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Which Are the Top 5 Best High-End AV Receivers in 2019?

Which Are the Top 5 Best High-End AV Receivers? - master volume control on an AV receiver
Updated: October 21, 2019

If you are looking for the best high-end AV receivers in 2019, then you're in luck. I'll try to help you narrow down your options by looking at my top 5 choices. You may not agree on the order, but I hope you'll find my selection useful.

Cheaper AV receivers can be a great place to begin if you are on a budget. But, if you want a top-end AV receiver, then you are going to have to make a more significant investment. The good news is you will be buying a high-quality home theater receiver that should last for years to come.

Top 5 High-End AV Receivers Comparison Table

Image Model HDMI In / Out Power (W/Ch) Dolby Atmos
Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV Receiver Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV Receiver 7 / 3 120 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4) Check Price
Yamaha RX-A3080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Ch AV Receiver Yamaha RX-A3080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Ch AV Receiver 7 / 3 150 5.2.4 / 7.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4) Check Price
Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV Receiver Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV Receiver 7+1 / 2 140 5.2.4 / 7.2.4 More Details
Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Ch AV Receiver Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Ch AV Receiver 7+1 / 3 150 7.2.6 / 9.2.4 Check Price
Marantz SR8012 11.2-Ch AV Receiver Marantz SR8012 11.2-Ch AV Receiver 7+1 / 3 140 7.2.4 / 9.2.2 Check Price

1. Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverSee Price

If you're interested in getting an AV receiver that works for both movies and music, then an Arcam receiver should be on your radar. Arcam is a British company that has been producing high-end audio products since 1976.

This receiver is part of the Arcam FMJ range. If you're interested, FMJ stands for Full Metal Jacket. It is the top product in this range, so there are a couple of slightly cheaper options if this receiver is out of your price bracket.

Arcam AVR850 7.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Arcam

Arcam AVR850 Highlights

The Arcam AVR850 is a 7.2-channel AV receiver with Class G amplification. 

This type of Class G amplification is the first thing that sets this receiver apart from many of its competitors. Without boring you with too many details, most AV receivers use Class A/B amplification. 

Class A/B provides a cost-effective way to get a relatively efficient amplifier that sounds good without costing too much to make.

A Class G system is much more complex and expensive to produce. However, it is a very efficient way of driving your speakers and offers very low levels of distortion. Thus, it is perfect for providing high-end audiophile sound.

If you want to learn a little more, Arcam has a simple guide here.

Because this type of amplification is complex and expensive, this partly explains why you 'only' have 7-channels built-in to this receiver.

However, there are 13 RCA pre-outs on the rear for creating a 7.2.4 surround sound setup using external amplifiers.

If you only want to use the built-in Class G channels, then you can set up a 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos system. DTS:X is also supported.

The AVR 850 provides 120 watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven) which will be plenty for most home systems. 

In fact, another nice feature about these Arcam receivers is that the only difference between all the FMJ range of receivers is the amount of power they produce. Well, that and the fact that this model is the only one with Class G amplification. The others use the standard class A/B technology.

We have full support for all the latest 4K UHD video requirements. So 4K/60p with HDMI 2.0a ports and HDCP 2.2. HDR pass-through is present for HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG.

Talking of HDMI, there are a useful 7 HDMI connections on the rear and 3 outputs. The main output supports the Audio Return Channel (ARC).

These receivers probably aren't what you need if you want all the latest wireless connectivity. There is an Ethernet port for internet connectivity, but no built-in wireless or Bluetooth.

You can still use the Ethernet connection for various online content sources like Internet radio and Spotify Connect.

Arcam AVR850 AV Receiver Features
Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out Power (W)*
7.2 5.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4) 7 / 3 120
Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Ethernet / Spotify Connect 36.8 8 recommended 17-1/16 x 6-3/4 x 16-3/4 in | 433 x 171 x 425 mm
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.02% THD, 2 Channels Driven

Arcam products should be viewed as - sound quality first, fancy features second. Everything is geared towards a high-end audiophile product. Anything that might compromise this is not present.

Another feature that might make the AVR850 a good choice for you is also – surprise, surprise – aimed at getting the best sound in your room.

Most receivers have some form of room correction technology. This is where you can measure the sound in your room – and then the built-in software will tweak the EQ and speaker timings to get the best balance of sound just for you.

Arcam AV receivers come equipped with Dirac Live room correction. Arcam expects many Arcam dealers to provide someone to come and set this up for you. However, you can run it yourself using the supplied microphone.

You will also need to download the Dirac Live software and install in on your laptop or PC. It is a more complex process than the room correction supplied with most AV receivers. 

But it will do a better job. No pain, no gain!

Dirac Live is widely accepted by many to be the best room correction technology around. It does an exceptional job of producing a balanced and immersive surround sound experience. 

Just be aware, you will need an Internet connection for this to work. The readings are sent online to the Dirac servers to make the complex calculations and number-crunching.

Of course, you don't have to use Dirac Live. You can make manual measurements and adjustments yourself. But, if you've gone to the expense of buying one of these beauties, then I think you'd be mad not to take advantage of this technology.

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  • Top-of-the-range audiophile sound quality for movies and music
  • Audiophile Class G amplification
  • Cirrus CS42528 audiophile DAC
  • 11.2-channel pre-outs for expanding on the built-in channels
  • Arcam doesn't release 'new' models every year with only a few small extra features. Instead, their amplifiers are updated via firmware with many of the newer technology updates.
  • Dirac Live automatic room correction
  • IMAX Enhanced support
  • Free MusicLife control app for iOS and Android

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  • More built-in channels would be useful – but you can always add external amplification to power an 11.2-channel speaker system
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2. Yamaha RX-A3080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Ch AV ReceiverSee Price

If you want a high-end Yamaha AV receiver, then look no further than the RX-A3080. Yamaha is one of my favorite receiver manufacturers who make excellent AV receivers at all price points.

This model is the highlight of the AVENTAGE range of receivers. These are designed by Yamaha's engineers for the highest levels of audio performance. It also has the cheapest list price for all the receivers on this page. Which, given its features, makes it a bargain.

Yamaha RX-A3080 AVENTAGE 9.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Yamaha

Yamaha RX-A3080 Highlights

The Yamaha RX-A3080 is a 9.2-channel receiver with full support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. As well as the standard surround sound layouts of 5.1 and 7.1, this unit can deliver Dolby Atmos with a speaker layout of 5.2.4 or 7.2.2.

In fact, this receiver also has processing which supports a 7.2.4 speaker layout. However, this requires an additional 2-channel power amplifier to drive the extra speakers.

DTS Neural:X and Dolby Surround modes are present if you want to upmix stereo, 5.1 or 7.1 soundtracks to your 5.2.4/7.2.2 speaker system.

This receiver has plenty of power if you need it. An impressive 150 watts per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2ch driven), should be more than enough horse-power.

With a stylish aluminum panel to hide the front connections, this beast weighs in a nearly 40lbs. It's a seriously hefty unit. Mind your back when you take it out of the box!

There are 7 HDMI inputs and 3 outputs which should be plenty for most set-ups. All support the requirements for 4K/60p Ultra HD passthrough - HDCP 2.2, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020.

The 3 HDMI outputs can either send the same video content to each location - or you can send two different sources.

As you would expect, there is a whole host of other input types. From component and composite video to optical and coaxial digital audio - plus much more besides.

One interesting feature is the addition of XLR balanced audio inputs. This allows for receiving signals from professional audio hardware - or any device with XLR audio outputs.

There is also another stereo pair of XLR audio outputs. These are pre-outs for the front left/right speakers that can be used for connecting a balanced signal into a power amplifier.

As you would expect for a high-end unit like this, there is a full set of pre-outs for every channel if you wish.

Yamaha RX-A3080 AVENTAGE AV Receiver Features
Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out Power (W)*
9.2 5.2.4 / 7.2.2 (Support for 7.2.4) 7 / 3 150
Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Bluetooth / MusicCast Surround + Multi-Room / AirPlay / Spotify Connect / Amazon Alexa 39.9 4-8 17-1/8 x 7-1/2 x 18-5/8 in | 435 x 192 x 474 mm (w/o antenna)
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.06% THD, 2 Channels Driven

This unit has 384kHz/32-bit DACs for all the main 7 channels. This is in the shape of the top class ESS SABRE PRO Premier DAC™ ES9026PRO. All the components in this receiver are designed for top-quality sound reproduction.

If you want to get into wireless audio around your home, then you're in luck too. With support for Yamaha's MusicCast system, use the app to wirelessly stream music around your home. You can have MusicCast speakers in up to 9 rooms around the house.

You will also find support for MusicCast Surround. This might be the solution you are looking for if you really want wireless surround speakers.

It's not been an easy task to get wireless surrounds with a standard AV receiver - until now!

You will need to buy either the MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 wireless speakers. These can then be configured as your surround speakers in a 5.1 setup.

Another new innovation with this model is Yamaha's Surround:AI™ technology. This is an interesting new feature that will adapt the sound in your speakers depending on the scene that is on screen. 

The aim to give you the best sound in your room, regardless of the type of audio. So, a scene with loud sound effects and music will be optimized differently to one with quiet dialogue and ambient sound.

All this happens in real-time.

If you are really looking for the best money can buy, you may be interested to know that there is another Yamaha model above this one in the line-up. However, it isn’t an integrated amplifier.

The Yamaha CX-A5200 is an 11.2 channel AV preamplifier. This means it has everything a normal AV receiver does, except an amplifier to power your speakers. You would connect all your devices here and use it to raise/lower the volume.

However, you would connect the 11.2-channel pre-outs on the rear to a power amplifier for driving your speakers.

Don’t go down this path unless you are prepared to buy a power amplifier for your speakers. The matching Yamaha power amplifier is the Yamaha MX-A5200.

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  • Great value considering build quality and features
  • 9.2-channels / 11.2 channel pre-outs
  • Top-quality AVENTAGE audio performance
  • High-quality DACs - ESS SABRE PRO ES9026PRO and SABRE ES9007S
  • Surround:AI™ technology
  • Full video and audio in Zone 2
  • Powered Zone 2 and 3 outputs
  • Support for HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG
  • MusicCast wireless streaming / MusicCast Surround
  • Amazon Alexa voice control

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  • It's a big unit. Make sure you have the space to install it
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3. Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV Receiver

Anthem is a Canadian company that has been making high-quality audio products for 20+ years. While well-known among people who immerse themselves in the world of audio technology, for the casual consumer they are possibly less familiar.

Anthem doesn't have a long list of AV receivers to choose from. But, when they release one, you should always sit up and take notice. The MRX series has three models in the range. The one highlighted here, the MRX 1120, is at the top of the pile.

Anthem MRX 1120 11.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Anthem

Anthem MRX 1120 Highlights

The first thing that jumps out at you when looking at this AV receiver, is the number of channels. The Anthem MRX 1120 is an 11-channel unit that also supports two subwoofers.

So, if you are looking for a single box that can support a large 7.2.4 immersive audio speaker system, then this ticks that box.

With full support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Surround, DTS:X and DTS Neural:X – this unit will make full use of your complete speaker system.

The upmixing modes of Dolby Surround and DTS Neural:X are particularly effective in extending standard 5.1 soundtracks into your height speakers.

That's not all. Anthem also provides their own AnthemLogic listening modes which also do a similar job. It's unusual for an AV receiver manufacturer to provide its own listening modes.

Try them all and see which you prefer.

There is plenty of power to be had here. You will have no problem driving your speakers nice and hard with this unit.

It is rated in a slightly different way to other receivers I've seen. Channels 1-5 are rated at 140 watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven). 

While the rest of the channels are rated at 60 watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven).

It's all perfectly logical though. Your main 5 speakers are the ones that do most of the work. The extra surround and height speakers less so.

One thing you might notice when looking at all the features on offer here is that there are fewer 'bells and whistles' than you find on other brands.

I have no problem with that. It tells me that Anthem is more interested in getting the basics exactly right – more than trying to cram in every little new feature under the sun.

The sound quality of this machine is right up there with the best. A powerful and dynamic performer when it comes to movies. And, equally good at reproducing stereo music. 

If you still run a separate stereo amplifier for listening to music, then you may not need it anymore if you buy this receiver.

You can be sure that you have full support for the latest 4K UHD video standards. 4K/60p video, HDCP 2.2, HDMI 2.0a and all the latest HDR technologies are present.

Anthem MRX 1120 AV Receiver Features
Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out Power (W)*
11.2 5.2.4 / 7.2.4 7+1 / 2 140
Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / Spotify Connect / DTS Play-Fi 32 4 and higher 17-1/4 x 6-1/2 x 14-3/4 in | 439 x 165 x 375 mm
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.01% THD, 2 Channels Driven

There are 7 HDMI ports of the rear – plenty for most people. There is also another HDMI connection on the front, which is a nice touch which I like to see. You might not need it much – but it's can be really handy from time-to-time.

Another standout feature of the MRX 1120 is the automatic room correction.

Anthem has developed its own system called… (drum roll please) … Anthem Room Correction (ARC). It must have taken them ages to come up with that name!

The good news is, this is up there with the best of them. The general opinion I've seen is that it is on a par with the highly respected Dirac Live system that Arcam use (among others).

You can't get much more of a recommendation than that.

It's like Dirac Live in that you need to install the software on your laptop and connect the supplied microphone to make the measurements.

In fact, each ARC-ready component comes with everything you need to get it all working. Software, microphone, tripod – even all the required cables. You just need to supply the laptop.

It does a fantastic job of measuring your room and balancing out the frequency response. It's a great way to get an immersive surround sound experience in your room.

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  • Audiophile sound quality for both movies and music
  • Anthem Room Correction (ARC)
  • 11.2-Channels for a full Dolby Atmos system
  • Premium 32-bit / 768 kHz Differential-Output D/A Converters
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG
  • DTS Play-Fi support for wireless content delivery around your home

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  • A price that isn't for the feint-hearted – but you have to pay for top quality
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4. Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Ch AV ReceiverSee Price

Denon is always a brand you should consider when looking for a new AV receiver. They really do hit the mark at a range of prices – both budget and high-end.

However, when it comes to their flagship offering, there a few receivers which match this beast.

It does come at a hefty price, but if you want a receiver which has the lot, then this beauty could be the one for you.

Denon AVR-X8500H 13.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Denon

Denon AVR-X8500H Highlights

The first feature that takes the eye on the Denon AVR-X8500H is the remarkable 13.2 channels. If you really want to take advantage of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, then you can have a 7.2.6 or 9.2.4 surround sound speaker system. 

All built-in - no further amplification required. That's impressive.

In addition to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, you can add Auro-3D support via a firmware update. 

This receiver is also one of the first models to support IMAX enhanced. This new type of content is due to be released in the coming months and will play back in all its glory on supported hardware – like this one.

IMAX Enhanced technology offers optimized pictures for HDR screens, improved aspect ratio control on large displays and customized surround soundtracks similar to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

The AVR-8500H has 7 HDMI inputs on the rear, one on the front and a useful 3 HDMI outputs.

The 3 outputs really do give you control with sending content to different zones in your home. For example, it will allow for separate connections to a main TV screen and projector. And, you can still send different video content to another screen elsewhere.

You also have plenty of options for routing audio into zones 2 and 3.

If you need the flexibility of sending some – or all – channels to an external power amp, then you will have no problems with this model. There are a full set of 13.2 pre-outs.

As you would expect with a new unit, all your current 4K and HDR technologies are supported on every HDMI interface. HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG are present along with 4K UHD 60Hz video, 4:4:4 Pure Color sub-sampling and HDCP 2.2.

Denon AVR-X8500H AV Receiver Features
Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out Power (W)*
13.2 7.2.6 / 9.2.4 7+1 / 3 150
Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Ethernet / WiFi / AirPlay 2 / Spotify Connect / Bluetooth / HEOS / Amazon Alexa / DLNA Certified 51.4 4-16 17-1/8 x 7-3/4 x 17-1/4 in | 434 x 195 x 482 mm (w/o antenna)
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz–20 kHz, 0.05% THD, 2 Channels Driven, FTC

In my opinion, one of the best benefits of a Denon receiver is the presence of Audyssey automatic room acoustic correction technology. 

I have always found the Audyssey system does a great job at correcting and balancing the sound in your room. This unit comes with the top-end Audyssey MultEQ XT32 version.

Even if you're an audio geek, who loves playing around with microphones, audio software, EQ and the like (OK, you got me, I'm talking about myself here!) - the Audyssey software always does an excellent job in half the time – and with much less fuss.

Pretty much all network and wireless connection types that you would need are covered in this unit.

From Ethernet to wireless to Bluetooth. You can make use of Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and voice-controlled technology like Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple Siri.

Denon's HEOS wireless multi-room technology is present as expected. HEOS allows for control of wireless speakers around your house. This can either be controlled via the HEOS app or Amazon Alexa.

For more advanced remote control capability this receiver allows IP control - for hardware like Control4 automation devices. Plus, it has an RS-232C serial port for connection to a range of alternative control systems. This receiver supports the major remote control brands like Crestron, AMX and Savant.

The 'Denon 2016 AVR Remote' app also allows full control of your Denon hardware from your mobile device. It works pretty well in my experience, but it could be time for an update with a slicker interface.

One thing to consider is that you will need some serious space to install this monster. It has a depth of 482mm and weighs in at just over 51 lbs. Not for the faint-hearted.

Take a look at this official Denon video to get a better look at this top AV receiver:

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  • 13.2 channels allowing for 7.2.6 or 9.2.4 speaker systems
  • Advanced video processor for upscaling low-resolution analog or digital video
  • Reference class 32-bit AKM AK4490EQ D/A converters on all channels
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG & IMAX Enhanced

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  • Nothing in terms of features and performance – but only suitable for those with a big budget.
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5. Marantz SR8012 11.2-Ch AV ReceiverSee Price

If you want an AV receiver that works well for music and movies, then a Marantz model might be worth investigating. Marantz is a manufacturer with a rich history in Hi-Fi products, so you can be sure their AV products will receive the same attention to detail.

The SR range of Marantz receivers is their top-end models. And the SR8012 is the flagship receiver. So, if you are interested in buying a Marantz receiver, it doesn't get any better than this.

Marantz SR8012 11.2-Ch AV ReceiverImage Credit: Marantz

Marantz SR8012 Highlights

The Marantz SR8012 is an 11.2-channel AV receiver with discrete power amplifiers on each channel. This means you can install a full object-based surround sound speaker layout of 7.2.4 without adding any further amplification.

But, that's not all. This unit also has an Auro-3D decoder built-in. This is rare to find in a current AV receiver and so is a bonus if you are interested in Auro-3D. This means it will also support a 9.2.2 speaker layout.

There is plenty of power under the hood here. With a rating of 140 watts per channel (8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven), you will have no problems driving even the most power-hungry of speakers.

Of course, bear in mind this rating is only for 2-channels being driven. So, it's not going to reach this while powering all channels. But, it is comparable to other receivers in this range – and that is the important thing to consider when comparing models.

As you would expect from a high-end Marantz product, this receiver is built using their famous HDAM technology. The Marantz Hyper-Dynamic Amplifier Modules have been developed over many years in their hi-fi products.

Designed to provide a detailed and dynamic sound, you can be sure this receiver will work well for both movie soundtracks and music mixes.

An impressive 8 HDMI inputs (1 at the front), and 3 HDMI outputs, all support 4K/60p pass-through. Not only is there full HDCP 2.2 and BT.2020 support, but this unit will also pass-through all the common HDR variations. That is, HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG.

Marantz SR8012 AV Receiver Features
Channels Dolby Atmos? HDMI In/Out Power (W)*
11.2 7.2.4 / 9.2.2 7+1 / 3 140
Network / Wireless? Weight (lbs) Speaker Impedance (Ohms) Dimensions (W x H x D)
Ethernet / Wi-Fi / AirPlay / Bluetooth / HEOS / Spotify Connect / Amazon Alexa / Google Assistant 38.4 4-16 17-3/8 x 7-3/8 x 18-1/8 in | 440 x 185 x 460 mm (w/o antenna)
* 8 Ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.08% THD, 2 Channels Driven

Apart from the main area in your home, this model supports two extra zones. The control you have with this model is really powerful.

You can playback the same source in all three zones at the same time – main, zone 2 and zone 3. Or, you can play separate content in all three zones.

You can connect these zones in a variety of ways, depending on which is easiest for your setup. You can send an HDMI connection directly to a zone. Or, use a combination of composite video and powered or line-out connections to send the audio.

The bonus features don't stop there. You can also use a firmware update to enable eARC support. This stands for Enhanced Audio Return Channel.

This new feature of HDMI 2.1 will allow the pass-through of object-based soundtracks from your TV into the receiver. So, for any TV app that delivers Dolby Atmos, it will be easy to get the audio into your surround sound system.

There are plenty of network connectivity options. Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth are all present. Plus, this unit has built-in HEOS wireless multi-room audio support.

Add any HEOS-compatible speakers, and you can enjoy wireless audio in every room in your house. No need to buy a separate wireless multi-room system.

This receiver is also certified to playback any IMAX Enhanced content that you may have. Ensuring that you can experience the very best quality video and audio content available.

Automatic room correction is handled by the excellent Audyssey MultEQ XT32 system. It might not be quite as good as the top dogs – Dirac Live and ARC – but it is easier to set up because you don't need to download and run any software on a laptop.

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  • Excellent value for money
  • Versatile 11.2-channels for 7.2.4 or 9.2.2 speaker layouts
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D
  • 140 watts per channel
  • Marantz HDAM audio performance
  • Support for HDMI eARC - Enhanced Audio Return Channel
  • Voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT32 room correction
  • HEOS multi-room audio streaming

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  • At this price – not much
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Conclusion

If you are in the market for a new AV receiver, then you won’t go wrong by choosing any one of these fantastic models. There are times when it is practical, or necessary, to lower your budget and choose a device in a lower price bracket.

However, if you are fortunate to not have these considerations, then you may as well look at the best there is on the market.

Check out my overview of the best AV receivers in 2019 if you want a buying guide and a closer look at some models in different price brackets.

These are some of the best high-end AV receivers in 2019. They are the flagship models from each manufacturer. Arcam, Yamaha, Anthem, Denon and Marantz. There are other top brands available, but you’ve got to narrow down your choice somewhere down the line.

We all have our favorites, and these are some of mine. Hopefully, you will find one here that fits exactly what you are looking for.

Take your time to consider what exactly you need in a new AV receiver, and you should find something here that ticks all the boxes.

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