Best AV Receiver for Music & Movies Reviewed

If you are here, you are probably wondering, What’s the Best AV Receiver for Music out there?

But before answering this, there’s another pertinent question to ask….

Do You Really Need an AV Receiver for streaming music, movies etc.

The answer to this is very simple. Yes, if you are an avid audiophile who wants an immersive surround sound experience in your room or elsewhere.


Now you might be wondering, How Does an AV Receiver Improve Audio Quality?

Let us give you a spiel on home theater AV Receivers which will also manifest in the upcoming list of recommendations.

An  Stereo AV Receiver basically is the backbone of a home theater system as it connects with your input sources like speakers, projectors etc.

A typical receiver basically entails a tuner, preamp. HDMI switching, DAC with 5 -7 power amps.

This basically enables you to control audio across multiple speaker outputs utilizing 5.1 & 7.1 channels of audio, while amplifying that sound (side by side).

In addition, the no. of channel supported (by a receiver) is directly proportional to the price (in most cases)

Hence will all that combined you’ll have to spend a decent amount of money here!

So without further ado, let’s get straight into the recommended list of AVRs which are ideal for listening to music.


List of the Best AV Receiver for Music & Movies in [2020]

Following is a recommended list of the 7 Stereo AV Receivers for streaming music.

1 – Marantz SR6014High-End Receiver for Audiophiles

2 – Denon AVR-X3600H  – Best Overall (Especially Home Audio)

3 – Yamaha RXA2080Highly Recommended for Classical Music Lovers

4 – NAD T-758Premium Stereo Surround Sound

5 – Denon AVR-S750HAffordable Home Theater Receiver

6 – Pioneer SX-10AEBudget Option 1

7 – Sony STRDH190Budget Option 2 (Cheapest on the List!)


Best AV Receiver for Music & Home Theater Audio

1. Marantz SR6014

 

best av receiver for music

 

The Marantz SR6014 is first on the list for a reason.

If you want a premium home audio receiver then the Marantz SR series is what you need.

It has a 9.1 channel support with Dolby Virtual Height Virtualization that will give you a surround & immersive audio.

For the tech savvy who wouldn’t mind spending a good amount for 2 more channels of amplifiers than the Yamaha RXA mentioned below.

You can easily setup your home automated theater with this model & it is a perfect option for live streaming music & movie enthusiasts.

Firstly, it is a high-performance 9.2 channel AV receiver that delivers high power performance at 105W per channel.

You will get 3D sound formats Dolby Atmos, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization Technology, DTS:X. DTS Virtual:X and IMAX enhanced.

The IMAX enhanced will leave your heart pounding with realistic sound and close to real colors and pictures.

The Height Virtualization will create virtual height for your audio without having over head speakers or channels.

Your sound will be elevated for a realistic feel like you are in the movie itself.

Pros

  • 9.1 Channel Support
  • Alexa Enabled
  • 4K UHD Video
  • Voice Control Enabled

Cons

  • Initial setup can be a little difficult

2. Denon AVR-X3600H

 

The Denon AVR-X3600H is second on out list.

This is a highly functional home receiver with dual subwoofer outputs & AirPlay 2 support as well.

You get 8 HDMI inputs with full HDCP 2.3 support, 2HDMI outputs with eARC support. Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, 3D, BT. 2020 all combined together to deliver deeper, richer colors that are crystal clear and bright.

Letting you absorb every pixel on the screen with awe. It has an award winning on-screen quick set up guide that walks you through step by step instructions to easily connect your TV. At the back panel you find color coded connections that can be easily coordinated.

You can relax and enjoy music without having to even move for a remote. You can control the whole system with Alexa voice control.

Plus, HEOS built-in wireless room audio technology will let you enjoy brilliant music in all rooms wirelessly.

You can even play same or different music in each room and control it with Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri.

Pros

  • Premium heart touching sound
  • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization

Cons

  • There is a quick start guide but there is no paper manual for detail instructions
  • Customer support is weak

3. Yamaha RXA2080

 

 

This model is specifically for those who are into classical or jazz music

For clutter-free set up the Yamaha RXA2080 can deliver sound wirelessly using the Yamaha MusicCast speakers.

The RX-A2080 is a 7.1 channel 4K UHD AV receiver that has built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and MusicCast.

You get spectacular picture quality thanks to the HDMI HDCP 2.2, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

The picture quality is a smooth finish, that has a rich tone and bright colors that feels more realistic than ever.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X technologies deliver extraordinary sound that is rich and realistic.

The sound is moving virtually around the objects in your room giving you an immersive feel. Two HDMI outputs mean you can simultaneously hook a TV and video projector together or anything that you desire.

Pros

  • 4K UHD picture quality
  • Zone 2 (Play music in a separate room without having to change wires)
  • Wireless sound streaming

Cons

  • Customer support is weak

4. NAD T-758

 

 

The NAD T-758 boosts DTS-HD Master Audio capability which is much sought after by audiophiles in particular.

This AV receiver has a feature called Zone 2 which also goes by Intelligent Amp Assign. It delivers stereo sound in another room.

NAD’s stereo amps are engineered in a way that deliver high-end multi-room audio.

In addition, it’s Live Room EQ Correction enables you to derive the audio quality you desire.

When the feature is turned on, the two-surround sound back channels in a 7.1 channel system are directed to the two speakers that are in Zone 2 while treating the actual room or area as a 5.1 channel and distributing power accordingly. Finally, voice control feature with Alexa makes your experience all the more relaxing.

The NAD 758 is equally good in most aspects, however firstly it is a 5.1 channel receiver so it ought to be easier on the pocket.

Other than that, there is a slight difference in room correction quality. If you have a decent budget than you can opt for this NAD-T series receiver which we have tested and loved equally.

Pros

  • Live Room EQ Correction
  • Modular Design is easily Upgradable
  • Supports mostly all speakers

Cons

  • Manual is difficult to comprehend

5. Denon AVR-S750H

 

 

For a powerfully immersive experience, you can pick the hottest receiver on our list; Denon AVR-S750H.

Denon gives you heightened sound effect with its eARC and Dolby Atmos “Height Virtualization Technology”. The sound is so realistic that you will feel you are hearing it for real. It will enhance your 4K UHD TV with this 7.2 channel receiver.

This receiver hosts all the latest features like HLG, HDR10, BT.2020, Wide Color Gamut and etc. that will refine your TV experience with brighter, richer and deeper colors.

Presence of Dolby Vision means you can now experience your images in billions of colors enjoying everything to its minutest detail.

Pros

  • Heos Built-In Technology encourages wireless surround sound
  • Dolby Vision gives exceptionally rich and deep UHD TV
  • Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization uplifts sound filling your whole room
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Difficult to set up
  • Customer support is weak

6. Pioneer SX-10AE

 

 

For easy on the bucks, the Pioneer SX-10AE is an ideal 5.1 channel receiver that has 4k and HDR support.

Known for ease in installation and use, Pioneer receivers are quite the user-friendly. It comes with 5 HDMI inputs that let you simultaneously connect your gaming console, TV, media players and etc.

The HDR technology coupled with Dolby Vison means you get crystal clear pictures that are bright in color and contrast.

Your video experience is transformed with vivid detail bringing everything to life.

With Dolby TrueHD you get elevated home theatre experience that is powerful and the DTS HD master audio makes the sound so captivating thanks to the lossless multi-channel audio feature. In totality, the surround sound will leave you spellbound in the feel of your music.

You get built-in Bluetooth to hook up the AVR with your smart devices to listen to music wirelessly. With the room calibration feature you can set up the AVR to deliver audio calibrated to your room settings.

All in all, its an extremely powerful AV receiver that is super cheap for the promising technologies it houses.

Pros

  • Majestic sound
  • Fantastic picture with Dolby Vision and other DTS technologies
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Customer support is weak

7. Sony STRDH190

 

The Sony STRDH190 is the most cheapest stereo receiver on our list.

If you are really looking for the cheapest receiver to either to save money or to experience the difference a receiver can make to your existing sound system then this is your safest bet.

This 5.1 channel receiver delivers 360-degree surround sound, that will not just make you see or hear your movie but also feel it.

Also, with HEOS built-in technology you can expand your theatre sound from one room to the whole house via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplay using HEO Multi-room Wireless speakers.

The AVR can be controlled with voice commands via Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Siri and using your smart devices via Bluetooth.

Furthermore, the EQ room correction feature optimizes the sound that you hear.

Sony supports HDMI 2.1 features like eARC and an automatic latency mode that adjusts the mode according to the purpose of use.

Pros

  • Easily Affordable
  • Low-Watt Usage
  • Low Profile & Portable Design

Cons

  • Audio Quality won’t match upto a High-End Receiver

Conclusion

Having used and studied all the receivers discussed above it is quite tricky to choose only one as the best.

Some save money while others have greater number of channels. Picture quality is almost equally great in all.

However, in terms of sound the Denon AVR-X3600H aces all thanks to its 9.2 channel that delivers mesmerizing sound that enthralls you with its depth and realistic feel.

But it is the priciest receiver on the list. However, if you are on the look for a reasonable receiver than we suggest the Denon AVR-S650BT as it delivers almost all the same features in just $230. It has lesser channels but overall, it satiates the need for an absorbing sound experience.

Whatever you decide to pick, we wish you a compelling surround sound experience!