Surround Receivers

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  • Denon AVC-X6700H Surround Amplifier ... massively endowed cinema sound

    I have always loved the large Denon amplifiers ... both personally and professionally. Personally the tonal neutrality and speed and grip without harshness is deeply appealing. These big devices are able to tame loudspeakers that would otherwise present as intolerably bright or numbingly dull. This is the new Japanese made statement product that although it is only nominally 20 watts more than the AVRX4700H is all about the dynamic presentation and real world loudspeaker driving capability. in Home Cinema amplifiers the wattage quoted is one of the most marketer abused specifications and has no bearing on how a device actually sounds.

    Denon UK official site for the AVC6700H  

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  • Marantz SR8015 Flagship Japanese built 11.2 Channel 8K Amplifier

    Alot of us who work at Carlton Audio Visual are musicians of various kinds. Paul has played guitar and bass for decades, gigging around Melbourne in his youth. Martin has played various instruments in a couple of bands and then there's Magnus and myself who were classically trained and did our time at different Conservatoriums around the world.

    I mention this because it provides some background as to why we keep choosing Marantz amplifiers over the plethora of other units available. When you've spent decades perfecting your own bow control so you can play a certain passage with just that perfect articulation, you NEED a system where you can hear other artists doing the same. When an amp washes over that kind of detail, you loose all those bits of musical communication that makes the music come alive. When it's right, it grabs you. Even if you're not musically inclined it's these details that will have you sitting up and paying attention.

    Marantz does the details soooo well. They put the effort into making sure each little capacitor and the smallest of smallest parts is chosen so that the whole unit doesn't over emphasise one frequency band over another. The Toroidal transformer is solid and provides the power that means all speaker drivers are controlled and will produce these details that captivate audiences.

    And I know what you're going to say at this point...it's an AV Receiver, it's built for Home Theatre, not music reproduction. But just think how much of a movie has music playing in the background. It's over 50%. And if that music makes you tear up or makes you angry, that's not by accident. That's what good soundtracks are designed to do. and having an amp that gets all those nuances is what elevates the cinema experience to the next level.

    And that's why we at Carlton Audio Visual grab a Marantz amp when we're setting up our own demo rooms, when one of our customers wants 'the best home theatre they can afford' or for that matter our own systems at home - we're musicians and we understand what music done well can do. 

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    Regular Price: $5,990.00

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  • Yamaha RXA8A ... Le grand mal of theatre receivers. Now on demo

    One the marketplace has been waiting for ... Yamaha’s take on flagship surround sound. The RXA8A is a beautiful piece of audio engineering.

    The question is .... does this mean that this new beast is now a contender against the no compromise Denon AVC110 and Marantz SR8015?

    You are going to have to come to Carlton Audio Visual and try them together to see which suits your taste best :-) .

    In an unusual marketing offer Yamaha are proffering a rather gorgeous steel “Aventage” watch worth $669 with every RX8A purchased.

    Yamaha RXA8A official page 

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  • Denon AVC-X8500HA thirteen channel flagship ... a very long affair ... new model 8K

    Denon have this thing ... when they do a surround amp range they like to make a generational statement that throws down the gauntlet to other manufacturers.

    The AVC X8500ha is this generations gauntlet ...

    We have had a long affair with top of the range Denon amplifiers. We built our surround sound space in the local marketplace with the very first Denon AVR2000 Receiver and then hammered it in with the AVCA1 THX amplifiers. We still have customers out there who own these amps twenty five years later using the 5.1 multichannel input running from an external decoder in a Blu Ray Player. The AVC X8500HA will be for those discerning consumers that are able to purchase a surround sound amp that will keep their cinema going for longer and better.

    "Home Cinema Choice" on the Denon AVC-X8500H.

    Denon AVC-X8500H Official release video website.

    Official 8500 website.

     

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    $6,490.00

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  • Yamaha CXA5200 preamplifier and MXA5200 power theatre amplifier ... home cinema separates ... one only

    There is a reason why dedicated enthusiasts of Home Cinema and High Fidelity buy a separate pre amplifier and power amplifier. It's not just that they are bigger so better. It is about lowering the noise floor of the preamplifier and increasing the headroom of the power amplifier.

    With a shielded and vibration isolated power supply for the preamplifier section the critical decoding of the source nuances is carried out without interference of a corrupting transformer creating subtle background noise that will destroy the detail and presence of the performance.

    Likewise the power hungry output stage is radically improved by having its own separate power supply and being contained within a separate chassis. The MX-A5200 has a beautiful Yamaha toroidal power supply and eleven high current high slew rate output stages ... You can bridge the channels for higher power if required but the reservoir of current available is actually very adequate for even difficult load loudspeakers in the eleven channel standard configuration.

    This is a lovely piece of work for the money involved. 

    Official manufacturer's site for the Yamaha CXA5200 Preamplifier 

    Official manufacturer's site for the Yamaha MXA5200 Power Amplifier 

    "Home Cinema Choice" on the CXA5200 

    "StereoNet" on the CXA/MXA5200 

    "Audioholics" on the CXA/MXA5200 

     

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    Regular Price: $8,495.00

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  • Denon AVC110 ... The Japanese Emperor of surround amplifiers ... 13.2 channels 8K 110th Anniversary product

     

    Emperor NinkĊ - Wikipedia

    When you want the very best of technology to meet artisanship and outright quality in surround sound only Japanese will do.

    It is a very substantial upgrade from the AVCX8500 with things like thicker circuit boards and dedicated custom capacitors all to improve sound quality.

    This is a rather nice video from Denon Europe with a live discussion on the 110th anniversary series. The AVC110 discussion begins at 26 minutes:

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  • Marantz AV8805 Dolby Atmos Surround Sound preamplifier with MM8077 Power Amplifier

    It's a terrible thing to have a high end single box surround receiver that becomes outdated due to changes in HDMI and audio codecs. Often that means discarding a perfectly good multichannel receiver because of changes to digital encoding practices. Turning what was five years ago your pride and joy into 15KGs of consumer electronic waste looking for a cosy grave in Northern Suburban landfill ...

    Then you buy the replacement model from the same brand and you discover that while it ticks all the feature boxes with bluetooth, wi-fi, dlna. snaggle waggle ... unfortunately it dosn't sound as good with music and dynamic theatre as the model you've just discarded.

    So the first reason you buy a Surround pre and Power combination like this one is to get off the aforesaid Hamster wheel of Built In Obsolescence and waste.

    The second reason is that it sounds fantastic.

    Home Theatre Review on the AV8805

    Home Theatre Review on the MM8077

    When you graduate to a pre and power amplifier like this you have the best of both worlds. The very sensitive low noise circuitry of the preamplifier and processor is separated from the high current demand of the power amplifier and is able to do its job of recovering all the residucal fine detail of the signal to the best possible degree.

    Meanwhile the power amplifier can be unleashed from the sensitive circuits of the pre-amplifier where its mass of current can be detrimental. Liberated and with massive current reserves, the power amplifier is able to grip and modulate the reactive load of the loudspeakers with unmitigated force complying with the complex demands of the sinal produced at the preamplifier stage.

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