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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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Sony STR-DN850 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Sony STR-DN850 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Sony's $499 STR-DN850 AV receiver is loaded with worthwhile perks (like WiFi, Bluetooth, and a great user interface), but how does it perform? Dennis Burger puts this 7.2-channel receiver through its paces. Read More

 
Onkyo HT-S7700 Home Theater System Reviewed

Onkyo HT-S7700 Home Theater System Reviewed

By Myron Ho

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

For the budget-minded AV fan who wants to get a taste of what Dolby Atmos can bring to the home theater experience, Onkyo offers the $899 HT-S7700, a complete system with a 7.2-channel receiver, a 10-inch sub, and a speaker system with Atmos-enabled fronts. Check out Myron Ho's review. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

Home Theater Review presents its Best of 2014 Awards. We've surveyed all the products reviewed over the past year and selected the ones we think are the most compelling. Check out our list and see if your 2014 favorites made the grade. Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V577 AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V577 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Greg Handy

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Yamaha's 7.2-channel RX-V577 is loaded with features but carries an asking price of just $549.95. Greg Handy digs in to this AV receiver to see what kind of performance you get for your money. Read More

 
Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Onkyo's $700 TX-NR636 is a forward-looking AV receiver that's loaded with features, including HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. How does it perform? Dennis Burger finds out. Read More

 
Harman Kardon AVR 3700 AV Receiver

Harman Kardon AVR 3700 AV Receiver

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The Harman Kardon AVR 3700 AV receiver found its way into Adrienne Maxwell's home theater system, where she put the receiver to the test to see where it would succeed and where it would fail. Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V775WA AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V775WA AV Receiver Reviewed

By Alex Lezcano

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Yamaha RX-V775WA is an under-$1,000 AV receiver with the chops to compete with entry-level AV preamps in the market, and it packs the latest wireless and other new-school technologies that set it apart from the pack. Read More

 
Anthem MRX 710 AV Receiver

Anthem MRX 710 AV Receiver

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Anthem's MRX 710 AV receiver doesn't have all of the whiz-bang features of mainstream receivers; but, if you are looking for an audiophile-oriented AV receiver, Dennis Burger has a five-star performance rating for you on this one. Add in a 2013 HomeTheaterReview.com Best of Award, and you've got a top-contending receiver. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Read More

 
Onkyo TX-NR626 AV Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-NR626 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Onkyo TX-NR626 AV receiver fell on Sean Killebrew to review. Killebrew tested out the TX-NR626 and came away from the review with a refreshing sentiment. It works. It just plain works. Read More