Sony and Yamaha have announced their midrange AV receiver lines, and today Onkyo announced three new AV receivers ranging in price from $300 to $600. The biggest news is that the new TX-SR607 ($600) will be the first receiver to feature Dolby ProLogic IIz sound processing, which can expand existing 7.1 soundtracks to 9.1, routing some of the audio to "front high speakers" which are positioned above your standard front speakers. Let's take a look at how all three models compare:
Key features of the Onkyo TX-SR307:5.1 AV receiver with 65 … Read more
Last month, Sony's STR-DG920 scored well in our review for its excellent value, offering up a graphical user interface, 1080p upconversion and four HDMI inputs at a midrange price--clearly besting the competition in the features department.
Sony announced its new 2009 line of AV receivers at its line show Monday, and it looks like much of that advantage has eroded away, with Yamaha's new receivers offering many of the same key features at similar prices. Unfortunately, the initial press releases are light on details, but here's what we know so far.
Key features of the Sony STR-DH100:Stereo AV receiver, 100 watts per channel Five analog audio inputs (no digital audio inputs) No video inputs $150 price, available in March
S-Video inputs are disappearing from AV receivers. Sony was one of the first companies to drop S-Video on the STR-DG810 in 2007, and in 2008, both the Sony STR-DG920 and Pioneer VSX-1018AH-K went without S-Video jacks. Yamaha's new 2009 AV receivers were announced last week, and it was no surprise that the company followed suit and dropped S-Video connections on its entire RX-V65 line. It will be interesting to see if any manufacturer includes S-Video on their new 2009 AV receiver lines.
In 2007, we knocked the STR-DG810 pretty hard for lacking S-Video. In 2009, however, the case for … Read more
The only Yamaha AV receiver we reviewed from the 2008 model year was the RX-V663, and although we were fans of its sound quality, it was tough to recommend. It had only two HDMI inputs; its upconversion quality was subpar; and the rear panel layout made it difficult to hook up your gear. Yamaha has announced its new 2009 of RX-V65 receivers, and we're happy to see that most of the last year's missteps look to have been addressed. Let's take a quick look at the specs:
Yamaha RX-V365BL (also known as HTR-6230BL)
Key features of the Yamaha RX-V365BL:5.1 channels, 100 watts per channel Two HDMI inputs Three component video inputs… Read more