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We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in av receivers.

Yamaha R-N803 review

With excellent sound, a vast array of streaming options, and custom room tuning software built-in, Yamaha’s R-N803 is an audiophile option that won’t bankrupt your vacation fund. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Sharp SD-WH1000U Review

  • Excellent overall hi-res audio performance
  • WiSA is a wonderful thing
  • Ditto WiHD (mostly)
  • Seamless format transitions
  • NNW — Not Necessarily Wireless
  • Can’t play SACDs via WiHD
  • $5K/$6K could be a deal-breaker
Our Score 9

Denon AVR-4520CI Review

  • Smooth, fatigue-free treble
  • Good bass clarity and definition
  • Well-thought out feature set
  • Outstanding video processor
  • Audio performance outclassed by the competition
  • Sound lacks dynamics and punch
  • Recessed, flat, and lifeless-sounding midrange
  • The most irksome auto set up program we’ve used…
Our Score 7

Yamaha Aventage A-3020 Review

  • Clean, gutsy and powerful sound
  • Excellent detail reproduction
  • Fine performer for music, too
  • Accurate auto setup program
  • UI extremely logical and a joy to use
  • Upper mids and lower treble a little too bright
  • Sound could be more transparent
Our Score 8.5

Rotel RA-1570 Review

  • Excellent musicality
  • Dashing good looks
  • Digital and analog inputs, including phono
  • Defeatable tone controls
  • Pre-outs for subwoofer or external amp
  • Finicky remote control of mobile devices
  • USB driver install required for 24/192 (PC)
  • Sluggish remote control response
Our Score 9

Marantz SR6006 Review

  • Great sound
  • Network, USB and AirPlay included
  • Quality phono input
  • Clean, new look
  • Marantz iPhone remote app a little sluggish
  • User interface a bit slow
  • No FLAC streaming
Our Score 8

Marantz SR6007 Review

  • Top-class sound quality
  • Good-sounding phono input and headphone output
  • Excellent networking, USB, AirPlay features and…
  • Setup Wizard helps ease startup
  • Audyssey MultiEQ XT not too shabby
  • Loses some functionality compared to previous…
  • iPhone remote app still needs work
  • Weight and inputs/outputs are receding
Our Score 8

Harman Kardon AVR 3700 Review

  • Rich, immersive and engaging sound
  • Surprisingly dynamic and refined-sounding class D…
  • Most aesthetically-pleasing receiver we’ve yet…
  • Subtle yet effective auto-EQ setting
  • Backlit remote a welcome surprise
  • Limited input options and flexibility, especially…
  • Idiosyncratic bass management and tone controls
  • Quirky adjustment and auto-setup program
Our Score 8

Pioneer VSX-70 Review

  • Excellent feature set
  • AVNavigator app makes setup a breeze
  • Top-class multi-room expansion capabilities
  • Harmonically threadbare mids and treble can lead…
  • Not the last word in sonic detail or transparency
  • Single, global crossover frequency a drag
Our Score 7