PS Audio SPROUT
The PS Audio Sprout is pricey, but for a lot of people might be just what they were looking for. Built with a great retro classic look and feel, this also features an excellent DAC as well as a good headphone amplifier to bring things altogether, plus it’s nice and compact as well.
Harman Kardon AVR 1510
This option from Harman Kardon is a classy affair, and will happily amp 5.1 surround sound setups wonderfully. It’s light and has an easy look about it, but as we know from Harman Kardon devices, this will provide some of the more precise and detailed reproduction on this list, and it’s not quite as expensive as the others on this list.
This option from TEAC is great for those looking for a smaller stereo receiver that can happily do it all. Connecting to the internet, you can stream music form number of sources, including a home server, and if you know someone looking for a modern stereo amp, DAC receiver combo, then this will do the trick.
As we’ve come to expect from Yamaha, this RX-V677 has loads of extras. With 4K video upscaling and 7.2 surround sound support, this thing has a whole lot going for it, and it’s an excellent choice for the movie buffs out there. With great audio and video support, this will do it all and then some, making all their favorite films come to life.
One more option from Yamaha, this is one specifically designed for the music listeners out there. For critical listeners, there are all sorts of inputs and dials to control exactly what your music sounds like. With a great remote and a lovely natural reproduction to whatever your friends and family end up playing through this.
While they might be more associated with their great sound products, Denon know what they’re doing when it comes to video as well. This large, powerful 7.2 receiver from the company ticks all the right boxes and has a large display on the front to let you know what’s playing and so on.
Sony is a big name in both audio and video, so if you know a big movie buff, then this might be the best option for them. It has oodles of inputs and it sounds great. It’s not all that expensive either, to say you’re getting such a good brand name here, but overall it won’t disappoint.
While this might be “just” a 5.1 receiver, it has WiFi and a whole lot of other goodies included. It’s got some of the best 4K processing and Dolby DTS sound processing in this list, and it’s nice and easy to control while still getting the best out of whatever it is you’re watching or listening to.
This great option from the big Japanese name is a real treat. It tops out our budget here, but it does so with Dolby Atmos, a new processing engine from Dolby that takes immersion to whole new levels. Better than simple 5.1 or 7.1, Atmos will put viewers right there in the action and atmosphere of their favorite titles.
This Marantz receiver is a slimline affair that doesn’t take up much space, yet still manages to offer up surround sound and network capabilities all in one attractive little package. It’s not too expensive, and will get the job done at half the size of some of these other options in this list.