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Want to find Best AV Receiver for money? I recently tested some of the most popular big black box options for major brands, and at this mid-price range, the feature set and performance are impressive. From Dolby Atmos to Wi-Fi music streaming to voice control -And of course high audio-these models have Home cinema The needs of audiophiles.

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How to buy an affordable AV receiver


Which receiver is ranked first?

In the current receiver model I ’ve reviewed, My favorite is Onkyo TX-NR696. The receiver offers easy set-up, excellent usability, excellent surround sound, ample headroom, solid appearance, and most importantly, many of the latest features essential for a stereo receiver. Onkyo retails for more than $ 500, but is usually sold below this price. Even at $ 580, the TX-NR696 is still a good choice.

of Sony STR-DN1080 Although it has also performed well since 2017, so is the 2019 Denon AVR-S750, which is more refined than Sony and Onkyo. I rated all three as "excellent" and separated their overall CNET scores only after a few moments. They are all excellent performers, and as prices fluctuate regularly, if you find one that is significantly lower than the others, buy it.

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Onkyo TX-NR696 is the best budget receiver released in 2019, with rich connectivity, support for multiple audio formats, and bold sound. It's not a direct replacement for my favorite 2018 receiver, TX-NR585, But this boost model offers many improvements, including power boost (from 80W to 100W) and front HDMI cable ports (except the six HDMI input ports on the back). The streaming protocols provided by this receiver include built-in Google Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, Spotify Connect, AirPlay and Bluetooth. The only thing we didn't like was the remote (a bit too much). If you can find TX-NR696 for less than $ 500, it's a good choice, but it's still worth it.

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Read our Onkyo TX-NR696 review.

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The Sony STR-DN1080 was our editor's choice for 2017, and it remains an excellent stereo receiver kit. The sound is not as good as Denon and Onkyo, but they are very close. This is a good choice if you want a receiver that is easy to use and integrates both AirPlay (instead of AirPlay 2) and the wireless streaming built into Google Chromecast. It even uses virtual speaker relocation technology to optimize the sound of the setup room. However, you don't have to pay the full price, it usually sells for $ 400 to $ 500.

Read our Sony STR-DN1080 review.

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The 2019 AVR-S750H replaces the excellent S740H, and despite some fine-tuning, it looks basically the same receiver. It has everything you need, including voice control compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google speakers, Atmos and AirPlay 2. It has a screen setup assistant to help you connect your TV and optimize surround sound-whether it's an immersive audio experience in your home theater or switching from one channel to another on the living room sofa.

Read Denon AVR-S750H review.

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Also considering

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The Yamaha RX-V485 provides premium sound at an affordable price, along with Wi-Fi connectivity, Airplay 2, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, and music playback on other devices. It also has 4K Ultra HD with HDR10. For most people, though, it's worth the extra HDMI input and output and Dolby Atmos for all of the above models.

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Read our Yamaha RX-V485 evaluation.

What to look for in a receiver around $ 500

AV receiver As we all know, they are very complex, have many functions and confusing technical specifications. I will summarize the most important content here.

4K HDR compatibility

You want to make sure that the new receiver can keep up with the latest TV and video equipment. Standards do change all the time, but at least for now HDR and Dolby Vision (at least HDMI version 2.0 Or better). All these models support 4K and HDR video.

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Onkyo TX-NR585 provides six HDMI inputs on the rear panel

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At least four HDMI inputs

With most TV For a set-top box that supports HDMI, you should purchase a receiver with as many of these inputs and outputs as possible. The front HDMI port is a bit like an appendix-no need, because most users do not hot-plug the HDMI device-making the number of rear inputs the most important (how do you connect Blu-ray player, Nintendo Switch, Soundbar and all other equipment. of Yamaha At least four, and Sony And Onkyo the most, only six years old. Sony also provided a second HDMI output for Zone 2. You should also make sure you have one or more HDMI cables on hand.

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You really do n’t need a Dolby Atmos “height” speaker

Yamaha is the only model not supported here Dolby Atmos with DTS: X But their effect on watching home theater movies can be subtle, even in most movies. In other words, if you don't install additional speakers, don't worry about missing these new formats. Mounting the rear wireless surround speakers high up on the wall will give you half the immersive sound quality.

Wi-Fi music streaming

Most midrange receivers have an on-board Wi-Fi network connection for wireless music streaming. There are many standards for wireless streaming services, but the most common is apple AirPlay And google Chromecast (Sometimes Spotify Connect) Built-in. If you are building a multi-room system with multiple AV systems and speakers with wireless connectivity, these are two goals. Only Onkyo and Sony support both. Denon models the ability to stream wirelessly via Chromecast, but beforehand AirPlay 2.

For more information you should be looking for My Complete AV Receiver Buying Guide.

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