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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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Onkyo TX-SR575 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

Onkyo TX-SR575 Multi-channel Home Theater Receiver Reviewed

By Adrienne Maxwell

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The TX-SR575 has "very good audio performance for the money" and provides "deep bass and a pleasant sound that is better than comparably priced receivers." It also has some nice enhancements like the Audyssey 2EQ and both Sirius and XM capability. Video images are "clear and bright...especially HD sources" Read More

 
Marantz SR8002 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Marantz SR8002 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer called the SR8002 "a powerhouse receiver that really excels in the audio department and does an excellent job on video as well." It supports many high-resolution surround sound formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD and provides "beautiful video reproduction, especially on high-def sources." Read More

 
Integra DTR-8.8 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

Integra DTR-8.8 7.1-Channel Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
5 Stars
 

The DTR 8.8 is "the perfect receiver for someone who wants to upgrade their entry-level receiver to provide more features and functionality while offering superb performance and remaining easy to use." The sound quality was excellent and it can play high-resolution surround sound formats like Dolby True HD and DTS-MD Master Audio. Read More

 
Denon AVR 2807 Receiver & Denon DVD-1920 DVD Player Reviewed

Denon AVR 2807 Receiver & Denon DVD-1920 DVD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
3.5 Stars
 

The combo sits middle of Denon's line and offered a lot of bang for the buck. Both these models have since been replaced in the lineup but they continue to circulate on the used market Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V1400 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V1400 A/V Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

Our reviewer was impressed by the RX-V1400 and described it as a "versatile, multi-purpose, value-priced receiver." The sound is "refined...warm and full," although some listeners may want a bit more power. The Dolby Digital and DTS decoding modes sounded accurate and realistic with a terrific bass presence." Read More

 
NAD T763 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

NAD T763 A/V Surround Sound Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

The T763uses the EARS circuit, a digital signal processor which uses NAD surround processing to "reproduce a two-channel recording with natural ambient acoustic sound." The set up was simple and straightforward and this model has "plenty of features and advanced technology that set NAD apart" from the competition Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V1500 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V1500 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The setup of the RX-V1500 is very easy and does "much of the thinking for you and lets you focus...on enjoying your system." Our reviewer concluded, "If you're in the market for a top-notch A/V receiver and you like the idea of calibrating your system to sound the best that it can, the RX-V1500 warrants serious consideration." Read More

 
Yamaha RX-V457 Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha RX-V457 Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

The RX-V457 is an "entry level, all-purpose receiver that will thrill most and satisfy the rest." Sound-wise, the two-channel reproduction was "crisp and real," while the "Roxy Theater" setting "brought back the room and I could almost smell the smoke and alcohol." Read More

 
Denon AVR-2803 A/V Receiver Reviewed

Denon AVR-2803 A/V Receiver Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4 Stars
 

This model offers an eight-channel analog input for SACD/DVD-Audio sources. While listening to music on the AV-2803 was "pleasing," listening to films was superb. Our reviewer noted that "Surround effects sprang to life and the soundstage was extremely engaging" Read More

 
Sherwood Newcastle R-903 A/V Receiver and Newcastle V-903 DVD Player Reviewed

Sherwood Newcastle R-903 A/V Receiver and Newcastle V-903 DVD Player Reviewed

By HomeTheaterReview.com

Overall Rating
4.5 Stars
 

Our reviewer found music played on the R-903 to be "very warm and spacious. Vocals were clean and powerful with stringed instruments sounding lively." The design was attractive and slim and the setup procedures were user friendly "even for novices." Read More