January 14, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
The latest home theater receiver from Sunfire is a grandiose piece of gear that lives up to its name—the elegant Theater Grand 401 Receiver (TGR-401). If you’re familiar with Sunfire, than you know to expect nothing less than high performance, and this receiver that debuted at CES 2008 delivers the goods.
There are plenty of highlights, so we’ll try to give you a few to chew on.
For power, the TGR-401 delivers 150 watts per channel times seven channels, along with the company’s proprietary Tracking Downconverter technology.
For connectivity, new features include Sirius satellite radio, dual Ole 2XL touchpad ports, and a VIA!migo port for iPod support.
For performance and processing, the receiver’s surround sound modes include 7.1-channel Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS- ES, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, and user-configurable all-speaker stereo. There’s also Sunfire’s Sonic Holography circuit to enhance the soundstage.
Other goodies include a configurable front panel behind the bushed aluminum door, through which front connections may be assigned as Y/Pr/Pb/optical for HD gaming, or composite/s-video/analog for camcorders with a press of a button; as well as a microphone in that area that helps serve the receiver’s Auto EQ feature.
The receiver carries an MSRP of $4,000—and the tried and true Sunfire moniker.
Read the entire press release here.
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