Good visuals are just one half of a great movie watching experience – the other half is an excellent aural experience, and to get that you need to upgrade your home theatre system. While shopping for a good AV receiver, make sure that you pick products that have been equipped with Dolby Atmos, if you need a movie hall like experience at home. Even with that parameter in mind, finding a decent AV receiver for your home theatre system is a task in itself, and it's easy to overspend if you don’t have the proper knowledge. So, to help you out in your quest, here’s a list of some of the best AV receivers that you can get for your home theatre setup. Note that these have been curated based on their availability on Amazon, as well as listed features.
Denon has a reputation for manufacturing some of the best AV receivers with wireless audio streaming. This 95-watt stereo receiver supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, HLG, HDR10, a wide colour gamut and 4:4:4 Pure colour subsampling to make sure you get the best of both worlds. The Denon AVR-S950H is 7.2 channel audio receiver with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Airplay and Heos multi-room streaming so you can listen to your favourite songs without being bound by wires. It has built-in support for Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and Siri to make sure everything is at your command. It has almost every port that you’ll need for a good home theatre set up. The Denon receiver measures 43.43 x 34.04 x 16.76-cms making it just the right size to fit in most of the entertainment systems out there.
This Japanese company has been producing a wide range of products from sound equipment to bikes, and they are pretty good at most of it. This 7.2 channel audio receiver has Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and YPAO sound optimisation for a good listening experience. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Airplay support combined with MusicCast should let you play your favourite songs in multiple rooms. But audio is not the only thing it's good at. With features like HDR10 support, Dolby Vision, HDMI upscaling and 3D passthrough for a complete movie watching experience. Alexa, when combined with Spotify, lets you control your music with your voice and that too without being bound by those pesky wires. The Yamaha 115W RX-V 585 measures 52.32 x 40.13 x 22.86cm and weighs 9.73kg making it a pretty compact and lightweight choice for the number of features it provides.
If you’ve ever run a basic Google search for good AV receivers, then you must have come across one from Pioneer. The Pioneer VSX-534 is a 5.2 channel AV receiver with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats. It is compatible with UltraHD, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision with support for HDCP 2.2 so you can enjoy all your 4K movies. Pioneer has designed this AV receiver from high-quality materials resulting in a durable and premium looking device. It has four HDMI-in ports, a single HDMI out port, multiple audio in and out ports, a USB port for power out and much more. Weighing 5.44kg, this AV receiver from Pioneer is one of the lightest and slimmest receivers in this list.
The brand claims that you can get used to enjoying your favourite movies and TV shows in clarity when you have this receiver by Denon. It supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, DTS Virtual:X, the latest video technologies like Dolby Vision, 4K video passthrough, HLG and HCDP 2.2 support on all six HDMI ports. You can also control the receiver using your voice as it is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant and can deliver high-power performance at 80 Watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.08% THD). You can have the ultimate theatre experience, thanks to the 5.1.2 surround sound speaker system and 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video specs. You can also groove to your favourite music in any part of your house with the HEOS technology, and the receiver can also decode lossless files, including ALAC among others. Last but not least, external control, IP control and compatibility with third-party applications make it easy to set up and use.