Top 5 AV Receivers
Top 5 AV Receivers in 2020
The nerve center of your home theater system, A/V receivers performs a host of essential functions to provide you with the most enthralling audio-visual experiences. Before you purchase an AV Receiver, it is imperative that you have a good understanding of what exactly an AV Receiver(AVR) does and which AVR would be the perfect fit for your home, audio-visual preference and configuration.
What functions does an AV Receiver perform?
The tasks assigned to the A/V receiver are the following. It connects and switches your audio sources. It connects and switches your video sources. It tunes in radio programming. It decodes surround-sound formats. It amplifies audio signals to drive multiple speakers. It provides the user interface for your home theater.
How to choose the ideal AV Receiver?
An AV Receiver is to home theater, what a good chef is to a great tasting meal. It’s an essential part of the equation. But with so many different audio/video (AV) receivers on the market today – different brands, different models, and different capabilities – how do you pick the right one for the job?
Well, the audio experts at ProFx have compiled a list of the Top 5 AV Receivers helping you make an informed decision on which AVR you should go for.
The perfect solution for home cinema starters, the Denon AVR-X250BT represents the perfect combination of high performance and high value, delivering superb sonic fidelity along with a host of advanced features including full 4K compatibility, HDR (High Dynamic Range), and ARC (Audio Return Channel) for the complete home cinema experience. Featuring high current discrete power output devices on all channels, the Denon AVR-X250BT delivers high power and is rated at a maximum of 130 watts per channel. There’s also an Auto Eco mode that adjusts the maximum power available according to the volume level. For compatibility with the widest range of loudspeakers, the Denon AVR-X250BT is equipped with low impedance drive capability. Featuring 5 HDMI inputs, the Denon AVR-X250BT’s video section features all you need for the full home cinema experience. Thanks to built-in Bluetooth, you can easily stream your music from any compatible Bluetooth phone, tablet or computer.
The Denon AVR-X250BT is easy to set up. Colour-coded loudspeaker terminals and labels ensure correct speaker cable hook-ups the very first time. The exclusive Setup Assistant along with the Quick Start Guide, helps you connect and configure your home cinema system quickly and easily. It also optimizes critical system settings for the best possible sound quality.
The AVR’s front panel features 4 Quick Select function buttons so you can quickly choose from the most popular sources and the system remembers your preferred audio settings for each one. When you connect the AVR to your Smart TV you can control the ot via the TV’s remote control which lets you select an input, adjust the volume and choose the surround sound mode.
The Denon AVR-X250BT is compatible with HEOS Link which enables playback from nearly unlimited online music sources, like Internet Radio or popular music streaming services like Spotify, Deezer or TIDAL.
The full-featured bestseller model, the DenonAVR-X1400H 7.2 channel AV receiver deliversbreath-taking immersive surround sound and powerful music performances. Its powerful 7 Channel Discrete Amplifierdelivers high power and each channel is rated at 80 watts (8 ohm, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.08% 2ch Drive).There’s also an Auto Eco mode that adjusts the maximum power available according to the volume level as well as an on-screen Eco meter that lets you see the power consumption reduction in real time.
Our HEOS technology enables the AVR-X1400H to become part of the HEOS wireless multi-room system, allowing you to enjoy your favourite music anywhere – and everywhere – around your home.And all this is controlled by the free HEOS app, that can be installed on as many smartphones and tablets as you like!
The HEOS app puts multiple streaming services in the palm of your hand, ready to play on your AVR or any devices on your HEOS network! Enjoy music from a wide range of streaming services including Pandora, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, Tidal, Napster or Deezer, or use the HEOS app to stream tunes or whole albums from your phone, USB stick, or computers and NAS drives on your home network.
The Denon AVR-X1400H is equipped with Dolby Atmos which transports you into the story with moving audio that flows all around you with breath-taking realism.Featuring 6 HDMI inputs, including 1 conveniently located on the front panel, he AVR-X1400H incorporates an advanced video section that features all you need for the ultimate home cinema experience. Enjoy superb audio fidelity with your favourite high resolution audio tracks. The AVR-X1400H features high resolution audio decoding with multiple lossless file types including ALAC, FLAC and WAV.
For maximum ease of setup, the AVR features a horizontal row of colour-coded premium loudspeaker connectors, and it comes with a set of colour-coded speaker cable labels that help ensure correct speaker cable hookup the very first time.
Upgrade to high-power home theater with Denon AVR-X2600H 7.2ch 4K Ultra HD AV receiver. Featuring discrete high-current amplifiers on all channels, the AVRX2600H delivers high-power performance at 95W per channel. It supports three dimensional sound formats Dolby like Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X and DTS Virtual:X, plus an HDMI section with HDCP 2.3 support and advanced video processing with 4K upscaling for HDMI sources.
Control the AVR-X2600H hands-free with Amazon Alexa and your voice. Adjust the volume, skip to the next track, switch inputs for your different media players and more — “Just Ask.” Download the HEOS Home Entertainment Skill to enable Amazon Alexa voice commands for your AVR-X2600H, HEOS devices and other select Denon products.
Enjoy your favourite movies, shows and games with the best picture quality available. The AVR-X2600H features 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs that support 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Colour sub sampling, Dolby Vision, High Dynamic Range (HDR10), Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), eARC, 3D, and BT.2020 pass-through support for exceptional colour, clarity and contrast.
Enjoy superb audio fidelity with your favourite high-resolution audio tracks. The AVR-X2600H with AKM 32-bit D/A converters features high-resolution audio decoding with multiple lossless file types, including ALAC, FLAC and WAV at up to 24-bit/196-kHz. It is also compatible with 2.8/5.6-MHz DSD files (DSD is the audio coding format of SACD). Play them from memory devices, or over network sources.
The AVR-Quick Start Guide provides simple, clear instructions for how to get started. Once you connect your TV to the AVR-X2600H via HDMI, the exclusive Denon Setup Assistant appears on your TV screen to walk you through setup, step by step. A row of colour-coded speaker connections is laid out horizontally, making organizing and connecting speaker wires simple.
World-class home entertainment. The 9.2 channel AVR-X4500H 4K AV receiver supports IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D for an immersive home theatre experience. The advanced HDMI section of the AVR-X4500H (8 in, 3 out) features Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG and HDCP 2.2 processing on all ports. Stream music from Spotify, Pandora, Tidal AirPlay2 and more with HEOS built-in and control it all with your voice through Amazon Alexa. The Denon AVR-X4500H features a sophisticated power amplifier section with all 9 channels configured identically, employing discrete high current capable power transistors. Each channel is rated at 200 watts and all channels are able to safely drive lower impedance speakers (down to 4 ohms). There’s also an Auto Eco mode that adjusts the maximum power available according to the volume level as well as an on-screen Eco meter that lets you see the power consumption reduction in real time.
For optimum fidelity and the widest dynamic range with lowest distortion, the AVR-X4500H features advanced reference-class 32-bit AKM AK4458VN D/A converters on all channels. This ensures consistent high fidelity and precise channel matching across all channels for the ultimate listening experience. The AVR-X4500H features high resolution audio decoding with multiple lossless file types including ALAC, FLAC and WAV at up to 24-bit/196-kHz along with compatibility for 2.8/5.6-MHz DSD files (DSD is the audio coding format of SACD).
The AVR-X4500H is equipped with an advanced dual antenna sys-tem for robust and error-free music streaming, featuring Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Apple’s AirPlay 2 for direct music playback from Apple’s Devices.
Get the most premium at-home entertainment experience with IMAX Enhanced—the latest technology program from IMAX that sets a new standard for image, sound, scale and content quality. Watch clearer pictures and brighter images. Feel immersive, heart-pounding audio delivered by DTS. See more picture on the largest screens. And experience premium content digitally remastered by IMAX.
Ready for the future of home cinema? The AVR-X4500H’s advanced video section is fully compatible with the latest HDMI and HDCP 2.2 specifications and prepared for any 4K Ultra HD source. High Dynamic Range (HDR), Dolby Vision compatibility, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel) are at hand as well. You can also enjoy ultra-high-definition pictures from legacy analogue and digital sources. With three HDMI outputs, you can even connect a TV and a projector in the main room, while playing back different content on a second zone screen.
Denon’s flagship AV Receiver with world’s first 13.2 channel Amplification and IMAX Enhanced processing.
The Denon AVC-X8500H powers the next generation of home theatre with the world’s first 13.2 channel receiver that supports the latest immersive audio formats, including IMAX Enhanced, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and unparalleled music playback options, thanks to our built-in HEOS technology, Apple AirPlay 2, and Amazon Alexa voice compatibility for seamless control.Usher in a leading-edge home theatre experience with a 13.2 channel array that provides the most immersive premium 3D surround sound up to 7.2.6 without external amplification and the highest quality video with 4K Ultra HD, HDR, Dolby Vision, and more.
Auro-3D provides an immersive surround sound experience thanks to dedicated height and overhead channels, in addition to traditional channels supporting up to a 13.1 configuration. Formatting identifies sound objects individually and projects them to different spaces in your listening environment, creating an immersive, three-dimensional sound stage. Auro 3D will be enabled via a future firmware update at no additional charge.
Enjoy the latest in picture quality with Dolby Vision compatibility as well as support for 4K/60 Hz full-rate pass-through, 4:4:4 colour resolution, HDR and BT.2020.
Equipped with the full Audyssey Platinum suite of advanced DSP algorithms, the AVC-X8500H features AudysseyMultEQ XT32 automatic room acoustic correction. With the supplied measurement microphone, MultEQ XT32 analyzes each speaker’s output (including the subwoofers) at up to eight measurement locations and generates precision digital filters that optimize each channel for the correct frequency and time domain response. Plus, the AudysseyMultEQ Editor app lets you view and adjust settings for detailed tuning and customize the sound more precisely to your room and tastes.
Talk to the Experts:
The world of audio can be a baffling place even for the seasoned audiophile. With a zillion products and categories vying for your attention, it pays to make an informed decision on what to buy. Precisely why we have created this list of Top 5 AV Receivers like we do for other audio-video products as well.
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