Best Midrange AV Receiver:
With multiple HDMI inputs and support for all the latest HD audio soundtracks including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, these mid-range receivers are ideal for watching Blu-ray movies and other HD material. Our selections are based on audio quality, video processing, features, ease of setup, and value.
With the AVR-1913, Denon proves that sound quality and features can coexist on a modern A/V receiver. This is one of the best-sounding receivers in this category, though some may consider the price too steep. Read Full Review »
Onkyo receivers are traditionally feature-heavy, even with more affordable options. The 7.2-channel TX-NR616 boasts network connectivity, Marvell Qdeo 4K upscaling, and even THX certification while maintaining plenty of connectivity options and outstanding performance. Read Full Review »
If you need an A/V receiver with versatile wireless connectivity, the Sony STR-DN1030 comes with built-in Bluetooth and WiFi. Sony's top model offers a comprehensive list of features, all without sacrificing an ounce of sound quality. Read Full Review »
The VSX-1122-K is an excellent choice due to its combination of outstanding performance, long feature list, connectivity, and overall value for money. Pioneer's top-spec non-Elite receiver offers extras such as Apple AirPlay and built-in video processing, making it more appealing for everyday home entertainment use. Read Full Review »
If you can justify spending extra money for better performance, Denon's midrange AVR-3312CI is an excellent choice for the price. This 7.2-channel receiver puts out up to 125 watts per channel, and comes with extra features such as Apple AirPlay, online content streaming, and video processing. Read Full Review »
Best High End AV Receiver:
If you’re an audio/videophile seeking first-rate performance, the latest surround technologies, and a ton of useful features, stepping up to one of these high-end AV receivers is one way to go. The receivers in this list vary in price and range from 7.1-channel models to 9.2-channel options, so be sure to choose one best suited to your needs and home theater configuration.
The Pioneer Elite SC-57 pairs excellent sound quality with genuine user-friendliness that enables even casual users to bring a high-end AV receiver into a home theater setup. The all-digital Class-D amplifiers have been further refined, and have backing from AIR Studios as well as THX. Consumer-friendly features such as Apple AirPlay compatibility and network capability round out the available features, and the back panel of the SC-57 is absolutely packed with connectivity options.
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The high price may put off many potential buyers, but that's a shame because the Onkyo TX-NR5009 is actually an outstanding value. This 9.2-channel AV receiver delivers reference-grade sound quality, and boasts THX Ultra2 Plus certification. The TX-NR5009 is the company's flagship receiver, and therefore carries just about every single feature found on lesser models.
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The no-nonsense Anthem MRX 700 packs tons of performance, but is decidedly short on features. The latter portion is irrelevant if you already own devices that are capable of media streaming, leaving the MRX 700 to do what it does best. The specifications are not overly impressive on their own, but the MRX 700 earns its consideration through its real-world performance. Read Full Review »
The Marantz SR7005 represents great value for money, as it is priced hundreds of dollars lower than its direct competitors. Aside from the lack of S-Video inputs, there is really nothing to criticize about its feature set or its overall performance. Better still, the SR7005 offers sleek styling that goes beyond the basic black box look, and complements the performance nicely. Read Full Review »
Denons AVR-4810CI puts out amazing performance, and comes with enough features to encompass even the most extensive home theater setups. However, this model has fallen behind the more-recent competition in that it does not offer HDMI 1.4a-compliant ports, meaning no 3D-passthrough or ARC. If performance is your priority, though, the AVR-4810CI covers that very well. Read Full Review »
Best Budget AV Receiver:
The best entry-level AV receivers perform extremely well for the price, and pack impressive features often found on higher-priced competitors. Most consumers should be more than satisfied with the mix of features offered by the receivers below.
Sony's top A/V receiver slips in at just under $500, and is easily one of the best value options on the market today. The 7.2-channel STR-DN1030 offers superb sound quality, and carries a full feature list which includes extras such as built-in WiFi and Bluetooth for wireless media streaming. Read Full Review »
Onkyo receivers generally offer excellent value for money, and the 7.2-channel TX-NR515 is no exception, making it the 'just right' pick for many budget-conscious shoppers. The feature list nearly mirrors that of the more expensive TX-NR616, including built-in video processing, 1080p or 4K upconversion, and network connectivity with online content streaming. Read Full Review »
The VSX-1022-K is not an unambiguous 'upgrade' over its 2011 predecessor, but the lower price may make up for the loss of connectivity and performance. This 7.1-channel AV receiver comes with 6 HDMI inputs, and can be connected to your home network to use Apple AirPlay or other online streaming capabilities. There is a shortage of analog inputs, so keep that in mind if you're planning on connecting more than a couple 'legacy' devices. Read Full Review »
A quality 5.1-channel AV receiver will cover most home theater needs adequately, so there's really no need to shell out the extra cash if you won't be able to take advantage of the extra performance. Onkyo's TX-NR414 is equipped with modern features such as network connectivity, and offers more than enough inputs to ensure all of your devices can be hooked up. Read Full Review »
Pioneer's network-connected VSX-822-K represents excellent value for the money. This is one of the few 5.1-channel AV receivers to come with built-in Apple AirPlay compatibility, combined with online streaming from sources such as Pandora. The low number of analog connectivity options will disappoint some buyers, but this HDMI-centric receiver delivers solid performance at a reasonable price. Read Full Review »
Best 5.1 Receiver:
5.1-channel A/V receivers offer most commonly-desired features at an affordable price. When shopping for a 5.1 receiver, be sure to check the feature list to see if it offers enough HDMI inputs to connect all of your HD equipment, 3D support if you plan on purchasing a 3D HDTV in the future, and decoding for the major HD audio formats.
If you're looking for something more than a basic 5.1-channel AV receiver, Onkyo's budget-priced TX-NR414 is a top choice. This receiver offers plenty of essential connectivity, and comes with built-in network compatibility that allows streaming of online content. Read Full Review »
The AVR-1713 holds the distinction of being Denon's most expensive and feature-filled 5.1-channel A/V receiver. This model pairs upmarket sound quality with convenient features such as network connectivity and built-in Apple AirPlay, but some may balk at the high price. Read Full Review »
Yamaha's RX-V473 is on the pricey side for a mainstream 5.1-channel A/V receiver, but the high sound quality alone makes it worth the extra cost. This receiver also features network connectivity and built-in AirPlay, making it a good choice for 'connected' home theater systems. Read Full Review »
Pioneer's 5.1-channel VSX-822-K combines user-friendly simplicity with extras such as Apple AirPlay, making it a great choice for casual home theater enthusiasts. The affordable price tag is merely icing on the cake. Read Full Review »
Denon's AVR-1513 is very basic, swapping network connectivity and AirPlay for high performance and a bargain-basement price. The AVR-1513 offers Denon's renowned sound quality at a price that won't break the bank. Read Full Review »