Top 10 Home Theater A/V Receivers
Onkyo has been serving top notch receivers through the years. It is no wonder that their current top of the line receiver impressed us the most. With 11.2-channels of power and improved A/V processing, the 135 Watts per channel TX-NR3030 comes with new Dolby Atmos surround-sound complete with 4K video at 60 frames per second. Add in-ceiling speakers to augment a 5.2, 7.2, or 9.2 surround setup to unlock the full potential of this game-changing format, which creates an envelope of sound over the listener’s head. As well as more accurately locating surround effects mixed for discrete channels, Dolby Atmos moves the sound around your theater more realistically to place you in the center of the action. Connectivity extends from HDCP 2.2-ready HDMI 2.0 through to balanced XLR pre-outs, while onboard Wi-Fi supplies your home theater with hi-res music via NAS/PC and limitless streaming from your smartphone. Onkyo has engineered the TX-NR3030 from faceplate to speaker posts for audiophile performance, with three transformers, separate amp and processing blocks, and seven top-of-the-line 32-bit Burr- Brown D/A converters. Whether used as a hub for housewide HD audio and video, or as the heart of a Dolby Atmos-powered home theater, the TX-NR3030 rewards with an emotionally uplifting performance every time.
List Price: $2399.00
The new Onkyo TX-NR838 Network A/V Receiver combines pure analog power with the latest in high-resolution audio and video processing. This heavyweight receiver is built around Onkyo’s “Emotion. Delivered” high- current amplification concept with a massive customized transformer and discrete Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry. Hi-fi credentials are cemented with Pure Direct Analog Path, a selectable mode that shuts down all digital circuitry when you’re listening to LPs or other high- quality audio sources. Signals are routed via the phono or analog inputs to the amps for pristine sound that’s completely free of digital noise. Devotees of high-resolution, meanwhile, can stream their network-attached 5.6 MHz DSD or 192/24 hi-res albums using the remote app, while listeners seeking an instant fix can enjoy music from smartphone via inbuilt Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The TX-NR838 is also packed full of cutting- edge features for movies and gaming, with 4K/60 Hz-ready HDMI terminals, HDCP 2.2 compatibility for future Ultra HD premium content, and the sheer power -at 160 Watts/Ch (6ohms 1kHz, 2 Channels Driven, FTC- that you need for awesome audio experience.
List Price: $1299.00
The latest Denon AVR-X4100W 4K Ultra HD 7.2 Network AV Receiver continues the heritage of excellence and innovation from Denon’s acclaimed mid-range AV models by incorporating the latest surround sound technology, and is packed with a plethora of advanced feature for an impressive home cinema and music experience. It has 7 channels of amplification rated at 125watts per channel, easily enough to drive most types loudspeakers, even in large rooms. Denon’s latest DDSC-HD discrete circuit and AL24 signal processing provide noticeable improvements to the sound. Furthermore, DSD and AIFF audio streaming provide access to the latest file formats. When connected to a compatible Denon Blu-ray disc player, DENON LINK HD provides playback with the lowest digital “jitter” for the cleanest possible sound. For the ultimate surround sound experience, the AVR-X4100W features next-generation sound format decoder for Dolby Atmos, which lets you add Height/Top speakers to dramatically expand the soundstage, along with dual subwoofer outputs for systems with two subs. Featuring a total of 8 HDMI inputs, the AVR-X4100W also has 3 x HDMI outputs offering flexible multi-room options. With Wi-Fi Network connectivity and Bluetooth the AVR-X4100W opens up a whole new world of listening enjoyment including programs from a vast range of internet radio stations, as well as music from streaming services including SiriusXM, Spotify Connect and Pandora.
List Price: $1499.00
Onkyo has always put a premium on sound quality and for having the most features for the money in their receiver offerings and the new TX-NR737 is no different. The 7.2 channel Onkyo TX-NR737 features their Wide Range Amplifier Technology, which provides plenty of current to ensure smooth sound even during large swings in dynamics. Also new for their 2014 receivers is the adoption of the Dolby Atmos technology which gives you a more enveloping surround experience with the addition of ceiling speakers. With THX Select2 Plus this receiver is good for a medium sized room. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technologies is built in. With the free control app it puts a range of streaming options at your fingertips, from universal hi-res audio via NAS to internet streaming services to music on smartphone and tablet. Onkyo’s proprietary AccuEQ room correction simplifies the initial home theater setup process, and makes both surround-sound and two-channel audio sound clean and clear.
The Pioneer VSX-1124 is a multi-zone 7.2-channel AV receiver that delivers 165 watts per channel of power. It offers advanced new technologies, such as 4K 60P Ultra HD Upscaling and Pass-through, DSD Playback, Subwoofer EQ, Dual Subwoofer Pre-out, Built-in AVNavigator, and it’s Spotify Ready and Roku Ready. The VSX-1124 handles 4K2K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per seconds. 4K Ultra HD is the latest high-definition video display format, with four times the resolution of 1080p. The VSX-1124 also supports DLNA 1.5 media streaming, which lets you access your favorite music from a DLNA server or computer connected to the same home network.
List Price: $599.00
Following on from its award-winning predecessor, the Yamaha RX-V777BT is better equipped than ever to deliver top class home theater entertainment. The RX-V777BT offers versatile speaker options include 7.2 channel surround, 110W/ch amps, front presence, bi-amp main speakers or independent Zone 2 operation. The Yamaha AV Controller App provides simple yet powerful network control in either zone at once. Installation is a breeze when you use the advanced YPAO auto calibration and sophisticated graphic user Interface to expedite setup and ensure accuracy. You get expanded connectivity with HTC Connect, MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) Support, AirPlay and music streaming services and versatile USB input for iPad compatibility. Enjoy ECO mode and 4K up-scaling for next generation of ultra-high resolution displays. The RX-V777BT provides refined digital processing for an enriched audio video experience.
With a host of new features, the new Pioneer VSX-824 is an advanced, yet affordable receiver that sets the tone for Pioneer’s innovative approach to the networked home theater experience. The VSX-824 is one of the most versatile AV receivers for the Apple or Android platforms, letting you stream your favorite content, while you control the receiver from the palm of your hand. Plus, it readily accommodates leading-edge media, such as high-resolution music files and 4K Ultra HD content. Offering 6 HDMI HDMI 2.0 inputs, it also handles 4K2K Ultra HD video at 60 frames per seconds.
List Price: $399.99
The new Onkyo TX-NR636 comes with the new Dolby Atmos surround-sound complete with 4K video at 60 frames per second. Dolby Atmos moves the sound around your theater more realistically to place you in the center of the action, creates a more enveloping experience, and more accurately locates surround effects mixed for discrete channels. This receiver has HDMI supporting 4K/60 Hz and 21:9 display format and HDCP 2.2 copy-protection compatibility. Qdeo upscaling technology also converts low-res DVDs and games into pin-sharp Full HD or 4K. TX-NR636 paves the way for Ultra HD video playback at a liquid-smooth 60 frames per second. This is great news for PC gamers who can now add wall-shaking surround sound to their 4K/60 Hz experience.
List Price: $699.00
Denon’s latest AVR-X1100W 7.2 Channel Receiver streams your favorite tracks wirelessly. It features built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, for compatibility with a wide range of portable devices and access to content over your home network. Enjoy listening to a broad range of internet radio stations, and from subscription streaming services such as Pandora, SiriusXM and Spotify. It also features an advanced video processor section with 6 HDMI inputs, including 1 conveniently located on the front panel. The Blu-ray and Game inputs feature 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz full-rate pass-through, a feature of the latest HDMI specification, along with 4:4:4 Pure Color full-rate sub-sampling.
10. Denon AVR-S700W
The mid-range Denon AVR-S700W receiver packs good value in one box with ample power and wireless connectivity. It features built-in Bluetooth wireless streaming along with built-in Wi-Fi. It comes with the latest HDMI specification, which includes the ability to handle 4K Ultra HD high resolution video content, including the 4K Ultra HD 60 Hz frame rate video along with full resolution 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling pass-through. Equipped with the latest high resolution audio decoders, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, the AVR-S700W also features the Audyssey Bronze suite of DSP audio processing, which includes Audyssey MultEQ automated room acoustic measurement and correction, along with Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume. The AVR-S700W connects to the Internet through your home network, opening up a world of music from Internet radio stations, as well as via streaming subscription services, including Pandora and Spotify.