The home theater market has been flooded with 7 channel receivers the past several years. However, you can still find some very good 5 channel amps. This is a list of our recent favorites.

 

Yamaha RX-A550

Yamaha RX-A550 Review

If we had a best of show, the Yamaha Aventage RX-A550 would get the award. The 550 is the total package. Being the entry-level model in Yamaha’s Aventage line, its chassis is rugged and solid which cuts back on electrical interference. Bluetooth, WiFi, HDCP 2.2, it’s all here. Plus, the 550 can handle an entire army of hi-res audio formats including DSD, AIFF, FLAC, WAV and  Apple Lossless. This combined with its near perfect audio performance garnered it our Editor’s Choice Award. If you want a top-of-the line 5 channel amp, then this is the one to get.

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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Pioneer VSX-831

 

Pioneer VSX-831 Preview

Pioneer’s VSX-831 is the successor to the 830 which you’ll see further down the list. The new 831 has an updated user interface and a more user friendly remote. It still has the same great sound quality as its predecessor and tons of features such as 4K video support, bluetooth and WiFi. It also supports FireConnect Multi-room audio which isn’t as robust as Yamaha’s MusicCast, but it does show potential.

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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Sony STR-DH550

Sony STR-DH550 Review
Sony has had a series of hits on it’s hands the past few years in the av receiver department. Last years STR-DN1040 and STR-DN840 were fantastic receivers. This year Sony’s looking to keep the momentum going. The Sony STR DH550 has an MSRP of $279 and would fit nicely on an av rack. It, like many of the receivers in this category, has four 2.0 HDMI inputs (including one MHL compatible input). The DH550 also features 4K Ultra HD pass through and supports a variety of HD audio formats. It doesn’t have the superfluous features of more expensive units, but what it does have is the basics. And this is all you need if you’re just starting out.

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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Yamaha RX-V481

Yamaha RX-V481 Review

The Yamaha RX-481 probably comes in a close second to the Yamaha Aventage RX-A550. It doesn’t have the robust build quality of its bigger brother, but it still sounds pretty darn good. WiFi, Bluetooth, MusicCast, and 4K video support (with HDCP 2.2) are available on this amp. Its little brother, the RX-V381, makes an appearance on our other list “Top AV Receivers Under $300“. The 481 just barely edges it out in the sound department.

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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Pioneer VSX-830

Pioneer VSX-830 Review

Historically, we’ve loved Pioneer amps around here and the Pioneer VSX-830 is another great sounding Pioneer. Like the 481, it also includes Bluetooth, WiFi, and has HDCP 2.2 copy protection compatibility. Pioneer’s AV Navigator software is great for newbies setting up an amp for the first time and Pioneer’s control app for Android and iOS devices is pretty darn good.

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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Yamaha RX-V379

Yamaha RX-V379 Review

The Yamaha RX-V379 is the step-down version of the 479. The 379 is basically a no frills receiver. You won’t find WiFi on its list of features although it does include Bluetooth. It also supports HDCP 2.2 copy protection for 4K video. What the 379 lacks in features, it makes up for in sound quality. It’s sound quality is on par with that of the Yamaha RX-V479, but the 379 is about $100 cheaper. If you don’t need a lot of bells and whistles with your AV receiver, the 379 is probably the 2nd best option out there.

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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Denon AVR-S510BT

Denon AVR-S510BT Review

The Denon S510BT is probably your best option if you’re looking for a no-frills 5 channel amp. It is a mirror image of the Yamaha RX-V379, with both having Bluetooth and HDCP 2.2 support. So what makes the 510BT better? The truth is, not much. Across the board the 379 and 510 are nearly equal in every way. The only thing that gives the Denon S510BT a slight edge is the USB input on the front (yes, I know we’re being picky)

You can check out our full review HERE.

 

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