Best AV Receiver

Preview
Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver
Yamaha RX-V385 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth
Yamaha RX-V683BL 7.2-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver with Bluetooth, Works with Alexa with 16-Gauge Speaker Wire - 100 Feet and Banana Plugs - 6 pairs
Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver, 5.2 channel, 4K Ultra HD Audio and Video, Home Theater System, built-in Bluetooth and USB port, Compatible with HEOS Link for Wireless Music Streaming
Sony STRDH590 5.2-ch Surround Sound Home Theater Receiver: 4K HDR AV Receiver with Bluetooth,Black
Title
Yamaha R-S202BL
Yamaha RX-V385
Yamaha RX-V683BL
Denon AVR-S540BT
Sony STRDH590
Total output power
100 W
145 W
105 W
140 W
145 W
Number of channels
2
5
7
7
5
Voltage
0.5 V
110 / 220 V
110 — 240 volts
110 V
230 V
Signal-to-noise ratio
71 dB / 70 dB
92 dB
110 dB
98 dB
100 dB
Frequency response
10 Hz – 100 kHz
10 Hz – 100 kHz
10 Hz – 100 kHz
10 Hz – 100 kHz
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Input sensitivity
500 mV
200 mV
200 mV
200 mV
500 mV
Input impedance
8 ohm
8 ohm
8 ohm
8 ohm
6 ohm
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Surround system class
2
5.1 channel
7.2 channel
5.2 channel
5.2 channel
Dimensions
12.6 x 17.1 x 5.5 inches
12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches
14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
12.6 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches
11.8 x 17 x 5.3 inches
Weight
14.8 pounds
16.3 pounds
22 pounds
16.8 pounds
16.8 pounds
Prime Benefits
-
-
Preview
Yamaha R-S202BL Stereo Receiver
Title
Yamaha R-S202BL
Total output power
100 W
Number of channels
2
Voltage
0.5 V
Signal-to-noise ratio
71 dB / 70 dB
Frequency response
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Input sensitivity
500 mV
Input impedance
8 ohm
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Surround system class
2
Dimensions
12.6 x 17.1 x 5.5 inches
Weight
14.8 pounds
Prime Benefits
Checkout
Preview
Yamaha RX-V385 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth
Title
Yamaha RX-V385
Total output power
145 W
Number of channels
5
Voltage
110 / 220 V
Signal-to-noise ratio
92 dB
Frequency response
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Input sensitivity
200 mV
Input impedance
8 ohm
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Surround system class
5.1 channel
Dimensions
12.4 x 17.1 x 6.3 inches
Weight
16.3 pounds
Prime Benefits
-
Checkout
Preview
Yamaha RX-V683BL 7.2-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver with Bluetooth, Works with Alexa with 16-Gauge Speaker Wire - 100 Feet and Banana Plugs - 6 pairs
Title
Yamaha RX-V683BL
Total output power
105 W
Number of channels
7
Voltage
110 — 240 volts
Signal-to-noise ratio
110 dB
Frequency response
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Input sensitivity
200 mV
Input impedance
8 ohm
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Surround system class
7.2 channel
Dimensions
14.9 x 17.1 x 6.7 inches
Weight
22 pounds
Prime Benefits
-
Checkout
Preview
Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver, 5.2 channel, 4K Ultra HD Audio and Video, Home Theater System, built-in Bluetooth and USB port, Compatible with HEOS Link for Wireless Music Streaming
Title
Denon AVR-S540BT
Total output power
140 W
Number of channels
7
Voltage
110 V
Signal-to-noise ratio
98 dB
Frequency response
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Input sensitivity
200 mV
Input impedance
8 ohm
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Surround system class
5.2 channel
Dimensions
12.6 x 17.1 x 5.9 inches
Weight
16.8 pounds
Prime Benefits
Checkout
Preview
Sony STRDH590 5.2-ch Surround Sound Home Theater Receiver: 4K HDR AV Receiver with Bluetooth,Black
Title
Sony STRDH590
Total output power
145 W
Number of channels
5
Voltage
230 V
Signal-to-noise ratio
100 dB
Frequency response
10 Hz – 100 kHz
Input sensitivity
500 mV
Input impedance
6 ohm
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi
Surround system class
5.2 channel
Dimensions
11.8 x 17 x 5.3 inches
Weight
16.8 pounds
Prime Benefits
Checkout

AV Receiver Reviews

The modest two-speaker setup or the 9.1.2 home theater — whichever your setup is, it will definitely benefit from adding the best AV receiver. This device works as a hub where all roads (cables) lead. This box analyzes all the signals from sound and video equipment and greatly influences the quality of their performance. That’s why the solid build and high-end components are must-have.

Still, the AV receiver isn’t necessarily the most expensive one. When shopping for the AVR, check the following important parameters:

  • Wattage per channel. This number should be verified, as many manufacturers indicate the maximum wattage available within the minimum range of frequencies.
  • A number of channels and configuration. Make sure the receiver supports the setup you’re planning to throw it at. If you plan on installing two subs, make sure there are dedicated outputs on the AVR. The number of channels is coded in this way: the first digit stands for the number of “standard” (not height) channels, the second digit stands for the number of subwoofers, and the third ones shows how many height channels can be connected.
  • AV formats supported. While the high-end AVRs support the 4K and Dolby Atmos, these options might be an overkill for a setup of two speakers and a FullHD TV. Still, with the relevant setup, such a receiver would provide a crisper picture and fuller sound.
  • Wireless options. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, smartphone apps, Multi-Room, and network connectivity.

Consider your needs and choose the best A/V receiver! Use the descriptions below as a guide.

Article navigation

Top 5 the Best AV Receivers

Jump to

Our pick
Yamaha R-S202BL
The best receiver
Yamaha, the most trusted brand in home audio, adds Bluetooth compatibility in this Hi-Fi receiver for easy wireless access to streaming music services and music on your smartphone or other devices. Enjoy the connectivity and the outstanding and legendary quality of Yamaha Natural Sound.? Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 100 kHz (0 ± 0.5 dB / 0 ± 3.0 dB).

Yamaha R-S202BL

Yamaha R-S202BL

Got a set of two speakers and need the best audio receiver? The R-S202BL from Yamaha might be the one. It performs well and has Bluetooth — which means you can listen to your smartphone playlists or Internet radio through large speakers.

This model is budget-friendly but doesn’t cut on the build or inner components. It integrates the shortest circuit paths for the signal, a powerful amplifier, and a large heat sink. It can be used for hours without getting hot or shutting down. Just plug your CD player, tape recorder, or any other gadget with the RCA connectors into any dual RCA port (there are four input ones and a single out). If you use a vinyl record player as a source, hook up the preamp into any of the receiver's inputs.

The frequency range of this receiver is vast — 10Hz to 100KHz. Combined with the 100W per channel output, it creates a full detailed sound with a balanced frequency response. The lows and mids are worked out thoroughly and feature a lot of nuances. The bass is tight and dynamic and stays so up to the lowest audible point. The only gripe I had were somewhat blurry highs in complex jazz and pop compositions. Still, the voices and instruments stand out really well while not being tiresome. For simple setups, the R-S202BL is one of the best receivers for the money.

Pros

  • The A/B speaker connections let hook up two speaker sets and switch between them easily.
  • Memorizes up to forty AM/FM station presets.
  • Remote is easy to navigate; has visual borders and the stand-alone volume buttons.

Cons

  • No HDMI ports.
  • Rear feet aren’t as sturdy as the front ones and have a conical shape.

Sony STRDH590

Sony STRDH590

If you’re looking for a solid entry-level hub for a home theater with good sound and options, the STRDH590 might be the best AV receiver for the purpose. It supports 5.2-channel connectivity, enables 4K and HDR passthrough, pairs the smartphone via Bluetooth. The Virtual Surround technology provides a great option for small setups and is a good bonus for this price category.

With this receiver, I never was prompted to swap wires or use my HDMI splitters while trying it with different devices. The Blu-ray player, the gaming console, and my cable antenna were working without issues or delays. I also liked the ARC-supported HDMI output for a TV that routed the sound to my Klipsch acoustic set efficiently. The safety protocol for all ports is HDCP 2.2, which also enables the clear 4K image and distinct HDR peaks and sharpness on the screen.

The setup was fast, and so was the Bluetooth pairing. I just had to install the app on my phone and tap the button on the screen, and the receiver came up alive. Another nice feature, it activated the last source that was in use (in my case, it was my cable box).

The power is another feature making this Sony AV receiver a worthy purchase. It supplies 145W per channel at peaks and packs quite a punch with its dynamic and strong bass. The surround sound is enveloping yet detailed; it doesn’t muffle the low end keeping the main line clear and sharp. The mids are rock solid and rich with nuance while the treble is clean and full.

Pros

  • The sound stays clean and powerful in headphones as well.
  • D.C.A.C. calibration sets the levels accurately.
  • S-Force PRO turns the two-speaker set into the surround one; good for movies with quiet sound dynamics.

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi support.
  • Surround speaker connections are spring-loaded and not handy to connect.

Yamaha RX-V683BL

Yamaha RX-V683BL

Packed with multiple physical connections, wireless options, and various sound optimization techs, this device is rock solid and deserves its place among the best receivers for professional or amateur use. It’s highly versatile; still, the abundance of options takes time to manage and setup properly.

The unit provides 735W of total output and manages seven speakers and two subs configuration. All the speaker ports are sturdy binding posts, gold plated as all the other connections on this receiver. Two RCA jacks let hook up the Zone 2 speaker as well. There are five HDMI ports for input and a single ARC-enabled one for output to the TV. Three inputs and the output are HDCP 2.2 protected.

The receiver features a versatile set of RCA connections including the ones for component video hookup and the phono ports. There are also coaxial and optical ports for digital devices, FM/AM connections, and the Trigger out ones. The Ethernet port provides fast firmware updates loading and streaming videos in high quality.

The wireless includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and multiple built-in streaming apps. The AirPlay worked well when streaming music from the iPhone. The video streaming can be performed through the Internet connection (Wi-Fi or Ethernet) and supports 4K / HDR (Dolby Vision) and Dolby Atmos / DTS:X.

The sound of this Yamaha AV receiver can be described as warm and detailed. While being extremely sharp and clear with the stereo setup, it brings forward the bass a bit when all the surround set is connected. The soundstage is vast, with clearly drawn mids, highs, and lows.

Pros

  • MusicCast works well for several zones ensuring the powerful clean sound in each one.
  • Can be managed by voice with the relevant Alexa device.
  • The dedicated app (AV controller) lets adjust the DSP parameters in the preset sound fields.

Cons

  • No switch for sub turning off.
  • The remote control should be directed at a certain angle for correct input.

Yamaha RX-V385

Yamaha RX-V385

A solid option for the home entertainment center, this unit is versatile yet easy to set up and operate. It has multiple connections that are carefully inscribed and visually divided for a quick and correct hookup. It creates a highly detailed and dense soundstage with the precise “location” of effects and sound just through a 5.1-speaker configuration. It has Bluetooth and can be tuned via the smartphone / tablet app. I’d call it the best home theater receiver; yet, the absence of Zone 2 connections and the wireless speaker connection does limit its capacity as the modern home hub. However, I’m sure it would please any audiophile with a crisp and detailed sound.

The power output makes 90W per channel and, enhanced with several sound optimization technologies, ensures the lively and dense sound in HD format. Cinema DSP technology boosts the surround effect creating the impression of the actual presence while keeping the sound natural. The frequency response is maintained fully up to the extreme frequencies. The highs are clear and feature just the right amount of brightness and detail. The receiver supports the bi-amp connection, which provides more depth to bass and mids.

Using the YPAO technology on this Yamaha home theater receiver I got the accurately tuned front and side speakers while the sub seemed to be a bit hushed out. I tried the Extra Bass feature and received the solid and loud bass I wanted. Still, the function might be overkill for quiet music listening or regular TV watching.

Pros

  • Bluetooth can be used for streaming, media files sharing, and wireless headphones connection.
  • Virtual Cinema Front creates the surround effect out of a two-speaker set.
  • Inputs can be labeled via the on-screen menu.

Cons

  • No Wi-Fi connection.
  • Speaker posts are located closely; might be an issue wiring them with big hands.

Sony STR-DH790

Sony STR-DH790

This receiver will be a good match if you want to have Atmos and 4K but don’t want to break the bank. It supports the 7.2-channel configuration with different modifications, has the auto-calibration system, supports virtual surround technology, and has enough power to handle it all. It’s one of the best AV receivers in the middle-class category that ensures the high-quality picture and sound. However, I was surprised not to find the Wi-Fi connection button or at least an Ethernet port on the back panel.

The setup didn’t take me long, except for bi-amping the front speakers and then switching the wires to test the full surround version. The receiver sounds solid in the Atmos format, the vertical sounds are clear and placed exactly. The lows have a good base. Dialogs are put forward a bit due to the slightly bright highs. The background effects might be muffled in the dynamic soundstage but usually are clear.

I plugged my 4K TV into the HDMI out, which is enhanced with eARC technology. The picture in 4K and Dolby Vision was colorful, with a warm palette and sharp contours. The sound was reproduced without the lag. So it did with the PS4 hooked up.

While the D.C.A.C. auto-calibration has recognized all of my speakers and a sub, it has set the vertical speakers a bit too treble-oriented. However, the sub was leveled accurately. The Bluetooth on this Sony home theater receiver connects quickly and lets stream the music in the HD quality.

Pros

  • Powerful (145W per channel) and features three DSPs for high clarity of the signal.
  • Bluetooth standby lets wake the receiver with your phone.
  • The display is well visible and not too bright to be distracting.

Cons

  • The UI and menu aren’t intuitive to navigate.
  • The remote doesn’t work for other Sony devices, as many other models do.

Best High End AV Receiver

Jump to

Marantz SR8012

Marantz SR8012

Simply listing the features and options that this 11.2-channel receiver provides would take the whole page. With the separate board for each channel, full support of 4K UHD picture, and quick and intuitive setup, this unit probably has no rivals as the best 4K AV receiver. Still, the multiple features and connections might be overkill for the majority of home theater setups, even considering the flexibility of receiver configurations

The unit can work in multiple modes like 9.1.2 or 5.1.2 Zone 2, etc. It can route the sound and picture to three zones via physical connections or stream out the music through the HEOS Multi-Room technology. The DTS:X and Dolby Atmos performance is lifelike and clear, with the tiniest effects being present and full. The stereo sound has fast dynamics and even frequency response throughout the range.

The video options are also versatile. The Marantz AV receiver can pass through the 4K / UHD picture and multiple HDR versions (including Dolby Vision and HLG), 3D format. The monitor / TV can be hooked up through a variety of ports including the RCA ones, optical, HDMI with eARC.

The unit has Bluetooth and AirPlay 2, and supports the most popular video and music apps like Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, Deezer, etc. It can be managed with voice commands through various assistant programs like Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant. The network capabilities let it connect to the smart home systems and be managed from the distance.

Pros

  • Premium components (copper chassis, individual 32-bit converters) and high power output of 205W per channel.
  • Supports surround sound setup in other zones.
  • Has a small “preview” display for quick information.

Cons

  • Doesn’t support the configuration with extra-wide speakers (like 5.1.6).
  • The font on the screen on the remote is poorly readable.

Marantz AV7705

Marantz AV7705

If you plan on having the real cinematic experience at home, this home theater receiver should be on your wishlist. It manages the 11.2-channel configuration and some other ones (e.g. 7.1.4) and offers various types of speaker connections. It can upscale the video to a higher format and provide the high-definition sound with the utmost clarity.

I tried the AV7705 with the 9.2 setup, and a wireless stereo set in another room was hooked up via the HEOS system. The surround sound is worked out carefully, with each detail coming into focus and being placed exactly within the soundstage. I used the Audyssey MultiEQ for the initial calibration, which had been quite efficient. Still, I also changed the balance a bit for the rear speakers to provide less bass. Navigating the options and setting the levels is easy due to the user-friendly menu. The on-screen setup assistant is helpful while two displays on the receiver’s front panel inform about the current source played, the input used, and (for digital sources) the content information.

The video support includes all of the features mentioned in the premium AV receiver reviews. The AV7705 transmits the 4K picture at 60 FPS, supports 4:4:4 color scheme, the HDR10, Hybrid Log Gamma, and Dolby Vision formats. The 3D can be transmitted via the HDMI connection. It also implements the IMAX technology resulting in a dynamic picture with high contrast and rich colors, and immersive surround sound.

Pros

  • Full integration with Smart Home systems; it has dedicated IR remote ports.
  • Can connect the phono stage (with preamp).
  • Supports RCA and XLR speaker connections (for all 11.2 channels).

Cons

  • The HEOS phone app is very slow.

Denon AVR-X8500H

Denon AVR-X8500H

This 4K AV receiver shares the minimalist look usual for Denon units. With the lower panel covered, it’s impossible to differ from a 5.1-channel receiver or another model. However, it supports the 13.2-channel mode to perform within the latest formats and provides the full-rate 4K UHD transmission. There’s also the 8K passthrough HDMI input making this device future proof and flexible.

Apart from the mentioned 8K input, the receiver offers six 4K HDMI ports that can be assigned via the remote, smartphone app, or on-screen menu. There are also three outputs (one for Zone 2), the main one having eARC technology.

Thirteen speaker connections (plus two subs) are represented by the sturdy binding posts accepting banana plugs. This makes the setup a plug-n-play one, with the Audyssey Platinum Suite calibrating the room and speakers. I was satisfied with the levels the system set for all the channels, and with the amount of bass and treble of each speaker, as well as the overall volume balance.

The power output makes 150W per channel at 8-Ohm impedance. Combined with four high-quality DSPs, it ensures the solid high-resolution sound in all supported formats. The latter range from Dolby Surround to IMAX (with the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in between). The sound of this Denon AV receiver flows easily and pictures the exact instrument, voice and effect with a lot of detail. It makes any source sound natural and balanced in any of the supported speaker configurations.

Pros

  • Full integration with Alexa voice control.
  • Fast and handy HDMI CEC functionality.
  • Solid 4K / HDR content playback via the streaming apps.

Cons

  • No level control for bi-amp connection.

Arcam AVR850

Arcam AVR850

The multiple HDMI ports, compatibility with Smart Home systems, and even DAB broadcast support can be found in many home theater receiver reviews. What makes this receiver different (except for its extremely high price) is the quality of build, which results in the way it sounds.

The premium amplifier components and individual assembly provide for the 100W per channel power output at 7 channels operating. The receiver supports various configurations including such sophisticated ones as 7.1.4 for DTS:X or Dolby Atmos decoding. The surround sound transmitted through the receiver is very clean, with no color but distinct detail of the initial sound. This clarity is preserved throughout the frequency scale (20Hz – 20KHz). The bass in the 7.1 mode creates a full presence effect while the height speakers sound blend into the soundstage seamlessly. Treble is pitched high but doesn’t get harsh, and the dialogs are sharp against the loudest effects.

The receiver has seven HDMI ports, four of which support HDCP 2.2 protocol, and can pass through the UHD picture. For output, there are three HDMI connections, one of which is ARC enhanced. The IMAX content can also be passed through these ports. The video features sharp highlights and contrasts, as well as saturated vivid colors.

The radio transmission technologies include the dedicated antenna inputs and Internet radio streaming support (through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth). The media files can also be played from the USB flash drive. The receiver is compatible with the home control systems and the iOS app.

Pros

  • DAB and DAB support lets listen to the radio broadcast in high resolution.
  • Simple to use and precise Dirac Live calibration system.
  • Voltage can be changed via a separate slider.

Cons

  • The front panel is too austere, with a single row of small buttons and central volume control.
  • The smartphone app works with iOS devices only.

Best 9.1 Receiver

Pioneer Elite SC-87

Pioneer Elite SC-87

This audiophile-grade Pioneer AV receiver combines the high power capacity with versatile options and construction specifics. All this results in the transparent and strong sound with all the frequencies balanced in the way they’re meant to be.

The unit powers the 9.2-channel scheme ensuring the 140W per channel output. It provides dynamic and precise playback with the sharp picturing of every detail, in any surround sound format. Tested with the Dolby Atmos content, it delivered the exact sound-to-channel distribution that created a fully enveloping effect. The treble is full and airy but not bright while mids and lows tend to take as much space as possible.

The Blu-Ray player, gaming console, cable box, or any other source can be plugged into one of the seven HDMI ports, one of which is MHL-compatible. There are also three HDMI outputs. The speaker connectors are bulky binding posts plus RCA ports for subwoofers. Other connections include coaxial and optical inputs and optical output. The RCA jacks for speakers and source devices including the phono stage.

The Pioneer home theater receiver integrates the MCACC Pro Room calibration featuring multiple EQ options. The system works well in the standard room and sets the levels accurately. However, with the slightly changed speaker placement, it set my sub to the minimum volume resulting in the non-impressive bass. The bass and treble balance, as well as preset volume level, can be assigned via the on-screen menu or directly through the receiver’s interface.

Pros

  • Supports several zones: HDZONE via HDMI; Zone 2 and Zone 3 via RCA outputs.
  • Fast sharing of high-resolution files (like FLAC) via the DLNA network.
  • The front panel features the USB port and additional HDMI input for quick hookup of the flash drive / Blu-Ray player.

Cons

  • The Blue LED around the power button is irritating bright in the dark.
  • Atmos support is limited to 7.2.2 and lesser configurations.

Best AV Receiver for Music

Jump to

Sony STR-DN1080

Sony STR-DN1080

With the developed surround sound set compatibility and support of the relevant formats (Dolby Atmos, DTS:X), I recommend this Sony multi-channel AV receiver for music listening. This unit is quite powerful and has an advanced amplification mechanism ensuring the high clarity and transparency of sound. With any source connected (a CD player, a smartphone, or a PC), it relays the sound as it is, with plenty of detail and character.

The performance of this receiver is musical, its dynamic is light and precise in any music genre. The frequency response is even through the range. The mids are full of detail, lows are solid and deep, highs widen the soundstage, and set the accents. The imaging is accurate, with each voice and instrument line having its exact place within.

The device supports the 7.2-channel setup with a total output making 1155W. Other available configurations make 7.1, 5.1, 7.1.2-channel, etc. The speakers can be hooked up to the binding posts with the banana plugs. The subwoofer connections are of the RCA type.

The music can also be routed to Zone 2 via the dedicated RCA connections and HDMI port (for video). The back panel also features the coaxial and optical inputs, FM antenna terminal, six HDMI inputs, and two outputs (all HDCP 2.2 protected). The USB flash drive can be connected on the front panel of the receiver. The music and video content can be streamed via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well (Internet streaming apps).

Pros

  • In the DTS:X format, the function of the real-time speaker level upgrade is available.
  • Supports Chromecast and Multi-Room technologies.
  • Creates the phantom surround effect out of five-speaker setup.

Cons

  • No input switch button on the remote.
  • The power cord isn’t detachable.

Denon AVR-S950H

Denon AVR-S950H

This expensive 7.2-channel receiver has a lot of bonuses to offer for the home theater setup. It packs the high power output, solid circuitry, and connections of different types to playback the music from various sources.

Each channel is powered with 95W and provides a crystal clear sound non-depending on the source chosen. The receiver also supports the mode of 5.2-, 2.1-channel. In the stereo setup, the sound is deep and warm, with a lot of base and dense soundstage. The mids are concentrated and clear, the lows are tight and punchy, the highs are precise and clear. The overall sound is well-balanced, and the frequency response is accurate.

The connectivity panel represents both the high-capacity HDMI ports and the component ones. There are also coaxial and optical connections to hook up various players and consoles, and the antenna jacks.

The HDMI connections are HDCP 2.3 protected and are compatible with the previous version (HDCP 2.2). Seven inputs and two outputs (one is ARC-compatible) support the full-rate 4K transmission and ensure the detailed and contrast picture.

The receiver can be connected to a smartphone or any other Bluetooth device for media files sharing and streaming. It also features a Wi-Fi antenna to download and install the firmware updates.

Pros

  • Music streaming apps are available through HEOS functionality.
  • On-screen assistant and the Audyssey calibration system make the setup fast and simple procedure.
  • Compatible with Alexa for full voice command functionality.

Cons

  • No bi-amplification support.
  • The volume control button on the remote is too sensitive, and the volume changes too fast.

Best Surround Sound Receiver

Denon AVR-S540BT

Denon AVR-S540BT

This middle-class surround receiver makes a good option for the small and middle-sized home theater setups. It supports a 5.2-channel configuration and has versatile connectivity and controls.

The speakers are wired to the spring terminals on the back panel of the receiver. The subwoofers are hooked up to the dual RCA ports. There are also coaxial and optical inputs for satellite antenna and / or media player hookup.

The unit offers five HDMI inputs, three of which are HDCP 2.2-compliant and pass through the 4K video format. The HDMI out port is enhanced with the efficient ARC technology enabling the lagless sound routing from TV to the external speaker set. The front panel of the receiver features the headphones jack and the USB input.

The power output of each channel makes 140W producing the immersive rich sound with accurately contoured detail. The mids are light and dynamic, and so is the treble. The bass is springy and concentrated, with solid rhythmic beats.

The wireless connectivity includes Bluetooth (the .2020 version) and HEOS Link. The latter enables sending the sound to other locations via the wireless protocol and preserving the sound quality. The HEOS Link also lets stream the music from the apps like Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, etc. The Denon 500 Series remote app gives access to the full functionality of the receiver’s remote control.

Pros

  • Bluetooth can pair up to eight sources.
  • Quick buttons for source selection and tonal controls are handy and quick to use.
  • Good sensitivity: the sound stays clear up to 70 volume level.

Cons

  • The setup assistant is available through TV / monitor only.
  • No tonal controls on the remote.

We didn't find anything to show here