Denon Channel AV Receiver

The Denon AVR-S730H is a 7.2-channel AV receiver with a bevy of connectivity options and audio decoders, and it’s one of the best values on the market.

The Denon AVR-S730H isn’t quite as powerful as the best receivers we reviewed, but it has most of the audio formats and connection options found on the best models. It has a good feature set and costs $100 less than the best receivers we compared.

There are definitely cheaper options out there, but we don’t suggest spending less than $350 on your entertainment room’s hub, and if you decide that’s too much to spend, you may want to consider a sound bar instead. The AVR S730H is rated for 75 watts per channel for 8-ohm speakers and 110 watts per channel for 6-ohm speakers. Those power ratings mean you can safely pair this receiver with most mid-level floor standing speakers or bookshelf speakers. It also has two-zone audio and two subwoofer outputs, so you can power a 5.1 AV system in one room and a 2.1 music-listening system in another. This receiver includes support for the newest audio formats, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Those multidimensional surround formats are the newest trend in the AV world, and you can be sure that audio producers for upcoming movies will include overhead audio information. As such, it is important to buy a receiver that can accommodate the sound and the speakers that project it.

That may be more than you currently need, but having too many inputs ensures your AV receiver is future-proof. It also has two subwoofer outputs, so you can add floor-rumbling bass to your movie-watching experience. The TX-NR 575 sends 80 watts per channel to 8-ohm speakers and 170 watts per channel to 6-ohm speakers. The 8-ohm power rating is a bit low compared to the best receivers but should be sufficient to power most entry-level floor standing speakers. In addition, the 0.15-watt standby power consumption rating is among the lowest in our test group and can help keep your electricity bill low when you’re not using your system. This receiver supports the newest audio formats: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. These formats include overhead audio information that adds dimension and depth to movie soundtracks. You can stream audio via Wi-Fi-, Bluetooth- and Airplay-capable devices, and the Dolby Digital Plus decoder ensures the music you stream from them sounds great in your entertainment room.

It works well with most home theater systems despite its only average power output and lack of two-zone audio. The 7.2-channel receiver has upscaling and pass-through capabilities and all of the necessary audio decoders used by Blu-rays, DVDs and various streaming services. The VSX-LX102 can put out 80 watts of power per channel using 8-ohm speakers, or 170 watts if you use 6-ohm speakers. Its 7.2 audio channels can power up to seven speakers and two subwoofers, and its built-in audio decoders are more than capable of using these channels to their full potential. It’s compatible with 4K and 1080p video, and you can easily connect your Blu-ray player, gaming console or satellite box to it, although it only has four HDMI inputs. It also boasts a phono preamp, which is great to have if you regularly use a record player. Plus, the Pioneer’s small size helps it easily fit into your home entertainment center.

Its excellent power output considering the price point and can easily power your home theater’s speakers. It has all the latest audio decoders, so no matter what devices you connect – such as a gaming console or Blu-ray player – you’ll have the best surround sound possible. Plus, built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity let you stream content to it wirelessly. The AVENTAGE RX-A670 is rated for 120 watts per channel for 8-ohm speakers, or 140 watts with 6-ohm speakers. Additionally, it has two-zone audio so it can connect to speakers in separate rooms, which is perfect for watching a movie in one room and listening to an album in another. It has decoders for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, so you can hear movie dialogue, action and soundtracks just as intended, as well as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X – the latest audio formats. And though it has Dolby Digital Plus, it lacks Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Neo:6 decoders.