AV Receiver Reviews (112 Reviews)


Marantz NR1509 Slim 5.2 Channel AV Receiver with HEOS Reviewed

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

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.

AV Receivers vs. AV Separates: Which Is Right for You?
The Good, Better, and Best AV Receivers on the Market Today
Surround Sound Explained
Automated Room Correction Explained

AV Receiver Reviews Archives

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

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

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