Best AV Receiver in 2020

Best AV Receiver in 2020

👉5 – Sony STR-DH590 –
👉4 – Pioneer VSX-LX303 –
👉3 – Yamaha RX-V685 –
👉2 – Denon AVR-X4500H –
👉1 – Denon AVC-X6500H –

A/V receivers act as the command center of your home theater system performing a host of essential functions, including decoding your DVD’s surround sound formats, driving your loudspeakers, and switching between audio and video components. So it goes without saying, if you want high-quality surround sound, you need a high-quality A/V receiver.

In this video, we’ll be comparing the 5 Best AV Receivers that are designed for different kinds of users. We will take into consideration performance, features, and price; so you can decide which is best for you. All the products on our list were selected based on their own inherent strengths and features.

We’ll be comparing the Sony STR-DH590, Pioneer VSX-LX303, Yamaha RX-V685, Denon AVR-X4500H, and the Denon AVC-X6500H; which are all great options if you’re in the market for an AV Receiver.

We’ll break down which AV Receiver is best for you, and what you can expect to get in return for your money. We’ll help you decide if one of the models on our list seems like a great purchase.

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  1. Frank Bailey on January 24, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    For me personally ive went through lots of different setups and brands. I ended up going back to Denon after my Elite didnt cut it and my flagship Onkyo had the common HDMI failure.
    Speaker matching to any setup is a make or break for any system.

  2. Nicholas Stephens on January 24, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Please do a review on poineer sc lx 904 thanks

  3. Jonn Cockrell on January 24, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    This is just a recital of stats not a comparison.

  4. skandigraun on January 24, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Hi, Microsoft Sam

  5. planet 9 on January 24, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Si para que vengan a desonponermelo

  6. Andy Anstadt on January 24, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I’m new to all this and am looking at getting the Yamaha RX-V685. I’m curious can you use Air Play 2 if you have wired speakers hooked up to the receiver? Or do the speakers themselves have to be Air Play 2 compatible?

  7. andrew fox on January 24, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    If you want good music most of the time try to avoid buying AV amplifiers Yamaha sound s*** they call it delicate and natural sounding let’s be honest it sounds s*** your driving your amplifier fullblast for a a little bit of power Denon is pretty much the same a little bit better since they’ve adopted Odyssey from Onkyo but that’s about it I don’t think and I haven’t seen any on the market today especially the new Atmos receivers that are any good including Onkyo but without trying to sound biased 10 years ago go on P&O did rule the roost they sounded amazing musically and on film they were brilliant with or without subwoofers expensive speakers or not they absolutely pissed over everything now I’m not so sure if you want good music get a designated stereo amplifier if you want good films get a good soundbar this is dead technology you just have to look around at the shops whether it be stereo amplifiers or surround sound receiver they all look the same Onkyo Pioneer and somebody else are all the same company now is it any wonder they all looked and sound the f****** same absolutely f****** s*** they are all mediocre f****** piles of crap I’ve wasted 20 years of my life f****** about with this ship I should have stuck with my 20 year-old designated stereo amplifier which is the rattle my f****** phone’s there anything this rattles is my patience

  8. danielcrbl on January 24, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    I say that all the old ones made in Japan are still the best amplifiers ever made
    I have a Denon PMA-S10II that I will never part with

  9. Diy Starlight Ceiling. on January 24, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    Just got the Denom 4500 wow wow wow what a machine when it comes to power and sound currently installing my star light ceiling and then the 4 atmos over head speakers to give me 7,2.4.
    Can highly recommended the Denon just for sound quality alone and power deliverance.

  10. Chas L on January 24, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Hands down a Macintosh from the late sixties early seventies would destroy all these pretenders.

  11. pantera owns on January 24, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Heard denon has a great tone for movies but ok for music. And Yamaha has a great tone for music and a good tone for movies. This true?

  12. Naushad Ahammed on January 24, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    You will face protection mode soon

  13. Jerry on January 24, 2021 at 8:51 pm

    Well it’s about time someone left out the tuner. I haven’t listened to commercial radio in over 25 years. The problem is they keep interrupting the commercials with music. Same for TV for that matter 😁. YouTube is getting pretty close😳.

  14. Quince Kreb on January 24, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    I am still using my Yamaha DSP-A1000 Audio/Video Amplifier for music and movies, which I bought back in 1993! I’m thinking of upgrading ONLY because of the different technologies that movies are recorded in, like Dolby Atmos.

  15. Saint Michael on January 24, 2021 at 8:56 pm

    I don’t have much money. Really. I have a Sony STR-DH590. I only use it for music. TT, CD’S and cassettes. Audio Technica AT-LP120XUSB. Teac 850. A pair of Marantz speakers from 1985. About a thousand dollars, and it took me months to get my components. I know it’s not the best gear, but it was all I could afford. So all you guys who say "That’s crap. You should have gotten a [whatever…] It’s only $200.00 more." just remember those of us on a limited budget. Stay safe.

  16. The Bull on January 24, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    OK, but I will still use my 20 yo Onkyo amplifier xD

  17. Gennaro Tricola on January 24, 2021 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks but I’ll keep my Onkyo TX-NR797 audio quality Kicks A$$

  18. Ted O on January 24, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    I haven’t found anything that compares to the sound quality of my 1984 HarmonKardon system. My Yamaha is good and does video but my Old HK is choice when I want to hear anything. I wish I could get an AV that had that sound!

  19. angelo Aquino on January 24, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Im wondering why all of this amplifier doesn’t have microphone input.while back home hsa microphone input echo and bass and trebble.

  20. Gonzalo Miranda on January 24, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Yamaha 781, the Best.

  21. atek sudianto on January 24, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    how about denon avr-x4700H ?

  22. Duane Sharp Jr on January 24, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Does the 4500 have fm tuner?

  23. BigBlueDog810 on January 24, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Too wide a range of av receivers. I’m out

  24. mrfudd13 on January 24, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    Presentation interrupted by a commercial – thumbs down. Don’t put commercials in the middle of a presentation it’s disrespectful.

  25. Vincent Martinent on January 24, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    For me MARANTZ sr 7015 😍😍better DENON

  26. Paul Linkins on January 24, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    "phono output"

    Almost no home audio turntables have inputs. They have outputs that go to the receiver. The receiver has phono inputs.

  27. Guilherme Miranda on January 24, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    11:34 – AVR-X6500H (not AVC).

  28. Chris Sappenfield on January 24, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    I’ll take the x3600h over the x4500h any day for $799

  29. JohnnyRebel 426 on January 24, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    How in thee fuck does marantz not make the list?

  30. Black death on January 24, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    Great show👍👍👍, what is the best AVR for the PS5 and XBOX SERIES X as both counsel Don’t have a optical out?, please advise, many thanks👍👍, keep up the good work.

  31. Detail Enthusiast on January 24, 2021 at 9:14 pm

    I dj at home as a hobby. I have a Sony tower and 2 polk towers along with a Sony 100w Sub. I also have a 3000w Crown amplifier. Do I need an equalizer or AV receiver?

  32. Eric Lamb on January 24, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    No EARC = No deal

  33. Sean Malahy on January 24, 2021 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks, but I’ll keep my Onkyo TX-RZ3100

  34. Jack Richmond on January 24, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Just returned the Denon S-960H. Junk, with zero customer support. Will never go near another Denon product.

  35. Philip Cham on January 24, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Listening to arcam avr550 just now….
    Now discontinued but still great sound from low to high volume….
    Yes it’s very expensive, but amazing deals now with over 50% off.

  36. Just J on January 24, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Wow, the homeless guy on the next block can hear it just perfectly. Oh yeah, Demon doesn’t have a tuner; forget about it. I’ll go to Walmart and get a Casio stereo

  37. Benedykt Kotertzky on January 24, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    AV Receiver in 2021 must have at least 2 HDMI2.1 input !!! otherwise is obsolete

  38. Muni Raja on January 24, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    sony best avr in best surround system

  39. anthony barnes on January 24, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Best one I’ve ever had was a Onkyo .

  40. Ja ly on January 24, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    If you are buying a new receiver to accommodate the new gaming systems you may want to research the chip set bug. I just saw a video on it so you may want to wait before purchasing. Denon, Marantz and Yamaha from what I’ve read

  41. MarvelvsDC on January 24, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    I have the Sony STR-DH790…had it for 3 years and I’m very happy with it, very nice theater quality sound; I also have Polk in-ceiling speakers, and Klipsch 10” subwoofer…great combination IMHO.

  42. Daniel Chatburn on January 24, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    I think Anthem just made this video irrelevant 😊

  43. Cristian Ionescu on January 24, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Phono are INPUTS !

  44. Erik Stephens on January 24, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    Anthem AV??????

  45. Mike Beck on January 24, 2021 at 9:30 pm

    All new stereos are junk .didn’t used to need amp ..or amplified speakers. . Good old sansui and pioneer. . And the rest of the gone but not forgotten receivers. When wattage was king..still have all my old goodies .they are like gold .

  46. yusuf bahadur mohammad on January 24, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    What is best 7.1 or 7.2 avr

  47. JD on January 24, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Are they really required nowadays with amazing sound bars available. The Pioneer AV receivers I bought last years cuts the video from time to and it is pissing me off like leave the video alone just pass it through don’t process anything and don’t cut the video for god’s sake… Next setup will be Sonos sound bar with sub and that’s it!

  48. Graham Mcphee on January 24, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  49. Polo President Elect on January 24, 2021 at 9:37 pm

    Too complicated description…this is for nerds…what about considering those who want quality equipment but without jargon?

  50. Brian Rener on January 24, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Denon AVR-S750H is worth looking at for a budget model for home theater.