In the home theater world, brands tend to inspire a lot of loyalty, especially when it comes to A/V receivers. Often, the brand of receiver you’ve used in the past will dictate what you buy in the future. What’s your preference?
I’ve long been hooked on the Denon brand. I bought my first A/V receiver a few years after college, and though I no longer remember the model number, it was an entry-level Denon unit. From there, I worked my way through upgrade cycles and never left the brand. I have nothing against any other manufacturer, but for me, Denon has struck the best balance between quality, features, and price.
Until recently, my main receiver was a Denon AVR-X5200W, purchased in late 2014. This was the first Dolby Atmos model, but could not do DTS:X. For the past few months, I’ve been evaluating the company’s current flagship, the monstrous AVR-X8500H. I intend to finish up my review of that unit in the near future. The short version is that, although it’s very pricy, it’s also pretty awesome.
What’s on your equipment shelf?
I’ve tried to include as many receiver brands as I could think of in this poll, but I’ve undoubtedly missed some. If I didn’t capture yours, vote “Other” and tell us about it in the Comments. If needed, you can vote for more than one option.