Sony STR-DH550 5.2 Channel 725 Watt 4K AV Receiver
The STR-DH550 is Sony's entry-level receiver for 2014, replacing last year's solid STR-DH540 and while it lacks extensive connectivity and offers only 5.2 channels, for those who don't need more, it’s a very budget-friendly choice (well under $300). While the 5.2 channels mean options for adding extra bass, power output is plentiful at 145 watts per channel, especially for this price range.
Connectivity is rather sparse compared to more expensive receivers, with four HDMI inputs (including one which is MHL-compatible), a single HDMI output, a front-panel USB port, two composite inputs, and a single composite output. However, for those who don't need extensive wireless or otherwise connectivity, the STR-DH550 is easy to set up and use, and delivers a good amount of power and performance for a very budget-friendly price.