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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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Marantz SR7005 Receiver Reviewed

Marantz SR7005 Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Marantz is known for quality products and the SR7005 proved to be no exception. Our reviewer was "particularly impressed by how well the SR7005 did with surround sound."Overall, this receiver was considered "another leap forward" and sonically "one of the finest receivers I have had the pleasure of listening to." Read More

 
Onkyo TX-SR608 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-SR608 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The TX-SR608 is designed for listeners who want to save a few dollars without sacrificing good sound. Despite the lower price tag, this model offers "a host of features sure to please the modern home theater fan including Audyssey 2EQ speaker setup and room equalization as well as Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ to make low level listening more enjoyable"... Read More

 
NextGen 1x8 HDMI-Over-CAT6 Splitter Reviewed

NextGen 1x8 HDMI-Over-CAT6 Splitter Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The splitter allows users to send a 1080p HDMI source to eight different displays simultaneously and it can send a signal up to nearly 200 feet. The set up is also very simple. Our reviewer concluded, "This is a great, inexpensive solution for anyone who wants to feed an HDMI signal to multiple displays, whether across the room or across the house." Read More

 
Sherwood Newcastle R-972 Audio/Video Receiver Reviewed

Sherwood Newcastle R-972 Audio/Video Receiver Reviewed

By Sean Killebrew

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The key innovation by Sherwood here is the Trinnov Optimizer which our reviewer described as a true "game changer." It places the listener in the middle of the sound field and allows the sound to envelop him or her as it moves through the space in the room as a whole. It won the Innovations Design and Engineering Award at this year's CES... Read More

 
Sherwood R-904N NetBoxx Reviewed

Sherwood R-904N NetBoxx Reviewed

By Jim Swantko

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The Sherwood R-904N NetBoxx is the latest A/V receiver in the company's product line, and represents a significant break from what most consider a modern receiver to look like and do. The NetBoxx offers some truly revolutionary features and is... Read More

 
Marantz NR1501 Receiver Reviewed

Marantz NR1501 Receiver Reviewed

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

One of the advantages of the Marantz NR1501 is its small size which allows it to fit where other similar models cannot. The setup is very easy as the system only requires a single cable to connect to your television. Our reviewer found the sound quality, "refined and compares well with other similarly priced units." Read More

 
Onkyo TX-NR5007 AV Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-NR5007 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Like all "00" models from Onkyo, the TX-NR5007 has enhanced surround fields with more speakers to create a more enveloping sound experience. When playing music, our reviewer found it "the guitar licks were lively and dynamic, with solid bass depth and smooth vocals" and added "the eerie stereo effect...was wonderful and filled the room"... Read More

 
Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

Home Theater Review 2009 Best of Awards

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
0 Stars
 

Home Theater Review Editors have searched high and low, near and far, for the best products of 2009, from HDTVs to receivers, speakers to Blu-ray players, and more. Check to read the best in LED and LCD HDTV reviews here on HomeTheaterReview.com. Read More

 
Marantz SR 6004 AV Receiver Reviewed

Marantz SR 6004 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer notes that the SR 6004 shows that "Marantz has adapted nicely to the new technologies available to the receiver maker" including new codecs, Audyssey features, video scaling and Bluetooth connectivity. Music "came across with power and energy"... Read More

 
Sony STR-DN1000 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Sony STR-DN1000 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

"With the introduction of the STR-DN1000, it finally feels like Sony's beginning to really hit their stride." He added, "For just under $500 retail, this is one serious receiver that is as big on performance as it is on style. It can do just about everything a modern home theater calls for and more"... Read More