AV-receiver Panasonic SA-XR15E-S
Design SA-XR15E-S is the complete opposite of the exterior of most modern receivers. Many manufacturers tend to make bigger budget items and more solid, and Panasonic decided to surprise super compact. Width SA-XR15E-S standard, but it is three times thinner than the rest!
Significant savings in space engineers have been able to achieve through the use of the output amplifiers working in a digital (pulsed) mode and has a very high efficiency Hence, by the way, and the record low power consumption - heat is released only in the power supply, and he's SA-XR15E-S cooling fan. Slim body, however, imposes certain restrictions on the switching capability. Simply put, on the back is simply no space where one would put a lot of audio and video connections. On analog connections can connect only four sources for digital audio channels - three on video - three (no place even for S-Video). No, unfortunately, and multichannel analog input.
Of the decoders in your possession a standard set of Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital and DTS. From the sound settings for multi-channel system - the level of channels, setting the distance and the type of speakers. A filter cutoff frequency setting subwoofer channel (100, 150, 200 Hz).
We can not say how organized menu of all the above settings. First, to get into it, you must at the same time on the front panel push buttons Input Selector and Band. Complicated? But there is a guarantee that a curious child, clicking on everything, do not knock already entered into the receiver settings. Secondly, the menu navigation is clear and logical - to make all the settings, it took us less than a minute.
The remote control is comfortable enough, although in fact a functions on it a little bit, and they are hidden under a sliding cover. Given the diversity of buttons to control other components of the system - unfortunately, the only brand Panasonic.
Amplifiers with digital output stages - a piece special. This technology is still not too common, but because the hot debate about how good and musical pulse amplification circuitry, has yet to break out. But it is already possible to note the distinctive features of the "digital cameras".
Look at the manufacturer's stated capacity. And now - in fact, what the size of the power supply can fit in such a small package. Nothing good is not a promise, right? Meanwhile, the receiver provides perhaps the most faithful, detailed and clean bass to all participants! However, the dynamics are not so sweet. Forty Watt - they are in Africa, forty watts. To a certain volume - and high enough - receiver copes brilliantly with the playback signal with a high level. There are subtle micro drivers, and the "impact" and a clear attack. Only above a certain threshold of a sudden - and this is typical of digital amplifiers - there are strong and not very pleasant distortion.
On the linearity of the sound a little bit worse. If you strip all the bass is almost perfect in the midrange - all at least normal (average intelligibility, but no staining), the upper range is not the same as we are used to hearing. The sound of treble not tinted, not spoiled much distortion, which, although hardly visible at the hearing, but lead to a loss of naturalness. Hence, probably, the effect of several synthetic environment. And the dialogue in the center channel, to be strict to the end, not very intelligible when played against the backdrop of loud ambient accompaniment.
Oddly, but in dual channel mode SA-XR15E-S is seen as far more advanced sound quality machine. The scene is worthy of praise - all normal, except maybe the accuracy of the imaginary sound source separation according to the plans. Yes, and intelligibility in the mid-frequency band is getting better, better dynamics. Although that's so strange about that? In digital amplifiers (in normal too) dynamics determine the possibilities of the power supply. And last not care how much he will be consumers - two or five.
Output at 6 ohm load (limited harmonic distortion of 1 %) 5 x 40 watts. S/N ratio 96 dB. Amplified frequency range (at ± 3 dB) 10 - 44000 Hz. The resistance of 22 ohms line inputs. Sensitivity FM-tuner mode Mono/Stereo 1,5/22 mV (mute 46 dB, 75).