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Which Are the Best AV Receivers Under $1000 in 2017?

So, you want to know which are the best AV receivers under $1000? That’s great. In 2017 there are several fantastic receivers for you to choose from. The problem is, where do you start?

Well, I’ve tried to make your life a little easier by picking a top 5 for you to consider. All of these AV receivers come in under the $1000 mark. Hopefully, this list will help you narrow down your options.

I will get into the specifics of each model, and highlight some of the important features that make each one stand out. So, if I were looking for an AV receiver in this price range, which ones would I be checking out?

Top 5 AV Receivers Under $1000 Comparison Table

1. Denon AVR-X2400H 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Best AV receivers Under $1000 - Denon AVR-X2400H

The Denon AVR-X2400H is a terrific AV receiver with all the main features most people will need.

It has support for a standard 7.2 surround sound speaker system. Or, if you want to try out object-based audio, then you can have a 5.1.2 speaker system for Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.

These connections will also allow for audio playback in different zones. You can play a 5.1 surround sound movie in your main room while sending stereo audio to speakers connected in another room.

There are 8 HDMI inputs (1 on the front), and 2 HDMI outputs allowing for the connection of two different displays. All the HDMI connections support the latest specifications. 4K Ultra HD 60Hz video, High Dynamic Range (HDR10) and BT.2020 pass-through.

The ‘H’ in the name of this receiver refers to the fact that it is enabled for Denon’s HEOS wireless technology. If you buy one, or more, HEOS speakers you can stream music to all parts of your home. This receiver will allow you stream audio from many sources. From your home network, internet radio or various streaming services like Spotify®, Pandora® and Deezer.

The downloadable HEOS app will also allow you to control the AV receiver from your phone or tablet.

* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven
Denon AVR-X2400H AV Receiver Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D) Weight (lbs) Power (W) Speaker Impedance (Ohms)
17 1/8" x 6 5/8" x 11 3/8" | 434 x 167 x 288 mm (w/o antenna) 20.7 95* 4-16
Network / Wireless? Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / HEOS 7.2 5.1.2 7+1 / 2

As we are talking about the best home theater receivers under $1000, you may also be interested to know that there is another option from Denon. The next model up in this series is the Denon AVR-X3400H 7.2 channel AV receiver.

It is slightly more expensive than the AVR-X2400H, but you should still be able to buy it below our target price. It has all the features we have already discussed but it adds some extras here and there.

One of the main differences is that it has a bit more power – 105 watts of power compared to 95 watts (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2ch driven). It can also send any HDMI, optical, coaxial or network input out to Zone 2. The AVR-X2400 is restricted to USB or analog inputs.

The AVR-X3400H comes with the Audyssey MultEQ XT32 auto speaker setup software. This is more flexible than that available on the AVR-X2400H.

Another advantage of the AVR-X3400H is that it can upconvert an incoming analog signal and send it out through the HDMI output. The AVR-X2400H cannot.

Obviously, if you don't need these extra features, then the AVR-X2400H would be the better choice for you.

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2. Yamaha RX-A770 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Yamaha RX-A770 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Next up is from one of my favorite manufacturers, Yamaha. The Yamaha RX-A770 is part of the AVENTAGE range of AV receivers. An AVENTAGE receiver is designed with top-notch audio quality in mind. So, you if you are particular about sound quality then this model will be worth considering.

With 95 watts of power (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven), it should provide plenty of volume for most people.

It supports 7.2-channels for a full reproduction of surround sound movies. This can be reconfigured as 5.1.2 if you want to enjoy Dolby Atmos or DTS:X with height speakers.

There are 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output, which should be fine for most setups. However, this is less than some of the receivers here, so make sure this is enough for your needs.

As with most new home theater receivers these days, the HDMI ports have full support for 4K Ultra HD pass-through. They also support HDCP 2.2, HDR10, Dolby Vision™ and BT.2020.

* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2 Channels Driven
Yamaha RX-A770 AV Receiver Specifications
Dimensions Weight (lbs) Power (W) Speaker Impedance (Ohms)
17 1/8” x 6 3/4” x 15” | 435 x 171 x 380 mm (w/o antenna) 23.1 95* 4-8
Network / Wireless? Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / MusicCast 7.2 5.1.2 5+1 / 1

The RX-A770 has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay wireless connectivity. Plus, it also supports MusicCast speakers. MusicCast is Yamaha’s wireless speaker solution and allows connections to devices in up to 9 different rooms.

This model comes with a nice aluminum front panel to give it a premium look. In addition, it has an advanced design for the feet which aims to reduce external vibration.

If you are looking for a few extra features, then you might want to know that there is the Yamaha RX-A870 7.2-channel AV receiver which also comes in under $1000.

As the name suggests, this model is the next one up from the Yamaha RX-A770 but has a few extra tricks up its sleeve.

Some of the main improvements include:

  • 100 watts of power (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven)
  • 8 HDMI inputs / 2 HDMI outputs
  • Full 7.2-channel Preouts

You just need to decide if these extras are worth the extra money for you.

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3. Onkyo TX-RZ720 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Onkyo TX-RZ720 AV Receiver

One of the nice features about the higher-end Onkyo AV receivers is that they are THX Certified. The point of THX certification is to set a high-level standard for components and build-quality. You can be sure the equipment reproduces audio exactly the way the audio engineers in the studio imagined.

All the RZ Series AV receivers use high-quality components in order to boost the detail and accuracy of music and movie soundtracks. They are designed to sound great.

As well as standard 7.2-channel support, this AV receiver offers slightly more when it comes to object-based audio. The other models mentioned so far offer 5.1.2 speaker configuration support. However, this AV receiver allows for an extra subwoofer while playing Dolby Atmos or DTS:X. It supports a 5.2.2 speaker configuration.

It has plenty of power with 110 watts (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2ch driven). It also supports speakers with an impedance of 4 ohms to 16 ohms.

There are 6 rear HDMI inputs, with an extra one on the front. Not as many as some, but that should be enough for most people. It has 2 HDMI outputs – one for the main zone and another for zone 2.

* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
Onkyo TX-RZ720 AV Receiver Specifications
Dimensions Weight (lbs) Power (W) Speaker Impedance (Ohms)
17 1/8" x 6 15/16" x 14 7/8" | 435 x 177 x 378 mm 23.1 110* 4-16
Network / Wireless? Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FireConnect 7.2 5.2.2 6+1 / 2

The HDMI ports all support HDR10, Dolby Vision™, 4K 60p pass-through and HDCP 2.2.

As for network connectivity, there are quite a few options with this model. It supports the fairly standard connection types of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth. However, there are also two other options.

FireConnect™ is a wireless multi-room audio technology. It allows this receiver to connect to wireless speakers around your home. This technology is being used by Onkyo and Pioneer in some of their products.

But that’s not all. There is another emerging wireless streaming protocol called DTS Play-Fi®. This is also available on this device via a firmware update. DTS Play-Fi allows for wireless streaming from any Wi-Fi connected mobile device. This is then sent to a network of wireless speakers around your home.

The following video explains all about the FireConnect™ wireless audio system that Onkyo has integrated into many of their AV receivers. If you don't really understand how it is all supposed to work, you should find this interesting:

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4. Pioneer VSX-LX302 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Pioneer VSX-LX302 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

The next cab on the rank is this little beauty from Pioneer. Part of their Elite Series, the VSX-LX302 is a 7.2-channel home theater receiver with plenty of features.

With 100 watts of power (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2ch driven), this model also supports object-based audio configurations of 5.2.2. Notice the extra subwoofer, as was the case with the Onkyo receiver.

If you need more power and channels, then the top-of-the-range Pioneer AV receiver features highly in my guide to the best high-end AV receivers of 2017.

Pioneer have their own auto room tuning software. It is called MCACC, which is almost as complicated as the full name - Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System. However, the most complicated part is saying it. The easy bit is you can use the supplied microphone to automatically configure your speakers. It will compensate for your room and other variables such as speaker size, level and distance.

If you have a compatible display, then this receiver will pass-through either HDR10 or Dolby Vision. It also has support for the next generation video standards of 4K, HDCP2.2 and BT.2020.

* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC
Pioneer VSX-LX302 AV Receiver Specifications
Dimensions Weight (lbs) Power (W) Speaker Impedance (Ohms)
17 1/8" x 6 13/16" x 14 9/16" | 434 x 173 x 370 mm 22 100* 4-16
Network / Wireless? Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / Chromecast / DTS Play-Fi / FireConnect 7.2 5.2.2 6+1 / 2

There are 7 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs on this device.

You can stream audio via ethernet, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is also the option to enable Chromecast via a firmware update. This isn’t available on most of the other receivers, so if you want to cast music from your mobile device, this might a model worth considering.

Pioneer has also bought into the wireless streaming possibilities of FireConnect™ and DTS Play-Fi®. FireConnect™ is built-in, but DTS Play-Fi® will need a firmware update. Having these two options for wireless streaming will give you some flexibility when deciding which system you want to go with.

All the above can be controlled with the Pioneer Remote App, available at an app store near you!

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5. Marantz SR5011 7.2-Channel AV Receiver

Marantz SR5011 7.2 Channel AV Receiver

My final suggestion is this AV receiver from Marantz. Well-known for their Hi-Fi components, they also produce some excellent AV equipment.

This AV receiver is rated at 100 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2ch driven), which should provide enough volume even in larger rooms. It is a 7.2-channel receiver, so the extra subwoofer might come in useful for leveling out the bass in your room.

It also supports speakers with an impedance as low as 4 ohms, which isn’t the case in many AV receivers.

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound are supported up to a 5.1.2 configuration, so you can experience surround sound with the extra height speakers. The DTS:X feature will need to be enabled via a firmware update.

* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven
Marantz SR5011 AV Receiver Specifications
Dimensions Weight (lbs) Power (W) Speaker Impedance (Ohms)
17 3/8" x 6 3/8" x 11 3/4" | 440 x 161 x 298 mm (w/o antenna) 22.1 100* 4-16
Network / Wireless? Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth 7.2 5.1.2 7+1 / 2

With 8 HDMI inputs and 2 outputs, you probably won’t have a problem connecting all your devices. The HDMI ports all support the latest HDMI 2.0a specification, so you can count on support for 4K UHD/60Hz, HDR10, 3D and BT.2020.

By the way, if you need help connecting your system, you might want to check out the article 'How to Set Up Surround Sound: Easy Home Theater Install Tips'.

You can control all the major functions of this receiver using the Marantz AVR Remote App. Volume, inputs and settings can all be changed via the app. It also allows for building music playlists which can be saved and recalled when required. This attention to detail for music probably stems from their long history with Hi-Fi components.

Automatic speaker configuration is controlled via the advanced Audyssey MultEQ XT system. This has more precision than the standard version of this software. It uses advanced algorithms to measure your room and adjust the speaker output.

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Conclusion

So, there we have it. Five excellent options for anybody looking for the best home theater receivers under $1000.

In this price range, the main difference from those in a lower price bracket is the quality of the components used to build them. You will likely notice a better sound quality. This can be important for some people with better speakers, or those who like listening to music more.

If these AV amps aren't quite what you looking for, you might want to check out the best AVR under $500.

If you need more channels above a 7.2 speaker system, then you would probably need to go into a higher price range. But, if a standard surround sound speaker system is all you need, then these high-quality AV receivers are a great option.

If all the options available in a modern AV receiver are making your head spin, then you might want to take a look at my buying guide for the best AV receivers.


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