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Rotel RA-1570 review

The RA-1570 requires a little bit of investment, but delivers an incredible return, blending a rich set of features with a clean, powerful amplifier, all delivered in a strikingly handsome package. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Pioneer Elite SC-79 Review

  • Gobs of power
  • Highly dynamic
  • Comfortable, warm sound with lots of detail
  • Advanced multi zone capability
  • Decodes high definition audio files
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi require accessory purchase
  • Single crossover point for all speakers
  • MCACC setup robs sound of character
Our Score 9

Rotel RA-1570 Review

  • Excellent musicality
  • Dashing good looks
  • Digital and analog inputs, including phono
  • Defeatable tone controls
  • Pre-outs for subwoofer or external amp
  • Finicky remote control of mobile devices
  • USB driver install required for 24/192 (PC)
  • Sluggish remote control response
Our Score 9

Yamaha RX-V773 Review

  • Clean, muscular sound
  • Dual HDMI outputs
  • Built-in AirPlay
  • Wireless Internet adapter included
  • Unimpressive Internet radio interface
  • Remote not backlit
  • Buckles under extreme volumes
Our Score 8.5

Yamaha Aventage A-3020 Review

  • Clean, gutsy and powerful sound
  • Excellent detail reproduction
  • Fine performer for music, too
  • Accurate auto setup program
  • UI extremely logical and a joy to use
  • Upper mids and lower treble a little too bright
  • Sound could be more transparent
Our Score 8.5

Harman Kardon AVR 3700 Review

  • Rich, immersive and engaging sound
  • Surprisingly dynamic and refined-sounding class D…
  • Most aesthetically-pleasing receiver we’ve yet…
  • Subtle yet effective auto-EQ setting
  • Backlit remote a welcome surprise
  • Limited input options and flexibility, especially…
  • Idiosyncratic bass management and tone controls
  • Quirky adjustment and auto-setup program
Our Score 8

Sony STR-DN1030 Review

  • Good headroom and dynamics
  • Inclusion of both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth unique in…
  • Excellent mix of networking, USB, and Airplay…
  • Good video pass-through quality for its price…
  • GUI navigation and set up menus still miserable
  • Sounds less good for music than for movies
  • No on-screen menu overlay
Our Score 8

Denon AVR-4520CI Review

  • Smooth, fatigue-free treble
  • Good bass clarity and definition
  • Well-thought out feature set
  • Outstanding video processor
  • Audio performance outclassed by the competition
  • Sound lacks dynamics and punch
  • Recessed, flat, and lifeless-sounding midrange
  • The most irksome auto set up program we’ve used…
Our Score 7

Pioneer VSX-70 Review

  • Excellent feature set
  • AVNavigator app makes setup a breeze
  • Top-class multi-room expansion capabilities
  • Harmonically threadbare mids and treble can lead…
  • Not the last word in sonic detail or transparency
  • Single, global crossover frequency a drag
Our Score 7