If you want truly great sound, you have to move up from a sound bar to an AV receiver and speakers. Here's what you should know before you buy.
While you can pay thousands of dollars for an AV receiver we've focused on the best bang-for-your-buck models between $200 and $1000. You'll generally get five-to-eight HDMI inputs, built-in networking functionality, and automatic speaker calibration.
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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.
The Sony STR-DN1040 is a truly first-class AV receiver, boasting tons of wireless technology and a pretty user interface, at a premium price.
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Denon's AVR-E400 makes some progress simplifying the arduous AV receiver setup process, but it lacks convenient wireless features you'd expect at this price.