Best 7.1 Receivers

Check out the best 7.1 receivers, as rated by Digital Trends’ expert reviewers.

Best 7.1 ReceiversReceivers are among the more challenging devices to evaluate for most consumers as the vast numbers of features and terminology can lead to an endless string of questions about which products are actually better than others. Our experts have put 7.1 receivers through rigorous testing to help answer those questions in your language. Below you’ll find the ten best 7.1 receivers on the market. Click on any receiver below to read the full review. Find one on this list that matches your budget and we’re certain you’ll be pleased.

Our best AV receivers list is continually updated as we review new receivers that enter the market.

Rotel RA-1570

The RA-1570 is an absolutely gorgeous integrated amp that sounds even better than it looks.

  • Release price $1599
  • Width 17 in
  • Depth 5.6 in
  • Height 13.2 in
  • Pros: Excellent musicality , Dashing good looks , Digital and analog inputs, including phono , Defeatable…
  • Cons: Finicky remote control of mobile devices , USB driver install required for 24/192 (PC) , Sluggish…
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Pioneer Elite SC-79

Not only does the Pioneer Elite SC-79 A/V receiver redefine its own Elite moniker, it redefines what an A/V receiver is capable of. For that, Pioneer should be very proud, indeed.

  • Features Air Play, Multi Zone, Over 3 HDMI inputs, Upsacling, ARC, THX Certified, Pre Amp outs
  • Release date 10/23/2013
  • Release price $3000
  • Width 17.13"
  • Depth 7.31"
  • Pros: Gobs of power , Highly dynamic , Comfortable, warm sound with lots of detail , Advanced multi zone…
  • Cons: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi require accessory purchase , Single crossover point for all speakers , MCACC…
Our Score 9
User Score 10

Sharp SD-WH1000U

While the WISA setup will set you back, Sharp’s WHRAP provides spine tingling audio and HD video, and leaves the wires behind

  • Channels 7.1
  • Pros: Excellent overall hi-res audio performance , WiSA is a wonderful thing , Ditto WiHD (mostly)…
  • Cons: NNW — Not Necessarily Wireless , Can’t play SACDs via WiHD , $5K/$6K could be a deal-breaker
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Yamaha Aventage A-3020

Album after album, we enjoyed the way the Yamaha RX-A3020 made music, and our experience with this latest version mirrors the excellent performance we got from the 3010…

  • Features Air Play, Multi Zone, Over 3 HDMI Inputs, Upscaling, Internet Connected, Internet Radio, HD/Satellite Radio, Phono Input, Pre Amp Outs
  • Release Date 7/12/2012
  • Release Price $2199.95
  • Width 17.12"
  • Depth 18.37"
  • Pros: Clean, gutsy and powerful sound , Excellent detail reproduction , Fine performer for music, too…
  • Cons: Upper mids and lower treble a little too bright , Sound could be more transparent
Our Score 8.5
User Score 0

Yamaha RX-V773

For Yamaha’s best performance and value under $1,000, these receivers are the way to go.

  • Features 3D Pass Through, Air Play, Multi Zone, Over 3 HDMI Inputs, Upscaling, ARC (Audio Return Channel), Thx Certified, Internet Connected, Internet Radio, HD/Satellite Radio, Pre Amp Outs
  • Release Date April 30, 2012
  • Release Price $799.99
  • Width 17.12 inches
  • Height 6.75 inches
  • Pros: Clean, muscular sound , Dual HDMI outputs , Built-in AirPlay , Wireless Internet adapter included
  • Cons: Unimpressive Internet radio interface , Remote not backlit , Buckles under extreme volumes
Our Score 8.5
User Score 8

Harman Kardon AVR 3700

The Harman/Kardon AVR 3700 drew us into our music and movies in an engaging and immersive way every time and without fail.

  • Features Multi zone, Internet Connected
  • Release Date 4/20/2013
  • Release Price $999.95
  • Width 17.31"
  • Depth 6.5" x 15"
  • Pros: Rich, immersive and engaging sound , Surprisingly dynamic and refined-sounding class D amplifiers…
  • Cons: Limited input options and flexibility, especially USB , Idiosyncratic bass management and tone…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Sony STR-DN1030

  • Features 3D Pass Through, Air Play, Internet Connected, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 12/10/2012
  • Release Price $399.99
  • Width 16.9"
  • Depth 12.7"
  • Pros: Good headroom and dynamics , , Inclusion of both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth unique in its price class…
  • Cons: GUI navigation and set up menus still miserable , , Sounds less good for music than for movies…
Our Score 8
User Score 8

Denon AVR-4520CI

Unless the Denon AVR-4520CI’s features are exactly what your system needs, we’d recommending looking elsewhere for a top-tier A/V receiver.

  • Features Multi Zone, Over 3 HDMI inputs, ARC, Internet Connected, Internet Radio, HD/Satellite Radio, Phono Inputs, Pre Amp Outs
  • Release Date 10/2012
  • Release Price $2499.99
  • Width 17.1"
  • Depth 16.64"
  • Pros: Smooth, fatigue-free treble , Good bass clarity and definition , Well-thought out feature set…
  • Cons: Audio performance outclassed by the competition , Sound lacks dynamics and punch , Recessed, flat…
Our Score 7
User Score 4

Pioneer VSX-70

The Pioneer Elite VSX-70 has more than a few good things going for it, but at the end of the day we think it’s performance quality that counts, and the VSX-70 left us wanting for more in this regard.

  • Features Air Play, Multi Zone, Over 3 HDMI Inputs, Upscaling, Internet Connected, Pre Amp Outs, Bluetooth
  • Release Date 4/10/2013
  • Release Price $750
  • Width 17.13"
  • Depth 14.25"
  • Pros: Excellent feature set , AVNavigator app makes setup a breeze , Top-class multi-room expansion…
  • Cons: Harmonically threadbare mids and treble can lead to listener fatigue , Not the last word in sonic…
Our Score 7
User Score 2