Audio Receivers Over $500 - Gift Guide 2015-2016

Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – 2016: Top 10 Audio Receivers Over $500

November 9, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

When it comes to audio receivers, be them stereo or surround sound, not all of them are born equal. The more you spend, the better sound quality you’re likely to get. We’ve covered lists under $250 and $500 but this list focuses on the expensive, the creme de la creme. These are some of the best audio receivers that are readily available in the US.

Cambridge Audio – Minx Xi Digital Music System

Cambridge Audio - Minx Xi Digital Music System

Cambridge Audio is a name that’s been around for years now, and if you know someone who wants a HiFi system for the modern age, this is a great receiver to consider. Built and born for the internet, this will stream music over a local network, as well as access online content and streaming music services, making the most of the likes of Spotify and more.

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Onkyo TX-NR747 7.2-Channel Network A/V Receiver

Onkyo TX-NR747 7.2-Channel Network A:V Receiver

Onkyo is a Japanese name known for their quality electronics and this AV receiver will certainly get the job done. Full of inputs and some great manual selectors on the front of it, this option has everything you could want for a living room or small home theater setup. There’s also a music optimizer button here to allow this to pull double-duty.

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Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver

Marantz M-CR611 Network CD Receiver

Fora compact solution that basically does everything, this Marantz option is well worth looking into. With CD playbacks, internet services, network playback and Bluetooth as well as digital in and many RCA inputs, this little box of wonders will do basically whatever you want where music is concerned. With no Blu-Ray playback however, this isn’t for the videophile out there, but more the discerning audiophile.

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NAD Electronics T758 7.1 Channel 3D A/V Surround Sound Receiver

NAD Electronics T758 7.1 Channel 3D A:V Surround Sound Receiver

if music is a big concern, but you know someone that needs a little of everything, then this NAD 7.1 option could be what they need. NAD a big HiFi name, but this will handle HDMI in and output some excellent 7.1 surround sound, basically doing everything justice. It’s a looker as well, with very little on the front of the device to get in the way of its clean lines.

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Pioneer Elite SC-81 AV Receiver

Pioneer Elite SC-81 AV Receiver

For something a little more substantial, this Pioneer option has everything a home theater setup would need. HDMI 2.0 is here along with 4K upscaling, DTS-HD for sound and everything else that you could think of. The front looks a little complicated, but for those that really want to make the most out of their Blu-Ray content, this will get the job done and then some.

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Yamaha RX-V679BL

Yamaha RX-V679BL

Yamaha has been offering up products like these for years now, and this is one of the more affordable options in this selection. It won’t break the bank, not entirely anyway, but it has all the same sort of features as the other options here. With some extras like Bluetooth and a nice remote, this is well worth considering.

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Sony STRZA2000ES 7.2-Channel 4K AV Receiver

Sony STRZA2000ES 7.2-Channel 4K AV Receiver

Sony is a mother big brand, and this simple-looking, yet powerful 4K AV receiver ticks pretty much every box going. This is for the serious cinephile and audiophile all rolled into one. With some of the best sound of all these AV receivers, it can be configured using a web-browser and has more bells and whistles than you’d ever think necessary for something like this. A real all-in-one, endgame setup this is an excellent option.

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YAQIN MC-10T Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier

YAQIN MC-10T Vacuum Tube Integrated Amplifier

Know someone that loves that Tube Sound? Well this, fairly expensive, option not only looks great, but it will sound great as well. Powered by no less than eight different vacuum tubes, this will light up any room and look great as the centrepiece of any decent HiFi setup. For serious music listeners only, this is the sort of thing that audiophiles dream of.

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Denon AVR-X4100W 7.2 Network A/V Receiver

Denon AVR-X4100W 7.2 Network A:V Receiver

This Denon offering is one of the few on this list that offers up support for Dolby Atmos, a much better way of experiencing surround sound with excellent imaging and separation. It might be pricey, but it has all the right boxes ticked, and it also has wireless capabilities to boot.

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Marantz SR7010 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Sourround Receiver

Marantz SR7010 9.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD AV Sourround Receiver

If money is no object, then this is an excellent option. With more inputs and outputs than is easy to count, this Marantz is a 9.2 surround sound option, and one of the few in existence. For a serious home theater experience, this will get it all done, including full support for 4K to boot. Pricey yes, but fully-loaded.

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