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The best AV receivers of the moment – 2020/2021

This artilce intended to tell you about The best AV receivers currently available (2020/2021) in the market looking at different price ranges.
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The best AV receivers: AV receivers are still an important part of the home cinema system, especially if you go for the best quality, the best surround experience and the most connectivity options. That is why we not only test them, we also put together the best models of the moment for you, looking at different price ranges. We don’t just focus on the past 12 months. Also earlier models that are still being sold and have a good price-quality ratio can be on the list.

Everything about AV receivers

Are you not yet fully aware of what an AV receiver is and what you use it for? We have already described extensively once what an av receiver is but simply put, an AV receiver is the focal point of your home cinema system. You can connect all your sources (devices) to the AV receiver and also connect your display devices (TV, beamer, etc.). The receiver transmits the signal from the sources to the displays. Do you forward image from the source, via the receiver to the TV? Make sure that the maximum quality that the source can output and the display can show is supported by the receiver. Today HDMI 2.1 important to many people, especially the gamers among us.

Finally, almost all receivers today can receive wireless signals, for example for streaming music. Think of Apple AirPlay, Google Chromecast, bluetooth and even platforms such as DTS Play-Fi and HEOS. Receivers are complex devices, with numerous setting options and features. Earlier this year, we wrote extensively about the streaming functions of AV receivers and the ability to calibrate the audio output using Dirac Live 2.

Are you looking for an AV receiver or do you want to know more about it? Then take our special AV receiver tips page where you can find all tips, advice and background information. Or read more about what you should pay attention to when you want to buy a receiver via the link below.

The best AV receivers of the moment

In the past 12 months, numerous new AV receivers have been brought to the market, and we have subjected various models to an extensive test. From affordable and relatively simple AV receivers to the absolute top models with advanced options. The overview below with the best AV receivers of the moment has been compiled by looking at our own experiences with the relevant models, the experiences of visitors and other experts, developments in the market and of course price developments. We looked at, among other things, the audio quality, the options and the support for the latest standards.

The best AV receivers – NAD T 778

Perhaps the best AV receiver we have tested in recent months is the NAD T 778. The Canadian NAD took the classic AV receiver for this model and improved it in several areas to create a machine that marries good performance with functions. that match the expectations that everyone has today thanks to their smartphone. With a price tag of just under 3,000 euros, this 9.1 receiver with Hybrid Digital amplification may not be for the average consumer. It aims higher.

The T 778 should appeal to enthusiasts building their own home theater as well as professionals looking for a versatile device to power a surround setup. The necessary things are also provided for this, such as smart home integration, an RS232 port and many additional programmable triggers. This NAD is a 9.1 receiver that is suitable for a variety of setups. 5.1.2 for example, which is possible thanks to support for DTS: X and Dolby Atmos. If you use it (fully or partially) as a processor via the provided pre-outs, you can go to 7.2.4. With 6 HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs, the T 778 is well equipped in terms of video connectivity, and plenty of audio inputs are also provided.

Denon AVC-A110

The Denon AVC-A110 also received an Excellent Award from us this year. In honor of the company’s 110th anniversary, Denon has pulled out all the stops to create a 27-kg device that is just a little more special than the other models the company has in the range. Denon has taken the 13-channel AVC-X8500H as a basis and has taken a number of significant technical steps to be even better than this valued top model.

The AVC-A110 costs 5,500 euros and is therefore a lot more expensive than the AVC-X8500H of (suggested retail price) 3,999 euros. This additional price is due to the limited edition finish, the 8K part and technical interventions in the field of power supply and electronics to improve the display. Above all, this Denon boss is something really exclusive. The brand also deserves a pat on the back for backing this premium model with an appropriate five-year warranty. That gives confidence and also belongs in this price range.

The best AV receivers – Arcam AVR20

At the top of the market we also encounter the Arcam AVR20. This model, which we have awarded with a Recommended Award, costs almost 3,600 euros and is aimed at optimal audio performance. In terms of design, there is also a lot different from previous models, and the underlying platform has also been renewed, which you will notice in the much better streaming options, a DAB tuner and the new interface philosophy.

You can’t just compare this device with a 7.2-channel receiver that you buy for 700 euros, mainly because the amplification part is of a much higher quality. The Arcam AVR20 is a 7.2-channel receiver with 110 Watts per channel, with class AB reinforcement and with a similar diet. The AVR20 also comes with Dirac, which is an expensive but highly effective acoustic solution, and advanced integration options. So it is really a device intended for the serious home theater builder and professional installer.

Read detailed review of Arcam AVR20

Denon AVC-X6700H

If we move a little further towards the middle segment (although it can still be called premium), we come across the Denon AVC-X6700H. On paper, the AVC-X6700H may be very similar to last year’s AVR-X6500H. Nothing has changed in terms of power and number of amplified channels, and the number of HDMI ports and streaming options are also largely identical. Nevertheless, interesting things have been added in terms of functions.

This fully equipped 11.2-channel AV receiver comes with the latest HDMI 2.1 specification which supports 8K resolution and features such as ALLM and 4: 4: 4 Pure Color subsampling are supported. You also get access to the audio formats DTS: X Pro and Dolby Virtual Height. Also noteworthy: the official suggested retail price of 2,499 euros is two hundred euros lower than its predecessor. Cheaper and yet better equipped, that is not the usual practice.

Read detail review of Denon AVC-X6700H

Marantz SR8015

A model that we have tested but the review has not yet published at the time of writing is the Marantz SR8015. According to our audio editorial team, this AV receiver absolutely belongs in this list of high-flyers. The SR8015 is one of the top models from Marantz and is equipped with built-in amplifiers with 11 channels of 205 Watt, 13.2 processing capacity, DTS: X Pro support and numerous audiophile tech gadgets, such as a single plate, a toroidal transformer and a copper-plated chassis.

In addition, the SR8015 is future-proof thanks to the “8K” HDMI input with 8K / 60Hz and 4K / 120Hz passthrough, HDR support (including HDR10 +, Dolby Vision and Dynamic HDR) and a new HDMI function called Quick Media Switching (QMS), which allows a source to directly change the resolution or frame rate to avoid screen darkening. With a suggested retail price of 3,199 euros, the SR8015 is not cheap, but if you like the Marantz sound, then you are in for the coming years with this model.

The best AV receivers – Yamaha RX-V6A

The appearance of HDMI 2.1 and the new generation of game consoles means more up-to-date devices are needed. Yamaha seizes this forced technical renewal operation to also thoroughly refresh the design of its devices. We recently tested the new RX-V6A, which costs just over 700 euros, and were very impressed.

The Yamaha RX-V6A is a 7.2 AV receiver with a realistic 100 Watt power per channel and with many interesting new and familiar features, such as MusicCast. And that new design, of course, that really provides a breath of fresh air. It must be said that a number of functions still have to be rolled out through an update. For example, this Yamaha still has to get support for HDR10 + and it will be equipped with Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualizer. More important is the future support for 8K / 60 and 4K / 120 via HDMI 2.1.

Read detailed review of Yamaha RX-V6A

Denon AVR-X2700H

Are you going for affordable but still qualitative? Then the Denon AVR-X2700H should not be missing from your list. This 7-channel AV receiver offers almost everything that you can expect on a receiver today and even comes with HDMI 2.1, and thus support for the high 8K resolution.

The AVR-X2700H is on our test bench at the time of writing, but we can already tell you that this is one of the better receivers in the entry-level segment. The receiver offers 150 watts of power per channel, has Audyssey room calibration and comes with the HEOS streaming audio platform with which you can stream all your favorite music quickly and easily to and from the receiver.

The best AV receivers – Marantz NR1200

Finally, the Marantz NR1200, which is not an everyday AV receiver and is aimed at a specific target group. The NR1200 is a (now) more than 500 euro stereo receiver with HDMI connectivity and a lot of streaming options, made for everyone who would like to connect all (video) sources with one device but is not really interested in a living room filled with 7, 9 or more speakers . That is an ideal starting point for reproducing music much better than an average soundbar that often has difficulty setting up a large soundstage. The two speakers required for the Marantz NR1200 can also be supplemented with a subwoofer for a 2.1 setup.