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Best Home Theater Receiver


best-home-theatre-receiverIf you are thinking of setting up a full Home Theater experience in your home then you will need a Home Theatre Receiver, Projector plus Screen of 100 inches and 5.1 speakers.  A dedicated Home Theater enthusiast will not settle for less than a 5.1 speaker system and with the latest HDMI style of AV receiver.  Note that an AV Receiver provides a cost-effective way of centralizing your Home Theater system.
The following are the top 3 practical Home Theater Receivers.
The Denon AVR-1913 has great awesome features and really outstanding sound quality, but rival Home Theatre receivers offer a slightly better cost value.  This is one of the best-sounding receivers in this category.
The Sony STR-DN1030 is the only midrange Audio Visual receiver with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it one of best Home Theater Receiver values this year in terms of extra features.
The Onkyo TX-NR616 is an impressive AV Home Theater Receiver  and has good value, with eight HDMI inputs and has the lowest cost among the top three.


As most people know that a noticeable Home Theater system starts off with an impressive audio Home Theater receiver. But there is a handful of people today who do not know what exactly a Home Theater receiver is and what it actually does. For your info, Home Theatre Receivers are like the communications man between your Blu-ray, DVD and other components and linking it to your 5.1 or 7.1 speakers, while producing and enhancing your home theater surround effects! There are many quality Home Theater receivers on the market today and choosing one can be a difficult decision as it depends on your requirements and budget. Explore the latest Home Theatre Guide by Alphonso Soosay.

Denon AVR 1513 Home Theater Receiver

The Features of Denon AVR 1513:  It has fully discrete power amplifiers for all 5 channels (110 W x 5 ch, 6ohm 1kHz 0.7%). It delivers the legendary sound quality you have come to expect from Denon.  It already has the 3D pass-through technology, so you can enjoy 3D video entertainment with dynamic surround sound.  Supplied with 4 x HDMI in / 1 x HDMI out Lets you connect your HDMI-equipped devices with a single cable. Enjoy high definition audio and video. Having a front panel HDMI Input Provides an easy connection for quick hook-up and playback of your camera HDMI equipped or any portable devices. It has built-in Graphic User Interface. Its intuitive user interface makes installing and using this Denon receiver is so simple.

Sony STR-DG510 Home Theater Receiver

The Features of Sony STR DG510: A well balanced 5.1 channel Home Theater receiver with 100 Watts-per-channel. It only accepts 1080i signal through HDMI. Its HDMI connects through with 2 input source and 1 output. It is enhanced for Blu-ray disc and other HD sources. Totally comes with Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II, and DTS decoding.

Onkyo TX-NR509 5.1 Home Theater Receiver

The Features of Onkyo TX NR509: It has sufficient 80 Watts per channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.7%, 2 Channels driven, 110 watts per Channel at 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9%, 2 Channels driven.  This model has 4 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output, HDMI support for 3D use with Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, and X.V.Color. It comes with Lip-Sync features, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DVD Audio. It has options for Direct Digital connection of iPod/ iPhone via front-panel USB Port. This model comes with easy to use on screen display (OSD) via HDMI.


The Best Home Theater Receiver brands available today in the audio visual market are: Denon, Arcam, Marantz, NAD, Sony, Onkyo, Yamaha and Pioneer. The choice can be rather difficult since the feature advantages strongly depends on personal requirements which usually differ noticeably depending on the type of speakers used.
My choice is the Denon AVR-3313 7.2 Channel AV Receiver; it is a dignified addition to any Home Theater System. It delivers 125 watts RMS per channel, more than enough power for the largest of Home Theater rooms and for the most demanding of speakers.  It has 4K & 3D Pass Through, it’s a Networking Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay; Comes with quality metal front panel and flip-down door.  Having 7 HDMI inputs and 3 HDMI outputs, the receiver allows you enjoy high-definition audio and video from a range of source devices, including latest Blu-ray player, DVD player, set-top box, video  game systems, and tablet computers in multiple rooms at once. The AVR-3313 incorporates true multi-zone HDMI audio/video distribution with the inclusion of its HDMI matrix switching functionality. The AVR-3313 7.2 is the high-end model in Denon’s line of IN-Command AV Receivers.


The Best 8 Home Theater Receiver brands under $1000/- and available today in the audio visual market are: Arcam, Denon, NAD, Marantz, Sony, Onkyo, Yamaha and Pioneer. Again choices can be rather difficult since the feature advantages of each “Receiver” strongly depends on one’s personal requirements, their budget and type of multi-speakers used which usually differ noticeably. All of the above 8 mentioned registered trademarks are of respectable value.
Note that Home Theater Receivers are also referred to as an Audio Visual Receiver or Surround Sound Receiver; it is the “Heart” of a Home Theater system which provides all the control and programming required.  Every single model above have impeccable receiver with a powerful heart to pump power through the 5.1 or 7.1 speaker systems.  All above mentioned amplifiers will provide noticeably better performance over any speakers because those amplifiers’ does one thing. It powers the speaker from the supplied source material lighting up one’s ears. Assuming you have a Blu-ray player and a set of speakers whose power capacity is closely matched to the receiver or amplifier’s abilities to drive its sound, it is not only sonically wonderful, but heart-warming.  When you decide to get a Blu-ray player, the sonic clarity will be irresistible.

Alphonso Soosay is an Audio Recording Engineer, Live Sound Engineer, Studio Producer, Home Theatre Educator, and has been Guest Audio Writer for i-Audio Magazine Singapore. Over the past 32 years he has recorded and mixed for several top artists in Singapore, Malaysia and Australia with Audio Visual Workshop, WEA Records and No Sweat Recording Studios, also works as an acoustic freelance consultant for corporate clients. Currently works for Edith Cowan University Perth.

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Posted on January 4, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 3 Comments Short URL