The Yamaha RX-V685 can handle any type of connection you might need. It has a phono stage for turntable use, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities, and Ultra HD. A 3.5mm auxiliary input out front makes it easy to plug in phones and MP3 players.
- Intelligent zone switching
- Can play flac files
- Menus aren't particularly intuitive
The Sony STR-DN1080 is a 7.2-channel model that delivers a lot for a pretty reasonable price. It has automatic room tuning with a detachable microphone, as well as 4K passthrough with HDCP 2.2 to keep your image from degrading.
- Built-in chromecast
- Works with google home
- Remote layout is poor
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104
The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX104 supports Dolby Atmos and DTS surround to suck you into the action when watching your favorite movies. With its acoustic calibration system, you can tweak the settings for optimal audio quality in any room.
- Impressive upscaling engine
- Works as a hub for sonos
- Somewhat underpowered
The Denon AVR-X4700H is an 8K model with four assignable height channels for effective virtualization. It can connect to your Wi-Fi network and is compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2. It also works with wireless HEOS speakers for a tangle-free setup.
- Has 11 hdmi ports
- Ethernet connection
- Can run a little hot
The Marantz AV7705 produces the type of crisp tones and warm bass that audiophiles would appreciate. It creates a truly immersive listening experience with IMAX enhancement, and can be controlled through automation systems like Josh.AI.
- Dual subwoofer outputs
- Virtual height effect
- Serial port for remote monitoring
Denon AVRA110GS Limited Series
One of the company’s most comprehensive selections, the Denon AVRA110GS Limited Series utilizes outstanding video passthrough, with support for 8K, 3D, and 4:4:4 color subsampling that will display the picture exactly as the filmmaker intended.
- Works with heos wireless speakers
- 150 watts per channel
- Particularly expensive option
Yamaha Aventage CX-A5200
If you’ve got a large theater space or multiple zones that are far apart, the balanced XLR outputs on the Yamaha Aventage CX-A5200 can help you cut down on noise while maintaining fidelity over distance. It has seven HDMI inputs to connect a whole slew of sources.
- Automatic room optimization
- Rca auxiliary port on the front
- 4k uhd passthrough
If you want to ensure that your sound quality is as high as possible at every point in your surround mix, the Integra DRX-7.1 has independent digital-to-analog converters for its stereo front speakers and the rest of the setup.
- Hybrid log-gamma support
- Wide color gamut
- Offers up to three zones
Marantz AV SR5015
The Marantz AV SR5015 offers high-quality upscaling to turn your UHD content into sharp 8K video that’ll look great on a large TV or projection screen. It integrates seamlessly with your preferred smart hub for reliable voice control.
- Setup is pretty easy
- Supports dolby vision
- One front-facing hdmi input
Anyone interested in future proofing their setup against the inevitable increase in video resolution past 4K should consider the Denon AVR-X6700H , which features an 8K passthrough. It also offers plenty of power with 140 watts per channel.
- Good height virtualization
- Variable refresh rate for gaming
- Grounded phono stage