Top Best 50 Receivers: Home Theater & Stereo Receivers, A/V in November 2021

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BIC America
BIC America - 4-Channel Wireless Audio Transmitter/Receiver System - Black
Description

The BIC America 4 Channel Wireless Transmitter Receiver Kit makes it easy to connect your powered subwoofer and powered speakers wirelessly. It offers a range of 80 ft. unobstructed and up to 60 ft. obstructed with no interference, delay or drop outs. Its super compact size and self-adhesive VELCRO strips enable multiple placement options. Put your subwoofer where it looks and sounds best without the hassle of a cable. Connect the Wireless Transmitter to your A/V receiver, PC, Mac, mobile device, TV or any product with a 3.5 mm or RCA connector and send a signal to any powered speakers in your home. With setup in just minutes, you can immediately enjoy CD-quality sound from your patio, second audio zone or anywhere.

4 Features
  • Channels: 4 selectable channels
  • Wireless: Enables wireless hookup for powered subwoofers & powered speakers
  • Compatible: Works with A/V receivers, Mac, PC, mobile devices & all other products with 3.5mm or RCA connectors
  • Expand your sound: External antennas enable extended 80ft unobstructed wireless range & up to 60ft obstructed
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Techmaster, 10 out of 10
    Wireless speaker adapters

    Good range but wih 1 set should be able to conect to at least 2 speakers instead of 1 for the price

    Oct 21, 2021 15:19
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    Pioneer - Elite 880W 11.2-Ch. Bluetooth Capable with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Expand your audio arsenal and experience true surround sound with this 11.2-channel Pioneer Elite network A/V receiver. The MCACC Pro tuning technology enhances the 3-D surround sounds of IMAX Enhanced and Dolby Atmos, while the PQLS jitterless transmission delivers rich audio. The Audio Exclusive Mode and AV Direct Mode features of this Pioneer Elite network A/V receiver let you enjoy detailed high-quality sound by turning off unused functions. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    15 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Easily control, monitor and schedule your electronics using your voice.
  • Connect to the Internet: Access a variety of online streaming services, such as Pandora, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL and Amazon Music, as well as music and photos over your home network.
  • 4K and 3D passthrough: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • AirPlay 2: Stream audio from music services like Apple Music and Spotify or watch videos from services like Youtube and Netflix from any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV and hear the audio perfectly synced to your speakers Airplay 2 sources.
  • 880W total system power: 140W x 2 for powerful sound.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-ES decoder, DTS 96/24 and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • x.v.Color and Deep Color technology: Produce vibrant hues for a lifelike picture.
  • Advanced surround modes: Include classic, unplugged, entertainment, pop/rock, action, drama, sports, advanced game, expanded stereo and expanded mono for quality sound in almost any genre.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • Advanced MCACC automatic room calibration: Automatically optimizes receiver output to optimum sound for the room acoustics.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via LAN, USB, Bluetooth.
  • 6 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bslep, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Sound Quality

    This receiver has amazing sound quality. I am a receiver junkie and have owned several receivers over the last few years. The LX-904 is the absolute best for sound quality. I have a 7.2.4 Atmos set up and the receiver drives my system with ease. Plenty of class D power. Never breaks a sweat. Never gets hot. Best Atmos integration of any receiver I have owned. The sound field is so dynamic and real. The MCACC calibration really works well in my house. It takes awhile to get through but it is really worth the time to do the advanced set up. This receiver replaced a Pioneer LX-801 that I used with an ATI 4003 amp driving the front three speakers. The LX-904 has better sound quality and I am not using the ATI amp. I’m sure the upgraded DACS and other internal components have a lot to do with it. Even two channel stereo is plain amazing. Crystal clear, amazing bass output. The bass output for surround is fantastic. It drives a pair of SVS SB 16 Ultra’s and they integrate perfectly with the receiver. No booming, just deep, throttling chest thumping bass that blends with the mid and high range frequencies superbly. It has all the bells and whistles that you expect from a flagship receiver, but when I spend this kind of money on a receiver I am spending it on the sound quality, and this receiver is the best sounding receiver I have owned in the last five years. I usually a buy a new receiver every year, but I will be keeping this for a long, long time. It simply has amazing sound quality. I can’t remember the last time I liked a receiver this much. Pioneer hit this one out of the park!

    Feb 29, 2020 13:17
  • Review by davidbrzezinski, 10 out of 10
    david breezy

    the last receiver i had was apioneer had it over 25 years i loved it

    Dec 28, 2020 17:07
  • Review by HARRY, 10 out of 10
    7.2.4 ATMOS

    7.2.4 Atmos set up is best. The sound is awesome and the mcacc pro calibration is precise for movies and music great receiver.

    Apr 15, 2021 08:58
  • Review by BradI, 10 out of 10
    Strong AVR to drive Atmos & DTS-X!

    This was my first AVR purchase in 20 years! Replaced a Pioneer Elite VSX-37TX with additional Elite M10 amp that provided 2 decades of SurroundEX/DTS-ES (6.1) excellence with this beast. First impression was “awesome” when I plugged everything up and completed the MCACC Pro calibration (which corrected several speaker phase issues I didn’t know I had!). Movie music and effects are much more full and I feel like I’m sitting at the center of my own recording studio. In addition, sound effects are more precise and truly travel throughout the room in all directions. A great receiver that will hopefully keep me satisfied for another 20! Used in a 7.1.4 Atmos config (7.1 layout plus 4 in-ceiling speakers.). Another great product and service purchase from Best Buy!

    Feb 24, 2020 06:29
  • Review by Awilli, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Receiver

    This is a great home theater receiver. I owned many others over the years but this is the Mac Daddy of them all. Great for music and movies. Paired up with my Definitive Technology speakers and Super Cube 8000 sub woofer It sounds amazing. Running a 7.1.4 setup and has power to spare. This was so easy to set up, just follow the on screen instructions. I was up and running very quickly. I have been running this for about 3 months now and can’t find anything bad to say about it. Love it

    May 25, 2020 13:56
  • Review by Anthony, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver

    Best re receiver to date. Great visuals and sound. All surround sounds are very dynamic and immersive

    Jan 17, 2020 19:10
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    Arcam
    Arcam - HDA 770W 9.1.6-Ch. With Google Cast 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Gray
    Description

    The AVR20 is a high-performance audio/visual receiver that delivers stunning realism for the ultimate home cinema experience. With an impressive 16-channel surround solution and featuring all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS and Auro, the AVR20 exemplifies sound quality and engineering excellence.

    12 Features
  • Connect to the Internet: Via built-in Wi-Fi for access to Google Cast.
  • Up to 4K HDMI passthrough: Transfers 4K video and audio signals from your set-top devices to the TV via the AV receiver.
  • AirPlay 2: Stream audio from music services like Apple Music and Spotify or watch videos from services like Youtube and Netflix from any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV and hear the audio perfectly synced to your speakers Airplay 2 sources.
  • 770W total system power: Enables you to achieve robust audio output.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, DTS decoder, DTS:X and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Dual-zone capability: Supports distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.
  • EQ: 3 Dirac EQ profiles (input assignable).
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Newlook, 10 out of 10
    Looks nice

    Looks good, have not had the chance to set up because the man cave is not completed.

    Will update once all is hooked up

    Oct 23, 2021 20:25
  • Review by Debri, 10 out of 10
    Debri

    Great unit. Would recommend for your home theater use

    Feb 01, 2021 11:38
  • Denon Electronics - Denon AVR-X1700H 7.2 Ch AVR (2021 Model), Advanced 8K Upscaling, 3D Audio - Dolby Atmos & DTS Virtual:X, Amazon Alexa - Black
    Description

    The Denon AVR-X1700H 7.2 Channel AVR delivers extraordinary sound quality from music, movies and games. Ushering in a new standard for fully immersive, high-resolution home theater and listening, this AV Receiver features DTS: X, DTS Virtual:X, Dolby Atmos, and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization for unparalleled audio output. Featuring six HDMI inputs and 1 HDMI outputs, the AVR-X1700H incorporates an advanced 8K video section that supports 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz video pass-through., BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling and 21:9 video pass-through, along with support for 3D content. The AVR also allows high-resolution file playback with FLAC, ALAC, and WAV support, as well as DSD 2.8/5.6MHz. Built-in HEOS technology lets you enjoy your favorite music anywhere throughout your home and connect to other HEOS-enabled speakers. This high-performance AVR allows effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora. Denon also uses premium room calibration technology from Audyssey that automatically measures and optimizes your AVR to provide a truly immersive 3D audio experience custom-tailored to your listening environment.

    8 Features
  • Powerful 7.2 Channel AVR for an Ultimate Cinematic Experience: With full 3D audio support, Dynamic HDR, QMS, HDCP 2.3 and advanced video processing with 4K upscaling and 8K video, the Denon AVR-X1700H delivers the classic Denon sound for movies, games, and music
  • Advanced 8K HDMI Section: Enjoy your favorite movies, shows and games with the best picture quality available. The AVR features three dedicated 8K input that support 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz video pass-through, along with HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision & HLG for exceptional color and clarity
  • Multi-Dimensional Sound: Enjoy unmatchable audio quality with Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X along with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology that creates virtual height effects even without the height channels for a truly immersive experience
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Guide: Denon’s Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & specify Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Wireless Music & Video Streaming: Stream Unlimited Music Through Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and More, via Wi-Fi, Airplay or Bluetooth with built-in HEOS Multi-Room Digital Streaming and enjoy Hi-Fi, multi-room surround sound
  • Your Home at Your Fingertips: Enjoy seamless integration with Home Automation Systems for remote monitoring and troubleshooting of connected products from the office or on the go. Features “Domotz Pro” and "OvrC" interfaces for quick & reliable assistance
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai
  • Versatile Connection Options: The AVR-1700H is equipped with 6 HDMI In / 1 Out, 2 Digital, 2 Analog, 1 Coaxial, and 1 Phono Input that allows you to connect various audio sources like CD Players, Blu-Ray, Turntables and more. Features 2 Pre-Outs to connect subwoofers for additional bass
  • BIC America - 4-Channel Wireless Audio Transmitter/Receiver System - Black
    Description

    The BIC America 4 Channel Wireless Transmitter Receiver Kit makes it easy to connect your powered subwoofer and powered speakers wirelessly. It offers a range of 80 ft. unobstructed and up to 60 ft. obstructed with no interference, delay or drop outs. Its super compact size and self-adhesive VELCRO strips enable multiple placement options. Put your subwoofer where it looks and sounds best without the hassle of a cable. Connect the Wireless Transmitter to your A/V receiver, PC, Mac, mobile device, TV or any product with a 3.5 mm or RCA connector and send a signal to any powered speakers in your home. With setup in just minutes, you can immediately enjoy CD-quality sound from your patio, second audio zone or anywhere.

    4 Features
  • Channels: 4 selectable channels
  • Wireless: Enables wireless hookup for powered subwoofers & powered speakers
  • Compatible: Works with A/V receivers, Mac, PC, mobile devices & all other products with 3.5mm or RCA connectors
  • Expand your sound: External antennas enable extended 80ft unobstructed wireless range & up to 60ft obstructed
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Techmaster, 10 out of 10
    Wireless speaker adapters

    Good range but wih 1 set should be able to conect to at least 2 speakers instead of 1 for the price

    Oct 21, 2021 15:19
  • Yamaha - AVENTAGE RX-A8A 150W 11.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    Home Cinema, Perfected. AVENTAGE is our most premium series. And the A8A is the most premium AVENTAGE. Which makes the A8A the best of the best. Experience room-filling sound and crystal-clear picture with this innovative AV receiver.

    5 Features
  • 11.2-channel Surround Sound: 150 W x 11 (8Ω, 0.06% THD).
  • 8K: 8K/60Hz HDMI 2.1.
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room.
  • Surround:AI: AI technology built into the DSP.
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup.
  • 3 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Max2, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha has hit a home run!!!

    All I can say is, “WOW” I’m in just in awe with this receiver!! I was very hesitant to get a Yamaha receiver because of the previous models' issues. The new A8A is a brand new platform from the ground up. From sound to all HDMI 2.1

    Inputs. The A8A is one of the best receivers that I’ve ever owned!!! I also own a Denon 4500H, and the A8A surpassed that receiver in every direction from sound to settings. The only issue with this receiver is the missing 4K/120 8K/60 pass-through. Yamaha claims to have an FW coming out by the end of this year. I’m hoping that I have no issues with it. Also, I wish the A8A have IMAX sound and a bigger front display screen. Besides those minor issues, I consider this receiver one of the best in its class at this price point.

    Oct 08, 2021 16:24
  • Review by URMAJESTY, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    Greatt.............................................

    Sep 16, 2021 22:19
  • Review by Padinn, 10 out of 10
    A flagship HDMI 2.1 product

    Its early days, but so far I am very impressed. The setup is easy, it has a great sound stage, and it has intuitive menus.

    Sep 17, 2021 20:12
  • Arcam - HDA 1260W 9.1.6-Ch. With Google Cast 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Gray
    Description

    The AVR30 is a high-performance audio video receiver that delivers stunning realism for the ultimate home cinema experience. With an impressive 16-channel surround solution and featuring all the latest CODECs from Dolby, DTS, and IMAX Enhanced, the AVR30 exemplifies sound quality and engineering excellence. The AVR30 boasts dynamic Class G amplification, powering the most complex speakers with ease while delivering great efficiency. Audiophile listening experiences are optimized with a full 16-channel Dirac calibration on board, as well as simple streaming with a mobile device using the native app of choice.

    12 Features
  • Connect to the Internet: Via built-in Wi-Fi for access to Google Cast.
  • Up to 4K HDMI passthrough: Transfers 4K video and audio signals from your set-top devices to the TV via the AV receiver.
  • AirPlay 2: Stream audio from music services like Apple Music and Spotify or watch videos from services like Youtube and Netflix from any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV and hear the audio perfectly synced to your speakers Airplay 2 sources.
  • 1260W total system power: Enables you to achieve robust audio output.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, DTS decoder, DTS:X and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Dual-zone capability: Supports distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • EQ: 3 Dirac EQ profiles (input assignable).
  • The Most Useful Review
  • Review by Arcam, 10 out of 10
    Great product!

    The audio is absolutely amazing on this device! Cant wait yo really test it out

    Apr 29, 2021 20:15
  • Russound - Bluetooth Receiver for Multiroom Systems - Black
    Description

    The new BSK-1 C-Series Bluetooth Receiver permits Bluetooth enabled devices to stream content to C-Series systems for wireless audio. It is a remotely located Bluetooth receiver, optimized for ideal placement and range by the custom installer. For maximum flexibility it can be configured as either a system source or a local source.The BSK-1 integrates with Russound C-Series multizone systems. System components communicate with each other via the Russound RNET protocol, and components are interconnected using standard CAT-5 cable.The new BTA-1 A-BUS Bluetooth receiver permits Bluetooth enabled devices to stream content to A-BUS keypads for wireless local source audio in any room.The BTA-1 A-BUS Bluetooth receiver integrates with Russound A-BUS multi room systems, which are also interconnected using standard CAT-5 cable. The A-BUS Bluetooth receiver streams content to the local A-BUS keypad, so it serves as a local source within the room whose audio that particular keypad controls.

    2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by smarthomenovice, 10 out of 10
    Worked as expected

    Simple to hook up. Worked as expected. Definitely a bit expensive.

    Mar 20, 2020 16:23
  • Review by Anson, 10 out of 10
    Good

    Great device. I will recommend this to my friends.

    May 26, 2017 19:24
  • Marantz SR8015 AV Receiver - 11.2 Channel (140W x 11)| 8K HDMI Upscaling, Auro-3D, IMAX Enhanced - Black
    Description

    Enjoy unmatchable audio and visual quality on a variety of sources with this powerful 11.2 Ultra HD receiver by Marantz. Powered by discrete high-current (140W) amplifiers on all 11 channels, it delivers balanced and premium sound quality, while the Auto Eco Mode reduces real-time power consumption. Supporting latest sound formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS: X, DTS Virtual: X and DTS:X Pro, this AVR delivers life-like multidimensional surround sound even on the humblest stereo set-up. Enjoy up to 13.2 channels of audio processing with DTS:X Pro to experience a full surround sound in exquisite detail (Additional external stereo amplifier needed to drive the additional 2 channels). Take your home entertainment up a notch with heightened realism and immersive audio. Featuring 8 HDMI inputs (8K upscaling available) / 3 HDMI outputs, a dedicated 8K HDMI input, analog optical and coaxial inputs, a phono input, a USB port and an AM/FM tuner, this home theater receiver allows various connection options for DVD & Blu-Ray Players, Subwoofers, Speakers, Turntables etc. With masterful 8K upscaling, the new Marantz AVR takes your home entertainment up a notch with pristine video and audio quality. It supports 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR technologies like, HDR10, HDR10+ (New in 2020), Dynamic HDR (New in 2020), ALLM, VRR, QMS and QFT for 8K quality movies and a lag-free and gaming experience. The SR8015 allows you effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora. Additionally, Bluetooth Audio Transmission allows you to play audio simultaneously on speakers and Bluetooth headphones. Adding to the many features, the Marantz amplifier gives you a whole-home audio experience with its multi-room and multi-source streaming options. The built-in HEOS technology lets you play the same song in every room or a different song in each room without any interruption. Be mesmerized by a superb cinematic experience with Marantz’s 65 years of audiophile heritage.

    6 Features
  • 8K ULTRA-HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO QUALITY: Enjoy movies and lag-free gaming with masterful 8K HDMI upscaling, advanced technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, QMS, VRR & ALLM with this 11-channel (140W x 11) amp that delivers extraordinary visuals for a cinematic experience
  • PREMIUM CONTENT DIGITALLY REMASTERED WITH IMAX & AURO-3D: With IMAX Enhanced, you can see and feel difference in picture quality & clarity, and with Auro-3D and its ground-breaking Auro-Matic algorithm that converts LEGACY CONTENT INTO AURO-3D FORMAT, get fully immersed in life-like overhead sound
  • IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND WITH HEIGHTENED REALISM: Be right in the center of action with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X & DTS:X Pro support. Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects in a humble 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
  • WIRELESS MUSIC STREAMING FROM MULTIPLE SOURCES: Stream music with Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or AirPlay 2. Use the HEOS app across one room, or multiple rooms with built-in WIRELESS HEOS MULTI-ROOM AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
  • ENJOY EFFORTLESS VOICE CONTROL: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri or Josh.ai Smart Home – just use your voice to say out the command loud, and play/ pause/stop music, adjust volumes, thermostat, lights, and control home appliances seamlessly
  • VERSATILE CONNECTIONS: 8 HDMI In (with 8K upscaling) / 3 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC), dedicated 8K input, a USB port, digital inputs for audio sources like DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers – the amp includes all the connections options you need for a cohesive surround sound system
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Ashley, 10 out of 10
    SR8015

    OMG i love the power, quality, and design. Well worth the money as long as my wife never dings out.

    Nov 03, 2021 10:47
  • Review by Jmchzn, 10 out of 10
    Hi tech, great sound, lots of power

    OMG! Still experimenting with set up. It does EVERYTHING. You won’t find a better all in one solution anywhere. I was going to go with separates which I realize is the way to go for a real audiophile experience but I watch a lot of movies in my time off and listen to music constantly and on a small budget this AVR so far exceeds all my expectations. Plenty of power, vast amount of controls and plays every format. Hooked up to my wireless in seconds, Bluetooth works flawlessly. A child could do initial setup. I steam my music from my iPhone from bed and the unit plays in any zone I select from the Marantz app. I read bad reviews of the app but works fine for me. The realism of Diana Kralls voice, the attack and tone of Dave Weckls drums sounds like they’re in my living room LIVE.

    Use good cables and invest in speakers. SVS Pinnicles and SB 3000 sub sound insane. I bought a component fan sits on top but the unit really doesn’t run that hot. Hot should absolutely be vented but not crazy. LOOKS fantastic. I also read reviews that Marantz needs a facelift ascetically, you judge I think it perfect. Copper bottom toroidal amp and connections for wides, sides , ceiling and atmos 2 subs, phono preamp forget about it! You cannot buy separates , at least not my standard for 3100$, so the SR8015 solved all my issues! I’m not a gamer but there is 8K in ,2 outs and there is a software update coming that is future forward for gamers. Unit is insane spring for it!

    Jan 08, 2021 20:09
  • Review by Donz, 10 out of 10
    Simply the best

    Excellent receiver!! Lots of power and excellent sound. Handles my Klipsch speakers like a champ.

    Jul 30, 2021 15:53
  • Review by Stunning, 10 out of 10
    Stellar!

    I've owned quite a few home theater receivers in my day and I've always been disappointed with the performance. I'd never felt like any of them produced sounds that seemed cinematic. However....this Marantz is superb! The sound comes at you from all directions. Perhaps I wasn't spending enough money as this receiver was quite a bit more than I've spent in the past. If you can afford it you won't regret it.

    Oct 01, 2021 17:21
  • Review by Adrian, 8 out of 10
    Seven months review

    I bought it some time ago and wanted to wait some time to share my review. After unboxing and initial setup, when in the Setup menu (when in Speaker Setup or Speaker config) the Back button does not work, you press it and does not go back to prior menu, you have to press setup to leave and return to where you were, did not put much into it because I like the receiver and is my first Marantz, but in 2021, in this receiver that issue with the menu is unexpected and still does it to this day. Now lately the Tv screen image glitches from time to time (not the HDMI 2.1) when listening to music via HEOS playback, it is kind of concerning, never did it before. I've enjoyed it and I do still enjoy it but hopefully these two issues i am experiencing get corrected via a firmware update. I work the unit at 86degrees (Aircom T10 on top) to take care of it

    Aug 27, 2021 20:35
  • Review by ONISAMA, 8 out of 10
    Don’t buy yet just wait

    It only has ONE hdmi 2.1 port and despite what is advertised 4k120hz is not working. A new hardware fix is coming but no news on when and how much it will cost.

    Apr 23, 2021 15:17
  • Review by JeffM, 8 out of 10
    Mixed feelings

    I would give a 5 star but I have already had an issue with the HDMi port. Not exactly what I would expect for a $3500 receiver. We will see how this goes. I like Marantz but hopefully do not have any more issues.

    Jun 25, 2021 15:40
  • Review by njelectronicsguy, 10 out of 10
    It's a Beast!

    This receiver is everything that I wanted and needed in setting up my home theater. It's amazing how the sound fills the room with power and clarity.

    Jul 05, 2021 20:05
  • 9.8score
    Yamaha - AVENTAGE 700W 7.2-Ch. Bluetooth Capable with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Transform your home entertainment system with this Yamaha AVENTAGE A/V receiver. Delivering up to 160W per channel, this receiver gives exceptional control across the full dynamic range. The most popular surround sound formats are supported, including Dolby Digital Plus and DTS:X, and you can stream music from your favorite device on this Yamaha AVENTAGE A/V receiver via Wi-Fi, AirPlay or Bluetooth and connect everything else with the range of onboard USB and HDMI ports. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    13 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Easily control your AV receiver with Amazon Echo devices using the Smart Home skill and MusicCast skill to play music, link rooms and more.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi: Connect to the Internet for access to Pandora, Deezer, Napster, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet radio, and TIDAL.
  • 4K with HDR with 3D pass-through and MusicCast: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device and MusicCast provides wireless surrounds for a 5.1-channel audio setup.
  • 700W total power: RMS rating of 160W per channel at 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.06% THD, two channels driven for robust audio.
  • Wireless connectivity: Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth®, AirPlay® and Spotify connect.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Offers simple connection of USB enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • Seven HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs: HDMI cable is not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Upscaling: 4K upscaling boosts lower-resolution images to super high-definition resolution. This ensures compatibility with the latest high-resolution video formats.
  • YPAO® - Reflected Sound Control: YPAO R.S.C. analyzes the room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound at any of eight listening positions.
  • Automatic lip synchronization: Lets you adjust the audio to compensate for video lag.
  • Total Purity Concept: Encompasses high-drive amp technology, high-purity preamplification, anti-vibration technology, and independent pure power supplies.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by BillM, 10 out of 10
    fantastic AV receiver

    I purchased this for the audio processing for voice. Often TV shows and movies have sound tracks that are difficult to hear the voice track. This system not only allows you to separate and increase dB on voice track but has presence speakers that allow voice tracks to either go to higher placed speakers (facing audience) OR overhead. Treehis dramatically helps hearing challenge people. In addition, this model allows up to 8 locations to be sampled ro fine tune how the speaker system works. So common viewing positions are optimized. Many systems only sample for 1 location, sub optimizing the audience's experience.

    Rhis also provides 8 programmed settings for source, speakers, erc for single click accessing. Great system, a little pricy but after using for a month well worth it

    Aug 03, 2018 20:17
  • Review by Duane, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic reciever

    I had the AVR635 Harmon Kardon receiver I got 15 years ago was a thing of beauty, it went bad & time to upgrade, I didn't think I would find as good of a receiver,I got the

    Yamaha RX-A880, I got the receiver I was looking for & is better & easy setup, I always had my eye on Yamaha now I'm so glad I got this reciecer

    Aug 05, 2018 12:16
  • Review by Chairisgood, 10 out of 10
    So much wow

    Moving up from a Sony, to a Pioneer, to a denon, and then to this is a whole new world of sound. The difference in sound this has compared to the others I've had is immense. Clearer, sharper, less noise, better highs, tighter bass and better response all around..... On the same speakers. Even the surround effects work better, better stage, better movement, more accurate spacing, and more accurate timing. The voice tones are much better and there is zero need to boost the voice on the center channel compared to what I had before. The auto sound setup and calibration actually works! I haven't need to do a single tweaking on any of the channels. I would suggest this Yamaha over ANY of the other brands I've tried in the past. Also, easy set up, works exceptionally well for blue ray HD pass-through, no issues on the video, no issues getting the TV, Blue ray, and receiver talking. Just flawless setup.

    Dec 29, 2018 13:58
  • Review by RomeyRome, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha RX A880: Music to my ears!

    This AV was not actually my first choice, but is my second Yamaha AV, preceded by a Pioneer Elite SC-25. I bot a Pioneer Elite VSX LX 303 ( eBay) before buying the Yamaha A880, but it was defective and it back to the seller. It was a powerful amp and had a bigger power supply than the A880. Starting from scratch, the LX 303 was my reference AV and I narrowed my choice to the Pioneer LX 303, the Onkyo TX NR 696 and the Yamaha RX A680. All three were in my budget of $400-600. When I went to BB to listen to the amps, they only had the LX 303 and the Yamaha's. Even tho the Pioneer had the bigger power supply, the Yamaha blew me away. The realism, dynamics, resolution just floored me! My local BB had an open box A880 at 40% off which put it into my price range and i jumped on it! I Have Def Tech BP6b's, a Velodyne 150 watt sub, a Sony UPB-X800 UHD Disc player, a Cambridge Center and Mirage rears. I've taken my system into the stratosphere! Highly recommend this amp. Setup was a breeze, and the sound will envelope you regardless if its 2-channel or Blu-rays

    Jul 11, 2020 10:35
  • Review by MikeD, 10 out of 10
    Unexpected Improvements

    I bought this to replace an older Yamaha receiver that would not pass HDCP 2.2 content. Thus, I could not get full 4K content passed from my connected STB and Roku devices. What I had not expected was the overall improvement in the quality of the audio being passed through the new Yamaha. Really impressive. I had not realized how much technology has improved over the years. These things last for so many years that you don't realize that the signals being passed are so improved and you are missing that if you don't keep up.

    Jul 30, 2021 11:37
  • Review by techation, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha!

    Under $1000. You wont be disappointed. Im running 2 sets of Mtx floor standing speakers. 15's and 12's.

    Run it in biamp. Both zones come on together.

    Wow incredible sound. The Bluetooth connects with anything.

    I have HDMI out going to a 82' Samsung tv.

    I have barely scratch the surface of this receiver.

    But I'm happy with it.

    Best buy did everything right on the Purchase. Had it shipped right to my front door. Free.

    Aug 28, 2021 11:51
  • Review by Dauber, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Receiver

    This receiver has more power than I expected, I had a top of the line Pioneer Elite receiver which was 7 years old and was a great product that I had a hard time replacing. I bought another Elite Pioneer which died within 6 months of purchase and it was not even close to the performance of my old unit. Since my unit was under warranty my BestBuy associate was able to land me the Yamaha, wow was I impressed first off it has a much smaller footprint compared to other receivers I have had in the past. Great sound, all of the latest codecs and good looks. This is a must buy, if your looking for a receiver in this price range, this is hands down the best product out there. Go out and buy this thing you wont be sorry!

    Jul 11, 2020 10:03
  • Review by Shawn, 10 out of 10
    Best receiver

    This receiver does everything I could want. My system is set up with a projector in the middle with 2 32 in on each side. This receiver allows me to run 5 speaker surround with Dolby atoms and up to 2 subwoofers, as well as 2 secondary speakers in another room. I have both my small tv on digital optical cords and can flip between the three of them. I can also play music with airplay/Bluetooth/etc and switch the video outputs to play whichever output I would like weather that’s cable, video games, or my fire stick. The system works perfectly and I love it.

    Dec 02, 2019 06:26
  • 9.4score
    Pioneer - Elite 7.2-Ch. Bluetooth Capable with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Enjoy 5.2.2-channel surround sound with this Pioneer Elite network AV receiver. Google Assistant compatibili ty operates the device with user voice commands, while a simple setup lets you connect it to a Sonos home sound system. This Pioneer Elite network AV receiver features DTS Play-Fi and Flare Connect, which let you create a multi-room audio system. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    13 Features
  • Connect to the Internet: Via built-in Wi-Fi for access to Pandora, Deezer, Spotify, TIDAL and Amazon Music.
  • 4K and 3D passthrough: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-ES decoder, DTS 96/24 and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 6 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via LAN, USB, Bluetooth.
  • Dual-zone capability: Supports distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.
  • 0.08% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • Advanced surround modes: Include classic, unplugged, entertainment, pop/rock, action, drama, sports, advanced game, extended stereo and mono for quality sound in almost any genre.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • Advanced MCACC automatic room calibration: Automatically optimizes receiver output to optimum sound for the room acoustics.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LuvMySound, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver.

    Great receiver. I wanted a pioneer receiver to go with my pioneer speakers. Now my room is filled up with sound and I can hear the TV better.

    Nov 12, 2021 11:47
  • Review by ehalvy1, 10 out of 10
    Great a/v

    It is perfect for my application. I use it in the Garage. It pushes 2 Polk S15, a Polk S30 and 2 older Technics SBCR55. If and when i want to crank it up it does so very nicely. The upscale also looks very nice the older tv i have in garage.

    Aug 22, 2021 14:37
  • Review by Alex, 10 out of 10
    Awesome receiver!

    Awesome receiver! It's so easy to set up and a great upgrade to my old receiver.

    Jan 22, 2021 20:39
  • Review by John30144, 10 out of 10
    A great receiver!

    I've had this receiver for almost 2 months now- I love it. I'm no audiophile, and between age, live concerts, and headphones, my hearing probably isn't what it used to be. However, I can certainly tell an improvement in sound when I hear it. It sounds GREAT! My previous receiver was a bottom entry level Philips, so this is light-years ahead of that in every way.

    I'm in a relatively small apartment so I don't need monster sound- pretty sure my neighbors would be upset if I was shaking the walls regularly. I just want GOOD sound.

    I have it hooked up to my TV, my cable box, a turntable, and old Sony SACD/DVD player, and a Sony Blu-ray player.

    It drives a set of older Infinity bookshelf speakers, a 10" Polk powered subwoofer, and a Polk center channel speaker.

    Sound is big and clear. Crisp highs, warm mids, and great bass.

    I bought this model because it had everything I wanted: WiFi, Bluetooth, a phono jack, and the ability to expand later as I upgrade components. Setup was a breeze. Pandora sounds great through it. I push a button and all the music on my phone is accessible- talk about convenient.

    The only issue I have is when I power it on with the TV. When I turn on the TV, the receiver also powers up, but only for like 10 - 15 seconds. Then it turns off and I have to turn it back on again. I'm thinking its a setting, or the way I have it hooked up to the TV- I just haven't bothered to thoroughly research it yet.

    Other than that, I'm enjoying the heck out of this thing. I use it every single day. It really is a joy to use.

    Oct 28, 2019 18:45
  • Review by idontwearhats, 10 out of 10
    Best receiver I've ever owned.

    I've had at least a mid-range receiver as part of my home audio experience for the last 25 years or so, and they have all been Sony. After the HDMI board crapped out on my last model, I did some research and read about this beauty from Pioneer. Now is as good of a time to upgrade to an Atmos set to really take advantage of those UHD Blu-Rays over and above the visual upgrade.

    The Pioneer VSXLX104 is an awesome mid-range receiver that delivers a litany of audio options aimed at the ardent audiophile. With a rich, full low end, and a crispy high end, there is a marked difference in quality from the old Sony - and I still haven't upgraded the speakers! Wonderfully, the VSXLX104 also has HDR and 4k/60 pass through on every HDMI input. Speaking of the HDMI, the 2.2 comparability is a nice touch that helps to future proof your investment so you aren't upgrading in the next couple years. Quick tip: there is a trick you have to do to get the HDR to pass through, and it is not in the manual. A quick Google search will bring it up.

    I'm also enjoying the many small touches I continue to discover, like how the volume control is very nuanced. It lets you access many more levels than any Sony I've had. It has a wide range of pre-set soundscapes to choose from, which is handy if you want to spice up your listening experience. The Sonos compatibility is obnoxious as you have to purchase another device that costs as much as this receiver to get them to talk to each other, which is an expensive bummer. The remote is actually pretty simple - if a little ugly. But, it does the job. The on screen menu is very nice to have, but it's garish and not the most intuitive. Again, like the remote, it gets the job done.

    Overall, it's a solid, no frills purchase. For the price it has every feature you could want and more in a mid-range receiver, and it sounds fantastic. The money in development was put on features and sound quality, not in sexy menus and high-tech remotes - which helped to deliver a feature rich machine at a lower cost. I fell in love immediately, and I suspect you will to.

    Jul 17, 2020 19:21
  • Review by Zeus, 8 out of 10
    Nice stereo receiver

    Nice extra features great surround sound

    Cool remote sound levels

    Kinda annoying speaker twist downs though

    Dec 27, 2019 17:22
  • Review by mccaff, 10 out of 10
    Great all around receiver

    For the money I think this is the best receiver available. I have a couple of yamaha receivers and a harmon kardon but none have the capability this has. I saw some people call this a "beginner" AV receiver which is hilarious considering you buy a receiver for it's capability not yours. Above this LX104 (Like the LX304,LX504, etc.) power is really what you gain because I see no real benefit otherwise. IMAX enhanced comes with higher end receivers but is a complete gimmick.

    Connectivity: My system is setup as 5.1.2 with height virtualization. I use bluetooth frequently via Google Pixel 4 and a Fiio M5, both connect easily. The receiver is also connected to Amazon Music and Tidal but not often. The Pioneer Music Control App is no good. Arc is a good connection to have, especially if you use your TV to process the video and only send sound to the receiver like I do.

    Power: This has a Powered Zone 2 with DAC. I tried it out but the amp does seem to work hard with everything on, maybe reducing power somewhat overall. I don't really need so typically not used. At 80 w/2 channel this receiver is plenty for my 22' x 15' family room.

    Sound: MCACC setup is easy and accurate. My room is rectangular with the center channel 7' from the left surround speaker and about 15' from the right, surrounds are all JBL In Wall speakers. Sound is excellent especially in movies, compared to older receiver it opened up a whole new world. ARC works great when using the TV to receive and process video, ARC allows sound to pass from TV to be processed and does an excellent job of it. As far as actual audio processing goes this has many of the features for people who love FLAC files. I like FLAC but finding the difference between the processing by a receiver and the sound coming from a speaker falls more on the speaker quality.

    Video Processing: If I let the receiver do the processing, which I do with Cable, it does a great job. Some prefer pass through and I completely understand. I will say that the processing is a bit bright/saturated but there are so many ways to adjust that it isn't worth commenting on, just play around with it.

    Overall this was a great purchase, I was going to go with a Denon AVRX2600H but couldn't justify the price for what I got from this Pioneer. It has everything you need for video and audio processing for the foreseeable future, HDMI 2.1 excluded. 2.1 is needed for 8k processing so you'll need new cables and a new receiver for that. I would say i'm a long ways away from buying an 8k tv so this has the technology I needed now and for the next few years. LX104 is a very, very, safe and smart purchase if you're in need of a new receiver. The Magnolia room at BB is a great place to check it out and compare to other recievers, I recommend doing that as well.

    Apr 02, 2020 10:41
  • Review by Elmo, 6 out of 10
    I really wanted it to work for me

    I really wanted it to work for me. On paper and on a few reviews, this entry-level Pioneer seemed to have worked well enough as a replacement for my 13 year old Yamaha RX-V663. However, after almost a month testing, making adjustments and even having subsequent conversations with Pioneer support, I ended up returning it. Why? (1) It didn’t matter how many times I ran the MCACC, the system ended up sounding dull to the point that basic news broadcasts would sound over modulating as the signal came in to the system and not as it reached my speaker setup; (2) The volume knob had to be really high to feed my speakers which gave me concerns since I was reaching almost 0.0 db on just regular HD surround cable broadcast sound.

    Perhaps if I stuck with it and spend additional hours readjusting and saving profiles and EQ settings, maybe I could be satisfied with it. However, if I need to spend all that time, this AV is definitely not for me.

    On a good note, anytime I fed analog content into the system, it sounded like a Pioneer should sound based on its historic brand fame. The biggest issue was when the DAC had to kick in. Maybe it had to do with the fact that it is an entry level Elite or that it’s amplification was less than what I previously had in my Yamaha. But worse of all, is how Pioneer support was unresponsive to the point that I am still awaiting a response from them after responding to their questions.

    Hopefully another person will get to enjoy this unit.

    Oct 19, 2021 14:18
  • 9.4score
    Denon AVR-X2600H 7.2 Channel 4K UHD AV Receiver, Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X, Amazon Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    The Denon AVR-X2600H (95W x 7) provides a truly immersive 3D audio experience. Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. Set up Dolby Atmos with a 5.2.2 surround sound speaker system using Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for the ultimate home theater experience. Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization provides immersive audio without height channels, creating virtual height effects in a 7.2, 5.2 or 2.2 speaker arrangement. Elevate your home theater experience with this amp that supports 4K video technologies like Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, 4:4:4 color resolution and BT.2020. Enjoy seamless compatibility with the latest HD and Ultra HD TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles. This high-performance AVR allows effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora.

    5 Features
  • Powerful 7-Channel Amplifier with the Latest Home Cinema Technology: At 95 watts per channel, the Denon AVR-X2600H AV Receiver delivers high power performance & operational stability for a range of speakers with HDCP 2.3 & advanced video processing with 4K upscaling for HDMI sources
  • 4K Ultra-High Definition Video Quality: Features 8 HDMI In / 2 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC) 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video with full HDCP 2.3 support, 4:4:4 pure color sub-sampling, Dolby vision, HDR10, HLG, eARC, 3D & BT.2020 for an ultimate cinematic experience
  • Immersive Surround Sound with Heightened Realism: Be right in the center of action with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X support. Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects and take your movies and music to the next level
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Guide: Denon’s Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & specify Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Extend the Reach of Your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS multi-room wireless speakers like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Deke, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Receiver

    I replaced my old Sony 7.1 Receiver that I paid over $800.00 for with this Denon 2600h Receiver. The sound that's generated by this receiver makes it seems like you are actually at the movies. Please note that I am using klipsch speakers...2 front speakers, center speaker. sub-woofer, and 2 rear speakers. My family loves the sound quality of this Denon Receiver. The set up is fairly easy with the onscreen menus. I would recommend this Denon Receiver if you are looking for a good quality receiver at a decent price. I would also recommend using banana plugs to make the speaker installation a breeze. The Bluetooth feature is amazing for Amazon Music, - Heos...

    This is one of my best purchases in the last 5 years from Best Buy.

    Mar 20, 2020 20:55
  • Review by Dan76, 10 out of 10
    Good audio, perfect for movies

    Good receiver, setup process with included microphone was easy, nice WiFi and internet radio options. 4K picture is very good and 7.2 surround is seamless. Recognizes my 4K Xfinity cable box. Make sure to use HDMI cables rated for 4K audio/video and hook up to the TVs ACC port. I recommend banana clips because of the limited space on the back of the receiver (see pictures).

    Nov 14, 2020 16:10
  • Review by gemknight, 8 out of 10
    Solid Receiver, Slow To Update, no G Assistant

    I love the functionality of this receiver. It was easy to do tuning of the room, and has wonderful processing options for inputs. I like DTS Nueral:X to render normal LR stuff like tv shows to near 5.1. Menus are quick.

    It's passthrough is a nice feature to let my chromecast always play to my TV when I don't need speakers.

    Troubles:

    I wish the remote had a dim backlight to it, that would help see it it the dark. My play pause features don't pass through to the chromecast like a Sony one did. Similarly, it doesn't automatically turn on when it detects a sound from a source like Chromecast. I have to turn it on, then it sometimes doesn't handshake well so it will not request Dolby Digital +. Another item is that the auto off feature only works for non moving images and no sound. I can't get it to shut off automatically while the chromecast is just showing the backdrop slide show.

    It was marketed at being Google Assistant compatible, but as of review, it is unable to communicate with my assistant.

    It has been a couple of months now, and I haven't gotten any updates since opening the box. I hope this is not the case going forward, because I may leave denon after this.

    Aug 24, 2020 18:37
  • Review by jays2001, 8 out of 10
    Great connectivity; cost cutting is disappointing

    Overall I love this receiver: It has enough power for a 7.1 setup in a fairly large family room (15x25) and newer features such as AirPlay and eARC work really well. I sought the best receiver I could find in this price point and the Denon fit the bill really well.

    Coming from a 12-year-old Onkyo TX-SR705 that cost less than the Denon, it was disappointing to see some cost cutting between the two units: An unsubstantial, non-backlit remote; no user manual (no, a PDF doesn't cut it); and lacking THX certification, among some other sound modes (DTS-MA for example).

    Fortunately, newer features available on this 2019 model more than make up for the deficiencies; I enjoy using my phone's app to control the receiver (although the app itself could be much more user friendly), and eARC allows me to run everything through a single HDMI cable to the TV. I haven't tried HEOS but AirPlay has been simple to use from my phone.

    Setup was easy, walking through the on-screen prompts to pair my phone and configure the speakers using Audyssey.

    The power is just right for my room. We keep the volume around 64, and turn it up to 70 for movie nights, which is plenty loud without stressing the unit. Overall I'm happy with the purchase.

    Jun 05, 2020 12:52
  • Review by electronicuser, 10 out of 10
    DENON 2600 TUNER

    Now this tuner is the wave of the future with 4k abilities and took me alittle while to figure out., Im kinda old school, this has alot of depth in controls, so be ready for a head scratcher, but once going , hard to complain about anything and plays great, has a built in equalizer too, you can do highs to mids, and add acouple of subs too.

    Oct 03, 2021 17:17
  • Review by KommandantKlink, 10 out of 10
    Great Receiver At A Budget Friendly Price

    This receiver fit my needs perfectly for my 5.1 system. Denon makes quality receivers and I am very happy with my purchase.

    Oct 24, 2021 21:37
  • Review by Shaun, 10 out of 10
    Great product

    My surround sound system sounds like I'm in a movie theatre. Great features and functions. Definitely a great product

    Oct 20, 2021 22:52
  • Review by Chaz32, 10 out of 10
    My 3rd and final system

    We started off buying a Yamaha system and had to replace it with another Yamaha one. After not being happy with the second Yamaha I upgraded to my Denon and we are incredibly happy with that purchase.

    Mar 20, 2020 18:37
  • 9.4score
    MEE audio - BTR Portable Bluetooth Audio Receiver - Black
    Description

    Add wireless functionality to wired devices with this MEE Audio Bluetooth adapter. RCA and 3.5mm connectivity provide compatibility with headphones, sound systems and other electronics, and the streamlined design offers easy installation and setup. Featuring CinemaEAR technology, this MEE Audio Bluetooth adapter has four sound enhancement modes that help improve audio quality and let you customize your listening experience.

    3 Features
  • Bluetooth 5.0 interface syncs with compatible devices: Wirelessly transfer photos, music and other media between the laptop and your Bluetooth-enabled cell phone or MP3 player, or connect Bluetooth wireless accessories.
  • Wireless range up to 33': Lets you enjoy freedom from cables and cords.
  • Additional ports: Audio line-out.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Smith, 10 out of 10
    Now streaming music in my car

    Purchased to be able to stream music in my car that doesn't have Bluetooth capability. Works great.

    Nov 23, 2021 08:52
  • Review by buffysingstheblues, 10 out of 10
    Glad I bought it!

    I purchased this item to attach to a non-bluetooth portable speaker and connected this receiver via bluetooth to my phone to listen to music. Love it! Also use it when I want to listen to my non-bluetooth, wired earbuds when I need to listen to YouTube meditational music that I can play all night. The only thing that I don't care for is the bright blue light indicating that it is connected/on. I have to tuck it under my pillow as the light is blinding at night.

    Jun 12, 2020 19:20
  • Review by Ehhhh, 8 out of 10
    Don't make the same mistake!

    It's a Bluetooth RECEIVER.

    Does NOT transmit. Should do both!

    I purchased the wrong item, went past the returnable date.

    Nov 02, 2021 19:12
  • Review by Great, 10 out of 10
    Great Product

    AWESOME PRODUCT, WORK REALLY GOOD AND BATTERY LAST LONG TIME. I HAVE PURCHASED FEW FOR MY FAMILY MEMBERS

    Sep 16, 2021 09:53
  • Review by TTTTT, 10 out of 10
    Totally works

    When we purchased this item I was suspicious about it. We’ve used it in 2 different vehicles and on a boom box and it worked perfectly every time.

    Dec 27, 2019 18:03
  • Review by jims4030, 8 out of 10
    MEE audio--Bluetooth Audio Receiver

    So far I haven't used this much so I can't rate it real good yet but will do an additional review after I use it more.

    So far it is good. Best Buy had the best price even over Amazon and had good ratings & reviews

    Jul 16, 2021 11:13
  • Review by Coffeelover, 8 out of 10
    Works great

    I originally bought this to use my wired earbuds with my firestick when my wife is sleeping. I was able to connect without problem, but I can't get audio to play through. Not sure where the issue is, but was about to return it but paired with my phone to see if it would be useful. I can now use some of favorite wired headphones with my new s20 cell phone which works well! Cheap way to add Bluetooth 5.0 to your devices/car!

    Aug 23, 2020 09:53
  • Review by Mark, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic device!

    Bought this as a deal of the day and I am very pleased. Very nice quality and build. Paring is a breeze. I use this mainly with an older pair of earbuds paired to a Firestik. As soon as I turn the unit on it auto pairs with the Firestik...Nice! I would highly recommend this item. It also has additional cords.

    May 16, 2020 13:14
  • 9.4score
    Denon - AVR-X4700H 8K Ultra HD 9.2 Channel (125 Watt X 9) AV Receiver 2020 Model - 3D Audio & Video, Built for Gaming - Black
    Description

    Immerse yourself in high-power, precision-based home theater entertainment with the new Denon AVR-X4700H. With 125W per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.05%, 2 ch. driven) this performance-tuned Denon receiver delivers a truly immersive 3D audio experience with eARC support. The AVR-X4700H features the latest in 3D audio formats such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced and Auro-3D. The AVR-X4700H also supports the latest video technologies such as 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG, as well as 8K upscaling and HDCP 2.3 support on all HDMI ports (8 in/3 out). *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    9 Features
  • Unmatched 3D Realism: Bring your movies and music to life with immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Auro-3D, IMAX Enhanced, DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Atmos, and crisp, clean picture with advanced video processing, 8K/60Hz, and 4K/120Hz* pass-through
  • 8K Ready Amplifier: Enjoy high quality 3D audio & video knowing that AVR-X4700H IS 8K READY WHEN YOU ARE. This high-power amplifier capable of 11.2 channel processing allows to build your choice of speaker configuration TO MEET YOUR EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT NEEDS
  • Next Gen Gaming: Enjoy a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with spectacular imaging, reduced lag & frame tearing with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • The Most Advanced Video Technologies: This 9.2-Ch receiver supports High Dynamic Range video format such as HDR10, Dolby Vision & HLG, and Quick Media Switching for eliminating video delays. Also supports Dynamic HDR, HDR10+ for more realistic imaging in supreme clarity, contrast & color
  • Connect with any HD/Ultra HD TV, Subwoofer, Blu-Ray Player & Turntable for Incredible Stereo Sound: USB, 11 HDMI ports (8 In/ 3 Out) with HDCP 2.3 processing, Digital In, Phono input & Network support with a range of wireless connections
  • Extend the Reach of your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS MULTI-ROOM WIRELESS SPEAKERS like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai & Control4 SDPP
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Assistant: Denon’s on-screen Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (with 2 preset options) that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Note about 4K/120Hz pass-though: *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by preorder, 8 out of 10
    No 4k 120hz yet?

    The Denon AVR-X4700H is a great receiver. it has 9.2 channels with the ablity to add 2 more channels with a power amp. I'm using the Niles SI-2150 which gives you 150W at 8ohs and 270W at 4ohms per channel to go with my Klipsch - Reference Series Dual 6-1/2" Passive Floor Speaker. which is 100W RMs and 400 peak.

    the only draw back with this receiver is the pre-out set up only allows you to chose from either your Dolby Atmos surround or your fronts. I went with the fronts because it was a shorter run wire wise. I wouldn't have enough slack to wire up the power amp for Dolby Atmos surround.

    The set up is easy, the auddusy for the speakers is amazing and if you pay an extra $20 for the multeq app it allows you really calibrate in more detail your speakers and subs via your phone. you then save it via the app and can send it to your receiver.

    One small issue is all the hdmi are supposed to be 4k 120hz. my xbox series x allows 4k 120hz and so does my 55 " lg 4k GX series. but the receiver won't do it.

    Not sure what's going on there.

    but all and all agreat add.

    Feb 22, 2021 19:30
  • Review by AwesomeReceiver, 10 out of 10
    Great quality for the price.

    I presently have a basic 5.1 Dolby setup in my den. This receiver is awesome. I know it will be very capable of any upgrades I will do when the time comes. Even with my system I have now, the sound quality is incredible.

    Oct 08, 2021 16:18
  • Review by glockmeister, 10 out of 10
    Excellent!

    This thing is a beast! This receiver has pretty much everything Denon offers as far as options. While it isn’t “powerful” it is ample power for my system. Setup is a bit quirky unless you really know what you’re doing. Also, this version has the updated chip-set, so no external box for the [email protected] needed. The remote (as will all Denon remotes) is pretty much useless and a terrible design, but All in all….very happy with this

    Sep 01, 2021 10:27
  • Review by Java, 10 out of 10
    Denon does not disappoint.

    Excellent unit. Denon does not disappoint. Fast and easy setup. HEOS works great for streaming music directly from the Internet/WiFi. Plenty of power.

    Jan 15, 2021 17:56
  • Review by GTB65, 10 out of 10
    Excellent combo to with my 4K QLED TV

    Awesome receiver with 125 watts per channel. Excellent investment improving the quality of my 4K Samsung QLED 65 inch TV. Also to note the geek squad installed my system and they did a fine job and provided great support. Even a few weeks later I had a few questions and the installer was helpful.

    Jan 15, 2021 17:35
  • Review by dw2094, 10 out of 10
    Awesome receiver

    Great receiver. In the beginning I was having issues with my Blu ray 0laywr turning on which I had connected through the receiver. I think it was just an issue with CEC on the Blu-ray as I have since disabled CEC on the Blu-ray player and now that issue doesn't happen anymore.

    The CVR has pre out so you can run an external amplifier which I will be doing in the near future but so far so good. This AVR has anything and everything as far as features that anyone could really even need.

    Oct 31, 2021 17:49
  • Review by Casperscapes, 10 out of 10
    Good Upgrade

    This is a fine upgrade especially if you are into gaming and want to utilize the single 2.1 ch input for PS5. This amplifier is also great for home theater and music

    Feb 02, 2021 10:57
  • Review by Rico, 8 out of 10
    So far, so good.

    Firstly, I'm downgrading due to an online user's manual that is hard to follow (prompting the user to click on link after link after link to solve issues). If customization (in the form of user preferences) is difficult, what is the point of spending extra money on features that are nested too deeply in print? I would like to see at least one pair of 'Audio Out' analog jacks for recording or monitoring purposes on these high-dollar receivers. The Audyssey mic set up is a little redundant on sensor positioning. Heat has not been a factor, so far. Pass-through on receiver stand-by is a real power saver. One nugget to pass along on set up: Make sure you make ALL connections BEFORE twisting in your Bluetooth antennas. They are fragile and inherently in the way at inopportune times. Functional alternative tripod included.

    Mar 06, 2021 02:14
  • 9.2score
    Denon - AVR-X3700H 8K Ultra HD 9.2 Channel (105 Watt X 9) AV Receiver 2020 Model - 3D Audio & Video, Built for Gaming - Black
    Description

    Immerse yourself in high-power, precision-based home theater entertainment with the new Denon AVR-X3700H. With 105W per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, THD: 0.08%, 2 ch. driven) this performance-tuned Denon receiver delivers a truly immersive 3D audio experience with eARC supported pass-through. The AVR-X3700H supports the latest in 3D audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, and IMAX Enhanced. It also supports the latest video technologies such as 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG, as well as 8K upscaling and HDCP 2.3 support on all HDMI ports (7 in/3 out). *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    9 Features
  • Unmatched 3D Realism for your Home Theater System: Bring your movies and music to life with immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization & DTS Virtual:X & crisp, clean picture with advanced video processing, 8K/60Hz, and 4K/120Hz* pass-through
  • 8K Ready Amplifier: Enjoy high quality 3D audio & video knowing that AVR-X3700H IS 8K READY WHEN YOU ARE. This high-power amplifier capable of 11.2 channel processing allows to build your choice of speaker configuration to meet your exclusive entertainment needs
  • Next Gen Gaming: Enjoy a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with spectacular imaging, reduced lag & frame tearing with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • The Most Advanced Video Technologies: This 9.2 channel receiver supports High Dynamic Range video format such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. Also supports Dynamic HDR, HDR10+ for more realistic imaging and delivers visuals in supreme clarity, contrast & color
  • Connect with any HD/Ultra HD TV, Subwoofer, Blu-Ray Player & Turntable for Incredible Stereo Sound: USB, 10 HDMI ports (7 In/ 3 Out) with HDCP 2.3 processing, Digital In, Phono input & Network support with a range of wireless connections
  • Extend the Reach of your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS MULTI-ROOM WIRELESS SPEAKERS like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai & Control4 SDPP
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Assistant: Denon’s on-screen Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (with 2 preset options) that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Note about 4K/120Hz pass-though: *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Benjamin, 10 out of 10
    Excellent performance, easy setup

    Upgrading my soundbar to a more powerful 5.1 home theater setup meant choosing an AVR and navigating sometimes contradictory professional and consumer reviews. This AVR's stellar reputation and capabilities for the latest formats led me to pick it up and I'm glad that I did.

    Setting it up was intuitive and easy; and I appreciated the Audyssey calibration. This system drives an all-Klipsch speaker suite, including RP-600C center channel, a pair of RP-6000F front speakers, a pair of RP-402S surrounds, and an SPL-100 subwoofer. I run everything through the receiver, primarily a Shield TV for most movie and television content and an Xbox One X for 4K Blu-ray movies. I do not plan on using the 120Hz refresh rate on next-gen gaming systems anytime soon, hence I was unbothered purchasing this system after that issue was identified.

    So far, the system sounds great, performs without issue, and is reliable and easy to use. Will update if I experience any issues, but would recommend this unit to others.

    Dec 29, 2020 14:56
  • Review by Schmidthead033, 10 out of 10
    Great unit!

    Powerhouse unit with tons of tweaking capability! You really are in command

    Jun 11, 2021 16:06
  • Review by AVRx3700, 10 out of 10
    Denon for Denon- Can’t go wrong

    Excellent receiver and delivers a great picture. Replaced an older Denon and much easier to setup.

    Mar 05, 2021 16:03
  • Review by Mechanizm, 10 out of 10
    Amazing receiver, works @ 4K 120hz

    This receiver is amazing!!! I started off by purchasing the aventage A2A because I have both a Ps5 and a series x and wanted the 4K 120hz support. Well neither system would pass 120hz on it even with the latest firmware, and I was underwhelmed by the sound of it so I returned it for this receiver. I couldn’t be happier! The sound quality is leaps and bounds better, the audessy setup with dual subwoofers is exactly what I was looking for, and all the customizations make this the best receiver I’ve ever owned. BUT ON TOP OF THAT- after upgrading it to the latest firmware I hooked my Ps5 up to the 8k port and it passed 4K 120hz perfectly! Now for the crazy part... I was resigned to the fact that I would just run my series x at 4K 60hz due to all the issues of heard about these receivers chipsets incompatibility with uncompressed 4K 120hz. I plugged my series x into hdmi 2 on the receiver, powered it on abs checked the video settings AND IT WAS PASSING 4K 120hz AS WELL!!! I’m nor sure how it’s doing it, but it’s doing it and it was just the icing on the cake! I highly recommend!!!!

    Feb 17, 2021 18:28
  • Review by TechBoy, 8 out of 10
    Denon Bleed Through Issue

    The X3700H produces undistorted, detailed, rich sound in stereo mode, through the front left and right speakers. I bought it to replace my X3500H, because stereo music sounded harsh and distorted. I highly recommend the X3700H for stereo reproduction.

    However, the X3700H, and apparently all Denon and Marantz models made after November 2020, have an issue with dialog bleeding through to all surround and atmos speakers, when the source signal is stereo, and is converted by the AVR to 5.1. My X3700H has this issue, and the result is unacceptably distorted dialog to the Dolby Atmos speakers and surround speakers. (See attached screen capture from Denon website). I can't listen to anything in 5.1; I have to use DTS:X. I'm confident this issue will be resolved by Dolby and Denon.

    Feb 20, 2021 01:27
  • Review by ajlueke, 4 out of 10
    Receiver is unstable with RTX 3000 series GPUs.

    While the sound quality and setup are excellent, the receiver does not correctly pass 4K120Hz 10-bit signals from NVidia 3000 series GPUs.

    Setting up the receiver and the GPU according to the sound united video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=blWc3MDwD8k) does indeed yield an image on screen, however that image is not stable. After a while the entire color palate will become corrupt rainbows.

    The corruption doesn't always occur immediately, but it is especially pronounced when enabling VRR in the form of G-sync. However the issue does occur even if no VRR has been enabled. Bypassing the AVR, and connecting the HDMI cable directly to the LG OLED TV resolves all my issues. Setting the refresh rate to 60Hz also works, however, VRR isn't available at that refresh rate.

    I wouldn't recommend this for anyone looking to pair an NVidia GPU with an HDMI 2.1 receiver.

    Sep 13, 2021 15:11
  • Review by sportsdad, 10 out of 10
    Denon won out over Yamaha

    This was not an easy decision for me. I did plenty of research. It came down to this Denon x3700h or a Yamaha rx-a1080 for my set up. For reference, I am hooking it up to SVS Prime Pinnacle Towers, SVS Ultra Center, rear satellites, sb 2000 pro sub and a Sony A9g with Sony 4k DVD player.

    I actually bought both. I got them for the same price at the time so it was simply comparing the receivers head to head. Full transparency I wanted to love the Yamaha. I just kept reading reviews of the Denon x3700h and had to hear it for myself before my window of return closed. Out of the box the build quality on the Yamaha seems better? The feel of the casing, the look of the connections. It looked like a better receiver side by side.

    I have bananas plugs so I set up both receivers (ran Audyssey and YPAO). I watched movies, I listened to music... Did this for weeks. I had my wife and kids come in and vote.

    No matter what I did I could not get the Yamaha to sound like the Denon. The surround sound was fuller, more realistic on the Denon. The center channel wasn't overpowered yet was clear and detailed... more than the Yamaha. I went into all the settings multiple times and tried to get the Yamaha to out perform the Denon... I just couldn't.

    Maybe it was my room or maybe I didn't fully know what I was doing, but I did know that the family votes were 4-0 for the Denon. I honestly was a little bummed. I actually wanted to keep the Yamaha. In the end my ears won out and I kept the Denon and haven't regretted it. It does run hotter than the Yamaha. I ended up getting an AC Infinity T8 to keep it cool. Get one... keep it cool and you won't be disappointed.

    Mar 13, 2021 18:20
  • Review by TVGeek, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver with lots of features

    I purchased this receiver last week to replace a Pioneer Elite VSX-LX503 that did not have all the functionality that this one has. I recently bought a miniDSP 2x4 HD and a miniDSP UMIK-1 to use with REW to calibrate my subs and mains with. The Denon has the ability to set the individual crossovers to what you would like, and the Pioneer doesn't which makes it tough to fine tune it.

    So far the Denon is all that I could ask for, it is easy to setup, and even though it only has 105W per channel (2 channels driven), even running 5.2.4 Atmos it is more than enough. I have a Emotiva 5 channel amp powering the LCR, but this is not needed for a small to medium size room. The Audyssey setup works very well, and i prefer it over the MCACC that Pioneer uses. You still have to do some fine tuning, but turns out very well in the end. It is always good to gain match all of your speakers, but not needed for normal users.

    Overall for the price, and the features it is a great buy, if you need more power, go for the x4700, but the features are the same, except the 4700 has Aura 3d and the x3700 doesn't. They both have the ability though to use them as a preamp now, and use external amps to power your speakers and just use the receiver as a pre/pro which is nice. I am not a gamer so won't comment on the 4k/120hz not working properly at this time, i tested it and it did not work for me properly. hopefully a firmware update coming in the future.

    only real gripe so far is the remote is not backlit, which makes finding buttons in a dark room a pain

    Mar 11, 2021 10:56
  • 9.2score
    Sony - 2.0-Ch. Stereo Receiver with Bluetooth - Black
    Description

    Bring together your analog and digital music collection with this 2-channel Sony receiver. Its phono input lets you hook up a record player directly, and its Bluetooth capability allows convenient wireless streaming from compatible devices. This Sony receiver has a built-in power amplifier for clear, distortion-free sound, and the rigid chassis minimizes vibration.

    11 Features
  • 100W RMS power x 2 channels: For powerful sound.
  • Built-in Bluetooth: Not only can you wirelessly stream and play music from compatible Bluetooth devices, but with Bluetooth Standby, you can turn on your receiver remotely.
  • Phono input for turntables: Plug your turntable directly into the receiver via the phono input for appropriate pre-amplification and EQ.
  • Speaker A/B switching function: Lets you connect two pairs of speakers. You can easily switch between A or B or use all of them together at the same time to expand your listening environment.
  • 1% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via Bluetooth.
  • FM tuner: 30 station presets lets you program your favorites for simple one-touch recall.
  • Headphone jack: Full-size (1/4") headphone jack.
  • Media input: 4 stereo RCA audio & 3.5mm inputs.
  • Volume offset mode: Automatically adjusts phono input volume.
  • Pure Direct mode: Provides improved signal clarity and detail.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JimC, 10 out of 10
    Elegant Simplicity, Powerful, Very Clean Output

    This is a superb and stylish stereo receiver/amplifier with Sony quality at a very modest price. I have earphones which cost more than this fully-equipped receiver!

    After extensive testing of this equipment my conclusion is that the Sony STR DH190 Receiver has a very nice combination of features, power and sound quality which surpass the vast majority of its competitors in its price range.

    The task of selecting a stereo receiver/amplifier is complicated by the wide variety of systems being marketing by electronics firms (2.0, 2.1, 3.1, 5.1, 7.1 or 7.2) Those numbers indicate how many channels of stereo are created. 2.0 is traditional stereo, 2.1 adds a separate sub-woofer, 3.1 adds a center channel, 5.1 includes rear speakers for better surround sound effects. Finally, 7.1 adds two speakers on the left and right and positioned about where the listener sits, while 7.2 is the same as a 7.1 system but with an extra sub-woofer.

    That’s a lot of numbers! So which is best? You would think that a 7.2 system would be the ultimate and far, far superior to a simple 2.0 stereo. But guess what? It all depends upon your speakers! All 2.1, 3.1, 5.1 and 7.1 systems are designed to send a narrow range of sound to a set of small speakers supplemented by a single sub-woofer to handle the bass.

    But if you have a pair of classic big stereo speakers with a nice tweeter on top, a mid-range speaker in the middle and huge bass speaker at the bottom you are probably best served by hooking it up to a good 2.0 stereo like the Sony STR DR190. All of that channel separation performed by a 5.1 or 7.1/7.2 amplifier is wasted and probably detrimental to the quality of output from your big stereo speakers. Those big speakers have something better than a sub-woofer – they have powerful directional bass speakers that far out-perform that single, modest-sized sub-woofer in the 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 systems.

    The only application for which 3.1, 5.1 or 7.1 systems are superior is in home theaters. There you can take advantage of a number of small speakers located around the room to enhance the sound of movies or sports on your big screen TV.

    So if you have a nice set of big stereo speakers, stop shopping in the 5.1/7.1 receiver aisle and focus on this terrific Sony receiver.

    It is packed with a great set of features and specifications:

    • It is compact, 17” wide (standard width of most stereo equipment) but just 11” deep and 5” tall

    • Isolated phono input to give your turntable and vinyl records the best sound possible

    • Four speaker connections (A and B set)

    • Discreet amplifier provides 100 watts of power for each set of speakers (at 8 ohms)

    • Speaker impedance adjustable from 6 ohms to 16 ohms

    • Total Harmonic Distortion of just 1%

    • FM turner with 30 digital presets and station names, plus auto tuning

    • 4 analog (RCA) inputs (plus the Phono input)

    • Front mini jack (3.5 mm) input (to connect a phone or iPod)

    • Headphone output

    • Full-function remote control

    • Bluetooth connectivity with on/off control over the receiver

    • Sleep function accessed from remote

    • Display can be set at bright or dim level or turned off entirely

    • Weighs 15 pounds and very solidly built with a reinforced chassis

    The receiver is very sleek, with an elegant minimalist design. Controls on the receiver include power, speaker switching, FM tuning, preset station selection, display brightness, display selection, Bluetooth pairing, PureDirect isolation, input selector and volume.

    The sound produced by this system’s amplifier is pure, distortion-free and steady at both low and very high volumes.

    The Bluetooth connection was effortless from every device I tried (phone, tablet, laptop). One very nice aspect of the Bluetooth feature is that you can power-on the receiver from the remote device.

    Heat is the enemy of receivers but this unit has a great many air ventilation slots on the top, sides and bottom to allow enough airflow to keep it cool and give it a long life. Not very high tech, but an important design element.

    This Sony receiver is likely a huge step up from that old amplifier that you probably have attached to your stereo speakers. It is very easy to set up, will fit on even a fairly shallow bookshelf and will connect to all of your stereo equipment with ease.

    I just have two quibbles on this unit. One small issue is that the wire holes on the connection tabs for speaker wires are fairly small. If you use very thick speaker wire you may find it a bit tricky to insert that wire into the tab. Not really a big deal but I felt I should mention it. The other drawback is that I wish it had an AM tuner as well. There are times when I want to listen to AM radio stations (sports, talk shows, news) but this receiver is missing that feature.

    Bottom line - the Sony STR DH190 Receiver is a great two channel stereo hub, priced so low that you can afford to spend more on speakers yet capable of the vast majority of functions you will use every day. It has features and the performance of far more expensive systems. It is an excellent value for music fans who want to upgrade basic stereo setups.

    Mar 20, 2018 23:02
  • Review by gadgetguy11, 10 out of 10
    This is Not Your Grandfather's Receiver!

    The Sony STRDH190 is an Ultra Modern 2-Channel Audio Receiver designed to deliver Precision Audio for 2018 & Beyond!

    LIKES:

    1- Smarter Bluetooth Standby turns on receiver wirelessly by any phone or tablet simply by activating Bluetooth! Features Bluetooth Audio Streaming.

    2- Vinyl never sounded so clear! Dedicated equalization & gain is activated with Phono Input. The resulting sound is off the charts!! The highly sensitive Phono Preamp is purposely located diagonally opposite the magnetic Power Transformer to keep inference to a minimum.

    3- Uses a discrete transistor amplifier, a feature unique to the most expensive High End Power Amplifiers. A discrete amplifier produces sweet sound with much higher Signal to Note Ratio, greater Amplifier Gain, less Clipping, lower Distortion & inaudible Hiss, compared with "Amplifiers on a Chip" that are cheaper & are standard in most receivers.

    4- Oversized Power Transformer exceeds power requirements at the loudest Sound Pressure Levels. Feel the weight of this receiver; the massive power transformer is most of the weight. Gone are the flickering receiver lights when you crank up a budget receiver, because it was running out of power. When an amplifier runs out of power, the sine wave audio transitions to a flat top, square wave, or DC. DC burns out speaker coils. Playing an amplifier with inadequate power source causes this phenomenon; this receiver is designed to deliver full rated 100 Watts RMS / Channel continuously without jeopardizing speaker coils.

    5- Six (6) stereo inputs: 3) Standard Analog Inputs, 1) Tape or similar Input / Output, 1) Phono & Bluetooth.

    6- Full Functional Remote Control

    7- Auto Standby: If power is cut & restored, receiver turns back on with the exact input & volume before power was cut. This is a huge feature for a remote installation. I am using this receiver as an outdoor Deck Audio system, using Apple Airport Express with Apple AirPlay as the streaming audio input. I use a WEMO switch to energize / cut power to this receiver. Switch WEMO on & the receiver immediately turns on in the state last set up.

    8- Low Profile Cabinet measures only 5 1/4" high; placement is very versatile.

    9- 2) Zone A & B speakers are selectable by remote control. This means indoor & outdoor speakers, or 2 rooms of audio can be switched or operated simultaneously.

    10- Front Panel 3.5mm audio input connects to Amazon Echo Dot & similar steaming audio sources or smart speakers. No need to fish around the back of the receiver to find the jack.

    11- 1/4" full size front panel mounted headphone jack.

    12- Built-in FM Radio with 30-station preset, remote controllable.

    13- Massive 100 Watts RMS / Channel Output X 2 at 1% THD (it plays VERY LOUDLY yet Sounds PURE!).

    14- Dimensions & Weight:

    Depth 11.2 in

    Width 16.9 in

    Height 5.2 in

    Weight 14.77 lbs

    15- 2-Year Factory Warranty.

    16- Hi-Res Audio, with high bit count on digital signals, produces higher than CD quality sound.

    17- The steel reinforced chassis, located on the bottom of the receiver, is a work of art & is something to behold! More than a pretty box, this chassis is designed to be located near speakers that you crank up loudly, while absorbing & not transmitting vibration that would directly result in audio distortion heard through the speakers! SONY perfected this feature years ago for their State-Of-The-Art ES Receivers, ES Preamplifiers & ES Amplifiers. To bring such crucial technology to this 2-Channel Receiver clearly shows SONY's dedication to Pure Audio with STRDH190.

    18- Sony even added vibration deadening heat sink mounts for the aluminum power transistor heat sinks, to further reduce undesirable vibration that could be transmitted and heard as distortion in the speakers.

    19- Pure Direct option on the remote avoids sound coloration & yields only the cleanest tracks.

    20- Designed for Speaker Impedance from 6-16 Ohm, which is basically every speaker on the market.

    DISLIKES:

    1- The volume knob is an ideal size, but is not weighted. In the 70's, large receivers featured "Weighted Volume Control" and "Weighted Tuning Knobs". A small spin and a flywheel behind the front panel would transfer the spin effortlessly with a cool feel. Minor issue, but it would have been nice...

    2- Power cord is permanently connected to the back of the receiver; I prefer a receptacle on the back of the receiver with a plug-in power cord. That enables easier routing to AV cabinets.

    3- No rear panel IR Sensor. For installations in cabinets using a smart remote such as Harmony, remote transmitter eyes look better - and are invisible - when mounted to the rear panel IR Sensor if one is present on the receiver, rather than stuck on the front panel IR Sensor, with a wire hanging out.

    4- No Subwoofer Output. Even though this is a 2-Channel amplifier, using a subwoofer to enhance low frequency sound can be desirable. A single RCA jack with low pass filter would have enabled a simple subwoofer connection.

    CONCLUSION: This is Not Your Grandfather's Receiver!

    With Smart Bluetooth Connection, Streaming, Phono customized for Vinyl & a Premium construction designed for delivering Pure Sound, Sony STRDH190 earns my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

    Feb 24, 2018 14:36
  • Review by JoeyNoNuts, 10 out of 10
    Sony 2 channel Bluetooth receiver

    Bought this to channel receiver for my coffee shop and liked it so much I bought another one for home! It’s only two channels, but with a little research, I discovered you can make it 5.1 channels by hooking it up to an active subwoofer (thanks YouTube!) Everything sounds good and it’s plenty loud and has a sleek design, my only complaint would be there is a slight lag using the Bluetooth. It bothers me a little bit to hear the sound effects or words a millisecond behind the image on TV, but I imagine that would always be the case with Bluetooth, but at this price point, I can live with it.

    Nov 04, 2021 13:12
  • Review by amateriat, 10 out of 10
    "Budget" Receiver Punches Well Above Its Weight

    Backstory: I decided to finally put together a second, smaller hi-fi for my work/study/brainstorming room in the house, as my "main" hi-fi, in the living room, also happens to be tied to the 52" flat-screen above it, and let's just say I don't always have access to it when I'd like to (I'm the big music person here, she's the big TV/movie person). I already had two of the required components to pull out of mothballs (turntable and cassette deck, both solid quality if a tad old), so I just needed speakers, CD player, and, of course, a receiver to (paraphrasing the Dude) tie it all together. Decided to go completely old-school, since the type of receiver I was after (two-channel-only, non-geeky control layout) is rare as hen's teeth brand-new on the market, or so I initially thought.

    So: got a nice used CD player. Scored a great pair of "true" bookshelf speakers (I've seen self-described "bookshelf" speakers that might fit a shelf at the New York Public Library, but not any shelf of anyplace I've actually lived), and what at first seemed a cool old receiver. Worked swell for a few weeks, then developed issues with output. After attempting a fix, I decided to sideline it and try another receiver. Receiver #2 sounded a good deal nicer, and looked the part, so I thought I was set…until it decided to lose most of its right-channel output. I knew what the problem was, but couldn't take care of it in a timely fashion, so *that* was consigned to the basement next to Vintage Receiver #1. I decided that the third go-round *had* to be the charm, so I decided to buy the best I could find without going crazy price-wise.

    I wasn't too hopeful: having once been in the hi-fi biz, I knew that almost everything below a certain price-point would be over-festooned home-theater stuff, which I've never had an interest here; the more music-centric gear is seriously good, but also seriously pricey, and since I already *had* a seriously-good 'fi, I wasn't in the hunt for superlative performance, just something that was decent enough for a would-be audiophile like me to just sit back, forget about the gear and dig the music. Not very hopeful, I did some absent-minded Googling, and that's where I came across Wirecutter's review of receivers, and their surprising top pick…surprising, because I'd missed the Sony among all the "cheap-seats" receivers i'd already seen. And the more I read about their pick, and why they picked it, the more-intrigued I became. Checked a few other sources for reviews, and decided to give the Sony a shot: at that price I didn't have much to lose, and this time, if I didn't like it, I wouldn't be stuck with it.

    Glad I did. First thing out of the way: yes, it punches quite a bit above its weight (and price-point), sounding better than any mainstream receiver selling new for well under 200 bucks has a right to. Is the best thing I've ever heard? No…because I've listened to and owned some heavy-hitting gear in the past, and set up even heavier-hitting systems for others. Keep your expectations real and I doubt you'll be disappointed. A few have critiqued the receiver for sounding "flat", particularly in regard to bass response. My ears and experience tell me the receiver isn't goosing-up the bass for the sake of immediate impression. There's a difference between *more* bass and *good* bass, and I'll aways choose the latter over the former. In the case of my tiny bookshelf speakers, there's only an issue at very low volume. Solution? set the bass to +2, and I'm good. (Not a problem at higher volume levels, BTW.)

    Input: Yes, a Phono input. Didn't think I'd find one in something this low-priced. Better still, it's actually quite good overall: set up my "revived" AR XA turntable and had several hours of fun pulling vinyl from the shelves, which is usually a good sign – come for the sound, stay for the tunes. (Bonus: you can adjust the gain in the Phono section, via remote, to match the output of your other music sources.)

    Line Inputs: It has enough of them (4, not counting the 3.5mm input jack in front), and not only are they easily controllable (via controls on the receiver or remote), but you can change each input's name, also via remote, to reflect the source component connected (CD, Tape, FLAC…or whatever comes to mind). A nice little touch.

    And, speaking of that remote: some have griped that you can only access certain functions via that remote, preferring buttons and knobs, and "what do I do if I lose or break the remote?" My response is (1) I *much* prefer the "minimalist" approach Sony took here, steering 180 degrees from the airliner-flight-desk approach too many AV receivers have taken up until fairly recently. The controls I likely would frequently use are large and up-front: Volume (large, and surprisingly less cheap-feeling than I was led to expect, though still not as solid-feeling as old-school stuff), Source-select, and Power (natch). There's a narrow row of buttons for controlling speaker selection (A/B), tuner function, Display, Dimmer, Bluetooth, and a tone-control bypass function Sony calls Pure Direct. Everything else, which to mind mind might rarely if ever be tweaked by most folks, is accessible via the remote.

    About that remote: Sony's taken the less-is-more approach even here, and for me that's a godsend: way too many companies have crammed an immense number of buttons on their remotes, too many of them identical in size and shape, with descriptive lettering so small under each button (lookin' at you, Yamaha) that you might need a magnifying glass to get things right, even if you're far from geezer-aged. You can get to grips with the Sony in fairly short time, and likely get to the point of manipulating the basic functions by "feel" alone.

    There's a lot of remote-ness to love: tone controls are strictly via remote, as are things like tuner presets (30 in total, but you can have your three favorite stations programmed into three buttons on the remote, which – get this – will also turn on the receiver if it's turned off at the time), and the "Amp Menu", which can do even more than I care to get into here, but rest assured that the process isn't nearly as arcane as your typical 7.1 home-theater behemoth. And it's nearly all worthwhile.

    A few notable party tricks:

    - Bluetooth Standby: After you pair a smartphone to the receiver, you can turn on the receiver from the phone.

    - Standby Mode: The receiver will turn itself off after 20 minutes in the absence of any playback activity (except FM tuner operation).

    - The Dimmer function has three positions for the display: Normal, Dim, and Off. In the "Off" position, the display remains off until you utilize the remote, in which case the display softly lights up to display the current status and/or change you've made, then turns off again. Once upon a time, you paid dearly for stuff like this.

    Caveats:

    Much has been made about the speaker terminals. Yes, I wish they'd equipped the thing with something beefier. But, belies it or not, I've suffered with flimsier examples of this type of connector in components where the particles involved should've known better, especially at the prices being asked. (And, yes, you can go as large as 14-gauge speaker cable with this, which is plenty–more is overkill IMO, and you could manage with a bit less. Again, we're not going for world-records here.)

    The FM Antenna: This is one area where I'm afraid Sony messed up, but even here there's a fix: Sony elected to use an oddball antenna connector for FM reception, and the wire they include is indeed pathetic. But…that connector is the same kind that is used for battery-connectors in things like cordless landline phones, and are accessible through numerous parties online. All you need is to get one, connect the wires to a conventional antenna hookup, and you're good.

    So: Yes, for the price, this thing is ridiculously good. Yes, of course, you can find something "better", but unless you blow a good deal more cash for an esoteric brand, you'll also likely be paying for a ton of other stuff you may not want or need, which does little more than get in the way of what you *do* want and need, especially if music is the main thing, if not the only thing, you care about.

    Highly Recommended.

    Oct 23, 2020 21:52
  • Review by Drivin, 10 out of 10
    Highly Recommend

    Awesome 2 channel power plant. The elusive (on most) phono stage pushes my U-Turn Orbit with effortless clarity. Bluetooth connects and streams as it should. The most you can get at this price point. Sets up in 5 minutes out of box. Get it, you won’t be disappointed.

    May 01, 2021 09:42
  • Review by Ricardo, 10 out of 10
    Exactly what I was looking for

    This receiver has a Phono input that is specifically what I was looking for to connect a turntable.

    May 15, 2019 18:35
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    Multiple (all good) Personality

    SONY STR-DH190 2 Channel Audio Receiver. Let me provide a quick SUMMARY before I go into detail. This SONY is very flexible, very easy to setup, and very nice sounding with useful, solid power. When everything is considered, it’s a very good, actually surprising, value.

    Pulling this Sony DH190 out of the box, it’s easy to get nostalgic. The SONY is a reminder of when home stereo was simple and fun. But, I’m not going to underestimate what’s being offered here. If you think about it, this package actually hides a tuner, a preamplifier, and amplifier in one neat, accessible package. I discovered a handful of possibilities here. Obviously I added a nice pair of speakers that I had, but after that, there are several directions I might take this. And, yes, I know Sony highlights the PHONO INPUT, but there is something here for everybody.

    It’s all about the inputs, my friends . . . the INPUTs.

    I’m going to review this as a mobile phone driven audio system, because that’s my preferred source for music these days. The SONY provides 2 ways to connect a phone. I used the easiest (for me) first. A male/male 3.5mm stereo headphone cable (not supplied) that I have sitting around was plugged into the headphone port on my phone and the SONY’s front panel INPUT labeled “PORTABLE”. Instantly music from my music library played on my connected speakers. Easy to get loud, really easy to adjust sound, balance, all using a reasonably sized remote but with lots of buttons. And when I can’t be loud, there is that HEADPHONE jack on the front panel.

    OPTION 2 for mobile phones. This Sony has a trick that older, legacy receivers can’t do . . . it has Bluetooth . . . so my phone or main AVR can send a stereo audio signal without wires strung across the room. Really cool versatility. Bluetooth (4.2) wirelessly connected my mobile phone (computer or tablet will work, too) to my SONY. No need to be next to the receiver. Hide it in a closet or cabinet (but remember you lose Remote Control unless you’ve got glass doors). Bluetooth Standby will even turn the SONY receiver ON if it’s in STANDBY MODE, and perform music selection control via your phone, as usual. I couldn’t hear any sound quality difference between my wired or BT connection. Having no need to leave my phone near the receiver was a definite advantage.

    SOUND QUALITY: The SONY TR-DH190 packs a punch. It powered my mid-sized multi-driver bookshelf speakers with no difficulty. The sound was properly balanced, with no sense of distortion up to very loud levels. The amplifier was very quiet, hiss-free, when turned up quite high, with no music playing. I even connected my $2500/pr premium speakers, which can be very demanding of power, and the SONY was delivering very nice sound. I don’t recommend it for power hungry speakers, but it’s not bad sounding.

    Those remote buttons give you lots of control over the receiver. There’s an FM tuner with 3 Presets, which is OK for me. The remote control provides access to the TUNER’s channel search and selection. The FM quality was OK, but more restricted when compared to CDs or my iPhone. Mostly irrelevant to me. The Remote provides direct access to each INPUT, both bass and treble levels as well as speaker selection.

    FLEXIBILITY: Did I mention the flexibility? What I’ve described so far can be set up in a listening room, or dorm room, or small office. But there is so much more.

    Should I use it as a simple way to augment an exercise room TV? I only need audio OUT from either a TV headphone jack or the left/right audio channels of that TV or cable/satellite/ box into one of the 4 INPUTS of the SONY. There are appropriate adapters (sold separately) for most situations.

    Or, maybe I’ll use this for my main room home theater setup, as the amplifier I need to expand on my surround (or ATMOS) setup. I can use the Sony DH190’s amplifier section for those additional surround channels which my AVR can decode but lacks the built-in amplifiers for.

    Or, maybe I use one the SONY inputs to share my subwoofer feed (from my AVR) and drive a pair of bass shakers for my chairs.

    Or, do I simply use it as intended in the advertising, and create a self-contained audio system, using that PHONO INPUT to connect a new phono player. The phono input is a real advantage, eliminating a potentially expensive add-on, or low quality make-do effort. Nice.

    COMPLAINTS: I’d prefer a few more lighted buttons on the receiver. The writing is way too small, lacking adequate contrast. The LCD display, however, is large, legible, with adjustable brightness, so that’s good. I prefer banana plug/screw down connectors for wires. Sony chose the press/connect style, which is probably easier for most people. Just don’t strip your wires too long. I miss that outlet on the back panel, but no one has that anymore. I like the differently sized VOLUME and INPUT SELECTOR knobs. They are both tight, which I suppose is a positive. But, operating the tight VOLUME control leaves me with the feeling that the Sony is resisting my urge to blast loudly. It’s probably just me because most people will use the remote anyway.

    The fact is, Sony does the important stuff right: sound, power, usability, flexibility. This is a sweet sounding stereo receiver, and it’s going to make a nice addition to my home audio and video setup.

    Feb 22, 2018 13:44
  • Review by Dave, 10 out of 10
    Home office stereo

    It’s great, for the new home office. Listen to steaming music all day, when not on phone with co- workers. Bluetooth works great with cell phone. Getting new speakers for Xmas, currently have my 15+ year old Pioneers hooked up to it. The stereo sound is much better than the one rechargeable blue tooth speaker that I’ve about wore out. Book and receiver are easy to read and not much to setup, unless you want to program the input names or radio stations. But the book is very simple and clear to do those. Remote is nice and simple to use, figure out. Sale price at Best Buy was $99 in late Nov., 2020.

    Dec 04, 2020 16:09
  • 9.2score
    Yamaha - 5.1-Ch. 4K Ultra HD A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Bring cutting-edge technology to your home theater with this 5.1-channel Yamaha A/V receiver. Its built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music wirelessly to connected speakers via a paired compatible device, and it supports 4K Ultra HD video for generating crisp pictures on your TV screen. This Yamaha A/V receiver has auto room correction for optimal acoustics based on the space's characteristics. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD technology for compatibility with 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    10 Features
  • 4K Ultra HD video technology: Allows high-quality 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • 145W RMS power: For powerful sound.
  • Surround sound decoders: Includes Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio for powerful surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • 4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 4K Ultra HD picture and digital surround sound.
  • 10% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • AM/FM tuner: Lets you listen to your favorite stations.
  • Remote: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mousetrap, 10 out of 10
    Great Replacement

    I had this unit’s predecessor with speakers in place and after years of perfect service the old unit had a glitch so up graded. This unit is great with welcomed improvements. With the easy install I’m all set for many more years of excellence sound and complete control of all my entertainment needs.

    Mar 19, 2021 16:45
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Happy customer

    I'm very happy with this rx385 plenty of power I use klipsch RX4 on front pair and a JBLsub. This amp is so turnable I am amazed at the moder n electronics all the low frequency you could want my front pair of speakers play bass heavy anyways it will play the high frequencies plenty strong if you turn it that way not my preference overall you can't go wrong for the price I paid

    Jan 29, 2021 16:16
  • Review by dreday, 8 out of 10
    Nice receiver

    I hooked this up in my front room just to have a little surround sound from the television and for listening to my XM Sirius satellite. It's probably a bit more than what I needed but I have always known Yamaha to make dependable long lasting equipment and so far I am satisfied with this purchase.

    Jul 31, 2020 16:33
  • Review by Elizabeth, 10 out of 10
    Best Product, happy Customer.

    This is working perfectly, no complains. Nice amplifier...

    Apr 23, 2021 23:59
  • Review by JD12, 8 out of 10
    Works great for my needs

    Needed something better for my CrossFit box and this fit the bill or is. Good price point and had all the features I needed

    Sep 18, 2020 16:57
  • Review by Bduran, 8 out of 10
    Great receiver for bedrooms

    This is a 5.1 channel surround sound receiver which means it is for a max of five speakers and a subwoofer. I use it for my bedroom/studio apartment and it's more than enough. Yamaha is a trusted brand for sound and all my speakers are Bose so it's good combo. If you want to power a full home theater center in your home I recommend going for the 7.1 channel.

    Everything on the receiver is labeled very clearly so you don't have to be too knowledgeable about cables to be able to connect your speakers. The interface is simple enough as well. The best part is how simple it is to switch between inputs. The switch buttons are just as big as the volume control on the remote.

    I am happy with my purchase.

    Jul 07, 2018 12:11
  • Review by Nelly, 2 out of 10
    Cheaply made

    I have a Samsung dryer and washer that I bought over 13 years ago and had to replace the dryer but my god this dryer looks so cheaply made it’s not even drying properly I have to do two cycles I’m trying to get the clothes dried, so I’m returning this

    Apr 09, 2021 15:35
  • Review by Nz22, 10 out of 10
    Nice receiver

    Good receiver for the price. I don't know much about audio but sounds great

    Mar 21, 2021 11:33
  • 9.2score
    Yamaha - 200W 2-Ch. Stereo Receiver - Black
    Description

    Enjoy wireless music playback from smartphones or other mobile devices with this Yamaha Hi-Fi stereo receiver. It has a handy speaker selector for switching between the sound output terminals, and it uses Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. A power management feature on this Yamaha stereo receiver shuts it down automatically when the receiver is not being used.

    5 Features
  • 200W total power: RMS Rating of 100W x 2 @ 8 ohms, 40Hz - 20kHz, 0.2% THD for robust audio.
  • Speaker A/B switching: Lets you easily switch between 2 sets of speakers.
  • AM/FM digital tuner: 40 station presets lets you program your favorites for simple one-touch recall.
  • Bluetooth interface: Allows simple wireless pairing with compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  • Simple and Sophisticated Design: With an elegant brushed finish, it harmonizes beautifully with other audio equipment.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Andy, 10 out of 10
    Best Buy

    I hooked it up to my big speakers 15 inch woofers and it sounds very loud you wouldn’t need a JD for party’s lol

    Jun 04, 2021 17:04
  • Review by Jesse, 10 out of 10
    Good Stuff

    Typical of Yamaha, good stuff. For a simple low cost amp for my shop, delivers strong sound with power to spare, and really digging the Bluetooth feature. At sound level 6.5 can hear the sounds from down the street. Very happy with purchase and would recommend for simple low cost amp for sounds.

    Apr 10, 2020 17:32
  • Review by mike89052, 10 out of 10
    Excellent 2 Channel Receiver

    I needed a basic stereo receiver for 2 speakers that could switch between multiple inputs and has an FM tuner. This receiver has 4 inputs in the back plus it can pair with up to 8 Bluetooth devices. I connected a CD player, TV, and Sirius Radio to 3 of the inputs and paired a phone and a tablet to the unit. They all sound great and the FM tuner is crisp and clear. The price was a bargain and I could not be happier with my purchase.

    Jan 04, 2020 08:06
  • Review by Aaron94, 8 out of 10
    Great Receiver for Turntable

    Been using this receiver and have been very happy with it. I have 2 Yahama speakers connected to it. Corresponds very well with them and my audio technica turntable. Dropped a star because Bluetooth range isn’t so great. I have to keep my phone relatively close to the receiver to keep playing without interruption. As a comparison, my HomePod has better range when using Bluetooth. Still great overall, easy to use, and would recommend.

    Dec 28, 2020 13:48
  • Review by ODH3, 10 out of 10
    I really love this receiver

    I bought this for home use— driving two pairs of vintage speakers. I have some JBL studio reference monitors from the early 90's, and a second set of vintage Fishers from the late 60s. Both sound great, and sometimes I even drive BOTH pairs together. This Yamaha is so much cleaner than any common vintage receiver, and Steve Guttenberg (the Audiophiliac) has rated it as a great value. Bluetooth works great and pairs effortlessly-- I have no idea what problems others are having with it.

    Jun 26, 2020 16:04
  • Review by Oldschool, 10 out of 10
    Awesome 2 channel sweetness

    Bought it today 03/12/21 and got it today from Roadie delivery...in 2 freekin hours...how sweet is that! It has a minimalist design I really dig. The connections are old school and if you're ok with that then it's all gravy. If you're gonna blue tooth it remember this can only be done through the remote...I was getting pretty mad that it wouldn't connect but my son figured it out lol. Hooked up to a pair of Infinity 3001's and just streaming Pandora this thing sounds awesome. This is some of the best money I've spent lately.

    Mar 12, 2021 17:54
  • Review by GaryK, 10 out of 10
    Solid value

    Nice, solid basic receiver. Bluetooth works great, connects fast. Plenty of power to drive my Polk speakers. I've always liked Yamaha products. Good value for the money.

    Jun 12, 2021 03:51
  • Review by Vanessaj, 10 out of 10
    My R-S202 Yamaha Bluetooth receiver

    This YamahaR-202 black Bluetooth receiver is a real Best Buy was given the advice to buy from my BFF smooth Jazz bassist Brendan Rothwell so I bought my husband the Silver Yamaha A-S701 intergrated amplifier because he’s an audiophile jazz guy. Brendan says Yamaha receivers and amplifiers are reliable top notch audiophile equipment as he’s a musician he knows and owns them .we love ❤️ ours so just buy can’t go wrong and price is the Best Buy Vanessaj WS,NC

    Aug 13, 2021 16:26
  • 9.2score
    Denon AVR-X1600H 7.2 Channel 4K UHD AV Receiver, Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X, Amazon Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    The Denon AVR-X1600H (80W x 7) provides a truly immersive 3D audio experience. Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. Set up Dolby Atmos with a 5.2.2 surround sound speaker system using Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for the ultimate home theater experience. Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization provides immersive audio without height channels, creating virtual height effects in a 7.2, 5.2 or 2.2 speaker arrangement. Elevate your home theater experience with this amp that supports 4K video technologies like Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, 4:4:4 color resolution and BT.2020. Enjoy seamless compatibility with the latest HD and Ultra HD TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles. This high-performance AVR allows effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora.

    7 Features
  • Powerful 7-Channel Amplifier with the Latest Home Cinema Technology: At 80 watts per channel, the Denon AVR-X1600H AV Receiver delivers high power performance & operational stability for a range of speakers with HDCP 2.3 & advanced video processing with 4K upscaling for HDMI sources
  • 4K Ultra-High Definition Video Quality: Features 6 HDMI In / 1 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC) 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video with full HDCP 2.3 support, 4:4:4 pure color sub-sampling, Dolby vision, HDR10, HLG, eARC, 3D & BT.2020 for an ultimate cinematic experience
  • Immersive Surround Sound with Heightened Realism: Be right in the center of action with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X support. Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects and take your movies and music to the next level
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Guide: Denon’s Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & specify Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Extend the Reach of Your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS multi-room wireless speakers like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai
  • Your Home at Your Fingertips: Enjoy seamless integration with Home Automation Systems for remote monitoring and troubleshooting of connected products from the office or on the go. Features “ihiji Invision”, “Domotz Pro” and "OvrC" interfaces for quick & reliable assistance
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by brazilianloser, 10 out of 10
    Amazing for now.

    So far I am pleased... I know this is a bad time to be buying a receiver being that we are on the verge of proper HDMI 2.1 receivers coming out. But I needed something to replace my other garbage one I had previously. It was an entry level Onkyo which I purchased on BB as well but it just wouldn't play nice with my newly acquired LG C1 65". Anyways got tired of trying to make it work properly and went on BB and looked for the best sub 699 receiver that I could get right away. Well this one was the only free overnight one and it just happened to have a lot of the features I was looking for.

    ~ Arc/eArc works without any fiddling along the LG C1 TV.

    ~ 7.2 with the option of running Bi-Amp fronts. Since I am a 3.1 guy this was a nice feature to utilize that amp a little bit more.

    ~ Enough inputs for all my devices including proper phone input for the wife record player, something the Onkyo did not have.

    ~ Nice calibration even though I changed a lot of the settings after.

    ~ And overall clean look receiver.

    I have paired it with a pair of Klipsch RP600, a RP600C center and R100SW sub. Sounds short of amazing being that I upgraded from some white van speakers I got some 10 years ago... I did only pay 50 bucks only and they weren't bad just meh. But this receiver gives this speaker a nice lively sound compared to the Onkyo. It may be just in my brain but once I bi-amped the speakers along with going from the built in preamp to the receiver phono preamp the wife record player just sounds amazing.

    Anyways solid receiver. Feature packed and if you in need for a receiver right now and you can't wait then this receiver will work superbly.

    Works perfectly with the LG C1 TV.

    May 11, 2021 12:08
  • Review by JayR, 8 out of 10
    Does the job for today, and tomorrow.

    Its not cheap. And technically there are other AVRs that would make very solid "entry-level" products if you are trying to get into building your home theater.

    But at this level, at this price, this is the entry point for those who want to get a little serious with their home theater, and they want some conveniences to go along with it.

    The main thing right now is Dolby Atmos, and this takes care of the basics and then some. Its meant for normal sized living rooms, and technically Dolby recommends 4 elevated speakers for a "standard" home Atmos experience. This will only come with 2 elevated channels. The difference between this and paying for a AVR with two additional elevated channels is simply too much for the average person.

    But there's other options. This comes with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, which it uses when you have no elevated channels, it uses your regular speakers at eye level to simulate noises overhead. Don't know how, and I haven't been able to test what that sounds like with it on and off. But the good thing is, if you haven't gotten around to buying your speakers, or installing the wiring, this AVR still gives you a good experience at 5.1, or even 3.1.

    I bought some discreet Atmos speakers on sale, those sit on top of your left and right speakers, and are pointed upwards. The idea is that the sound is supposed to bounce from your ceiling (assuming you have a non-vaulted flat ceiling) and the sound comes down on you. When running the speaker setup, they ask you if you have elevated speakers, and then they ask you what kind of configuration. Are they sitting on top of the F-Left and F-Right, pointing upwards? Are they speakers that are up against the wall where the TV is, but near the top of the ceiling? Or are they actually hanging FROM the ceiling. And they adjust accordingly. Which brings me to the next part.

    The calibrator function. This is where this AVR is convenient. It has its own calibration program, called Audyssey MultiEQ XT, and this is a huge help. They give you a microphone that you connect to the receiver. They ask you for how your speakers are setup, how many speakers you have. And then they have you place the microphone in the EXACT spot you would sit, and nearby spots. At ear-level. And then they run a series of sound tests to determine position and speaker power.

    And then they calibrate everything so that you have a perfect, level sound right where you sit. If one speaker is slightly further away than the other, the sound takes longer to travel to your ears, and could result in a slight echo or muffled noise. it compensates for that by CHANGING the timing of each speaker so that the audio arrives at both of your ears at the same time. If a speaker is sounding weaker than the other, it increases the power to that speaker to compensate.

    This takes 15 minutes, and this is what makes your home theater experience pain-free. The lower-priced AVRs do not come with this, and Denon's calibrator is one of the better ones. Unfortnately, there is one complaint. Some people say that it doesn't calibrate the subwoofer too well, and its too loud and heavy. Which you can turn down your subwoofer when watching a movie to adjust it to your preference.

    Lastly. This receiver has eARC. Not "ARC", but rather "eARC". And if you are buying a high-end television from 2020 onward, you are going to want this.

    A new, high-end TV will have one HDMI 2.1 port listed as "eARC" you just connect a HDMI cable (HDMI 1.4 or higher, but I'd splurge some money on buying some HDMI 2.1 cables anyways) from your TV's eARC port to the eARC HDMI port on the back of this receiver.

    Makes everything easier. I turn on my cable box, which turns on the television as well, which sends a signal to the receiver for it to turn automatically and set it to "TV Audio", and that automatically turns on my powered-subwoofer, which has an Auto-On/Off function (if it detects a signal, it turns on, and after a few minutes of inactivity it turns off).

    It does everything. I don't need to go through multiple remotes. It all turns on and its ready to go.

    It detects if you are watching something that has a Dolby or DTS signal, and if automatically notifies you on screen that it has detected Dolby Surround, or DTS, or something else, and it decodes it accordingly. You don't have to do anything.

    If you switch over to a video game, or turn on Netflix or some other streaming service, it will recognize the special audio codec.

    eARC will allow for lossless, uncompressed Dolby Atmos and DTS-X audio data. The only places you will probably find uncompressed audio will be 4K UHD Blu-rays for big-time hollywood movies from recent years.

    Shopping for home theater is EXHAUSTING. I understand. Its like shopping for a car, and the more you look into it, the more buzzwords get through at you.

    This is why alot of people simply run towards buying a packaged Dolby Atmos Soundbar set. And, let me tell you. Paying over $500 for thin speakers housed in a thin "polycarbonate" slim box that look like PC speakers that came with your Dell PC many years ago, it just doesn't make any sense.

    I was lucky in that I found 20 year old "reference" speakers that I bought at a Goodwill several years ago for $70. This is old speaker technology, just heavy wood and heavy magnets. And this Denon AVR has the juice to make them sound fantastic.

    If you live in an apartment, buy a 2.1 or 3.1 soundbar and just leave it at that. If you are in an area in which you can run wire up walls, invest in a real home theater system. And that means buy a real AV Receiver. if you can find somebody getting rid of big ole heavy speakers because they're from the 90's, and you can buy the whole set for very cheap, I'd even recommend that. This AVR will make them shine. Or slowly buy your speakers over time, buy the Front Left & Right, and then a subwoofer, and then a center channel, and you will already be having a great listening experience by that point.

    Aug 15, 2020 07:29
  • Review by CardzFan, 10 out of 10
    Totally Happy with this DENON

    Love my 2013 Denon AVR-X1000, and needed to replace my Yamaha RX-A7000 from 2008. So this is what I chose.

    The AVR-X1600H sounds great and is more dynamic in a movie theater than the old Yamaha it replaced.

    Now the User Interface for on screen setup looks dated, but it works and is very similar to the X1000 that I already own. So it was easy to setup for me.

    Sounds great…not disappointed at all with my decision to purchase a 2019 model in 2021.

    May 14, 2021 21:18
  • Review by wjueckstock, 10 out of 10
    This Receiver is a keeper

    I absolutely love this receiver. Purchased it to upgrade from an old techniques receiver. We have added several Bose inground outdoor speakers in the backyard and wanted to stream at music. Tried a Bluetooth addition to the techniques and didn’t get the results we wanted. So we purchased this Denon receiver and it’s powerful enough to push several Bose ingrounded speakers with the longest strand of speaker wire being 180 feet. The HEOS System works flawlessly and is very easy to navigate even for beginners.

    Mar 17, 2021 10:02
  • Review by Dubya, 10 out of 10
    Boom!

    Excellent sound. The bass had my mother in law thinking someone was banging on the wall outside the house. Amazing set up and service by Best Buy.

    Oct 30, 2021 10:50
  • Review by JPFL, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Product

    This router works great. It is connected to a built-in speaker system and the sound is excellent.

    Nov 09, 2021 07:33
  • Review by Junior, 8 out of 10
    Nice unit for what I needed!

    I have an old Kenwood stereo system. My button which turns the tunner off and on broke. I have two amplifiers there buttons broke. So I needed to keep the rest of the units working. So I already have a Denon unit 7.2 for another system that I have. So why not get another one. So I talked to a tech and got some input to what I need to hook up a phonograph and other items I need to replace . The Denon 560W could fix my problem for the other units I had to hook up.

    Jun 19, 2020 16:55
  • Review by Denon, 10 out of 10
    Denon AVR-1600

    I am very pleased with my Denon AVR-X1600. I would also like to take time to give a shout out to the installers from the Geek Squad. They were very professional from the time they arrived til the time they left. They answered all of my questions and were very patient with me.

    May 15, 2021 13:15
  • 9.2score
    Denon AVR-X1600H 7.2 Channel 4K UHD AV Receiver, Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X, Amazon Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    The Denon AVR-X1600H (80W x 7) provides a truly immersive 3D audio experience. Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. Set up Dolby Atmos with a 5.2.2 surround sound speaker system using Dolby Atmos elevation speakers for the ultimate home theater experience. Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization provides immersive audio without height channels, creating virtual height effects in a 7.2, 5.2 or 2.2 speaker arrangement. Elevate your home theater experience with this amp that supports 4K video technologies like Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, 4:4:4 color resolution and BT.2020. Enjoy seamless compatibility with the latest HD and Ultra HD TVs, Blu-ray players and game consoles. This high-performance AVR allows effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora.

    7 Features
  • Powerful 7-Channel Amplifier with the Latest Home Cinema Technology: At 80 watts per channel, the Denon AVR-X1600H AV Receiver delivers high power performance & operational stability for a range of speakers with HDCP 2.3 & advanced video processing with 4K upscaling for HDMI sources
  • 4K Ultra-High Definition Video Quality: Features 6 HDMI In / 1 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC) 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video with full HDCP 2.3 support, 4:4:4 pure color sub-sampling, Dolby vision, HDR10, HLG, eARC, 3D & BT.2020 for an ultimate cinematic experience
  • Immersive Surround Sound with Heightened Realism: Be right in the center of action with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X support. Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects and take your movies and music to the next level
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Guide: Denon’s Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & specify Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Extend the Reach of Your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS multi-room wireless speakers like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai
  • Your Home at Your Fingertips: Enjoy seamless integration with Home Automation Systems for remote monitoring and troubleshooting of connected products from the office or on the go. Features “ihiji Invision”, “Domotz Pro” and "OvrC" interfaces for quick & reliable assistance
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by brazilianloser, 10 out of 10
    Amazing for now.

    So far I am pleased... I know this is a bad time to be buying a receiver being that we are on the verge of proper HDMI 2.1 receivers coming out. But I needed something to replace my other garbage one I had previously. It was an entry level Onkyo which I purchased on BB as well but it just wouldn't play nice with my newly acquired LG C1 65". Anyways got tired of trying to make it work properly and went on BB and looked for the best sub 699 receiver that I could get right away. Well this one was the only free overnight one and it just happened to have a lot of the features I was looking for.

    ~ Arc/eArc works without any fiddling along the LG C1 TV.

    ~ 7.2 with the option of running Bi-Amp fronts. Since I am a 3.1 guy this was a nice feature to utilize that amp a little bit more.

    ~ Enough inputs for all my devices including proper phone input for the wife record player, something the Onkyo did not have.

    ~ Nice calibration even though I changed a lot of the settings after.

    ~ And overall clean look receiver.

    I have paired it with a pair of Klipsch RP600, a RP600C center and R100SW sub. Sounds short of amazing being that I upgraded from some white van speakers I got some 10 years ago... I did only pay 50 bucks only and they weren't bad just meh. But this receiver gives this speaker a nice lively sound compared to the Onkyo. It may be just in my brain but once I bi-amped the speakers along with going from the built in preamp to the receiver phono preamp the wife record player just sounds amazing.

    Anyways solid receiver. Feature packed and if you in need for a receiver right now and you can't wait then this receiver will work superbly.

    Works perfectly with the LG C1 TV.

    May 11, 2021 12:08
  • Review by JayR, 8 out of 10
    Does the job for today, and tomorrow.

    Its not cheap. And technically there are other AVRs that would make very solid "entry-level" products if you are trying to get into building your home theater.

    But at this level, at this price, this is the entry point for those who want to get a little serious with their home theater, and they want some conveniences to go along with it.

    The main thing right now is Dolby Atmos, and this takes care of the basics and then some. Its meant for normal sized living rooms, and technically Dolby recommends 4 elevated speakers for a "standard" home Atmos experience. This will only come with 2 elevated channels. The difference between this and paying for a AVR with two additional elevated channels is simply too much for the average person.

    But there's other options. This comes with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, which it uses when you have no elevated channels, it uses your regular speakers at eye level to simulate noises overhead. Don't know how, and I haven't been able to test what that sounds like with it on and off. But the good thing is, if you haven't gotten around to buying your speakers, or installing the wiring, this AVR still gives you a good experience at 5.1, or even 3.1.

    I bought some discreet Atmos speakers on sale, those sit on top of your left and right speakers, and are pointed upwards. The idea is that the sound is supposed to bounce from your ceiling (assuming you have a non-vaulted flat ceiling) and the sound comes down on you. When running the speaker setup, they ask you if you have elevated speakers, and then they ask you what kind of configuration. Are they sitting on top of the F-Left and F-Right, pointing upwards? Are they speakers that are up against the wall where the TV is, but near the top of the ceiling? Or are they actually hanging FROM the ceiling. And they adjust accordingly. Which brings me to the next part.

    The calibrator function. This is where this AVR is convenient. It has its own calibration program, called Audyssey MultiEQ XT, and this is a huge help. They give you a microphone that you connect to the receiver. They ask you for how your speakers are setup, how many speakers you have. And then they have you place the microphone in the EXACT spot you would sit, and nearby spots. At ear-level. And then they run a series of sound tests to determine position and speaker power.

    And then they calibrate everything so that you have a perfect, level sound right where you sit. If one speaker is slightly further away than the other, the sound takes longer to travel to your ears, and could result in a slight echo or muffled noise. it compensates for that by CHANGING the timing of each speaker so that the audio arrives at both of your ears at the same time. If a speaker is sounding weaker than the other, it increases the power to that speaker to compensate.

    This takes 15 minutes, and this is what makes your home theater experience pain-free. The lower-priced AVRs do not come with this, and Denon's calibrator is one of the better ones. Unfortnately, there is one complaint. Some people say that it doesn't calibrate the subwoofer too well, and its too loud and heavy. Which you can turn down your subwoofer when watching a movie to adjust it to your preference.

    Lastly. This receiver has eARC. Not "ARC", but rather "eARC". And if you are buying a high-end television from 2020 onward, you are going to want this.

    A new, high-end TV will have one HDMI 2.1 port listed as "eARC" you just connect a HDMI cable (HDMI 1.4 or higher, but I'd splurge some money on buying some HDMI 2.1 cables anyways) from your TV's eARC port to the eARC HDMI port on the back of this receiver.

    Makes everything easier. I turn on my cable box, which turns on the television as well, which sends a signal to the receiver for it to turn automatically and set it to "TV Audio", and that automatically turns on my powered-subwoofer, which has an Auto-On/Off function (if it detects a signal, it turns on, and after a few minutes of inactivity it turns off).

    It does everything. I don't need to go through multiple remotes. It all turns on and its ready to go.

    It detects if you are watching something that has a Dolby or DTS signal, and if automatically notifies you on screen that it has detected Dolby Surround, or DTS, or something else, and it decodes it accordingly. You don't have to do anything.

    If you switch over to a video game, or turn on Netflix or some other streaming service, it will recognize the special audio codec.

    eARC will allow for lossless, uncompressed Dolby Atmos and DTS-X audio data. The only places you will probably find uncompressed audio will be 4K UHD Blu-rays for big-time hollywood movies from recent years.

    Shopping for home theater is EXHAUSTING. I understand. Its like shopping for a car, and the more you look into it, the more buzzwords get through at you.

    This is why alot of people simply run towards buying a packaged Dolby Atmos Soundbar set. And, let me tell you. Paying over $500 for thin speakers housed in a thin "polycarbonate" slim box that look like PC speakers that came with your Dell PC many years ago, it just doesn't make any sense.

    I was lucky in that I found 20 year old "reference" speakers that I bought at a Goodwill several years ago for $70. This is old speaker technology, just heavy wood and heavy magnets. And this Denon AVR has the juice to make them sound fantastic.

    If you live in an apartment, buy a 2.1 or 3.1 soundbar and just leave it at that. If you are in an area in which you can run wire up walls, invest in a real home theater system. And that means buy a real AV Receiver. if you can find somebody getting rid of big ole heavy speakers because they're from the 90's, and you can buy the whole set for very cheap, I'd even recommend that. This AVR will make them shine. Or slowly buy your speakers over time, buy the Front Left & Right, and then a subwoofer, and then a center channel, and you will already be having a great listening experience by that point.

    Aug 15, 2020 07:29
  • Review by CardzFan, 10 out of 10
    Totally Happy with this DENON

    Love my 2013 Denon AVR-X1000, and needed to replace my Yamaha RX-A7000 from 2008. So this is what I chose.

    The AVR-X1600H sounds great and is more dynamic in a movie theater than the old Yamaha it replaced.

    Now the User Interface for on screen setup looks dated, but it works and is very similar to the X1000 that I already own. So it was easy to setup for me.

    Sounds great…not disappointed at all with my decision to purchase a 2019 model in 2021.

    May 14, 2021 21:18
  • Review by wjueckstock, 10 out of 10
    This Receiver is a keeper

    I absolutely love this receiver. Purchased it to upgrade from an old techniques receiver. We have added several Bose inground outdoor speakers in the backyard and wanted to stream at music. Tried a Bluetooth addition to the techniques and didn’t get the results we wanted. So we purchased this Denon receiver and it’s powerful enough to push several Bose ingrounded speakers with the longest strand of speaker wire being 180 feet. The HEOS System works flawlessly and is very easy to navigate even for beginners.

    Mar 17, 2021 10:02
  • Review by Dubya, 10 out of 10
    Boom!

    Excellent sound. The bass had my mother in law thinking someone was banging on the wall outside the house. Amazing set up and service by Best Buy.

    Oct 30, 2021 10:50
  • Review by JPFL, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Product

    This router works great. It is connected to a built-in speaker system and the sound is excellent.

    Nov 09, 2021 07:33
  • Review by Junior, 8 out of 10
    Nice unit for what I needed!

    I have an old Kenwood stereo system. My button which turns the tunner off and on broke. I have two amplifiers there buttons broke. So I needed to keep the rest of the units working. So I already have a Denon unit 7.2 for another system that I have. So why not get another one. So I talked to a tech and got some input to what I need to hook up a phonograph and other items I need to replace . The Denon 560W could fix my problem for the other units I had to hook up.

    Jun 19, 2020 16:55
  • Review by Denon, 10 out of 10
    Denon AVR-1600

    I am very pleased with my Denon AVR-X1600. I would also like to take time to give a shout out to the installers from the Geek Squad. They were very professional from the time they arrived til the time they left. They answered all of my questions and were very patient with me.

    May 15, 2021 13:15
  • 9.2score
    Denon - AVR-S650H Audio Video Receiver, 5.2 Channel (150W X 5) 4K UHD Home Theater Surround Sound (2019) | Streaming - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your home theater with 5.2 channel 4K UHD Denon AVR-S650H. Features 4K UHD, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, eARC support and HDMI (5 inputs/ 1 Output) to connect all your devices. Built-in Bluetooth and HEOS wireless multi-room music technology lets you stream Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and more wirelessly throughout the home. A front-panel USB offers convenient audio playback of MP3, WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz) files. Control the Denon AVR-S650H with your Smart TV remote via the HDMI CEC functionality. Works with Apple Airplay 2, Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and even high-end smart home automation like Josh.ai for seamless voice control. Get set up in minutes with the award-winning Denon setup assistant.

    5 Features
  • THE HIGHEST QUALITY SOUND FROM YOUR TV: In additional to the standard specifications, this advanced 5.2 channel stereo receiver features eARC - THE HIGHEST QUALITY SOUND FROM YOUR TV and the LATEST REVSION TO HIGH-BANDWIDTH DIGITAL CONTENT PROTECTION with HDCP 2.3
  • MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NEW 4K ULTRA HD TV: Featuring HLG, HDR10, BT.2020, Wide Color Gamut & 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, the AVR-S650H delivers exceptional brightness, contrast & color, thus enriching your movie and gaming experience
  • EXTEND THE REACH OF YOUR MUSIC: Extend music to any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay or Bluetooth with HEOS MULTI-ROOM WIRELESS SPEAKERS – No Command Center or extra hardware required. Get Hi-Fi sound around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer & more
  • FULL VOICE CONTROL COMPATIBILITY WITH VOICE CONTROL: Use the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa to sit back and enjoy music without having to reach out for the remote! Adjust the volume, change the track or switch the inputs absolutely hands-free
  • AWARD-WINNING ON-SCREEN SETUP ASSISTANT: Easy walkthrough with clear simple instructions to connect your TV, specific EQ settings & helps you optimize your surround sound. Denon's legacy & Japanese precision technology makes it a must-have for your home!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by heyzarling, 10 out of 10
    Another Terrific Denon Product

    I've had an older Denon 5.1 receiver for...let's say 15 or 17 years, always worked flawlessly, used the multiple zones, the whole shot. Plenty of power, really capable. So when I finally got off my wallet recently and bought a new gigantic TV, I thought it might be time to update the receiver, as well.

    I chose this one for a few reasons: the price, completely reasonable. The name...I've had numerous Denon products over the years and have been happy with them, without exception. I'm an Apple user - don't be a hater now, I'm very familiar with other stuff, too - and I have iPhones, MBP, iMac, TC, etc., along with a couple of little Airport Express units strictly to run audio to remote systems via Airplay 2...which I really love, works fantastic with iPhone, selecting multiple destinations, sets individual volumes, super responsive, all good. So I thought it might be nice to have this available to me in a new receiver, as well, which this one does, and it works wonderfully.

    So the good news is, everything to do with this receiver works, again, flawlessly. The little mic setup for evaluating speakers and placement, including the actual 'setup program' built into the receiver...fantastic. Even checks phase. Sounds great. Works great. The GREAT news, though, is that apparently manufacturers have been working a little bit harder in terms of MUCH more easily allowing control over other devices. So the new Samsung TV and remote were able to immediately detect and control the Denon, do all the various routing magic (and also control a Sony blu-ray).

    The whole thing just really couldn't have been much easier. I have achieved the impossible dream: one single remote to control the TV, over the air channels, streaming channels, DVD, and audio for the whole shebang. Nirvana.

    So I can't recommend this receiver much more highly. I was gonna pop for the next unit up, but really have no need for more speakers, and while I probably would've appreciated the extra power/output - cause there's no replacement for displacement where it comes to amps, and this is coming from a musician that's all about really big amps - this unit is plenty powerful, sounds great with my entirely adequate speakers, and was again, just so reasonably priced.

    Buy with confidence! Just my opinion.

    Oct 23, 2020 16:19
  • Review by Donada, 10 out of 10
    A great piece!

    I’ve been so excited since I got this home. It’s probably more than I need, but it works great with my small TV room. It works with Alexa which was an unexpected added feature. I’m a novice with this type unit. Still learning. It does way more than I ever dreamed!

    May 22, 2020 17:27
  • Review by DrWatson, 10 out of 10
    The perfect receiver

    Perfect, better than expected. It reminds me when I was a teenager.

    Sep 10, 2021 13:05
  • Review by Neurosax, 8 out of 10
    Loyal Denon customer.

    I bought this to replace a Denon receiver I had had since 2003. I was very happy with it. I bought this out of brand loyalty, and so far it’s performing very well. Set up was pretty easy. The onscreen directions are straightforward and the Audyssey speaker balancing program was pretty painless to use. I am very happy with the sound and picture quality. Surprisingly, it sounds very similar to my previous Denon, which is a good thing. I am enjoying the new features too, like streaming internet music. I strongly recommend this receiver and will remain a loyal Denon customer.

    Feb 19, 2021 16:49
  • Review by Poloniumman, 8 out of 10
    Well rounded 5.2 receiver

    I like how this receiver sounds. I have Martin Logan Vignette and Encore speakers and a Dynamo subwoofer and it drives them just fine. My previous AVR’s have been Yamahas and setup is a little easier with the Denon. Streaming with HEOS can be a bit buggy. I have the receiver connected to my network via Ethernet and sometimes the music will just stop and I have to turn off/on the Denon to get streaming working again.

    Aug 13, 2021 15:41
  • Review by alois, 10 out of 10
    Great system I would recommend it.

    Does everything I wanted! Perfect for my office/bedroom. I stream music from my PC when I am in the "office" using my my TV as a monitor with great sound. Then great surround sound when I watch movies or TV. The ease of setting up the system was remarkable; unlike my old system. The "eARC" is my biggest surprise, since I didn't know the unit has it. Now I can get surround sound when streaming from my TV, Previously I had to use my TV's speakers (ugh). A great system for the price and perfect for smaller rooms.

    Nov 28, 2020 23:38
  • Review by HappyHubby, 10 out of 10
    Very happy!

    Very happy with the receiver! Very easy to setup and use with Directv and great match with my Samsung 7000 series TV. Powers my Paradigm speakers adequately but wish I would have bought the next model up with a little more power. 4k pass through is excellent.

    Feb 22, 2021 16:59
  • Review by DPK1, 8 out of 10
    Easy setup for a basic system

    Super simple setup, works perfectly with my Samsung TV, both turn on and off with the TVs remote without doing any setup on the TV. Make sure you run it through your TVs correct ARC hdmi port to get the sync, it should be marked differently. The recoever setup works but as others said it looks like it was created in the 90’s. Keep the mic, you don’t want to lose it if you change speakers. i put it in the cabinet next to the reciever. The paper thing is dumb, just hold the mic for the setup process. Plugged it into Klipsch reference speakers as a 2.1 system for now.

    Nov 19, 2021 16:15
  • 9.2score
    Marantz AV8805 - 13.2 Channel Pre-Amp, IMAX Enhanced & Auro-3D, Wireless Music Streaming, Amazon Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    Enjoy unmatchable audio and visual quality on a variety of sources with this powerful 13.2 AV Processor by Marantz that delivers balanced and premium sound quality. Supporting latest sound formats like Auro 3D, (up to 13.1), IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS: X, & DTS Virtual: X, this Preamp delivers life-like multidimensional surround sound when paired with power amplifiers like Marantz MM7055 or MM8077. Take your home entertainment up a notch with pristine video and immersive audio. Featuring 8 HDMI inputs / 3 HDMI outputs, analog optical and coaxial inputs, a phono input, a USB port, an AM/FM tuner, this home theater receiver allows various connection options for DVD & Blu-Ray Players, Subwoofers, Speakers, Turntables etc. Experience the ultimate visual quality with 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) pass-through. The AV8805 allows you effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this preamp allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora. Additionally, Bluetooth Audio Transmission allows you to play audio simultaneously on speakers and Bluetooth headphones. Adding to the many features, the Marantz preamplifier gives you a whole-home audio experience with its multi-room and multi-source streaming options. The built-in HEOS technology lets you play the same song in every room or a different song in each room without any interruption. Be mesmerized by a superb cinematic experience with Marantz’s 60 years of audiophile heritage.

    6 Features
  • Versatile Pre-Amp for Home Cinema and Music: Designed for home cinema enthusiasts, the powerful AV8805 13.2 channel pre-amp with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs delivers enhanced audio & video quality in 4K UHD format. Supports 4:4:4 color resolution, HDR, BT.2020, Dolby Vision and HLG
  • Customize your Speaker Setup: Connect with power amps like Marantz MM7055 or MM8077 to enjoy an ultimate home theater experience with virtual effects. Immerse yourself in 3D audio formats - IMAX enhanced, Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos (up to 7.1.6 or 9.1.4), DTS:X, & DTS Virtual:X (up to 13.1)
  • Smart Home Voice Automation: Integrate this amp with high-end smart home automation systems like Josh.ai and gain flexible control on your phone or tablet from anywhere. Use voice commands to control the thermostat, lights, home appliances, speakers, AVR and more
  • Wireless Music Streaming from Multiple Sources: Stream music with Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or AirPlay 2. Use the HEOS app across one room, or multiple rooms with built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio technology
  • Best-In-Class Listening Experience: More than 60 Years of Audiophile Heritage, innovation and dedication, Marantz brings to you the best surround sound and the pristine audio quality imaginable for a premium home theater experience
  • Seamless Out-Of-The-Box Experience: The Advanced Graphical User Interface guides you through the step-by-step process to help you connect all your audio and media sources to the AV Preamplifier. The installation process is simple and quick
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by RoyBoy, 10 out of 10
    I went from the AV7005 to the AV8805 - OMG!

    I was just upgrading to get the latest protocols. I was not expecting much of an improvement by way of sound -- but was I astonished when every aspect was better.

    I have the same Bowers and Wilkins 700 and 600 series speakers, Velodyne sub in a 5.1.4 system - same McIntosh 7 ch amp etc.

    It must be doubling of the bit depth in the Audessey calibration?

    Don't know what it was, it just sounds really nice. Especial with TIDAL streaming vis HEOS. Features I did not have that in my av7005

    Also, the setup has been greatly streamlined.

    Apr 18, 2020 18:03
  • Review by starfire406, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Clarity, Phenomenal Performance.

    Pros:

    This unit is phenomenal. I have this currently paired with a Anthem MCA525 and Tekton Double Impact speakers connected to a C8 77" OLED protected by Panamax M5400-PM. Still need to upgrade subs and 4k players/upstream. Panasonic DP-UB9000 is probably next after the sub. Crystal clear sound up to painful levels without losing any clarity. This preamp is amazing.

    The Audyssey room correction comes with a calibrated mic. I had a bass hole in my listening area when I first set this up. After adjusting the speakers several times and not being satisfied, I finally ran the Audyssey calibration and like black magic, ALL the base appeared. But everything is very linear in it's response, it's where it should be, my dad said any more bass would be too much. I like too much so an SVS Ultra-16 might feel that void in my life.

    Would buy this again in a heart beat (unless I'm having to buy it again in 3 years cause it dies. Reliability will have to be seen).

    Runs warm to a little too warm (for my preference) after long, loud listening session in my closed door cabinet. I honestly don't think it's hot, so I don't really worry at this point. Regular listening this unit runs cool.

    Future Upgradable to HDMI 2.1

    Con:

    It's not necessarily cheap.

    Oct 18, 2019 20:56
  • Review by TripleB, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Processor

    I bought this as an Upgrade to my Marantz Av7703 processor. There is a big difference in sound quality (with same amps and speakers). Most of the features are the same, as the 7704/3. Not sure if it is a improvement over the 8802a since I have changed other equipment between owning both, so I can't give a fair comparison between those two. Happy with the purchase, a little pricey, but it was sorth it to me.

    Aug 22, 2018 15:46
  • Review by JamesC, 10 out of 10
    8805 is a Beast!

    An incredible easily perceptible step up from the 77__ series. I was hesitant to spend the $, but now after owning them both I now know what I was missing. It simply does everything better. I read A LOT of reviews before purchasing, not at all a waist of time, it’s good to the hear pros and cons and yes the hdmi 2.2 upgrade is disappointing and the fact that it’s 5K may make one hesitate, it is ready full bore to deliver on all of “today’s” platforms

    Apr 23, 2021 17:45
  • Review by Macho9556, 10 out of 10
    The one

    Excellent processor. Extremely happy with this purchase

    Sep 04, 2021 18:50
  • Review by Matt, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely Incredible Pre-Amp!

    I upgraded from a Yamaha RX-A3070 receiver and I cannot believe the difference in sound with the Marantz AV8805. Setup was really simplified with Marantz' step-by-step on-screen instructions and calibration was easy with their microphone capability. Dolby Atmos, IMAX and DTS:X all sound absolutely incredible on my 7.1.4 setup and the pre-amp is very customizable. The unit is very well designed and looks great in my home theater system. I highly recommend this pre-amp for anyone looking for the best setup for their home theater system.

    Apr 06, 2020 07:10
  • Review by AVSolutions, 8 out of 10
    Great Processor

    Great preamp and processor. If you are looking for quality at a great price, the Marantz is a great processor to go with. Whether you are using balanced or unbalanced (RCA) cables, the quality of the sound us great.

    Jan 28, 2021 12:24
  • Review by Alex, 2 out of 10
    don't waste your money!

    I was trying to upgrade my processor and noticed this product.

    Poor video quality and sound was really disappointing. I have KEF speakers and my player is Oppo 205. I'm thinking about Emotiva.

    Oct 22, 2019 03:32
  • 9.2score
    Marantz 8K Ultra HD AV Receiver SR5015 - 7.2 Channel - 3D Audio with Dolby Atmos Height, HEOS + Alexa - Black
    Description

    Take your home entertainment to the next level with SR5015 8K Ultra HD 7.2 channel AV receiver. Supports 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X to deliver high-resolution, dynamic audio with virtual height effects. With 8K/60Hz pass-through, Dynamic HDR and Quick Media Switching (QMS), enjoy crystal clear picture and accurate detail. Experience gaming thrills with amazing imaging and reduced lag with 4K/120Hz pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & HEOS technology enables multi-room audio and digital music streaming from Spotify, Pandora & more throughout your entire home. Play/pause music, adjust volume & skip tracks with seamless voice control from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Siri. Also works with home automation systems like Josh.ai. Multiple digital & analog inputs/outputs let you to connect the receiver to audio sources like a DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers & more to create versatile home theater setups. The included Setup Assistant offers clear, step-by-step on-screen instructions to connect your TV and the Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately analyzes the output of each speaker in your home theater configuration & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience. Control the SR5015 with your smart TV remote via the CEC functionality, or download the Marantz AVR Remote App on your smartphone to access all commands to the AVR from the phone.

    8 Features
  • THE MOST MUSICAL SOUND: Extensively tuned by Marantz sound masters at the most state of the art facilities to deliver an exquisite sonic signature. No component leaves the hands of the Marantz sound masters until it passes rigorous testing
  • UPGRADED 7.2 CHANNEL DISCRETE HIGH-CURRENT POWER AMPLIFIERS ON ALL CHANNELS: Refine your home theater experience with the new Marantz SR5015 stereo receiver (100 W x 7) with ADVANCED 8K HDMI UPSCALLING for extraordinary visuals and superb sound quality
  • ELEVATED HOME CINEMA: Enjoy all your entertainment in the highest quality formatting. Screen movies in 8K with 8K/60Hz pass-through or upscaling with HDMI technologies like Dynamic HDR and Quick Media Switching (QMS) to eliminate video delay
  • MASTER YOUR GAME: Enjoy a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with spectacular imaging, reduced lag & frame tearing with 4K/120Hz pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • ADVANCED 8K HDMI CONNECTIVITY: 6 HDMI In / 2 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant), dedicated 8K input, USB port, phono & Aux inputs, with analog & digital inputs for audio sources like DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers for a cohesive surround sound system
  • MULTI-DIMENSIONAL AUDIO WITH HEIGHTENED REALISM: Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X that delivers a premium, life-like cinematic experience in a 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker set up, even without in-ceiling speakers
  • SUPPORTS ALL YOUR FAVORITE VOICE ASSISTANTS: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri or Josh.ai Smart Home – use your voice to play, pause and stop music, and adjust volumes, as well as to control the thermostat, lights, and home appliances
  • STREAM MUSIC FROM YOUR FAVORITE SOURCES: Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, or HEOS app across one room, or multiple rooms with built-in WIRELESS HEOS MULTI-ROOM AUDIO TECHNOLOGY
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  • Review by Sonny, 8 out of 10
    Satisfied customer

    Very happy with my selection of speakers and receiver!! Geek suad outstanding!!!

    May 20, 2021 16:59
  • Review by Alex, 2 out of 10
    Choose another brand

    Not Recommend

    Avoid Panasonic processor

    Sound quality nothing special

    Mar 19, 2021 18:57
  • Review by TechE, 8 out of 10
    Great receiver so far!

    Amazing receiver, sound quality the receiver can produce is amazing. When pairing them with Klipsch Reference Premiere speakers gives them a bright but neutral sound. This receiver has more of a warm sound meaning better low frequencies. You have many customization options available to you. Such as crossover, equalizer, bass, treble, and so much more. The reason i gave it four stars is because this can be difficult to use and they dont give you the best manual so have to resort to online. Second drawback is the FM radio is difficult to use and doesn't have the best reception frequency. Those two drawbacks are very minor to me but other then that this is a great receiver and recommend this to anyone. But only had this a couple weeks so we will see how long this will last.

    May 07, 2021 16:01
  • Review by Danvince, 10 out of 10
    Marantz

    I like it so much. Worth for the money for this purchase.

    Jun 25, 2021 20:25
  • Review by LearnedTheHardWay, 10 out of 10
    HIGHER PRICE, BUT WILL LAST MUCH LONGER (Cheaper!)

    Beautiful, high quality receiver! Hope it lasts a lifetime. My previous Pioneer Elite 9-channel was amazing (at half the price!), but Pioneer took the cheap route, sold off their customer service to Onkyo, who then discontinued parts to support Pioneer products. After only 7 years, I had to toss my Pioneer Elite 9-channel, for a $2 part that is no longer available. Over 60 years of loving Pioneer products, but I'm done with them. And I will NEVER buy from Onkyo either. In the long run, it's cheaper to buy the best. DON'T BUY PIONEER OR ONKYO JUNK!!!

    May 14, 2021 15:50
  • Review by jim808, 10 out of 10
    Top Notch Receiver

    Sound Quality is outstanding.

    Ease of setting up as a replacement unit is appreciated.

    Unit is expensive relative to other receivers available on market, but worth the investment if part of a home theater configuration.

    Nov 06, 2021 08:56
  • Review by RMNP, 10 out of 10
    Very nice mid-priced AVR

    Great AV receiver! Does everything we have asked of it clearly and easily. Set up was a bit challenging but once that was accomplished we could not be more pleased. Also, it worked with the Xfinity will easily.

    Oct 01, 2021 17:08
  • Review by MrsMac78, 10 out of 10
    AWESOME Customer Service!

    After having water damage Jesse was able to assist us in a consultation in replacing our damaged equipment and everything works like brand new!!

    Oct 29, 2021 15:52
  • 9.0score
    Denon - AVR-S540BT Receiver, 5.2 channel, 4K Ultra HD Audio and Video, Home Theater System, built-in Bluetooth and USB - Black
    Description

    The 5.2 channel AVR-S540BT features Dolby Vision, HDR, HLG and 4K video upscaling for a stunning home theater experience. It includes 5 HDMI inputs at 4K/60 Hz with full-rate pass-through and HDCP 2.2 support on all HDMI ports. Use the front panel USB port to listen to your favorite tracks seamlessly, or stream music via Bluetooth or HEOS with your smart devices via any of the popular streaming services like Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora and more. Control power, volume and source with the Denon 500 Series Remote app. With our award-winning Denon Setup Assistant, the AVR-S540BT is just as easy to setup as it is to enjoy.

    7 Features
  • MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NEW 4K ULTRA HD TV: This stereo receiver delivers exceptional brightness, contrast and color leveraging industry leading HLG (hybrid Log-Gamma), HDR (High Dynamic Range), BT.2020, Wide Color Gamut and 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling to impress the most discerning viewers
  • Experience 5 AMPLIFIERS: 140W per channel power drives amazing, realistic display and immersive sound across any room
  • YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC AT YOUR FINGERTIPS: With a built-in Bluetooth, amp up your music from eight different devices, be it a computer or any other smart device and transmit it to a wide range of speaker systems
  • CREATE AN INTEGRATED AUDIO SYSTEM: In conjunction with DENON HEOS LINK for a thrilling multi-room experience, which also allows you to play back music from almost every digital streaming service like Spotify, TIDAL, Pandora and many more
  • OUR EASY ON-SCREEN SETUP ASSISTANT: Our assistant walks you through clear simple instructions to connect your TV, specific EQ settings and helps you optimize your surround sound
  • FOUR QUICK SELECT BUTTONS ON THE FRONT PANEL: Store your preferred audio settings for television, Blu-Ray, and more, and allows you to switch between them quickly
  • DELIVERS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SURROUND SOUND: With its 100-year legacy and Japanese precision technology, Denon AV Receiver S540BT DELIVERS MULTI-DIMENSIONAL SURROUND SOUND with 5.2 channel compatibility and SUPPORTS 4K ULTRA HD PICTURE QUALITY, perfect for your home theater and entertainment system
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  • Review by Camby, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver for under 300

    I’ve been audiophile for 25 years. I own a $4000 denon flag ship receiver and for 300 bucks this unit is outstanding...One tip if you’re listening to Dolby Digital movies you need to turn the bass down to -5 on the tone control otherwise the loud scenes will be overwhelming

    Jan 30, 2021 12:29
  • Review by itchypen, 8 out of 10
    Excellent receiver for the money!

    Good pounding Power, (745Watts) the sound just jumps out at you! Great value per watt!! easy set up up, w/ hdmis, coax, optical's, rca,s , 2 sub out, etc. Not cluttered with a bunch of options you don't need or wont use, Simple, elegant, Power, Great Brand and easily one of the most competitively priced units available.

    Sep 28, 2018 16:51
  • Review by Mediacenter, 10 out of 10
    Man Cave

    Outstanding! We’re never leaving our media room. With the addition of the subwoofer

    Sep 11, 2021 11:28
  • Review by Nats, 10 out of 10
    Gr8 stereo

    I love this reciever so far. Its been 20 years since we had to buy a new one and i think this one us great. I love the Bluetooth. I can listen to radio from my phone. The ports on front are great too. Cant wait to hook it up to my surround sound when i finally get it home. So far its great tho where i am staying. I highly recommend this stereo. Thank you best buy for recommendation if this. Fits perfectly in my new fireplace b

    Jan 10, 2020 18:12
  • Review by Tony, 10 out of 10
    Great theater surround

    Needs clear set up instructions without having to download from the internet.

    Works great 5:1 surround.

    May 01, 2020 18:54
  • Review by Johnnyhz1977, 8 out of 10
    Good price good brand

    Looks nice sound good at the price $199 and $38 for 4 year geek squad is amazing only cons is no wifi but if you have apple tv or amazon fire tv it’ll recompense for that feature. Overall happy with my purchase and i owned several brands onkyo pioneer and sony im happy with this denon. Pros Bluetooth

    Aug 31, 2019 13:56
  • Review by Doug, 10 out of 10
    Very happy, future looks bright

    I bought this AVR for a strange reason: I was looking for an amp in this price range that could accept optical audio inputs. This has two optical and a coax, which each are assignable to one of six inputs. I do not plan to use this for video (maybe in the future) but for NAD C538 CD audio via coax and my two Macs (USB->optical adaptors).

    I am also able to use a pair of the analog RCA audio inputs for the audio from an AirportExpress used as an Airplay receiver. I also picked up some RCA->HDMI adaptors, but I haven't used them yet.

    So I'm very happy with what I can do with audio.

    The sound is great through my smallish JBL Control 1's and a fairly conventional Pioneer subwoofer. I don't use the surround or center. This is actually the first receiver I've used with a setup mic situation and I have no doubt it really helped.

    Aug 21, 2020 17:38
  • Review by DenonQuality, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Receiver

    I Purchased thus Denon Receiver in March from Best Buy and it has great amplified sound thru my Klipsch Speakers and Subwoofer.

    The Bluetooth Feature is great.

    Apr 24, 2021 11:19
  • 9.0score
    Denon AVR-X2700H 8K Ultra HD 7.2 Channel (95 Watt X 7) AV Receiver 2020 Model - 3D Audio & Video, Built for Gaming - Black
    Description

    Powering 95W per channel, the Denon AVR-X2700H 7.2 channel 8K AV receiver supports the latest in 3D audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X. It features the latest HDMI specifications such as 8K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz* pass-through and upscaling, VRR, ALLM, HDR10+ and eARC support. With HEOS Built-in, stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & Airplay 2 from Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, Deezer and more. Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Josh.ai for seamless voice control. The award-winning Denon Setup Assistant provides a quick and seamless setup experience, while Audyssey MultEQ room calibration technology optimizes the AVR to provide a truly immersive 3D audio experience custom-tailored to your unique listening environment. *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    9 Features
  • Unmatched 3D Realism for your Home Theater System: Bring your movies and music to life with immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization & DTS Virtual:X & crisp, clean picture with advanced video processing, 8K/60Hz, and 4K/120Hz* pass-through
  • Get the Most Out of your 4K TV: Enjoy the highest quality 3D audio and video knowing that the AVR-X2700H is 8K ready when you are. This high-power amplifier meets the most demanding entertainment needs with the latest technology available
  • Next Gen Gaming: Enjoy a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with spectacular imaging, reduced lag & frame tearing with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • The Most Advanced Video Technologies: This 7.2 channel receiver supports High Dynamic Range video format such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG. Also supports Dynamic HDR, HDR10+ for more realistic imaging and delivers visuals in supreme clarity, contrast & color.
  • Connect with any HD/Ultra HD TV, Subwoofer, Blu-Ray Player & Turntable for Incredible Stereo Sound: USB, 8 HDMI ports (6 In/ 2 Out) with HDCP 2.3 processing, Digital In, Phono input & Network support with a range of wireless connections
  • Extend the Reach of your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS MULTI-ROOM WIRELESS SPEAKERS like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai & Control4 SDPP
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Assistant: Denon’s on-screen Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & Audyssey MultEQ XT (with 2 preset options) that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Note about 4K/120Hz pass-though: *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources
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  • Review by Alonzo64, 10 out of 10
    Alonzo64

    So far so good no problems just pure performance now that's a Denon it's keeper unless i upgrade it's been one month very good sounds good very good Denon. Don't let me down.

    Oct 29, 2021 12:37
  • Review by Rocky, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver for the price

    Amazing receiver which pushes 3.1 Bowers and Wilkins speakers I purchased. Easy to install and it has a easy setup guide that will help you along the way. TV, movies, games, and music sound amazing. Wish I would have done this many of years ago. Hooks up to your network with ease as well. Will never go back to soundbar ever again.

    Mar 20, 2021 18:48
  • Review by MadMurdock, 8 out of 10
    Only 1 port handles [email protected]

    Quality receiver. Excellent audio output, which is a huge upgrade from my previous Onkyo. Great features Looks like a standard receiver, nothing fancy. Upscales lower resolutions like 480i/p. Onscreen display is a bit overwhelming; I'd like to have a volume indicator that doesn't take up so much screen real estate.

    I bought this with [email protected] gaming in mind, to use with my new LG C1. Unfortunately, you can only use one specific HDMI port for 120hz. So, if you're like me, and you have a Series X and PS5, you're only able to run one of them at [email protected] at a time, unless of course you plug the consoles directly into the TV and use the receiver for sound only... That kind of defeats the purpose of having the receiver, though.

    This is not made clear in any of the spec sheets or material provided by the manufacturer. I had to dig around to find this info. Denon really needs to make this clear for customers. I assumed that all HDMI 2.1 ports could handle [email protected] based on what I read on the manufacturers product listing.

    If you only have one of the current gen consoles, or don't care about 120hz, then I can easily recommend this receiver. I'm running a 5.1 setup and it sounds amazing; it's night and day difference from my older Onkyo. You can also transmit Bluetooth and use headphones or earbuds when you want to keep quiet when the rest of the house is asleep.

    All in all, worth the purchase. I just wish there were multiple ports for 120hz gaming.

    Aug 18, 2021 16:12
  • Review by GoDaddyRun, 10 out of 10
    A must for HDMI 2.1 and gaming.

    Bought specifically for HDMI 2.1 & my PS5 . It works seamlessly through the erac input on my LG CX . I replaced an outdated Pioneer and it drives my in ceiling speaker setup and sub much better. Definitely a must for gamers and at its price point a good deal.

    Jan 09, 2021 10:09
  • Review by CTAYLOR, 10 out of 10
    Cee

    This is a great product top of the line very good sound and user friendly I would recommend this product to anyone.

    May 23, 2021 23:14
  • Review by Thewronggaurdian, 6 out of 10
    Difficult set-up not plug-in play

    Physical set-up was easy. Installed with a 5.1 Klipsche surround system. However, once powered on for the first time the pleasant experience quickly faded away into frustrating, non-sensical and clunky software set-up experience that left me wondering if one of the HDMI ports is actually broken on delivery along with a confused Denon firmware that also thinks a properly wired Klipsche center channel speaker is phase reversed when it actually doesn't appear to be so (so the calibration process continually gets an error).

    My set up is fairly non-complicated: just 5.1 speakers hardwired, a ps4 and 2019 LG C9 OLED. We're using high quality and high speed HDMI cable w/ethernet.

    After everything plugged in, first boot would not show the Denon set-up on the TV and we could not get it to without 4 hours of trial and error and fiddling in the TV menus and changing HDMI ports. I first attempted to plug in the ps4 into the "game" HDMI port "in" on the Denon receiver and the Denon ARC out to the TV's HDMI port 2 (ARC). Every time I selected the Denon device through TV HDMI 2 port (where it was plugged in) it auto started the ps4, but no video from ps4 passed through Denon, nor any audio. The Denon software set-up screen also did not appear on the TV.

    The solution was multifaceted. Updated Denon firmware and verified TV firmware was updated. Then plug the PS4 into ANY other HDMI port than the officially labeled "game" HDMI port (which appears to be faulty - not fully faulty because CEC on TV can still trigger the PS4 to turn on, just not provide video or sound passthrough) on the Denon. Then turn off the C9s CEC option for HDMI. Then change the C9 TV's audio out for HDMI to passthrough and turn eARC on.

    After getting video to the TV for the Denon set up, calibration was a breeze other than having a non-sensical error regarding our center channel phase that was confirmed to be wired properly. We have a friend with a Denon AVR-x2600H and he has the same issue with Klipsche center channel, so something about Denon receivers and Klipsche center channels don't play nice.

    After getting everything set up, audio through ps4 still wouldn't auto switch from stereo to any of the supported surround options. We had to change the HDMI setting to "enhanced." Once set to enhanced, the ps4 sent proper surround audio to the receiver.

    None of the above was explained in any detailed user manual and none of it was explained by Denon's troubleshooting pages and none of it was explained by online tutorials. We literally just had to figure it out by HOURS of frustrating trial and error.

    We still have the issues of the center channel confusion on the Denon/Kipsche center channel and non-video and non-audio functioning "game" HDMI input on the Denon. So most def. not a trouble free experience and user information to help is extremely sparse. My recommendation is to have a experienced home theater buff help you with Denon set-up (for those DIYers out there) and its not user friendly (the software is, but getting the software screen visible is not).

    Other than the issues above, our settings now seem to be holding and the audio experience is fantastic. Unit might still need to be returned due to possibly malfunctioning Denon HDMI game port input (#5) however, which is extremely disappointing.

    Oct 19, 2020 10:24
  • Review by RuDdOgG, 10 out of 10
    Nice new release from Denon

    so far so good, easy walk thru set up, sounds good, switches well between diff HDMI inputs. seems future proof for the moment.

    Nov 06, 2020 15:55
  • Review by j0nny5, 10 out of 10
    Sounds fantastic, 4k 120Hz for latest consoles!

    Bought this to solve the infamous "audio delay" issue between next-gen consoles and Samsung TVs. I replaced an AVR-S700W, and this is the spiritual successor. Sound-wise, drives a total of 13 speakers extremely well! (9 total units, but 4 of them are dual - 2x2-way rear surrounds, 2x2-way side surrounds, 2 stereo floor speakers, center channel, 2 subwoofers, though the second one I think only works for the second zone, I haven't checked to be sure.)

    8K input does what it says - full VRR/120Hz 4K (can do 8K at 60Hz if you're lucky enough to have an 8K set), lots of options, Audyssee setup works great, just as it did when I bought the SW700 back in 2014.

    There's a little bit of a delay sometimes when switching between sources and video modes, which is slightly annoying, but it really doesn't impact my quality of life (mainly impacts YouTube ads, so, it's fine :)) That's the only con so far, and it's a small one.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:15
  • 9.0score
    Sony - 725W 5.2-Ch. Hi-Res 4K Ultra HD A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your entertainment system with this Sony 5.2 multichannel 4K HDR receiver. Connect your favorite media via Bluetooth, or use one of the built-in ports for plug-and-play convenience. Adjustable surround sound and HD amplification let this Sony 5.2 multichannel 4K HDR receiver produce high-quality audio within your home theater environment. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    13 Features
  • 4K HDR, Dolby Vision compatibility with HDCP 2.2 support: Allows running high-quality 4K HDR video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • Built-in Bluetooth: Not only can you wirelessly stream and play music from compatible Bluetooth devices, but with Bluetooth Standby, you can turn on your receiver remotely.
  • 145W RMS power x 5 channels: For powerful sound.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Digital, Dolby Vision, Dolby Dual Mono, DTS 96/24, DTS decoder, Dolby TrueHD and dts HD Enhanced Audio Codecs and more for crystal surround sound.
  • 0.9% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • Advanced surround modes: Include hall, stadium, jazz club, 5ch stereo, sports and live concert for quality sound in almost any genre.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via Bluetooth.
  • FM tuner: 30 station presets lets you program your favorites for simple one-touch recall.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • 4 stereo RCA audio inputs, 2 digital audio inputs (1 optical and 1 coaxial): Make it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • S-Force PRO Front Surround: Delivers a virtual surround acoustic field using only two speakers.
  • Pure Direct mode: Provides improved signal clarity and detail.
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  • Review by DoctorHoo, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Sounding Entry Level 4K A/V Receiver

    The Sony STR-DH590 is part of Sony’s new 2018 lineup and supports the newest audio and video standards such as Bluetooth audio streaming, Audio Return Channel (ARC), 3D over HDMI, HDMI 2.0b, HDCP 2.2, HDR (HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision™ Compatible), along with 4K 60P 4:4:4 support.

    All 4 HDMI inputs support HDMI 2.0b (which added support for HLG) and HDCP 2.2.

    Setup was very easy. It only took a few minutes for me remove my old receiver (Sony STR-DG720) and hook everything up to the new one. When you first turn it on, you are presented with a GUI menu on your TV screen where you can then perform an easy audio calibration by plugging in the included microphone and placing it where you would normally sit. Then the receiver goes through a quick process by playing sounds through your speakers and adjusting the output. After a minute or two, your speakers are calibrated and the resultant sound is amazing!

    I was always very happy with the sound from my old STR-DG720 and did not expect much improvement from the new STR-DH590 but I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement in sound quality I experienced. As with the STR-DG720, the new STR-DH590 produced vocals that were very clear and easily understandable. But everything sounded crisper and more detailed. Maybe I’m imagining things, but the position of sounds seemed more precise with sounds coming all around me. It seemed like I was hearing things that I did not hear before. I currently have a 4.1 speaker setup and the new receiver seemed to have brought new life to my old speakers.

    The STR-DH590 also supports S-Force PRO Front Surround which is a technology that produces virtual surround sound using only 2 physical front speakers. I did not try this since I have 5 physical speakers in my setup.

    With the new Sony STR-DH590, I am able to get full surround sound from all my media devices and game systems (Panasonic BD player, Apple TV, Fire TV, nVidia Shield TV, Roku Ultra, PS3, Wii U, and Xbox One S) while using NetFlix, Amazon Prime Video, and Vudu.

    I did encounter a problem with my Xbox One S however. When I tried to use Amazon Prime Video with my Xbox One S, it displayed a blank screen with a message about not being able to display the content. I suspected a HDCP handshaking issue. My Xbox One S was connected to the STR-DH590 using an older external 1080p HDMI switch. I replaced the switch with a new Rocketfish RF-G1501 4K HDMI switch and new Rocketfish 4K HDMI cables and the problem went away. My other game systems (PS3 and Wii U) also work great with the new receiver.

    I still only have a 1080p HDTV so I wasn’t able to judge it based on its 4K video capabilities but the STR-DH590 has all the 4K features that I would want when I do upgrade my HDTV.

    There are some usability issues that could be improved upon. The on screen GUI menu feels incomplete because it cannot be used to adjust all the settings of the Sony STR-DH590. There are some settings that can only be adjusted using the display panel menu. In this day and age, I think the on screen GUI menu should be able to adjust every setting that is available on the display panel menu.

    The display panel menu also has a dated feel (it’s very similar to the display panel menu on my old STR-DG720 receiver). There is also a disconnected feeling between the two menu systems. With the panel display menu, you can rename inputs. So, if I have my Roku Ultra connected to the receiver’s SAT/CATV HDMI input, I can use the display panel menu to rename it as “Roku”.

    After doing this, when I switch the input by pressing the SAT/CATV button on my remote, the display panel will display “Roku”. But if I want to use the on screen GUI menu to switch inputs, the input is still displayed as “SAT/CATV” instead of “Roku” on the GUI.

    Also, the new STR-DH590 has the same limitation as my old STR-DG720 where you can only use the optical audio input when using the TV as the source.

    My HDTV does not support ARC and only has a coax digital output so I had to use a “coax to optical converter” to connect my HDTV to the new Sony STR-DH590. It would have been nice to have a choice of using either the coax audio input or the optical audio input when using the TV as the source. If it were possible to reassign the coax audio input to the TV source then I wouldn’t need a “coax to optical converter” and things would be a little less cluttered with my home theater setup.

    Based on ease of setup, sound quality, compatibility with all my media and gaming devices, and support of the most recent video and audio standards, I would give the new STR-DH590 5 stars. I only wished the on screen GUI was a bit more full feature.

    Mar 05, 2018 00:05
  • Review by Referee, 10 out of 10
    Looks like best buys the only game in town to get

    This is the 2nd Sony tuner I have bought in the last 2 years it does the job well and I haven't had any issues or complaints about the unit enjoy the fact that it includes Bluetooth which conveniently connects to my Alexis smart device and various other products great sounding tuner with plenty of power

    Feb 29, 2020 18:00
  • Review by AdamF, 10 out of 10
    Surround sound

    Works perfect for what i wanted it for. Not too big and has great sound.

    Nov 09, 2021 02:31
  • Review by TrentB, 10 out of 10
    Sleek and simple

    This is a really nice receiver for the price. On my last theater receiver I had to manually power off the unit after use. This unit, if you used HDMI cables from all your input components (highly recommend) and to the tv. It will automatically turn the receiver On/Off with the TV. The audio menu is a little clunky to get through but easier through the remote control. The sound quality is really good. I use it to boost the sound of my TV in a large room, but it does so much more. A single button on the remote switches different inputs including Bluetooth sync to your tablet or phone. Still much to learn but happy with it so far.

    Dec 15, 2018 09:47
  • Review by TheoBuffalo, 10 out of 10
    Perfect amount of Power

    Amazing unit especially paired with the right speakers. Went with the Sony center channel speaker paired with some vintage KLN’s. Definitely opens up the world of sound. Great investment will have for years.

    Feb 26, 2021 16:20
  • Review by AVguy, 10 out of 10
    Just like being in a movie theater

    This system is perfect for your home theater needs. I strongly suggest getting two sony subwoofers to even out the bass distribution. Youll have to tweak the crossover and db level after the auto calibration, but after that, its just like sitting in the theater.

    Oct 26, 2021 20:30
  • Review by Done1, 10 out of 10
    Really nice unit !

    An open box purchase, but works fine so far as I can tell. Had to order a remote and f. m. Antenna, which I’m still waiting for, but just using the buttons and knobs the options work well. I’ll know more when the remote arrives and I’ll update my review!

    Jan 15, 2020 20:18
  • Review by Indiaj0nes, 10 out of 10
    Good Receiver with HDCP 2.2, HDR 10 Support

    Good Receiver with HDR Support

    What's in the box

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    Sony 725W 5.2-Ch. Hi-Res 4K Ultra HD A/V Home Theater Receiver

    Summary Review

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    Here is a quick summary -

    Pros

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    1. Slim Design, it is 1 inch shorter than the prior version STR-DH550 and it is also 1 inch less deep

    2. 4k Ultra HD, HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision Compatible, HDCP 2.2 Compatible

    3. Very good Sound QUality , High Res Audio Compatible

    4. Simple and easy bluetooth connectivity. No Need to Keep the receiver on, it will turn on automatically on connecting to phone (Same as my Onkyo but better, we will talk more)

    Cons

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    1. No Dolby Atoms

    2. No Pandora/Spotify connectivity (although you can bluetooth it)

    3. No Chromecast Built in

    4. No Wifi (I Dont care about this feature)

    5. 4 HDMI In Ports (

    Detail Review

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    I had Onkyo TX-NR656 and i replaced it with this one not because this one was more powerful, just because it is slimmer and powerful enough for me. Now that i come from the very popular Onkyo TX-NR656 receiver, i can give you some comparison.

    I understand that i will be comparing apples to oranges as the Onkyo costs $200 more than this one, with that being said, i think the feature set that you get with this receiver provided a good value.

    So, Lets take the pros first. I love the slim design, i have a TV Stand which is open design and the Onkyo sticks out. with this one, its all the way in and with less than 6 inch (5 1/4") height, it is not massive. i like that.

    My Prior Onkyo was 170W per channel and this one is 145W per channel and i can tell you that i cannot find any noticeable differance

    HDCP 2.2 Support, both of them support it, This was a major compliant in the STR-DH550 model because that one did not support it. But sony now has corrected the mistake in this reciever by including it. Not only that HDR10 is also supported and i tested it with Netflix. Good Video output and Pass-through

    Same as my Onkyo, Once you connect to the reciever, the receiver automatically turns on. So you do not need to look for the report nor you need to turn on the TV to play the music which is a good conveience. What i liiked about the Sony as compared to Onkyo is that Sony has a very quick connection vs Onkyo which is extremely slow.

    Now to the Cons. This one does not have Dolby Atmos, for some folks this may be a bummer but i do not have 7.1.2 setup, so it did not matter to me much. i have 5.1 setup.

    Other Cons, like Wifi, Chromecast, Pandora...All of these have workarounds, Pandora, Spotify on your phone and streaming via bluetooth will solve that. Wifi COnnection for playing media files? Hmm, I can connect a micro desktop to the HDMI Port and be done with that..Chromecast, The Onkyo Chromecast is frustratingly slow, So i rather connect a chromecast dongle to a HDMI Port, that solves that.

    Now, I wish there were a couple more HDMI input. But for the price, i can live without it.

    Feb 28, 2018 22:00
  • 9.0score
    Arcam - FMJ 420W 7.1.4-Ch. Network-Ready 4K Ultra HD and 3D Pass-Through A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Enhance your home entertainment system with this seven-channel Arcam A/V receiver. It has seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs to deliver a brilliantly clear picture with Ultra HD resolution and full surround sound that supports Dolby Atmos technology. This Arcam A/V receiver includes built-in technology to calibrate your speakers to match the environment, creating an optimal listening experience. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    14 Features
  • Smart Enabled: Get access to a world of instant entertainment with this product. Just connect to the Internet and stream movies, listen to music, and access a wide variety of other content.
  • Connect to the Internet: Access a variety of online streaming services, such as Spotify, as well as music and photos over your home network.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio for crystal surround sound.
  • Dual-zone capability: Supports distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.
  • Up to 4K HDMI passthrough: Transfers 4K video and audio signals from your set-top devices to the TV via the AV receiver.
  • 3D passthrough: Passes through 3D content from a variety of devices through your AV receiver to your TV or projector.
  • 0.02% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • Remote: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • DAB/DAB+/FM tuner: Lets you listen to your favorite stations.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • On-screen display: Makes it easy to configure your audio system.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Wrigman2002, 10 out of 10
    Affordable higher end.

    Years ago I used a Asian brand (starts with a Y) AVR. Good unit, but was only rated for its power with two Chanel’s, when at 7.1 Chanel’s it’s power was not impressive. My first foray into British AVR’s started with another brand( starts with a C). The British KNOW how to make a AVR. They say sound is king(and it is) but they know how to give the video end a boost as well. They have a habit of under rating the power they put out. I have speakers that like that. I bought a new 4K TV (the plasma finally gave up the ghost), so my older AVR didn’t pass 4K. Hence the need for a new AVR. The pervious AVR’s company quit making AVR’s, I looked at all the British higher end brands. I did my research before listening to a few. I looked at which brands were less buggy and lasted for years.

    I found Arcam to be the most reliable, I listened, I liked, I bought. Best Buy’s price is the best on this living room owning AVR! The power satisfies my speakers power demands well. The 7.2 system I run sounds great and the 4K pass through is second to none. It has all the inputs I need. I also have a turntable (with a phono preamp), the analog sound is AMAZING! I have a CD player with a built in DAC that sounds AMAZING in analog as well. Digital is handled very well by this unit as well. I have yet to get DIRAC room correction set up, but this unit sounds great just with a manual speaker set up. That is a step you will need to do before DIRAC is set up anyway. If your on the fence with this one go ahead and make the jump, you will not be disappointed.

    Nov 20, 2021 02:35
  • Review by Myself, 10 out of 10
    Arcam exceeded all expectations

    First, I was a little concerned about trading our separates Marantz system for the Arcam AVR390. Not that I didn't trust the brand reputation, but 60 watts X 7 channels? Was that going to be enough power? I was getting ready to remove an actual 150 watts per channel separates system.

    Second, I had never been happy with the sound of my equipment. Although I was powering Bowers and Wilkins speakers, something was always missing. Subs felt wrong; the sound felt weak, even after several calibrations with the Marantz processor.

    But I saw an opportunity—the opportunity to test out something new and see if I could hear something different. I was able to pick up the AVR390 for $999.99. I figured if I didn't like it, I'd return it.

    Before running the Direc calibration, I could already hear the difference. The sound was powerful, and I don't understand it. I could listen to sound everywhere, surround sound. The bass pushed me back into my seat, and I could not wait to calibrate the system.

    I had to wait until I could buy a movable mic stand; this is a must as you will run at least seventeen placements for sound measurements. I also had to watch about five videos to learn how to use the software. Do not prepare for an easy task, but it will be worth it. I was frustrated a few times because it did not set up like a Marantz. But after all, the Marantz didn't perform.

    You have to go into the menus and activate all the speakers and run the calibration software from your computer, but once you get going, it's pretty easy.

    The sound is terrific; I believe they have found a customer from life if the performance holds up.

    Dec 17, 2020 19:34
  • Review by JohnWick, 10 out of 10
    Akacuz

    Just getting to experience my new receiver but everything so far is great. This receiver definitely delivers the power to all my Kef speakers. My room is 20’ X 14’ and the sound is plenty to give you the experience of a theater.

    Jan 16, 2021 08:45
  • Review by Turk, 8 out of 10
    Great sound

    Great sound quality but the user interface isn’t great.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:39
  • Review by Ipods, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    Holy cow! This is so much better than the pioneer I had. It rocks the house

    Aug 21, 2021 05:22
  • Review by DMoney, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver.

    This was recommended by a Magnolia salesman and it works great. It’s perfect for what I need.

    Dec 27, 2020 12:49
  • Review by MrHops, 10 out of 10
    awesome

    I was looking at a $1500 receiver for my Martin-Logan speakers then my associate switched to this Arcam … unbelievable!

    Mar 22, 2020 13:52
  • Review by HiFiGuy, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic receiver!

    Excellent high quality receiver that I would recommend without reservation.

    Sep 25, 2020 15:50
  • 9.0score
    Onkyo - TX 5.2-Ch. with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Enrich your home sound with this Onkyo 5.2-channel A/V receiver. The high-current analog amps deliver powerful sound, and the AVR supports HDR and 4K video passthrough. With revolutionary features, such as Vocal Enhancer for clear dialogue and AccuEQ Room Acoustic Calibration, this Onkyo 5.2-channel A/V receiver provides an unmatched sound and visual experience. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    13 Features
  • 4K and 3D passthrough: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Surround, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS:X and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 4 HDMI inputs, 1 HDMI output: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via Bluetooth.
  • Dual-zone capability: Supports distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.
  • x.v.Color and Deep Color technology: Produce vibrant hues for a lifelike picture.
  • 1% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • Bass and treble controls: Enable simple sonic customization, so you can tailor the sound to suit your preferences.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • AccuEQ acoustic calibration: Ensures the sound is calibrated to your room's acoustics, including manual adjustments and presets.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Vchat, 10 out of 10
    So far sooo good

    Several inputs for all users needs...lots of options...nice

    Oct 02, 2019 13:39
  • Review by Robb, 10 out of 10
    Great A/V Unit. ONKYO TX SR393

    Purchased receiver for $160 and it sounds F'n great. Easy set up and connections. The sound is incredible while watching YouTube, Netflix, Spotify, and the like. I am rockin out and shakin the walls. Final results will depend on choice of speakers and location. Fantastic unit for the price. I use DCM center, Velodyne sub-woofer Cerwin-Vega fronts, and Sony for the rears. Love It!

    May 16, 2020 16:19
  • Review by MusicLover, 8 out of 10
    Onkyo As a Company

    Before I discuss this model, I want to talk about Onkyo.

    Nearly a decade ago I bought a Onkyo Receiver for a home theater setup. Being an early adopter, this early unit developed a problem where it would loose its program settings under certain situations. You have to remember that this was early on in programable A/V models where you could assign sources to any HDMI/Optical/Analog jacks to your heart's content. Onkyo support was awesome. My case was immediately upgraded to an engineer, who rewrote some code for the new model, and send me a firmware update that fixed the issue forever. Well nearly a decade anyway.

    A couple of days a go while setting it up to run audio from a new TV, I was having difficulty routing the audio to the optical IN jack. It looked like the TV and Receiver could see each other, so I bit the bullet to call Onkyo Support regarding a 9 year out of warranty product. I got a live support person within 2 minutes, and within 1 more minute I had the answer to the issue: an internal chip no longer available from Texas Instruments had failed, so there was unfortunately nothing to be done for it.

    So, it was time to shop for a new receiver (I do love electronic toys!), so I started looking for the early Black Friday deals for Sony, Yamaha, etc.. But then, it hit me... how many companies would have an English speaking tech support person take time to a help debug a 9 year old device? I immediately found an Onkyo receiver on sale at Best Buy. Ordered it for curbside pickup, and 3 hours later I was enjoying a small home theater setup complete with Apple TV/Blu-Ray connected to a late model Samsung TV with very limited hookup options. (HDMI In/Optical Out/Ethernet/USB In)

    I will add that this is a mid line model that will work great for living room setups where you have good speakers, and don't want to go the sound bar option.

    It felt good supporting people who stand by their products. That said, I highly recommend Onkyo, and hope you will consider them for your next receiver purchase.

    Nov 22, 2020 13:24
  • Review by Redshadow, 10 out of 10
    Quality and affordable price

    I love my Onkyo works great. I'd pair it with two 12" klipsch powered sub ang sounds amazing. I would reccomend this product.!

    Jul 10, 2020 18:50
  • Review by Monty, 10 out of 10
    Great Receiver for your home theater!

    I bought this one to replace my old Onkyo 7.1 channel receiver which entertained us for over 15 years. I needed a receiver which supports 4K HDR content and this one fitted my budget. I’ve connected Klipsch Reference Theatre Pack 5.1 to the receiver and the sound quality is amazing. I would definitely recommend this product Onkyo is a very reliable brand.

    May 22, 2020 16:56
  • Review by Ryan, 10 out of 10
    Great budget receiver with lots of power

    I researched several receivers prior to selecting this one. I needed one that has enough wattage but provided a quality experience. I wasn't disappointed. For the price it is a great deal. It provides plenty of power to our ceiling speakers.

    Jan 12, 2021 20:41
  • Review by TEEVEEREECEEVR, 8 out of 10
    Replacement Receiver

    Good little receiver. It wasn’t exactly what I wanted as far as function goes, but that’s because I’m way out of step with today’s technology. It is great for the installation I’m running it in., primarily for a smart TV and Blue Ray player. I am concerned about the harmonic distortion figure at full power, but since I run highly efficient speakers and a powered subwoofer I’ll never need to press it that hard. I wish it had a phono input, though.

    Jan 15, 2021 18:45
  • Review by john, 8 out of 10
    very good low-end receiver

    i got this receiver to replace a sony receiver that my warrenty could not fix and died.This is the TX-SR393 model and The 1 thing i like with onkyo's are the warmth of the sound and this one has it.Can be a bit tricky to setup for a novice...this receiver only came with a setup guide but you can download a manuel from the website.it's HD-HDR compatible,Dolby Atmos 4k,and alot of different configs for speaker setup (even a 3.2 setup) but what was impressive was the sub-woofer sound...maybe because i have an onkyo subwoofer but the low-end was so much better on this receiver than my sony.i really should have gotten this receiver before buying the sony...not saying sony makes bad receivers just that mine only lasted 8 months and the onkyo i had before i brought the sony lasted 16yrs.

    Sep 20, 2019 19:03
  • 9.0score
    Marantz NR1710 – Slim 4K UHD 7.2 Channel AV Receiver, Immersive Movies, Music & Gaming, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HEOS + Alexa - Black
    Description

    Take your home entertainment to the next level with this ultra slim NR1710 4K Ultra HD 7.2 channel AV receiver. Get dynamic, high-resolution audio with virtual height effects from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies and eARC support. Enjoy crystal-clear picture quality, exceptional brightness & contrast with latest video technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision, 4:4:4 color resolution, BT.2020 & Quick Media Switching (QMS). Experience gaming thrills with spectacular imaging and reduced lag with 4K/120Hz pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & HEOS enables multi-room audio and digital music streaming from Spotify, Pandora & more throughout your entire home. Play/pause music, adjust volume & skip tracks with seamless voice control from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Siri. Also works with home automation systems like Josh.ai. Multiple digital & analog inputs/outputs let you to connect the receiver to audio sources like a DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers & more to create versatile home theater setups. The included Setup Assistant offers clear, step-by-step on-screen instructions to connect your TV and the Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately analyzes the output of each speaker in your home theater configuration & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience.

    7 Features
  • Superior Performance with a Low-Profile Receiver: At half the height of traditional receivers, the Marantz NR1710 delivers high-fidelity, immersive room-filling audio. This musical masterpiece comes in a sleek, slim design that's been masterfully crafted to perfectly fit in its 4-inch tall profile
  • Complete Home Entertainment Box: This 7.2 channel receiver (50W x 7) has endless connection options you need for a cohesive surround sound system. Features 8 HDMI In / 1 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC), a USB port, digital inputs for audio sources like DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers
  • 4K Ultra HD Video Quality: Enjoy an impactful home theater experience with exceptional picture quality & a thrilling surround sound with full 4K UHD compatibility. Supports 60Hz full-rate content, 4:4:4 pure color sub-sampling, BT.2020, HDR10, HLG, eARC & Dolby Vision
  • Immersive Surround Sound with Heightened Realism: Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X from your choice of home theater speaker arrangement such as 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 setup
  • Hands-free Operations: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri or Josh.ai Smart Home – just use your voice to say out the command loud, and stream unlimited music using popular services like Spotify, TuneIn, Netflix and more via Built-in HEOS, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2 or Wi-Fi
  • Quick & Easy Setup: Easy-to-understand and user-friendly setup assistant comes with an Advanced Graphical User Interface that guides you through the step-by-step process and connects all your audio sources to this stereo receiver
  • Multi-Room Audio Technology: Allows you to play the same song in every room, or a different one in each room with the HEOS Home Entertainment App. Connect all your HEOS speakers to the app and get full control everywhere in your home!
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Vaultboy, 10 out of 10
    Another excellent Marantz receiver

    Bought this to swap with my SR7011 Marantz since my wife said that was too big for our entertainment center. This receiver works powers my SVS Primes with no issue and the sound stage is just as good as the larger receiver. It has all the same primary features and fits wonderfully into the entertainment center.

    Jan 03, 2020 18:13
  • Review by Skisan, 10 out of 10
    Pretty darn impressive

    I bought this unit as a replacement of my Yamaha RX A750, which, itself is a pretty good device, especially after its last firmware update.

    Still, the A750 didn't pass through Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos or DTS-X and the Marantz NR1710 did.

    The set-up was the best I have ever seen. It really walks you through the process with superb graphucs and explanations.

    Since I didn't want to give up my 7.1 speaker configuration, the option to set the NR1710 to virtual Atmos and virtual DTS-X was a clincher. And how good is the "virtual" option? I love it. It adds enormously to the overall sound space and allows me to run all 7 speakers.

    The sound is fantastic with 6 speaker test zones easily demonstrated by clear, friendly graphics. I have never heard such clear sound dispersment as I have with the NR1710.

    The only issue I have is in the hiding of graphics for Pandora, Alexa etc. services. I'm still searching for this feature and icons. I mean this stuff is a no-brainer. The icons should be visibly present. They are not. Also the HELOS offerings are a real pain. It's not helpful when I get stations that I am not interested in ever listening to. All these helpful suggestions should go, allowing the user to select either their own music format or pay service, like Pandora. OK, enough of that.

    This receiver is one of the best sound systems I have owned, going back 50 years to my twenties.

    The remote is easy to use and the "Options" feature opens up a great interface, with easy drop-down selections which are a pleasure to use.

    Lastly, the slim design fits nicely in my cabinet, which most of the large frame receivers don't do.

    So, there you have it. Since I use this receiver stricly for home theater, all the other features, blah, blah, blah, mean nothing to me.

    Jan 17, 2020 21:33
  • Review by Hattrick, 10 out of 10
    Great AVR for the price!

    I purchased this AVR for a bedroom HT setup for when I want to move my to my Bedroom from the Great Room and still have a great musical and or TV experience prior to retiring for the night. I also have an Arcam AVR 850 which was 5 times as much and nothing but problems. I have to say this little AVR does as good of a job sonicaly as the Arcam AVR 850. I am going to sell the AVR 850 and purchase another one of these for my great room but utilize separate amplifiers being this is a bit underpowered for large rooms. I just don't see any reason to spend $$ of dollars to get great HT and music performance out of an electronic devices.

    Jan 27, 2020 12:30
  • Review by AVguy, 8 out of 10
    Nice little receiver

    Nice little receiver. Works great with no issues. Has all the bells and whistles in a small chassis. Only down 1 star because the phono input has no low end to speak of when hooked to my marantz TT15. Added a vincent 701 and its all back. This phono stage is no doubt an after thought.

    Apr 03, 2021 09:37
  • Review by WorksWell, 8 out of 10
    Great receiver, but small issue

    Part of the order was for headphones to be used with the receiver. Problem is that the receiver does not work with the headphones (analog v digital) so we are waiting for this to be resolved. Otherwise, the receiver is great. We are hoping to fix the problem by getting a newer model of the receiver.

    Dec 05, 2020 15:29
  • Review by Rich, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic unit

    Took me a little while to setup the first time but once I sat down and spent a little time figuring it out I was very impressed. Fit perfectly in my entertainment centrr5

    Feb 05, 2021 15:50
  • Review by kroepke, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic receiver

    Probably overkill for anyone unless you're really a sound freak. I like it, but probably didn't need so much.

    Oct 02, 2020 16:20
  • Review by gam2018, 10 out of 10
    An Audio And Visual Extraordinaire

    I chose the Marantz 7.2 Channel 4K HD AV Receiver Model NR1710 to be the new receiver for my Home Theater System and as usual I researched and shopped receivers that would compliment my other Home Theater System components. This unit is rated at 50 watts per channel at 8 ohms and has all the newest features allowing it to communicate with my Home Theater System components via HDMI connectivity. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities to connect your smartphone and other sources wireless. The unit has a low profile stance at 4.25" high giving it a sleek look from the front of the chassis but is a well built solid unit weighing at around 19 pounds. The receiver has been passing-through all my HD 4K content from their sources beautifully. It's a very feature rich unit with a included remote controlling all of the usual optional features including the pleasant onscreen display menu. If you're looking for a new 7.2 Channel 4K HD Receiver for a medium to large size room and optional zone coverage with the newest features to control the pass-through signals from your sources to your television and speakers I would highly recommend this unit and with a three year warranty backing it up from the manufacturer the value of the unit is fairly priced.

    The NR1710 has been a great addition and companion for my other 4K HD capable Home Theater System components and to enjoy many of the benefits this receiver has to offer make sure your component sources such as a 4K HD Blu-Ray Player, Cable Box, etc. are capable of passing-through the encoded Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision, Dolby Digital/HD, DTS-X etc. signals from your favorite Cable TV shows or all HD Blu-Ray Disk movies to this receiver to appreciate and enjoy the newest streaming features that can be passed-through to your television and attached surround sound speakers.

    The Marantz NR1710 Receiver is capable of passing-through the audio and video signals from 4K HD sources by using the required 4K HD HDMI High Speed with Ethernet Cables rated at 18 Gbps for two way communication. I recommend connecting all the audio and visual component sources of your Home Theater System with the shortest HDMI cables possible for your setup configuration just to secure the strongest and purest signals delivered throughout all the components.

    Oct 19, 2019 19:02
  • 9.0score
    Pioneer - Elite 9.2-Ch. Bluetooth Capable with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your home theater with this Pioneer Elite 9.2-channel network AV receiver. Ultra HD pass-through provides support for stunning 4K content, while support for IMAX Enhanced and Dolby Atmos lets you experience immersive audio. This Pioneer Elite 9.2-channel network AV receiver connects to home speaker systems and lets you stream wireless audio via Bluetooth. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    13 Features
  • Connect to the Internet: Via built-in Wi-Fi for access to Pandora, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL, Chromecast and Amazon Music.
  • 4K and 3D passthrough: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-ES decoder, DTS 96/24 and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via LAN, USB, Bluetooth.
  • x.v.Color and Deep Color technology: Produce vibrant hues for a lifelike picture.
  • 0.08% total harmonic distortion: Ensures clear audio.
  • Advanced surround modes: Include classic, unplugged, entertainment, pop/rock, action, drama, sports, advanced game, extended stereo and mono for quality sound in almost any genre.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • Advanced MCACC automatic room calibration: Automatically optimizes receiver output to optimum sound for the room acoustics.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JEspina456, 10 out of 10
    Excellent receiver

    I am very happy with this receiver. I have always had pioneer receivers and this upgrade to a 4K compatible model was worth it. It is easy to set up, sound is easy to calibrate, and switching inputs is a breeze. I have no complaints.

    Dec 31, 2020 17:48
  • Review by Junior, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver and lots of extras

    WOW, great receiver and excellent when you hear Atmos, easy setup and really great sounds

    Jun 12, 2020 16:31
  • Review by Jerry, 10 out of 10
    Will exceed expectations

    I've been trying different speakers with the pioneer unit and found that for home theater use and some music the Polk signature series in a 5.1 surround sound setting is fantastic. It also works great with Sony's 4k blueray player and xbox one. This receiver has all the features and then some to keep you happy for years to come. I have not bothered figuring this out but on 2 occasions the unit has turned off by itself while watching a movie and once while playing a game, it may be because it over heated due to my tv console only having .5 inches of clearance above the receiver where the vents are located, still unsure but not a common issue from what I've researched

    Oct 29, 2021 04:03
  • Review by Audiophile, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    I am very pleased with this receiver. It has a powerful amplifier for the price, and it produces tremendously clean sound. The headphone amplifier and and internal DAC are excellent, producing crystal quality sound, especially using a good source. The surround decoding and various presets are competent, precise, and accurate - I am especially pleased with how the system processes the front height channels in a 5.1.2 Atmos setup (I am working on securing rear height channels at this time). This is not my first pioneer, and the MCACC system is superb - It is easily customizable with 9 presets (I think). The different surround modes are clearly distinguishable and each offer a unique listening environment. The Zone 2 and Zone 3 functionality is excellent - Zone 2/3 can operate independently of the main Zone, allowing for the connection of up to 11 speakers. That means Zone 2 is truly multi-room instead of being tied to the speakers in the main zone. The amplification is plenty to run a decent 5.1.2 or 7.1.2 setup, and allows for the addition of another subwoofer to make it a .2 setup. The design of the unit is clean, refined, and bold. The manual controls on the amplifier are hidden by a drop down panel. It is cluttered to me. I have yet to explore the Pioneer Remote application. I’m hoping it is as nice as the Marantz Remote application.

    I am thoroughly pleased with this product. This is the top of the line VSX Elite offering (the SC Elite models are the next step up). It has good functionality, crisp and clear sound, excellent audio decoding, and it demands attention with its imposing form.

    Compared to Audyssey (Marantz proprietary audio calibration system, and I like Marantz, they make excellent products), the MCACC software seems to have the edge. It feels more precise, more accurate, better rounded, and the height channels seem project a more rounded field as opposed to a more focused and narrow field. The MCACC setup takes substantially longer than the Audyssey setup. Audyssey calibrates a main listening position based on six location tests and allows for up to three listening positions to be preset. The Pioneer performs more extensive testing per listening position and allows for the calibration of up to nine different listening positions. All in all, I think the MCACC system is superb in determining the optimal (per the system) speaker configuration and setup. It is easy to use, extensive, and comprehensive. One thing I noticed is the MCACC system calculates its numbers and settings not just directly from each speaker, but also relative to each speaker location. It’s technical, but the mathematics behind it appear more robust, though I don’t know the specific algorithms - it just “feels” more comprehensive than other calibration systems I’ve used.

    I am very pleased with this product. I purchased and Open-Box, Excellent condition (Geek Squad Certified) receiver, so the value I received was significantly greater than if I purchased brand new. It saved me about $150 and my experience with Best Buy open box has been good (though I would be wary of anything less than excellent). My rating is determined as though I paid full price.

    Apr 24, 2020 12:15
  • Review by Mort7martin, 10 out of 10
    Bright but awesome

    It took a little while to learn how it worked, but this receiver works great! The blue lights are bright when we turn off the lights to watch a movie, but that is the worst thing I can say about this device.

    Jul 31, 2021 17:21
  • Review by Gold1, 8 out of 10
    Amazing!!!

    This receiver transformed my entertainment system. Had a small party and four people asked me to help them set up their system. One close friend started building his the next day. Only downside is that I bought it open box and it was missing the remote!!!!

    Jun 04, 2021 15:33
  • Review by Pboyvb, 10 out of 10
    Not cheap

    Very expensive, but does what it needs to do I guess. I have a lot of speakers and didn’t have many options with what to buy.

    Jul 30, 2021 16:05
  • Review by Redrave76, 6 out of 10
    Average Receiver

    This receiver I bought back in 2019 seemed the best receiver I ever owned at the time. Problem is tho I began having issues with it on and off throughout the time I owned it. After two years of me trying to fix it along with some visits from geek squad doing the same I had enough! So I turned the receiver in to a Best Buy store. They told me instead of getting it fixed which could be a while that I just get it replaced. So that’s what I did.

    Jul 09, 2021 22:52
  • 9.0score
    Marantz NR1711 8K 7.2 Channel Ultra HD AV Receiver (2020 Model) - 3D Audio/Video, Multi-Room Streaming, Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    Take your home entertainment to the next level with NR1711 8K Ultra HD 7.2 channel AV receiver. Get dynamic, high-resolution audio with virtual height effects from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies and eARC support. Enjoy crystal-clear picture quality, exceptional brightness & contrast with latest video technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision, 4:4:4 color resolution, BT.2020 & Quick Media Switching (QMS). Experience gaming thrills with spectacular imaging and reduced lag with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & HEOS enables multi-room audio and digital music streaming from Spotify, Pandora & more throughout your entire home. Play/pause music, adjust volume & skip tracks with seamless voice control from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Siri. Also works with home automation systems like Josh.ai. Multiple digital & analog inputs/outputs let you to connect the receiver to audio sources like a DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers & more to create versatile home theater setups. The included Setup Assistant offers clear, step-by-step on-screen instructions to connect your TV and the Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately analyzes the output of each speaker in your home theater configuration & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience. Control the NR1711 with your smart TV remote via the CEC functionality, or download the Marantz AVR Remote App on your smartphone to access all commands to the AVR from the phone. * Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    7 Features
  • A Musical Masterpiece Crafted to Fit in a Slim 4" Tall Profile: The Marantz NR1711 is a powerful 7-channel discreet amplifier that delivers identical power on all 7 channels (50W x 7). Auto Eco Mode reduces power consumption without compromising on that superb Marantz sound
  • Enjoy Movies and Lag-Free Gaming: With the latest masterful 8K HDMI upscaling, advanced technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, Quick Media Switching (QMS) and ALLM, upgrade your home theater and gaming experience
  • Immersive Surround Sound with Heightened Realism: Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X. Enjoy virtual sound effects without installing in-ceiling or upward firing speakers in a humble 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
  • Endless Connection Possibilities: Features 6 HDMI In/1 Out for your favorite audio & video sources. Connect a turntable, subwoofer, speakers & a host of other devices like DVD & Blu-ray players, USB and more for comprehensive surround system
  • Whole-Home Entertainment Box: With built-in HEOS Wireless Multi-room Technology, play the same song in every room, or a different one in each room. Connect all your HEOS speakers to the app and get full control everywhere in your home!
  • Stream Music from your Favorite Sources: Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, or HEOS app. Plus, enjoy popular voice command services such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Siri
  • Simple Setup: The Setup Assistant offers clear, step-by-step on-screen instructions to connect your TV & Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement technology that accurately analyzes the output of each speaker in your stereo system & tunes the amp for an optimal listening experience
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LAandCA, 10 out of 10
    Pure Quality Sound

    A fantastic Marantz 8k AV to complement a premium OLED Tv and Dolby 5.2.1 speaker sound. Sound configuration is easily switched with speaker presets option (The online version of the manual is a very useful tool) Audyssey setup equipment is a learning experience for you to get the best out of the slim av.

    A built in Phono pre-amp adds exquisite pure sound to my turntable and display the settings on my tv is the only way to do the best calibration

    Nov 28, 2020 06:07
  • Review by Onokapu, 10 out of 10
    Excellent !

    Excellent quality for a small room at a decent price.

    (Cautionary note: This unit -which took me nearly 60 years to bite the bullet and purchase- improved the sound to such an extent that I have started upgrading my entire audio system with new speakers, HEOS multi-room streaming and speaker and stereo amplifier for enhanced zone two applications.)

    Fast and easy set-up or long detailed tweaking; your choice. (Most of us will revert back to the fast and easy since the results are outstanding for each individual's environment.)

    Aug 18, 2021 14:47
  • Review by Laura, 10 out of 10
    Small yet powerful!

    Easy to setup with on-screen guidance. I was concerned that it won’t power my Klipsch speakers but wasn’t I wrong? In fact, I never fully enjoyed the speakers until now. I love that you can control the receiver with phone app and enjoy music with airplay. Can’t go wrong with the quality, the finish and the sleek look that you can be proud to display.

    Aug 14, 2021 13:56
  • Review by ForFun, 8 out of 10
    Moving Up

    I purchased the Marantz NR1711 to replace an 8 yr old Marantz NR1403(still works great). This was like moving from a stripped down car to a fully loaded vehicle. The sound quality is still the same warmer sound compared to other receivers. I was comparing the sound of the Denon 2300, both sounded great but the Marantz was a bit better. I always liked the low profile model compared to the standard size because in the cabinet it allows for better air flow around the unit to keep it cooler and looks more current. The unit is rated at 50W at 8 ohm but a little better with 6 ohm rated speakers that I use. The power is more than adequate for a small to standard size room either for music or video. I did consider the 5.1 model as my previous unit but jumped to 7.2 for the extra channels for zone 2 as a future use. I had a couple of extra satellite speakers and rigged them to reflect off the ceiling from the towers to verify all the channels functioned. Sounded really great so I left them set up for now. The set up was pretty straight forward with improved graphics than the previous model. After going through the Audyssey set-up I went through and checked the results and the actual distance between the speakers and the listener, they where all right on, even the ones being reflected, was impressed. Some of the likes: Bluetooth both transmit or receive, however, it is one or the other. The remote has a button for selecting Bluetooth when needed but when selected you have to re-enter your source, defaults to listening on the net. Speaking of the remote, one of the dislikes, it is really really slow. Nearly a second delay required from one push to the next otherwise it is skipped. A like, although the remote is not back-lighted, it does glow in the dark. Since I am using this with a non-4K TV, I would defer to other great professional reviews on the internet for details on this receiver, most are very accurate. However, having a 3D capable TV, it does pass this signal with no issues. I also like having a USB port on the front panel, the HDMI port was the trade off here, its now gone compared to the old model.

    Now the reason I could not give this AV receiver 5 stars, the HDMI is problematic. Marantz had the problem on the old model and I think it is actually similar on the newer models. For example, when I would source Blu-ray player, the unit did not always start in the correct resolution. I would have to power cycle it to get the unit to come up correctly. The new model sees the correct resolution every time now, but some times it does not see the source input and you sit with a blank screen waiting for your source to come up. Again you power cycle and wait to see if it comes up. Very annoying. You would think after over 8 years the industry would get HDMI to work correctly, its not only related to Marantz products, reading reviews for other AV receivers, they seem to have similar issues showing up across them all, especially with HDMI 2.1. Another thing I recently, discovered, is if you hook your media port from your computer to the media port on the Marantz, you can play your music/sound directly from your Windows PC, just click on the speaker icon and select Marantz. Nice, you don't have to set up DLNA if you just want to select your music from your PC. Finally its great to have an AV receiver with a phono input again! Good-by to that annoying separate pre-amp when you wanted to play your vinyls.

    To sum up my opinion, still love the great AV sound from the Marantz, love all the new features, still trying some out, but I wish the HDMI issues would have gone away,

    Jul 24, 2021 17:57
  • Review by Cabertoss, 10 out of 10
    Little box with big box features!

    The Marantz NR1711 is my first experience since retiring a 20 yr. old Onkyo. I love it. First my concerns for enough power to fill my 12x17 room were alleviated after setting up the Audessy speaker setup. After a few tweaks to that afterwards, I was blown away by the Dolby effects using our 5.1 speaker setup. The OLED signal passing from our PS5 and streaming is awesome too. Our Sony bluetooth headphones connected easily as well as using the phone app Marantz offers for free. There are no lack of connections as well as network capabilities here. This made my older Infinity speakers sound new again. I wish the remote was back lit though. The larger front panel display is better for us since the on screen display will not show on screen when watching OTA tv signals. Love the small form factor and the eARC works well too. Best Buys Magnolia sales people were excellent to get answers to my questions. We got the Geek Squad extended warranty just in case. Good purchase so far.

    Apr 21, 2021 17:24
  • Review by tewoS, 8 out of 10
    Music lover

    Nice for the price, great combination with the 20i Martin Logan speakers, so far unable to connect with my wife’s bluetooth. Overall I won’t mind buying again.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:21
  • Review by E507maldo, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    Sleek design. Easy setup. Compact and enough power for my bowers & Wilkins 600’s and 8’ sub

    Dec 11, 2020 15:53
  • Review by Richie, 8 out of 10
    Surround sounds

    After visiting your store, I knew my choice was easy because of the expert advise from your home audio specialist, Brannan he guided me along to make my decision for what I needed. Thanks

    Jun 15, 2021 16:05
  • 8.8score
    Marantz SR6015 AVR - 9.2 Channel (100W x 9), Advanced 8K Upscaling, IMAX Enhanced, Music Streaming - Black
    Description

    Enjoy unmatchable audio and visual quality on a variety of sources with this powerful 9.2 Ultra HD receiver by Marantz. Powered by discrete high-current (110W) amplifiers on all 9 channels, it delivers balanced and premium sound quality, while the Auto Eco Mode reduces real-time power consumption. Supporting latest sound formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS: X, DTS Virtual: X, this AVR delivers life-like multi-dimensional surround sound even on the humblest stereo set-up. Enjoy all your entertainment with heightened realism and immersive audio. Featuring 7 HDMI inputs (8K upscaling available) / 3 HDMI outputs, a dedicated 8K HDMI input, analog optical and coaxial inputs, a phono input, a USB port and an AM/FM tuner, this home theater receiver allows various connection options for DVD & Blu-Ray Players, Subwoofers, Speakers, Turntables etc. With advanced 8K upscaling, the new Marantz AVR takes your home entertainment up a notch with extraordinary video and audio quality. It supports 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR technologies like, HDR10, HDR10+ Dynamic HDR, ALLM, VRR, QMS and QFT for 8K quality movies and a lag-free and gaming experience. The SR6015 allows you effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora. Additionally, Bluetooth Audio Transmission allows you to play audio simultaneously on speakers and Bluetooth headphones. Adding to the many features, the Marantz amplifier gives you a whole-home audio experience with its multi-room and multi-source streaming options. The built-in HEOS technology lets you play the same song in every room or a different song in each room without any interruption. Be mesmerized by a superb cinematic experience with Marantz’s 65 years of audiophile heritage.

    8 Features
  • 8K Ultra-HD Video Quality: Enjoy movies and lag-free gaming with latest 8K HDMI upscaling, advanced technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, QMS, VRR & ALLM with this 9-channel (100W x 9) amp that delivers extraordinary visuals for a cinematic experience
  • Premium Content Digitally Remastered with IMAX Enhanced: SR6015 features IMAX Enhanced that lets you experience life-like picture quality and heart-pounding audio that sets a new standard for home theater imaging, sound, scale and clarity, and elevates your home theater experience
  • Immersive Surround: Be right in the center of action with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X support. Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects in a humble 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
  • Versatile Connections: 7 HDMI In (with 8K upscaling) / 3 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC), dedicated 8K input, a USB port, digital inputs for audio sources like DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers – the amp includes all the connections options you need for a cohesive surround sound system
  • Built-In Dual Speaker Preset Memory: Customize your listening experience with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 which allows you to store two Audyssey settings for your preferred content type or mood, so you can switch between them on the fly
  • Wireless Music Streaming: Stream music with Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Airplay 2. use the HEOS app across one room, or multiple rooms with built-in wireless HEOS multi-room audio technology
  • Enjoy Voice Control: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri or Josh.ai Smart Home – just use your voice to say out the command loud, and play/ pause/stop music, adjust volumes, thermostat, lights, and control home appliances seamlessly
  • Quick & Easy Setup: Easy-to-understand and user-friendly setup assistant comes with an advanced graphical user interface that guides you through the step-by-step process and connects all your audio sources to this stereo receiver
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TheRealThatDonGuy, 10 out of 10
    Rock Solid Sound

    As of this writing I’ve had my SR6015 just over a month and as a home theater sound processor this thing is rock solid. Its two-channel musicality is top-notch as well. It is easy to configure and calibrate, and the Audyssey MultiEQ feature makes room correction a breeze. Once configured, the user interface is fairly intuitive.

    My only complaint is that if you power up the receiver before, say, waking up your Roku or blu ray, the sound doesn’t pass through. However, if you power up the receiver after you power up your sources, everything is great. Although, this may be an HDMI protocol issue. My cable between the Roku and the receiver is certified to HDMI 2.0, as is the blu ray cable. Still trying to suss this out.

    That aside, I’d still recommend this receiver. It sounds so much better than my old Pioneer Elite!

    May 16, 2021 14:29
  • Review by joebagodonuts, 8 out of 10
    Practically Perfect

    I bought this unit to act as a pre/pro for use with external amplifiers and do not intend to use the unit's own internal amps. This review focuses solely on that usage. The unit runs cool as a pre/pro with no noticeable warmth on the top vent. In a word, the electronics provide as pure a sound for music as I have heard. Musicality is another word that fits. When a quiet point is reached in a song, it is quiet with no background noise or hiss. Voices are rich and mellow. Obviously the quality of the experience is also affected by the amps used, speakers, environment, etc. But if you have a good kit, this unit is going to give you a very musical experience. For movies, the sound is more balanced across the 5.1 setup than my 10-year old Integra. While the remote does not have dedicated buttons to adjust center/SS channels, one button push gives you "options", then navigate keys to "audio" and the desired channel's volume change. Easy. One last nit about the remote, it is not backlighted but the layout is simple and rarely confusing. One overall nit about the unit - the legacy "porthole" display is outdated and limited in the information offered upon it. Nostalgia is nice, but these days it is all about information. My thought is to keep the overall rounded fascia of the unit which is a nice look, but utilize a bigger LED screen, say 2X4 inches, with content information. I would also like to pre-program the sub to activate or de-activate for certain modes, for example "off" for stereo, "on" for 5.1, etc. In sum, as a pre/pro the unit is highly musical and smooth, and nicely balanced or adjusted for movies. I did not evaluate the internal amps at all. Recommended.

    Jun 06, 2021 07:25
  • Review by Gecko, 10 out of 10
    Hits the Mark

    This receiver is a replacement from my Denon SR920W which was getting a bit long in the tooth and moved to my secondary system. The Denon new was around a $600 receiver versus this unit which was $1599. [Note in the past week the price has jumped to 1699, strange, must be a MSRP change for 2021]

    What does an extra $1000 get you:

    More Dynamic, warmer musical sound. The Marantz just has more head room than the Denon due to a slightly beefier amplifier section.

    This unit also weighs 8 pounds more (20.8 lbs vs 28 lbs) and the upgrade build quality is evident. Nicer terminals, inputs, detachable power cord.

    This unit also has full pre-amp outputs along with a preamp mode to turn off amplification if you want to try external amplification.

    The display is small but to me this is not a bad thing since the on screen display gives me everything I need. The Denon takes up half the front panel and is somewhat obnoxious.

    Get the unit, you are going to be trapped inside for the next year with no movies or live music, so you might as well enjoy life.

    Feb 02, 2021 21:18
  • Review by Smitty, 10 out of 10
    Marantz SR6015 AVR 9.2

    Performs very well during ATMOS content for my theater room. Anxiously waiting for my preferred surround speakers to arrive to re-assess the quality sounds it exhibits. Very easy to operate manually although it can be do through Alexa or Google assistant.

    Oct 24, 2021 21:33
  • Review by Machperformance, 10 out of 10
    Simply Amazing!

    Simply amazing system. It is Awesome! The sound from this system is such good quality and I love the Marantz app and Alexa connection.

    Jan 01, 2021 16:01
  • Review by Guboyz, 10 out of 10
    Geek squad

    The product is fine. Bestbuy had me by this one even though I had a model 2 years old. The surround wasn’t coming on. I had geek squad come to my house 3 x and each time they tell me something different to fix it. Then they suggested the above. I bought it and their guys come and basically said I didn’t need it but he could not fix the problem. Told me his boss would call. Waited 2 weeks for now call. Went back to KCO audio. They sent out a technician who figured it out in 5 minutes. Bestbuy is really messing up

    Jun 25, 2021 16:49
  • Review by AA25, 8 out of 10
    Product is ok

    Marantz has so many versions and the price keeps going higher. Product is ok. I don’t think it’s worth $2k

    Nov 03, 2021 23:48
  • Review by BullRunner, 10 out of 10
    Great sound

    Wonderful sound. Easy to use. Works well with the HDMI Arc to be able to control tv and sound with one remote.

    Oct 19, 2021 17:26
  • 8.8score
    Yamaha - AVENTAGE RX-A4A 110W 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    Feel Your Walls Melt Away. The A4A delivers realistic sound and video that transports you out of your home and into your favorite movie. Whether you’re watching, listening or gaming, you’ll feel completely immersed.

    5 Features
  • Surround Sound: 7.2-channel receiver.
  • 8K: 8K/60Hz HDMI 2.1.
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room.
  • Surround:AI: AI technology built into the DSP.
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CapnFantasy, 8 out of 10
    Great amp with a bit of a learning curve.

    This replaced my roughly 20 year old Yamaha RX-V630, which was state of the art at the time for having Dolby Pro Logic II...! Of course this RX-A4A sounds better in every conceivable way using roughly the same speaker set up. I've had a few issues with Atmos not working here and there, and passthrough audio from the Xbox can be a bit buggy at times. Yamaha support has been helpful, and were able to recreate a recurring issue with HBOMax audio dropping out for mysterious reasons which, to be fair, is more the app's fault than the receiver's. However, a 'dumber' amp wouldn't/didn't have this problem.

    Pros:

    - Exceptional sound

    - No video issues whatsoever

    - Little discernible difference between the Surround AI 'upgrading' the signal to Atmos and an actual Atmos signal

    - Oodles of inputs

    - YPAO is a good starting point and is oddly satisfying to sit through

    - Sharp unit, if not big at 35 lbs

    - Loads of options that are quality of life stuff, like starting volume level, separate zones + "party mode", being able to turn off inputs so you don't cycle through a bunch you don't use, renaming inputs, etc.

    - Music Cast + Enhancer ON = Streaming music not sounding like hot garbage through your home theater

    - The various music scenes are actually cool, particularly the Bottom Line

    - Passthrough mode enables you to route the video signal through the receiver while it's in standby. Useful for playing a game late at night with headphones through your controller; no need for the amp to be on and muted, or have headphones through the amp.

    - Yamaha support actually cares

    Cons

    - Can't seem to find a (cheap) universal remote or way to actually turn the receiver on other than the included remote or the unit itself. Turning off and volume = no problem with just about anything

    - The options menu sometimes won't appear

    - Initial HDCP delays with Google CCwGTV,

    - Depending on the input, going into the receiver's settings can essentially kick you out of the program

    - Can take a few seconds for the audio signal to adjust and actually play (ymmv but I still haven't gotten used to this)

    - You'll refer to this quite often when setting up: https://manual.yamaha.com/av/20/rxa4a/en-US/

    Oct 21, 2021 14:19
  • Review by Mack, 10 out of 10
    Excellent receiver

    This is by far the best AV receiver I’ve ever used, setup was a breeze, and it sounds amazing. I’m using it in conjunction with a LG CX via eARC with a PS5 and Apple TV a plugged into the TV. I also have a Nintendo switch plugged into the receiver itself. HDMI CEC a works great for everything turning on with one button, ant turning off the TV air Apple TV shuts everything back down. I am using an external amplifier for my main left and right speakers and the RX A4A deliver plenty of output to drive the external amp. I was initially dubious of the YPAO room correction as I come from an audio production background and generally don’t like thing messing with the signals to my amp/speakers, but I’ve been won over as there is an option in the room correction to leave the main L and R channels EQ’d flat and it then adjusts the C SR and SL channels to match. I did pair the receiver with an IoT outlet that takes a 12v trigger so that the receiver can turn the main amp on an off, works great but would be concerned about initial current draw if I were using all external amps in this configuration. Finally, this receiver sounds amazing, it’s fast and detailed with almost no perception of coloring the sound when comparing to a passive signal chain.

    Oct 04, 2021 15:56
  • Review by JDThird, 8 out of 10
    May earn 5 stars if firmware updates arrive

    I have been using a Sony STR-DN1080 for a few years now, and loved it. Had plenty of inputs, supported my 4k needs. And for the last 8 months or so it suited my needs as well for my Xbox Series X and my Playstation 5 since it had an update to enhance the ARC channel to EARC, so I could plug my PS5 and XBsX into my OLED TV which had HDMI 2.1, giving me the full capacity of the gaming systems, yet still able to have the eARC back to my Sony via the HDMI connection from the TV to the AVR.

    But I really disliked having the game consoles plugged straight into the TV. The LG CX OLED kept resetting itself to use the internal speaker and I had to keep changing it to use eARC again to get sound out to my AVR. And I also had issues sometimes with my Logiteh Harmony Elite system changing the input as I switched between activities.

    With the HDMI bugs in 2020 I knew I had to wait around a bit. And then there was the disappointment that most of the receivers out there only had ONE input that was HDMI 2.1 compliant, the rest of their inputs were older versions. A few had up to three, but I wanted to future proof myself since I already HAVE three things that are HDMI 2.1 capable (media center PC, Xbox, and PS).

    When I saw the Yamaha specs I knew I'd have to get one. The best spec here compared to the rest - this has all 7 inputs as HDMI 2.1 compliant. Right there, I knew this would be the one I'd get.

    I bounced between the A4A and the A6A because I wasn't sure about the Auro-3D feature, but reading up on it, since I have an Atmos speaker setup, it seems that would do nothing at all for me, so I went with this one. I don't need more than the channels this has, and the power on this is a good step up from the Sony. Since I recently upgraded my cheap Onkyo Atmos speakers for way more pricey Klipsch speakers in every position, I felt this would drive them better.

    Setup was a breeze. Everything worked fine and it even warned me during the audio calibration that the right Atmos speaker was out of phase since I had the wires backwards. I am using every one of the inputs, since I have a lot of equipment, and fortunately I cut the cord recently so I no longer have my cable DVR. I also decommissioned my PS3 since I'm using the Playstation service to play those games on the PS5, so I went from 9 HDMI devices down to 7.

    The configuration on this is more enhanced as well. Like the Sony, I was able to edit the names of the inputs so it shows the inputs and the device connected now, not just a generic "HDMI1, 2, 3," etc.. It also lets me set the initial volume which I always like since often we're watching movies at night, and when I turn the news on in the morning after we wake up, who wants it booming loud? I also liked that I was able to change it from showing volume as -db to showing as simply a number from 1 to 99 I think was the highest. You can also edit the range so that you can limit the higher end of the volume levels.

    The audio setup lets you override speaker sizes if you want as well, but in my case it correctly identified everything as a large speaker, since even my rear surrounds are big. Then you can get granular with the cutoffs and such, but I didn't dig that deep into anything since that's all beyond what my needs are.

    Although I may tweak the levels for the Atmos channels, but I'll wait a bit before doing so.

    I do video games, music, movies, and TV as well as my 4k HDR blurays and MKV files on my computer. This has so far handled everything just fine. I am not doing any 4k 120Hz gaming yet, so the lack of the firmware upgrade here isn't killing me. I did have VRR and such going when my consoles were plugged straight into my OLED TV, but so far I haven't noticed any loss running through here yet of functionality. I've been mostly going Ghost of Tsushima so far, without any problems. Video games are outstanding so far, presence and location of things easy to determine spatially. The clear sounds even at lower volumes make it a joy for my consoles.

    Movies play as I had expected. Atmos and standard movies all sound outstanding, and volume levels are more than acceptable. This definitely drives my larger Klipsch speakers better than my Sony did.

    Music is usually done via my iPhone using Airplay, and that worked just fine here, although I'm going to have to play with levels there since somewhere it's losing volume, since my phone at the highest volume was not anywhere near what normal volume was on the Sony, or even what my bluetooth connected Bang & Olufsen A9 garbage can lid speaker can do. But it worked, powered things on, played, and powered off when done, so hopefully I'm just missing some tweaks for allowed volume levels or something with it.

    I also had to do some research online in an AVS forum to find out how to get this to display when ATMOS content is played, so I could confirm that it was seeing things bitstreaming correctly. Was not difficult, and now I see right away when Atmos content is detected.

    The remote is huge though, but not a big concern for me as I'll be using my Harmony remote and simply program the touch screen with the things I know I'll need.

    The only thing I haven't been able to test out yet was the HDMI Out for the second one, which I have a 4k projector plugged into. I will test that out tonight but I don't expect any issues.

    This thing is a beast physically though, it is deeper than my Sony was, and while I made sure it would fit height wise in my entertainment center, I didn't check the depth, so this one sticks out some in the front compared to my Sony. No glass or anything though, so it's not any problem for me. But if you're in a limited space make sure to check that measurement. I'd be better if I dropped the banana plugs, but I prefer that for ease of setup. Even with the banana plugs the Sony sat back further.

    I've not noticed any serious heat issues yet.

    I love the look of the front, the display works well, and the setup menus on the TV screen are well laid out so it's easy to find options that you may need.

    If their promised fall update includes everything they claim it wlll, then this will become a 5 star item. I've not seen any others yet with this many HDMI 2.1 inputs, so that's going to keep this king for me for a long time.

    Sep 13, 2021 13:45
  • Review by ConSumer, 8 out of 10
    A Little Less and A Little More

    Ordered 10/17 and ready for pickup 10/22. Unit came with 1.10 firmware and updated to 1.14 from USB since network option grayed out. Offered 1.22 on 10/30 after turning on and completed over network; this version is not on their support site.

    Pros:

    - Overall, a good upgrade from RX-A1030

    - Decent upgrade to YPAO and better results

    - Atmos virtualization surprisingly sounds great. Setup with 7.1 but no front presence and two additional speakers for second zone.

    - eARC works but still trying to figure a way for components to not get automatically controlled

    - Sufficient power for movies although I'm using an external power amp for the front channels

    Cons:

    - Small screen and hard to see information from distance

    - Shiny plastic front. Didn't they learn years ago when it was "a thing" on TVs to have fingerprint magnets and reflective annoyances?

    - Remote is too long, top heavy, cheap plastic back, rough edges where front/back connect, back light erratic, wasted space at bottom, no 0-9 buttons to dial in radio stations directly or channels.

    - UI cleaned up slightly but still archaic and poor/limited management of favorites from broadcast radio and Sirius/XM

    - Archaic web interface and very limited

    - No physical manual! Could have made it way less than 411 pages if they didn't waste all the space with poorly formatted sections and redundant basic explanations. No in-depth material for advanced topics. Did they think they were on a government contract and getting paid by the pound of paper?

    - Removed multi-channel input which was using with RX-1030 for a control amp and legacy components

    - No analog video and certainly not worth the cost to jump to the A6A; time to keep separate systems

    - Didn't see a clock setting and USB backups were dated 2013 and 2014 after 1.22 update

    - Able to disable Bluetooth but didn't see anything for WiFi since I'm using wired

    - No HD Radio although other regions support DAB

    - Still made in Malaysia and not china, yet

    - Still have no use for the Scene feature

    Oct 31, 2021 14:11
  • Review by JoseB, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha A4A

    So I have had this for receiver for three weeks now and it’s great. This is my second receiver from Yamaha. It’s a very nice builded to it works great for my Xbox series x and PS5. Just waiting for 4k 120 updates. Sounds absolutely amazing for movies, gaming, and music.

    Oct 13, 2021 00:10
  • Review by MrGrizz, 8 out of 10
    5 Stars as soon as they give me 4K 120

    Well... my adventure started last year. My mother needed a AVR so I decided to give her my trusty Sony DN-1080. With me owning a RTX 3080 and picking up a PS5 and an Series X at launch I wanted something that would be compatible with both so I bought a Yamaha RX V6A. Needless to say I wasn't that happy with it. Clunky ui, HDMI 2.1 bug and board replacement, EARC issues and the straw that broke the camels back finding out that the 2.1 ports were capped at 24gbps.

    Some of this is my fault for not doing my research and just fomoing in because I needed an AVR. But alot of it still falls on Yamaha and their shady cryptic marketing dialog, they knew what they were doing. I've been burned before by brands but rarely do I hold a grudge (except for Vizio they need to get out of the TV business).

    When I heard that this years Advantage line up was un affected by the HDMI 2.1 bug and that their 2.1 ports were rated at 40gbps. I decided to take the plunge and buy the Yamaha RX-A4A. I have never owned an AVR that was this nice before and I will echo another review that said if this next firmware update actually happens I will definitely give this receiver 5 stars. The sound from my 5.1 klipsch set up is amazing. The on screen ui is so much better as well, such a smooth premium feel to it and a nice premium back-lit remote to control it with also. I appreciate how plug and play it was out of the box. I currently have a PS5, RTX 3080 PC, 2080TI PC, NVIDIA Shield and a Nintendo Switch all running through it. All of them work perfect and look great but I am going to have to unhook the shield and run it 1qdirectly to the TV because my Sony TV won't let you run 4K 120 and 4k dolby vision through the same HDMI port without manually switching the setting.

    All that being said the Yamaha RX-A4A is locked to 4K 60 until this firmware update happens so I will hold on to that fifth star till then. I will update this review if I run into any bugs or things I don't like but so far it has been great I'm very happy with my purchase

    Sep 26, 2021 08:52
  • Review by evebill8, 10 out of 10
    Weird default setting choices

    I was using the RX-V685 before. I thought there should not be much different configuration need to do. It turns out there a few default settings that you should turn off, or the sounds will be different. The first one is virtual speakers. If you have the Atmos speaker system, you should turn all VSP settings off before calibration. I don't why Yamaha turn them on by default, I almost wanted to return it because VSP screw up the Atmos big time. Second, The surround AI was on by default. Again, if you have the Atmos speaker system, turn off the AI, and select Dolby Decoding. Third, select the front LED panel to display the name of the decoding. It is in the second page when you dial the smaller button in the front, I always want to see what decoding I am using. I don't know Yamaha will set those default without a clear instruction for warming people abut it.

    Oct 17, 2021 16:22
  • Review by switters, 10 out of 10
    Good value!!

    Excellent sound and Atmos/DTS-X implementation. Updated YPAO is definitely better than the last iteration. Extraordinary number of DSP options (of which I prefer none) if that is your cup of tea. Truly a wonderful AVR package for an excellent price. Not a big fan of all the plastic despite good workmanship. VERY convoluted menu and input set-up assignment (Denon, Anthem, Sony are MUCH more straightforward. Nowhere in the manual or on the website did I see that this had a web interface I could use for set-up.

    Oct 29, 2021 21:02
  • 8.8score
    Denon - AVR-X6700H 8K Ultra HD 11.2 Channel (140 Watt X 11) AV Receiver 2020 Model - 3D Audio & Video, Built for Gaming - Black
    Description

    Upgrade to enjoying your favorite movies, games and shows with stunning clarity and sound quality with the new Denon AVR-X6700H. The 11.2 channel 8K AV receiver with 140W per channel supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, IMAX Enhanced, DTS:X Pro and Auro-3D audio formats for unparalleled immersion in all your entertainment. Supports the latest video technologies such as 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR and HLG, as well as 8K upscaling and HDCP 2.3 support on all HDMI ports (8 in/3 out). Stream popular music services like Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL and more wirelessly with HEOS Built-in, AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth. The AVR-X6700H works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Josh.ai for effortless voice control. The award-winning Denon Setup Assistant provides a quick and seamless setup experience, while Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room calibration walks you through setup and optimization. Built on more than 110-years of Denon audio excellence, the AVR-X6700H delivers a premium audio and visual home theater experience anticipated with the Denon name. *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    9 Features
  • Unmatched 3D Realism: Bring your movies and music to life with immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Auro-3D, IMAX Enhanced, DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Atmos, and crisp, clean picture with advanced video processing, 8K/60Hz, and 4K/120Hz* pass-through
  • 8K Ready Amplifier: Enjoy high quality 3D audio & video knowing that AVR-X4700H IS 8K READY WHEN YOU ARE. This high-power amplifier capable of 13.2 channel processing allows to build your choice of speaker configuration TO MEET YOUR EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT NEEDS
  • Next Gen Gaming: Enjoy a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with spectacular imaging, reduced lag & frame tearing with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • The Most Advanced Video Technologies: This 11.2 channel receiver supports High Dynamic Range video format such as HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG, and Quick Media Switching for eliminating video delays. Also supports Dynamic HDR, HDR10+ for more realistic imaging in supreme clarity, contrast & color
  • Connect with any HD/Ultra HD TV, Subwoofer, Blu-Ray Player & Turntable for Incredible Stereo Sound: USB, 11 HDMI ports (8 In/ 3 Out) with HDCP 2.3 processing, Digital In, Phono input & Network support with a range of wireless connections
  • Extend the Reach of your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS MULTI-ROOM WIRELESS SPEAKERS like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai & Control4 SDPP
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Assistant: Denon’s on-screen Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & Audyssey MultEQ XT32 (with 2 preset options) that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Note about 4K/120Hz pass-though: *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Wayne, 6 out of 10
    Disappointing

    At first it worked great. After 2 mos noticed it started having glitches - functions wouldn’t work. After 3-4 mos the remote stopped working. Now sometimes it works good - other times it has issues. Difficult to pinpoint just seems random. Using with LG Cinebeam, Panasonic 4K blue ray layer, Klipsch speakers. Will try to milk it along and buy a better unit next year.

    Sep 18, 2021 19:51
  • Review by BOBBYS, 10 out of 10
    TOP SHELF

    This integrated receiver is top shelf. since having it installed , i hear a noticeable difference in sound quality. this was integrated into my preexisting smart home system with savant. i have also used the blue tooth wireless to deliver music to a wireless speaker on my patio.

    Pricey, but you get what you pay for. my only regret is that i didn't get this sooner.

    Jun 22, 2021 19:29
  • Review by Zebo, 4 out of 10
    Caution!

    After the initial setup and running Audyssey the sound was not very good in my opinion. It sounded as if everything from 100-400Hz was suppressed and the volume level was very low; I had to turn it up to 50% just to hear sound (Note: I used the same speakers from my last AVR and I don’t like my music muddy). Music lacked the kind of warmth that makes instruments sound real. I called Denon customer support and was on hold for a total of about 2 hours before talking to a tech (a callback system would be nice). I was able to improve audio myself by adjusting settings manually and only using Audyssey for distances.

    Later, after having the AVR for 1 month it developed a hum/buzz out of the center, left, and left height channels. This time I emailed Denon customer support through my online Denon account and it took almost 2 weeks to get a response. Before I received the email response I had already worked through Magnolia (who has excellent customer support) to arrange an exchange since this AVR may be defective. Three more weeks have gone by and I still don’t have the replacement from Denon nor do I know when one will arrive.

    This AVR is a bit buggy as well; the sound will often cut out and I will have to restart the AVR and all connected components to get the sound back. More recently the AVR has also decided to run one TV station (abc) only through the left front speaker, while all other TV stations and media sources are all fine (except for the previously mentioned hum/buzz). I’ve disconnected/reconnected/reprogrammed to no avail. The TV itself runs this TV station through both left and right TV speakers but the AVR registers surround and pushes it all to the left front (even when switching to all channel stereo…left front). Once again I called Denon customer support and after spending 35 minutes on hold was disconnected without talking to anyone.

    Overall, moving to this AVR has been a pretty bumpy journey to say the least. In addition, Denon customer support availability and response time leave much to be desired; so far I have no evidence that Denon cares about customer satisfaction at all.

    Nov 03, 2020 20:32
  • Review by AP817, 10 out of 10
    Top notch receiver

    Just the receiver I've been looking for. I'm a loyal customer to Denon and Marantz. I have an older Marantz but wasn't getting the power I need to push my Klipsch speakers. You also cannot go wrong with the 8k conversion especially if you have a PS5 like myself. Highly recommend.

    Mar 10, 2021 17:47
  • Review by Verydisappointed, 10 out of 10
    Came back with the 1-2-knockout!!!

    Excellent upgrade option given by Best Buy. The sound is more than what I expected. I haven’t set up the atmos yet but I will be very soon. I am extremely happy with this purchase. Best Buy definitely redeemed themselves by sorting me out. Thank you.

    Jun 30, 2021 21:10
  • Review by Dirt5, 10 out of 10
    Love, but eArc needs work for certain situations.

    Way more powerful than what my needs, and handles everything I own with ease. The one exception... Don't use an HDMI 2.1 cable of 75' for your eArc. The return audio will cut out, but the video will be everything you need.

    Jul 09, 2021 16:22
  • Review by URMAJESTY, 10 out of 10
    Awesome

    Love it..... . ..................................................................................

    Sep 01, 2021 00:27
  • Review by Denonwow, 10 out of 10
    Fresno Best Buy

    Geek Squad Bryan got everything hooked up and working great. Way better than what I thought was the best set up.

    Jul 23, 2021 20:06
  • 8.8score
    Denon - AVR-S960H 8K Ultra HD 7.2 Channel (90 Watt X 7) AV Receiver 2020 Model - Built for Gaming, Music Streaming - Black
    Description

    Upgrade your home theater with the 7.2 channel 8K Denon AVR-S960H. The 7.2ch 8K AV receiver with 90W per channel supports full 3D audio formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X, and DTS Virtual:X. The AVR-S960H features the latest in HDMI specifications such as eARC, various HDR formats including Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+ and HLG, as well as 8K/60Hz, 4K/120Hz* pass-through and upscaling, Dynamic HDR, VRR, ALLM and more. Enjoy 8K upscaling and HDCP 2.3 support on all HDMI inputs and outputs (6 in/2 out). Stream popular music services like Amazon Music HD, Spotify, Pandora, TIDAL and more wirelessly with HEOS Built-in, AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth. The AVRS960H works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and Josh.ai for effortless voice control. The award-winning Denon Setup Assistant provides a quick and seamless setup experience, while Audyssey MultEQ room calibration walks you through setup and optimization. Built on more than 110-years of Denon audio excellence, the AVR-S960H delivers a premium audio and visual home theater experience*Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    9 Features
  • Unmatched 3D Realism for your Home Theater System: Bring your movies and music to life with immersive surround sound with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization & DTS Virtual:X, and crisp, clean picture with advanced video processing, 8K/60Hz, and 4K/120Hz* pass-through
  • Get the Most Out of your 4K TV: Enjoy the highest quality 3D audio and video knowing that the AVR-X2700H is 8K ready when you are. This high-power amplifier meets the most demanding entertainment needs with the latest technology available
  • Next Gen Gaming: Enjoy a smooth, lag-free gaming experience with spectacular imaging, reduced lag & frame tearing with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • The Most Advanced Video Technologies: This 7.2-Ch receiver supports High Dynamic Range video format such as HDR10, Dolby Vision & HLG, and Quick Media Switching for eliminating video delays. Also supports Dynamic HDR, HDR10+ for more realistic imaging in supreme clarity, contrast & color
  • Connect with any HD/Ultra HD TV, Subwoofer, Blu-Ray Player & Turntable for Incredible Stereo Sound: USB, 8 HDMI ports (6 In/ 2 Out) with HDCP 2.3 processing, Digital In, Phono input & Network support with a range of wireless connections
  • Extend the Reach of your Music: Listen to music in any room in the house via Wi-Fi, Airplay 2 or Bluetooth with HEOS MULTI-ROOM WIRELESS SPEAKERS like the Denon Home series, without any extra hardware. Get Hi-Fi audio around your home with Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn & more
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai & Control4 SDPP
  • Award-Winning On-Screen Setup Assistant: Denon’s on-screen Setup Assistant provides simple, clear instructions to connect your TV, & Audyssey MultEQ XT (with 2 preset options) that accurately calibrates all speakers in your home setup & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience
  • Note about 4K/120Hz pass-though: *Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Rick, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver!

    I've had the S960H for a few weeks now and I love it. I bought it to replace my defective Onkyo TX-NR636 which has a bad DTS chip and rendered it useless.... I even tried re-floating the chip. I have a 5.1.2 setup with Polk TSI 400s, 100s, CS10, klipsch R41-SA Dolby Atmos speakers, Polk subwoofer.

    Initial setup was super easy, the included mic got most of the parameters right except for some of the speaker sizes and frequency cut offs, which I adjusted myself. Once setup, everything auto identified itself when I hooked it up via HDMI. Once up and running, everything sounded okay... I downloaded the AVR remote app and was able to adjust each speakers sound parameters and everything then sounded great. When it gets loud everything is super clear and the best part is the low distortion at very low volumes. The amp is super clear and there is a noticeable difference between my not so old, yet broke, Onkyo.

    On screen setup layout is a bit outdated looking but it gets the job done and is mostly straight forward. Download the app.... way easier to adjust settings. HEOS is great too... I use Spotify and it detects it from the app, sound is super clear. Bluetooth is surprisingly clear. I Know it boasts the new Bluetooth technology but I wasn't expecting it to sound that great.

    Build quality is great. I really like how they have a heat sink on the chips that tend to get hot. The lack there of was the reason the Onkyo died. Also there isn't any noticeable smell when it gets warm where as my Onkyo always made my room smell (probably the overheating DTS chip).

    Amp is powerful enough for me. I live in a small house right now in Hawaii (military... we move a lot) and it enough for that room and a mid sized room. The sound will overpower my room and has more power to go above that, so I know when I move back to the mainland, this will still work. I really like that when I turn it down it's still clear with subtle surround sound. Great for late night when others are sleeping. Old Onkyo was a no go for that.... it was low and not clear or loud and mostly clear.

    I haven't used the 8k properties yet but I am loving the variable rate motion as my tv is also capable and use it for gaming. Also the HDMI e arc works great.

    Originally I wanted to purchase the command series but shortly realized that with 9.2 /11.2 I was taking things a little far for moving so much. I am glad I refrained (for now) and bought this amp. It's super clear and powerful with all the latest technology without having to break the bank.

    Sep 18, 2020 18:24
  • Review by Topsoil, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic AVR for the money !!

    I read another guys review on this AVR which tipped the scales for me and soooooo glad I bought this AVR. I replaced my older Denon AVR of 15 years service as I massaged my HT into a 7.2 system with a new 60 inch Vizio TV and replaced the old Paradigm subs with 2 awesome Sony subs. This AVR rocks for my 7.2 HT set up. It took no time to hook up with HDMI cables into DirectTV box and Vizio TV, and Paradigm speakers from old Denon plugged right into new Denon AVR. Follow the setup wizard and use the microphone it came with to setup/calibrate your speakers to the room - took about 30 minutes or so to do all that. Then go find your fav action movie, find one with modern Dolby Atmos or DD/Surround sound less than 5 years old (5.1 or better 7.1 sound) and you'll be amazed at how good it all sounds whn you connect, calibrate and set up correctly. Got the AVR, TV and DirecTV box all turning on and off and channel/volume changing with the DirecTV remote only so my wife loves that. Love the WiFi and Bluetooth possibilities and listen to music off my iPhone paired to AVR. Since Covid has forced many of us into our homes this winter and less going out, I figured I'll use Covid to upgrade my home life while smarter people get Covid vaccine and all figured out. This has 4K and 8K capability but since hardly anything is broadcast in 4K and nothing in 8K, I'm good for the future when 4K and 8K become more broadcast and available. I highly recommend this Denon S960 AVR and couldn't be happier with it. It is the brainchild command center of my 7.2 HT setup.

    Dec 01, 2020 17:22
  • Review by denon, 10 out of 10
    great receiver

    This is a wonderful receiver. I got it to complement our incredibly amazing surround sound RSL speakers and our 4K OLED Sony TV. It is a beautiful system, and each component is critical to produce a theater-like experience.

    Jun 23, 2021 23:22
  • Review by Simon, 10 out of 10
    Denon is the best

    I really love this receiver comes in D atoms and 4K and 8K future proof

    Jun 03, 2021 13:54
  • Review by Denon, 8 out of 10
    Another great Denon except for 2 things !!!!

    This is my 3rd Denon home theater receiver , and I have been happy with every single one , and this is no exception . The only 2 things that I am not happy about is , 1-There are 2 sub woofer (LFE) outputs , but you can only control it as if it was only one , you can not use the room correction on each sub it just sees it as one sub as if you used a RCA "Y" adapter !!! Even the set up wizard only shows it as 1 sub not 2 . And this is really a big issue !!!! 2- The last receiver I had was 105 watts per channel , and this one is rated at 90 watts per channel , but its more like 50 watts per channel so you will have to go into the set up screen and set every input volume to +12 db , and go into options and raise up the speaker channels up to +6-8 db and then it will sound great . That being said the sound is just great , the build quality is terrific , and it for the money you can not be beat at this price !!! I have it in my home theater with a brand new Samsung 8 series TV , a Sony X-800 MK2 Blu-Ray Player , 2 Paradigm powered sub woofers and Sonus Faber speakers , in a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos configuration and it continues to blow me away every time I watch a movie . Just wish it was a true dual sub woofer output and that it was a option in the Audysse set up !!!!

    Dec 04, 2020 18:03
  • Review by Image, 10 out of 10
    Impressive Array of Features

    This unit replaced a Samsung HW80T sound bar and S9000 rear wireless speaker system that was under powered and had eARC connection issues. It’s connected to our Black Friday Samsung HW80T 75” QLED 4K TV, Direct TV and Sony 4K DVD UBP-S700BM player.

    Have to say this 2020 Denon system has a rich array of various a/v features. The Audessy microphone audio setup is sensitive and does a good job for balancing the speaker array.

    It’s way more power for driving the speakers than the Samsung sound bar and offers way more audio decoding plus offers powering 7+ speakers for a home theater environment. It also has addressed the horrible lip synch issues that were present in the Samsung sound bar.

    In the month that I’ve had it, there are two new issues I’m trying to resolve. One is a couple of times the audio has dropped and 4-5 times the video has gone to pick/purple colors on Direct TV source that hadn’t happened before the Denon. Changing the Denon input source clears the issues.

    Samsung tech tested the TV video via internet and said it’s a source component issue. I’m waiting on Denon to respond to inquiry on video issue. Some on the AVS blog crowd suggest it’s a Direct TV source issue. Am currently installing 8K HDMI Cable’s to rule out that aspect of possible issue source.

    Even in spite of these two issues, I still would recommend this unit as it’s rich feature array and performance is impressive and am hopeful the occasional glitches are to soon be understood and resolved.

    Feb 07, 2021 10:42
  • Review by Fathernature59, 10 out of 10
    Denon AVR-S960H Best "Bang For The Buck"!

    I originally owned a Denon AVR-E300 which worked flawlessly and sounded great for many years, but it only had 1080p HDMI inputs. I needed 4k HDMI inputs so I purchased a Denon AVR-S950H. As fate would have it, the AVR-S950H had major video compatibility issues with my peripheral equipment.

    With the AVR-S950H hooked up to my Xfinity Box, the television would randomly flicker at times, or randomly go to a black screen, or lock up in a screen full of grey static and remain there until I either restarted the receiver, or unplugged then replugged the HDMI cable from the television. I also ran an Apple Mac Mini with a 4k HDMI output into it, but the receiver would only output the Mac into the television at 1080p. I tried everything I could to attempt to fix these problems, but nothing worked. I even ran the built-in HDMI analyzer, and everything including the cables passed. The receiver also ran VERY hot, even when it wasn't pushed hard, and even when the "ECO" mode was on.

    I sadly returned the AVR-S950H after having high hopes of enjoying the features, and got a refund. I was rather disappointed, after owning the AVR-E300 for so many years without a hitch.

    A couple of days later, Best Buy posted on their website that they had received a shipment of Denon AVR-S960H receivers in and they were selling them online. I pulled the trigger after reading the reviews and specs and ordered one. The video specs appeared to be MUCH more robust than the previous model, plus with 8k capabilities it is future-proof. I made a good decision.

    After hooking everything up and doing all the setup procedures, I can say that the AVR-S960H has worked FLAWLESSLY, and all the issues I had with the AVR-S950H are gone. The new one also runs at least 50% cooler.

    I am completely satisfied with the Denon AVR-S960H. The sound quality is phenomenal, the video is tack-sharp with zero glitches, and the plethora of features are great. It is a superior receiver, especially for the price.

    My suggestion to you is, buy the Denon AVR-S960H (2020) instead of the Denon AVR-S950H (2019) for the extra $30. It's worth it, IMHO. It gets my 5-star rating... EASILY. You'll thank me later.

    Aug 30, 2020 11:26
  • Review by Alonzo64, 10 out of 10
    So far so good

    You sold me this is my 2nd Denon i purchase so far so good from the 1st Denon s940H it ran like a fine tune engine love its design and the display i can see it the sound quality good it stands up to the yamaha rx-v6a which i also own display can not see it to good so far very Happy with the Denon S960H don't let me down.

    Jul 16, 2021 09:37
  • 8.8score
    Marantz NR1711 8K 7.2 Channel Ultra HD AV Receiver (2020 Model) - 3D Audio/Video, Multi-Room Streaming, Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    Take your home entertainment to the next level with NR1711 8K Ultra HD 7.2 channel AV receiver. Get dynamic, high-resolution audio with virtual height effects from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies and eARC support. Enjoy crystal-clear picture quality, exceptional brightness & contrast with latest video technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision, 4:4:4 color resolution, BT.2020 & Quick Media Switching (QMS). Experience gaming thrills with spectacular imaging and reduced lag with 4K/120Hz* pass-through, Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Quick Frame Transport (QFT). Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & HEOS enables multi-room audio and digital music streaming from Spotify, Pandora & more throughout your entire home. Play/pause music, adjust volume & skip tracks with seamless voice control from Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant & Siri. Also works with home automation systems like Josh.ai. Multiple digital & analog inputs/outputs let you to connect the receiver to audio sources like a DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers & more to create versatile home theater setups. The included Setup Assistant offers clear, step-by-step on-screen instructions to connect your TV and the Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement system that accurately analyzes the output of each speaker in your home theater configuration & tunes the AVR for an optimal listening experience. Control the NR1711 with your smart TV remote via the CEC functionality, or download the Marantz AVR Remote App on your smartphone to access all commands to the AVR from the phone. * Does not support pass-through from all 4K/120Hz media sources

    7 Features
  • A Musical Masterpiece Crafted to Fit in a Slim 4" Tall Profile: The Marantz NR1711 is a powerful 7-channel discreet amplifier that delivers identical power on all 7 channels (50W x 7). Auto Eco Mode reduces power consumption without compromising on that superb Marantz sound
  • Enjoy Movies and Lag-Free Gaming: With the latest masterful 8K HDMI upscaling, advanced technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, Quick Media Switching (QMS) and ALLM, upgrade your home theater and gaming experience
  • Immersive Surround Sound with Heightened Realism: Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X. Enjoy virtual sound effects without installing in-ceiling or upward firing speakers in a humble 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
  • Endless Connection Possibilities: Features 6 HDMI In/1 Out for your favorite audio & video sources. Connect a turntable, subwoofer, speakers & a host of other devices like DVD & Blu-ray players, USB and more for comprehensive surround system
  • Whole-Home Entertainment Box: With built-in HEOS Wireless Multi-room Technology, play the same song in every room, or a different one in each room. Connect all your HEOS speakers to the app and get full control everywhere in your home!
  • Stream Music from your Favorite Sources: Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, or HEOS app. Plus, enjoy popular voice command services such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Siri
  • Simple Setup: The Setup Assistant offers clear, step-by-step on-screen instructions to connect your TV & Audyssey MultEQ XT room acoustic measurement technology that accurately analyzes the output of each speaker in your stereo system & tunes the amp for an optimal listening experience
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by LAandCA, 10 out of 10
    Pure Quality Sound

    A fantastic Marantz 8k AV to complement a premium OLED Tv and Dolby 5.2.1 speaker sound. Sound configuration is easily switched with speaker presets option (The online version of the manual is a very useful tool) Audyssey setup equipment is a learning experience for you to get the best out of the slim av.

    A built in Phono pre-amp adds exquisite pure sound to my turntable and display the settings on my tv is the only way to do the best calibration

    Nov 28, 2020 06:07
  • Review by Onokapu, 10 out of 10
    Excellent !

    Excellent quality for a small room at a decent price.

    (Cautionary note: This unit -which took me nearly 60 years to bite the bullet and purchase- improved the sound to such an extent that I have started upgrading my entire audio system with new speakers, HEOS multi-room streaming and speaker and stereo amplifier for enhanced zone two applications.)

    Fast and easy set-up or long detailed tweaking; your choice. (Most of us will revert back to the fast and easy since the results are outstanding for each individual's environment.)

    Aug 18, 2021 14:47
  • Review by Laura, 10 out of 10
    Small yet powerful!

    Easy to setup with on-screen guidance. I was concerned that it won’t power my Klipsch speakers but wasn’t I wrong? In fact, I never fully enjoyed the speakers until now. I love that you can control the receiver with phone app and enjoy music with airplay. Can’t go wrong with the quality, the finish and the sleek look that you can be proud to display.

    Aug 14, 2021 13:56
  • Review by ForFun, 8 out of 10
    Moving Up

    I purchased the Marantz NR1711 to replace an 8 yr old Marantz NR1403(still works great). This was like moving from a stripped down car to a fully loaded vehicle. The sound quality is still the same warmer sound compared to other receivers. I was comparing the sound of the Denon 2300, both sounded great but the Marantz was a bit better. I always liked the low profile model compared to the standard size because in the cabinet it allows for better air flow around the unit to keep it cooler and looks more current. The unit is rated at 50W at 8 ohm but a little better with 6 ohm rated speakers that I use. The power is more than adequate for a small to standard size room either for music or video. I did consider the 5.1 model as my previous unit but jumped to 7.2 for the extra channels for zone 2 as a future use. I had a couple of extra satellite speakers and rigged them to reflect off the ceiling from the towers to verify all the channels functioned. Sounded really great so I left them set up for now. The set up was pretty straight forward with improved graphics than the previous model. After going through the Audyssey set-up I went through and checked the results and the actual distance between the speakers and the listener, they where all right on, even the ones being reflected, was impressed. Some of the likes: Bluetooth both transmit or receive, however, it is one or the other. The remote has a button for selecting Bluetooth when needed but when selected you have to re-enter your source, defaults to listening on the net. Speaking of the remote, one of the dislikes, it is really really slow. Nearly a second delay required from one push to the next otherwise it is skipped. A like, although the remote is not back-lighted, it does glow in the dark. Since I am using this with a non-4K TV, I would defer to other great professional reviews on the internet for details on this receiver, most are very accurate. However, having a 3D capable TV, it does pass this signal with no issues. I also like having a USB port on the front panel, the HDMI port was the trade off here, its now gone compared to the old model.

    Now the reason I could not give this AV receiver 5 stars, the HDMI is problematic. Marantz had the problem on the old model and I think it is actually similar on the newer models. For example, when I would source Blu-ray player, the unit did not always start in the correct resolution. I would have to power cycle it to get the unit to come up correctly. The new model sees the correct resolution every time now, but some times it does not see the source input and you sit with a blank screen waiting for your source to come up. Again you power cycle and wait to see if it comes up. Very annoying. You would think after over 8 years the industry would get HDMI to work correctly, its not only related to Marantz products, reading reviews for other AV receivers, they seem to have similar issues showing up across them all, especially with HDMI 2.1. Another thing I recently, discovered, is if you hook your media port from your computer to the media port on the Marantz, you can play your music/sound directly from your Windows PC, just click on the speaker icon and select Marantz. Nice, you don't have to set up DLNA if you just want to select your music from your PC. Finally its great to have an AV receiver with a phono input again! Good-by to that annoying separate pre-amp when you wanted to play your vinyls.

    To sum up my opinion, still love the great AV sound from the Marantz, love all the new features, still trying some out, but I wish the HDMI issues would have gone away,

    Jul 24, 2021 17:57
  • Review by Cabertoss, 10 out of 10
    Little box with big box features!

    The Marantz NR1711 is my first experience since retiring a 20 yr. old Onkyo. I love it. First my concerns for enough power to fill my 12x17 room were alleviated after setting up the Audessy speaker setup. After a few tweaks to that afterwards, I was blown away by the Dolby effects using our 5.1 speaker setup. The OLED signal passing from our PS5 and streaming is awesome too. Our Sony bluetooth headphones connected easily as well as using the phone app Marantz offers for free. There are no lack of connections as well as network capabilities here. This made my older Infinity speakers sound new again. I wish the remote was back lit though. The larger front panel display is better for us since the on screen display will not show on screen when watching OTA tv signals. Love the small form factor and the eARC works well too. Best Buys Magnolia sales people were excellent to get answers to my questions. We got the Geek Squad extended warranty just in case. Good purchase so far.

    Apr 21, 2021 17:24
  • Review by tewoS, 8 out of 10
    Music lover

    Nice for the price, great combination with the 20i Martin Logan speakers, so far unable to connect with my wife’s bluetooth. Overall I won’t mind buying again.

    Dec 25, 2020 16:21
  • Review by E507maldo, 10 out of 10
    Love it!

    Sleek design. Easy setup. Compact and enough power for my bowers & Wilkins 600’s and 8’ sub

    Dec 11, 2020 15:53
  • Review by Richie, 8 out of 10
    Surround sounds

    After visiting your store, I knew my choice was easy because of the expert advise from your home audio specialist, Brannan he guided me along to make my decision for what I needed. Thanks

    Jun 15, 2021 16:05
  • 8.8score
    Yamaha - AVENTAGE RX-A4A 110W 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    Feel Your Walls Melt Away. The A4A delivers realistic sound and video that transports you out of your home and into your favorite movie. Whether you’re watching, listening or gaming, you’ll feel completely immersed.

    5 Features
  • Surround Sound: 7.2-channel receiver.
  • 8K: 8K/60Hz HDMI 2.1.
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room.
  • Surround:AI: AI technology built into the DSP.
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by CapnFantasy, 8 out of 10
    Great amp with a bit of a learning curve.

    This replaced my roughly 20 year old Yamaha RX-V630, which was state of the art at the time for having Dolby Pro Logic II...! Of course this RX-A4A sounds better in every conceivable way using roughly the same speaker set up. I've had a few issues with Atmos not working here and there, and passthrough audio from the Xbox can be a bit buggy at times. Yamaha support has been helpful, and were able to recreate a recurring issue with HBOMax audio dropping out for mysterious reasons which, to be fair, is more the app's fault than the receiver's. However, a 'dumber' amp wouldn't/didn't have this problem.

    Pros:

    - Exceptional sound

    - No video issues whatsoever

    - Little discernible difference between the Surround AI 'upgrading' the signal to Atmos and an actual Atmos signal

    - Oodles of inputs

    - YPAO is a good starting point and is oddly satisfying to sit through

    - Sharp unit, if not big at 35 lbs

    - Loads of options that are quality of life stuff, like starting volume level, separate zones + "party mode", being able to turn off inputs so you don't cycle through a bunch you don't use, renaming inputs, etc.

    - Music Cast + Enhancer ON = Streaming music not sounding like hot garbage through your home theater

    - The various music scenes are actually cool, particularly the Bottom Line

    - Passthrough mode enables you to route the video signal through the receiver while it's in standby. Useful for playing a game late at night with headphones through your controller; no need for the amp to be on and muted, or have headphones through the amp.

    - Yamaha support actually cares

    Cons

    - Can't seem to find a (cheap) universal remote or way to actually turn the receiver on other than the included remote or the unit itself. Turning off and volume = no problem with just about anything

    - The options menu sometimes won't appear

    - Initial HDCP delays with Google CCwGTV,

    - Depending on the input, going into the receiver's settings can essentially kick you out of the program

    - Can take a few seconds for the audio signal to adjust and actually play (ymmv but I still haven't gotten used to this)

    - You'll refer to this quite often when setting up: https://manual.yamaha.com/av/20/rxa4a/en-US/

    Oct 21, 2021 14:19
  • Review by Mack, 10 out of 10
    Excellent receiver

    This is by far the best AV receiver I’ve ever used, setup was a breeze, and it sounds amazing. I’m using it in conjunction with a LG CX via eARC with a PS5 and Apple TV a plugged into the TV. I also have a Nintendo switch plugged into the receiver itself. HDMI CEC a works great for everything turning on with one button, ant turning off the TV air Apple TV shuts everything back down. I am using an external amplifier for my main left and right speakers and the RX A4A deliver plenty of output to drive the external amp. I was initially dubious of the YPAO room correction as I come from an audio production background and generally don’t like thing messing with the signals to my amp/speakers, but I’ve been won over as there is an option in the room correction to leave the main L and R channels EQ’d flat and it then adjusts the C SR and SL channels to match. I did pair the receiver with an IoT outlet that takes a 12v trigger so that the receiver can turn the main amp on an off, works great but would be concerned about initial current draw if I were using all external amps in this configuration. Finally, this receiver sounds amazing, it’s fast and detailed with almost no perception of coloring the sound when comparing to a passive signal chain.

    Oct 04, 2021 15:56
  • Review by JDThird, 8 out of 10
    May earn 5 stars if firmware updates arrive

    I have been using a Sony STR-DN1080 for a few years now, and loved it. Had plenty of inputs, supported my 4k needs. And for the last 8 months or so it suited my needs as well for my Xbox Series X and my Playstation 5 since it had an update to enhance the ARC channel to EARC, so I could plug my PS5 and XBsX into my OLED TV which had HDMI 2.1, giving me the full capacity of the gaming systems, yet still able to have the eARC back to my Sony via the HDMI connection from the TV to the AVR.

    But I really disliked having the game consoles plugged straight into the TV. The LG CX OLED kept resetting itself to use the internal speaker and I had to keep changing it to use eARC again to get sound out to my AVR. And I also had issues sometimes with my Logiteh Harmony Elite system changing the input as I switched between activities.

    With the HDMI bugs in 2020 I knew I had to wait around a bit. And then there was the disappointment that most of the receivers out there only had ONE input that was HDMI 2.1 compliant, the rest of their inputs were older versions. A few had up to three, but I wanted to future proof myself since I already HAVE three things that are HDMI 2.1 capable (media center PC, Xbox, and PS).

    When I saw the Yamaha specs I knew I'd have to get one. The best spec here compared to the rest - this has all 7 inputs as HDMI 2.1 compliant. Right there, I knew this would be the one I'd get.

    I bounced between the A4A and the A6A because I wasn't sure about the Auro-3D feature, but reading up on it, since I have an Atmos speaker setup, it seems that would do nothing at all for me, so I went with this one. I don't need more than the channels this has, and the power on this is a good step up from the Sony. Since I recently upgraded my cheap Onkyo Atmos speakers for way more pricey Klipsch speakers in every position, I felt this would drive them better.

    Setup was a breeze. Everything worked fine and it even warned me during the audio calibration that the right Atmos speaker was out of phase since I had the wires backwards. I am using every one of the inputs, since I have a lot of equipment, and fortunately I cut the cord recently so I no longer have my cable DVR. I also decommissioned my PS3 since I'm using the Playstation service to play those games on the PS5, so I went from 9 HDMI devices down to 7.

    The configuration on this is more enhanced as well. Like the Sony, I was able to edit the names of the inputs so it shows the inputs and the device connected now, not just a generic "HDMI1, 2, 3," etc.. It also lets me set the initial volume which I always like since often we're watching movies at night, and when I turn the news on in the morning after we wake up, who wants it booming loud? I also liked that I was able to change it from showing volume as -db to showing as simply a number from 1 to 99 I think was the highest. You can also edit the range so that you can limit the higher end of the volume levels.

    The audio setup lets you override speaker sizes if you want as well, but in my case it correctly identified everything as a large speaker, since even my rear surrounds are big. Then you can get granular with the cutoffs and such, but I didn't dig that deep into anything since that's all beyond what my needs are.

    Although I may tweak the levels for the Atmos channels, but I'll wait a bit before doing so.

    I do video games, music, movies, and TV as well as my 4k HDR blurays and MKV files on my computer. This has so far handled everything just fine. I am not doing any 4k 120Hz gaming yet, so the lack of the firmware upgrade here isn't killing me. I did have VRR and such going when my consoles were plugged straight into my OLED TV, but so far I haven't noticed any loss running through here yet of functionality. I've been mostly going Ghost of Tsushima so far, without any problems. Video games are outstanding so far, presence and location of things easy to determine spatially. The clear sounds even at lower volumes make it a joy for my consoles.

    Movies play as I had expected. Atmos and standard movies all sound outstanding, and volume levels are more than acceptable. This definitely drives my larger Klipsch speakers better than my Sony did.

    Music is usually done via my iPhone using Airplay, and that worked just fine here, although I'm going to have to play with levels there since somewhere it's losing volume, since my phone at the highest volume was not anywhere near what normal volume was on the Sony, or even what my bluetooth connected Bang & Olufsen A9 garbage can lid speaker can do. But it worked, powered things on, played, and powered off when done, so hopefully I'm just missing some tweaks for allowed volume levels or something with it.

    I also had to do some research online in an AVS forum to find out how to get this to display when ATMOS content is played, so I could confirm that it was seeing things bitstreaming correctly. Was not difficult, and now I see right away when Atmos content is detected.

    The remote is huge though, but not a big concern for me as I'll be using my Harmony remote and simply program the touch screen with the things I know I'll need.

    The only thing I haven't been able to test out yet was the HDMI Out for the second one, which I have a 4k projector plugged into. I will test that out tonight but I don't expect any issues.

    This thing is a beast physically though, it is deeper than my Sony was, and while I made sure it would fit height wise in my entertainment center, I didn't check the depth, so this one sticks out some in the front compared to my Sony. No glass or anything though, so it's not any problem for me. But if you're in a limited space make sure to check that measurement. I'd be better if I dropped the banana plugs, but I prefer that for ease of setup. Even with the banana plugs the Sony sat back further.

    I've not noticed any serious heat issues yet.

    I love the look of the front, the display works well, and the setup menus on the TV screen are well laid out so it's easy to find options that you may need.

    If their promised fall update includes everything they claim it wlll, then this will become a 5 star item. I've not seen any others yet with this many HDMI 2.1 inputs, so that's going to keep this king for me for a long time.

    Sep 13, 2021 13:45
  • Review by ConSumer, 8 out of 10
    A Little Less and A Little More

    Ordered 10/17 and ready for pickup 10/22. Unit came with 1.10 firmware and updated to 1.14 from USB since network option grayed out. Offered 1.22 on 10/30 after turning on and completed over network; this version is not on their support site.

    Pros:

    - Overall, a good upgrade from RX-A1030

    - Decent upgrade to YPAO and better results

    - Atmos virtualization surprisingly sounds great. Setup with 7.1 but no front presence and two additional speakers for second zone.

    - eARC works but still trying to figure a way for components to not get automatically controlled

    - Sufficient power for movies although I'm using an external power amp for the front channels

    Cons:

    - Small screen and hard to see information from distance

    - Shiny plastic front. Didn't they learn years ago when it was "a thing" on TVs to have fingerprint magnets and reflective annoyances?

    - Remote is too long, top heavy, cheap plastic back, rough edges where front/back connect, back light erratic, wasted space at bottom, no 0-9 buttons to dial in radio stations directly or channels.

    - UI cleaned up slightly but still archaic and poor/limited management of favorites from broadcast radio and Sirius/XM

    - Archaic web interface and very limited

    - No physical manual! Could have made it way less than 411 pages if they didn't waste all the space with poorly formatted sections and redundant basic explanations. No in-depth material for advanced topics. Did they think they were on a government contract and getting paid by the pound of paper?

    - Removed multi-channel input which was using with RX-1030 for a control amp and legacy components

    - No analog video and certainly not worth the cost to jump to the A6A; time to keep separate systems

    - Didn't see a clock setting and USB backups were dated 2013 and 2014 after 1.22 update

    - Able to disable Bluetooth but didn't see anything for WiFi since I'm using wired

    - No HD Radio although other regions support DAB

    - Still made in Malaysia and not china, yet

    - Still have no use for the Scene feature

    Oct 31, 2021 14:11
  • Review by JoseB, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha A4A

    So I have had this for receiver for three weeks now and it’s great. This is my second receiver from Yamaha. It’s a very nice builded to it works great for my Xbox series x and PS5. Just waiting for 4k 120 updates. Sounds absolutely amazing for movies, gaming, and music.

    Oct 13, 2021 00:10
  • Review by MrGrizz, 8 out of 10
    5 Stars as soon as they give me 4K 120

    Well... my adventure started last year. My mother needed a AVR so I decided to give her my trusty Sony DN-1080. With me owning a RTX 3080 and picking up a PS5 and an Series X at launch I wanted something that would be compatible with both so I bought a Yamaha RX V6A. Needless to say I wasn't that happy with it. Clunky ui, HDMI 2.1 bug and board replacement, EARC issues and the straw that broke the camels back finding out that the 2.1 ports were capped at 24gbps.

    Some of this is my fault for not doing my research and just fomoing in because I needed an AVR. But alot of it still falls on Yamaha and their shady cryptic marketing dialog, they knew what they were doing. I've been burned before by brands but rarely do I hold a grudge (except for Vizio they need to get out of the TV business).

    When I heard that this years Advantage line up was un affected by the HDMI 2.1 bug and that their 2.1 ports were rated at 40gbps. I decided to take the plunge and buy the Yamaha RX-A4A. I have never owned an AVR that was this nice before and I will echo another review that said if this next firmware update actually happens I will definitely give this receiver 5 stars. The sound from my 5.1 klipsch set up is amazing. The on screen ui is so much better as well, such a smooth premium feel to it and a nice premium back-lit remote to control it with also. I appreciate how plug and play it was out of the box. I currently have a PS5, RTX 3080 PC, 2080TI PC, NVIDIA Shield and a Nintendo Switch all running through it. All of them work perfect and look great but I am going to have to unhook the shield and run it 1qdirectly to the TV because my Sony TV won't let you run 4K 120 and 4k dolby vision through the same HDMI port without manually switching the setting.

    All that being said the Yamaha RX-A4A is locked to 4K 60 until this firmware update happens so I will hold on to that fifth star till then. I will update this review if I run into any bugs or things I don't like but so far it has been great I'm very happy with my purchase

    Sep 26, 2021 08:52
  • Review by evebill8, 10 out of 10
    Weird default setting choices

    I was using the RX-V685 before. I thought there should not be much different configuration need to do. It turns out there a few default settings that you should turn off, or the sounds will be different. The first one is virtual speakers. If you have the Atmos speaker system, you should turn all VSP settings off before calibration. I don't why Yamaha turn them on by default, I almost wanted to return it because VSP screw up the Atmos big time. Second, The surround AI was on by default. Again, if you have the Atmos speaker system, turn off the AI, and select Dolby Decoding. Third, select the front LED panel to display the name of the decoding. It is in the second page when you dial the smaller button in the front, I always want to see what decoding I am using. I don't know Yamaha will set those default without a clear instruction for warming people abut it.

    Oct 17, 2021 16:22
  • Review by switters, 10 out of 10
    Good value!!

    Excellent sound and Atmos/DTS-X implementation. Updated YPAO is definitely better than the last iteration. Extraordinary number of DSP options (of which I prefer none) if that is your cup of tea. Truly a wonderful AVR package for an excellent price. Not a big fan of all the plastic despite good workmanship. VERY convoluted menu and input set-up assignment (Denon, Anthem, Sony are MUCH more straightforward. Nowhere in the manual or on the website did I see that this had a web interface I could use for set-up.

    Oct 29, 2021 21:02
  • 8.8score
    Marantz SR6015 AVR - 9.2 Channel (100W x 9), Advanced 8K Upscaling, IMAX Enhanced, Music Streaming - Black
    Description

    Enjoy unmatchable audio and visual quality on a variety of sources with this powerful 9.2 Ultra HD receiver by Marantz. Powered by discrete high-current (110W) amplifiers on all 9 channels, it delivers balanced and premium sound quality, while the Auto Eco Mode reduces real-time power consumption. Supporting latest sound formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS: X, DTS Virtual: X, this AVR delivers life-like multi-dimensional surround sound even on the humblest stereo set-up. Enjoy all your entertainment with heightened realism and immersive audio. Featuring 7 HDMI inputs (8K upscaling available) / 3 HDMI outputs, a dedicated 8K HDMI input, analog optical and coaxial inputs, a phono input, a USB port and an AM/FM tuner, this home theater receiver allows various connection options for DVD & Blu-Ray Players, Subwoofers, Speakers, Turntables etc. With advanced 8K upscaling, the new Marantz AVR takes your home entertainment up a notch with extraordinary video and audio quality. It supports 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR technologies like, HDR10, HDR10+ Dynamic HDR, ALLM, VRR, QMS and QFT for 8K quality movies and a lag-free and gaming experience. The SR6015 allows you effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora. Additionally, Bluetooth Audio Transmission allows you to play audio simultaneously on speakers and Bluetooth headphones. Adding to the many features, the Marantz amplifier gives you a whole-home audio experience with its multi-room and multi-source streaming options. The built-in HEOS technology lets you play the same song in every room or a different song in each room without any interruption. Be mesmerized by a superb cinematic experience with Marantz’s 65 years of audiophile heritage.

    8 Features
  • 8K Ultra-HD Video Quality: Enjoy movies and lag-free gaming with latest 8K HDMI upscaling, advanced technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, QMS, VRR & ALLM with this 9-channel (100W x 9) amp that delivers extraordinary visuals for a cinematic experience
  • Premium Content Digitally Remastered with IMAX Enhanced: SR6015 features IMAX Enhanced that lets you experience life-like picture quality and heart-pounding audio that sets a new standard for home theater imaging, sound, scale and clarity, and elevates your home theater experience
  • Immersive Surround: Be right in the center of action with Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X support. Enjoy exquisitely detailed, multidimensional virtual sound effects in a humble 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
  • Versatile Connections: 7 HDMI In (with 8K upscaling) / 3 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant, eARC), dedicated 8K input, a USB port, digital inputs for audio sources like DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers – the amp includes all the connections options you need for a cohesive surround sound system
  • Built-In Dual Speaker Preset Memory: Customize your listening experience with Audyssey MultEQ XT32 which allows you to store two Audyssey settings for your preferred content type or mood, so you can switch between them on the fly
  • Wireless Music Streaming: Stream music with Spotify, TuneIn, Deezer, Tidal, Netflix, Amazon Prime & others via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Airplay 2. use the HEOS app across one room, or multiple rooms with built-in wireless HEOS multi-room audio technology
  • Enjoy Voice Control: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri or Josh.ai Smart Home – just use your voice to say out the command loud, and play/ pause/stop music, adjust volumes, thermostat, lights, and control home appliances seamlessly
  • Quick & Easy Setup: Easy-to-understand and user-friendly setup assistant comes with an advanced graphical user interface that guides you through the step-by-step process and connects all your audio sources to this stereo receiver
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TheRealThatDonGuy, 10 out of 10
    Rock Solid Sound

    As of this writing I’ve had my SR6015 just over a month and as a home theater sound processor this thing is rock solid. Its two-channel musicality is top-notch as well. It is easy to configure and calibrate, and the Audyssey MultiEQ feature makes room correction a breeze. Once configured, the user interface is fairly intuitive.

    My only complaint is that if you power up the receiver before, say, waking up your Roku or blu ray, the sound doesn’t pass through. However, if you power up the receiver after you power up your sources, everything is great. Although, this may be an HDMI protocol issue. My cable between the Roku and the receiver is certified to HDMI 2.0, as is the blu ray cable. Still trying to suss this out.

    That aside, I’d still recommend this receiver. It sounds so much better than my old Pioneer Elite!

    May 16, 2021 14:29
  • Review by joebagodonuts, 8 out of 10
    Practically Perfect

    I bought this unit to act as a pre/pro for use with external amplifiers and do not intend to use the unit's own internal amps. This review focuses solely on that usage. The unit runs cool as a pre/pro with no noticeable warmth on the top vent. In a word, the electronics provide as pure a sound for music as I have heard. Musicality is another word that fits. When a quiet point is reached in a song, it is quiet with no background noise or hiss. Voices are rich and mellow. Obviously the quality of the experience is also affected by the amps used, speakers, environment, etc. But if you have a good kit, this unit is going to give you a very musical experience. For movies, the sound is more balanced across the 5.1 setup than my 10-year old Integra. While the remote does not have dedicated buttons to adjust center/SS channels, one button push gives you "options", then navigate keys to "audio" and the desired channel's volume change. Easy. One last nit about the remote, it is not backlighted but the layout is simple and rarely confusing. One overall nit about the unit - the legacy "porthole" display is outdated and limited in the information offered upon it. Nostalgia is nice, but these days it is all about information. My thought is to keep the overall rounded fascia of the unit which is a nice look, but utilize a bigger LED screen, say 2X4 inches, with content information. I would also like to pre-program the sub to activate or de-activate for certain modes, for example "off" for stereo, "on" for 5.1, etc. In sum, as a pre/pro the unit is highly musical and smooth, and nicely balanced or adjusted for movies. I did not evaluate the internal amps at all. Recommended.

    Jun 06, 2021 07:25
  • Review by Gecko, 10 out of 10
    Hits the Mark

    This receiver is a replacement from my Denon SR920W which was getting a bit long in the tooth and moved to my secondary system. The Denon new was around a $600 receiver versus this unit which was $1599. [Note in the past week the price has jumped to 1699, strange, must be a MSRP change for 2021]

    What does an extra $1000 get you:

    More Dynamic, warmer musical sound. The Marantz just has more head room than the Denon due to a slightly beefier amplifier section.

    This unit also weighs 8 pounds more (20.8 lbs vs 28 lbs) and the upgrade build quality is evident. Nicer terminals, inputs, detachable power cord.

    This unit also has full pre-amp outputs along with a preamp mode to turn off amplification if you want to try external amplification.

    The display is small but to me this is not a bad thing since the on screen display gives me everything I need. The Denon takes up half the front panel and is somewhat obnoxious.

    Get the unit, you are going to be trapped inside for the next year with no movies or live music, so you might as well enjoy life.

    Feb 02, 2021 21:18
  • Review by Smitty, 10 out of 10
    Marantz SR6015 AVR 9.2

    Performs very well during ATMOS content for my theater room. Anxiously waiting for my preferred surround speakers to arrive to re-assess the quality sounds it exhibits. Very easy to operate manually although it can be do through Alexa or Google assistant.

    Oct 24, 2021 21:33
  • Review by Machperformance, 10 out of 10
    Simply Amazing!

    Simply amazing system. It is Awesome! The sound from this system is such good quality and I love the Marantz app and Alexa connection.

    Jan 01, 2021 16:01
  • Review by Guboyz, 10 out of 10
    Geek squad

    The product is fine. Bestbuy had me by this one even though I had a model 2 years old. The surround wasn’t coming on. I had geek squad come to my house 3 x and each time they tell me something different to fix it. Then they suggested the above. I bought it and their guys come and basically said I didn’t need it but he could not fix the problem. Told me his boss would call. Waited 2 weeks for now call. Went back to KCO audio. They sent out a technician who figured it out in 5 minutes. Bestbuy is really messing up

    Jun 25, 2021 16:49
  • Review by AA25, 8 out of 10
    Product is ok

    Marantz has so many versions and the price keeps going higher. Product is ok. I don’t think it’s worth $2k

    Nov 03, 2021 23:48
  • Review by BullRunner, 10 out of 10
    Great sound

    Wonderful sound. Easy to use. Works well with the HDMI Arc to be able to control tv and sound with one remote.

    Oct 19, 2021 17:26
  • 8.8score
    Onkyo - TX 7.2-Ch. with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Immerse yourself to an exciting sound experience with this Onkyo 7.2-channel network A/V receiver. The DTS Play-Fi feature is compatible with any audio app on smart devices, letting you stream playlists from different sources. With a 165W- per- channel output, this Onkyo 7.2-channel network A/V receiver packs a massive punch for movies, placing you at the center of the action. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    13 Features
  • Connect to the Internet: Access a variety of online streaming services, such as Pandora, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL, Chromecast and Amazon Music, as well as music and photos over your home network.
  • 4K and 3D passthrough: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS decoder, DTS-HD Master Audio and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • Dual-zone capability: Supports distributed audio playback in another room, so you can enjoy music throughout your home.
  • x.v.Color and Deep Color technology: Produce vibrant hues for a lifelike picture.
  • Bass and treble controls: Enable simple sonic customization, so you can tailor the sound to suit your preferences.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • AccuEQ acoustic calibration: Ensures the sound is calibrated to your room's acoustics, including manual adjustments and presets.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via LAN, USB, Bluetooth.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Gymm, 10 out of 10
    Easy setup and the sound is fantastic

    Using the setup procedure that comes out of the box I am very happy with this unit. I am already wired so this was as simple as removing my old Denon unit and wiring up the Onkyo. I had to make a couple changes no that I have 4k pass through. I no longer have to connect my Xbox One X directly to the TV. Just one HDMI cable to the television.

    I also purchased Klipsch Dolby Atmos speakers for my rear channel to take advantage of the added sound processing.

    Using the included microphone to setup the sound was incredibly simple and Onkyo uses a more thorough process than my old Denon. It also has a much clearer on screen menu. I'll starting playing and tweaking settings this weekend.

    Do the Firmware update as soon as it is available to get Chromecast working if you use Google Home. Voice activating the controls is awesome. I've tested several streaming services and hooked into my in home streaming server without any issues and the music sounds incredible. I have several FLAC files along with WMA and MP3 and all play perfectly.

    I highly recommend this unit.

    Feb 07, 2020 07:39
  • Review by Aherrera632, 8 out of 10
    Sounds great !

    Replace a old Sony receiver with this Onkyo loved it until it started to randomly shutting off . Email onkyo never heard anything back but found out onkyo had some over heating issue with fans not working all the time . Bought a pair of 120mm fan that work with usb since then it hasn’t shut off since . Beside that it has no problem working my 7 Acoustic Audio Speakers and my 2 Klipsch R12SW witch have no problem rattling the walls and sofa’s

    Nov 14, 2021 21:19
  • Review by Pjway, 10 out of 10
    Nice Upgrade

    I upgraded from a similar, older Sony AV receiver. The sony now shows off in the Man Cave. I upgraded in order to get the WIFI, Bluetooth and all the other technology upgrades. I find the interface and remote much easier to use than other AV receivers I have had including the Sony. The sound is amazing with Polk Monitor 60's in the front, Polk T15's as surround, Polk T30 Center Channel and a Polk PSW10 Sub. This AV receiver and speaker setup, in my opinion is a no brainer. Right around $1000.00 for all.

    Jun 12, 2020 17:36
  • Review by Matt4600, 10 out of 10
    Replaced my onkyo TX-NR 807

    Replaced my onkyo TX-NR 807 With this model and so far I’m loving the extra connectivity and a decent power output. My speakers take a good strong amp to drive them, Tannoy front left and right (from when tannoy were good) and NHT for center and rear. I did end up upgrading all my HDMI cable’s, but it was about time. Very happy with this receiver.

    Feb 09, 2020 13:43
  • Review by Jorgegogon, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    Excellent equipment, I agree with my purchase. The sounds is incredible.

    Oct 15, 2021 16:50
  • Review by Swada, 10 out of 10
    Sounds beautiful, Easy setup & TONS of features!

    After my Denon died, I did a bunch of research on the best receivers for music. I couldn't be happier with the Onkyo, after a brief try with new Denon. I disagree with many of the reviews that Denon provides a better listening experience.

    The Onkyo setup process is fast and easy. In addition to many music listening settings including THX Music, it has a graphic equalizer that can be used for each input. You can adjust it on screen or on the unit itself. Beautiful.

    I use Alexa with my Onkyo for streaming music from Spotify. I found a very nice setting that optimizes music and it sounds so much better! Under the Quick Menu, it's "Music Optimization".

    Listening to this versus the Denon, this Onkyo unit wins hands-down in my 7.1 channel setup.

    Jan 30, 2021 07:00
  • Review by Therrance, 10 out of 10
    Works as Advertised!!! Full recommend

    I bought this back in November 2020 so I've worked it out quite a bit since then. I wanted to upgrade my system to Atmos so I decided to buy the Onkyo from the all the positive reviews and they were spot on. I'm running all Klipsch speakers and subs on this receiver which include 2 RP-280FA, 2 RP-600M, RP-450C, 1-SPL-150 15" 800W Subwoofer and 1-R-112SW 12" 600W Subwoofer. The Onkyo handles all these speakers with ease and I get a full, powerful, crisp sound that wows family and friends when they come visit. If I had to have a complaint, I wish it was a 9.2 system instead of a 7.2 to add rear atmos speakers. Great Buy and would recommend it to anyone wanting a 7.2 or 5.1.2 atmos system!

    Sep 15, 2021 14:20
  • Review by dcime, 10 out of 10
    Best In Class 2020

    The ease of use is a welcome feature. I have had every major brand AVR in the last 20 years. This Onkyo is THX Select which is just amazing. The setup is virtually the easiest I’ve ever used. I tried a Denon and Marantz before my Onkyo. I had a Pioneer Elite prior but twice had HDMI failures. I love the fact that you can really tweak the sound signature via eq settings and individual speaker levels. I’ve had my share of try this to get this to work receivers! I’m really not fond of the term “plug and play” as I like to control everything. But times have changed. The ease of use and automated features with ARC are the best. I can change and alter everything, or let Onkyo provide the best sound under each condition. I choose the latter now. I’m 53 years old and love my New a Onkyo TX-NR696. The natural sound and ease of use rivals receivers costing 3 or 4 times the price. I’m ready to sit back, relax and just listen. No extra tweaks needed based on my viewing material. This receiver is coupled with a New LG C9 55in. OLED HDTV. This combination allows me to enjoy all my input devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xiaomi Mi Box S 4K, LG 4K DVD player and all my LG onboard content. Finally the cable box works flawlessly with the entire rig. Thank you Onkyo for doing it all, and doing it all right!

    Jan 28, 2020 21:16
  • 8.8score
    Pioneer - Elite 760W 9.2-Ch. Bluetooth Capable with Dolby Atmos 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black
    Description

    Experience high-quality sound reproduction with this 9.2-channel Pioneer Elite network A/V receiver. The PQLS jitterless transmission enables rich, vibrant audio, while the IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X upmixers let you enjoy high-resolution surround sound. This Pioneer Elite network A/V receiver works with a range of wireless technologies, applications and devices and can seamlessly integrate with your existing setup. Includes HDMI 4K Ultra HD and 3D pass-through technologies for compatibility with 3D TVs, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles and 4K Ultra HD TVs.

    15 Features
  • Works with Amazon Alexa: Easily control, monitor and schedule your electronics using your voice.
  • Connect to the Internet: Access a variety of online streaming services, such as Pandora, Deezer, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL and Amazon Music, as well as music and photos over your home network.
  • 4K and 3D passthrough: Allows high-quality 3D and 4K video through the receiver straight to your media device.
  • AirPlay 2: Stream audio from music services like Apple Music and Spotify or watch videos from services like Youtube and Netflix from any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV and hear the audio perfectly synced to your speakers Airplay 2 sources.
  • 760W total system power: 135W x 1 for powerful sound.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS-ES decoder, DTS 96/24 and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 3 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • x.v.Color and Deep Color technology: Produce vibrant hues for a lifelike picture.
  • Advanced surround modes: Include classic, unplugged, entertainment, pop/rock, action, drama, sports, advanced game, expanded stereo and expanded mono for quality sound in almost any genre.
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • Advanced MCACC automatic room calibration: Automatically optimizes receiver output to optimum sound for the room acoustics.
  • Hi-Res audio support: Lets you enjoy high-quality audio playback via LAN, USB, Bluetooth.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bryson, 10 out of 10
    Flagship worthy!

    Coming from 2 previous Pioneer Elite receivers (VSX-52; SC-LX502), dating back to 2011, it was no question that I was going Pioneer Elite again. Love their menus, controllers, audio calibration, & most of all sound & video clarity/quality. Love the new Dialog option on the controller. Also, you can adjust the decibels on front, center, & sub w/o going to the home page.

    I'm running B&W 700 S2 Series throughout w/CCM663 for 5.1.4 Dolby Atmos. The 135W per channel is plenty of power to move the room. Best receiver I've owned & it feels like it. Until 8K is prevalent, I'm riding w/this receiver. I've never owned a Marantz, Denon or Yamaha, but I'd recommend this Pioneer Elite SC-LX704/904 to anyone.

    Feb 01, 2020 00:22
  • Review by Watermelon, 10 out of 10
    High end audio surround receiver well worth the mo

    Great receiver replaced an old pioneer elite receiver vsx94thx it was a beast but well worth the upgrade

    Apr 10, 2020 16:08
  • Review by Charged, 10 out of 10
    Pioneer Elite Scxl 704

    In my opinion, as a owner of PIoneer Receivers and numerous Pioneer "Elite" Receivers including models Sc71, Sc81, Sc87, Sc91, and now the Scxl 704.

    I have (3) Sc 91 receivers in use in my home and the addition of the ScXl 704 continues to add to the superb quality of my AV Sound Systems both Audio and Video.

    The purchase of the Pioneer Elite Scxl 704 from the Best Buy sales associate David H. (who i have been doing business with for 8 years) was a pleasure as always.

    Jun 04, 2021 23:14
  • Review by RKBinAustin, 10 out of 10
    A great receiver

    Ive owned many Pioneer receivers and this is the best one yet. The alexa integration is nice. Plenty of power available to my JBL 590s. I do wish LG and Pioneer could learn to play nice on eARC and, while Im at it...Pioneer guys...fix your apple iPad App...it has problems with no touch registering on some screens while Android is fine. The streaming capabilities are good...it was a little odd to use a google app to setup casting, but i got it figured out and it works great now.

    Mar 05, 2020 06:32
  • Review by theater, 10 out of 10
    good experience

    very knowledgeable , professional, and made sure i was pleased.

    May 07, 2021 17:20
  • Review by Rancho, 10 out of 10
    Pioneer Amp

    Best amplifier for the home theater. I have all my speakers 4 ohms and this amp has worked flawlessly and is future proof with all the bells and whistles

    Dec 12, 2020 13:25
  • Review by Josh, 10 out of 10
    Love it

    Workers very well for my needs. Love it. Recommend

    Apr 30, 2021 19:21
  • Review by cuzmuz, 10 out of 10
    Tremendous receiver for my third flood studio

    Had formerly has a Pioneer SC-72 that I literally wore out. Purchased this unit to replace and I'm totally pleased with it's performance and features.

    Sep 04, 2020 16:32
  • 8.8score
    Denon DRA-800H 2-Channel Stereo Network Receiver for Home Theater | Hi-Fi Amplification | Connects to All Audio Sources - Black
    Description

    The Denon DRA-800H seamlessly integrates HiFi amplification, a network player and advanced AV receiver technologies. Featuring advanced custom amplifier design, the DRA-800H ensures your loudspeakers drive detailed, precise imaging through the dedicated circuitry of its short, straight paths between power supplies. With five 4K Ultra HD HDMI inputs and the latest wireless music streaming technologies (Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Bluetooth and HEOS Built-in), the DRA-800H integrates seamlessly with your TV, game consoles, turntable, CD-Player, wireless music and Hi-Fi systems. Enjoy network streaming and USB front-panel audio playback of MP3, WAV, FLAC, ALAC and DSD (2.8/5.6MHz) files. Equipped with A/B speaker terminals (supports bi-wiring), dual subwoofer pre-outs, three digital and two analog inputs, one phono (MM) input and ARC for TV audio, the DRA-800H delivers a premium stereo listening experience for your music collection and home theater viewing.

    6 Features
  • HIGH-PERFORMANCE DISCRETE 2-CHANNEL AMP: Feel the power & hear every audio detail with this ultra-stylish & powerful receiver (100W per channel at 8 ohms) that offers greater stability with a wide range of speakers & delivers balanced sound each time
  • EXPERT SOUND ENGINEERING: Denon’s experience in designing award-winning amplifiers and their use of Hi-Fi parts, custom resistors, audio grade capacitors, a double differential DAC circuit and analog preamp circuits deliver a superior sound experience
  • ADVANCED HDMI VIDEO SECTION FOR A STUNNING CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE: Features full 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub sampling, HDR10, HLG, and BT.2020 pass-through. Watch your favorite movies & shows with exceptional color, clarity and contrast.Input sensitivity:200 mV
  • ENJOY MULTI-ROOM STREAMING: Built-in HEOS technology allows you to playback music through any popular streaming service such as Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music and others via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or AirPlay 2 in one room and more simultaneously
  • VOICE CONTROL COMPATIBILITY WITH ALL MAJOR VOICE AGENTS: Change audio tracks, control volume, switch inputs, and play & pause music with your voice. Just command Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, Google Assistant or any home automation systems like Josh.ai
  • HI-RES AUDIO PLAYBACK: Listen to your favorite tracks stored on a memory device via the USB port on the front panel, or through network sources. Also, connect your turntable to the speakers or amp via the integrated phono input and MM equalizer
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Eric, 10 out of 10
    5 Stars!

    Absolutely amazing! I had an older 100x/channel Onlyo 2 channel receiver that this has taken the place of, and I couldn’t be more happy. My speakers sound warmer, livelier, and more dynamic than ever. I just wish I would have upgraded sooner. Great work Denon! If you’re looking for a 2 channel receiver that makes your music sound sing, and your movies rip, look no further.

    Jan 16, 2021 12:24
  • Review by Receiver, 10 out of 10
    Denon receiver

    Very good amplifier and receiver. It was easy to connect to some of my older devices using the blue tooth feature. High recommend the product as a replacement for my old Technics amplifier and receiver.

    Oct 31, 2020 10:29
  • Review by JMPSERVICESLLC, 10 out of 10
    Excellent for an outdoor or garage system!

    An excellent A/V receiver for those that need video inputs but not a full surround sound receiver. This is my go-to receiver for an outdoor or garage system that will include a TV, 4 speakers and a sub, if required.

    Jan 26, 2021 16:22
  • Review by George, 10 out of 10
    Denon Receiver

    Love this receiver! I needed to be able to stream Tidal Hi-Rez music through my office speakers and to my outdoor speakers - separately or simultaneously. This does everything I needed to do and the music quality is great.

    Mar 04, 2021 10:12
  • Review by Azimuth, 10 out of 10
    Denon quality

    I am sure this is a great receiver but I was not paying attention and ended up taking it back as I needed a full 7.2 surround capable receiver and this is not htat. Denon has always been a great product and I am sure this is no different.

    Dec 12, 2020 08:09
  • Review by Graham, 2 out of 10
    Total junk, avoid.

    My denon unit lasted exactly 15 minutes from the time I plugged it in and started listen To music. The unit got so hot on the right hand side up top you could not even touch it. What’s funny is people on crutchfields website had similar experiences with this unit. The sound was ok, not much better than my Yamaha rn303. Definitely would not buy a demon receiver these days, they are not the quality denon was in the 90’s and early 2000’s

    Oct 30, 2021 17:35
  • Review by Nopower, 2 out of 10
    Doesn’t want to stay powered on

    This device worked for 3 weeks. Today I attempted to turn it on and it won’t .

    Jun 08, 2021 17:31
  • Review by JimmyJamesJaimeJim, 10 out of 10
    This receiver is the best 2.2 at this price point.

    I’m really impressed with the sound quality. I’m impressed with the ability to connect to WiFi. I’m impressed with the amount of inputs. I’m impressed with the ease of use that as I recall from 10 years prior, Yamaha was the easiest to configure. I love this receiver.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:32
  • 8.4score
    Yamaha - AVENTAGE RX-A2A 100W 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    Take your entertainment to the next level. With professional quality video and immersive surround sound via Dolby Atmos®, the RX-A2A will completely transform home cinema.

    6 Features
  • Surround Sound: 7.2-channel powerful surround sound with Zone 2.
  • 8K: 4K/60, 4K/120AB*, 8K/60B*, HDMI 2.1* with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (7-in/1-out). *Available with future update.
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi®, AirPlay 2®, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room.
  • YPAO: YPAO automatic room calibration with R.S.C. and multipoint.
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup.
  • Anti-Resonance Technology (A.R.T.) Wedge: A fifth foot in the center of the chassis unit base.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bryan, 10 out of 10
    Awesome!!!!

    Upgraded to the RX-A2A from a twelve year old Denon AVR-1609 and the 5.1 surround sound quality is 100% better. Followed the set-up instructions and it was a breeze. Can’t beat the price for amazing sound and video quality for under $1000. Very happy with purchasing the Yamaha receiver!!!!

    Nov 22, 2020 14:19
  • Review by no1nickname, 8 out of 10
    Temporary A2A Is Good But Annoying

    My much beloved Aventage 2000 finally began making popping noises to my speakers. Rather than invest in repairing it, I decided to take an early step in 4K processing. My TV is still 1080p (Panasonic 65ZT) so I did not upgrade cables. No manual or disk. Had quick setup paper and Yamaha Setup App for connections. I do not MusicCast. Ran YPAO. I have AT&TTV, AppleTV and OPPO Blu-Ray player connected. There is no iPod docket. Not happy. *sign*

    The annoying thing about the A2A is switching inputs. If I am watching AppleTV and switch to something else the A2A will switch back to previous input. This happens with ATTTV also. Would upgrading to 4K cables solve this? Also remote was confusing as hell. Had to go online to determine what buttons do what. Still sound quality is ok as I am using a 7.1 setup. I will keep the unit until Yamaha releases either the A4A or A6A which is what I really want.

    Jan 18, 2021 17:43
  • Review by 2littletime2play, 8 out of 10
    Mixed feelings

    Bought this to replace a Denon 2112ci that had one channel go out. I decided to buy based on reviews and the warranty which is 3 years plus an additional 2 years through a Yamaha special offer on its website. Spent an inordinate amount of time setting it up in my home theater due to the very poor 350+ page on line manual. Easy to use once set up. OWhen I first connected my cable box to the hdmi 2 input some tv channels were scrambled. Switching to another hdmi input resolved that issue. Some options in the Scene set up menu have no explanation. The remote is well designed except not backlit. IMO the sound is not as warm as what came out of my Denon but I'm already getting used to it. After the ypao set up I felt like significant surround sound speaker adjustments were necessary. It has lots of power.

    Feb 01, 2021 07:08
  • Review by upstateNYer, 10 out of 10
    Brilliant receiver

    Awesome receiver. Sounds amazing, Automatically finds input just by turning on that signal. Speaker set up was spot on using the included microphone. My favorite feature is the 2nd zone which can be controlled separately and can mirror the main zone. I can even shut off the main zone using the mute button and play music in the 2nd zone. Finally someone did the 2nd zone right.

    Bluetooth and Wi-fi work great too. Looks nice. Really great receiver especially considering the price. Wish it came with a printed manual but the on-line one is very easy to use and better environmentally.

    Mar 30, 2021 08:40
  • Review by Austin, 8 out of 10
    Excellent sound, music streaming to be improved

    Sound quality and technical capabilities are excellent! The unit provides a seemingly endless array of configuration options including the capability to create a whole-house sound system using Musiccast. With three receivers linked and wired speakers in each room and the option of powering two sets of speakers from each receiver, I have better sound quality than with any other wireless speaker system including the option of streaming uncompressed audio files. Audio processing does an excellent job in correcting the sound of compressed music files. With these technical capabilities comes a steep learning curve. However, basic set-up with a TV and speakers is fairly straightforward using the AV Setup app. The integration of music streaming options works great for Spotify (the Spotify app is fully integrated with the Yamaha Musiccast app) but is a bit cumbersome for the other audio streaming services that are provided. That is because the Musiccast app provides only limited search options and track information. I use the Qobuz app, for instance, to find tracks, then then Musiccast app to play them (the Spotify app, in contrast, can do both). I hope that this will be improved over time. In addition, it would be desirable if Yamaha were to update the list of streaming services for receivers that are older than three years. That is a short time for keeping such an expensive unit up-to-date for its streaming capabilities. Five years would be more appropriate. I also don't understand why the Musiccast app does not control all the settings of the receiver. While the Musiccast app controls some basic settings you still need the TV screen and receiver remote for some set-up controls. That is confusing and does not make sense. For this, and the limited streaming app integration besides Spotify, I remove one star.

    Jan 01, 2021 19:36
  • Review by Bod89lx, 8 out of 10
    Solid Receiver for the money.

    Very solid receiver with easy set up and sounds good with my set up. Just wish it had a few more pre outs.

    Nov 05, 2021 18:09
  • Review by bach88, 8 out of 10
    Nice little receiver!

    This is a great little receiver. It is a very accomplished receiver for a small room and provides easy setup and great sound.

    Oct 30, 2021 06:42
  • Review by audiokingripguy, 8 out of 10
    Not for a novice

    This appears to be a very powerful unit. I would give it 5 stars if it included a detailed manual on all of its uses. If you’re a novice then I’d probably not recommend this as you’ll be spending a lot of time on the internet researching “how to’s.”

    Mar 31, 2021 11:16
  • 8.4score
    Yamaha - RX-V6A 7.2-channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    The Highest Resolution. This 7.2-channel AV receiver boldly explores entertainment possibilities for an advanced home theater with the latest in video and audio including Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X, wireless streaming and more.

    5 Features
  • Surround Sound: 7.2-channel powerful surround sound with Zone 2
  • 8K: 4K/60, 4K/120AB*, 8K/60B*, HDMI 2.1* with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (7-in/1-out). *Available with future update.
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi®, AirPlay 2®, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room
  • YPAO: YPAO automatic room calibration
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Alex, 4 out of 10
    4K Upscaling Does not Appear to work

    I ordered and set up this receiver in October, 2020 for a home theater with Epson 5050UB projector and 7.1 speakers config, with a desire to somewhat "future-proof" the setup.

    I don't have any sources to test the now-well-publicized 4K/120hz bug, I do have 4k/[24, 60] sources and 1080p sources. The unit manual describes the receiver's 4k upscaling feature as follows: HDMI > 4K Upscaling: "Selects whether to use 4k upscaling of the HDMI video signal. If this function is set to "On", 1080p content is displayed at 4K resolution."

    I have attached this receiver both to my projector as well as a 4k-capable TV. When using a 4k source (eg Chromecast with Google TV) both are able to show the video properly and the Signal Information menus both on the Projector/TV and from the receiver confirm that fact - great! If however I select 1080p content (eg a Nintendo Switch) and enable 4K Upscaling, no signal is sent from the receiver to the output device. There are per-source options for HDMI Video Format (see attached capture from manual) should there be issues with the 4k signal, Modes 1 and 2 have the same result. At this point it appears the receiver simply fails to output any workable signal when 4k Upscaling is enabled on a 1080p source. The workaround is to keep 4k Upscaling disabled, which I guess means just another "feature" to cross off the list of what this receiver is actually capable of.

    The receiver is on firmware version 1.23 (0945).

    I reached out to Yamaha over 2 weeks ago (Ref.#02456452ref:_00D30F1z._5004S23Yac:ref) and have not heard back despite their auto-reply saying they'd reply in 1-2 business days. If I do get any response or resolution through firmware update I will update the review.

    Dec 05, 2020 14:27
  • Review by Mojog7, 10 out of 10
    Awesome unit for the family room

    Great little unit ... perfect for my pre-wired large family room ... setup programming was a little frustrating but the results are great ...

    Jan 02, 2021 07:22
  • Review by Dweeb, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha rv6a

    Excellent product , easy to use. LCD screen in front is very intuitive. Great for surround sound home theaters allows additional speakers and subwoofers if necessary.

    Jan 22, 2021 08:34
  • Review by RICKP, 10 out of 10
    Great AVR at $599.00

    Okay. The Yamaha RX-V6A is my 3rd Yamaha receiver. The other two are enjoying well-deserved rests. I really like this new look of the RX-V6A. It's sleek, clean, and still a good sized unit.

    The face screen is easy to work. But enough of it's appearance. Setup was a breeze. Took all of 10 minutes.

    Sound quality is very good. I listen to streaming HD and Ultra HD music most of the day. The DAC in the unit covers it well. Highs are really crisp with lows to match.

    DAC handles 16 bit / 44.1 khz along with 24 bit/192 with a capability of up to 32 bit / 384 khz. Looking forward to when streamers are at 32 bit.

    7.2 or 5.2 Dolby Digital Plus for movies and TV. Both DTS-X and Dolby Atmos work excellent with Netflix, Disney +, VUDU, and, of course, Blu-ray, 4k discs.

    Video quality is great. 4K, HDR10, and Dolby vision are clean, clear and loaded with color.

    I'll be happy when the remaining firmware updates are available. Supposed to be this month. Looking forward to the update on Dolby Height Virtualization.

    Overall I'm happy with my purchase of the Yamaha RX-V6A. Delivery time was good from Best Buy. About a week.

    I recommend the RX-V6A.

    Apr 15, 2021 18:34
  • Review by Robert, 10 out of 10
    Good Receiver with faulty YPAO mic

    Only glitch is the YPAO mic didn’t work out of the box. Called Yamaha and they sent a new mic.

    Jan 01, 2021 16:10
  • Review by Atechuser, 2 out of 10
    Wish I got a Sony.

    Do not buy! Nothing but problems from day one.

    Been trying to get a repair or replacement for months.

    Apr 29, 2021 19:23
  • Review by Francisco, 10 out of 10
    Excellent

    I purchased this one along with a Denon receiver to duel it out. I have a Klipsch 5.2 speaker setup. All I can say is that this unit blew the Denon AVR-S750H out of the WATER! The unit lit up my speakers considerably more. I ran the calibration tool and also updated the firmware upon unboxing. I highly recommend this unit. I have it playing movies off of my NAS Plex server, and it complements it extremely well, preserving audio/video quality. Also, I plugged in my vinyl player and this unit supports a phono input natively, so that was also a huge plus for me. “Straight” sound mode really brought out the best quality sound using The Vinyl player.

    Dec 15, 2020 14:41
  • Review by Besties, 4 out of 10
    Poor HDMI Connectivity Make this Not Recommended

    Needs a firmware update to address issues with hdmi/earc switching and audio dropouts. Very frustrating. Audio quality and adjustments are numerous, and if you are just using this for that or maybe a phono player you are set, but try adding a DVD player or a streamer like a Nvidia Shield and you are bound for trouble. Maybe Yamaha will address these problems maybe not, Google for more info. Also know that most controls are only easily accessible via the app. That's not a slam, but just know that the front panel has almost no controls & the remote interface even on a TV is very cryptic with abbreviations -it all works, just takes more brain power to figure out than it should. Could be a very good unit if the hdmi connectivity is corrected, but if you have a lot of peripherals you will have trouble.

    Dec 18, 2020 09:39
  • 8.4score
    Yamaha - RX-V4A 5.2-channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    Bring the cinema home. This 5.2-channel AV receiver creates a powerful and advanced home theater experience with the latest in video and audio processing with Dolby Vision, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, wireless streaming and more.

    5 Features
  • Surround Sound: 5.2-channel with 80W + 80W amplifier
  • 8K: 4K/60, 4K/120AB*, 8K/60B*, HDMI 2.1* with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (4-in/1-out). *Available with future update
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi®, AirPlay 2®, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room
  • YPAO: YPAO automatic room calibration
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ChadwickVonFancyPants, 10 out of 10
    Beautiful yet tricky

    Having the ability to pass 4K through the receiver has really simplified the cable setup. The design is sleek and modern and the display has multiple brightness settings for minimal distraction from movies. My biggest gripe is the lag in the on screen menu selections. Also, changing the display to show the audio format was on the receiver and not on the remote or menu, which took forever to figure out. Wish there were more watts but an excellent product.

    Feb 06, 2021 18:33
  • Review by 1RedSoxFan, 10 out of 10
    Great performance for the money!

    I am very pleased with the performance of this Yamaha Surround Sound receiver. Easy to use, easy to connect works great!

    Very pleased with the surround sound performance in our small living room.

    Dec 18, 2020 16:04
  • Review by Rich, 2 out of 10
    Excellent sound, but poor HDR Quality

    Purchased this receiver the other day. Setup was super easy. The sound is amazing, especially in a movie like Greyhound. But there is serious color banding issues in HDR content.

    The best way I have found to test color banding is with Apple TV +. See season 1 episode 1, the opening scene with the skyline and sun light. The banding is god awful, making it nearly unwatchable. Another way to test is with amazon prime. The Boys, season 2 last episode at around the 41:32 mark. Again, the sky to the left (viewers right) of Stormfront is a mess. Really bad color banding. I have uploaded pictures of this one. Took with an iPhone, so it might be a little hard to see at first. It looks worse in person. I didn’t take a picture of the color banding from See as that was found a few hours later and I was just disgusted by then. I have spent hours testing different settings, but the result is the same. In SDR it seems to run good from what I can tell so far. But I didn’t buy this for SDR.

    I don’t know if this is a firmware issue or a hardware issue, but it’s something Yahama needs to fix immediately. This is not what I paid for. Once I talk to Yamaha, I will make the decision on rather to return the receiver or keep onto it. But as it stands right now, I cannot recommend this receiver at all.

    Oct 12, 2020 20:31
  • Review by HBMike, 8 out of 10
    Complicated Receiver to setup and use

    Too early to fully judge. I find the setup of the Receiver leaves a lot to be desired!! I have contacted Yamaha for further explanation and it’s been 2 weeks and no reply back!! Nothing in the instructions or online manual fully explains the different modes on the receiver. This is not my first rodeo hooking up a new receiver to my surround sound speakers and connecting all the devices by new high speed hdmi cables, yet trying to find which source I needed to switch to on the receiver between streaming and the cable box was a mystery that I only found by screwing around with the receiver modes. Frankly very disappointed. On the fence about recommending the receiver for a newbie or for that matter an experienced audiophile. I hope I get feedback from Yamaha and can update this review later.

    Dec 05, 2020 15:53
  • Review by Spinny, 4 out of 10
    Could Be Good?

    Purchased as ‘used in Excellent condition’ with ‘no missing accessories’. This is my first experience with ANY sort of AV receiver (moved into a new house with surround sound; figured I’d give it a shot), and it took me awhile to find my bearings. I had some difficulty connecting it to the existing system. It didn’t come with instructions or any accessories, but I thought this was standard. Some googling allowed me to realize that a remote should’ve been included. And it’s needed to assist with basic setup through the TV as you cannot do it from the front panel. This is partly a design flaw it seems.

    It’s probably a great receiver, but make sure you get the remote! Not too pleased with Best Buy stating that all accessories were included, when in fact the MOST important one was missing. I’m usually really happy with purchases here, and I’m hoping this was a simple mislabeling. In process of ordering one from Yamaha right now.

    Nov 03, 2021 11:50
  • Review by Will, 10 out of 10
    Money well spent.

    I set up a 5.2 channel system with this home theater receiver. Main drivers are R- 51Ms, so definitely nothing too power hungry. I never have any background hum and thats really all I ask for. The filters are kinda gimmicky, some just add massive reverb, some feel muffled so i just keep it on 2 channel stereo for music, or all channel surround for movies. But generally speaking if all you need is a modest 5 channel system, this will certainly get the job done. Also, it seems to have a pass through feature when using HDMI from a device like an Xbox, if the amp is off it will pass over the audio to the TV. Surprisingly useful feature if you've got sleeping roommates.

    Apr 27, 2021 15:11
  • Review by Squyd, 4 out of 10
    Technical flaws make it NOT worth it.

    I am writing this review after a couple of weeks of using the RX-V4A. My current amplifier is an RX-V579 and this review is a comparison of the two. If you don't want to read the entire review, you can skip to the bottom and read the BOTTOM LINE.

    My goal is to use the amplifier as the hub of the overall entertainment system, and experience 4K TV with some form of Dolby Digital or DTS sound, and full use of all menus from all devices. Only HDMI connections (and new HDMI 2.1 compliant cables supporting 48 GB bandwidth) will be used throughout.

    Here is a list of the primary functionality which I tested with all devices plugged directly into the amplifier(s).

    Using the remote of any HDMI-connected device;

    a. does the amplifier AND the TV turn on? (if they were powered off)

    b. does the amplifier auto switch to the correct HDMI port? (after powering on or if already powered on)

    c. does the video of the device display on the TV?

    d. does the amplifier setup and option menu display on the TV?

    e. does the amplifier option menu report the correct audio format from the connected device?

    e. is the sound and video in sync?

    f. does the TV menu display on the TV screen?

    Repeat all appropriate tests using the amplifier's remote.

    My prior setup was a Yamaha RX-V579 7.2 amplifier (7 HDMI ports at 1080p only) with an LG 75UN70 TV (4K). Into the RX-V579 I connected (1) the 4K TV - via ARC, (2) a 4K Roku Premiere, (3) a 4K Sony PS4, and (4) a 4K Chromecast Ultra. The speaker setup was the front 3 plus one subwoofer.

    Using the V579 as the hub limits all video output to the TV down to 1080p resolution.

    (a) CEC control worked for power on and off of the V4A and TV across all HDMI ports;

    (b1) With the V579 and TV already powered on, using the V579 remote to switch to the HDMI port of a connected device successfully turned on that device AND;

    (b2) the V579 displayed the device's video signal on the TV AND;

    (b3) the audio from the device could be heard through the speakers

    (c1) With the V579 powered off, turning on any connected device successfully turned on the V579 and the TV AND;

    (c2) the V579 successfully switched to the appropriate HDMI port AND;

    (c3) the port successfully sent the video signal to the TV AND;

    (c4) the audio from the device could be heard through the speakers;

    (d) the audio and video were in sync for all devices;

    (e) the V579 on-screen display overlayed all devices;

    (f) using the V579's Option button displayed accurate details about the audio signal AND video signal on the TV;

    (g) using the TV's info button gave accurate details about the video signal (but gave incorrect info about the audio);

    (h) the mobile app used to operate the V579 is relatively easy to use and the most common settings are readily available. This includes the ability to view and change stations in Pandora.

    The only annoyance was an overzealous PS4 which booted up at the slightest provocation and subsequently overrode the current input into the TV.

    My alternative to upgrading to the V4A is to use the 4K TV as the hub and continue to use the RX-V579 for its advanced audio capabilities. However, the TV only has 3 HDMI ports which further limits the number of HDMI-connected devices down to 2, since one TV HDMI port must be used for eARC.

    Also, in such a setup, the on-screen menu and settings display from the V579 will not display back through the eARC on the TV screen.

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    About the RX-V4A as the hub...

    To the V4A, I directly connected (1) the 4K LG 75UN70 TV (via eARC), (2) a 4K Roku Premiere, (3) a 4K Sony Playstation 4 and (4) a 4K Chromecast Ultra.

    The good:

    The on-screen menus and options from the V4A are improved over the V579 and setup was easy and simple. The software update was auto-initiated as soon as the V4A was able to connect to the internet and perform a self-check. The menu option for manually initiating a network update since the prior update has been disabled. Update via USB is still available.

    Using the mobile app required to operate the V4A is easy to connect using the connect button on the amplifier. Logging into my various music apps was simple after finding the proper menu.

    Logging into the V4A settings via a web browser on the network was easy one I learned which IP address it had been assigned. Backup and Restore of the settings was also easy.

    The bad:

    1. CEC Control between devices is VERY spotty:

    (a) With the V4A in the OFF state, using the remote of any connected device successfully turns on the V4A and the TV AND switches the V4A to the appropriate HDMI port on the amplifier display panel (if it was not already switched to that HDMI port before power up).

    (b) With the V4A is already powered on, using any devices remote will switch to the appropriate HDMI port on the amplifier display panel.

    (c) With the V4A and TV powered on, using the V4A remote to switch to another HDMI port will switch to the appropriate HDMI port on the amplifier display panel.

    However, for both (b) and (c) above, the video from the device may or may not display on the TV. The video signal displayed on the TV may be that of the prior input / device or may be a blank screen.

    One workaround is to power the V4A off and on again. (If the V4A is already switched to the desired HDMI port when powered on, then the video from the device will display on the TV.)

    Another workaround is to restart the connected device. For the Roku, this means disconnecting, then reconnecting the power; for the Chromecast Ultra, this means doing the same as with the Roku, OR using the Home app on your phone to restart it OR using the Home app on your phone to cast the phone's screen to the Chromecast Ultra.

    Other observations:

    1. GOOD: Using the V4A remote to cycle through the inputs to reach Pandora OR using a color-coded button preset to go directly to Pandora successfully switches the audio AND video on the TV. The song can be heard as expected and current station and song with artist information will display on the TV. The current song and artist display on the V4A panel. Using the V4A remote to access the option menu successfully displays the menu and current settings of the Pandora input.

    2. BAD: With the Roku Premiere, on the Peacock app, at or near the transition into and out of commercials, the screen blacked-out and the V4A reported on-screen that the video signal did not conform to proper HDMI 2.1 parameters and it was essentially the Roku's fault (or the HDMI cables). After a few seconds, the picture would return and behave as normal. Remember, I used new HDMI 2.1 compliant HDMI cables in this setup.

    3. BAD: With the Roku Premiere, the sound and video were out of sync by a VERY significant amount. This was the case across ALL apps, (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Peacock, etc.)

    The workaround to #2 and #3 is to connect the devices directly to the TV. This eliminates all the problems with the audio out of sync and the on-screen report by the V4A that the video does not conform to proper HDMI 2.1 parameters. The downside to the workaround is that the V4A is no longer the hub and some functionality is lost. V4A menus for setup are still available if you switch to an empty HDMI port on the V4A but the display of audio and video signal via the Option button becomes useless since only the video and audio information from the V4A's HDMI ports out to the TV is reported, not from the TV back to the eARC HDMI port on the V4A.

    4. BAD: The mobile app required to operate the V4A is cumbersome and a bit clunky. The volume control is not as good as the one on the app used to operate the V579 and viewing the Pandora station menu seems impossible. Trying to get to the station menu using the remote and on-screen display seems equally impossible.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    Using the mentioned workaround to avoid the technical problems with the V4A essentially renders its 4K / 8K capabilities useless. Users will be able to use the TV's info button to validate that the TV is receiving the desired video and audio signal and the TV will successfully pass the advanced audio signal to the V4A in order to take advantage of the advanced audio capabilities in a surround sound setup.

    This is essentially the same as using an existing non-4K amplifier with equivalent audio capabilities (in my case it’s my V579) in the same fashion. The things the V4A does well are done equally well by my V579.

    So... because of the problems with the V4A, it NOT worth the money and I would NOT recommend it.

    Jan 03, 2021 13:30
  • Review by Samsung, 10 out of 10
    Happy Customer

    GREAT SOUND. EASY TO CONTROL VOLUME. JUST THE RIGHT SIZE FOR SITTING ON MY NEW TV STAND.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:41
  • 8.4score
    Onkyo - TX-NR5100 165W 7.2-Ch. with Dolby Atmos Home Theater and Gaming AV Receiver with Alexa Compatible - Black
    Description

    The Onkyo TX-NR5100 7.2-Channel with Dolby Atmos 8K/60B Ultra HD HDR Compatible AV Home Theater and Gaming Receiver is an affordable and versatile home theater centerpiece tailored to deliver a high-quality entertainment experience for your movies, music, and next-gen gaming systems. Our SMART AV Receiver combines HDMI 2.1 and 8K tech, high-res audio, and immersive sound via your connected media players, gaming consoles, and advanced audio from your TV apps via eARC for the ultimate gaming and home theater experience. Cue and control music with Hey Google, Alexa, or Siri; or hear what’s playing through the AVR on wireless headphones with bluetooth with aptX HD transmission technology. The options are virtually limitless.

    9 Features
  • Ultimate 4K/120AB Gaming Experience: 4K/120AB enables ultra-fast motion UHD images to be crisp and razor-sharp; and sports, action movies, and high-performance gaming benefit significantly. The TX-NR5100 supports higher performance from streaming devices like Apple TV.
  • HDMI 2.1 with 8K/60B: HDMI 2.1 is the most recent update of the HDMI spec and supports eARC, a range of higher video resolutions and refresh rates including 8K60 and 4K120, and Dynamic HDR formats. 8K delivers a super-immersive viewing experience with 2x the horizontal and vertical resolution of 4K.
  • Smart Home Compatible with Voice Control: The Onkyo TX-NR5100 7.2-Channel 8K SMART AV Receiver easily integrates into your existing Smart Home ecosystem, including Apple Airplay, Alexa, Google apps, and more.
  • Dolby Atmos And DTS:X: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats allow engineers to map sound anywhere in 3D space, effects moving from speaker to speaker all around the room and wrapping your audience in films and games.
  • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer: When playing any Dolby format, engaging Dolby Atmos Height Virtualizer enables a more immersive listening experience, creating a virtual surround and height effect from traditional speaker layouts without employing additional surround or height speakers.
  • Works with Sonos Certified: This receiver can join your existing Sonos Home Sound System, or be the start of a new one, just by pairing it with a Sonos Port or Sonos Connect.
  • BUILT-IN STREAMING SERVICES: Access to Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, and Pandora are built into the system. Use dedicated apps (where available) or the free Onkyo Control App for Apple and Android devices to find and play music.
  • READY FOR DTS PLAY-FI®: DTS Play-Fi allows you to enjoy high-quality music from connected online services, networked media servers, and your device library over Wi-Fi to any number of compatible products using the Onkyo Music Control App for iPad, iPhone, and Android smartphones/tablets.
  • Dynamic Audio Amplification: Refined over 70 years to deliver emotion in high fidelity, DAA features a custom High-Current Low-Noise Power Transformer, customized capacitors, and discrete amp output stages.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Migs, 6 out of 10
    Not fully compatible with Xbox Series X

    If you're going to get this receiver to hook up your Xbox Series X, then don't bother. It will do 4K 120hz with vrr but unfortunately with no HDR. Looking at the PDF manual it states that the HDMI 2.1 port is capped at 24gps, not 40gps. Anyways other than that it was OK. Sound was decent but definitely not better than my Denon from 2014. Audysee room correction is better than the standard Onkyo room correction. The higher ended Onkyos will come with DiracLive but this one doesn't have it. The on screen user interface was nice and easy to follow. Anyway, I will be returning it and waiting (forever) for Denons HDMI 2.1 bug free receivers.

    Aug 02, 2021 11:17
  • Review by Vinnyard, 8 out of 10
    A pretty good unit, with WIFI control

    This unit works very well.

    I got it because the HDMI board on my old Onkyo went bad.

    Got this one mostly because of the wifi and app control.

    You still cannot control every aspect of the unit by the app, but you can change inputs and volume and many other things which is needed for me because the unit is not mounted line of sight.

    One bad thing is the center/surround/height speaker outputs are old school wire push in and NOT banana pins. Even though the front L/R inputs ARE banana pin.

    The other, wish it had, was 6 HDMI inputs instead of 4.

    Oct 22, 2021 15:51
  • Review by Jorge, 10 out of 10
    Great buy!

    So far so good! I recently bought into the hype and purchased a 7.2 Denon receiver and was not very impressed. I saw this new 7.2 Onkyo receiver was just released into the market so I purchased it to compare with my new Denon and in my opinion this Onkyo receiver blows it out of the water. I paired this receiver with a 3.1.2 Klipsch setup with plans of going up to 5.2.2 soon. Definitely a great buy and recommend it to everyone!

    Jul 25, 2021 19:58
  • Review by Audiofan, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver, but over priced

    This receiver completely fits what I need it for. My old receiver went out earlier that day & I was glad I was able to find one in store. It has most major formats & is ready to go for Next Gen systems. The only thing that is bad is the fact that Onkyo is charging a premium for actually having a receiver available atm. This was supposed to come out at $499, so I guess supply and demand even tho it’s lousy on Onkyo’s part. Other than that I have no complaints.

    Aug 02, 2021 19:06
  • Review by Desertbat, 6 out of 10
    Good Idea, but the Spring Spkr Clips are Tell-Tale

    I purchased this, wanting really to purchase the Onkyo TX-NR7100, which has still to hit the shelves but has been unavailable for months now. The NR5100 would suffice, although it it a bit limited on HDMI inputs, they were sufficient for me. I wanted a future-proof product to replace my Integra (aka Onkyo) DTR-40.3 which sounded great but did not support 4k video.

    My grudge was that for the center and surround channels it just had spring speaker clips, not screw terminals and I associate them with budget receivers. So I bit and bought this at Best Buy.

    Pros

    All the inputs and outputs for my setup

    Sufficient amplifier power

    Feature -rich, including 8k video

    Nice menu system, albeit a little confusing

    'Works with Sonos'. Don't underrate this. As soon as you select a Sonos playlist on your (phone) app the amplifier will power up and select the Sonos audio input and volume level you had previously set. That's nice, but even nicer is it does not introduce a processing delay in the audio. I was vexed by my Integra and previous receivers. They would add a few hundred milliseconds in the audio path if you applied the 'All-Speaker' audio setting. The only way to prevent this was to limit the Sonos audio to stereo, in the room where you had installed rear and ceiling speakers! The delay would cause a horrible echo when you walked into another room where a different Sonos was also playing. I had to use a 6 channel pre-amp to fool the Integra, but it is not necessary on this unit.

    Cons

    Those spring clip speaker connections are really second rate.

    Not a great AccuEQ. This room-sound calibration system comes in different recipes. This was a one-location low-end solution. I was used to placing the supplied microphone in different locations during the setup process, to equalize the sound settings to accommodate more than one person seated in the family room.

    Noticeably lost is your ability to review the settings it arrives at as well. You cannot review the equalizer settings it has applied.

    Sonos music sounded pretty good, but the amplifier sound playing a movie felt 'cold'. OK, not great English, but the sound was definitely off-par. I tried recalibrating, but in the end, the immersive sound delight I was pursuing simply felt 'not there'.

    I ended up returning it and managed to purchase a reconditioned Onkyo TX-RZ840 directly from the Onkyo website. It is sweet, and well worth the extra dollars.

    Oct 01, 2021 20:47
  • Review by JohnnyHouTx, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely great so far! And very powerful

    Just bought this receiver the other day and it's been exceptional so far. Plenty of power, very clean and crisp audio output for bluetooth/streaming audio via Spotify. Connected to my tv just fine. I do not have it hooked up to a gaming system, yet, but so far it has performed exactly how I had hoped. I paired this with B&W floor speakers and center channel and it has more than enough power for them - despite them being power hungry. I purchased a KEF Kube 10b and for whatever reason, it seems weak and "flat" compared to my old subwoofer. Could be settings as I am still setting it all up but all in all, this seems to be a very powerful and capable receiver.

    Sep 07, 2021 12:22
  • Review by Faquer, 6 out of 10
    Great…….But….

    Great sounding receiver. Setup was a breeze. ARC worked intermittently and would seem to cut out a lot. What really turned me off from this receiver tho is the lack of speaker binding posts. Why a $500 plus receiver has only spring clips for speaker wires is beyond me.

    I decided to exchange it for an open box Yamaha RX-A2A which is superior all around.

    Sep 27, 2021 12:33
  • Review by JeffL, 10 out of 10
    Excellent receiver!

    Excellent receiver. Easy to setup. Got at 10% off so made price a lot better and a better deal. Sounds great and no issues pairing with Hisense U7G. Took about an hour to set up. Calibration was simple using set up program and provided mic. Highly recommend.

    Sep 27, 2021 20:46
  • 8.2score
    Yamaha - AVENTAGE RX-A6A 150W 9.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast - Black
    Description

    Pure power and precision. The A6A has been carefully designed so every element of your entertainment is the best it can be. From slight whispers of sound to swift on-screen movements, the A6A ensures you won’t miss a thing.

    5 Features
  • Surround Sound: 9.2-channel receiver.
  • 8K: 8K/60Hz HDMI 2.1.
  • Wireless Streaming: Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Voice Control and MusicCast multi-room.
  • Surround:AI: AI technology built into the DSP.
  • MusicCast Surround: MusicCast Surround-capable: add optional MusicCast speakers to provide wireless surrounds for a 5.1-ch. setup.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechnoByte, 10 out of 10
    The best receiver out there right now (2021)

    I was planning to upgrade my $300 Samsung sound bar to a 5.1 speaker system. To say I was overwhelmed with all the choices, is an understatement. I did my research and looked at all the options. One of the features that drew me to this receiver is it's ability to run HDMI 2.1 on all it's connectors. Currently it is the only one I found to have this feature. Since this purchase will be one I will need to live with for many years, I wanted to make sure it is the right one. Visiting this product's webpage, it checks all the marks for features most people need (unless you plan to have 11.1 system with every imaginable bell and whistle). To be honest, however, there are only so many features the average person will need for their enjoyment. This receiver has more than enough power to support the wide range of speakers out there. It also has many of the key codecs out there, such as ATMOS, to immerse you in your movie experience. It will likely be another year (2022) until other companies catch up to include HDMI 2.1 on all their inputs. But to include that feature and all the other features this receiver has, those other companies will likely charge a premium of 1.5x or 2x the price of these receivers. My advice is to do your research and figure out 1) how many speakers you plan to install, 2) how much power they need to run, 3) which sound setup you plan to use (5.1 vs 7.1 vs ATMOS), and 4) your price range you're willing to invest. Just remember, a superior sound system does not have to be the most expensive.

    Nov 12, 2021 18:28
  • Review by Cmdrcool, 6 out of 10
    Good but falls short

    The receiver is well built and impressive when you look at it on paper. Unfortunately that’s where it ends. The video upscaling had a lot of contrast and more of a cool picture tone - I prefer warm picture tones. For instance while watching baseball or football the facial features were distorted due to the color washing them out. The sound is 100% dependent on the DSP. The receiever falls short of audio quality especially in Pure Direct mode. The sound lost all the low frequency bass and boosted the midrange tones. All the punchy bass was driven by the eq and DSP. There are a lot of sound settings you can tweak and modify via the multi eq. If you like a lot of ways to modify the sound with the eq you will like this AVR. But if you like to keep the sound parameters more on the flat side / pure direct mode this AVR will sound like a $700 unit. Unfortunately these shortfalls aren’t limited to the A6a the A8a has the same issues. I kept that A8a connected for about 10 minutes before that got re-packaged for return. I ended up buying the Marantz SR 8015. The Marantz 8015 AVR was fantastic right out of the box. The video upscaling was warm, clear, and well balanced. The sound was fantastic immediately right out of the box. All I had to do was power it on and it defaulted right to Pure Direct mode. The sound was well balanced with no loss of sound quality. The Yamaha’s both failed where the Marantz excelled.

    Nov 16, 2021 06:17
  • Review by dagger1z, 6 out of 10
    Sounds great when it decides to play.

    This receiver sounds great when it decides to play. This is the 3rd one I have purchased, returned the other 2 because I thought they were defective. Come to find out this receiver doesn't play well with my nvidia shield pro. It kept losing connectivity to various streaming apps and would switch from external to tv speakers continuously. I hooked up a Roku ultra and it runs smooth with no problems. It is just this new model with this issue too, I had the earlier model Yamaha RX-A3080, a Denon, and Marantz receiver and they all had no issues working with the Nvidia shield. Go figure.

    Nov 21, 2021 22:11
  • Review by 1up5dn, 10 out of 10
    WOW YAMAHA!!!

    After the release of the next-generation gaming systems, I decided to upgrade my tv and receiver to ensure I could check all the boxes for things HDR10, Dolby Vision, etc.

    Coming from a Yamaha Aventage receiver, I knew of the quality but OMG, I did not know Yamaha was going to release this type of monster. The first thing I notice was the immediate difference in the sound quality. I mean basic setup and it’s absolutely mind blowing. Even my wife noticed a major difference.

    It’s plenty I could get into regarding what all this receiver does but believe me when I say it is worth every penny. It is a bit pricey but well worth it.

    On a side note, I had an issue with the receiver defaulting to Xbox series X every time I turned it on. I tried everything imaginable to figure out this issue with no luck. I even called bestbuy for help and they didn’t have a clue. Well I end up unplugging the receiver killing all power and waiting about 10 seconds and that fixed the issue.

    Sep 20, 2021 19:52
  • Review by MikeM, 8 out of 10
    Very Good Yamaha AV Receiver

    This is very good AV received, but It should be better if you spent

    $2400 for it. The display is too small. The music is more digital sound compare to my Yamaha TSR-7810. Move is great.

    Nov 08, 2021 13:19
  • Review by Yamaha, 10 out of 10
    Yamaha Receiver

    The Yamaha Aventage RX-A6A is one of the best av receivers you can currently buy on the market. It has all the latest video and audio formats you can think of. Movies sound great and music sounds live, like you are actually at the performance. It also will have a firmware update which will bring all the hdmi features. This receiver is great for next gen gaming for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.

    Oct 20, 2021 11:48
  • Review by schubertiad, 10 out of 10
    A solid, heavy unit with lots of possibilities

    It's worked well for me. I don't have a complicated home theater speaker setup, so I haven't pushed its limits. But in the time I've owned it, it's done everything I've asked of it. The test will be the longevity of the unit. I want this one to last.

    Nov 19, 2021 16:12
  • Review by Coolray, 10 out of 10
    Solid Receiver

    Great features and sound from a trusted manufacture. This unit has a solid build and easily provides enough power for my SVS Ultra towers and surround system. No manual is a con for me but it is available on line.

    Oct 15, 2021 15:48
  • 8.2score
    Arcam - HDA 595W 7.1.4-Ch. With Google Cast 4K Ultra HD HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Gray
    Description

    Build a superb home theater system with this Arcam audiovisual receiver. Efficient Class AB amplification over 12 channels helps to deliver a captivating and transparent sound, and seven HDMI inputs let you connect a wide range of devices simultaneously. Bluetooth support streams wirelessly to this Arcam audiovisual receiver from your mobile device.

    11 Features
  • Connect to the Internet: Via built-in Wi-Fi for access to Google Cast.
  • Up to 4K HDMI passthrough: Transfers 4K video and audio signals from your set-top devices to the TV via the AV receiver.
  • AirPlay 2: Stream audio from music services like Apple Music and Spotify or watch videos from services like Youtube and Netflix from any iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV and hear the audio perfectly synced to your speakers Airplay 2 sources.
  • 595W total system power: Enables you to achieve robust audio output.
  • Surround sound decoders: Include Dolby Digital, Dolby Atmos, DTS decoder, DTS:X and more for crystal surround sound.
  • Headphone jack: Enables private listening.
  • USB port: Enables simple connection of a variety of USB-enabled devices.
  • Auxiliary input: Makes it easy to connect a variety of devices.
  • 7 HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs: HDMI cable not included. High-speed HDMI cable is the only connection that can deliver a full high-definition experience with a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.
  • EQ: 3 Dirac EQ profiles (input assignable).
  • Remote control: Lets you control the receiver from afar.
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by URMAJESTY, 6 out of 10
    Truth

    Buttons feel cheap.................

    ..............

    Aug 06, 2021 13:28
  • Review by KongT, 2 out of 10
    Stay away

    Setting this up was a headache, even the tech support that came out had a hard time. I would not recommend this to another person I care about.

    Oct 07, 2021 17:21
  • Review by BP22, 10 out of 10
    Wow

    100% by it. This one lives up to its name delicious perfect amazing wonderful fabulous what else can I say it’s great.

    Sep 18, 2020 20:25
  • Review by SlingFl, 10 out of 10
    Arcam

    I wanted to upgrade our AVR from Yamaha RX2020 to the Arcam 10. Wow! Huge difference in sound quality. The the Arcam is pushing 5 Paradgim studios speakers which sound amazing. Much less distortion detected with the air cam receiver. Carlos was my install person, and did a wonder job with the calibration, which I highly recommend you let a professional set up this machine. Well worth the money!

    May 19, 2021 07:42
  • Review by TheDude, 8 out of 10
    I love this receiver but…

    The receiver sounds great but the multi-channel function doesn’t sound as good as it did with my Pioneer Elite receiver.

    Oct 01, 2021 15:46
  • Review by Aref, 10 out of 10
    Excellent Sound

    Sounds amazing, I used to have Yamaha rx, this is replacing that receiver. Honestly speaking- it is a little bit complicated to setup. If you aren't familiar with this kinda receiver. Manual is hudge. Lots of information but I do not have time for that to read. I request a service from BB - customer service told me, it will be $129 and I need to wait for 2 weeks.

    And there is another thing - no youtube videos for instruction for this receiver.

    But I made it. Yeu hooo. I am happy.

    Dec 21, 2020 10:06
  • Review by IdeenG, 10 out of 10
    Great receiver

    Best receiver for the money. I’ve been purchasing from Schaumburg location for years. For the best experience see Adam Birkenbach.

    Jun 23, 2021 13:25
  • 8.0score
    Marantz - SR7015 9.2 Channel AVR (2020 Model) with 8K HDMI Upscaling, Auro 3D, IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Surround Sound - Black
    Description

    Enjoy unmatchable audio and visual quality on a variety of sources with this powerful 9.2 Ultra HD receiver by Marantz. Powered by discrete high-current (125W) amplifiers on all 9 channels, it delivers balanced and premium sound quality, while the Auto Eco Mode reduces real-time power consumption. Supporting latest sound formats like Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS: X, DTS Virtual: X, this AVR delivers life-like multi dimensional surround sound even on the most humble stereo set-up. Enjoy all your entertainment with heightened realism and immersive audio. Featuring 8 HDMI inputs (8K upscaling available) / 3 HDMI outputs, a dedicated 8K HDMI input, analog optical and coaxial inputs, a phono input, a USB port and an AM/FM tuner, this home theater receiver allows various connection options for DVD & Blu-Ray Players, Subwoofers, Speakers, Turntables etc. With masterful 8K upscaling, the new Marantz AVR takes your home entertainment up a notch with pristine video and audio quality. It Supports 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz pass-through capability, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling, HDR technologies like, HDR10, HDR10+ Dynamic HDR, ALLM, VRR, QMS and QFT for 8K quality movies and a lag-free and gaming experience. The SR7015 allows you effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora. Additionally, Bluetooth Audio Transmission allows you to play audio simultaneously on speakers and Bluetooth headphones. Adding to the many features, the Marantz amplifier gives you a whole-home audio experience with its multi-room and multi-source streaming options. The built-in HEOS technology lets you play the same song in every room or a different song in each room without any interruption. Be mesmerized by a superb cinematic experience with Marantz’s 65 years of audiophile heritage.

    5 Features
  • 8K ULTRA-HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO QUALITY: ENJOY MOVIES & LAG-FREE GAMING IN LATEST 8K UHD FORMAT - With masterful 8K HDMI upscaling, advanced technologies like HDR10, HDR10+, Dynamic HDR, QMS, VRR & ALLM, this 9.2 channel (125W x 9) amp delivers extraordinary visuals for a cinematic experience
  • IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND WITH HEIGHTENED REALISM: IMMERSIVE SURROUND SOUND WITH HEIGHTENED REALISM - Supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS:X & DTS Virtual:X. Enjoy virtual sound without installing in-ceiling or upward firing speakers. 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 speaker setup
  • PREMIUM CONTENT DIGITALLY REMASTERED WITH IMAX & AURO-3D: PREMIUM CONTENT DIGITALLY REMASTERED – Feel the difference in picture quality & clarity with IMAX ENHANCED and get life-like overhead sound with ground-breaking Auro-Matic algorithm that converts LEGACY CONTENT INTO AURO-3D FORMAT
  • VERSATILE CONNECTIONS: VERSATILE CONNECTIONS - 8 HDMI In with 8K upscaling / 3 Out (HDCP 2.3 compliant), dedicated (1) 8K input and (2) outputs, USB port, digital inputs for audio sources like DVD & Blu-ray player, subwoofer & speakers for a cohesive surround sound system
  • COMPATIBLE WITH MAJOR VOICE CONTROL AGENTS: ENJOY EFFORTLESS VOICE CONTROL - Use your voice to play, pause and stop music, adjust volumes, as well as control the thermostat, lights, and home appliances with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri or Josh.ai Smart Home compatibility
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Denezze, 8 out of 10
    No Regrets

    So far so good, I love it. I had an SC-07 so it was time for an upgrade, no regrets as of yet. Had it for a month now, noticed the price jump $250 smh

    Apr 25, 2021 08:00
  • Review by Jmchzn, 8 out of 10
    Marantz best music/movie receiver

    I like the warmth of this receiver when listening to music. Sounded great with movies too. It’s my first Marantz ever and all I can say is it does a lot. At 100 watts per channel it’s pretty powerful as an all purpose receiver rather than separates. Kudos to Best Buy as I started buying more and larger speakers (SVS) I decided to trade up to the SR 8015 at 140 watts per channel I felt it would suit the addition of bigger speakers. But the SR 8015 is 900$ more and unless you have the cash and the need it’s virtually the same receiver so stick with the SR 7015 It’s extremely well built and easy to set up and sounds great you can’t go wrong!

    Jan 02, 2021 10:46
  • Review by secretSquirrel, 10 out of 10
    Dream Sound at a Great Price!

    Was replacing an older Denon unit of 10 years which I had loved, and learned that Marantz was the sibling brand with some premium components. Though the 8015 was tempting, the 7015 really fits all my needs with many of the same quality improvements over the lower models (SHARC DSP, Copper Screws, Larger Frame).

    Airplay 2 works very well for my music needs, until I can pick up a record player for the dedicated analog input. If you aren't aware of Bi-Amping, it's a great feature that'll produce phenomenal sounding 7 channel experience on this receiver, with option for 2 additional channels if you utilize as a pre-amp. This is my first Atmos experience at home, and after mounting ceiling speakers, I must say it was well worth the hassle (though there are options which bounce off the ceiling too). My first attempting setting up eARC was a breeze using an LG CX, and when enabling airplay for music, it doesn't turn on the TV thankfully.

    Unless you have a massive room needing more power/speakers for, the 8015 really isn't necessary. I would highly recommend picking up the AC Infinity T9 cooling unit for this, as it matches the style and will prolong the life of this amazing receiver (see attached photos). Banana plug friendly but know that you'll need a few inches behind the unit, especially if choosing 12 gauge cables (you totally should).

    Oct 04, 2020 11:19
  • Review by Theoworld, 2 out of 10
    Receiver Down for The Count in a year

    I bought this last September 2020 thinking it was the Lord of All Receivers. It sounded ok, not impressive. When I streamed music via the HEOS connection it only played music on the left and right speakers. My Yamaha receiver would play all five channels.

    Then right after it passed a year, I was watching a movie when I heard a click and the receiver shut off. The red light was flashing fast. I unplugged it for 5 minutes and plugged it back in. It played music for another minute and then shut back down. I reset the receiver hoping for a resolution. No go.

    I now have it in the shop where they said it will take 2-3 weeks just to be able to get a service tech to take a look at the receiver. It sucks to pay $$ for a high end receiver and now have nothing to show for it.

    Oct 10, 2021 22:42
  • Review by Moviefan, 6 out of 10
    Less desirable than expected

    Not as good as I expected and had I to do it all over again, I would not have purchased this. I keep on having issues with it not wanting to turn on correctly and then changing the input back to where I want it to be.

    Jun 25, 2021 16:26
  • Review by Joreo, 10 out of 10
    Truly Incredible Devices!! No exageration!!!!!

    This receiver is Amazing!!! Sound/ functionality/ Power / Specs/ Aesthetics.

    Did I say What a sound?

    video capabilities amazing . eARC works amazing as long as you have the right 8K 48gb cable.

    Worth every penny I spent. I got the SR6015 and it was so good I had to upgrade to get the full display and the additional Watts.

    Recommended with My Eyes Closed!!!

    Nov 16, 2020 10:20
  • Review by Ronin, 10 out of 10
    Look no further, NO regrets!

    Did a LOT of research and I am very happy with this receiver as my hub for my home theater. Had a 17 year old THX certified Integra receiver that served me well, but did not have any HDMI inputs for switching and did not have the latest surround sound formats. ATMOS was a serious upgrade and I was able to install 4 ceiling speakers to complete my 5.1.4 system. The sound is truly amazing and creates an enveloping experience. Included room calibration took some time, but rewards with a well balanced result.

    Marantz receivers produce a warm and “musical” sound that makes me very happy with this purchase. Price was a concern, but I wanted the extra power to drive all 9 channels effortlessly with room to spare. After many movies I can say that -10 dB to reference is a very engaging level and action scenes and explosions are very realistic.

    The video upscaling to 4K for all input sources is very well done and Dolby Vision and HDR10+ are fully supported and looks fantastic. It is also “future proof” as it will upscale to 8K when the market moves that way.

    This receiver should definitely be on a short list for doing everything very well to excellent.

    Jan 10, 2021 15:00
  • Review by Sheridan, 6 out of 10
    Bugged features

    This should be a 5 star receiver but it does not work as advertised. There is a problem with the HDMI 2.1 that prevents it from working properly. If you are looking to upgrade for this purpose DO NOT DO IT! They offer a hdmi hub for free but even that has issues.

    If you couldn’t care less about that, this thing is beautiful. The sound quality is amazing and it is easy to setup and use. I would recommend it for music and movie lovers.

    Jul 29, 2021 07:40
  • 8.0score
    PYLE - 300W 4-Ch. Stereo Receiver - Black
    Description

    Enhance your audio setup with this Pyle PT390AU stereo receiver, which handles up to 300W of power to drive 4 loudspeakers (not included). An AM/FM radio with controls allows you to enjoy your favorite music and talk programming.

    6 Features
  • 300W total power (75W RMS): For robust audio.
  • Speaker A/B switching: Allows you to switch between multiple speakers.
  • AM/FM radio with digital display: Makes it easy to enjoy your favorite stations. Toggle between the previous and next radio stations.
  • Volume, balance, treble and bass gain control: Enable you to adjust the listening levels.
  • USB port: Allows you to connect your devices.
  • Card reader: Accepts SD cards (not included).
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by delia, 4 out of 10
    shortcomings make use annoying

    was glad to find a receiver/tuner that didn't require a tv to set up, but this unit is sooo annoying to use.

    when power on, does not go back to last selection/setting, rotates thru almost all options but never picks tuner which is my primary use. so have to manually select tuner, unit goes back to the bottom of the fm scale (which is not a station in my area), so have to manually select my preferred station. the unit also increases the volume to 2.5 times my previous setting, so have to reset that.

    had hoped to be able to use the remote to turn on/off tuner from across the room, but power on/off button doesn't work on remote, though considering all the manual adjustments required just to listen to my usual fm station, a working remote is the least of its problems.

    as mentioned in previous reviews, forget about using this as an am radio receiver.

    on a positive note, the sound quality is good from the fm tuner and cd player

    Jan 15, 2017 11:39
  • Review by IndyAndi, 8 out of 10
    Value,Quality and a Great Little Stereo Receiver

    Would have ranked Excellent, with the exception of no on/off power on remote, or no channel A B selector. But if you can live without those, this is a rockin little receiver!! We purchased for our garage, and couldnt be happier with the sound quality and price!

    Jun 08, 2021 09:49
  • Review by Jimbo, 6 out of 10
    Decent

    This amp does well at high volume, Like I was up in the club. But when it turns on it starts at 20db and it’s too loud so I have to turn it down to 6. It’s got an annoying clicking sound and the amp itself is loud.. if you want to blast house music all night it does that but nothing at low volume.

    Oct 19, 2018 17:25
  • Review by DAMIEN, 10 out of 10
    Pyle is back! Yes!

    I was shocked at how good this receiver sounds for the price. It goes well Sony's bookshelf speakers and 115w subwoofer. It's a match from heaven.

    Oct 31, 2021 10:39
  • Review by Vietvet7071, 10 out of 10
    More bang for your buck

    An excellent receiver for the money. Great price and great performance.

    Oct 23, 2021 10:53
  • Review by Hewhodoeshishomework, 10 out of 10
    Did not expect it to sound this good

    Works perfect,just needed to read the owners manual and play around with stuff to figure out how to get it to do what I wanted it to do.sound is better than I expected.

    Jun 19, 2021 06:37
  • Review by Junk, 4 out of 10
    Chinese junk

    Doesn't have the power i thought it would have. Hard to program new stations. No range on antenna.

    Nov 05, 2021 17:16
  • Review by robsrrevewes, 10 out of 10
    Awesome great product would definitely recommend i

    Ver y nice product love it works very well need a cd player now

    Nov 05, 2021 15:30
  • 7.2score
    Denon Electronics - 13.2 Ch AVR, Advanced 8K UHD Video, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced & Auro 3D, Built-in HEOS - Black
    Description

    The Denon AVR-X8500HA 13.2 Channel AVR with advanced sound processing that delivers extraordinary sound quality from both music and movies. Ushering in a new standard for fully immersive, high-resolution home theater and listening, the world’s first 13. 2 channel AV Receiver features IMAX Enhanced, DTS: X and Dolby Atmos, with up to 7. 1. 6 or 9. 1. 4 speaker configurations, and 13. 1 channel Auro-3D configuration. Featuring eight HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs, the AVR-X8500H incorporates an advanced 8K video section that supports 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz video pass-through., BT.2020 Wide Color Gamut, High Dynamic Range (HDR), 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling and 21:9 video pass-through, along with support for 3D content. Built-in HEOS technology lets you enjoy your favorite music anywhere throughout your home and connect to other HEOS-enabled speakers. This high-performance AVR allows effortless and flexible voice control on all the major voice agents like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Josh.ai, Apple Siri and AirPlay 2. Play music or control your home appliances, light, and speakers optimally from any corner of your house with just a voice command. Featuring wireless streaming through built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and HEOS, this AVR allows you to seamlessly play music from your favorite streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Deezer, and Pandora.

    8 Features
  • Premium Home Cinema Experience: The Denon AVR-X8500HA AVR delivers high-power performance at 150W/Channel to ensure a dynamic and precise entertainment experience. Enjoy immersive 3D audio with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, DTS Virtual:X, DTS:X Pro, IMAX Enhanced, & Auro-3D
  • Advanced 8K Upscaling: Enjoy your favorite movies, shows and games with the best picture quality available. The AVR-X8500HA features a dedicated 8K input that supports 8K/60Hz or 4K/120Hz video pass-through, along with HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision & HLG for exceptional color and clarity
  • Exceptional Digital Audio Processing: Listen to your favorite tracks with advanced Denon’s AL32 Processing that provides multi-channel, ultra-high-resolution digital audio filtering on all audio channels and delivers a natural soundstage
  • Wireless Music & Video Streaming: Stream Unlimited Music Through Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn and More, via Wi-Fi, Airplay or Bluetooth with built-in HEOS Multi-Room Digital Streaming and enjoy Hi-Fi, multi-room surround sound
  • Full Voice Control Compatibility with Amazon Alexa: Adjust the volume, change tracks & switch inputs absolutely hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice control. Also works with Google Assistant, Apple Siri & integrates with home-automation systems like Josh.ai
  • Versatile Connection Options: The AVR-X8500HA is equipped with 8 HDMI In / 3 Out, 2 Digital, 6 Analog, 2 Coaxial, and 1 Phono Input that slows you to connect various audio sources like CD Players, Blu-Ray, Turntables and more. Features 2 Pre-Outs to connect subwoofers for additional bass
  • Experience Smooth, Soothing & Clear Sound: With Audyssey MultEQ XT32, advanced EQ calibration & room measurement system that dynamically optimizes all speakers to your listening levels, reducing sudden blasts or muffled dialogues and delivering pristine sound for all your entertainment
  • A Trusted Name in Home Entertainment: With its 100-year legacy & Japanese precision technology, Denon brings purity of sound & joy to your lives. Immerse yourself in multi-dimensional audio. Create a 7.2.6 or 9.2.4 surround sound with this amp for an unmatched home theater & entertainment system
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by mandaln, 4 out of 10
    Who is this for?

    It’s too expensive for not providing meaningful competent upgrades to 2021 tech. The lack of all points being hdmi 2.1 is a huge issue (only one port is). Why pay this much when a Yamaha can do all ports hdmi 2.1 for 600 bucks!

    Sep 24, 2021 01:02
  • Review by RadyoShaq, 10 out of 10
    Awesome Sound and 4k 120hz hdmi

    Works great with the PS5 via HDMI 2.1 pass-thru for 8k 60hz or 4k 120hz. Sound is clear and ATMOS is well managed. Remote is awesome and backlight with motion sensor.

    Oct 31, 2021 14:45
  • 7.0score