Today’s top AV receivers (aka Audio/Video or Home Theater Receivers) represent the most technical / feature-rich / hard-to-understand components in our stores, so it’s no surprise that 4 out of every 5 questions we get are typically about AV receivers. Like “What is 4K switching and do I really need it?” Or “Can an AV Receiver operate two TVs at once while playing different music in every room?” To the more challenging “What the heck is DTS:X and HDCP 2.2 support, and do I really need to know?”
For easy-to-understand answers (starting with “What are AV Receivers and what do they do?) we recommend hitting our easy-to-read AV Receivers Buying Guide. But if you’re in a hurry and just want to know which of the newest AV receivers are best, you’re already on the right page. Below, our experts list the best of the best by category, so you can get the best for you, your situation, and your budget.
One last note going in: Though we list and compare key features for each receiver, all contain the bare essentials: support for 4K, HDR, and current HDMI standards. We also don’t cover all features (some have over 100!). That way, we can keep everything bite-size. But if you’re an audiophile and want the complete story, we do link to each receiver’s full spec sheet.
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