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Home Theater Review's Best of 2019 Awards

Home Theater Review's Best of 2019 Awards

As 2019 comes to a close, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from affordable favorites to flagship products that make us drool. Continue Reading

AV Receiver Reviews

Packed with features but often more affordable than the AV Preamp 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.

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AV Receiver Reviews Archives

Oct 28, 2019

Marantz NR1200 Two-Channel Slim Receiver Reviewed

Following the financial collapse of 2008, many (present company included) had to figure out how to make do with less.... Continue Reading
Marantz NR1200 Two-Channel Slim Receiver Reviewed

Oct 14, 2019

Marantz SR6014 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

The Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology employed on the new Marantz SR6014 might not merely be a good stop-gap for those who want Atmos but can't install ceiling speakers, says Dennis; it might also turn some Atmos haters into fans of object-based surround. Continue Reading
Marantz SR6014 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Aug 19, 2019

Pioneer VSX-LX504 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver Reviewed

The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX504 offers a ton of features for a $1000-ish AVR, but are those features enough to put it on equal footing with the best of the bunch in this price range? Continue Reading
Pioneer VSX-LX504 9.2-Channel Network AV Receiver Reviewed

May 13, 2019

Marantz SR8012 11.2-Channel AV Surround Receiver Reviewed

Marantz' top-of-the-current-line receiver delivers oodles of output, plenty of channels, and a deliciously musical sound that should make any audiophile giddy. Continue Reading
Marantz SR8012 11.2-Channel AV Surround Receiver Reviewed

May 06, 2019

Denon AVR-X2500H 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Denon's AVR-X2500H receiver is a 7.2 channel receiver that is on the entry-level side of Denon's X-series. Priced at $799... Continue Reading
Denon AVR-X2500H 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Mar 04, 2019

Denon AVR-X4500H 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

It seems as if the AV receiver market is finally starting to reach some semblance of stability. By that, I... Continue Reading
Denon AVR-X4500H 9.2 Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dec 10, 2018

Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Here at the end of 2018, we at HomeTheaterReview.com look back at all the products we reviewed this year and pick the best of the bunch, from budget favorites to aspirational flagship products. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2018 Awards

Nov 14, 2018

Marantz NR1509 Slim 5.2 Channel AV Receiver with HEOS Reviewed

A simpler AVR for simpler rooms, this slim Marantz offerings hits all the right buttons for Andrew Robinson. Continue Reading
Marantz NR1509 Slim 5.2 Channel AV Receiver with HEOS Reviewed

Oct 01, 2018

Pioneer VSX-933 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver Reviewed

Simple setup and operation, along with solid performance, a wealth of features, and exceptional value, more than make up for the VSX-933's few shortcomings. Continue Reading
Pioneer VSX-933 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver Reviewed

Aug 15, 2018

Denon AVR-X4400H AV Receiver Reviewed

I finally upgraded my living room television to a 4K set. As much as I was excited to get a... Continue Reading
Denon AVR-X4400H AV Receiver Reviewed

Jul 30, 2018

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

AV technology has been changing so fast lately that many receivers become obsolete just a year after they're introduced. Far... Continue Reading
Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Jul 02, 2018

Sony STR-DH590 Five-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

At least on paper, Sony's newest entry-level AV receiver, the $279 STR-DH590, is designed for someone like me. Who am... Continue Reading
Sony STR-DH590 Five-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

May 28, 2018

NAD T 777 V3 Seven-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Say the words "simplicity of operation," "musicality," and "modularity" to home theater enthusiasts, and the first electronics brand to come... Continue Reading
NAD T 777 V3 Seven-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Apr 30, 2018

HEOS AVR 5.1-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dennis Burger auditions the HEOS AVR, which combines a 5.1-channel AV receiver and a hi-res streaming music player based on the HEOS multiroom platform. Continue Reading
HEOS AVR 5.1-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Mar 05, 2018

Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Brian Kahn auditions Sony's $500 STR-DN1080 7.2-channel AV receiver, which offers a nice assortment of features and solid performance for the price. Continue Reading
Sony STR-DN1080 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Feb 05, 2018

Marantz SR6012 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dennis Burger auditions Marantz's $1,499 SR6012. This 9.2-channel AV receiver is loaded with features and delivers a very high level of performance. Continue Reading
Marantz SR6012 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dec 18, 2017

Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

It's that time of year again--when the HomeTheaterReview.com staff looks at all of the products we reviewed this year and picks the best of the best. We've tried to hit all the product categories and price points. We hope you enjoy our Best of 2017 list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2017 Awards

Dec 04, 2017

Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Bob Barrett auditions Pioneer's Elite SC-LX901. This 11.2-channel AV receiver is rated at 140 watts continuous power output at eight ohms, and it sports all the features and technologies you'd expect in a flagship receiver. Continue Reading
Pioneer Elite SC-LX901 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Oct 02, 2017

Yamaha Aventage RX-A770 AV Receiver Reviewed

Dennis Burger reviews Yamaha's $650 Aventage RX-A770 seven-channel AV receiver, which is loaded with all the latest technologies: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X decoding, UHD/HDR pass-through, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, MusicCast, and more. Continue Reading
Yamaha Aventage RX-A770 AV Receiver Reviewed

Jul 24, 2017

Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Reviewed

Dennis Burger explores Rotel's RAP-1580 surround amplified processor--which is basically an AV receiver sans tuner section that features seven channels of Class AB amplification and supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and 4K/HDR pass-through. Continue Reading
Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Reviewed

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