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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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Denon AVR-789 HDMI Receiver Reviewed

Denon AVR-789 HDMI Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The AVR-789 has a budget price but delivers a lot more than expected. In fact, "it offers features not found on many much more expensive models including all the Audyssey goodies from room correction to volume control, making this a steal at the price" Read More

 
Marantz SR5003 AV Receiver Reviewed

Marantz SR5003 AV Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

This is one of the lowest priced receivers that will decode all the new codecs of Blue-ray and HD DVD. It also features Audyssey MultiEQ room correction which makes the sound conform to any room. The SR5003 also has well thought out inputs and outputs which allows it to grow as your system changes. Read More

 
Pioneer Elite SC-09TX A/V Receiver Reviewed

Pioneer Elite SC-09TX A/V Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The SC-09TX provides power that is "bountiful and robust, making it one of the better sounding receivers in the game today." It also "possesses more features and customizable options than even the most fanatical home theater enthusiast is ever like to need and/or use" Read More

 
Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH A/V Receiver Reviewed

Pioneer Elite VSX-94TXH A/V Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Andrew Robinson called the VSX-94TXH "a delight to use and among the easiest full-featured receivers to live with day-to-day." He also noted that it filled rooms with "rich, full, dynamic and dare I say, analog-like sound that suits a wide variety of listening tastes and source material." Read More

 
Harman Kardon AVR 354 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Harman Kardon AVR 354 A/V Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The two channel performance on the AVR 354 is "first-rate, possessing a terrific soundstage in terms of width and depth." The easy interface "makes this one of the easiest receivers to live with long-term." When it comes to the actual performance, our reviewer said it "possesses a smooth, rich, dare I say, somewhat relaxed sound" Read More

 
Harman Kardon AVR 154 AV Receiver Reviewed

Harman Kardon AVR 154 AV Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Despite the fact that it costs just $350, our reviewer found the AVR 154 "shockingly musical and dynamic, making it suitable for a wide variety of source material." He also noted it "sounds much better and far more robust than it should." It also had "stunning good looks" and "ease of use" Read More

 
Meridian G95 Surround Receiver Reviewed

Meridian G95 Surround Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The sound on this receiver was rated very highly by our reviewer. "Whether you are listening to movies in 5.1 or CDs in stereo, or the famed Meridian Trifield setting, you will get some of the finest sound imaginable." Furthermore, the G95 "is likely the best home theater system for rooms where space is severely limited" Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V863 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V863 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The V863 "possesses a lively and energetic sound that adds a bit of swing to music and punch to movies" and it sounds "remarkably good for a receiver in this price class." It is also a better value than most similarly priced receivers because it has more features and options than they do. Read More

 
Sony STR-DA3300ES 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Sony STR-DA3300ES 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The STR-DA3300ES has an "excellent, easy to use graphical user interface which puts it a notch above" most of the competition. The sound uses the Digital Cinema Auto Calibration feature which tunes the receiver for optimal sound based on room size and features. Our reviewer felt it "compares favorably with Audyssey room correction" Read More

 
Onkyo TX-SR805 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-SR805 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Andrew Robinson

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer was impressed with the TX-SR805, calling it "one of the best-sounding receivers in its price class" and adding that it has a "full-bodied, non-etched sound with incredible bass definition and impact." There is also power here, as there are 130 watts available on all seven channels Read More