Home Theater Review

 

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

Search Reviews By Category

NAD T785 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

NAD T785 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer was instantly taken in by the T785, saying it "may be the first NAD receiver to have more features and connectivity options than any similarly priced mass-produced receiver on the market, except the T785 actually sounds good and is reliable to boot." He also raved it was "about the most trouble-free, easy-to-use, intuitive receiver I've encountered in a long while." Read More

 
NAD T 747 AV Receiver Reviewed

NAD T 747 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The sound on this receiver is "controlled, poised, never artificial and authoritative." It is also reliable and works without drama or problems and connects well with a wide variety of components and loudspeakers. It's "a safe bet if you're in the market for a well-made, high performance, affordable solution to anything audio/video related"... Read More

 
Sony STR-DH500 Home Theater Receiver

Sony STR-DH500 Home Theater Receiver

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The STR-DH500 is a modestly priced and reliable alternative to far more expensive models. While limited on flashy features, this receiver "delivers the core essentials for a true 5.1 home theater. Our reviewer: "for a cheap receiver with modest power under the hood, it has a fair amount of bravado and would work just fine in a small to medium sized living room or den" Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V765 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V765 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The RX-V765 features Yamaha's "signature lively sound that is quite enjoyable and mates well with a lot of today's modern music and movies." The receiver has only 95 watts but "sounds far more powerful than it actually is." That leaves this model "one of the more affordable receivers that can take full advantage of today's most modern sources and playback options..." Read More

 
Yamaha HTR-6250 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha HTR-6250 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

This receiver is "rock solid when it comes to HDMI performance" and "the YPAO system is awesome and with the Compressed Music Enhancer works near miracles with downloaded music." It also works well with a wide variety of modern loudspeakers. Overall, this machine has a fair amount of features in an affordable package... Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V1800 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V1800 Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This is a more upscale model from Yamaha that is "packed with nearly every bell and whistle out there." It possesses a "lively and slightly forward sound that is never fatiguing or unnatural." Our reviewer found the EQ system "topnotch" and far more accurate and engaging than many competitors... Read More

 
Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Receiver

Harman Kardon HK 3390 Stereo Receiver

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

While the Harmon Kardon HK 3390 is not the fanciest receiver out there, it is "a solid choice for anyone who wants to build a high-quality music system on a budget." It also delivers "outstanding sound quality" and has a sleek, stylish appearance that looks right at home next to a flat panel TV." Read More

 
Harman Kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver

Harman Kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Harmon remains committed to the stereo receiver market and the HK 3490 shows why. This model enables ready integration, control and playback of an iPod using the optional The Bridge II docking station. With 120 watts per channel, it has plenty of power and our reviewer described it as "one of the best-looking audio components out there at its price." Read More

 
Onkyo TX-NR906 Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-NR906 Receiver Reviewed

By Dr. Ken Taraszka

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The TX-NR906 is Onkyo's top of the line model and they spared no features or functions. It features seven 145-watt amplifiers inside and a state of the art HQV Reon-VK video processing with scaling to 1080p. Musically, our reviewer noticed "the exceptional depth of the bass...while the delicacy of the higher notes was clearly portrayed" Read More

 
Sony STR-DA5400ES Audio/Video Receiver

Sony STR-DA5400ES Audio/Video Receiver

By Brian Kahn

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This model is one of Sony's most feature-laden receivers. When watching DVDs, the audio was "right on and the dynamics were big without sacrificing the micro-dynamic details that provide the realistic sensation of being in the middle of things." Overall, our reviewer rated this model as a "well built, easy to use, good-sounding receiver" Read More