Yamaha introduced Surround:AI with their previous-generation receivers. I had a RX-A3080 with me to test for a month - not provided by Yamaha. While I appreciated the clean beautiful sound of the receiver - Surround:AI did not leave me impressed. Read on to see why! What is Surround:AI? I have written at length about Yamaha's... Continue Reading →
I have written about Loudness Compensation and its importance for home cinema in the context of Yamaha YPAO Volume. If you haven't checked out that article, I would recommend you do so. However, I wanted to cover Audyssey's version of loudness compensation (Dynamic EQ) and dynamic range compression (Dynamic Volume) in this article. Audyssey Dynamic... Continue Reading →
IMAX Enhanced is both a certification program - like THX was in the "good old days" - as well as additional sound processing overlaid over DTS and DTS:X soundtracks. Some of these soundtracks in fact will have a flag that will trip this additional sound processing. IMAX says that IMAX enhanced content is digitally remastered... Continue Reading →
Yamaha's new line-up tries to sexy things up with a slightly controversial new look and a new platform. The 3 top end receivers correspond to their old line up as below: RX-A4A to RX-A1080 RX-A6A to RX-A2080 RX-A8A to RX-A3080 Let's look at a summary of their differentiating features like we did for the current... Continue Reading →
I have owned the TW9400 / UB6050 for the last two years after owning about 10 JVCs. I got fed up with JVC's quality control and awful support in Australia. Interestingly, support was great back in the UK and made up for the issues with quality control. This is not to say JVC isn't trying... Continue Reading →
Secrets of Audyssey is also a Professional Guide available for those that want to get the very best out of their Denon (and Marantz) receivers. Denon's current line-up is really great. Almost all entries perform and have reviewed well. However, if you are serious about your home cinema, you should consider only the models from... Continue Reading →
Audyssey can sound can harsh in the high frequencies when set up incorrectly. Part of this issue however is to do with how the algorithm works. In this article I explain why room treatment is so critical for Audyssey to sound great!
Getting started with manual audio calibration is not an easy task. This manual guides you through the theory and the practice of starting out step by step.
Find out how to get the best out of you Audyssey receiver in this article by configuring Audyssey the Right Way!