SOME DEFINITIONS, IN CASE IT HELPS, AND A SALUTE TO THE LONG AWAITED 2 CHANNEL A/V SOLUTION
A/V is short for audio/video in case you didn’t realize. Originally the “V” indicated that the device would switch among 2 or more video inputs and that it had some very rudimentary ability to derive “surround sound” from a stereo signal. In addition, these days the “V” most always means that the device will decode surround sound signals and that it will have digital audio inputs. However, there are wonderful exceptions.
There are some outstanding stereo only, also called “2 channel,” versions of A/V integrated amps and preamps (i.e. integrated amps and preamps with HDMI switching) from NAD. This is most welcome and a very long time coming. It used to be that if you wanted to hear your Bluray/DVD player and Cable box and Roku and AppleTV through your 2 channel system that you pretty much had to buy an audio piece designed for between 5 and 11 channels. This was all wasted dollars and space!
Receiver: The combination of a radio tuner (AM and/or FM), preamplifier, and amplifier in one chassis.
Integrated Amplifier (or just “amplifier” if you’re British): The combination of a preamplifier and amplifier in one chassis.
Preamplifier: A device that amplifies source signals (e.g. the feed from a cable box or a CD player) for supplying a power amplifier. Preamplifiers are also what provide volume control and source switching.
Power amplifiers amplify the signal enough to make the speakers work (i.e. vibrate).
DAC (digital to analog converter): takes a digital audio signal and converts it to analog. This must happen if you’re going to hear any sound. Completely digital playback systems don’t exist, for the most part. Most every amplifier is designed to get an analog signal. Still more speakers are designed that way.
If it’s 2 channel stereo you’re after, see some of our 2 channel stereo offerings here.
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Onkyo TXNR555 A/V Receiver $599
|All Channels||140 W/Ch (6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 1.0% THD, 1 Channel Driven)
80 W/Ch (8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC)
|Dynamic Power||160 W (3 Ohms, Front)
125 W (4 Ohms, Front)
85 W (8 Ohms, Front)
|THD+N (Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise)||0.08% (20 Hz–20 kHz, Half Power)|
|Input Sensitivity and Impedance||200 mV/47 k-ohms (Line/Unbalanced)
3.5 mV/47 k-ohms (Phono/MM)
|Rated RCA Output Level and Impedance||200 mV/2.3 k-ohms (Zone 2 Line Out)
1 V/470 ohms (Subwoofer Pre Out)
|Maximum RCA Output Level and Impedance||–|
|Phono Overload||70 mV (MM, 1 kHz, 0.5%)|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz–100 kHz/+1 dB, -3 dB (Direct Mode)|
|Tone Control||±10 dB, 90 Hz (Bass)
±10 dB, 7.5 kHz (Treble)
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||106 dB (Line, IHF-A)
80 dB (Phono, IHF-A)
|Speaker Impedance||6 ohms–16 ohms|
|Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance||–|
|Video||1.0 Vp–p/75 Ohms (Component Y)
0.7 Vp–p/75 Ohms (Component PB/CB, PR/CR)
1.0 Vp–p/75 Ohms (Composite)
|Component Video Frequency Response||+0 dB, -3 dB|
|Tuning Frequency Range|
|FM||87.5 MHz–1070.9 MHz|
|AM||530 kHz–1,710 kHz|
|FM/AM Preset Memory||40 stations|
|Power Supply||AC 120 V~, 60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||460 W|
|No-Sound Power Consumption||–|
|Standby Power Consumption||0.1 W|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||17 1/8″ x 6 13/16″ x 14 7/8″ (435 x 173.5 x 378 mm)|
|Weight||20.7 lbs (9.4 kg)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||22 7/16″ x 11 5/16″ x 18 7/16″
(570 x 288 x 468 mm)
|Weight||27.6 lbs. (12.5 kg)|
Onkyo 2016 A/V Receiver Prices
Model Description Price
|PA-MC5501||9X150 Power Amp||$1,899.00|
Prices subject to change without notice.
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Denon AVRX1300W $599
Experience state-of-the-art surround sound with the AVR-X1300W 7.2 channel Dolby Atmos AV receiver, which delivers breathtaking immersive surround sound with today’s advanced movie soundtracks. Bring home the same revolutionary 3D surround sound used in premium movie theatres, with the ability to create an overhead soundfield to deliver a dramatically expanded sonic space. What’s more, a future firmware update will enable the AVR-X1300W to decode DTS:X soundtracks, for full compatibility with all current 3D sound formats.
The AVR-X1300W is futureproof, too, thanks to an advanced video section fully compatible with the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 specifications on all six of its HDMI inputs. With 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 21:9 video, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support on every input, the AVR-X1300W is ready for the next generation of Blu-ray disc players, set-top boxes and other 4K Ultra HD sources.
And it has the sonic firepower to deliver cinema-sized thrills: the powerful amplifier section features discrete high current output devices on all seven channels, each of which is configured identically and rated at 80 watts per channel (8 ohms, 0.08%THD, 20Hz~20kHz). That generous current also means the AVR-X1300W has the ability to drive even lower impedance 4ohm speakers on all channels.
Meanwhile the AVR-X1300W’s built-in multiroom capability you can enjoy two different sources in different rooms at the same time, so you could watch a movie in superb surround sound in one room while another member of the family enjoys great-sounding music in another part of the house.
Full wireless connectivity is provided by both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with dual antennas to ensure robust signal transmission and reception, and you can stream your favourite music through AirPlay, or from Spotify Connect or local network storage drives. High-resolution audio playback, all the way up to 192kHz/24bit and DSD5.6, delivers incredible fidelity.
Using the AVR-X1300W is simple, too: the brand-new “Denon 2016 AVR Remote” app is available from the Apple app store, Google Play, and the Amazon appstore, allowing you to control the receiver from your smartphone or tablet
DENON October 2016 US Price List
|In Command Receiver|
|AVRX7200WA||$2,999.00||9 x 150w, 8 x HDCP 2.2, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X|
|AVRX6300H||$2,199.00||HEOS techonolgy built in, 11.2 processing, 9 x 140w, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDCP 2.2, DTS:X, Dual band wifi|
|AVRX4300H||$1,499.00||HEOS technology built in, 11 ch processing/ 9 x 125W, 8 x HDCP 2.2, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, 3 zones audio|
|AVRX3300W||$999.00||8 x HDCP 2.2, 2 x HDMI outputs. Dolby Atmos/ DTS:X. Digital playback for remote zone|
|AVRX2300W||$849.99 (MSRP) $799.00 (ours)||Dual band WiFi, HiRes Audio, 8 x HDCP 2.2, Dual HDMI output, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X|
|AVRX1300W||$649.99 (MSRP) $599.00 (ours)||Dual band WiFi, HiRes Audio, 6 x HDCP 2.2/ HDMI 2.0a, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X|
|S Series Receivers|
|AVRS920W||$599.99 (MSRP) $579.00 (ours)||Dual band WiFi, HiRes Audio, 8 x HDCP 2.2, Dual HDMI output, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X|
|AVRS720W||$499.99 (MSRP) $479.00 (ours)||Dual band WiFi, HiRes Audio, 6 x HDCP 2.2/ HDMI 2.0a, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X multi-zone|
|AVRS510BT||$299.99 (MSRP) $279.00 (ours)||3 x HDCP 2.2/HDMI 2.0a + 2 additional HDMI|
M17 A/V Preamp – $5500
Modular Design Construction for All Inputs.
• Separate Digital and Analog Power Supplies
• 24/192 DACs for All Channels
• VM 150 3D Video Module with HDMI Inputs x 6 and HDMI Outputs x 2
• Analog Component Video x 3, Composite Video x 4 with Record Out
• AM 200z Audio Module with Coaxial Inputs x 4 and Optical Inputs x 4
• Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, PLIIx
• DTS-HD Master Audio, Neo:6
• EARS Natural Ambience Recovery for Stereo Sources
• Audyssey MultEQ XT/Pro Room Correction with Calibration Microphone
• Fully Balanced 7 Channel Output with Single Ended Option
• High Resolution Audio 24/192 for All Digital Inputs
• Analog Stereo Inputs x 7 with Record Out
• Dual Parallel Subwoofer Outputs
• Digital Outputs: Coaxial x 2, Optical x 2
• RS-232 Serial Port for External Control
• IR and 12V Trigger Inputs
• IR Outputs x 4 and 12V Trigger Outputs x 3
• Zone 2 A/V Output, Zone 3 and Zone 4 Selectable Output
• 4” Capacitive Front Panel Touch Screen Interface
Experience best-in-class performance with the highest level of processing power offered for AVENTAGE network AV receivers. This 11.2-channel AVENTAGE network AV receiver features Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ for surround sound realism, while offering high-resolution audio playback and access to streaming music services via the built-in Wi-Fi. With the latest in HDMI® technologies, experience movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR). Enjoy high-resolution audio playback and access to online music with built-in Wi-Fi, connect a smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth® for quick wireless access to your music streaming services or use the phono input to listen to your favorites on vinyl. This device also supports MusicCast to deliver wireless multiroom audio playback, all controlled by a simple app.
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