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AV Receiver Reviews

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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NAD T752 A/V Receiver Reviewed

NAD T752 A/V Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

This surround sound unit features PowerDrive amplifier technology which "automatically adjusts the power supply settings of the amplifier to the exact needs of each loudspeaker." DVD soundtracks sounded excellent and had a "sense of space and power...The bass was very clear and resolute and the surround sound steering was very exciting and punchy." Read More

 
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