AV Receivers:

Best AV receivers of 2014

Updated

For the full home theater experience, you need an AV receiver. A sound bar or home theater in a box (HTIB) might get you close, but a true home theater enthusiast won't settle for less than a 5.1 speaker system and component-style AV receiver. 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.

Sony STR-DN840

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.

4 stars Excellent The best AV receiver value of the year

Sony STR-DN1040 - AV network receiver - 7.2 channel

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.

4 stars Excellent

Onkyo TX-NR626

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.

4 stars Excellent

Marantz NR 1403 - AV receiver - 5.1 channel

The Marantz NR1403 is a slim, handsome AV receiver with excellent sound and plenty of HDMI connectivity, although it lacks built-in networking.

Price: £349.90 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Onkyo TX-NR525

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.

3.5 stars Very good

Pioneer VSX-823-K

The Pioneer VSX-823-K is a good deal for AirPlay fans looking for lots of HDMI connectivity, but it falls short on wireless features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

3.5 stars Very good
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