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We’ve decided to bring our top AV receivers list closer into the realm of affordability this time, leaving out pricier pre/pros and flagship surround amps. As a result, below is a list of eight of the multi-channel machines that we think will give you the best bang-for-buck in your home theater or media room. Just as last time, although not having a chance to review many of the products here, we have nevertheless researched what’s hot, what’s been getting the good headlines, and what should deliver on both price and performance. Bear in mind that in this post-Covid world there are ongoing global supply chain issues combined with pared back personnel at many manufacturers’ HQs, so be prepared for disappointment if products are not currently in stock at your favorite retailer. With postage and shipping also subject to delays, there is a further dimension to this conundrum, but hopefully we will see things improve over the summer and fall.
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Not sure I would trust Onkyo in their present state but otherwise a nice cross section in the low to mid price point.
 

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It is an unstable time for receivers. I'd probably stay away from Pioneer as well, and Sony even seems a little twitchy. So, unless you want to go with a premium brand like Anthem, then Denon and Yamaha seem to be the choices, or Marantz for upgrade. Of course, if room correction is a priority, those brands (except Anthem) all suck where that feature is concerned.
 

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It is an unstable time for receivers. I'd probably stay away from Pioneer as well, and Sony even seems a little twitchy. So, unless you want to go with a premium brand like Anthem, then Denon and Yamaha seem to be the choices, or Marantz for upgrade. Of course, if room correction is a priority, those brands (except Anthem) all suck where that feature is concerned.
Damn those Anthem receivers are expensive.
 

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I need a new AVR for my living room, to support 4K and eARC. My old Onkyo TX-SR707 is peak HD :) . I'm leaning towards the Denon 960H, though I've seen a review or two lately saying Yamaha is the way to go for that price-class purchase.
 

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Damn those Anthem receivers are expensive.
They really are. It's actually a little difficult to justify in my book. Their preamps are pretty much in line with the price of other brands, but they're inherently more expensive. I have a couple higher end Marantz units (SR7012 and AV7703) but with patience and timing you can often find remarkable deals on them on closeout, which is what I did. Not the case with Anthem.
 

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They really are. It's actually a little difficult to justify in my book. Their preamps are pretty much in line with the price of other brands, but they're inherently more expensive. I have a couple higher end Marantz units (SR7012 and AV7703) but with patience and timing you can often find remarkable deals on them on closeout, which is what I did. Not the case with Anthem.
As you know I have a Marantz 6013 that I'm happy with so I will probably go the Marantz or Denon route. I have a Yamaha receiver in my main HT that I might be replacing in the next year or so.
 

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As you know I have a Marantz 6013 that I'm happy with so I will probably go the Marantz or Denon route. I have a Yamaha receiver in my main HT that I might be replacing in the next year or so.
Actually, I'd forgotten that. Wasn't there something you had a problem with at first, but got it resolved?

As far as replacing your Yamaha, I suspect it's best to wait at least a year. Things just seem to be completely screwed up at the moment with receivers.
 

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Actually, I'd forgotten that. Wasn't there something you had a problem with at first, but got it resolved?

As far as replacing your Yamaha, I suspect it's best to wait at least a year. Things just seem to be completely screwed up at the moment with receivers.
No real issues with the receiver itself!

As to replacing my Yamaha receiver, I did say next year because I know things are screwed up and there being a chip shortage. If I do anything, it's going to be after the new 2023 models come out next year which might take me into early 2024.
 

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It is an unstable time for receivers. I'd probably stay away from Pioneer as well, and Sony even seems a little twitchy. So, unless you want to go with a premium brand like Anthem, then Denon and Yamaha seem to be the choices, or Marantz for upgrade. Of course, if room correction is a priority, those brands (except Anthem) all suck where that feature is concerned.
I'm now adding Emotiva and Monoprice to my list for possible replacements of my AV7702mkii. As I've said before, unless Marantz dumps Audyssey, I wouldn't even consider another one of their units. Keep it for Denon perhaps but Marantz deserves better.
 

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I'm now adding Emotiva and Monoprice to my list for possible replacements of my AV7702mkii. As I've said before, unless Marantz dumps Audyssey, I wouldn't even consider another one of their units. Keep it for Denon perhaps but Marantz deserves better.
At the very minimum, Marantz should offer Dirac as a purchased upgrade.
 

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I bought the Anthem MRX 1140 just after it came out and I haven't looked back. Not a single issue to speak of.

I picked it up for a tad cheaper than MRSP here in Canada and couldn't be happier.
 

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I'm now adding Emotiva and Monoprice to my list for possible replacements of my AV7702mkii. As I've said before, unless Marantz dumps Audyssey, I wouldn't even consider another one of their units. Keep it for Denon perhaps but Marantz deserves better.
Regarding receivers, I haven't been keeping up the last couple of years, so Audyssey has gone in the tank?
 

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As far as replacing your Yamaha, I suspect it's best to wait at least a year. Things just seem to be completely screwed up at the moment with receivers.
Are the problems anything more than the niche 8k and VRR HFR modes? That is, are things otherwise fine if you don’t care about videogames?

I’m frustrated by the low stock / lack of availability and subsequent high pricing on receivers. But that’s not a performance reason to not buy if I find the price I want.
 

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I'm now adding Emotiva and Monoprice to my list for possible replacements of my AV7702mkii. As I've said before, unless Marantz dumps Audyssey, I wouldn't even consider another one of their units. Keep it for Denon perhaps but Marantz deserves better.
Which models you window shopping? I’ve seen Dave U’s high praise of Anthem’s ARC. But, the Anthem is costs 35% more than Marantz*, which isn’t cheap itself. My plans to just buy the latest Marantz 7xxx model when I get a 4K projector is now on wait-and-see.

* I thought it was 50% more. But Marantz prices have gone up, in the past year I think.
 
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Are the problems anything more than the niche 8k and VRR HFR modes? That is, are things otherwise fine if you don’t care about videogames?

I’m frustrated by the low stock / lack of availability and subsequent high pricing on receivers. But that’s not a performance reason to not buy if I find the price I want.
Yeah, that's the problem. It's definitely true that the 8K and VRR issues aren't actual problems in the real world for most people, so long as they don't game.

For me the bigger issue is lack of availability. I'm an avid bargain hunter, and they simply don't exist. It can be enough of a problem just getting your hands on anything at the moment.
 

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Regarding receivers, I haven't been keeping up the last couple of years, so Audyssey has gone in the tank?
Compared to ARC Genesis and DIRAC Audyssey isn't even on the same playing field. Absolutely zero control over [or even visibility of] the frequency range it "corrects" without buying one of their newer units paired with a flaky app which had had mixed reviews at best. No ability to import from REW or similar and, as I understand it, a severely inadequate number of available filters since it relies on the AVR for processing power as opposed to an external PC like the others.
 

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Which models you window shopping? I’ve seen Dave U’s high praise of Anthem’s ARC. But, the Anthem is costs 35% more than Marantz*, which isn’t cheap itself. My plans to just buy the latest Marantz 7xxx model when I get a 4K projector is now on wait-and-see.

* I thought it was 50% more. But Marantz prices have gone up, in the past year I think.
On paper anyway, this thing is a beast but I'm not sure I could really commit to Monoprice as their development and engineering are likely outsourced, plus this thing is sort of short on aesthetic appeal.




Emotiva really needs to work on their naming conventions as they can be very confusing but this processor is cheaper than Anthem's AVM70 and appears to offer overall better hardware. It's not expandable beyond 16 channels like their RMC-1 but that simply isn't something that I would ever conceivably need. Right now anyway, this one and the Anthem are front runners but I'm probably going to wait it out for awhile.

 

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No real issues with the receiver itself!

As to replacing my Yamaha receiver, I did say next year because I know things are screwed up and there being a chip shortage. If I do anything, it's going to be after the new 2023 models come out next year which might take me into early 2024.

Unfortunately, I’m in a position where I need one sooner rather than later and the state of things is making it really hard.

I’ve upgraded to a 4K projector and I’m going to be buying new speakers soon as I make the move to Atmos. I may end up going with a Denon despite not being a huge fan of their sound because they are a reliably good value with the features I want. I am tempted by the NAD 778 and the Anthems though.
 

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