2019 Top Picks of the Year A/V Receivers


A/V Receivers

Top Pick of the Year:

Marantz SR6014 9.2-channel A/V Receiver
(December/January 2020) Read Review

Reviewer Michael Trei found this sweet-looking, sweet-sounding receiver to be a standout performer with both music and movies. He was also impressed with the flexible speaker configuration options, including auto-switching between 7.2 and 5.2.4 setups based on soundtrack content, that let users make the most of the Marantz's 9 x 110-watt amp. HEOS multiroom streaming further sweetens the deal on this mid-priced receiver. $1,499, us.marantz.com


Pioneer VSX-LX504 9.2-channel A/V Receiver
(August/September 2019) Read Review

One grand gets you plenty with this IMAX Enhanced certified 9.2-channel receiver, which, along with its built-in apps, offers wireless streaming via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Chromecast built-in, AirPlay 2, and DTS Play-Fi. All the features you'd expect from a top-of-the-line model, but at an affordable price. $999, pioneerelectronics.com

Denon DRA-800H 2-channel receiver
(February/March 2020) Read Review

Stereo receivers are making a comeback, and Denon's DRA-800H proved to be a stunning example by combining audiophile-quality sonics with features like HDMI switching (including HDMI ARC), HEOS multiroom wireless and AirPlay 2 streaming, and a moving magnet phono input. $999, usa.denon.com