Looking for the best audio receiver in this day and age can be a nightmare - especially if you aren’t necessarily a complete expert on the subject. How do you know what features are most important? How much money should you be putting towards one? Which ones are outdated and which ones are current?
As with any other piece of technology, balancing an affordable price with the quality you need is extremely important. It’s also vital to know exactly what you are looking for and how much you are willing to spend before you make your purchase. We will review the features you should be looking out for, the prices you will come across, and how to choose the right product for you!
How We Chose Our Ratings
Above all else, we want to make sure that our reviews of these products are honest and accurate. To do this, we are weighing a few different qualities for these products. Most importantly, we will be talking about: pricing, the number of channels it has, the power specs, and the numbers of connections they have (which devices of yours you can connect to it).
We want to make sure that your listening experience is as satisfying as possible, while staying within the budget you have set for yourself. These ten best audio receivers will vary vastly in their prices and different qualities. Whether you need to stick to a budget under $500, or one under $5,000, we have a great product for you!
- 210 W/Ch (6 Ohms), 100 W/Ch (8 Ohms),DTS:X and Dolby Atmos up to 5.2.2 Channels
- Supports 5.2.2-Channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X playback or traditional 7.2 Channel surround sound
- HDMI 7 In / 2 Out Including 1 Front (HDCP 2.2 / HDR),HDR10 and Dolby Vision Compatible
The first choice on our list has audio support that includes both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio decoding capabilities. It will allow you to connect your music streaming services and use internet radio, and will work with your Chromecast or FireConnect,
It has 7.2 channels, and its power is 100 W/Ch (8 Ohms, 20 kHZ, 0.08%THD, 2 Channels Driven). Now, the more expensive the model is for an auto receiver, the more power it will have. To put it in basic terms, this simply tells you how loud it can get. The power for this model listed above tells us much more though. It informs us of the number of channels (2), the frequency (20kHz), the impedance of the speaker being driven (8 Ohms), and the level of distortion (under 1% is good, for this model it’s 0.08%). Keep this in mind for the upcoming models we will be talking about.
This piece of technology also provides diagrams that are etched right into the rear panel of the system, which can be a lifesaver while getting everything plugged in and set up. You will have the directions right in front of you while connecting everything.
All in all, this is a great choice if you are looking to save money while still getting a quality product.
- AUTO CALIBRATION: D.C.A.C. EX and virtual speaker relocation technology optimize sound to any room
- PHANTOM SURROUND SETTING: Experience 7 channel surround sound with only a 5 channel speaker setup. Chrome cast built in...
- ADVANCED AUDIO: DTS:X object based surround sound adapts to your speaker configuration in real time
This particular model, while being about a hundred dollars more expensive than the Onkyo TX-NR676, does have some features worth paying extra for. With an extremely sleek, very user-friendly interface, the ability to play ultra-high resolution audio files, and stellar sound quality for its price, the Sony STR0DN1080 is definitely one of the best auto receivers to think about purchasing.
It also has 7.2 channels, and its power is also 100 W/Ch (the impedance is 6 Ohms, the frequency is 20 Hz-20kHz, the level of distortion is 0.09% THD, and it has 2 channels).
The only big con that we could come across for this particular model is the fact that it does not come with a phono input.
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- 7.2 channel surround sound with Dolby Atmos and DTS: X
- Add Audio in up to 9 additional rooms with music cast
Another affordable option on this list for those of you who want to get the most for the least amount is Yamaha’s RX-V683! It provides you with some fantastic onscreen diagrams and setting options if you want to set the speakers up manually, but also provides a great automatic speaker setup system. It also includes a wireless remote and the ability to download Yamaha’s AV controller app to a smartphone.
Just like the other options, you are able to stream music from sites like Pandora and Spotify, and you are also able to stream any connected audio source. For example, you can connect a turntable, CD player, DVD, flash drive, etc.
For it’s specs, it has 7.2 channels, and its power is 90 watts per channel. The impedance is 8 ohms, the frequency is 20 Hz – 20 kHz, the level of distortion is 0.06% THD, and it has two channels driven. So this means if needed, you will have an incredible amount of volume available to you!
- Compatible with Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant voice control
- 7.2 channel AV Receiver with 95W per channel (8ohms, 20Hz 20kHz with0.08 percentage T.H.D.) andgt; Enough power to...
- Built in HEOS Wireless Multi Room Audio Technology
This model is still on the lower-end as far as cost goes, but offers a great variety of features and quality that make it worth every cent.
The Denon AVR – X2400H offers two parallel HDMI outputs that allow you to display the same images on two displays (or even a display and a video projector) at the same time. It also has both network and internet streaming access, including vTuner, Pandora, Sirius XM, and Spotify through either Ethernet connection or built in WiFi.
It has a 7.2 channel speaker configuration, as well as 95 watts per channel. The impedance is 8 ohms, the frequency is 20 Hz – 20 kHz, the level of distortion is 0.05% THD, and it has two channels driven.
With a very sleek and stylish front panel style, this particular model is definitely one of the best looking on our list! The Marantz SR5012 also offers the Denon/Marantz HEOS multi-room audio system platform, which allows you to stream your music from the receiver to any compatible HEOS wireless speakers in your home.
It has 7.2 channels, and is decently powerful for its price. It has 100 watts per channel, 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, and 2 channels drive.
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
- 9.2 channel A/V Receiver with 125W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz~20 kHz, 0.05 percent THD) with 11.2 channel processing...
- 3D and 4K Ultra HD/60Hz full rate pass through with HDR, BT.2020, 4:4:4 Pure Color support
This system is a little more expensive than the ones we have previously gone through on this list, but for very good reason!
With 9 amplified channels built in (expandable to eleven via additional external apps), built in Audyssey MultEQ XT32 automatic speaker setup system (this system fine-tunes the response of your speakers in relation to room acoustics and seating position), and the ability to stream to wireless HEOS branded speakers all around your home and outdoors as long as they’re in range, this system offers a lot!
It’s also pretty powerful- with 125 watts per channel, impedance of 8 ohms, the frequency of 20 Hz – 20 kHz, a level of distortion of 0.05% THD, and two channels driven.
- 135 W/Ch (8 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 channels Driven, FTC); 250 W/Ch (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1 Channel Driven)
- Native DTS: x and Dolby Atmos to 5.2.4 channels with DTS neural: x mixing for legacy formats
- 11.2 multichannel pre-outs for 7.2.4-Channel object-based Audio with outboard stereo amplifier
Here we have another product from Onkyo that is a little higher in price and offers more to you, the consumer. This particular model from them is THX-Select certified, which means that it is best suited for rooms where the seating distance from the TV or video projector screen is ten to twelve feet away. So if your theater room is huge, this is a great, still affordable option.
Other features that this audio receiver offers includes a phono input for listening to a turntable and other music devices, offers Bluetooth for streaming audio content from compatible portable devices, and provides access to the content stored on locally connected PCs and online music content services through Ethernet or WiFi.
This model is particularly powerful, with 135 watts per channel. The impedance is 8 ohms, the frequency is 1 kHz, the level of distortion is 0.08% THD, and it has two channels driven.
- Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately).
- 7.2-channel Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (5.1.2-ch)
- 8-in, 2-out HDMI with eARC. Dynamic Power / Ch (Front L/R, 8/6/4/2 ohms) : 135 / 165 / 210 / 280 W
As we get into the more expensive models of audio receivers, the Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A1070 is definitely not one to overlook.
First of all, it’s easy to set up- with a built-in test tone generator, it works with a microphone and internal firmware that figures out the size distance and frequency for all the speakers and will determine the best output levels for the room.
It also comes with features like wifi direct/miracast, connection to any Apple devices through USB, Apple AirPlay, internet radio services (Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, etc), and wireless bluetooth. It can also be controlled by an iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire device.
This model has 7.2 channels. It also has 120 watts per channel, 8 ohms, 0.06% THD, and has two channels driven.
Now we get into the really high quality, high priced options! For those of you looking for the best of the best, we do have some great choices for you.
The Anthem MRX 1120 offers amazing room correction- when it is enabled the sound is incredible, squeezing all the viable power and sound you can handle into your theater room. It also has a much bigger system, with 11.2 channels.
Even though it is a lot more expensive, it’s not more complicated. The user interface is still simple and easy to use. This is of course, a lot more powerful than some of the other models we have talked about. It offers 140 watts per channel, 8 ohms, and 0.01% THD.
We have arrived. The Arcam AVR850 is the top of the line, best audio receiver- it’s price and quality will definitely reflect that.
It has a very simple design, and is pretty aesthetically pleasing for an audio receiver. It’s perfect for those of you with enormous home theaters, as it will fill any space it is put into. This design also offers incredible seven-channel power for your listening needs.
However the downside to this model (besides the price tag) is that it does lack the ability for wireless connectivity, which is a deal-breaker for some.
It will not really surprise you that this is an extremely powerful product. The Arcam ACR850 offers up to 200 watts per channel, 0.02% THD, and two channels driven.
If you have the money to spend, you won’t come across a more sophisticated model and sound than this one.
Buyer’s Guide For Finding The Best Audio Receiver For You
Making sure you focus on what is most important to you in an audio receiver will ensure that you choose
the best product for yourself! Asking vital questions beforehand will save you a lot of stress and money in the long run.
For example-how big is the room that you need to fill with sound? Do you need a system that can sound correct and set itself up? How much are you willing to spend? What kind of power are you looking for?
Before purchasing the product, don’t be afraid to do research and read reviews for other consumers who bought the audio receiver you are looking at. The more informed you are, the easier the decision will be in the end. You could even see if you have any friends or family with the product that would be willing to let you test it out.
As technology keeps advancing, our knowledge and familiarity of the products has to keep improving as well. If you are educated on the subject, finding the best audio receiver should be a piece of cake!
We hope you have enjoyed our top ten list of audio receivers for 2019. Do you have any of the products on the list? If not, which one are you most excited about purchasing?