Sound United is home to a great many well known and respected audio brands and in May 2019, an interim announcement was made that Onkyo and Pioneer would be joining the fold. That appears to have now changed.
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?
The Marantz NR1509 AVR delivers 5.2 channels with support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. It has 6 HDMI inputs and is fully compatible with the latest 4K Ultra HD video specifications, including Dolby Vision. So is this the perfect step down or entry point for those wanting quality, but without the need for immersive audio?
The premise has been made that high end amplifiers sound largely the same and the main benefit is just a psychological feel good. Could this really be the case? Or is this the opinion of a few enthusiasts who have not heard enough different models?
CD Player or Music Streamer For New Amp and Speakers?
You've got yourself a sweet amp and speaker setup and now you want some decent material to pump through it. You're planning on expanding your CD collection but you've also got plenty of digital music on your PC, plus Spotify. Just what's the best way forward to play all this stuff? Help put a system together.
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.
What's the best AV receiver for 4K and 5.1 surround?
Not everyone can, or even wants to, accommodate a speaker set up with overhead speakers for the likes of Dolby Atmos or DTS:X so which AVR or processor is best for 'simple' 5.1 surround whilst also supporting Ultra HD video?
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.
Marantz will launch its new flagship receiver the SR8012 in the UK in December 2017. It features support for all the latest audio and video formats and is the manufacturer's first-ever 11.2 channel receiver. There's also a selection of high-grade audiophile components and multiroom support to justify the price-tag.
What are the best crossover and speaker settings for bass management?
Most, if not all, AV amps and receivers now incorporate some form of bass management. In many instances this management allows a user to determine the point at which lower frequencies are sent to the speakers and subwoofer via crossover settings but how do you go about it? Come and join the discussion.
Are you looking for a boost in your multichannel audio experience but are satisfied with your speakers and AV Receiver/Processor? If so a power amp might just give your system a boost but what are the alternatives? Come and join the discussion.
Forum Topic: Have AV Receivers gone down the wrong road?
by Mark Hodgkinson
One AVForums member is getting the impression that we're paying for features on AV Receivers that we don't really need and would like to see stripped down offerings available with accordingly lower price-tags. Do you agree?