Vince said: The Performance MRX 510 ups the performance of ARC to provide unprecedented control and feedback for room correction, and raises the bar for home-theater receivers. Despite my initial misgivings about the features omitted from the MRX 500 to create the MRX 510, I ended up missing none of them. If you value sound quality and like to take some control over your speakers, as I do, I highly recommend the Anthem Performance MRX 510.
The gist: ARC puts this fine receiver at the head of the pack.
Wes said: If sound quality is your primary purchasing criterion, then the Performance MRX 710 should be at the top of your list. Even if you have an MRX 700, the MRX 710’s “1M” improvements in ARC and the Advanced Load Monitoring are enough reasons to upgrade.
The gist: Second-generation receiver from Anthem is the best for an audiophile home theater.
Wes said: If DLP’s your thing, the BenQ W7500 should be at the top of your list. It’s a terrific projector, certainly one of the best single-chip DLP projectors ever made, and a bargain at $2799.
The gist: If Wes says this is the one to get, you should get it.
Vince said: If you think of the AVP-18 as a DAC that just happens to decode the hi-rez audio formats found on Blu-rays, then you understand what it is and what it does. For $1095, the NuForce AVP-18 is a bargain for what it offers: excellent home-theater performance that would be perfectly at home in a high-performance system.
The gist: Surprisingly inexpensive -- and good -- audiophile surround processor.
Sathyan said: In this market segment, choosing an AVR often comes down to features more than to sound quality, and the Sherwood would be a considerable upgrade from a sound bar, let alone the built-in speakers of a flat-panel TV. If that description fits you, the R-807 might be the right fit.
The gist: Not bad, but not great either.