Onkyo TX-8020 Stereo Receiver
Onkyo's TX-8020 is an excellent choice, whether you're a budget-conscious shopper or not. This versatile stereo receiver costs around $160 and offers several features more commonly seen on higher-end models. These include a phono input, which allows for hooking up a turntable and an A/B speaker switching for further expandability. Although a lack of digital inputs hampers modern connectivity, there is the option for adding on an AirPlay dock, as well as simply using a cable to connect to your Apple devices.
Connectivity is good for the price, with five analog audio inputs and a single output. A rating of 50 watts per channel offers a good amount of power and sound can be adjusted with control knobs on the front panel. While the TX-8020 is a simple receiver, for those who want an analog amplifier which excels at its core music playing function, this is an excellent choice for the price.