So how much does a good A/V receiver cost…. $1,000? How about $2,000? That may have been the case several years ago, however with today’s technological advancements and economies of scale, much of the technology that was once exclusive to high-end components has trickled down into mid-priced equipment. As a result, it’s possible to get excellent sounding equipment for under $1.000. The list below represents some of the best receivers that you can get for under $600. In fact, some of the receivers below have sound quality that rivals A/V receivers costing twice as much.

 

Sony STR-DN1070 7.2 Channel Receiver

Sony STR-DN1070 Review

The Sony STR-DN1070 has nearly everything one could want in an AV receiver. The amp has excellent sound quality and an ample list of features including full support for 4K video and multi-room features. It also has one of the best on screen interfaces that we’ve seen on any piece of AV equipment.  Our biggest gripe with the receiver is that it doesn’t support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, however if these two audio formats aren’t of interest to you, then the 1070 is a great pick.

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Onkyo TX-NR646 7.2 Channel Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR646 Review

The Onkyo TX-NR646 received nearly a perfect rating when we reviewed it and for good reason. The 646 has nearly everything you could want in a mid-range receiver. It has full 4K support with HDCP 2.2, Bluetooth, WiFi, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. If that’s not enough it has fantastic sound quality. Its MSRP is normally $699, but you can usually pick one up for under $600.

 

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Onkyo TX-NR646 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Price: $320.00

4.1 out of 5 stars (297 customer reviews)

84 used & new available from $320.00

 

 

Pioneer VSX-1124 7.2 Channel Receiver
(MSRP – $599)

Pioneer VSX-1124-K Review

The Pioneer VSX-1124 is one of the best sounding mid-priced AV receivers we’ve reviewed this year. It has Pioneer’s signature warm sound and has plenty of power for most medium sized home theaters. The VSX-1124 comes loaded with 7 HDMI inputs, supports 4k Ultra HD video, includes Apple’s AirPlay and it’s AV Navigator makes setup easier for first time users. However, the 1124 isn’t perfect. The user interface is subpar and neither bluetooth or WiFi are built into the unit. Despite these omissions when a receiver sounds this good you can overlook it’s other shortcomings.

 

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Pioneer VSX-1124 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Black)

Price: $449.88

3.4 out of 5 stars (65 customer reviews)

3 used & new available from $299.95

 

 

Sony STR-DN1050 7.2 Channel Receiver
(MSRP – $599)

Sony STR-DN1050

Sony’s been on a roll the past few years releasing a spate of great sounding receivers. The Sony STR-DN1050 continues this trend. The 1050 has nearly every feature that the average home theater user could possibly want beginning with it’s simplified interface. The GUI on the 1050 may be the slickest we’ve seen on A/V box. It’s simple, intuitive and is a definite departure from what we’re used to seeing on a receiver. To prove it also has substance, the Sony 1050 includes 6 HDMI 2.0 inputs and a handful of analog and digital connections. 4K televisions will become more prevalent the next few years and it would be wise to pick-up a receiver that’s capable of supporting 4K. The 1050 supports both 4K pass through and upscaling. The Sony STR-DN1050 manages to also cram Bluetooth and WiFi into it’s metal box which facilitates a variety of streaming options. More important than all of the above, the 1050 has top notch sound reproduction making it the total package.

 

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Sony STR-DN1050 7.2 Channel Hi-Res 4K AV Receiver (Built-in Wi-fi & Bluetooth)

Price: $549.95

3.5 out of 5 stars (229 customer reviews)

8 used & new available from $329.97

 

 

Sony STR-DN1060 7.2 Channel Receiver
(MSRP – $599)

Sony STR-DN1060

The Sony STR-DN1060 is the heir apparent to the 1050 above. When compared to last years model it’s an improvement in every way. It has the same fantastic sound quality and all the features of the 1050 plus it offers full 4K video support by being HDCP 2.2 compatible.

 

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Sony STRDN1060 7.2 Channel Hi-Res Wifi Network AV Receiver (Black)

Price: $399.99

4.1 out of 5 stars (122 customer reviews)

15 used & new available from $339.97

 

 

Onkyo TX-NR535 5.2 Channel Receiver
(MSRP – $499)

Onkyo TX-NR535

Onkyo is known for yearly packing tons of features in their A/V receivers and this year’s Onkyo TX-NR535 is no exception. Like all Onkyo receivers, it’s not the prettiest kid on the block, but behind it’s hard exterior is a feature packed A/V receiver. It’s loaded with extras including both WiFi and Bulit-in Bluetooth. The 535 also allows for 4K passthrough, however it doesn’t upscale regular HD content to 4K. The Onkyo 535 also includes tons of internet radio streaming options which include Tune In Radio, Pandora, SlackerTM, SIRIUS XM Internet Radio, Spotify, AUPEO!, and Deezer. Throw in 6 HDMI inputs and the 535 is capable of filling any medium sized home theater room with great sound. Anyone in the market for a new 5 channel receiver, should give the Onkyo 535 serious consideration.

 

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Denon AVR-S900W 7.2 Channel
(MSRP – $599)

Denon AVR-S900W

The Denon AVR-S900W was added to Denon’s line-up this year and comes fully loaded. It includes a staggering 8 HDMI inputs. Which means you and your neighbor can each connect your HDMI equipment into it and your neighbor’s neighbor can connect their HDMI equipment into it and you’d still have HDMI inputs left over. On top of this, it also has built-in WiFi, Bluetooth and is Airplay compatible. If this isn’t enough to sway you, it also allows for 4K-Ultra HD passthrough and upscaling. Oh, and one more final thing of note, the Denon S900W also happens to sound great.

READ OUR FULL REVIEW OF THE Denon AVR-S900W

Denon AVR-S900W 7.2-Channel Network AV Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Price: $474.88

3.9 out of 5 stars (210 customer reviews)

9 used & new available from $315.00

 

 

Yamaha RX-V577 7 Channel Receiver
(MSRP –  $549)

Yamaha RX-V577

When we reviewed the Yamaha RX-V577 receiver we were immediately enamored by it’s spacious and open sound stage. On top of this, the 577 has built-in WiFi (but not bluetooth) and has a pretty good selection of internet streaming options. It also boasts 6 HDMI inputs and offers AirPlay support. The 577 also gives users the ability to make some fairly in depth tweaks to the EQ settings. However, the one thing that really stood out when we reviewed it was the virtual cinema front. This feature creates a virtual surround experience with only the front speakers. When testing it, we had our doubts about how effective this mode would be, however when active it immediately created a wider sound stage. Overall, this feature will give anyone who’s challenged with speaker placement a way to create a wider and more engaging sound stage.

 

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Yamaha RX-V577 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay

Price: $449.95

4.2 out of 5 stars (131 customer reviews)

5 used & new available from $304.00

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