A home theater receiver is like a quarterback. Just like a good quarterback, a receiver is supposed to make your system work better. If you go shopping, you might find a crowd of receivers made by various companies. Making a choice may become challenging especially if you are getting on for the first time.
We have put together a list of the best 10 home theater receivers in 2021. This list was compiled after a thorough check. Mind you they are some receivers that can’t power speakers.
Yamaha Aventage RX-A3070BL
If your guess is that Yamaha Aventage is the overall best on this list, then you are correct. This product is everything a home theater receiver is supposed to be and more. It is believed to deliver 150wpc. It has DTS audio decoding and processing routes. Other interesting features that make this receiver outstanding are there subwoofers output, preamps, digital to analog audio converter.
Yamaha Aventage also supports eight 3D, HDMI inputs and dual HDMI outputs. These features make playing videos in HD very smooth and colorful. It has a comprehensive video setting option.
This receiver may seem expensive for some customers, so let’s see what others have to offer.
Denon AVR receiver offers customers the best value for every dime spent. If you can’t buy Yamaha Aventage RX-A3070BL, then purchase Denon AVR-X4400H. It has 9 amplified channels and 2 subwoofer preamps. This product is believed to deliver 105 watts per channel. It provides enough power to cover medium and large rooms.
Denon AVR has 8 HDMI inputs and it works very well with 3D, wide color, Ultra HD video signals, and 3 HDMI outputs. It is not as expensive as the first on the list.
Marantz SR7012 9.2 receiver
This receiver is considered to have the best connectivity. It doesn’t just look good, it also produces great sound. It has 9 inbuilt amplifiers that can deliver up to 125wpc. It has two subwoofer outputs and 2 preamps. You can connect 2 external amplifiers to this receiver. It supports connecting a lot of speakers and it has various setup options including surround sound formats.
Marantz SR7012 receiver has 3D, 4K upscaling and an HDR option. It also has eight HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. Other options include 5.1 or 7.1 audio inputs and preamp outputs. You won’t believe it! It also has a phono turntable input.
Onkyo TX-RZ920 9.2 Receiver
This is the best THX-certified receivers on this list. Although this product (that is Onkyo) has various receivers in their archive, RZ90 9.2 receiver is a fantastic product. This product is optimized for use in rooms that are up to 2100 cubic feet in size. It has a 9.2 channel configuration.
It also supports 2.0 HMDI and HDCP. This makes it possible to stream 2K and 3D. Another benefit of using this receiver is the ability to convert analog to HDMI.
Onkyo TX-RZ31000 1.2 receiver
If you love listening to music, then here is the receiver for you. This receiver produces exceptional sound quality. It has 8 HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs. It supports a 4k/60 Hz video. TX-RZ31000 makes you feel like you were recording the music.
It supports DTS: X and Dolby Atmos. The unique thing about this receiver is because of its THX certificate. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc. are some of the qualities it has.
Anthem MRX “20 –Series” Receiver
We will rate this product as the best speaker receiver. This product may not seem popular like the 3 mentioned above, but it will still cater for your needs. It has high-end audio components like amplifiers and preamps. It has a good speaker set up that makes use of a microphone and software. This provision allows you to connect it to your laptop or PC via a wired or wireless means. The software provides a graphical detail about the speakers to your laptop or PC which you can print out for future reference.
The Anthem MRX has other models namely; 520, 720, and 1120. You can go for any of them. However, their prices vary.
Pioneer Elite SC-LX 701 receiver
This product has the best amps. It has a separate chassis that houses the preamp and amplifier circuits. It has 135wpc Pioneer D3 amplifiers, audio decoding, an internet radio, 9.2 channel speaker configurations, and so much more. It has all the qualities of a good receiver.
A 3D, HDR, 4K resolution, and 1080p to 4k Upscaling is available. You can control this receiver via an iControlAV5 Apple and Android devices.
Sony STRZA 5000ES
If you are looking for the best receiver for custom installations, here you have it. It allows you to customize all your installations without any hassle. You have enough space to connect TV, gaming console, and so much more. Third-party remotes can also be connected to this receiver. It provides a 130wpc and makes provision for extra 2 subwoofers connections.
It supports audio decoding and Dolby ATMOS.
Integra DRX-4 receiver
This product is runner up to Sony STRZA 5000ES receiver. It is also good for custom installations. It supports custom control features like Bi-Directional RS232 ports, 12-volt triggers, IR sensor input or output, etc. It provides a 7.2 channel configuration, 3D, 4K, HDR, and 1080p to 4K UPscaling.
To ease your installation, wireless connections are also available. It supports internet radio and streaming music.
Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2 receiver
We rated this product as the best for Auro 3D audio. This is the first 13.2 receiver that supports Auro 3D audio. Although the price may be high for a low budget customer, it is worth the purchase. Although some of the receivers on this list support Auro 3D, it is offered as an upgrade.
It has 8 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs. It features HDR Dolby Vision, 3D video, eARC audio, etc. This receiver is the future.