AV Receiver Reviews (100 Reviews)


Rotel RAP-1580 Surround Amplified Processor Reviewed

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

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

AV Receiver Reviews Archives

Dec 05, 2016

Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

'Tis the season for Home Theater Review's annual best-of list, where we select the best products we've reviewed in the past 12 months. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2016 Awards

Sep 19, 2016

Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dennis Burger examines Anthem's new flagship 11.2-channel MRX 1120 AV receiver. This model delivers the performance we've come to expect from Anthem...and adds some interesting new features, to boot. Continue Reading
Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Aug 08, 2016

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 AV Receiver Reviewed

Myron Ho reviews Yamaha's RX-A3050, a 9.2-channel AV receiver that offers a number of upgrades over its predecessor. Continue Reading
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3050 AV Receiver Reviewed

Jun 06, 2016

Sony STR-ZA5000ES 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dennis Burger explores Sony's flagship STR-ZA5000ES AV receiver--a feature-rich 9.2-channel receiver that boasts a highly intuitive user interface. How does it perform? Follow the link to find out. Continue Reading
Sony STR-ZA5000ES 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Apr 25, 2016

Denon AVR-X7200WA 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Bob Barrett reviews Denon's flagship AVR-X7200WA, a fully loaded 9.2-channel AV receiver that supports all the latest audio and video technologies. Continue Reading
Denon AVR-X7200WA 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Mar 21, 2016

Onkyo TX-RZ900 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

In this week's featured review, Dennis Burger explores Onkyo's TX-RZ900 7.2-channel AV receiver. This $1,599 box is well-built and fully loaded with features, but how does it perform? Continue Reading
Onkyo TX-RZ900 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dec 07, 2015

Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

It's that time of year again--time for the HomeTheaterReview.com staff to pick the products that we feel represent the best of the best from all of our 2015 reviews. We've covered a variety of categories and price points. See if your faves made the list. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2015 Awards

May 25, 2015

Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Sean Killebrew swaps out his AV separates for Integra's new flagship DTR-70.6 11.2-channel receiver and comes away loving the experience--especially Dolby Atmos. Continue Reading
Integra DTR-70.6 11.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

May 04, 2015

Arcam AVR750 Seven-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Dennis Burger reviews the $6,000 AVR750 AV receiver from Arcam. What this product eschews in features, it more than makes up for performance. Continue Reading
Arcam AVR750 Seven-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Mar 23, 2015

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 AV Receiver Reviewed

Myron Ho checks out Yamaha's current top-shelf AV receiver, the $2,199 RX-A3040. This 9.2-channel receiver boasts a ton of features, including Dolby Atmos support, network streaming, and multi-zone capability. Continue Reading
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040 AV Receiver Reviewed

Mar 02, 2015

Sony STR-DN850 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Sony's $499 STR-DN850 AV receiver is loaded with worthwhile perks (like WiFi, Bluetooth, and a great user interface), but how does it perform? Dennis Burger puts this 7.2-channel receiver through its paces. Continue Reading
Sony STR-DN850 7.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Jan 12, 2015

Onkyo HT-S7700 Home Theater System Reviewed

For the budget-minded AV fan who wants to get a taste of what Dolby Atmos can bring to the home theater experience, Onkyo offers the $899 HT-S7700, a complete system with a 7.2-channel receiver, a 10-inch sub, and a speaker system with Atmos-enabled fronts. Check out Myron Ho's review. Continue Reading
Onkyo HT-S7700 Home Theater System Reviewed

Dec 01, 2014

Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Home Theater Review presents its Best of 2014 Awards. We've surveyed all the products reviewed over the past year and selected the ones we think are the most compelling. Check out our list and see if your 2014 favorites made the grade. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2014 Awards

Sep 21, 2014

Yamaha RX-V577 AV Receiver Reviewed

Yamaha's 7.2-channel RX-V577 is loaded with features but carries an asking price of just $549.95. Greg Handy digs in to this AV receiver to see what kind of performance you get for your money. Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V577 AV Receiver Reviewed

Aug 11, 2014

Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Onkyo's $700 TX-NR636 is a forward-looking AV receiver that's loaded with features, including HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2. How does it perform? Dennis Burger finds out. Continue Reading
Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Feb 10, 2014

Harman Kardon AVR 3700 AV Receiver

The Harman Kardon AVR 3700 AV receiver found its way into Adrienne Maxwell's home theater system, where she put the receiver to the test to see where it would succeed and where it would fail. Continue Reading
Harman Kardon AVR 3700 AV Receiver

Jan 27, 2014

Yamaha RX-V775WA AV Receiver Reviewed

The Yamaha RX-V775WA is an under-$1,000 AV receiver with the chops to compete with entry-level AV preamps in the market, and it packs the latest wireless and other new-school technologies that set it apart from the pack. Continue Reading
Yamaha RX-V775WA AV Receiver Reviewed

Dec 16, 2013

Anthem MRX 710 AV Receiver

Anthem's MRX 710 AV receiver doesn't have all of the whiz-bang features of mainstream receivers; but, if you are looking for an audiophile-oriented AV receiver, Dennis Burger has a five-star performance rating for you on this one. Add in a 2013 HomeTheaterReview.com Best of Award, and you've got a top-contending receiver. Continue Reading
Anthem MRX 710 AV Receiver

Dec 02, 2013

Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

It's that time of year again. The HomeTheaterReview.com staff has discussed all the products reviewed over the year and decided which ones rated the best. Check out our list of the best of 2013. Continue Reading
Home Theater Review's Best of 2013 Awards

Oct 28, 2013

Onkyo TX-NR626 AV Receiver Reviewed

The Onkyo TX-NR626 AV receiver fell on Sean Killebrew to review. Killebrew tested out the TX-NR626 and came away from the review with a refreshing sentiment. It works. It just plain works. Continue Reading
Onkyo TX-NR626 AV Receiver Reviewed

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