There are many ways for you to choose the best AV receiver or amplifier. On The Home Cinema Guide, I provide buying guides, product reviews and specifications - which can help to make your decision.
But there is another way. Just check out what everybody else has been buying!
Going for a popular AV receiver can be a great shortcut to finding the right model for you. But, where are you going to find this information? Right here, that's where!
I've been crunching the numbers on all the AV receivers bought by our readers over the last 6 months at Amazon.com*. My spreadsheet skills were taken right to the limit - which, to be fair, isn't difficult.
Anyhoo, you might find some inspiration from these popular AV receivers.
There is a good spread of sales across the popular AV receiver brands. However, Yamaha has the most receivers in this list and total sales across all their models. Most of these receivers are at the mid-to-low end in terms of price.
This just goes to show that even the cheaper AV receivers provide many of the features that people need. Having said that, it's good to see the excellent high-end Yamaha AVENTAGE RX-A3070 making an appearance. It's also interesting to see a mix of old and newer models.
I thought it would be useful to focus on the best selling brands in more detail. If you aren't used to looking at the range of AV receivers that manufacturers release, you might not be aware that many of the models that you see are just newer versions of older models.
Also, the best selling lists are always weighted in favour of the models that have been around longer.
Therefore, here is a list of the top 5 best selling Yamaha AV receivers grouped by their series - with the latest version highlighted. This will give you a clearer idea of the most popular range.
The top two series of Onkyo receivers were amongst the biggest sellers in the last 6 months. The NR series obviously appeal to users with their balance between features and price. However, the higher-end RZ series also feature well for those who demand a bit more quality.
It's interesting to see that with Denon it is the higher-end receivers which are selling the best. The AVR-X series may cost a little more, but they are top quality receivers. However, the mid-range SR series also proved popular - and these are definitely worth considering if you don't want to spend too much.
Sony doesn't offer as many models as some of the other brands. However, the ones that are available are usually very popular. In fact, the top-selling model, the STR-DN1080, is the 4th best seller in the last six months.
As with Sony, Pioneer don't provide as many models as some other brands. But, they have established a good reputation with their AV receivers which makes them well worth considering. The mid-range VSX-LX Elite series are the most popular in recent months, with the higher-end SC-LX Elite models also making an appearance.
Marantz receivers have a reputation for the musical sound of their receivers. This comes from their long history in making excellent Hi-Fi equipment. The result is a range of AV receivers that will sound good for movies and music. If you are looking for an all-in-one all-rounder then these might be for you.
*Note: the information here is collated from affiliate reports provided by Amazon.com. The Home Cinema Guide is an affiliate at Amazon. This means I receive a small commission if a reader follows a link to Amazon and makes a purchase - just like the links on this page. This helps to keep the website providing free home theater information. The reports contain no personal details, but I can see a list of products purchased. This enables me to produce useful articles such as these to help the home theater community.
Paul started the Home Cinema Guide to help less-experienced users get the most out of today's audio-visual technology. He has worked as a sound, lighting and audio-visual engineer for around 20 years. At home, he has spent more time than is probably healthy installing, configuring, testing, de-rigging, fixing, tweaking, re-installing again (and sometimes using) various pieces of hi-fi and home cinema equipment.