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Mark Craven  |  Oct 07, 2020  |  0 comments
This 5.1 combi system doesn't offer much mileage from its onboard 3D audio decoding, but in other ways it offers solid value for money, reckons Mark Craven

All-in-one home cinema systems, which were the darlings of the AV market at the turn of the century, have fallen so far out of fashion that practically all manufacturers have given up on them. At first glance, you might think Onkyo's HT-S3910 is a lone holdout against the soundbar revolution, but then you clock that it lacks the integrated disc player that made all-in-one systems so convenient.

Steve May  |  Sep 30, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Whether you've got your eyes on 8K or next-gen gaming, X marks the spot, declares Steve May

Timing is everything, and with its first range of 8K-capable X Series home cinema amplifiers, Denon has seemingly got its timing just right. Not just because 8K flatpanels are slowly filtering through, but because this range is ready and able to play with the latest generation of consoles primed for 4K/120fps gaming thrills.

Steve Withers  |  Sep 02, 2020  |  0 comments
hccbestbuybadgev3Steve Withers swaps FMJ for HDA and finally turns into an object-based nutter as he immerses himself in 16 channels

Arcam's new lineup of AV models is finally here, adding three seven-channel receivers and a 16-channel processor to its High Definition Audio (HDA) range. HDA, for those who keep an eye on acronyms, replaces the outgoing, and cooler named, Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) series, bringing with it a number of changes – some more apparent than others.

Mark Craven  |  Dec 10, 2019  |  0 comments
A bargain price and some useful bonus features make Denon's entry-level seven-channel AVR hard to resist...
Mark Craven  |  Dec 06, 2019  |  0 comments
The Marantz NR1710 is the latest space-saving AVR to roll off the production line, designed, says the brand, to bring the 'Marantz sound' to living room environments where, often, a full-size receiver dare not tread. But at £600, it's pricier than some rival machines with more boisterous specs. Should you put your discs on a diet?
Steve May  |  Nov 20, 2019  |  0 comments
With a feature checklist as long as your arm, the SR6014 is the real-world star of Marantz’s 2019 
AV receiver lineup, says Steve May
Mark Craven  |  Oct 10, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedBy now we shouldn't be astonished by the lengthy spec lists of affordable AVRs, but this Pioneer still elicits a double-take. In bang-for-buck terms, the £440 VSX-934 seems irresistible...
Jamie Biesemans  |  Sep 30, 2019  |  0 comments
Not a lot has changed with Denon's mid-market seven-channel AVR, but that doesn't take the shine off an accomplished all-rounder
Steve May  |  Jan 16, 2019  |  0 comments
Marantz updates its long-running NR flagship for vinyl revivalists and Alexa addicts...
Richard Stevenson  |  Nov 27, 2018  |  0 comments
Denon’s AVC-X8500H has taken the AV amplifier concept and turned it up to 11. Well, more than that actually. With a claimed 1,950W spread through its 13 independent channels, plus every key AV feature currently available, this is the undisputed champion of AV specification trumps. But do you need so many channels of power on tap?
Richard Stevenson  |  Nov 23, 2018  |  0 comments
With Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D, Marantz’s SR7012 is one of a handful of receivers to boast this trio of sonic processing suites straight out of the box. One step down and considerably more affordable than the brand’s flagship SR8012 AVR, could this £1,000 model be the sweet spot for object-based audio value?
Steve May  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  0 comments

With the HEOS AVR, Denon has taken everything you think you know about AV receiver design, and filtered it through a multiroom prism. Pointless legacy inputs and 1990s design chic are traded for multiroom streaming and app control. You don't even have to trail speaker wire around your living room. Few would argue that the AVR is long overdue a rethink, but is this the right direction for tomorrow’s home cinema?

Richard Stevenson  |  Apr 18, 2017  |  0 comments
Denon’s AVR-X6300H comes to the home cinema receiver market with a spec sheet hotter than Megan Fox in a stolen hot tub – but the headline news is its 11 channels of onboard amplification for a largescale Dolby Atmos, DTS:X or (optionally) Auro-3D experience. That means no more fiddling about with external power amps for 7.1.4 sound.
Mark Craven  |  Dec 12, 2016  |  0 comments

It's getting hard to find many points of difference between AV receivers around the key £500 mark. Pioneer's VSX-1131, originally priced £550 but available now for less if you shop around, offers a specifications sheet with few surprises, beyond the fact that it's very well featured indeed. Whatever you're hoping to find here, you probably will. 

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