There are many great vintage stereo receivers out there, so it’s hard to say which one is the best of all time. However, there are a few that stand out above the rest. The Marantz 2325 is one of the most popular vintage receivers ever made.
It’s known for its great sound quality and its ability to drive even the most demanding speakers. The Pioneer SX-1250 is another great receiver from the 1970s. It’s known for its powerful amplification and its ability to produce clean, clear sound.
The Yamaha CR-1020 is another receiver that is highly regarded by audiophiles. It’s known for its warm, natural sound and its ability to reproduce music accurately.
20 Best Vintage Stereo Receivers Of All Time
1. Marantz – NR1200 Stereo Receiver
Google Assistant compatibility allows you to control the receiver with the command of your voice
Listen to high-quality music with the support of this AV receiver
Stream your favorite videos and movies with the built-in Wi-Fi
Indulge in high-resolution sonic perfection with the Marantz NR1200 two-channel slim stereo receiver that powers detailed, high-fidelity audio from a compact chassis. Featuring a newly designed power amplifier section with high-current discrete transistors, L/R separation of power amplification circuit and a separate power transformer audio winding, revel in the most musical sound and support for high-resolution audio.
The NR1200 supports the latest HDMI connectivity with its 5 inputs, each one supporting HDCP 2. 3, 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Video, HLG and more. Stream music from your favorite services via Bluetooth, Apple airplay 2 or the HEOS built-in app.
Enjoy effortless voice control and total flexibility from the leading voice agents. Speak commands with Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri. Ideal for custom integrations and enthusiasts alike, The NR1200 features “ihiji invision” remote System management technology and “domotz Pro” remote monitoring and management technology, letting custom integrators monitor and troubleshoot remotely when you need it, which drastically reduces downtime.
A-B speaker switch, auto power save, upgradeable firmware, Audio Return Channel (ARC), smartphone remote controlled, MM cartridges supported, HEOS wireless multi-room technology, Apple AirPlay 2 support
AM/FM – digital
Network & Internet Multimedia
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Pandora, Deezer, Napster, Spotify, TuneIn, SiriusXM internet radio, iHeartRadio, TIDAL, SoundCloud, Amazon Music
Headphones (phone stereo 6.3 mm) – front USB (4 pin USB Type A) – front 5 x HDMI input (19 pin HDMI Type A) – rear HDMI output (19 pin HDMI Type A) – rear SPDIF input (RCA) – rear SPDIF input (TOSLINK) – rear Network (RJ-45) – rear Phono input (RCA x 2) – rear 3 x audio line-in (RCA x 2) – rear Audio line-out (RCA x 2) – rear Audio line-out (multi zone) (RCA x 2) – rear 2 x subwoofer output (RCA) – rear Remote control input (RCA) – rear Remote control output (RCA) – rear 2 x speakers output (banana/spade x 2) – rear
Internet of Things (IoT)
Internet of Things (IoT) Compatible
Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa
AC 120 V (60 Hz)
Power Consumption Operational
Power Consumption Stand by
Service & Support
Limited warranty – parts and labor – 3 years
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
The good: audio quality is great, been enjoying it very much. The unit is very small for an AV receiver, but still with lots of I/O options. Definite upgrade from my older Onkyo device and I’m generally very happy with it.
The decent: the on-screen user interface could be from 1980s (poor even comparison to my old Onkyo from 11+ years ago) but despite looking crummy the setup for WiFi, airplay, spotify and microphone calibration was all very smooth and painless.
The front display has some poor design choices – volume level is displayed in tiny 7-segments in the corner that are hard to read from a distance and the main display is taken up by audio type (dolby digital, pro logic, DTS etc) and I can’t find any options to customise it.
It’s limited to 5. 1 and it’s only 4k (not 8k) compatible so low on future-proofing, but neither of those limitations bother me much. Airplay is convenient but note that it’s audio only, so no way to mirror screen using the AVR.
The poor: At one point the unit stopped receiving audio via ARC from my Samsung TV (only ARC compatible, not eARC) and I had to power cycle both devices at the plug to make them reconnect successfully again.
Suspect this may be an HDMI-CEC compatibility issue between devices or potentially an issue caused by the “Eco mode” on the Marantz which I’ve since disabled. As a result I’m keeping an eye on it and have a TOSLink optical cable ready in case it turns out to be a recurring issue, but that loses the lipsync functionality and I’d rather not resort to it.
Years ago, I replaced my stereo speakers with a soundbar, to run my TV and HiFi through. When this went wrong I went to replace it and was advised about alternative replacement ideas – this unit won! (thanks Tim, in Exeter).
I am still getting to grips with it and there are compatibility issues with older tech (my mobile won’t bluetooth to it), but the quality of sound is superb. Married with my old B&W speakers and with a new central speaker, it gives a sound so much better than my old (quite expensive) Polk soundbar.
The bluetooth isn’t a problem as I can achieve the same thing through WiFi using the HEOS app. The ability to stream music and to listen to digital radio through the one unit is a massive jump forward for me (particularly as I live in a digital radio ‘coldspot’ and can now pick up many more stations).
Be advised – if you are new to this kind of setup, it can take a little while to download/install and get used to using everything. Overall I am very happy that I made the jump to this ‘newer’ tech and think that it will lead to me buying further speakers for other parts of the house.
I bought this AVR as wanted something more slimline. Having the Arcam SA20 G class amplifier and Arcam CDS50, Sony Ps5 and Sony 4k player I needed an 8K 4K 120Hz AVR. The Arcam SA20 powers the fronts, the speakers comprise of KEF Q950’s, Q650C, Q350’s, KUBE 12b, Q50a’s.
The sound combination for music with the Marantz is epic, love the warm sound it produces. For movies the combination works wonderfully, don’t be put off by the size or output of the Marantz. It is more than loud enough for a medium to large sized room.
I was looking at spending a lot more for either the SR8015 or Arcam AVR20. I am very very impressed with the NR1711, Atmos and surround formats are excellent. I don’t think I will be needing anything more as the sound is amazing in all forms in this set up.
Up to 85W per Channel at 8 ohms, 1/8″ Aux / 3 x Stereo RCA Inputs, Stereo RCA Phono Input with Ground Screw, Stereo RCA Output, Front 1/4″ Headphone Jack, AM/FM Radio with 30 Presets, Built-In Bluetooth Connectivity.
Enjoy stereo sound with your favorite pair of speakers and the Cambridge Audio AXR85 Stereo AM/FM Receiver. It outputs up to 85W per channel at 8 Ohms and features a dedicated phono MM input and three stereo RCA inputs.
An 1/8 aux jack lets you connect a compatible portable device and the front-mounted 1/4 headphone jack enables private listening. Bluetooth connectivity is also onboard for playback from your compatible devices.
We decided to treat ourselves to a throwback stereo, which we neither had in the past. With a fairly limited marketplace on the high street, we came to Richer and found what we were looking for. After a month or so we received our new equipment, and excitedly went to richer for the cabling for the speakers.
Assembling wasn’t that difficult, but not being familiar with modern sound equipment the cabling was a problem, firstly coming to terms with its construction. After getting it all together, the next hurdle is getting familiar with the remote controls.
It isn’t clear which does what, indeed there seems a bit of overlap- but no indication where. To be honest, Cambridge clearly make good sound equipment, but the information they give regarding its use is poor.
The markings are opaque to the novice, and the duplication of controllers is it seems unnecessary, unless I am wrong, but the information is not there in the pack to inform. Locating our equipment is also less than straightforward, the cables are too big for our internal doors, another item that has enlarged in the years intervening.
These I hope are teething troubles, the sound is good, and the set-up can be evolved to our wishes, it seems much less straightforward than in days of yore, but I feel certain the cambridge website will help when I look at it, And the people on the end of the phone were very patient and helpful to me, but the lack of a speaker cable is not something I had expected.
This has been a little bit of a rant, but the equipment is what we wanted, the sound is good and Richer have been very good with us.
Bought as a replacement for my old Cambridge A4. It’s not bad as an entry level amp. Compared to the A4 the bass is nowhere as low and rich, consequently an additional sub-bass will be required. The sound quality controls are just bass, treble and balance and are nice and simple.
I chose this as it has an integrated Bluetooth adapter which certainly makes things convenient though the quality of that is a little bandwidth restricted so sounds a tad muffled. Finally, the remote can be a little slow to respond to a firm touch.
This is a good starting point and is good value for money. I was a little disappointed as I thought I would have equivalent bass quality as my old A4 and expected the Bluetooth adapter to be better quality too.
That said, I’m getting used to it and it’s ok for the money.
Here is the body of the review: The Cambridge Audio AXR85 is quality. The 85 watts easily powers hungry wattage speakers and adds clarity, warmth and intensity to music. I had a budget amp with many of the same features and more watts per channel.
Although the AXR85 was definitely more expensive it is absolutely worth the price upgrade. What separates this entry level audiophile is quality components, highs that are detailed and transparent with full sounding mids and punchy bass levels.
Music is played more as the artist intended. The presence and sound stage bring music to life. I hear things in music I never noticed before because of the accurate reproduction sound on all levels of highs, mids and lows.
I thought my B&Ws sounded great, until I hooked up them up to the AXR85. Now the B&Ws sound amazing! It is not just the watts but everything that goes into making this amp. There are also outstanding features like Bluetooth, a Phono input, 5-way binding posts (2 sets A/B), RCAs to add other components like a CD player and lastly a digital small screen (for information or settings).
Don’t let the plain image of this amp fool you. By all means, it enhances music to a new level I didn’t realize existed. There is no going back, I will be buying more Cambridge Audio devices in the future.
I am glad I pulled the trigger and got this refurbished amplifier. Works and looks brand new. Thank you Cambridge Audio!.
Yamaha, the most trusted brand in home audio, adds Bluetooth compatibility in this Hi-Fi receiver for easy wireless access to streaming music services and music on your smartphone or other devices. Enjoy the connectivity and the outstanding and legendary quality of Yamaha natural sound.
The R-S202 was created from years of experience and technological expertise in receiver design. The concept of natural sound is based on reproducing music as it would be experienced live. Built with scrupulous care from the circuit design to basic sound reproduction, the R-S202 reproduces high-quality, musically-rich sound for the entry level consumer.
The R-S202, with 2-channels of 100-Watt high-power output that are above its class, has a high-quality sound design that minimizes the length of signal routes and optimizes the circuit layout. Positioning the power transformer near the amp circuit reduces power loss while improving peak power supply capacity to enable high volume output.
The signal ground and power supply ground connect at one point, eliminating mutual interference to achieve a higher S/N ratio. The result is sound clarity stripped of noise and other signals. The R-S202 provides Bluetooth functionality to let you enjoy streaming music from smart phones and other devices.
Use your device to select the songs from your library and hear them with the legendary quality of Yamaha sound.
Headphones (phone stereo 6.3 mm) – front 4 x speakers output (click-fit x 2) – rear 4 x audio line-in (RCA x 2) – rear
AM antenna, remote control, FM antenna
Power Consumption Stand by
Service & Support
Limited warranty – parts and labor – 2 years
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
My listening habits are mostly streaming music or podcasts with some CD playing and DVD watching. When I found this receiver and realized I could still use my tower speakers and connect a simple CD/DVD player I was delighted.
Very simple to set up. One minor criticism- I did have some issues connecting the speakers (the clip connects are just okay, Yamaha should upgrade these). Even after stripping down the speaker wire, connection A just didn’t want to give me sound and yes I checked my connections repeatedly.
Speaker connection B worked just fine but getting the wiring into these clips was no picnic. That said- I LOVE THIS RECEIVER! The Bluetooth has great range. It connects to your device quickly. I am happily listening to Spotify and podcasts and enjoying the tower speaker sound.
One tip- you really don’t need to set up the AM/FM antenna- almost all radio stations are streaming now. So use an app like TuneIn Radio or find your radio station’s app if they have one (or go to their website on a connected device and click Listen Live) you are good to go.
I am using an Apple iphone 13 and Ipad Pro as sources. This product is likely not going to make a super picky audiophile delighted but I am not one of those. You can downsize a full stereo system easily.
This R-S202 is sold out everywhere and I was lucky to find it on QVC.
I have owned this unit now for more than 3 years. I really like it, overall. The power is clean and strong. Most amplifiers tend to over-exaggerate their power ratings and efficiency. But, I have found this unit to power various speakers, flawlessly.
I like the remote. This remote has most everything on it that is on the face of the unit. It has balance controls, EQ controls, and easily switches channels with no pop or residual noise from various inputs.
This is one of the BEST remotes I have ever owned for a receiver. But, here’s the problem. I have had many problems with the Bluetooth on this unit. I have followed the directions perfectly. Yet, it will often not disconnect from a previous BT controller.
And, it will not find most devices I try to connect to it. The blue light blinks. All of the proper buttons have been pushed. However, the Bluetooth on my unit appears to be faulty. Since this has been the only problem with it, I never sent it back in for an exchange.
I have looked online for additional support and answers, which has led me to believe that my unit is faulty, and it is not User Error. So, if you want flawless Bluetooth connections that connect easily with the multitude of manufacturers out there, you definitely might want to check this unit upon receipt to find out if it has a similar problems as my unit.
Otherwise, I am quite pleased with this Receiver. I have been a fan and a consumer of Yamaha Products for over 30 years. Most often, no problems and very nice gear.
The Yamaha RX-V385BL 5. 1-Channel AV Receiver features a discrete amp configuration that supports 5. 1-channels of surround sound with up to 100W of power per speaker channel. It’s compatible with both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio decoding.
Plus, all channels are equipped with 192 kHz / 24-bit Burr Brown DACs, as well as low jitter PLL circuitry for optimized sound imaging. The RX-V385BLalso features four HDMI inputs and an HDMI output that support 4K pass-through, 3D pass-through and CEC functionality.
The RX-V385BLhas a variety of other connectivity options. There are multiple analog video and audio connections, as well as dual optical and coaxial digital audio inputs. There is also a front panel USB port where you can hook-up your iPod, iPhone, USB thumb drive or other digital music player.
The USB port will display your iPod/iPhone song titles on the front panel display. In addition, the RX-V385BLsupports charging of your iPod/iPhone via USB — even when the receiver is off.
I originally bought a refurbished Denon AVR 540. I only bought it over the Yamaha because the Yamaha was unavailable in the US. After struggling to set the Denon up for about a week the Yamahas suddenly showed up for a very short period of time, and I managed to get one from BB.
I sent the Denon back to the refurbish shop where the technicians could again pretend to fix it. The Yamaha has been so easy to set up, and so far is flawless. The Denon had serious HDMI issues. It would change inputs on it’s own, TV would just turn off, I’d be watching Roku through the receiver and all of a sudden it would switch to DVD, etc.
The Yamaha works as planned. I hit the button for TV, the receiver comes on, the tv comes on, the Satellite comes on. If I activate the bluetooth on my iPad the receiver comes on, it switches to bluetooth, and it starts playing (if I’ve activated Pandora, etc).
I can listen to BT or FM while watching sports. If I hit the DVD button the receiver comes on, the DVD player comes on, the TV comes on (not necessary for me, as I only use the DVD player as a CD player) The sound is fine.
This setup is in our bedroom, with a 43″ Samsung 8000 series TV, with 3 Paradigm Atom speakers across the front, a very cheap Monoprice 8″ subwoofer, and no surround speakers. Not nearly an audio or videophile system, but great for a bedroom.
The Yamaha handles the processing for a 3. 1 channel system beautifully. The auto speaker setup was easy, fast, and effective. The unit is very adjustable. You can change the volume display from the actual db setting to the relative setting (0=100) which always seems easier and more useful.
You can program the extra bass and the compressed music enhancer to come on with appropriate sources. This is a great secondary theater receiver, and a great for the price unit for a main theater. I would think about how much expansion I might need in the future, and how much of the current and future Surround processing I think I’d utilize, as this unit is not the current state of the art, and not very accomodating to many more inputs than I am utilizing.
After using it for the last few months, I can safely say that it’s worth the money! However, it does have it’s quirks. For example. I had an issue with it cutting back on after 3-5 minutes after powering the unit off.
So I ended up having to turn off the HDMI control setting so the system isn’t randomly turning back on (seemed to do the trick). I guess the other devices are interfering with it somehow. Even turned the bluetooth off on both the receiver and other devices, but that didn’t seem to work.
Also had an issue where it will sometimes randomly change to another audio input setting on the receiver when changing the t. v. audio input (on my Sony t. v. ), back to the receiver audio setting. There’s also a long delay (20-30 seconds) on the receiver when cutting it back on (because I’ll often just switch to the t.
v. speakers late at night so it’s not loud when watching t. v. ). All in all I would recommend. Plenty of sound settings, and tons of customization on the receiver. Although it will take you awhile to get used to it if you’re a novice with newer audio receivers.
Thinking about taking this one back seeing as it may be defective. Or, these particular Yamaha receivers might just have bugs.
Great entry-level AVR for both movies and music. I run a simple 2. 0 setup with Polk Series III floorstanding speakers. I decided to upgrade my old, non-HDMI AVR for two reasons: 1) better sound quality for my 320 kbps music streaming, and 2) the ability to finally play audio from my Samsung Q60 TV through my stereo 2.
0 setup (which also lacked an optical audio input). I also game on an Xbox One X and wanted to make sure that the AVR would be capable of smoothly passing through 4K HDR content. This receiver excels at all aspects.
The music quality is surprisingly improved, particularly with the Compressed Music Enhancer function. I always thought all receivers would sound basically the same when it comes to simple music playback in stereo, but there’s a noticeable improvement to my ears in terms of both detail and clarity.
So far I prefer using the STRAIGHT preset in combination with Compressed Music Enhancer for listening to albums. On the 0-97 scale, I find 50-60 is generally loud enough for reasonable listening in my ~ 700 sq.
ft. apartment living room. On the video side, I was able to get the HDMI ARC function working surprisingly quickly. I have the Xbox plugged into HDMI 1 on the AVR, and another cable running from HDMI Out on the AVR to my TV’s HDMI ARC input.
This lets me send consistent 4K HDR video signals from my Xbox, through the AVR and to the TV without any distortion or lag, and returns the audio through the speakers. Even though I don’t have a surround setup, I typically use the Surround Decoder along with the Game preset for pretty good results.
Audio from shows and movies streamed from my TV’s various apps (Netflix, HBO etc. ) also works well. I debated forsaking the video stuff and just getting a higher quality stereo amplifier, but the ability of this AVR to coordinate with my Samsung TV’s Anynet+ features for media switching is what sealed the deal for me.
Using the HDMI Arc setup described above, and after enabling HDMI control on this AVR, the AVR automatically 1) switches to TV audio whenever it detects a streaming app, 2) switches to the audio and video signals coming from the Xbox whenever I start it up, and 3) automatically switches to the audio channel I have my Chromecast Audio plugged into whenever I feel like listening to music.
The AVR also passes the audio and video from my Xbox through while powered off – and the TV automatically switches on its onboard speakers when the AVR is powered off, no manual digging into TV settings required! The only potential drawback in terms of functionality is that using this ARC setup, the TV doesn’t automatically switch in and out of Game Mode depending on the media source, since it’s all being routed into the TV via the same single HDMI input.
I don’t mind leaving Game Mode on for movie streaming, but for those that would, you could alternatively connect your game system into another TV input rather than pass it through the AVR (though the game’s audio would still be returned via ARC to your external speakers).
The only other drawback so far is the YPAO calibration. It was easy to connect the mic and run the quick calibration, but the results were just awful! For some reason it turned my right (front) speaker down by 10dB, making music sound horribly tinny.
I manually went in and restored it, now everything sounds great. I was hoping it’d automatically give me a more fine-tuned calibration on the order of a couple dB (without me having to figure it out by trial and error), but oh well.
Overall a fantastic product, especially at this price.
Up to 45W per Channel at 8 Ohms, 4 x Stereo RCA In / 1 x Stereo RCA Out, Bluetooth Audio Streaming, Front-Panel 1/4″ Headphone Out, Direct Energy Amplification. Enjoy music from a variety of sources with the Pioneer SX-10AE Stereo Receiver.
Built-in Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly stream music from compatible audio sources such as computers MP3 players smartphones and tablets. It also has four stereo RCA inputs for connecting your wired audio sources.
It outputs up to 45W per channel to your speakers at 8 Ohms and features outputs for up to two pairs of speakers. The SX-10AE also features a subwoofer output for enhanced low end. The integrated AM/FM tuner allows you to enjoy free over-the-air content.
The discrete power amplifier section provides a very musical sound. Direct mode eliminates the grungy sound of tone controls. As expected with refurbished items, there is always a problem of one sort or another.
The wrong remote control was included with the receiver. The one year warranty covers sending me the correct remote control. The refurbished Pioneer SX-10ae receiver is well worth the purchase price.
Superb heavy duty, heavy weight, Bluetooth Streaming Receiver. Stream music from Phone, Tablet, PC or Mac. Pioneer quality build, clean precise sound, along with pumping bass! all delivered at up to 100 Watts of power, there’s plenty of oomph! 2x 100 Watt, Bluetooth Streaming, 4 Line-Inputs, Tape- and Subwoofer-Outputs, Speaker A/B, FM-Radio with 40 Memory locations.
Basically. , easy to set up for use. Important to take time and read instructions carefully. , in other words do not rush the procedure. As the old saying goes ‘more haste less speed’. Having over 50 years of experience with purchasing and installing home entertainment equipment does help in getting good results.
In this particular instance I purchased this item is to enhance the sound system linked to my computer, especially to enjoy music programs on Utube, as well as just to listen to music from radio stations both AM and FM while busy doing housework.
Packed with 100 watts of power per channel, Sony’s STR-DE185 receiver will rock your listening room with riveting sound. Features include a stylish Hi-fi design that will complement your components, a 5-function input selector, frequency synthesis AM/FM tuning with 30 presets, discrete output transistors, and a sleep timer.
The supplied remote control will allow you to manage your music with ease as you witness the superb sound of Sony technology at work.
Just need stereo for my shop, no 5. 1 or greater Dolby, HDMI, etc. Receiver does have VCR inputs but these inputs can be used without the video for another audio source which I did for my XM receiver.
With the audio output of the VCR connections I was able to still use my audio feed to a room in my shop. So this Sony replaced my old receiver with failing FM quite nicely. I also like the Bass Boost button–helps in my wide open shop with speakers up on edge of loft.
100 watts per channel lets me “rock out”. So. I am quite pleased with this stereo receiver!.
I’ve been impressed with Sony products for years. I had a box stereo that was wearing out and wanted to upgrade to the Tuner that I purchased. When I hooked it up and played it my wife was in the kitchen (and doesn’t have a sharp ear anyway) said.
“So what’s the difference??” Later she came into the living room and was able to hear the clarity and bass difference from our old unit, and she said “Oh, that is a lot nicer.
In modern, surround sound driven audio universe where home theater enthusiasts hear airplanes fly overhead and bombs exploding around them, one might think that mere Stereo is old fashioned. But don’t be mislead – humans have only two ears and stereo is still a significant life form.
The case in point the RX-4105. It’s actually an update of the market leading RX-4100/4103. Rated at 100 watts, Sherwood Electronic has reduced distortion significantly. It’s now less than 0. 20% from 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
The RX-4105 has a good AM/FM tuner with the ability to pre-set up to 30 favorite stations. It has inputs for 4 audio sources to accommodate your sound gear. And the sound is phenomenal – as you’d expect from a company that dates its own existence to before stereo’s birth.
And the RX-4105 has at least one unexpected grace the ability to independently select up to two sets of loudspeakers via the supplied remote control. (Audio purists will be pleased to know that this relay-controlled switching puts the speakers in parallel, maintaining their individual sound qualities.
This is an easy to hook up, great sounding receiver and a tremendous value. I have a pair of Polk Audio 100 watt RT3 speakers hooked up to it and it sounds amazing! If you want to use a turntable with this, you will need a pre-amp box if you’re using an older turntable.
If you have one of the newer ones with a build in pre-amp it will work perfectly. Just plug it into any open portal like the tape, VHS or TV. The remote control makes it even better. The separate AM & FM antennas work great.
My aunt had a Sherwood receiver when I was a kid and I remember how good it sounded. Sherwood receivers like Polk audio speakers have come down drastically in price the last few years. If your looking for a receiver with 100 watts of power, clear low distorted sound, easy to hook up and use at a low affordable price, this is the receiver for you!.
This receiver is less than average; in fact, it is terrible; poor. I hooked it up and at first I thought it didn’t work. I did everything I know to do (which is a LOT) to make sure everything was connected properly but I got NO SOUND.
After more than an hour, I decided to turn it past “20” on the volume control; still nothing. I turned it past “30” — nothing. I was going to turn it as high as it could go and when it got to “40”, I finally heard a whimper of sound.
What? A brand new receiver has to be turned up to 40 just to hear a whimper of sound? My old Aiwa component receiver, which a busted up cassette deck would be very sufficient at level 10; if I turned it to 20, the neighbors could hear it.
I bought this new receiver to bring all of my equipment into “the modern era” and to conserve space (the Aiwa system was a little bit too big). This stinking thing works like it was made in the 1920’s or something.
VERY POOR SOUND QUALITY. DO NOT BUY THIS THING. IT HAS HORRIBLE SOUND. An amp is suppose to amplify the sound; this one does not.
I bought this for the Garage , my stress free Zone. This receiver has been relocated to the Sun Room because of the clear sound and the sharp looks. It looks a little retro but has the modern updated features.
I would recommend spending the extra money and getting higher quality speakers. I have both B&W but also a pair of inexpensive Insignias for outside. THEY BOTH SOUND GREAT. This receiver is NOT Bluetooth compatible.
The price on this Unit can not be found for less as of this date. I will be purchasing another for the garage. CD, DVD TAPE AND VCR AV JACKS in rear. also speakers hook up with “spring loaded retainers” for a better term.
It comes with am and Fm antenna. Good buy. I hope this helps you decide. I am over 55 years old.
Enjoy superior stereo sound with the 100W high power output of the Sherwood RX 4208 AM FM Stereo Receiver. A sleek design equipped with advanced features makes this receiver a valuable component of any professional grade home audio system while still possessing a simple operation.
Today 39;s multi component home theater system must excel at working with components including Blu Ray Players, DVD and CD players, laptops and mobile devices, game consoles, cassette decks, VCRs, and satellite or cable inputs not to mention radio programming.
Sherwood A V Receivers are star performers, easily switching between inputs and encoding formats to produce brilliant, accurate sound.
I have my receiver connected to a pair of Klipsch La Scala speakers (the 41 year old models having the original stickers on the back). When I run FM stero the sound is very crisp. The station could be better, but we do the best we can with our am/fm amplifier.
Being in the boondocks doesn’t help. My TV, Samsung C630 has a very convenient analog audio out which happens to fit a specialized 3. 5mm adapter that goes from the TV to the L and R AUX inputs on the receiver.
Then came the sound. The satellite radio and CD are both incredible. With these speakers, I’m sitting at 35% output for a concert feel. I can crank it down to 20% and the only thing that tapers off is the volume.
Quality remains high! I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to find this receiver. I can listen to Directv satellite radio through the TV and I can also listen to the CD player in the same manner.
PROS – Great sound & nice build. Weighs more than similar priced receivers so you know they didn’t skimp on the power transformer. – Controls on unit allow volume control, input selection and preset radio selections.
CONS – Need to use remote for setup, balance, treble/bass, and other functions. – Control labeling on unit is gray on black and tough to read in subdued light. – This item CAN NOT be returned to a Wal-Mart store even though service desk assured me that it could.
– THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS WITH THE FM TUNER. This unit replaced a 15 year old Sherwood (a similarly priced but now obsolete model) that died. It is connected to the same outdoor antenna but pulls in fewer stations.
The missing stations can be received only if you use the remote to allow for mono reception. The older unit switched automatically to mono on a weak FM stereo station, allowing reception without use of the remote.
This means that even though you can use the preset buttons on the unit, ya still need the blasted remote to switch between stereo & mono. If switching between FM stations is a high on your priorities this may be a deal changer! BOTTOM LINE: This seems to be a well built, quality, unit capable of delivering excellent sound.
As such, it’s a great bang for the buck. Just be aware that it only provides 2 channel stereo and is not suitable for surround sound, multi-channel applications. It works very well for me.
This receiver is advertised as 200 watts. But, it is really only 100 watts per channel for a total of 200 watts. I have this receiver connected to the same speakers as my previous receiver (different brand) and the bass tone is much less.
If you have the treble and bass equal the sound is tinny. I have the bass all the way up and the treble low so the sound is acceptable but not good. Also, now I have to adjust my antenna almost daily to get reception.
I would return it BUT, I did not realize this did not come from Walmart, but from a third seller; I can not return it to Walmart and it would be too much of a hassle to repack and ship back to the seller AT MY COST.
With low-latency Bluetooth 4. 1 wireless technology, you can stream almost any audio that’s playing on your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or PC applications. Auto Connect function tablet, laptop, or PC applications.
Auto Connect function makes pairing up and playing back your music much faster and easier than before, with enhanced stability reducing loss in audio quality. Universal connectivity meets pure analog amplification in a simple hub that sounds a whole lot better than its modest price suggests.
All the essentials are covered with digital audio inputs for TV and BD/DVD player connection, along with an MM phono equalizer, four analog line-level inputs for CD player and everything else. Crafted for music and film lovers seeking authentic hi-fi sound, the TX-8260 is extensively equipped with inputs to connect wide range of players.
Use Hi-Res Audio-ready digital audio inputs to route TV or PC audio through to the speakers, line-level inputs for a good-quality CD player or DAC, and the MM phono input for your turntable. Enjoy room-filling reproduction of these as well as FM/AM radio, USB Audio, Network, and Bluetooth sources with ease.
Don’t let the look’s fool you , like me. This Onkyo Stereo Receiver lacks the tone quality. The Bass controls does not go up to 10 dB , and the Treble only goes up to 6dB. So your not getting the full tone control plus their is no Loudness control.
So this Receiver lacks sound quality. And I was using this with my beautiful sounding Polk Speakers and My Polk Sub Still It’s a piece of junk. The older Onkyo Stereo Receiver are much better from the 90’s.
Just hooked the unit up to my Klipsch R-15 speakers and Yamaha subwoofer. So far my impressions are that this unit is made extremely well and is very user friendly. Not too many bells and whistles, just enough for a basic hi-fi setup which I like.
Phono input, subwoofer output and Bluetooth connectivity were musts for me. Bluetooth connects very quickly! Equalizer and balance works fine. My only complaint like other people is that the unit isn’t the most powerful.
I wouldn’t recommend using this with anything other than bookshelf speakers. And it’s not that it won’t get loud, it does, I just don’t like how close I got to the maximum volume. But if you’re looking for a well built, pure sounding unit for a living room this will serve you well.
Can’t wait to listen to my record collection through this system. Ultimately satisfied with my decision.
This is a straightforward stereo receiver, which can handle analog and fiber optic and bluetooth digital inputs. The sound quality is excellent. I can’t comment on the radio, since I don’t use it. Easy to set up and use.
This Sony STRDH190 audio-video receiver lets you enjoy room-filling Dolby surround sound and wireless streaming from apps with Bluetooth. Control playlists and volume right from your phone or tablet and automatically charge your phone while enjoying the entertainment.
Set up complex sequences with the one-touch NFC connectivity for a seamless connection with this Sony audio-video receiver.
Once we decided to finally replace our wonderful but aging 1980 Kenwood receiver, we were faced with a serious dilemma: what to replace it with? There are plenty of expensive high-end stereo receivers out there, but are they *really* worth it? Maybe if cost were no object, I wouldn’t care, but most of us have to do other things with our money, like eat or have a roof over their heads.
Most of the searches put this receiver at the top of the list, which annoyed me. Mostly because I had (spoiler: past tense) a long-standing issue with Sony dating back to the 1980s. My spouse convinced me to finally put it to rest and order this receiver.
Boy, am I glad that we did. First off, it sounds just as good as our Kenwood, and takes up about 40% of the space. It has a real phono input, and three aux inputs, one of which is perfect for a tape deck.
I would’ve preferred two tape inputs for dubbing, but en external box works just as well. The look is very clean, and there aren’t a lot of unnecessary frills. I do have one or two nitpicks, though. The biggest is the connection for the FM antenna, which looks more like s fan connector on a motherboard than a real set of screw terminals or a coax connection.
I’m STILL trying to figure out how I’m going to patch in a better antenna. Also, I miss having AM. Yeah, I know, but there are still a few really good AM stations out there, and it’d be nice to have the option to listen to them.
HD FM would also be nice, but again I’m nitpicking. Overall, I’ve not seen a better value out there. We’ve had plenty of gear over the years from every manufacturer, and I’d put this Sony receiver up against any of them.
Once I got over my snit with Sony, ir became obvious stat hey still care about good stereo music.
The previous reviews are much more technical than this will be I’m sure. However…if you’re looking for a very clean, fairly powerful, beautiful sounding modern receiver with a retro feel and sound, then this is for you.
This replaced an early 70’s Harmon that finally gave up one channel (still getting g it repaired eventually) and I chose this one to run my turntables. I’m currently running a Pioneer PL15D with a Technics tone arm, Dual head, and Shure cartridge and with the built in preamp for turntables, this thing is as clean as it’s ever been.
Doesn’t matter if I’m running vintage 70’s rock or new production grunge vinyl…it all is clean as can be. This receiver has all the modern fun things like Bluetooth and usb but with the sound and warmth of a vintage receiver.
Dare I say it almost sounds tubish? It’s got that much warmth. You do have to crank it a bit to get it loud but it handles it just fine. Read the review about the board and certain features being found on more expensive receivers.
Absolutely spot on. I’m currently running a pair of Fisher 15” towers and a pair of 12” Fisher towers off it and it does very well with them (both sets are OG 8 ohm setups with the white woofers made in Japan).
Honestly, this is the best bang for your buck. I was thinking “eh, it’s cheap…I’ll run it until I find a vintage marantz or something”. Nope. Not even looking at this point. There’s simply no need. It’s the best of both worlds as far as modern and vintage tone go.
Just buy it. You’ll love it. Now, it is fairly niche though…if you’re not wanting a 2 channel old school style receiver and instead wanting some Dolby 15. 9. 2. 1 or whatever super duper surround sound with built in prostate massager, this isn’t it.
This is more retro than anything. If you’re wanting to use it for it’s intended use, you’ll be more than happy with it. I can really see this being amazing with some JBL bookshelf or smaller tower speakers in a den or office too.
I had an old Sony receiver that was amazing. It crapped out on me after 35 years. I’ve been trying to get it fixed for the last six months. I would’ve paid anywhere from $200 to $300 to get it fixed but nobody would fix it locally.
So I stuffed it in the garage and decided to buy a new unit. I bought this BASIC unit right before Christmas so that when family VISITED over the holidays, I would have something to play music from my phone.
Although this unit is basic the sound it pushes out is crisp and I’m very pleased with it. Other features that I like is the ability to connect two pair of speakers to the unit, and of course the ability to connect a Bluetooth device to it without having to use the aux with a RCA jack.
I also like the simple operations but that comes with some cons because I don’t have the pro logic or cinema options for a center speaker or two rear speakers. However, this unit will hold me over until supplies for receivers are back to normal.
And for the price of 170, I think it was worth the investment. I really don’t have anything bad to say about the unit because the value for what I got is worth it. I will say though, had there been other options to fulfill all of my needs, I probably would not have purchased this unit but rather invested in a unit that cost twice as much.
Experience your favorite music in outstanding high-fidelity with this Yamaha A/V receiver. Its built-in Bluetooth lets you stream wirelessly from a compatible smartphone or tablet, and its advanced circuitry delivers 140W per channel at 8 ohms for powerful sound.
This A/V receiver has phono input terminals for enjoying your vinyl collection.
A/B/A+B speaker switch, Bluetooth audio streaming, Apple AirPlay support, iPod/iPhone/iPad ready, smartphone remote controlled, MusicCast system
FM – digital
Network & Internet Multimedia
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Deezer, Napster, Spotify, JUKE, TIDAL, Qobuz
Headphones (phone stereo 6.3 mm) – front 4 x audio line-in (RCA x 2) – rear Audio line-out (RCA x 2) – rear SPDIF input (RCA) – rear SPDIF input (TOSLINK) – rear LAN (RJ-45) – rear 4 x speakers output (banana/spade x 2) – rear
Remote control, DAB antenna, 2 AA batteries
Power Consumption Operational
Power Consumption Stand by
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
I use this unit in my small home office where I work 3 to 4 days per week. It provides the perfect blend of power, convenience, and functionality. I have it connected via my home ethernet network and it performs beautifully.
The YPAO feature worked great in achieving excellent sound in my small office. I have it connected to a pair of vintage JBL L20T speakers and a Polk subwoofer. I mainly stream music from my Mac over my home network and listen to FM news radio.
This is an excellent unit and I highly recommend it for those who desire a no-muss, no-fuss, easy-to-set-up unit that delivers excellent, high-fidelity sound.
The unit performs very well but there are some issues. #1 You have to manually set up wifi using your remote control that comes with the unit. Don’t try to follow the instructions for MusicCast if you are going to use an Android phone.
#2 Make sure when the unit connects to wi-fi or wired connection that it performs all firmware updates before proceeding. I found I could not use the MusicCast app to set up the unit because it needed firmware updates before it would connect.
WPS does seem to work for this. #3 once all the firmware is updated – and this might take multiple rounds, keep checking – THEN you can connect to the MusicCast app. #4 your phone if Android MUST be connected to a 2.
4GHz WiFi network and not a 5GHz. MusicCast app absolutely will not work when connected to 5GHz using an Android phone. Of course this may all change once Android updates its own software in the future.
Once I figured all this out, the unit works perfectly.
This receiver was purchased to replace a 24 year old Yamaha receiver. Pros: Nice simple appearance, good features for the price, easy to set up, felt well built. I had it hooked up, connected to my wifi (through IOS share) and playing via AirPlay very quickly.
Cons: the sound quality was disappointing. It sounded “leaner” than my old receiver that was rated at 80W vs this at 100W. Also it had a higher noise floor which I could hear at low volume levels. I may still recommend this if you have a basic audio system and you don’t want to spend any more.
The AXR85 boasts 85 watts of power, a built-in phono stage for connecting record players with moving magnet cartridges, a front panel 3. 5mm input for i – Pod/MP3 players, built-in FM/AM radio with RDS and 30 presets, and four analog inputs for connecting all your music, AV and audio sources.
In addition, the built-in Bluetooth receiver allows you stream your favourite music from your smartphone, tablet, or PC. Note, though Bluetooth is offered, there are no wired digital inputs. Specifications Power output: 85 W per channel into 8 ohm Input impedances: 47 k – Ohm Damping factor: >50 Subwoofer output crossover: 200 Hz Digital inputs: 1 x – S/PDIFRCA, 2 x – TOSlink Optical, Bluetooth 5.
0(A2DP/AVRCP supporting SBC) Tuner bands: AM (530-1710 k – Hz) FM (87. 5-108MHz) Aerial inputs: FM 75 ohm coaxial, AM 300 ohms wire loop/single wire Dimensions: 4. 3″ x 16. 9″ x 13. 4” Weight: 17. 8 lb.
Years ago my wife let me purchase a very high end set of planar speakers, and matching quality preamp/amp equipment in the 14′ X 20′ living room. Recently she gave me (at my request) an equally impressive and expensive pair of Walsh driven speaker for back in my 11.
5′ X 14. 5′ office. I thought a name brand Asian-brand 50 watt amplifier would be perfect, but the speakers just weren’t as striking as I thought they would be. After hearing many good things about Cambridge Audio, and being urged by may people to try one out, I bought this 85 watt unit (still not a bigger room and no need for digital inputs because of a first-rate CD player with its own DAC).
As the title says – the sound is breathtaking. It matches the “main” stereo with its $1,500 electronics in terms of warmth, width yet vital center staged sound, detail, intricacies of usually slightly masked background instruments instruments, palpable “power in reserve feeling”, and overall 3-D sound (width, depth and even height).
It’s like the Cambridge was built for the Walsh driving units. Just to check, I brought into my office my front bookshelf Cambridge Soundworks satellite speakers from my home theater system (I still love them even though they’re no longer for sale) and then two of my (no longer sold) Mirage Omnisat speakers from my second home theater (same sentiment).
Each and every pair of speaker were, quite simply, driven to a sound they had never achieved before when being driven by typical name-brand multi-channel receivers. The Cambridge Audio power reserves and (to use a Henry Kloss phrase, which is high praise in just the use of his name) “voicing” (or a total lack thereof) gave each speaker abilities to produce details that they had never before accomplished.
Even so, as much as it brought out the remarkable sounds that it eked out of each system, this Cambridge Audio amplifier also managed to show the strengths and weaknesses of each speaker system. The (now defunct) Cambridge Soundworks speakers are clearly meant to have a neutral somewhat “British” clarity of sound just like the Cambridge Audio amplifier which makes them excellent for dramas and the like in a home theater – yet they had their “excitement limitations.
The (also now non-produced) Omnisats are spectacular in action movies and likewise, with the Cambridge Audio being reviewed, they were exciting in music – but they were/are trying to put out so much information that in the long run clarity is lost.
The Walsh speakers handled everything with the aplomb that $2,000 speakers should possess. The wonderful thing was, though, was that this was the first time in two years that I heard these speakers do that, and also the first time that I heard those other speakers sound so darn near close.
I very much like to buy my stereos and cameras and cars (hobbies that frequently go together) with the same belief: their is a price point and a product that produces such an ideal that more is unnecessary but less is unsatisfactory.
That theory and belief and ideal is carried out in the Cambridge Audio AXR series. If I was in my main living room I might need the 100 watt unit. If I were younger and my ears and my ego were more “golden” I might need a different Cambridge Audio series.
As it is, though, for a “budget” series, this is the top of the line. different series.
I’m very much a novice with my equipment, and perhaps it’s wrong that I paid less for my amplifier than my turntable, but I think that the value for money that the AXR85 offers is extremely good. I find the Bluetooth connectivity very helpful, easy to pair and it stops arguments about who controls the internet radio (the answer is me as I’m the only one who’s paired to it ;-)) Even without running in, the amp is sounding warm and has enough tone to make me realise it can only get better.
Decent treble and bass controls that make a difference are v important. My criteria was simple: a built in phono stage (and CA are known for making excellent Phono Stages), bluetooth and, well, that was about it.
I’m not fussy, really. This more than delivers on that. I personally can’t hear the difference between this and something twice its price, but I do know that it blows my old amp out of the water. My only criticisms (hence the 4 stars) is that I’d like Internet Radio rather than FM/AM, as the stations I listen to aren’t available on anything but DAB/internet, and I’ve noticed that it likes to turn off sometimes whilst playing Bluetooth from one particular source.
I just need to check if it’s the source at fault (suspect so). Overall, very happy with it and recommend it as a superb piece for an entry level setup.
With 85 watts of power, the AXR85 features an integrated phono preamp for turntables with MM cartridges, a 3. 5 mm front input for iPods and MP3 players, an integrated FM/AM radio with RDS and 30 presets for your favourite stations and four analogue inputs to connect all your music, AV and audio sources.
Last but not least, the integrated Bluetooth receiver allows you to play your favourite music from your smartphone, tablet or PC.
Take precise control of your music playlist with this two-channel Onkyo network stereo receiver. Its built-in Chromecast service lets you stream audio from Wi-Fi-enabled devices, and its DTS Play-Fi capability provides wireless control of multiple components from a smartphone.
This Onkyo network stereo receiver has four HDMI inputs for connecting high-definition audio sources. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.
Good sound, but was not impressed that to stream music from my phone directly to the receiver from Spotify requires a Premium subscription. The same with at least 1 other App. Also, Best Buy and Onkyo websites state ” 100W RMS per channel at 8 Ohms, 20Hz–20kHz, 0.
08% THD, 2 channels driven “. Yet while going through the Setup a second time I fell upon a function ” Select your speaker impedance ” with 2 choices – 4 Ohms or 6 Ohms. In preparation to buying this TX-8270 (which I received today), I purchased a decent pair of 8 Ohms 130W RMS floor standing speakers for $1000.
Most 2. 0 channel amps have a 4 or 6 Ohms switch at the back. Since this one doesn’t I assumed I needed 8 Ohms speakers. Now I find out this 2. 0 receiver is capable of pushing higher than 100W RMS into 6 Ohms speakers.
Very, very disappointed and might be returning this TX-8270.
” I haven’t yet hooked up this receiver, so I cannot comment on ‘sound quality,’ or ‘ease of use. ‘ As to ‘good value,’ only time will tell. ” > read on I did hook up this receiver 4 days ago (Jan. 6th), figured out how the ‘reset’ function is accessed, and since then it has been working well.
The receiver is not easy to set up (lots of steps), but there are quite a few unique features that I appreciate. If your system includes a TV (video), setup is a little easier as instructions will be displayed on the TV if hooked up.
Once you know your way around the features, the item is easy to use.
This is the third iteration of this family of Onkyo receivers I have owned, and it does not disappoint. The main reason for my sticking with the Onkyo line has been their capability of driving 4-ohm Magneplanar speakers with a relatively inexpensive receiver rather than moving up to a more expensive amplifier.
The Nakamichi 100-watt (at 8 ohms) receiver I started with was supposed to be a good choice for this job, but it was ultimately not up to the task and gave up the ghost one day. The Onkyo units have been reliable, if a bit dated in features, but this network capable receiver brings the line up to date.
The older models are still working as well, just relegated to non-central tasks. If you’re looking for the base for a multi-channel home theater system, this is non the receiver for you. But if, like me, the video part of your entertainment system is just a big TV with BlueRay/DVD, while the audio part is more important, then this is a good choice for a budget stereo setup.
MusicCast is a revolution in network audio, it’s completely up to you. Designed to be intuitive, quick and simple to use. Use a soundbar, a wireless speaker, an AV Receiver, Hi-Fi audio whichever suits you best, mix and match then expand your MusicCast system as time goes on.
Auto power off, loudness, balance control, Bluetooth audio streaming, low-cut filter, Apple AirPlay support, iPod/iPhone/iPad ready, smartphone remote controlled, Pure Direct mode
AM/FM – digital
Tuner Frequency Range
FM: 87.5 – 108 MHz, AM: 531 – 1611 kHz
Preset Station Qty
40 preset stations
Supported RDS Functions
FM stereo/mono switch, Auto Store (AS)
Network & Internet Multimedia
Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Wi-Fi
Pandora, Rhapsody, Napster, Spotify, SiriusXM internet radio, JUKE
Headphones (phone stereo 6.3 mm) – front USB (4 pin USB Type A) – front Phono input (RCA x 2) – rear 4 x audio line-in (RCA x 2) – rear 2 x audio line-out (RCA x 2) – rear 2 x SPDIF input (RCA) – rear 2 x SPDIF input (TOSLINK) – rear Subwoofer output (RCA) – rear LAN (RJ-45) – rear Speakers output – rear
AC 230 V (50 Hz)
Power Consumption Operational
Power Consumption Stand by
Dimensions & Weight
Reviews From Real Customers
This arrived last week, and once I’d set up to a CD player, bluetooth and radio, the next thing was to connect it to my broadband. It took me longer, being not all that conversant with all these initials, such as SSID, but once connected, wirelessly, the results were marvellous.
With Spotify Connect, the sound is so much better than just laptop or phone to the bluetooth adaptor, then the amp. I hear much more than the older way of connecting. Internet radio takes a bit of getting used to, but once done, and the presets stored, I can switch between various foreign classical music stations such as WDR3, Br-Klassik, or use BBC either on the net or via FM.
This machine is superb, and the depth of sound is such an improvement on my previous, very good, amplifier. Thoroughly recommended.
I have had this 3 weeks now and had chance to set up all the functions. Net Radio as well as an AM/FM tuner mean I always have radio even if WiFi goes down, and both were a doddle to set up and to storer presets for.
Linking to my home WiFi via iPhone sharing the settings, so almost nothing for me to do. Have tried Phono and CD inputs, both sound perfect. I am running 2 pairs of speakers so i have music in 2 rooms and it’s great to be able to choose either pr both (my previous Cambridge amp the A speakers were always on, only B was optional).
AirPlay works seamlessly. Also tried the built-in Spotify, although not my main streaming service, and worked fine. The associated MusicCast app is easy to download and use, giving a lot more options, and it persuaded me to purchase an extra Bluetooth Yamaha speaker for the conservatory so now we can link all the music across the downstairs simultaneously – again, much easier than expected to link in an extra component.
Only issue I had was initially sending the amp into safety lockdown by using 4 Ohm speakers – by default it is set for 8 Ohms. Euan at Richer Newcastle was great with advice and swapped the unit within 2 days, then talked me through changing the setting before I linked the speakers up.
I recently purchased a Yamaha RN602 to replace an old Sherwood AX4050R amplifier that was starting to fail. Having ripped most of my CDs to a server, I wanted the ability to stream my music over the network and from my phone.
The RN602 provides a very nice sound to my Mordaunt Short 902 speakers and I am easily able to stream FLAC files from my Plex server via DLNA. My only niggle is that, despite trying a number of DLNA servers, the RN602 does not allow for fast forwarding or rewinding within a song (annoying if you’re listening to a long piece of music and want to skip back a few seconds).
Sound quality is good, with a warmth to the music. Both bass and treble are handled well, and can be tweaked if required, or all tone controls bypassed with a “Pure Direct” button. Aesthetically, the RN602 is a solid, black piece of equipment that sits proudly on top of my cabinet, between my speakers.
It certainly looks like a serious piece of kit. While streaming from a server was my primary aim, the RN602 also supports Bluetooth and Airplay, the latter I use to stream apps such as Amazon Music, Spotify and iTunes from my phone.
I’ve also used the Net Radio capabilities of the RN602 to listen to stations over the Internet. Because I’m able to access all of my music via wi-fi, I’ve not had the need to connect any other devices to the RN602, although there are a suitable number of inputs for traditional hi-fi such as CD players and a Phono input, along with support for traditional AM and FM radio.
There is also a USB port on the front so you can load music directly that way (although I’ve not needed to do that). The RN602 is a MusicCast device, which means it can be controlled by an app and be part of a multi-room setup.
The MusicCast app is pretty decent, but isn’t as sophisticated or well integrated as Sonos. The MusicCast app integrates with Napster, Spotify (premium only), Qobuz, Tidal and Deezer. Later MusicCast devices are scheduled to support Spotify (free) and AirPlay 2, but the RN602 isn’t included on that list for some reason.
MusicCast is lacking in support for Apple Music and Amazon Music, but hopefully they will come soon. In the meantime, I can stream from my phone if I want to listen to those services. With no other MusicCast devices, I’ve not (yet) had the opportunity to try the multi-room feature, but based on what I’ve experienced with the RN602, I expect to be purchasing more Yamaha kit in the near future!.
Expand your audio setup with this Denon two-channel A/V receiver. The five HDMI inputs and a USB port offer a direct connection to a TV or a smartphone, while the built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplay technologies provide wireless connectivity.
This Denon two-channel A/V receiver delivers up to 100W per channel at 8 ohms, and an AKM 32-bit D/A converter ensures high-resolution sound. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.
Speakers: DALI OBERON 1 (No sub-woofer) Turntable: Elipson Chroma 400 TV: LG via HDMI ARC Bought for the family snug, so a mixture of TV, vinyl, Spotify and Bluetooth to start with and possibly CD in future if I find a nice second hand one – no rush First impressions: relatively straight forward out of the box.
The UI/Setup Assistant/Instructions isn’t that sophisticated compared say a modern TV. I didn’t try using the Android app -so don’t know if that would have improved stuff; it wasn’t strongly signposted at the outset if that was the case, more mentioned at the end of the setup.
The setup journey was rudimentary and didn’t signpost where one could make more changes e. g. check your speaker impedance, is your phono MM or MC Tried Phono first. First impressions were lovely, nice and crisp and clear vocals and high to mid range, but after while realised bass seemed to be missing or muted.
This was on such 90’s bangers as Happy Mondays-Step On, New Order-Blue Monday or Primal Scream-Loaded. Adding Bass to 6db made some difference but nothing floor shaking to disturb the neighbours. Tried different speakers and an older Dennon amp (DRA-365D) and that gave a more low end, so it wasn’t the speakers.
Long and the short – phono hasn’t impressed so far. Got the TV audio running once I found the right setting on the LG – results, nice and rounded. Better bass/low end results than for the phono, so it can do it.
The youth in the family got themselves onto Spotify without much assitance and it seemed to work for them. Next Bluetooth. And this is where it has let itself down. Skips, jumps, pauses seems to be playing segments over itself so the beat sounds wrong, inconsistent.
And this is off two different devices, so it’s not the devices which work fine with other Bluetooth. Haven’t got back to you yet as I’ve been trying different stuff out and wanted to record my journey so far – Updates to follow.
If you’re on the look out for an AV amp and prefer stereo rather than surround sound, this is an excellent offering which has surpassed my expectations. I run it into a pair of Q Acoustics 3050 floor stand speakers, I stream directly to the Denon from Spotify or an internal NAS.
The sound quality is superb as you’d expect, and user interface easy to use. The only slight gripe is that although the user interface can display what’s going on through your TV – it’s rendering of graphics isn’t great, so whilst it’s useable, it looks pants compared to how Spotify looks on screen when provided by my Amazon fire stick.
So for highest quality sound I stream Spotify directly to the Denon, but if I value nice graphics on the TV to accompany my music, I stream Spotify through my fire stick. Which still sounds excellent.
For watching streamed TV i use a Panasonic TV and the fire stick as the source. The fire stick is plugged into the Denon through HDMI and then the tv through HDMI Arc. This works a dream as the moment I press the on button on the fire remote, the tv and Denon switch on and work beautifully – with the volume on the fire remote adjusting volume on the Denon.
Overall this is an excellent unit which surpassed my expectations. I knew it would sound amazing but didn’t expect the inter working with TV and fire stick to be so seamless. Great job Denon!.
After a new Marantz PM6007 failed on me, Richer Sounds helpfully talked me through this as a straight swap, though it both and has more but doesn’t have quite the same functionality. Set-up without a TV connected is quite difficult, not helped by the on-line instructions not being correct, so following them does not work, for example setting pre-sets on the tuner.
Assigning inputs and setting input levels also took a lot of trial and error. Disappointingly Internet Radio is only provided through a third party app which requires a monthly paid subscription, and annoyingly every time I switch it on it wants me to set up this app.
And for some reason, using Heos to connect from my iPhone to stream music from Tidal it ignores this nearby AVR and connects and turns on another AVR in another part of the house, so almost every day have to battle settings for a few minutes before it recognises this AVR.
But it sounds great, the tuner delivers good FM and DAB radio, the vinyl sounds great through the phono section, and even the cassette tapes playback well. And generally the Remote Control is effective.
And when it finally connects to Tidal, great quality. Can’t forgive inaccurate manuals that mean hours wasted in set-up. I’d like to recommend it but not without sorting out Heos and the manuals.
Craftsmanship in engineering design. The AVENTAGE line of high-performance AV receivers is based on the audio design concept of providing a massive, full-bodied sound for movie sound effects and the accurate reproduction of music sources.
By expertly harmonizing traditional and advanced technologies, every factor that affects sound quality, from materials and parts to construction, layout, vibration damping (unique foot) and fine-tuning” the sound, is handled with no other thought than to achieve the best possible audio quality.
As a result, every AVENTAGE model has the ability to reproduce the most subtle details of high-definition sound, so that listeners can enjoy a truly high-class sound studio experience at home. Enjoy fine sound quality.
The Total Purity Concept, which Yamaha has been cultivating for many years, encompasses high drive amp technology, high purity preamplification, anti-vibration technology and independent pure power supplies.
All models have fully discrete power amplifiers that help minimize distortion. They also adopt pure independent power supplies, allowing dedicated power supplies for the analog and digital circuitry to prevent digital noise from affecting analog circuitry.
The anti-vibration heat sinks are designed to suppress vibration from transistors and sound pressure. Independent power supplies for the DACs are designed to further eliminate noise on certain models.
Down to every detail, these AV receivers are designed with full emphasis on the highest possible sound quality.
Just surpassed all my expectations across the board. The sound quality, dynamics, details and nuances are exceptional. This AVR does a great job for Music along with movies, games et all. My setup is: Klipsch RF 7 III and RC 64 III fronts, RP402 surround, RP500SA for front height and dual SVS SB3000 Subs.
5 ear level speakers are powered via Emotiva XPA gen 3. My previous experience has been with Denon x4000h AVR and Onkyo’s prior to that. With the Denon’s, it was always a compromise with sound quality.
was generally bass boomy, details and vocals were hard to pinpoint and i thought it was the speakers and peripherals that were the bottleneck so had gone down the path of adding the Emotiva amp and upgraded speakers to RF 7 line.
Unfortunately the sound quality while improved, was never inspiringly joyful. so took the plunge with RX A8A. Couldn’t be happier that i did. Wasn’t expecting such a vast difference to SQ, though this upgrade is substantial at pretty much double the price of the Denon x4400H.
The sound stage, dynamics, bass quality and nuance, detail and just overall balance and tonality of sound has made me smile more than a few times. It’s just the way i always wanted movies and music to sound.
Was apprehensive of the YPAO calibrator having read so many negative reviews vs the Audyssey Multi EQ. Yep, the directions and details in how to use YPAO can be better. My recommendation: don’t just do the one point calibration, do at least 3 and above point calibration.
I’m not sure about the measurement accuracy etc, but the sound that i got post YPAO 6 point calibration was just what i wanted, Subs perfectly dialed in and bass vs overall tonality – exceptionally kicky, precise and tons of dynamics.
For movies i use the Natural PEQ and for Music I use the Front PEQ. Finally reached the sound quality that i had been aspiring for since the last few years and super glad that Yamaha delivered. This ones going to be my end game setup for hopefully 3+ years.
My old reference Yamaha AV amplifier failed after 25 years so I called Richer sounds Watford branch for a demo between the award winning Denon 3700 and the Yamaha A4A, they booked me in that afternoon.
I’m not sure what these media people are listening too but there was a clear and obvious winner to me and the salesperson Sam. The Yamaha, it provides a much better soundstage, richer tones, plenty of bass with clear mid and high’s.
The Denon sounded soulless, non immersive and meek by comparison. Don’t get me wrong, it had good mid and high’s but average everywhere else. Also the Denon’s look and feel was much dated and cheaper by comparison.
Richer sounds had no live stock of the Yamaha A4A but had the bigger A6A version available. Sam ordered the A6A to be delivered next day to my address and said I could test the amp within my own home setup and no pressure to buy.
He obviously knew the larger A6A version would surpass what I had already heard and would be keeping the unit. I also got £100 of interconnects within the deal due to a promo richer sounds we’re running at the time, I opted for the Chord shielded after taking advise from the store.
All in all a great experience, good value for money, sound advise and great customer service as always The booked me in the same day and against all media reviews the Yamaha was.
This Receiver is very easy to set up and sounds great. Follow the steps one by one to complete set up. You can also fine-tune the centre speaker and the other speakers. Very clean and straightforward front fascia and rear.
I feel the binding posts are little too close together. However, it does not feel like Yamaha of old, the quality of the fascia and the slight lightness of the unit almost make you feel that it’s a slightly cheaper product.
For example, the remote has a rubber texture on it, looks modern and feels good however, doesn’t provide that level of certainty like old Yamaha amplifiers did. Deep bass and the treble is rich, not the best sounding amplifier for Music, if you want music then you need a Denon – hands down.
If it’s purely surroundsound that you’re looking for then look like further than the Yamaha as nothing else will come close to it (theatre) performance wise. The amplifier is crisp and very intuitive to use, very user-friendly settings and interface.
You will not be disappointed. It’s just misses out one star to make it a 5 star product as the display is a bit small & The remote feels a lot cheaper than Yamaha of old.
A fully featured line-up of multi-channel receivers can accommodate every listening taste and virtually every conceivable budget. Whether you prefer to experience home theater in DTS or Dolby Digital surround sound or just to enjoy flawless reproduction of your music, Sherwood provides the features that will enhance your listening experience now and for years to come.
Totally Discrete Amplifiers (TDAS) for all channels;5 Audio Inputs (including Tuner);Bass and Treble Tone Controls;25-Key Sherwood System Remote Control. Quartz PLL synthesized digital tuning. Preset Scan for Quick Search.
30 station presets. Headphone output jack. Speaker switching for 2 Pair of speakers. System illumination dimmer. Sleep timer.
Amplifier – Response Bandwidth – 20 – 60000 Hz – SNR – 90 dB Radio tuner – Response Bandwidth – 30 – 15000 Hz – SNR – 68 dB
Reviews From Real Customers
In my opinion Sherwood stereo receivers are highly underrated. This unit packs a powerful punch for its size, without compromising sound quality for amplification. I would give this 5 stars if it had a Phono channel.
However, paired with a BBE FJB-200X Pre-Amp and my techniques turntables its sounds as good as any 1000 dollar amp on the market. Highly recommended for someone on a budget that needs something that wont require a moving crew if you get a new apartment next fall!.
It is great as it was so easy to fit where my other one was. All the plugs just fit and it works really well. I’m so glad that it’s just a matter of transferring the plugs from the same places. The outer condition was like new.
Excellent receiver for the money! I wanted to set up my bose 901’s in my Pole barn 24’x 40’x 12′ high. My old receiver was missing, children and many years later! So I got this receiver and am very happy.
It dosen’t sound like the Kenwood KR-9600 but with the 105 watts per channel, not bad! Radio is fair but might be the location? The CD sounds fantastic and the tape player almost sounds as great! Haven’t hooked up up my turntable yet( need a new needle )but can’t wait to hear old albums.
Overall very happy with receiver and would buy again!.
With Bluetooth compatibility, this Hi-Fi receiver offers easy wireless access to streaming music services and music on your smartphone or other devices. Enjoy the connectivity and the outstanding and legendary quality of Yamaha natural sound.
The Onkyo TX-8160 network stereo receiver combines magnificent sound and the ability to play from any audio source, whether it’s from your turntable or your smartphone. It’s equipped with WiFi, Bluetooth, and AirPlay so you can stream content from compatible devices, while Zone 2 pre-outs allow you to enjoy audio from another room in the house.
Amplifier, digital player, radio, network audio player, internet radio
Reviews From Real Customers
From a technical standpoint, the sound, flexibility and use are all excellent. The Remote3 app should be an embarrassment to Onkyo. As well, using the regular remote to change alpha numeric labels and such is really, really annoying and the ability to do this should have been made available on the unit’s web page.
Of course you mostly only have to do this once, or infrequently. Still. Really impressed with my vendor and that the unit arrived a little ahead of schedule; thanks! Very happy I bought this.
The Onkyo arrived much earlier than expected which was great. The sound I was looking for came. too. Having lost some of my hearing I needed the Onkyo to improve the sound quality of our TV. Both the music and speech sound much better so I pleased with the purchase.
There are many great vintage stereo receivers out there, and it is hard to choose just a few. However, we have compiled a list of what we believe to be the best vintage stereo receivers of all time.
1. Marantz 2270
The Marantz 2270 is a classic receiver that delivers great sound quality. It features a wide range of inputs and outputs, making it a great option for connecting to a variety of audio sources.
2. Pioneer SX-1980
The Pioneer SX-1980 is a receiver that is packed with features. It has a powerful amplifier section that delivers great sound quality. It also has a wide range of inputs and outputs, making it a great option for connecting to a variety of audio sources.
3. Yamaha CR-1020
The Yamaha CR-1020 is a great receiver that delivers excellent sound quality. It features a wide range of inputs and outputs, making it a great option for connecting to a variety of audio sources.
4. Sansui 9090DB
The Sansui 9090DB is a classic receiver that delivers great sound quality. It features a wide range of inputs and outputs, making it a great option for connecting to a variety of audio sources.
5. Kenwood KR-9050
The Kenwood KR-9050 is a great receiver that delivers excellent sound quality. It features a wide range of inputs and outputs, making it a great option for connecting to a variety of audio sources.
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