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-DN1080 7.2 Channel Receiver


The Sony STR-DN1080 is the AV receiver to beat this year. It’s one of the most full featured amps on the market. WiFi, Bluetooth, and Multi-room audio are all built-in. If that’s not enough, it also supports 4K video in all its glory. Last year Sony dropped the ball by not including Dolby Atmos or DTS:X, however, this year’s a different story. Both object based formats are supported by the 1080. If you combine this with its excellent sound quality, buying this amp almost becomes a no-brainer.


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Onkyo TX-NR676 7.2 Channel Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR676 Review

If you’re looking for a full featured AV receiver, look no further than the Onkyo TX-NR676. WiFi, Bluetooth, 4K video, Dolby Atmos, & DTS:X are all included with the 676.  The receiver also allows you stream from an impressive number of music streaming services such as TIDAL, Deezer, Pandora, and TuneIn. Google Chromecast built-in is also on its list of features as are multi-room audio protocols – DTS Play-Fi and FireConnect. As is usually the case with Onkyo receivers, the Onkyo 676 also has pretty good sound quality.


Where to Buy:

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Yamaha RX-V583 7.2 Channel Receiver

Yamaha RX-V583 Review

The Yamaha RX-V583 is sometimes forgotten about in Yamaha’s RX line, but it shouldn’t be. This receiver is an all-around solid performer. Like all of the receivers on this list the 583 comes with a host of features such as WiFi, Bluetooth, DTS:X and Dolby Atmos. The amp also includes Yamaha’s MusicCast multi-room audio so you wirelessly transmit audio throughout your home. Good sound quality has been a hallmark of Yamaha receivers and the 583 maintains the status quo in this regard.


Where to Buy:

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