If you need a custom setup but don’t want to spend much, consider the Pyle PT8050CH , which has built-in USB and microSD card readers with MP3 decoding as well as Bluetooth connectivity, an FM radio, and a simple control interface.
- Three auxiliary rca connector pairs
- Per-speaker tone knobs
- Doesn't have bus inputs
Instead of confusing buttons and remote controls, the VSSL A.3 utilizes an entirely software-based management system, making it one of the most user-friendly options around. It can transmit audio from a network connection or from the physical local and bus inputs.
- Loaded with many common apps
- Versatile wireless functionality
- Extremely expensive
In addition to a slew of RCA connectors, the Yamaha RX-V685 allows for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth streaming alongside support for Apple Airplay and the company’s MusicCast ecosystem, a family of user-friendly components that lets you easily expand into more rooms.
- Dolby atmos decoding
- 2 hdcp-enabled hdmi passthroughs
- Limited to two zones
While the high-end Marantz SR7013 can drive 11 speakers in total, two connector pairs are assignable, so you can set up a 5.2-channel surround sound system in your home theater and still route stereo audio to two other rooms.
- Zone 2 and 3 line-level outputs
- Eight hdmi ports
- Bluetooth and wi-fi connectivity
A different beast than most others, the Axium Mini4 is highly compact and designed mainly to play media from network-attached storage systems, Wi-Fi connected devices, and online streaming services, in addition to both analog and digital local sources.
- Measures 6 in square by 2 in thick
- Fixed brackets for mounting
- Rated for only 15 watts per channel
The Niles SI-1230 can handle up to 12 speakers in a huge variety of bridged, stereo, and individually level-controlled arrangements. It’s not particularly recent, but its premium wiring and component design make it a top choice for custom installations.
- Effective heat sinks
- High-quality capacitors
- Bridgeable to six 80-watt channels
Relatively straightforward and easy to use, the Sherwood RX5502 offers a handful of line inputs and a phono-in, as well as an intuitive interface, and can drive four pairs of speakers in anything from a one- to four-room configuration.
- 100 watts rms per channel
- Stereo tape output
- Reasonable price
OSD Audio PAM245
Anyone comfortable with commercial AV equipment will appreciate the OSD Audio PAM245 . It has three auxiliary RCA jacks and three XLR microphone connectors with phantom power, the first of which has a priority toggle switch.
- Rs232 serial port
- Convenient infrared remote control
- Compatible with 70-volt speakers
From a company known for high-fidelity entertainment equipment, the Denon X3600H boasts complete support for the 4K Ultra HD standard, including Dolby Vision, HDR10, eARC, and full 4:4:4 chroma sampling, ensuring a crisp image and clean sound.
- Compatible with imax enhancement
- 9 primary channels
- Configurable for up to 3 zones
Dayton Audio MA1240A
With an RMS rating of 40 to 60 watts depending on impedance, the Dayton Audio MA1240A is easily powerful enough to drive the average whole-home stereo system. Its reliability, straightforward layout, and moderate price make it a good choice for most users.
- Independent and bus inputs
- Bridgeable outputs
- Supports 4 and 8 ohms