-RC370 and HT-RC360 receivers, the TX-NR809 upscales to a resolution that's only on a handful of ludicrously expensive TVs and projectors. You'll be future-proofing yourself for a long, long, long, long, long time with this receiver.
Onkyo's new HT-RC370 and HT-RC360 receivers are pretty beefy—7.2 channel audio, THX certification on the former, wireless connectivity, and net radio streaming. But what really stands out is 4K video upscaling—so powerful, you can't even use it. Errr.
Say hello to the Pioneer VSX-1021 A/V receiver. Like other A/V receivers, it too will take all your home theater devices and allow them to interact happily with one another. But unlike most other receivers, it also plays nice with Apple's AirPlay streaming standard, and it does so at a realistic price: $550.
The TX-SR608 receiver will be available in April for $599, just in time for pairing with a Panasonic or Samsung 3DTV, and with a whopping six HDMI inputs it's very well-specced for its price.
Bad news for both you and 3D. Your fancy receivers can't pass 3D signals because they aren't equipped with HDMI 1.4. And on top of that, even more bad news: only one of Sony's 4 new receivers supports 3D.
The Yamaha YHT-S400 features a sound bar that's 31" long by 2" high and—for the first time—a subwoofer that's actually integrated into the receiver. It sounds perfect if you live in, say, a cramped city apartment. Like me!
For decades, receiver innovation has been stuck in tar, an anonymous group of large black boxes with way too many buttons. Now, the neoHD hopes to re-imagine what the receiver can be.
Reading up on this totally fresh neoHD receiver tells me that Yamaha—unlike its competition—is trying hard to keep up with the rapidly changing home theater situation, particularly where HD video is concerned.
Onkyo's new TX-SR607 receiver goes where no sound component has ever gone before by providing Dolby Pro Logic IIz, which gives you vertically-oriented sound in addition to the normal surround sound.
Yamaha has refreshed their entire home theater in a box (HDIB) line with the YHT-791 ($850), YHT-591 ($650), YHT-491 ($550) and YHT-391 ($450). Here's a quick summary of the systems:
Alpine is rolling out their new lineup of receivers, with the iXA-W404 leading the charge. It features a 4.3-inch QVGA touchscreen monitor that more or less mimics coverflow.
The SC-BT300 is Panasonic's new golden boy home theater system, and the powerful BD-Live system might actually be featurey enough to tempt you away from those sacred standalone components.
Normally I don't get excited about receivers, but Pioneer's new line, starting at $300, have an iPod Digital USB connection that goes beyond plug-and-play access to deliver audio digitally—including DRM content—for super sweet sound quality.
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Pioneer's got new Elite 7.1 receivers, the high end SC-07 and SC-05, and the lesser VSX-03TXH and VSX-01TXH. The SC-07 has a Burr Brown Sampling Rate Converter (SRC) to upscale audio to 192 kHz 24-bit res, and dual HDMI outputs for multiroom output. The SC-07 and SC-05 also work with Pioneer's new Blu-ray player to…
Onkyo's best new entry level HTiB setup has a 7.1 surround is notable for having room correction tech. I'm pretty sure its rare to find a low end system that can adjust gain and delay on all channels to calibrate itself to a room's acoustics. The receiver included is the DTS/Dolby capable HT-R560, with 3 HDMI inputs,…
Yamaha's new 11.2 channel A/V receiver is certainly impressive, featuring HDMI 1.3 (5 inputs, 2 outputs), 1080p upscaling, 2 usb ports, and ethernet which can connect to a networked drive or Yamaha's MusicCast service. But for $5500, there are a couple of glaring omissions in the RX-Z11.