4K AV Receiver Stories December 9, 2014

expiredPioneer VSX-1124 7.2-Channel Network 4K AirPlay A/V Receiver $347 shipped (Reg. $500)

Amazon offers the Pioneer VSX-1124 7.2-Channel Network 4K AirPlay A/V Receiver for $346.99 shipped. This is a match of the lowest price that we can currently find it (B&H), and the lowest that Amazon has ever sold it for.

This A/V receiver features:

  • HDMI 7 in/2 out (1 out for each zone)
  • 3D Ready (Blu-ray Disc, Broadcast, and Games)
  • Ultra HD (4K) up-scaling and pass-through
  • Apple AirPlay certified
  • Gapless playback for AIFF, Apple lossless, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and MP3
  • Spotify, Pandora and Roku enabled

Early reviews at Amazon are 3.9/5 from 16 customers, Mark Fleischmann from Sound & Vision praised this model:

“While Pioneer is not the only manufacturer that can make an AVR sound great for $600, it has had the knack longer than most. The VSX-1124 not only lives up to that standard but exceeds it a little. Even break-in listening, before I ran the MCACC auto setup and room correction, was a pleasure. In the formal demos, this little receiver hit one home run after another, with midrange voicing just a little on the warm side of neutral.”

Learn more about 4K sources here.

4K AV Receiver Stories September 26, 2014

expiredSony 725W 5.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (refurb) $185 shipped (Reg. $279)

Woot! offers the Sony 725W 5.2 channel 4K A/V Receiver (refurb) for $179.99 + $5 flat rate shipping. This is a savings of $100 off the regular going rate and it beats Amazon’s price in new condition by nearly $50. This is a great opportunity to pick up a highly-rated 4K receiver at a nice discount.

The Sony STRDH550 features 5.2 channel surround sound outputs, with support for 4K video and 725 watts of power. This receiver has four HDMI inputs and includes a calibration microphone to simplify your speaker placement. Not familiar with 4K video resolution, learn more about it here.

From the manufacturer:

Bring the excitement home with 5.2 channels, 725 watts8 and iPhone and iPod connectivity. It also handles all of your components with 4 HD inputs and 4K resolution pass-through. Now, all of your music and movies will get the multi-layered sound quality they deserve with HD Digital Cinema Sound and auto calibration for easy set-up.

Since you are already paying for the flat rate shipping, we recommend picking up this 175-watt pocket inverter for $4.99. This inverter supports 2.1 Amp charging via USB port, which the new iPhone 6 conveniently supports.

With your savings, you can easily pick-up some quality 5.1 surround speakers such as this highly-rated Yamaha set from Amazon.

4K AV Receiver Stories April 4, 2014

sony-STR-DH740-4K-receiver sony-STRDH740-back Amazon offers the Sony 7.2-Channel 4K AV Receiver (model STR-DH740) for $219.99 with free shipping. That’s $80 below retail and the best price we have ever seen. It features iPod/iPhone music and video playback, four HDMI inputs, 3D/4K pass-through, and an intuitive on-screen GUI. Rated 4.3 out of 5 stars from 166 Amazon reviewers and it’s the best selling item in Amazon’s Audio Component Receivers product category. expand full story

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