The Best Home Theater Receivers of 2022

The Best Home Theater Receivers of 2022

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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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1. The Best Budget AV Receiver: 

Sony STR-DH590 5.2-channel Receiver


At only $278, the STR-DH590 from Sony covers all the essentials for building a 5.1 theater setup. The STR-DH590’s five independent channels can easily accommodate five speakers (left, right, center, and two rear), plus two subwoofers. And with multiple inputs, 4K HDR passthrough, and Dolby Vision support, the STR-DH590 has everything you need to enter into theater-level quality surround sound.

As for music, hi-res audio support offers better-than-CD sound, and built-in Bluetooth allows you to easily play all of your favorite songs from your smartphone or tablet.

What else?

  • Digital Theater Auto Calibration — a way to make sure the STR-DH590 is perfectly calibrated for whatever room you put it in, by calculating the distance between listening positions and speakers, and adjusting sound pressure levels (and crossover positions) for optimal performance.
  • Set up to 30 of your favorite FM stations with quick-access presets.

STR-DH590 5.2 Multi-Channel 4K HDR AV Receiver with Bluetooth

  • Dimensions: 14" x 5.25" x 11.75" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 15 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 5.2
  • Watts: 145 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: Bluetooth
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The Denon AVR-X2700 is ready for the present and the future. This 7.2-channel gem offers 95 watts/channel (8 ohms, two channels driven) with full support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, and it can even simulate height channels with Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization and DTS Virtual:X. And Denon is famous for its discrete amplification that can safely drive low-impedance speakers.

The AVR-X2700's video capabilities are no less impressive. One of the HDMI inputs accepts up to 8K/60 Hz video and passes it through to the HDMI outputs, and the receiver can even upscale lower resolutions to 8K. It also supports all HDR formats, including HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG. And the gaming experience is greatly improved with Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT).

If you're into wireless streaming, the AVR-X2700 has you covered in spades with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Denon's own HEOS multi-room streaming is joined by Apple AirPlay 2, and the receiver works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, making you the master of your audio/video domain.

AVR-X2700H 7.2-Channel 8K Ultra HD AV Receiver with 3D Audio and HEOS Built-In

  • Dimensions: 7.1" x 9.3" x 13.4" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Number of Channels: 7.2
  • Watts: 95 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
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Yamaha is often at the top of the list for recommended home theater receivers, and the RX-V6 is no exception. This receiver offers 100 watts per channel (8 ohms, two channels driven), and decodes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D sound (Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization will be added in a future firmware update).

Video-wise, the RX-V6 supports up to 4K/120 and 8K/60 (with a future firmware update) with HDCP 2.3 and eARC. Other advanced video features that especially benefit gamers include Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Quick Media Switching (QMS).

Wireless streaming is fully implemented with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which supports Apple's AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and voice control as well as Yamaha's own MusicCast multi-room audio system. Many streaming services are available, including Pandora, Amazon Music, Sirius XM, Tidal, Deezer, Napster, and more.

RX-V6 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast

  • Dimensions: 17.13" x 9.63" x 14.88" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 21.6 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 7.2
  • Watts: 100
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, MusicCast, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect
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The newest model in Yamaha's flagship Aventage line is the RX-A2A, a 7.2-channel beauty that offers 100 watts per channel (8 ohms, two channels driven). It can accept and decode Dolby Atmos and DST:X immersive 3D audio signals, and it offers Yamaha's proprietary Cinema DSP 3D soundfield technology for an even more immersive experience. A future firmware update will add Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization as well.

On the video front, the RX-A2A provides 4K/120 and 8K/60 passthrough, and it fully supports Dolby Vision, HLG, HDR10, and HDR10+ (in a future firmware update). Gamers will appreciate Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), Quick Frame Transport (QFT), and Quick Media Switching (QMS), the last one coming in a future update.

When it comes to wireless connectivity, the RX-A2A offers Bluetooth and Wi-Fi as well as AirPlay 2 and Spotify Connect, and you can stream directly from many different online providers. Yamaha's MusicCast system lets you easily set up a multi-room audio system and add wireless surround speakers. If you're a fan of voice control, you have Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri at your beck and call.

RX-A2A AVENTAGE 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with 8K HDMI and MusicCast

  • Dimensions: 17.13" x 9.63" x 14.63" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 22.5 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 7.2
  • Watts: 100
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, MusicCast, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect
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5. The Best 11-Channel AV Receiver for a Single Room: 

Marantz SR8015 11.2 Channel AV Receiver


If you're looking for the big gun of home theater receivers, you found it in the Marantz SR8015. This behemoth sports 11 channels of amplification with a whopping 140 watts per channel  (8 ohms, two channels driven). Of course, it fully supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and DTS:X Pro 3D audio as well as the lesser-known Auro 3D, and it offers Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization and DTS Virtual:X if you don't happen to have height speakers.

On the video side, the SR8015 has all the bells and whistles, including 8K/60 and 4K/120 passthrough and upscaling on all eight HDMI inputs as well as support for all the HDR formats (HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, HLG). For all you gamers out there, it also supports Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Quick Frame Transport (QFT).

As you might expect in a flagship receiver, the SR8015 has full Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities with support for AirPlay 2, a variety of online streaming apps, Marantz' HEOS multi-room wireless networking, and voice control using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri, and

It even offers IMAX Enhanced technology from DTS. This advanced feature works with IMAX Enhanced displays and content to deliver out-of-this-world images, sound, scale, and clarity. You have to see and hear it to believe it!

SR8015 11.2 Channel AV Receiver with HEOS Music Streaming

  • Dimensions: 17.3" x 9.8" x 18.1" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 38.4 lbs
  • Warranty: 3 years
  • Number of Channels: 11.2
  • Watts: 140 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: AirPlay 2, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HEOS
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NAD is famous for prioritizing quality over frills, and the T 758 V3i is a perfect example. It offers seven channels of amplification with a real-world rating of 70 watts/channel (8 ohms, all channels driven). It accepts and decodes Dolby Atmos signals for emphasis is on audio quality, with Modular Design Construction (MDC) that allows future hardware upgrades. It also supports high-resolution audio formats such as MQA (Master Quality Authenticated).

The video path is pure and simple, with support for resolutions up to UHD/4K at 60 frames per second and high dynamic range. In addition, analog sources are converted to HDMI for simple "one-cable" connection to the display. This receiver leaves video processing where it belongs—in the display.

Integrated Wi-Fi allows you to stream audio from local sources using AirPlay 2 and various online streaming providers, and it also supports Apple Siri voice control. Even better, the T 758 V3i includes NAD's BluOS multi-room streaming technology. If your philosophy is "music first," this receiver has your name on it!

T 758 V3i Home Theater AV Receiver with Dolby Atmos and AirPlay 2 Integration

  • Dimensions: 17.13" x 6.81" x 15.69" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 33.9 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 7.2
  • Watts: 70 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: AirPlay 2, Wi-Fi
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7. The Best AV Receiver Under $3000: 

NAD T778 7.2.4 Channel Home Theater AV Receiver


Like the T758, NAD puts quality ahead of bells and whistles with the T 778. This receiver offers nine channels of amplification with an honest 85 watts per channel (8 ohms, all channels driven), with two additional preamp outputs for an extra pair of overhead speakers that need a separate power amp. That's a total of 7.2.4 channels for Dolby Atmos, and those channels are efficient and distortion-free thanks to NAD's Hybrid Digital amplifier technology.

The no-nonsense video circuitry provides UHD/4K passthrough with support for high dynamic range, including Dolby Vision. In addition, a full-color touchscreen on the front panel offers improved ergonomics for user-friendly operation. You can use the touchscreen to configure up to five custom presets with speaker-level and tone-control settings for different types of program material.

AD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) allows for future hardware upgrades, making the T 778 virtually futureproof. And with full support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, including BluOS high-resolution multi-room streaming, you can enjoy top-quality music from a wide variety of online sources wirelessly throughout your home. This powerhouse will deliver superb audio and video for many years to come.

T778 7.2.4 Channel Home Theater AV Receiver

  • Dimensions: 17.19" x 5.56" x 16.93" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 26.7 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 7.2
  • <Watts: 85 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Ethernet
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If you’re dreaming of a fairly extensive 3D audio system or a multi-room media system, this is one heck of an impressive candidate to be your AV receiver, at a very reasonable price. With 125 watts per channel (into two channels), the AVR-X4700H has enough power to fill a good-sized home theater with 7 channels, including floor-standing mains and a couple of subs. It’s ready to rock with any video source, with 8K/60Hz and 4K/120Hz support and compatibility with HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible TVs and HDR-encoded content. It’s also loaded with gaming-optimized video processing technologies for lag-free game experiences. Able to devote all nine channels to an extensive Dolby Atmos or DTS:X system, and with ultra-high-resolution audio playback and enhanced ARC, the AVR-X4700H has some serious audio delivery flexibility.

Configuring your rig is simple with the included Audyssey speaker calibration and system optimization tools. Alexa and Google Assistant are on-board to help you enjoy your music and video just the way you want, too. Any way you look at it, the AVR-X4700H’s feature set is remarkably comprehensive.

AVR-X4700H 9.2-Channel 8K AV Receiver with 3D Audio and Amazon Alexa Voice Control

  • Dimensions: 17.19" x 6.56" (9.31" with antennas raised) x 15.94" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 30.2 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 9.2
  • Watts: 125 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HEOS
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Remember the first rule of home theater? Future-proof your system! At least, that’s what our experts advise our clients. Even at this highly affordable price, the Denon AVR-S960H can help you achieve that, as it’s fully compatible with all current and upcoming content delivery options and formats, as of spring 2021. You’ve probably got the list memorized already, and you’ll find them all on the AVR-S960H’s spec sheet. Full support for ultra-high-definition video and audio, immersive surround systems such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, high-definition music streaming, multi-room speaker systems, smooth game performance, and more — this AV receiver actually delivers.

The sweet spot for this unit is a home setup that covers one or two rooms. Maybe you’re dreaming of a 5.1 Atmos system, with a couple channels dedicated to your bedroom. You might have your sights set on a nice 7.1 surround system in a living room that doesn’t cover two time zones. At 90W per channel with two channels firing, this AV receiver is ideal for the kind of living spaces that most of us spend our time in. That might sound a bit on the modest side, but in reality, you can measure this receiver’s impact by how it’ll enable you to enjoy the coming flood of ultra-high-definition content for the foreseeable future.

AVR-S960H 7.2-Channel 4K AV Receiver with 3D Audio and Amazon Alexa Voice Control

  • Dimensions: 17.19" x 6.56" (9.31" with antennas raised) x 13.44" (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 21 lbs
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Number of Channels: 7.2
  • Watts: 90 per channel
  • Wireless Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HEOS
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Still not sure? We got this.

We’re not going to sugarcoat this: choosing the best possible home theater receiver for the best possible home theater or multi-room music solution is not easy. Above, we’re just scratching the surface on features and capabilities – we could write 5000 words on any ONE receiver above, and still not cover everything.

The good news? Once everything is set up, most AV receivers really are simple to operate. (Not the case 10 years ago.) And though most include a remote control with more buttons than Granny’s sewing box, most also include an intuitive, easy-to-use smart phone app that simplifies everything – right down to the very basics. (Most of our customers prefer the app.)

As always, we invite you to call or write, anytime, with any questions at all. Tell us what you’re looking for, what your budget is, a little about your room, what kind of movies and music you like, and we’ll explain your options patiently, honestly, and without pressure or ”selling.” Our one and only goal: helping you get it right while saving you some money. Our one and only motive: doing such a great job, you tell your friends, neighbors (even your cousin Ricky) about us.

One more thing:

A last word of advice: if not us, buy your new AV receiver from a trusted dealer. And the more experience and longer the track record, the better. A good dealer will take care of you in the event anything happens.

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