Onkyo TX-NR686 7.2 Channel
The Yamaha RX-V485BL 5.1 Channel offers what the company calls its Cinema DSP 3D, which is a collection of presets designed with data captured in famous concert halls and music clubs from around the world. It’s a great choice if you’re not into tweaking your own equalizer.
- Works with wireless speakers
- Front-facing usb port
- Can't use headphones via bluetooth
Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303
The Pioneer Elite VSX-LX303 is designed to integrate with a Sonos system, so users who already have one or more of that company’s speakers will be able to include them in their setup seamlessly. It also boasts very flexible zone configurations.
- Built-in chromecast
- Specialized controls prevent phasing
- Lacks a wireless rear driver option
While many others might have a front-facing USB port or 3.5mm auxiliary jack, the Denon AVR-S940H goes one step further with an HDMI input on its face. That lets you quickly hook up a laptop or other media playback device with ease.
- Offers lots of power
- Good setup assistant
- Issues when updating firmware
Integra DRX-2.3 Network
With its auxiliary inputs situated on the front panel, the Integra DRX-2.3 Network makes it easy for you to hook up things like MP3 players. It’s also where you plug in the setup microphone used to gauge your room’s acoustics in order to balance your settings accordingly.
- Component video jacks
- Am and fm antenna connections
- Not enough power for demanding users
Marantz AV SR7013
If you’re willing to spend a little extra, the Marantz AV SR7013 is one of the best models that money can buy. Its 9.2 channels allow you to set up a full audio environment in one room and still be able to enjoy music in another.
- Wide smart hub compatibility
- Smartphone control via bluetooth
- Takes up a lot of space
Brought to you by one of most respected names in audio electronics, the Sony STR-DH790 provides users with an exceptional system at a very agreeable price point. It comes with a small, but capable, remote control, as well as 100 feet of speaker wire.
- Extremely easy to set up
- Six pairs of banana plugs included
- Only four hdmi inputs
Marantz AV SR5013
Whether you prefer Siri, Google Assistant, or Alexa, the Marantz AV SR5013 is capable of interfacing with all of them, so you can set it up and engage directly through your smart home hub. It boasts eight HDMI inputs for use with a variety of media.
- 4k passthrough at 60 hertz
- 100 watts per channel
- Hdr 10 image enhancement
The Yamaha RX-V685 is designed to function with MusicCast speakers, which are wireless rear drivers used to complete a 7.2-channel array. That way, you won’t have to run any wires across the room to enjoy incredibly immersive audio.
- Adjusts to your space automatically
- Dual hdmi outputs
- Phono jack for a record player
The impressive Denon AVR-X6500H offers your home theater 140 watts for each of its 11.2 channels, so you can enjoy cinematic audio that will nicely complement the professional-grade color performance of its 4K HDMI throughput.
- Designed to work with alexa
- Heos wireless technology
- Excellent user interface