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Packed with features but often more affordable than AV Preamps and Multi-channel Power Amps, the AV receiver is the heart of many home theater systems. Receivers, on a basic level, have both the switching and processing of an AV preamp and power for as many as 7.1 channels (sometimes more). Today's receivers tend to have HDMI Inputs and outputs for copy protected content from Blu-ray, Satellite, Cable and beyond. Modern receivers also offer top of the line audio playback such as DTS HD Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD. Many receivers offer video upconversion so users can take video from legacy formats like DVD-Video at 480i and upconvert it to the native resolution of their HDTVs which is likely at 1080p. Without question, AV revivers do a lot. Below is a compressive list of HDMI and 7.1 receiver reviews from the top brands in the world of home theater including but not limited to Denon, Yamaha, Onkyo, NAD, Integra, Sherwood Newcastle, Sony, Sony ES as well as many others. If you are in the market for a top AV receiver ' we hope that you will find this resource page very useful.

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Yamaha RX-V730 AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V730 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The RX-V730 has an impressive list of decoding options including Dolby Digital EX and ProLogic II & DTS-ES compatibility. It features the Quad-Field Cinema Digital Surround Processor which our reviewer found "impressive." It's affordable which makes it "perfect for a casual user or first-time buyer." Read More

 
Rotel RSX-1055 AV Receiver Reviewed

Rotel RSX-1055 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer found the RSX-1055 to be "one elegant and downright sexy 45-pound package." It features Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES decoding for 6.1 and 7.1 soundtracks. Setup was easy. When listening to CDs, "the occasional ambient effect really added to the surround effects" Read More

 
Harman Kardon AVR 325 AV Receiver Reviewed

Harman Kardon AVR 325 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

"Anyone looking for a polished, easy-to-use and great sounding receiver, the AVR 325 is easily near the top of a short list." The sound on a DVD was "a feast for the senses and it was hard to imagine better sound from that many speakers at this price." Music produced "a warm open sound stage" and the sound shines Read More

 
Sunfire Ultimate Receiver Reviewed

Sunfire Ultimate Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer was "very impressed" with the video quality from the Ultimate Receiver and noted that Sunfire takes the word "ultimate" seriously. When listening to music, the sonic quality was "excellent with a wide soundstage and a very lush, well-defined sound. Bass quality was very solid and resolute, making for a very pleasing presentation" Read More

 
NAD L-70 DVD/CD Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

NAD L-70 DVD/CD Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The L-70's most unique feature is EARS, the Enhanced Ambience Retrieval System which produces "musically convincing surround sound from stereo sources." It serves to "envelop the listener in a warm natural environment without any artificial effects." Setup was easy and the unit delivers a "powerful performance" Read More

 
Denon AVR-5803 AV Receiver Reviewed

Denon AVR-5803 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The set up on the AVR-5803 is simple and the sound for music was "clear, transparent, with a slightly forward midrange, smooth highs that were not harsh or bright, and tight, rhythmic bass. The soundstage was good and imaging was good also." The same cohesive soundfield was present on DVDs Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V430 AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V430 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Our reviewer found music on the RX-V430 "had a very active sound, especially in the mid-range, with good quality and openness." DVD playback had "good dispersion both with and without the Cinema DSP effects turned on." The controls are simple and overall this model "is a great value for the money because it has a lot of performance features found in more expensive models" Read More

 
Onkyo TX-SR700 AV Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-SR700 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The sound quality on the TX-SR700 on movie material was "very impressive to say the least." The unit "filled the room with a wonderful palette of sound...and was amazingly crisp and resolute." For music, the results were comparable. "The surround music soundstage was inspired, and really gelled the music together in a way that you'd think only a receiver costing twice as much would be capable of" Read More