Top 10 Home Theater Receivers
The TX-NR5010 is Onkyo’s flagship model that showcases the company’s heritage at its finest. Built like a tank with thick anti-resonant exterior panels it comes with immense power. A massive toroidal transformer powers the Three-Stage Inverted Darlington Circuitry, supported by two discrete transformers dedicated to audio and video processing. Crucial components includes premium 192 kHz/32-bit DACs, gold-plated speaker posts and terminals, and differential DAC mode as well as the Audyssey MultEQ® XT32 and DTS Neo:X™ processing systems. Video processing is incomparably powerful, with technology from HQV®, Qdeo™, and ISF upscaling video sources to 4K. It is networked and can be controlled via Onkyo’s remote app. It is also DLNA Certified for local streaming and pre-configured for many of the main streaming services such as Spotify.
List Price: $2999.00
The new Onkyo TX-NR929 is a worthy upgrade to last year’s highly popular TX-NR818 for a marginally higher price. It is loaded with the latest technology like 4K passthrough and the top of the line Audyssey MultEQ®XT32 plus ample connectivity options to cater to most high end home theater setups. The 9.2 channel receiver comes with built-in Wi-Fi for app-controllable multizone network audio streaming, built-in Bluetooth wireless audio technology, Zone 2 HDMI Out, and an expanded array of online media streaming services. With 135 Watts-per-channel it can power audio in up to three zones, including Whole House mode for synchronized house-wide audio. It plays back files over your wireless home network, including MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, Ogg Vorbis, AAC, Apple Lossless, DSD, LPCM, and Dolby® TrueHD, all controllable by the Onkyo Remote App for iPod touch/iPhone, Android and Kindle devices. It’s got 9 HDMI inputs for movie, gaming and other sources, and 2 HDMI outputs for adding a second TV or even a projector.
List Price: $1299.00
Denon hit the nail on the head with the new AVR-X4000 receiver by including some new features not found on any Denon receiver (at any price point) in prior models. The Denon AVR-X4000 7.2 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver combines advanced networking technology with powerful surround sound performance and an attractive aluminum front panel. Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X let you enjoy a dramatically enhanced front soundstage via additional front height or wide speakers. The receiver’s network functionality supports Internet radio services such as SiriusXM, Pandora, and Spotify. Support for Apple’s AirPlay technology means that you can stream music from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad via your home network, as well as from iTunes on your PC or Mac. The sophisticated video processor includes SD-to-HD upscaling, along with 4K Ultra HD for the next generation of 4K Ultra HDTVs. Denon stuck to its roots of delivering good sound to appeal to the audiophile. It is also configurable enough for the custom installer and its cutting edge features should see it being future proofed for a long time.
List Price: $1299.00
Onkyo has long been known for having the most features for the money in their receiver offerings and the TX-NR727 is no different. The Onkyo TX-NR727 comes with a full set of features including 110 watts of power per channel (into 8 ohms, 2 channels driven), 4K passthrough and upscaling, Audyssey MultEQ, 8 HDMI inputs plus two outputs, and THX Select 2 Plus certification. Retailing for $899, the TX-NR727 undercuts its predecessor by $50, which is naturally a welcome change, as it isn’t accompanied by cutting corners. Probably the biggest bonus is the jump from Audyssey 2EQ to MultEQ. In addition, the new TX-NR727 retains the THX Select 2 Plus certification, a standard that specifies that the built in amplifiers deliver competent performance in small to midsized rooms.
The VSX-1123 is a true multi-zone audio video power house with 165 Watts (1 kHz 1 % THD @ 6 Ohms 1ch Driven) or 90 Watts of clean audio reproduction and advanced new technologies such as 4K Ultra-High Definition Up-scaling, True Multi-Zone Audio Video, an energy-saving ECO Mode, and a whole host of networked entertainment options the new VSX-1123 helps you get the most out of your home entertainment experience. The VSX-1123 features the latest Made for iPhone and iPad certification, which includes the iPhone 5 and the iPad Mini. Since this receiver is networked, it also supports Apple’s AirPlay wireless music streaming technology allowing you to wirelessly stream music from your iPhone, iPod or iTunes-running Mac or PC directly to the receiver.
List Price: $599.00
Following on from its award-winning predecessor, the Yamaha RX-V675 is better equipped than ever to deliver top class home theater entertainment. The RX-V675 offers versatile speaker options include 7.2 channel surround, 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 MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link), 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-V675 provides refined digital processing for an enriched audio video experience.
With 140 Watts of clear audio reproduction and advanced new technologies, Pioneer’s affordable VSX-823 comes with enough features that let you take advantage of Pioneer’s innovative approach to the networked home theater experience. Proving that connectivity is the key, the VSX-823 delivers the broadest platform for your Apple or Android lifestyle, streaming your favorite content and controlling your receiver, right from the palm of your hand. The VSX-823 is ready for advanced new technologies, such as high-resolution music files, 4K Ultra HD video files, and an intuitive Eco mode for a “smart” home theater system. And more importantly it offers great audio reproduction and top quality video for movies.
List Price: $429.99
The Onkyo TX-NR626 offers excellent value, packing 4K pass-through & upscaling, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth at a midrange price. There are six HDMI inputs, plus a dedicated turntable input which is a rarity these days. Onboard streaming-audio support is extensive, including Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, and Internet radio. Qdeo technology from Marvell upscales standard video to silky-smooth 1080p (for regular HDTVs) and to an incredible 4k on compatible displays. With solid sound quality and video resolution this budget receiver is tops in value and performance.
List Price: $599.00
Denon’s mid-range 7.1 channel AVR-1913 has a lot going for it. It supports 3D video and is equipped with network functions that let you enjoy a wide variety of online digital content or your favorite genres of music at any time. It also supports AirPlay so that you can stream music from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, or from the iTunes music library. With the Denon Remote App installed on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can also perform basic operations such as turn the AVR-1913’s power on or off, adjust the volume, and switch sources. Plus there’s Internet radio and streaming services.
10. Denon AVR-E300
The new Denon AVR-E300 features network connectivity that lets you enjoy music from sources such as Pandora, SiriusXM, and Spotify and view your favorite photos via Flickr. The AVR-E300 also features AirPlay for streaming from your favorite iOS device, such as an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. For easy, fast, and accurate system setup, the AVR-E300 features our acclaimed Setup Assistant with simple on-screen setup instructions. Audio playback is exemplary and video reproduction is top notch for a receiver in the budget category.