The Best Home Theater Receivers For 2019

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The Best Home Theater Receivers For 2019


The Best Home Theaters For 2019. In this picture, a movie room is shown

 

It’s about that time again folks. 🙂 Today we’ll be going over the best home theater receivers for 2019. This is certainly going to be a fun one. I will just tell you now though, that if you want to just skip ahead to the actual list, then you can do so by clicking here.. (especially if you’re impatient like me)

The reason I say that is because I want to first go over some things that’ll help when choosing the right one.

 

What Exactly Is A Receiver?


Alright first off, what exactly is it? Well you can think of a receiver as the head honcho of pretty much everything. It’s the hub that not only powers your speakers, but also lets you switch between all the devices connected to it.

Without it, nothing else would function. It controls the volume, EQ settings, you name it. You’ll commonly see them as cable box sized metal enclosures with a myriad of controls on the front; and an impressive amount of connections on the back.

 

How Do They Work?


An AVR receiver is shown

Here’s a good question how do they actually work?

Put simply, inside each receiver is a preamplifier, amplifier, and a decoder. The pre-amp and amp do exactly that, amplify the signal it’s being fed so that it’s audible; while a decoder is responsible for splitting audio and video signals. https://electronics.howstuffworks.com/home-theater4.htm

Making sense so far? Good. Here’s the real kicker though. The receiver is going to be the one to decide how loud your system can go, and to some degree, even how it sounds (I know that “sounds” crazy, but I’ve personally noticed a difference using the same speakers with different receivers.)

So with that, obviously getting a quality one is rather important; but therein lies the very problem. What constitutes a quality receiver? Better yet, how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Well since I’m not a psychic, (that’d be awesome) I can’t exactly tell you that you need this or that since everyone will have different systems and room setups.

What I can do is go over some of the most common features that you’ll run into so you have an idea of what you might specifically want.

 

Different Channel Numbers


In this picture, a bunch of control dials for bass, treble, and volume are shown

One of the biggest factors that’ll influence what you end up choosing, is keeping in mind the number of speakers you plan on using. Just as a little refresher, when referring to channels, the first number stands for the amount of individual speakers, and the second stands for the number of subwoofers.

So in a 2.1 system, that means you’ll have a left speaker, a right one, and a subwoofer. In a 5.1 system (the most common) you’ll have a center speaker, the left, right, and two surround speakers plus the sub. In a 7.1 there’s two additional speakers behind you, and so on.

Now there’s two parts to this though. On one hand, the more speakers that you have in your setup, the more immersive and engaging it’ll be. On the other hand, the receivers that support setups like 9.1 or even 11.1 are likely to be more expensive (9.1 is pretty fantastic though admittedly)

So in the end, it’ll really boil down to what you personally plan on doing.

 

Ohm Rating


In this picture, a crossover knob and volume dial are shown

Here’s another big one. What is it? Think of Ohms as the resistance an audio component has to produce an output (often referred to as impedance). The lower the Ohm rating, the easier it’ll be to power. Ideally, you’d want a receiver that supports multiple Ohm ratings.

Why? Well by doing so that gives you a lot more variability in what can use. Like let’s say for example you got a receiver that supported an 8,6, and 4 rating, while your speakers supported 8. Then you bought more speakers down the line rated at 4.

The great thing is that because that receiver still supports a rating that low, you wouldn’t have to go out and get a new one; thus saving you money. Who doesn’t love that?

 

Wattage Per Channel


This is a huge one as well. This is essentially how much power it’s capable of providing to your system. Now usually people will say that focusing on the speakers and then the receiver is your best bet, but I’d argue the opposite.

What good is a fantastic set of speakers if you get a so-so unit that’s underpowered? I’d say that the receiver is much more important because it’s the thing capable of actually manipulating the sound. My advice to you would be to get a receiver that’s capable of producing at the very least 80 watts per channel.

That way you’ll get adequate power for most rooms.

 

4K Support


In this picture, a logo for 4k is shown

4k is a relatively new format with 4 times the resolution of current high defintion. It really is unbelievable in person if you haven’t seen it already. But If you plan on using a 4k TV with your new speakers, then I’d highly suggest looking into a receiver that supports the format.

Now there are workarounds for ones that don’t like using an optical cable, but the problem with this is you end up losing precious audio quality in the process. So if 4k is a really big factor for you, then just remember you’ll want one that states it supports it.

https://easyhometheater.net/what-is-a-4k-video

 

 

HDR


In this picture, a gradient from white to black is shown

HDR is pretty sweet. It stands for high dynamic range, and basically displays the light and dark elements on screen at the same time. It’s pretty hard to explain without seeing it for yourself, but just know that it makes a huge difference visually.

But here’s a really interesting tidbit that should help you out. If you have a TV that’s capable of producing HDR, a normal receiver from a few years back won’t work via HDMI with it.. (say what?)

I know. This was something I found out the hard way, leading me to having to buy yet another one. I just wanted to let you know beforehand that unless use an optical cable (subsequently losing audio quality in the process), then look for a receiver that supports this.

However luckily, since the format is becoming much more common, there are quite a few out there now that do support it.

https://easyhometheater.net/what-is-an-hdr-television

 

 

HDMI Slots


An HDMI cable is shown

Admittedly, there are a ton of connection options on any given receiver, but the ones you’re likely to use most are the HDMI slots. Even though I can’t tell how many devices or game systems you plan on using, realistically you’ll want a receiver with at least 4.

That should give you just enough wiggle room to last for a while. The thing is though, you’re likely to buy more devices later down the line as well, so getting one that sports more than even that wouldn’t hurt either.

https://easyhometheater.net/hdmi-cables-explained

 

 

Automatic Calibration


A automatic speaker calibration microphone is shown in this picture

If you’re one that likes technology to do all the work, then it might be a great idea to invest in a receiver that automatically calibrates your speakers. The way this is done is via a small microphone that you plug into the jack labeled mic on the unit.

Then all you have to do is press enter on your remote, and boom that’s it; It’ll do everything for you. This is awesome because what you end up getting is a more accurate sound while doing a fraction of the work.

 

Bluetooth


In this picture, a Bluetooth logo is shown

If you’re someone who plans on playing a lot of music rather than movies, then getting a receiver with Bluetooth capabilities is paramount. By doing so, it’ll enable you to play all your favorite songs from your smartphone with just the press of a button. That, and you won’t have to worry about constantly being tethered to it with an auxiliary cord; leaving you to dance freely to your heart’s content.

 

Dolby Atmos


In this picture, a Dolby Atmos sphere is shown, representing the 3D audio it offers

This is a very new technology relative to the audio world that’s just starting to be incorporated more and more. Now I won’t go too in depth with this one since I’ve done a full article on it, but here’s what you should at least know about it right now; it might be the best thing since sliced bread. No but really, it’s pretty darn cool.

So with typical surround sound audio, while the sound does in fact envelop you, there’s still a certain lack of directionality that’s lacking when compared with real life. Dolby Atmos aims to end that issue. The main draw here is that sounds are more realistic, and now seem to be 3 dimensional as well

Let’s say you’re watching a movie and a helicopter flies over head. Now it’ll genuinely sound like a helicopter is actually flying overhead. If something in the movie is sneaking up on the main character from behind them, it’ll sound like something really is. In my opinion, it’s a complete game changer.

What’s interesting though is that before in order to achieve this, you had to install what are known as ceiling speakers. This obviously wasn’t something most people were keen on doing. But now there exists specialized speakers out there that sit on top of your current ones to reflect the sound upwards, achieving the same effect.

The result is something I can’t even put into words. It’s really that profound of a difference. Of course the flipside of this though, is that it’ll probably cost more and it might be a little scary with scary movies lol. But in my humble opinion at least, I truly think it’s worth it and something to at least consider.

https://easyhometheater.net/dolby-atmos-vs-dts-x

 

 

Voice Activated/ Smart Home Integrated


An Amazon Alexa Device is shown

This is a more recent addition that’s included in some units. If you’re a big proponent on voice activated devices like Alexa or Google home, then you’ll be happy to know that some receivers actually include integration with this too.

This would mean you’d technically be able to control your entire home theater with simply your voice. Pretty cool stuff.

Well that’s really it as far as the main things to think about are concerned though. Obviously you’ll want to put in some thought since the receiver acts as the brains of it all; making it extremely important. Luckily, the receivers I’ve listed here below have a lot of these same features, as well as a bunch more more.

So without further ado, let’s get to this list!

 

The One To Get For Stereo & Subwoofer Support – Yamaha R – S202BL Stereo

 

The One To Get For Powerful Stereo Sound & Bluetooth – Sherwood RX4508 200W

 

The One To Get For 5.1 Channel Sound – Pioneer Surround Sound VSX-532

 

The One To Get For 5.2 Channel Sound – Sony STRDH550 5.2

 

The One To Get For 7.2 Channel Sound – Onkyo TX-NR757

 

The One To Get For 4K & HDR – Sony STRDH770

 

The One To Get For Voice Activated/ Smart Home Integration – Denon AVRS730H 7.2

 

The One To Get For Dolby Atmos – Pioneer VSX-1131

 

The One To Get For Room Calibration – Denon AVR-S920W

 

The Best High End Model – Marantz AV7703

 

 

 

The One To Get For Stereo & Subwoofer Support – Yamaha R – S202BL Stereo


Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo

 

If your focus is setting up a great stereo system, then the Yamaha R-S202BL is the one to get. The first thing you’ll notice about it is how great it looks. It has a dark brushed metal look on the outside that adds a premium look. The big draw is the Bluetooth capability that’s on offer here as well; meaning you’ll be able to play all of your favorite music and media straight from your smartphone hassle free.

A big thing that this receiver prides itself in is the ability to reproduce a very natural yet rich sound; making it seem as though it were live. This is due to the special way the circuitry is set up. Even better is the fact this receiver has 100 watts per channel.

You’ll certainly never have to worry about a lack of adequate power. Also through the special positioning of the components inside, things like signal noise and interference are mitigated, resulting in an unprecedented level of clarity. Interestingly, there’s also a 40 station AM/FM radio inside with an auto preset setting.

This allows you to automatically look for radio stations without having to manually do so. You’re then able to store up to 40 of your favorite ones. What’s really peculiar about this particular offering is the ability to hook up two different stereo systems to the same receiver.

That means if you were trying to decide if a particular set of speakers were better, you could simply hook both of them up and switch between them. I think that’s really cool personally. The great thing about this choice also, is that it’s really energy efficient; only consuming about .5 watts in standby.

 

Pros


  • Looks really great in person
  • Bluetooth capability
  • 100 watts per channel
  • AM and FM radio allows you to store up to 40 personal stations
  • The ability to connect two different speaker systems to it and toggle between them
  • Energy efficient
  • Support for a subwoofer

Cons


  • Slightly heavy at 15 pounds
  • No support for more than 2.1

Overall, this is a great choice for stereo owners.

Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo

 

 

 

The One To Get For Powerful Stereo Sound & Bluetooth – Sherwood RX4508 200W


Sherwood RX4508 200W

 

Let’s say you were interested in movies, but also considered music to be pretty high on the priority list as well. If that seems to be the case for you, then you’ll definitely like this choice.

First off, this is a stereo receiver, so if you were looking for a dedicated 5.1 option, then you’ll likely want to skip ahead to the next option. But if stereo sound is something you’re interested in then read on! Anyway, one of the first things to note is that there’s an AM/FM radio here, allowing you to store up to 30 of your favorite stations.

Then via preset scan, you access a specific station at the press of a button. There is Bluetooth ability as well meaning you’ll be able to play any songs off your smartphone wirelessly. What really helps this though is the impressive 200-watt power supply for both of your speakers. That means (granted they can handle it) you’ll be able to crank your setup quite loud to put it lightly.

This makes it especially great for parties and get-togethers. One things that’s particularly interesting about the RX4 is its design. Rather than being a singular, unibody design, it’s split into 3 separate parts. Now I can’t speak on whether this has any benefit at all, but I can tell you that it makes it look really cool.

In fact, this 3-way design is what allows it to distinguish itself from others, giving it that signature Sherwood look. There’s also bass and treble settings that allow you to customize the sound to your liking. Rounding out the feature list are 3 audio inputs, 2 audio outputs, and a phono input.

Phono inputs are certainly something you don’t see every day. Simply out, they’re used for analog turntables. So if you’re into mixing sound or listening to old records, this would be yet another reason you’d probably want to go with this one. https://www.audioadvice.com/content/2017/06/12/what-is-a-phono-preamp/

 

Pros


  • Interesting 3-way split design gives it a signature look.
  • An impressive 200 watts means that you won’t have to worry about inadequate power. Bluetooth capability.
  • AM/FM radio that allows you to store up to 30 different station for quick access.
  • 3 inputs, 2 outputs, and a phono input for analog turntables (for your secret DJ career of course)

Cons


  • Slightly heavy at a little over 16 pounds
  • No support for a separate subwoofer

Still, if your interest is getting a great receiver for stereo sound with a lot of power, then this is the one for you.

Sherwood RX4508 200W

 

 

 

The One To Get For 5.1 Channel Sound – Pioneer Surround Sound VSX-532


Pioneer Surround Sound VSX-532

 

Now let’s say you were interested a more traditional 5.1 setup, and wanted something that would give you enough power to rock the house. Well look no further because the Pioneer VSX-532 is certainly the one for you. First off, this thing is awesome, that’s the only way to put it. The reason I say that is because it supports literally every new format out right now.

There’s support for 4k, HDR 10, expanded color gamuts, etc. The fact that it does is absolutely crucial in a receiver because if you were to play sound through one that didn’t, on a TV playing.. say 4k or HDR, it wouldn’t function at all surprisingly. So with support for all those recent technologies, you can rest assured that whatever new TV or device you plan on using with it will work.

Pioneer also has what it calls phase control technology. What this simply entails is a better integration of your current subwoofer with the rest of your speakers. The result is an even smoother bass response, and a much more immersive experience overall. This receiver also supports Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats as well.

Simply put, these are newer sound formats than the standard Dolby digital, that supports uncompressed lossless audio, resulting in an unprecedented level of clarity. https://www.lifewire.com/dts-hd-master-audio-1846891

There’s also plenty of power, with 80 watts per channel for speakers that are 8 Ohms, and a whopping 150 watts per channel for speakers that are 6 Ohms; giving you many more options when buying new ones. Bluetooth also makes an appearance. But here’s something music lovers will certainly love. This supports a feature called sound retriever.

What this does is take any audio being played, and decompresses it. This will make even the most compressed mp3 file sound like it’s CD quality, allowing you to hear tiny details you likely didn’t hear before. Seriously, how cool is that?

To top it all off, this receiver can also automatically calibrate your speakers with the touch of a button via the included microphone; meaning you get the most accurate sound without having to do any of the work.

 

Pros


  • Support for all the newest formats such as 4k at 60 frames per second and HDR
  • Support for expanded color
  • 80 watts per channel at 8 ohms, and 150 watts at 6 ohms means that you’ll have plenty of power
  • Bluetooth
  • Automatic room calibration with included mic
  • Sound retriever technology makes compressed and lossy mp3 files sound as if it were CD quality
  • Support for Dolby TrueHD/ DTS-HD Master Audio means you’ll get an insane amount of clarity
  • Phase technology provides better integration of your subwoofer with the rest of your system

Cons


  • Limited EQ presets
  • Fairly Heavy at close to 18 pounds

As a whole, this thing has an impressive amount of features, and it’s one I’m fairly certain you’re going to love.

Pioneer Surround Sound VSX-532

 

 

 

The One To Get For 5.2 Channel Sound – Sony STRDH550 5.2


Sony STRDH550 5.2

 

What if you were interested in connecting 2 subwoofers? Better yet, why would someone want to do that? Well I’ve covered the benefits before, put simply put, it allows you to fill in dead spots around the room, resulting in a better bass response overall. Anyway, if your focus is two for 5 channel surround sound, then this is definitely the one you’d want to go with.

First off, this thing supports a lot of power, 725 watts overall to be exact. So you’ll have plenty of legroom for your system. The next thing to note is that there’s support for 4k. That means that you won’t have to worry about compatibility if you happen to get a new 4k TV. What’s really cool about this one though is the DSP modes it has to offer.

DSP stands for digital signal processing, and you can think of these as EQ presets that alter the sound. http://www.audiogurus.com/learn/electronics/av-receiver-dsp-surround-modes/383 One of the best ones is called front height mode that makes sounds seem as though they’re coming from everywhere, including above you. This will make movies take on an entirely different dimension of exciting.

There’s 4 HDMIs included that also support HDMI passthrough. In terms of looks, even though it’s a pretty simple design, it still looks nice; especially the display. Oh yea and of course, it supports 2 subwoofers!

 

Pros


  • 4K support
  • Support for 2 subwoofers
  • Different DSP modes to alter the sound
  • Support for 6 Ohms. 725 watts of power

Cons


  • No support for HDR content
  • No Bluetooth
  • Heavy at 19 pounds

In short, if you’re looking for a receiver to support 2 subwoofers, then this would be a great choice to go with.

Sony STRDH550 5.2

 

 

 

The One To Get For 7.2 Channel Sound – Onkyo TX-NR757


Onkyo TX-NR757

 

If you’re interested in a receiver that can support 7 speakers as well 2 receivers, then you’ll love the TX-NR757. This is one that you’ll certainly enjoy. There’s just so many things on offer here. First off, this thing is powerful. It sports 110 watts per channel at 8 Ohms, and a massive 180 watts per channel at 6.

That means that movies, music, etc will be more than capable of getting as loud you need. But you want to know the crazy thing about this receiver? It has 8 HDMIs! Yes 8. That means it’s basically future proofed because guaranteed you’ll have more than enough room for all of your devices.

There’s support for 4k/60 Hz, HDR, and expanded color so you can use it with any TV in confidence knowing you’ll be fine with any model. There’s support for essentially every sound format as well including Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, and so on. Luckily, this model has Bluetooth meaning auxiliary cords won’t be necessary.

The interesting thing here is that it supports Multi Zone Audio. That allows you to play speakers connected to it in the other room. There’s even something Onkyo calls Smooth Analog Signal. What this does it takes a signal, be it lossy or compressed, and makes it sound exponentially better. With this offering, it’s very likely you’ll be hearing things you haven’t before in your songs, making it that much more worth it.

Almost forgot to mention that it’s also capable of calibrating your speakers for you; meaning you’ll get accurate sound with none of the work. That’s not even mentioning the fact that you’re able to EQ it even further, tailoring to exactly how you want it to sound.

 

Pros


  • 110 watts per channel
  • 4k support
  • HDR support
  • Dolby Atmos support
  • Able to upgrade the sound of even the most compressed mp3
  • 8 HDMI slots
  • Bluetooth

Cons


  • Heavy at 23 pounds

Man this thing just has so many features, it’s almost hard to even cover all of them. The crazy thing is, there’s still more believe it or not. If you want to see what else it offers, then I’d highly suggest checking it out right now.

Onkyo TX-NR757

 

 

 

The One To Get For 4K & HDR – Sony STRDH770


Sony STRDH770

 

What if you were like you know what, I want a good receiver for 4k and HDR without all the extra frills. If you’re just looking for a great performing receiver without all of the extras, then the Sony STRDH770 is the way to go. The first thing to note is that it’s a 7.2 receiver, meaning you’re able to use 2 subwoofers with it. Power certainly isn’t an issue either, sporting a whopping 145 watts per channel.

That’s undoubtedly more than enough for even the most intense of movie nights, or the biggest of house parties. Complete support for 4k is also available too. HDR lovers worry not, as this along with expanded color is one of this one’s biggest features. An interesting feature though that Sony offers is what they’re calling front sound technology.

What this essentially does is give you surround sound with only a left and right speaker. Isn’t that strange? What’s even stranger is that I can tell you from experience that it works; not too sure how though to be honest with you lol. Bluetooth and NFC are available as well, allowing you to wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device.

Even though Dolby Atmos support is not present, there is something similar called front height mode. This essentially makes the sound seem more 3D, adding a height element to the mix. So if something on screen happened to be changing height like say a helicopter, then it’d feel like you were actually there.

It really is an incredible feature truthfully. Luckily, there’s even an included automatic calibration mic so you can just plug it in, and let it take care of the rest.

 

Pros


  • Full range 4k, HDR, and expanded color support
  • Bluetooth and NFC support
  • 7.2 channel receiver that supports 2 subwoofers
  • 145 watts per channel giving you plenty of power
  • Front height mode feature makes the audio seem truly 3D, even above you

Cons


  • Pretty heavy at 19.9 pounds
  • Sort of plain looking

It’s hard to really fault this receiver on anything really. It’s truly a great performer that proves to be an amazing value.

Sony STRDH770

 

 

 

The One To Get For Voice Activated/ Smart Home Integration – Denon AVRS730H 7.2


Denon AVRS730H 7.2

 

For some people, voice activated & smart home integrated devices are a major priority. With that, and as luck would have it, there’s actually a receiver out there that offers exactly that. Meet the Denon AVRS730H, a receiver that’s fully controllable by your voice via Alexa. Now I’m sure you’ve heard of Alexa at some point.

If you haven’t though, it’s a smart home assistant that’s capable of quite a lot. I’ll leave a link to read about down below if you’re curious about specifics. But simply put, it’ll allow you to fully control your receiver with just your voice alone. You’ll honestly feel like a boss when you can just kick back and say, Alexa turn the input to PS4, dim the lights, and turn the volume to 34. It really feels like the future.

In terms of the overall package, this one offers 7.2 channels of surround sound goodness. That means you could add an additional 2 speakers in the back along with a subwoofer to really make all your content feel incredible. It also doesn’t hurt that thing casually offers a whopping 165 watts per channel; you know, no big deal. *sarcasm* It’s incredibly powerful, so you’ll be able to confidently use any speaker you want knowing it’ll be utilized to its fullest potential.

There’s also the world renowned Audyssey room correction program included as well. For those that aren’t aware, Audyssey is one of the most accurate and effective room correcting softwares out there, so the fact that it’s here is amazing. Trust me you’ll notice a difference. Even better, the process is extremely simple; all you have to do is plug it in and press enter. From there, everything is automatically done for you.

Another really cool thing that this allows you to do is use your smartphone like a remote. By downloading the Denon app, you can use your smartphone or tablet just like a remote, you know just in case you lose the real one. This app also allows you to EQ the sound to your liking. There’s support for all the major sound formats, including the newer ones like Dolby Atmos and DTS X.

One of the best features about this one though has to be its multi room ability. Basically, this allows you to play multiple s speakers in different rooms separately, or even all at the same time. Denon even offers an eco mode that allows you to see the amount of power it’s saving you in real time. Not too shabby at all.

 

Pros


  • Supports all the major video formats like 4K, HDR, and expanded color
  • Support for all the major audio formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD, etc
  • 7.2 channel with support for dual subwoofers
  • Massive 165 watts per channel
  • Alexa compatible
  • Support for speakers down to 4 Ohms
  • 6 HDMI slots

Cons


  • A few more DSP modes would be nice
  • Heavy at about 19 pounds.

Again here’s another one where it was really hard to find anything wrong with honestly. It does what it’s supposed to and does it well. If you’re looking for a smart receiver compatible with Alexa, then this is the one to go with.

Denon AVRS730H 7.2

 

https://www.digitaltrends.com/home/what-is-amazons-alexa-and-what-can-it-do/

 

 

 

The One To Get For Dolby Atmos – Pioneer VSX-1131


Pioneer VSX-1131

 

If you’ve recently been introduced to or experienced Dolby Atmos, then you’d know first hand how amazing it can be. But if the time has come where you want a receiver of your very own, capable of that very thing, then your best bet in terms of value would be the Pioneer VSZ-1131. So besides the obvious Atmos support, it also supports DTS:X.

They’re very similar in terms of being object based sound formats, but DTS:X lets you boost individual elements like voices or specific effects. It’s certainly something you’d have to experience in person to really appreciate. For those of you that are big proponents of Chromecast, this is even included. Bluetooth and dual band WIFI are also big features that are touted with this one.

For those that don’t know, dual band WIFI is the fastest iteration of the current format. What that means for you is a greater range for music playback, and less dropped connections. Pioneer also offers their unique multiroom feature; allowing you to play multiple speakers in different rooms simultaneously, all connected to the same receiver.

In terms of more general specs, it’s a 7.2 receiver that delivers up to 170 watts per channel. That means power won’t be an issue at all here. There’s also 7 HDMIs, so there’s support for all of your devices. Oh yeah and almost forgot to mention, there’s support for all the newest video formats too!

 

Pros


  • Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support
  • Chromecast and Bluetooth support
  • 4K and HDR compatible
  • 170 watts per channel
  • Able to play speakers in different rooms
  • 7.2 channels

Cons


  • Slight delay when replaying paused content
  • Heavy at 22 pounds

As a whole, this is a great all around receiver that’s especially amazing for those looking for complete Atmos compatibility.

Pioneer VSX-1131

 

http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinion/what-is-dolby-atmos-2942509

 

 

The One To Get For Room Calibration – Denon AVR-S920W


Denon AVR-S920W

 

Even though there’s been multiple receivers mentioned that employ room correction software, some of the best ones I’ve experienced have always been from Denon. In the case of the VR-S920, that still very much holds true. Through its use of highly advanced software, the included microphone is able to calibrate your speakers with ease.

If you happen to take the time to listen to them beforehand, and then listen to the same material after you’ve done so, you’ll notice a huge difference in detail and overall clarity. It also supports something called Dynamic volume. Have you ever watched a show at night that was at a low volume, and then a commercial came on that was super loud?

Well what this feature does is flattens out the highs and lows so that everything remains the same volume. In terms of power, this thing packs a wallop with an impressive 185 watts per channel; supporting up to 7.2 channels overall.

Music lovers rejoice, as this has support for everything you can think of. Dual band WIFI, Bluetooth, Pandora, Sirius XM, Spotify, you get the point. That means you’ll be able to all of your favorite music without any worry of compatibility issues.

There’s support for all the usual features you’d expect of a quality receiver like support for Dolby Atmos and 4K. But the most interesting thing I think exists with this receiver is the amount of HDMI slots it has. This one has 8 of them meaning you’ll be able to use all of your HDMI enabled devices. No running out of space here!

 

Pros


  • Fantastic automatic calibration
  • Support for all major Audio and Video formats like Dolby Atmos and 4K
  • 7.2 channels allows you to use dual subwoofers
  • 185 watts per channel
  • Bluetooth and Wifi
  • Dynamic volume for a consistent volume with movie watching at night
  • Looks good

Cons


  • Heavy at 20.7 pounds

Long story short, this is definitely one of my favorite receivers because of all the things on offer here, and how well it does it. It’s really hard to go wrong with this one.

Denon AVR-S920W

 

 

 

The Best High End Model – Marantz AV7703


Marantz AV7703

 

Now here’s one for the extreme few out there with bigger setups that just want it all. In terms of the best high end, you’d be hard pressed to find a better value than the AV7703. To go into detail about all the features this thing has would be extremely hard (it has a TON), so I’ll only be covering a few of the major ones.

The first thing to note about this receiver is how many speakers it supports; it’s a 11.2 channel receiver! Now I’ll be honest and just say that the highest I’ve ever heard was 9.2, so the fact it can even do 2 more than that is insane. Of course every video and sound format you could even think of is included as well, so it’ll support even the most cutting edge of TV’s, speakers, and devices available today.

It has the full suite of wireless capabilities like Bluetooth, WIFI, etc so you’ll be more than capable of playing all your favorite songs straight from your phone to the receiver. It has 8 HDMI ins, and 3 HDMI outs making it an amazing choice for those of you with a lot of things to connect. It’s fully Alexa compatible too, so you can control it through her completely. So saying things like Alexa, turn the volume to 20 and turn to channel 28 is a reality.

There’s also a mobile app should you want to control it that way. I think the biggest feature it touts though is its high-end room calibration software. It’s one of the most accurate ones I’ve heard, so you’ll definitely appreciate the precision it offers. Even when it comes to looks, the small blue illuminated display looks striking in contrast with the black enclosure that sits atop 4 aluminum feet. Everything manages to come together for a very impressive presentation overall.

 

Pros


  • 11.2 channel receiver
  • 8 HDMI ins and 3 HDMI outs
  • Supports every video and audio format under the sun from Dolby Atmos, to 4K, you name it
  • Incredible room correction software
  • Bluetooth and Dual band WIFI support
  • Support for Amazon Alexa

Cons


  • Being that it’s high end, it may not be the most accessible
  • Heavy at close to 23 pounds

At the end of the day though, if you’re looking for a truly high-end receiver that really does it all, then no doubt this is the one you should go with.

Marantz AV7703

 

Well, I hope you enjoyed this article on the best home theater receivers for 2019. As you can see, there’s a ludicrous amount of information out there, so I know firsthand how hard it can be to really understand what to look for. But with this, hopefully this helps you narrow down your search just a little so you can be on your way to enjoying some surround sound goodness. 😉

Almost forgot. If you run into trouble with your new receiver, I did an article on some common issues you might encounter, and a guide you can use to get the most out of your new toy.

 

https://easyhometheater.net/home-theater-problems

 

https://easyhometheater.net/av-receiver-guide

 

 

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18 Comments so far:

  1. Very cool article. You obviously put a lot of time and effort into researching this, I appreciate that. I really liked the part about incorporating Alexa or voice-activated devises to your home theatre. I would love to be able to control everything without having to move at all! Again, great post and I look forward to reading your future articles.

  2. This is a really detailed and helpful article, thank you so much for sharing this with all of us. I had no idea how many features and parts there are to speakers & receivers. Or even how much effort goes on into building your own home theater. What got you interested in home theaters, if you don’t mind me asking? I’d love to be able to afford to build my own home theater one day, one can dream right? 🙂 Thanks for the post!

    • Honestly no clue lol. I just always enjoyed the topic of sound and music for about as long as I can remember. Glad you enjoyed it though. 🙂

  3. Wow so much really good information. As someone who doesn’t have a home theatre system it was a lil difficult to understand. But I understand that each part has it’s part to play. I was over whelmed with options, what is your best option for a beginner.

  4. So much to take in from your article, though I’m particularly interested on the integration of my home theatre with the voice control. Which product do you recommend I use with my LG 49″ 4k TV?

  5. Once again a very detail and full of help of your post man. Its is great to read your post on home theater. I had no idea about what is a receiver was and I was question what does it do. After reading your post, I can understand about the use of a receiver. Keep it up. I will keep your post updated again and share your post too.

    Regards
    Jaden

  6. i had absolutely no idea about all this, i just plugged my blue ray to the speakers and that was it. But i have a doubt, my speakers are a home theater system, i can control the bass and highs with it, would i still need a receiver in that case?

    • Hmm in some instances speakers are able to do that along with connecting to a receiver. If your speakers have what’s known as a binding post, then they should be able to connect to one. But in terms of if you would need one, that depends if they actually have that capability. If they do have a binding post (which is where speaker wire would go) then connecting to a receiver would likely yield a higher output and better clarity.

  7. Good post. You have given the different features of what are Receivers and Speakers.Though it seems to have meant for sound lovers looking for deeper touch, you have explained the system in a simple way which is equally good for any common person like me. You’ve also provided so many sites pointing for more research works and findings.

    I enjoyed reading your article and thanks a lot for this information.

    Wishing you a grand success.

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