Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg covers high-end audio news and reviews.
The Sony STR-DN1050 is a great deal that offers almost everything you could want in a midrange receiver.
The Onkyo TX-NR636 offers a compelling mix of features and performance with "future-proofing" that is unparalleled for the money.
Dolby's new surround sound format will work with existing Blu-ray players, but requires new AV receivers and other home audio gear.
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 Audiophiliac found a lot to like about the new Rotel RA-1570 amp, for hi-fi and stereo home theater applications.
Onkyo's TX-NR525 is a solid AV receiver value, especially considering its affordable accessories, but competitors offer integrated wireless features for not much more.
Onkyo's TX-NR626 is a value-packed AV receiver with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and even a turntable input, but it's just short of being our top pick.
Denon's AVR-E400 embodies some progress in simplifying the arduous AV receiver setup process, but it lacks convenient wireless features you'd expect at this price.
The Teac A-H01 integrated amplifier delivers big sound in a compact body, but a few design missteps limit its appeal.
The Yamaha RX-V473 is a serviceable 5.1 AV receiver, but given that it has only four HDMI inputs, competing models offer a better value.