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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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Pioneer Elite SC-05 Receiver Reviewed

Pioneer Elite SC-05 Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This good looking receiver has many features not found on other similarly priced models including THX Select2 Plus certification, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby True HD decoding, Internet Radio and XM Sirius satellite radio. It also features Pioneer's Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration which optimizes your speakers based on room conditions Read More

 
Marantz SR6003 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Marantz SR6003 A/V Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Appearance wise, this receiver is "crazy, sexy and cool," while the sound the SR6003's two-channel music performance "had me grinning ear to ear at just how outstanding the sound quality was." When using surround sound, the performance was "beautifully balanced and the level of nuance and detail...veiled in comparison" Read More

 
Nakamichi AV-10 Home Theater (AV) Receiver Reviewed

Nakamichi AV-10 Home Theater (AV) Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The AV-10 was rated highly by our reviewer who noted that "voices--both singing and speaking--are rich, natural and detailed." This receiver has an excellent power supply and includes 30 AM/FM presets...and an adjustable sub-woofer output and setup took only 12 minutes Read More

 
Linn Classik Movie System with DVD-Video Reviewed

Linn Classik Movie System with DVD-Video Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Where did Linn go? Back in the mid-2000s you saw innovative products from the Scottish electronics company in all of the top dealers including this all-in-one DVD based receiver component. Read a full review here. Read More

 
Denon AVR-5308 HDCI AV Receiver Reviewed

Denon AVR-5308 HDCI AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This flexible receiver has 150 watts per channel for all seven channels. The AVR-5308HDCI "offers great sound with smooth highs and mids and powerful bass." Our reviewer concluded that "Denon pulled out all the stops here and made a receiver that can easily not just be the hub of a high-end home theater, but the center control unit for a medium to large-sized home." Read More

 
Denon AVR-2309CI AV Receiver Reviewed

Denon AVR-2309CI AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Our reviewer called this "one of the most feature-packed AV receivers to date" and called it "one of the better deals for the budget-minded home theater fanatic." The AVR-2309CI AV gives you a lot, including four digital inputs, two coaxial and two optical and a total of nine analog stereo inputs Read More

 
Sunfire TGR-401 AV Receiver Reviewed

Sunfire TGR-401 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Designed by the legendary Bob Carver, the TR-401 is "the most powerful receiver on the planet," providing 200 watts per channel with all seven channels. In addition, this model offers room correction and "plenty of flexibility to grow as your needs and systems evolve." Read More

 
Onkyo TX-SR706 THX Certified Seven Channel A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-SR706 THX Certified Seven Channel A/V Receiver

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

While the TX-SR706 may not be the best looking receiver out there, it does not compromise on sound. In fact, our reviewer found the sound quality, "so un-receiver-like that you're bound to double take more than once during a listening session." It also has Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio support which is almost unheard of in this price class Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V1900 Seven Channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V1900 Seven Channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Andrew Robinson found the sound of the RX-V1900 "more involving and dynamic, especially with uncompressed audio codecs." He also said the surround sound "rivals separates" and added that the "overall soundstage and spatial separation is to die for, giving you one of the best multi-channel receivers in the game today, regardless of price." Read More

 
Sherwood R-872 HDMI Receiver Reviewed

Sherwood R-872 HDMI Receiver Reviewed

By Jerry Del Colliano

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The R-872 HDMI provides plenty of cutting edge features. As our review said, when you buy a Sherwood, "you get everything and the kitchen sink for a very fair price." Furthermore, the video up-conversion is better than you might expect from a $1,200 receiver and is likely much better than any scaling you get from your HDTV" Read More