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Packed with features but often more affordable than the AV Preamp and Multichannel Power Amp combination, the AV receiver is the heart of many home theater systems. An AV receiver puts the AV switching and processing together in the same box as the speaker amplification (and usually adds an AM/FM tuning section to earn the name "receiver"). Today's receivers have between five and eleven channels of amplification, and most can decode the highest quality uncompressed audio soundtracks, such as DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. A growing number can also decode 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. On the video side, most receivers offer a generous number of HDMI inputs, with the ability to pass through the latest and greatest technologies like Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range. Today’s AV receivers are also loaded with coveted features like automatic setup and room correction systems, network audio streaming, hi-res audio playback, multi-room AV distribution, and smart home control. Below are some educational resources to assist in your search for an AV receiver.

AV Receivers vs. AV Separates: Which Is Right for You?
The Good, Better, and Best AV Receivers on the Market Today
Surround Sound Explained
What Your System Needs to Enjoy Dolby Atmos Today
Automated Room Correction Explained
Audyssey Room Correction and Trinnov Room Correction Explained
What You Need to Know About HDMI 2.0

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Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

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0 Stars
 

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Read More

 
Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Dennis Burger examines Anthem's new flagship 11.2-channel MRX 1120 AV receiver. This model delivers the performance we've come to expect from Anthem...and adds some interesting new features, to boot. Read More

 
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Myron Ho

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Myron Ho reviews Yamaha's RX-A3050, a 9.2-channel AV receiver that offers a number of upgrades over its predecessor. Read More

 
Sony STR-ZA5000ES 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Sony STR-ZA5000ES 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Dennis Burger explores Sony's flagship STR-ZA5000ES AV receiver--a feature-rich 9.2-channel receiver that boasts a highly intuitive user interface. How does it perform? Follow the link to find out. Read More

 
Denon AVR-X7200WA 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Denon AVR-X7200WA 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Bob Barrett

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Bob Barrett reviews Denon's flagship AVR-X7200WA, a fully loaded 9.2-channel AV receiver that supports all the latest audio and video technologies. Read More

 
Onkyo TX-RZ900 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-RZ900 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

In this week's featured review, Dennis Burger explores Onkyo's TX-RZ900 7.2-channel AV receiver. This $1,599 box is well-built and fully loaded with features, but how does it perform? Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

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0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Read More

 
Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

Sean Killebrew swaps out his AV separates for Integra's new flagship DTR-70.6 11.2-channel receiver and comes away loving the experience--especially Dolby Atmos. Read More

 
Arcam AVR750 Seven-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Arcam AVR750 Seven-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Dennis Burger reviews the $6,000 AVR750 AV receiver from Arcam. What this product eschews in features, it more than makes up for performance. Read More

 
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Myron Ho

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Myron Ho checks out Yamaha's current top-shelf AV receiver, the $2,199 RX-A3040. This 9.2-channel receiver boasts a ton of features, including Dolby Atmos support, network streaming, and multi-zone capability. Read More