AT A GLANCE
Audiophile sound quality
Outstanding build quality
Successful YPAO room correction
Pedestrian power output
Suboptimal video processing
Crowded, hard-to-use remote
A $700 receiver that puts the audio first.
The AVR is the Grand Central Station of our home entertainment systems. Everything runs into one box from our source components and then out to our speakers and displays for audio and video. In the process, we hope the video signal moves through the AVR without being harmed and that the amplifiers in the receiver mate well with our speakers, providing them plenty of juice without any distortion or clipping.