Amplifiers/Processors

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Mark Craven  |  May 09, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendNAD expands its lineup of hi-res streaming amplifiers with the C 700, a more affordable – but still well-featured – alternative to its Masters Series hardware. Mark Craven investigates

Those who admired NAD's M10 two-channel, do-it-all streaming amplifier but were put off by the £2,200 price tag (see HCC #304) are clearly the target audience for the Canadian manufacturer's new C 700. Like the costlier Masters Series model, this compact component promises to drag your music playback into the 21st century via its hi-res capable BluOS streaming module, while chucking in a range of physical inputs for good measure, and then giving connected speakers a healthy punch of Class D amplification. Unlike the M10, however, it sells for £1,300.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 21, 2022  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers installs a lot of speakers to assess this AV processor's promise of full sonic immersion

First announced in October 2020, the arrival of Anthem's new home cinema range in the UK has been delayed by you-know-what, but finally its AVM 70 processor is here and ready to rumble. It joins three AV receivers – the flagship MRX 1140, the MRX 740 (reviewed in HCC #321), and the entry-level MRX 540 – and will be followed in due course by another processor, the AVM 90. And it's dripping in tech and setup potential.

Steve Withers  |  Mar 09, 2021  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeIn these days of 3D audio can you have too many channels? French company Trinnov doesn’t seem to think so, judging by its flagship Altitude series of home cinema processors...
Steve Withers  |  Feb 03, 2021  |  0 comments
NAD’s seven-channel amp utilises Purifi’s Eigentakt Class D wizardry to claim more power than its M27 predecessor. Steve Withers reports
Steve Withers  |  Jun 19, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers finds out if this 11-channel power amplifier can drive today's immersive systems without breaking a sweat

US audio brand Emotiva set itself the laudable goal of building high-end products 'at prices that more people could afford'. It aims to achieve this by keeping operations lean and focusing on relatively few product lines, and using a modular approach that lends itself to certain economies of scale. It also designs and assembles its entire range in its homeland – something of a rarity these days.

Steve Withers  |  May 18, 2020  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeThis 16-channel AV processor promises to sound perfect in any room. Steve Withers pricks up his ears

Any company that christens its room correction system RoomPerfect must be confident it can live up to such a moniker. It's right there in the name. Anything less than sonic perfection and you're opening yourself up to a world of criticism. The MP-60, the new 16-channel AV processor from Danish manufacturer Lyngdorf, is designed to deliver exactly that: the perfect room.

Steve Withers  |  Sep 27, 2019  |  0 comments

Steve Withers dabbles in astral sound projection with Focal’s 16-channel home cinema processor and amplifier

Steve May  |  Jun 24, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedSteve May plays hide and seek with this space-saving 5.1-channel AV amplifier that's designed to mount to the back of your flatscreen

The Artison Nano Backpack P5 is a Dolby Digital/DTS amplifier unlike any other. Ultra-slim and input-lite, it's AV stripped back to the point of anonymity. And, let's be clear, this is a good thing.

Steve Withers  |  Jan 24, 2019  |  0 comments
NAD’s flagship home cinema processor has been updated to V2 guise, adding Dolby Atmos, 4K HDR and Dirac Live EQ – we welcome the new functionality
Steve Withers  |  Dec 12, 2018  |  First Published: Dec 11, 2018  |  0 comments
If IOTA’s goal is to deliver unbeatable price/performance, then it’s certainly off to a good start as far as this seven-channel power amplifier is concerned...
Steve Withers  |  Dec 05, 2018  |  0 comments
Yamaha has been doing multichannel surround and immersive audio longer than just about anyone. In fact, it pioneered the concept of height speakers before Dolby and DTS got in on the act. However, with nearly every AVR marque offering object audio setups with speakers all over the room, it was time for Yamaha to have a rethink. Enter its CX-A5200 processor.
Steve Withers  |  Nov 19, 2018  |  0 comments
The AV8805 is Marantz's new flagship AV processor, capable of decoding a whopping 13.2 channels. In fact it's a technological statement of intent, an AV hub that boasts just about every feature imaginable. So not only does it support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, it also handles Auro-3D – making it the only preamplifier to decode all three immersive audio formats at anything approaching a sensible price.
Jon Thompson  |  Aug 21, 2017  |  0 comments
For Arcam fans, the company is up there with Church's shoes or Aston Martin, genuinely English with a solid reputation. And whereas it may once have been seen as a little staid, these days it's rocking a lineup of AV hardware that will get any cinephile's juices flowing. 
Richard Stevenson  |  Dec 03, 2015  |  0 comments

Marantz’s flagship AV processor has received the A suffix it perhaps always should have. The AV8802A comes to the table boasting HDCP 2.2 – so is compatible with protected 4K content from forthcoming UHD Blu-ray spinners. Bought a non-A model earlier in the year? HDCP 2.2 is also available as an aftermarket upgrade.

Ed Selley  |  Sep 07, 2015  |  0 comments

The feature list for a high-end AVR is now a literary work of some consequence. Modern amps tote a bewildering variety of functions and formats, and brands constantly strive to cram ever more into a single box. 

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