The Denon AVC-X4700H is an AV receiver with nine built-in channels of amplification, and the ability to process 11.2 channels. It also offers Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Auro-3D and IMAX Enhanced, along with HDMI 2.1 and HEOS multi-room. So, is this the manufacturer's AVR sweet spot?
Denon launches new flagship AVC-X8500HA AV amplifier
by Andy Bassett
Denon has revealed a new flagship version of its X8500H AV amplifier, with the new AVC-X8500HA promising 8K compatibility, HDMI 2.1 features supporting 40Gbps transmission, new HDR format support plus the addition of DTS:X Pro.
Marantz unveils new flagship AV8805A AV pre-amplifier
by Andy Bassett
Marantz has announced a new, top of the range version of its renowned AV8805 AV pre-amplifier. The brand new AV8805A promises 8K compatibility, HDMI 2.1 bandwidth support up to 40Gbps plus the addition of DTS:X Pro and new HDR formats.
Yamaha flagship Aventage AVR range adds three new models for 2021
by Andy Bassett
Yamaha has unveiled its new, reimagined Aventage range of flagship AV receivers with the RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A models featuring cutting edge technology, Sound:AI optimisation and full, uncompromised 8K60/4K120 HDMI 2.1 compatibility.
The Arcam AV40 is the latest high-end AV Processor from the British audio manufacturer and boasts 16-channels of surround sound processing using the very latest codecs, as well as Dirac Live 16-channel room optimisation.
Updated 26th February 2021: The Trinnov Altitude16 AV processor delivers remarkable performance and unparalleled flexibility with sixteen channels of processing, the incredible Trinnov Optimizer, and support for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X Pro, and Auro-3D.
The MP-40 is the smaller venue based AV Processor from Lyngdorf with 12-channels of decoding for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D, along with RoomPerfect calibration and full system integration. It offers exactly the same performance as the MP-60 but in a smaller package, so just how good is it?
The Arcam AVR30 AV receiver finally arrives for review with seven channels of built-in Class G amplification and 9.1.6-channel processing. There's Dolby Atmos, DTS:X IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D decoding, along with eARC, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and support for Apple AirPlay 2 and Google Chromecast. But was it worth the wait?
The Focal Astral 16 is a high-end AV processor and amplifier that has 12 channels built-in, but can decode up to 16 for Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D. There's also Dirac Live and sophisticated web-based interface, but does it do enough to justify the hefty price-tag.
The latest AV Receiver from Marantz has many of the same features as its predecessor, with up to date connections for 4K HDR including Dolby Vision & HLG, along with all current immersive formats and IMAX Enhanced. So is it any good?
In our exclusive review we put Denon's new AVC-X8500H through its paces and find an AV amplifier that takes multi-channel surround sound to another level with 13 channels of built-in amplification and 13.1-channel processing, resulting in an unparalleled immersive audio experience.
Marantz AV8805 4K Ultra HD 13 channel pre-amp announced
by Mark Hodgkinson
The Marantz AV8805 is a high-end, thirteen channel pre-amplifier with full 4K HDCP 2.2 compatibility, eight AK4490 32-bit stereo DACs across all channels, assignable 15.2 balanced XLR outputs and lots of other bells and whistles.
This year has seen a period of consolidation in the AV Receiver market, with increased support for immersive audio and HDR, more channels of amplification and multi-room capabilities. So here are the best AVRs that we've reviewed.
While object based audio formats from Dolby and DTS are now included almost as standard on AV Receivers, Auro 3D support can often attract an upgrade cost so is it worth the investment given the amount of Auro 3D content available?
Marantz's flagship SR8012 has 11-channels of built-in amplification, along with just about every feature imaginable, making it the ideal single-box solution for those who like their AV receivers classy.
Denon's mid-range AVR-X4300H does the lot including 4K, HDR, immersive audio and even multiroom thanks to HEOS. If that wasn't enough you can pick it up for a song, which should be music to enthusiast's ears.