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December 2023

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Yamaha 2024 AVENTAGE receiver acts as the heart of your whole-house entertainment and surround sound system

 

It's probably been a while since you've bought a new audio/video receiver or maybe I'm being assumptive and this is your first foray into surround sound. No worries...we'd be happy to help. Your audio/video receiver is the heart of your surround sound and whole-house entertainment system. Making the right choice here assures sonic excellence and also provides you the flexibility to hook up future components. However, dealing with the big-box stores or attempting to figure out what to buy on the Internet can be painful (aside from this article, of course). Here's a quick guide to picking the right audio/video receiver.

 

NOTE: As of this second, we don't know if there will be new models announced at CES for 2024. If we had to bet a dollar, we'd guess that they are sticking with the below for at least the next number of months. Yamaha also DROPPED the price on their receivers whereas everyone else raised theirs...pretty cool!

 

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Yamaha Vs Marantz

Best AVR for 2024 - Yamaha vs Marantz!

 

It's time for the Battle Royale! Marantz vs Yamaha! Who will take the prize for the best surround sound receiver for 2024? Both lines have an esteemed history, great steps through their AVR line-up and compelling reasons to buy both brands. See the comparison video above for our thoughts about Marantz vs Yamaha surround sound receivers.

 

  • 00:00-01:54 Yamaha vs Marantz
  • 01:54-03:10 History
  • 03:10-05:16 Line-up of AVRs
  • 05:16-13:00 Sound Quality
  • 13:05-16:08 MusicCast vs Heos 
  • 16:10-19:58 Reliability
  • 20:00-21:30 Codesets
  • 21:30-23:10 Final Thoughts

 

This above video is not sponsored. We gotta pay for this stuff! Please consider purchasing Marantz or Yamaha through the Crutchfield links below if you aren't in the Southern California area. We make a small commission via this medium and this helps support our video channel AND will let us go out to lunch someday. THANKS A BUNCH!

 

MARANTZ SURROUND SOUND RECEIVERS

✅ Marantz SR8015 AVR (check out the price breaks on this thing...discontinued): https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1ANC%2Fp_642SR8015%2FMarantz-SR8015.html

✅ Marantz CINEMA40 AVR: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FU1%2Fp_642CIN40%2FMarantz-Cinema-40.html%3Fcc%3D07

✅ Marantz CINEMA50 AVR: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1F7I%2Fp_642CIN50%2FMarantz-Cinema-50.html%3Fcc%3D07

✅ Marantz CINEMA60 AVR: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1F7J%2Fp_642CIN60%2FMarantz-Cinema-60.html

✅ Marantz CINEMA70S: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1FEC%2Fp_642CIN70S%2FMarantz-Cinema-70s.html

 

YAMAHA SURROUND SOUND RECEIVERS

✅ Yamaha RXA8A: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CK1%2Fp_022RXA8ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A8A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA6A: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CJS%2Fp_022RXA6ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A6A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA4A: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1CJT%2Fp_022RXA4ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A4A.html

✅ Yamaha RXA2A: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1B58%2Fp_022RXA2ABL%2FYamaha-AVENTAGE-RX-A2A.html

✅ Yamaha RXV6A: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1AOB%2Fp_022RXV6ABL%2FYamaha-RX-V6A.html

✅ Yamaha RXV4A: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1AO8%2Fp_022RXV4ABL%2FYamaha-RX-V4A.html

 

#marantz #soundunited #hifi #audiophile #yamaha #yamahaaudio

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Sunday, 31 December 2023 17:23

Sonos vs WiiM - Best streaming audio players

Sonos vs WiiM

Sonos vs Wiim - What the the best streaming audio player?

 

Sonos vs WiiM streaming music players...what to buy? If you're a techie guy or gal, you may have read some stuff about WiiM. WiiM is one of the new players on the block that offers streaming pre-amps and streaming amplifiers that are chock-full of features at a very attractive price point. So what's the catch? See some of the pros-and-cons of Sonos vs WiiM as we see it in this video.

 

  • 00:00-00:20 Sonos vs WiiM
  • 00:45-01:20 Whole-house music options
  • 01:25-2:00 Apple Music and YouTube?
  • 02:04-03:15 Tech support options
  • 03:20-04:39 Amp power/ Sonos vs WiiM
  • 04:47-05:31 Overall cost

 

In a nutshell, for whole-house solutions or separate streaming speakers, Sonos is the way to go (watch the video for WHY). WiiM is a great solution if you want to add streaming audio to a legacy stereo or surround sound system that doesn't have some form of built-in Heos, MusicCast, etc. We will do a future write-up/video that details the new WiiM players streaming solutions.

 

This video is not sponsored. Please consider purchasing WiiM or Sonos through the Crutchfield links below if you aren't in the Southern California area. We make a small commission via this medium and this helps us buy products to review. THANKS!

 

✅ ?WiiM 60 watt X 2 streaming amplifier: https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1HXY%2Fp_399WIMAMPG%2FWiiM-Amp-Gray.html

✅ WiiM Pro+ audio streamer (their BEST): https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1HUV%2Fp_399WIIMPPL%2FWiiM-Pro-Plus.html

✅ WiiM Pro Audio streamer: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1HUU%2Fp_399WIIMPRO%2FWiiM-Pro.html

✅ Sonos ERA 300 Atmos speaker in BLACK (each): https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1G8L%2Fp_616ERA300B%2FSonos-Era-300-Black.html

✅ Sonos ERA 300 Atmos speaker in WHITE (each): https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1G8M%2Fp_616ERA300W%2FSonos-Era-300-White.html

✅ Sonos AMP 125 watts X 2: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc15UE%2Fp_616AMP%2FSonos-Amp.html

✅ Sonos ARC soundbar in BLACK: https://www.pntra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1R%2Fp_616ARCBK%2FSonos-Arc-Black.html

✅ Sonos ARC soundbar in WHITE: https://www.pjtra.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1Q%2Fp_616ARCWH%2FSonos-Arc-White.html

✅ Sonos BEAM soundbar in BLACK: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1D94%2Fp_616BEAM2BK%2FSonos-Beam-Gen-2-Black.html

✅ Sonos BEAM soundbar in WHITE: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1D93%2Fp_616BEAM2WH%2FSonos-Beam-Gen-2-White.html

✅ Sonos PORT streaming pre-amp: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc18DH%2Fp_616PORT1BK%2FSonos-Port.html

✅ Sonos MOVE portable speaker in BLACK: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc18DI%2Fp_616MOVEBK%2FSonos-Move-Black.html

✅ Sonos MOVE portable speaker in WHITE: https://www.pntrs.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A8S%2Fp_616MOVEWH%2FSonos-Move-Lunar-White.html

✅ Sonos ROAM portable speaker in BLACK: https://www.pntrac.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1BWN%2Fp_616ROAMBK%2FSonos-Roam-Black.html

✅ Sonos FIVE best streaming speaker in BLACK: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1S%2Fp_616SONOS5B%2FSonos-Five-Black.html

✅ Sonos FIVE best streaming speaker in WHITE: https://www.gopjn.com/t/1-9448-301982-9448?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.crutchfield.com%2FI-rppjc1A1V%2Fp_616SONOS5W%2FSonos-Five-White.html

 

#sonos #wiim #airetheaterdesigns #streaming #hifi #heos #musiccast

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