Posted Tue Nov 20, 2018 at 12:02 PM PST by Steven Cohen
AV Receivers are designed to serve as the central hub for any full-fledged home theater setup, offering processing and power for multiple speakers, along with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X decoding and HDMI passthrough for a variety of video components. But exactly how many channels you'll be able to drive, will largely come down to just how much you're willing to spend. Thankfully, there are lots of great receiver options out their for a variety of budgets and audio needs.
From entry-level 5.2.2 models to flagship units with support for full 9.2.4 or 7.2.6 systems, these are our picks for the year's top receivers at multiple price points. So, without further ado, here are HDD's
Note: All listed prices reflect current Amazon discounts at press time and do not include taxes or shipping.
In our first section, we're going to spotlight several budget-friendly 7.2-channel receivers with support for an entry-level 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X immersive audio system.
Onkyo TX-NR585 7.2 Channel A/V Receiver ($394.77) - As one of 2018's most affordable 7.2-channel receivers, the TX-NR585 provides immersive audio support without breaking the bank. The unit is rated for 170 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 channel driven). In addition, the receiver offers support for up to a 5.2.2 speaker setup with DTS:X and Dolby Atmos playback. AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration is included as well, along with AccuReflex technology for Dolby Atmos-enabled speaker systems, and 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough.
Pioneer VSX-933 7.2-ch Network AV Receiver ($479, full review here) - Pioneer's 7.2-channel VSX-933 is capable of supporting a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X system. The unit is rated for 165 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10%, 1-ch driven) or 80 W/ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, THD 0.08 %, 2ch Driven, FTC). Likewise, the device offers full 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough and MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System).
Yamaha RX-V685 7.2-Channel AV Receiver ($599.95, full review here) - This Yamaha 7.2-channel receiver model is rated for 90 W (8 ohms, 0.06% THD). Likewise, the unit offers support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 5.2.2 speaker setups, along with 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough, MusicCast multi-room connectivity, and Alexa capabilities. In addition, the receiver incorporates Yamaha's new MusicCast Surround technlogy, allowing users to configure speaker setups with wireless rear MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 speakers.
Kicking things up a notch, this section spotlights a few great 9.2-channel receiver options, offering expanded support for up to a 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker setup.
Onkyo TX-NR787 THX Certified 9.2-Channel A/V Receiver ($649) - With 9.2-channel support, this receiver allows users to configure a 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker setup. The unit is rated for 100 W/Ch (8 ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 channels driven, FTC) or 220 W/ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, THD 10%, 1-channel driven). In addition, the receiver offers 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough, and is THX Certified Select for theater-reference volume within strict THX sound-quality parameters.
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 9.2 Channel A/V Receiver ($799) - Part of the Pioneer Elite brand, this 9.2-channel receiver is rated for 100 W/Ch (8 ohms, 20Hz–20 kHz, THD 0.08%, 2-ch driven, FTC) and uses Pioneer's Direct Energy amp design with a high-grade 384 kHz/32-bit DAC (AK4458) produced by AKM, a quad-core 32-bit chip, and Aureus floating-point DSP chip. In addition, the receiver offers support for up to 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker configurations, along with 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough.
Yamaha RX-V2085 9.2-Channel AV Receiver ($1,399.95) - The RX-V2085 is rated for 175W per channel (8 ohms 0.9% THD 1K) or 140W per channel (8 ohms 0.06% THD 20Hz - 20kHz). The 9.2-channel receiver can support up to a 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker setup. In addition, the unit features dual ESS SABRE ES9007S Premier Audio DACs, 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough, MusicCast capabilities, and Yamaha's news Surround:AI tech.
Denon AVRX4500H Denon 9.2 Channel AV Receiver ($1,599) - This new 2018 receiver model from Denon offers 9.2-channel support for up to a 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker configuration. The device is rated for 125W per channel (8 ohms, THD 0.05%, 20Hz~20kHz) and features full 4K HDR/DolbyVision passthrough. Likewise, the unit will support HDMI 2.1 features like Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) via a future firmware update. Amazon Alexa Voice Control and whole-house HEOS music compatibility are integrated as well.
For our final tier, we've put together a collection of flagship receiver models, providing support for a 7.2.4, 9.2.2, or even a massive 9.2.4 and 7.2.6 Dolby Atmos and DTS:X configuration.
Yamaha RX-A3080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Channel AV Receiver ($1,999.95) - Though this model is only capable of powering 9.2-channels it offers processing support for 11.2-channels, allowing users to configure up to a 7.2.4 or 9.2.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X setup through the use of an additional stereo amp. The unit is rated for 150 W (8 ohms, 0.06% THD). In addition, the receiver includes 4K HDR/Dolby Vision passthrough, MusicCast multi-room audio connectivity with MusicCast Surround, and support for Yamaha's new Surround:AI technology.
Denon AVR-X6500H 11.2 Channel AV Receiver ($2,179) - The next best thing for those who can't quite afford the final entry on this list, Denon's new 11.2-channel receiver is rated for up to 140W per channel (8 Ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.05% THD). The unit can support up to a 7.2.4 speaker or 9.2.2 Dolby Atmos or DTS:X configuration. Likewise, the receiver offers full 4K HDR/DolbyVision passthrough, and is set to receive HDMI 2.1 features like Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) via a future firmware update. Amazon Alexa Voice Control and whole-house HEOS music compatibility are integrated as well.
Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-channel AV Receiver ($3,999, full review here) - As one of the only 13.2-channel models on the market, the AVR-X8500H is the current flagship receiver to beat. With support for up to a 7.2.6 or 9.2.4 speaker system, the unit provides the ultimate Dolby Atmos or DTS:X experience. Add in dual core SHARC DSP Griffin Lite audio processors, Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction, 4K HDR passthrough, Heos with Alexa capabilities, Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), and IMAX Enhanced support, and you've pretty much got everything you could possibly want from a receiver.
So, there you have it. Those are current top choices for AV receivers in every budget category. What do you think about our selection? Do you have any other sound bar suggestions for each price tier? Let us know in the forums!
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