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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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Cambridge Audio Azur 751R AV Receiver

Cambridge Audio Azur 751R AV Receiver

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Dennis Burger takes the Cambridge Audio Azur 751R AV receiver and puts it to the test in this review. He discovered that the AV receiver performed very well, though that performance does come at a cost. Read More

 
Denon AVR-X3000 IN-Command 7.2 AV Receiver

Denon AVR-X3000 IN-Command 7.2 AV Receiver

By Dennis Burger

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

AV receivers have saturated the marketplace. After a while, they can start to all look and feel the same. During the course of his review for HomeTheaterReview.com, Dennis Burger discovered that is not the case with the Denon AVR-X3000 AV receiver. Read More

 
Integra DTR-70.4 AV Receiver Reviewed

Integra DTR-70.4 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The Integra DTR-70.4 AV receiver is a product loaded with features, many of them unique to the receiver. Andrew Robinson puts the many features to the test in his review to see how valuable they are. Read More

 
Sony STR-DA5800ES 9.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver Reviewed

Sony STR-DA5800ES 9.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Is there a lot to love about the Sony STR-DA5800ES AV receiver? Does it look to the future or is merely status quo? Andrew Robinson puts it to the test to answer these questions. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2012 Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

It's that time of year again. The Home Theater Review staff has looked over all of the year's impressive offerings - of which there were many - and narrowed it down to what they believe to be the best of 2012. Read More

 
Rotel RSX-1562 AV Receiver Reviewed

Rotel RSX-1562 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Rotel is a company that has been part of the audio video industry from some time. Does that translate into an AV receiver that can compete with the best of today? Sean Killebrew reviews the RSX-1562 to find out. Read More

 
Onkyo TX-NR515 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-NR515 A/V Receiver Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

If you are in the market for an AV receiver and want one that is loaded with features and won't break the bank, check out the Onkyo TX-NR515. Check out what Adrienne Maxwell had to say about the receiver's performance. Read More

 
Onkyo TX-NR5009 AV Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-NR5009 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Onkyo has pulled out all the stops with the TX-NR5009 AV receiver, packing the unit with features such as 3D and 4K video scaling. But how well do these features perform? HomeTheaterReview.com reviewer Dr. Ken Taraszka investigates. Read More

 
NAD T 757 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

NAD T 757 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Andrew Robinson, editor of HomeTheaterReview.com, got the NAD T 757 AV receiver in for review and went about connecting to his system, including a variety of speakers, as he prepared to put the receiver to the test. Read More

 
Home Theater Review's 2011 Best Of Awards

Home Theater Review's 2011 Best Of Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

For a third time, the editorial staff of Home Theater Review have examined the year's offerings in AV gear and decided what they deem to be the best in every category. Find out who is the best of the best. Read More