If you’re buying a new AV receiver, there are some things for you to keep in mind. First of all, never buy a receiver with more features than what you’ll ever use. Just because having 8 HDMI ports sounds cool, you don’t have to shell out a thousand bucks.
Conversely, buying an AV receiver with insufficient I/O will cost you, especially in the future when you buy a new media device that connects via HDMI, but you find out that you just don’t have a free port. Next, you need to make sure that the AV receiver you’re buying is compatible with all major wireless connectivity mediums such as Bluetooth, WIFI, NFC, etc.
|Image||Name||Maximum Power per Channel||Number of Channels||Connectivity/Features|
Editor’s Choice under $300
|165 W||7||Wi-Fi, NAS, Smartphone, Bluetooth, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2|
|Yamaha RX-V681BL |
Editor’s Choice under $600
|150 W||7||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay and Spotify Connect, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet radio and vTuner|
Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound processing
Editor’s Choice under $1000
|125 W||9||9-channel discrete amplification for optimal surround sound|
Stream music from Pandora, SiriusXM, and Spotify Internet radio
Video upconversion to 1080p and 4K Ultra HD
Seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs offer multi-zone operation
|NAD - T 758||110 W||7||Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding|
Analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 480p)
Audyssey auto speaker calibration
How to choose an AV receiver?
After ensuring that your new AV receiver has enough I/O ports and sufficient wireless connectivity, you will have to check the other specifications, such as the number of sound channels that it supports, and the amount of output power that it generates, which also refers to the power of the amplifier inside the receiver. Make a mental note of how many speakers you will use in your home theater system, and then consider the watts amount that you need per channel.
Here’s a quick fact- for consumer level speakers, it doesn’t make any notable difference in sound quality if you purchase an AV receiver with 20 or even 30 percent more wattage per channel than another receiver. The reason for that is most consumer grade speakers rarely use more than 50W, and even the powerful consumer grade home theater subwoofers don’t need more than 100W of driving power. So don’t buy one audio receiver over another solely on the basis of output wattage per channel.
Alright, now that you know how to choose an AV receiver, why not take a look at some of the best AV receivers under $1000? We have chosen each of these speakers on the basis of their overall specifications, build quality and customer feedback.
Yamaha RX-V681BL Receiver
Pro: Supports wireless multiroom audio, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay, and Spotify
Con: Remote is poorly designed, no dedicated button to select phono input
For around 600 bucks, you are getting an AV receiver capable of processing 5.1.2 channel audio, along with a dedicated phono input and support for wireless multi-room audio. This AV receiver also supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay, Spotify, Pandora TV, Rhapsody, Sirius XM, and vTUNER so that you can effortlessly stream media from the internet and share data between devices wirelessly. Dolby Atmos and DTS-X will ensure that you get pristine audio quality, while the YPAO reflected sound control (RSC) optimization further enhances the soundstage and bass of your home theater setup.
Pro: 1080p and 4K UHD video upscaling options, Airplay, Pandora, Spotify, Sirius XM, Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi
Con: Some units may suffer from overheating problems
With the full HD and 4K upscaling support, you can now enjoy all your favorite movies and shows in pristine ultra HD detail (3840 x 2160). There is support for 7 HDMI inputs, along with 3 HDMI outputs. Some of the most important technologies implemented in this receiver include- Audyssey MultiEQ, Audyssey SubEQ, Audyssey LFC, Dolby Atmos, Dolby DTS, and HDAM (hyperdynamic amplifier module). There is support for 3-D pass through, and this receiver comes with all the major wireless streaming and connectivity options such as Sirius XM, Airplay, Bluetooth, WIFI, Pandora, Spotify, etc.
Pro: 4K UHD video upscaling with HDCP 2.2 support, Dolby Atmos 5.1.2 support, Wifi, Bluetooth, Airplay, Spotify
Con: No support for DTS-X
With built-in Dolby Surround support, as well as 4k upscaling and HDCP 2.2, the Yamaha RX-A850 offers plenty of power at a rather reasonable price point. You can enjoy full 7.2 channel surround audio and ultra-HD movies or shows, and this AV receiver also supports all the major online streaming and sharing platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, Sirius XM, etc. With Bluetooth, WIFI, NFC, and Airplay you will be able to wirelessly connect the RX-A850 to your surround sound system, and you can even configure multi-room wireless setups with it.
Denon AVR-X4100W 7.2 Network AV Receiver
Pro: 7 + 1 input and 2 +1 output for HDMI, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay, and DLNA
Con: Panel label under the LED readouts is hard to see
If you need tons of wireless connectivity, online streaming support, lots of HDMI ports, and superb 7.2 channel audio, with ample amplification, all for less than 1000 dollars, then the Denon AVR-X4100 AV receiver is what you should get. It comes with Dolby Atmos and DTX-X support, along with DSD streaming and Spotify Connect built-in. Wireless connectivity options include DLNA, Bluetooth, AirPlay, and WIFI. And yes, it also supports 4K upscaling.
|Maximum Power per Channel||125 watts|
|Connectivity/Features||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dolby Atmos, 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Pass-Through and Ultra 4K Upscaling, Auro 3D, Multi-Room Listening|
|Number of Channels||7.2 Channel|
Sony STRZA1000ES 7.2-Channel 4K Receiver
Pro: 7.2 channel, HDCP 2.2, 4K, In-Ceiling mode, 12V triggers, IR repeaters
Con: No built-in Internet audio support
With its specialized chassis and internal circuitry that have both been tuned to deliver incredible noise-free audio, the Sony STRZA1000ES has HDMI with HDCP 2.2 support, along with 5 HDMI in ports, and 2 HDMI out ports. This AV amplifier also supports 3D pass through, along with triple IR repeaters and 12V triggers. The front USB port supports convenient system startup, as well as firmware and software updates. Dolby Digital Cinema Surround and DTS Surround Audio Codecs provide rich, immersive theater-like 360″ audio.
Onkyo Audio & Video Component Receiver (TX-RZ710)
Pro: HDCP 2.2, HDR, 4K, NFC, Airplay, 8 HDMI in, 2 HDMI out, DTS-X, CEC
Con: TIDAL interface is bugged and requires firmware update
The Onkyo TX-RZ 710 has plenty of I/O ports to support complex home theater systems and there will always be room for future expandability. NFC, Airplay, Bluetooth, and WIFI ensure that you never run out of wireless connectivity options, while DTS-X, CEC, HDR, and HDCP 2.2 give you the ultimate in audio quality. You can conveniently set up multiple room speaker configurations with the TX-RZ710, and streaming online media is a cinch with the support for Spotify, Sirius XM, Pandora, etc.
NAD – T 758 Surround Receiver
Pro: Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Audio, ARC, CEC, 7.2 channels, NFC, Bluetooth, Airplay
Con: Remote tends to malfunction at times, bugged software interface
NAD is known to deliver quality equipment for reasonable prices, although some people used to complain that NAD receivers did not have sufficient features on them. Which is why the company went ahead and released the T758. Here are some of the noteworthy features in this particular AV receiver unit- Dolby True HD, DTS Master Audio, CEC, Airplay, NFC, Bluetooth, WIFI, Pandora, Sirius XM, ARC, and much more. Well, not lacking in features at all, right? And the sound quality is absolutely phenomenal. We don’t know what magic preamp and amp NAD implemented in this compact box for less than 1000 bucks, but it is fully capable of shaking the walls of your house when connected to a decent surround sound system.
The Anthem MRX 710
Pro: Advanced Load Monitoring, ARC 1M, 7 channels, 4K upscaling and passthrough, Wi-Fi, Airplay, NFC, Bluetooth
Con: Could use more I/O ports for audio
With it exclusive ARC (Anthem Room Correction) technology, the MRX 710 automatically tunes your speakers to compensate for the resonance and space restrictions inside a room. The advanced load monitoring module constantly keeps an eye output power levels to make sure that your speakers never overload or burn out. There is an extended aluminum heatsink and cooling solution inside the box to prevent the amp from overheating or damaging itself. In case there is a power overload, the auto-shutoff module will trigger, bringing the entire unit to a halt within milliseconds. The construction is rock solid, and there are plenty of redundancy features implemented to make sure that this AV receiver unit lasts for a lifetime, justifying the slightly higher price tag.
Pro: Easy setup
Con: Lack of Bluetooth
For a first-timer in home theater entertainment, you will be delighted with quality improvement of your sound. Real cinema experience enhances with Drama setting, and with Sports setting, you will feel as a part of the crowd. Extra bass provides rich bass reproduction, even with small speakers, and Yamaha “natural sound” gives you clean sound. It is compatible with most usual devices, but you will need YBA-11 Bluetooth wireless technology adapter to be able to stream music wirelessly from a Bluetooth-capable smartphone, tablet or PC, without a Wi-Fi environment.
|Maximum Power per Channel||100 Watts|
|Connectivity/Features||HDMI: 4 / 1, HDMI CEC: Yes, USB Input: iPod / iPhone, USB memory, portable audio player, Front AV Input: USB / Mini-jack, Digital Audio Input/Output – Optical: 1 / 0, Digital Audio Input/Output – Coaxial: 2 / 0, Analog Audio Input/Output: 4 (1 front) / 1, Headphone Output: 1, Preout: Subwoofer|
|Number of Channels||5 channel|
Onkyo TX-NR636 7.2-Ch Dolby Atmos Ready
Pro: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth built-in
Con: Onkyo customer support
This device differs from the others of the similar kind with options for vintage entertainment lovers in mind. Not only that it has Qdeo™ 4K upscaling technology that allows you to enjoy older DVDs and games in higher resolution, but it also has high-quality moving-magnet equalizer that connects your turntable via rear input. It enables authentic high-fidelity sound and lets you feel warmth and dynamism of your records.
However, many customers complain about Onkyo poor customer service and long waiting for the response about problems they face.
|Maximum Power per Channel||165 Watts|
|Connectivity/Features||Wi-Fi, NAS, Smartphone, Bluetooth, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2|
|Number of Channels||7.2 channel|
Sony STRDN1060 7.2 Channel Hi-Res Wi-fi AV Receiver
Pro: Low THD
Con: High power consumption in standby
One of the great things about this receiver is the very low total harmonic distortion (THD) of 0.09%. This is used as an indicator to ’how accurately the receiver can reproduce the sound provided by the signal’’. Another useful feature is Bluetooth headphone support that is remarkably easy to use and you can watch and listen to your movies with no dropouts and no discernible lip sync issues. Helpfully, there is also a shortcut button on the remote that lets you toggle the transmit feature on and off. STRDN1060 gives you the best possible performance for watching movies and you can also enjoy your favorite songs with it.
|Maximum Power per Channel||165 watts|
|Connectivity/Features||HDMI Video In/Out (6/2);HDCP2.2 Rear (1);Component Video Input (1);Composite Video Input 2;Composite Monitor Out (1);Audio Input (2);Audio Input Coax (1);Analog Audio Input (4);Headphone Output;Pre Out Subwoofer (2);USB (1 Front/1 Rear);Ethernet Port;MHL Front/Rear (1/1)|
|Number of Channels||7.2 Channel|
Pro: Class D3 amplification
Con: Lack of easy midnight mode
Like many others from this list, it features Dolby Atmos format – an object-oriented sound format which creates “3D” audio through the use of ceiling speakers or specially designed Atmos enabled speaker modules. But what is really specific on this list is that the SC-91 uses Pioneer’s well-known class D3 amplification which is designed to deliver equal amount of power to each of its 7 channels. The Pioneer SC-91 is rated at about 130 watts per channel with 2 channels driven at 8 ohms with a distortion of .08%. Long story short, the SC-91 will give you perfect experience and you will feel like you are in a movie.
|Maximum Power per Channel||130 Watts|
|Connectivity/Features||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Dolby Atmos, USB, Ethernet Input, 4K 60p, 3-D Ready, DSD Music File|
|Number of Channels||7.2 Channel|