Home theater enthusiasts love AV receivers. With soundbars being the new trend in home theater equipment, (click here for our previous blog on soundbars), a true home theater experience needs nothing less than a 5.1 surround sound system with a great AV receiver. Let’s take a look at a few receivers that can add life into your home theater experience.According to CNET here are three of the top AV receivers.
Sony STR-DN1030: MSRP $499.00. The Sony STR-DN1030 is a midrange receiver with built in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. AirPlay, Pandora, and Slacker are the networking features included. For some reason there are only five HDMI inputs which are fewer than its competition. According to CNET the user interface isn’t very well done and can be frustrating when trying to access the streaming music services. Solely focusing on the price and the built in Wi-Fi connection, this is a great receiver for your home theater.
Onkyo TX-NR616: MSRP $699.00. The Onkyo TX-NR616 is equipped with eight HDMI inputs (unlike the Sony STR-DN1030 with five). Wi-Fi can be added with a USB adapter as it’s not built in. The built in networking and audio support includes Pandora, Spotify, Rhapsody, and Internet Radio.
Denon AVR-1913: MSRP $579.99. The Denon AVR-1913 comes with six HDMI inputs, iOS and Android app, DLNA compatibility, AirPlay, and built in streaming audio services with Pandora, Sirius, and Internet Radio. The sound quality is great and the remote with user interface is user-friendly. There isn’t built in WiFi which makes it less desirable since the price is higher than the Sony STR-DN1030 and does not include Wi-Fi.
Home theaters can be built to suit your individual needs. For those of you that want the full experience with authentic sound and 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, an AV receiver is a must.
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