Yamaha RXV 2065 Reciever

Wednesday, 27 January 2010 |


The Yamaha RX-V2065 has a lot of bang for the buck. All the receivers currently on the market with network capability have higher price tags. Add to that the years of manufacturing that Yamaha has under their belt and you've got a lot to get excited about. What's really interesting is what Yamaha will offer next. The RX-V2065 may not be the last '65 model out of the AV giant, or they may indeed wait to further beef up the line again with the subsequent '66 series. We just don't know what will be in the next step up from here.

Courtesy: Audioholics.com

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Boston Acoustics Review

Monday, 25 January 2010 |


Reflection Series unerringly does just about
everything right...

...at this price, you couldn't get better value
for your money...

Home Theatre Magazine
February 2010

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Marantz MM 8003 Reviewed

Friday, 22 January 2010 |


Conclusion
Like the recently reviewed AV8003, the MM8003 provides great bang-for the-buck. Like the last Marantz amplifiers I had the pleasure of listening to, the MA500 mono-blocks (discontinued for several years), the MM8003 continues the tradition of musicality and value. This amplifier may not be the end all when if comes to microdynamics (although detail is extremely good) or iron fisted bass at full volume, within its limits it performs extremely well and its limits should be broad enough to encompass most systems.

What draws me most to this amplifier is its sense of involvement, it has a good sense of rhythm and pace while remaining neutral, reproducing vocals and instruments in an organic, non-mechanical way. I never confused it for a tubed amplifier but it didn’t exhibit any of the pitfalls of solid state amplifiers usually found at this price point. The Marantz performed well with stereo sources and was outstanding on multi-channel material. No matter how hectic the soundtrack got, each channel was reproduced without compromise in performance. I have no reservations recommending this amplifier for theater systems in small to moderately sized rooms (or larger rooms with 5.1 systems that have bi-ampable front speakers.

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Denon AVR 4310 Review

Wednesday, 20 January 2010 |


...Powerful though it is, the sound is imbued with the smoothness and refinement that characterises
Denon amps... To anyone thinking that Audyssey DSX and Dolby Pro Logic IIz are just gimmicks that add nothing to the home cinema experience, we urge you to give them a try – you’ll never look at (or listen to) home cinema ound in the same way again. Both modes are at their best with hi-res Blu-ray movie tracks, and although clich├ęd, Pro Logic IIz and DSX Height create an immense wall of sound that increases the sense of scale
and plunges you deeper into the scene. It feels like the towering monsters and struts of the Golden Gate bridge are looming right over you.

DSX’s Width mode has similarly striking effects, bulking out the front soundstage to give movie tracks extra dynamism and expansiveness. The sound is more solid and full-bodied, but at no stage do you lose the crucial sense of separation and placement.

Rounding off this exceptional performance is superbly articulated dialogue and colossal bass output, and music lovers will be delighted with how the Denon handles their beloved tunes. It’s nimble and rhythmic, detailed and warm – a truly intoxicating sound.

The AVR-4310 is unquestionably a great AV receiver, tastefully designed, bursting with features and able to spin movie soundtracks into sonic gold. The brilliance of both Audyssey DSX and Pro Logic IIz takes its performance to the next plateau and musically it’s out of this world....

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AVR 4310

Yamaha RXV 3900 Review

Wednesday, 13 January 2010 |


Considering what today’s receivers routinely deliver, or even less, some people may raise an eyebrow at a R29990.00 model like this one. But the Yamaha RX-V3900 A/V receiver makes a superbly strong case, with beefy and musically reliable sound, coupled with a bevy of music-connectivity features that really reflect the way music lovers listen now—via PC, Internet, portable devices, and for the rapidly growing class of young analog listeners, a moving-magnet phono stage. By spanning the generations, this receiver should make a whole house full of disperate people incredibly happy.

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B&W CM 9 Package

Tuesday, 12 January 2010 |


Some home theater speaker packages strive for maximum output at the expense of naturalness. Others add a biting edge to everything for excitement that’s not in the program material. They produce boom instead of bass, or they sacrifice natural music reproduction on the altar of overhyped, explosive sound effects.
None of these things describe this B&W system. The key word for the CM9 Theatre is balance. It’s not the highest-end system B&W makes—otherwise why would there be the 800 Series? But it does offer a balance of strengths on both music and movies, at a price that isn’t outrageous. And it’s a pleasure to live with over the long haul.

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D-Box..... You'll be moved!

Thursday, 7 January 2010 |


Home Theatre was always about seeing and feeling, add the sense of motion and you're taken to a whole new level of sensory experience. Feel the ebb of the ocean, the speed of a car chase and every blow by blow.
The all new D-Box Motion Simulator, exclusively available to Sound and Image Menlyn for you to experience.
Over 7000 Blu Ray and Dvd's are already D-Box Ready!
Home Theatre will never be the same once youve experienced D-Box Motion Coding.
Take my word for it, this is a treat for the senses!

Marantz BD 5004 Blu Ray Player

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Marantz's 2009 Blu-ray line up includes four new models: two lower-priced players (the BD5004 and BD7004) and two high-end, reference models (the BD8004 and UD9004 universal disc player). The BD5004 is Marantz's least expensive Blu-ray model to date. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD5004, but here is an overview of the player's features. This Profile 2.0 Blu-ray player supports Bonus View/picture-in-picture playback and BD-Live Web functionality, and it offers both onboard decoding and bit stream output of Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. The BD5004 does not support any type of video-on-demand streaming or download service, such as those offered by Netflix, Amazon, and CinemaNow.

In terms of video connections, the BD5004 offers HDMI, component video and composite video outputs (no S-video). This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI, and it has a Source Direct mode that allows it to output all discs at their native resolution. The menu includes a solid assortment of picture adjustments: contrast, brightness, sharpness, gamma correction, colour, black level, and noise reduction.

Audio outputs include HDMI, coaxial digital (no optical), and stereo analog. As I mentioned, the BD5004 has onboard Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI. The setup menu allows you to adjust speaker size, level, and delay for LPCM output over HDMI. For those who also plan to use this device as a music player, the BD5004 features a Pure Direct mode that shuts down unneeded video circuitry to achieve higher-quality audio performance.

The BD5004's disc drive supports the following formats: BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, JPEG, MP3, WMA, and Divx. The back panel features an Ethernet port for BD-Live Web features, as well as quick firmware updates. The player doesn't include a wireless network connection option. The BD5004 lacks internal memory, so the addition of an external storage device is required to download BD-Live features; an SD card slot is provided for this purpose. The front-panel SD card slot also supports playback of AVCHD, JPEG, MP3, and WMA files. Finally, the BD5004 sports IR in/out ports for integration with an advanced control system.

The step-up BD7004 adds Anchor Bay's VRS video processing chip, with a more comprehensive set of picture adjustments, as well as a higher-quality 12-bit/297-MHz video DAC, multichannel analog audio outputs, and an RS-232 port.

High Points
• The BD5004 supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs.
• The player has internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and can pass these formats in bitstream form over HDMI.
• It supports BD-Live Web content and can play picture-in-picture bonus content.
• This player offers a Source Direct mode to output all discs at their native resolution via HDMI.
• The SD card slot allows for easy playback of digital movies, music, and photos.
• IR in/out ports are provided.

Low Points
• The BD5004 lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so it's not the best choice for someone who owns an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver.
• This player does not support any type of video-on-demand or music streaming, nor does it feature a wireless option for connection to your home network.
• The player lacks internal memory, and Marantz does not supply an SD card for storage of downloadable BD-Live content.

Conclusion
The BD5004 has the Blu-ray essentials--like BD-Live support, 1080p/24 output, and onboard high-resolution audio decoding--but you can find less-expensive models that add multichannel analog audio outputs, video-on-demand, and wireless network connectivity. This Marantz product has better build quality than you'll find in many budget models, and the company puts a greater emphasis on analog audio quality, for those who also wish to use their Blu-ray player for music playback.