Depending on how you plan to upgrade your other home theater gear for 4K, you may need a new AV receiver too. Here's the when, what and why (or why not).
We've focused on the best bang-for-your-buck receivers from each manufacturer, which is typically around $500. You'll generally get five-to-eight HDMI inputs, built-in networking functionality, and automatic speaker calibration.
For core functionality, the Pioneer SC-LX85 is a powerful, effective brute of a receiver.
Typical price: $3,499.00
AV receivers are embarrassingly backward compared with the rest of your home theater gear. Here's how they can get back on track.
The Cambridge Audio is an attractive 7.1-channel receiver with support for all of the relevant sound formats, but a lack of HDMI inputs and a tendency for harshness may put you off.
Typical price: $2,200.00
Denon announced its 2013 line of AV receiver, focusing on improving ease-of-use with new push-in speaker jacks and a guided setup assistant.
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If you're looking to ditch your giant AV receiver for a compact stereo amp, the NAD D 3020 is the one to get.
The Sony STR-DN840 is by far the best AV receiver value of the year, offering tons of wireless connectivity and six HDMI inputs for well under $500.
The Harman Kardon AVR 1610 appears to have a great combination of features and looks, but doesn't quite live up to its promise.