To simplify your search, we’ve identified our favorite sub-$1000 receiver and laid out a selection of competitive options to help you find the perfect match for your particular home theater needs.
Onkyo TX-NR828 ($599) Amazon
The TX-NR828 joins remarkable sound with an extensive tool belt of features. At under $600, Onkyo has designed a receiver that holds its own against any other under receiver under $1000. Onkyo packs its patented high-current power supply into an aluminum chassis that has 130 watts per channel, 7.2 surround sound support, Zone 2 audio for music in a separate room, 8 HDMI inputs, a phono input, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi for streaming supported Internet radio services such as Spotify, Pandora, and Rhapsody. However, the TX-NR828 doesn’t play with Apple’s AirPlay — which may or may not mean much to you, depending on your love for Apple’s ecosystem. Bluetooth offers a pretty easy workaround, though.
Buy with confidence, as Onkyo delivers dependable gear, year after year. And is routinely included in our recommendations. For peace of mind, consider Onkyo’s four-year warranty for an additional $40.
Marantz SR5009 ($899) Amazon
Marantz is the go-to option for those frustrated by the nearly ubiquitous bulky design of most AV receivers. The SR5009 touts 100 watts × 7 outputs plus 4 HDMI inputs. Built-in networking will interface with Airplay, Bluetooth, Pandora, and Spotify. Look forward to that signature warm Marantz sound.
Pioneer Elite SC-81 ($999) Amazon
The SC-81 is the introduction to Pioneer’s fleet of premium receivers. You can expect it to be filled with premium audio processing goodies including 120 watts × 7 channels and built-in networking including Wi-Fi andBluetooth. It also plays well with Spotify and Pandora and is Roku Ready. Considering that the SC-81 is one of the few receivers to be Energy Star certified, it’s a exceptionally powerful receiver.
NAD T758 ($999) Amazon
The update to NAD’s impressive is T757 is terrific for anyone looking for a simple-yet-powerful receiver. Despite a smaller tool belt than other receivers on the list, the T758 still delivers 120 watt × 7 outputs. Also notable is the modular design that makes it possible to update video and audio circuits without purchasing a brand new device.
Denon AVR-3100W Amazon
Equipped with 105-watts × 7.2 channel, Ultra HD/4K passthrough, HDMI 2.0, and support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Airplay, the AVR-3100W has a premium feature set — and will provide the brawn to excel in large spaces. What’s more, the simple setup with graphical menus takes only minutes.
Yamaha RX-V777BT ($800) Amazon
Another slim AV receiver with plenty of brawn, the Yamaha RX-V777BT features 110 watts × 7 channels in addition to built-in networking that interfaces with Airplay, Pandora, and Spotify. Unlike the 677, Yamaha’s RX V777 includes a Bluetooth adapter and Wi-Fi. The steel front panel gives the RX V777 a premium and durable design.
Sony STR-DN1050 ($548) Amazon
For under $600, the Sony STR-DN1050 provides 10 HDMI inputs, one on front for MHL plus robust networking features including AirPlay, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. This device is built to satisfy. The smart looks are an additional bonus as well.
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