While you won't always get the latest features -- 8K, VAR (Variable Refresh Rate) and so on -- all of these models will offer you the best sound. The Yamaha RX-V6A is one of the few receiver models that has debuted since 2019 and, despite a couple of minor flaws, offers excellent sound and up-to-date features (look for a full review on CNET soon).
They're all great performers and, as prices fluctuate regularly, if you can find one that's significantly less expensive than the others, go for it -- your speaker system will be well served in any case. This receiver was released in 2019 with a wealth of connectivity that supports multiple audio formats by way of a big, bold sound.
This video and audio receiver offers streaming protocols, including built in Chromecast, DTS Playoff, Spotify Connect, AirPlay and Bluetooth. Sarah Too/CNETDenon's AVR-S750H offers excellent sound quality that blends well with forward-sounding speakers, and replays music beautifully.
The excellent AVR-S750H has almost everything you need, including voice control via both Amazon Alexa and Google speakers, Dolby Atmos and Apple AirPlay 2. Like the other models here it has an onscreen setup assistant that helps you connect your TV and optimize your home theater for an immersive audio experience.
Ty Pendle bury/Nettle Yamaha RX-V6A may offer a fresh look at AV receiver design with futuristic edges, but it also doesn't skimp on sound quality. Sarah Too/Nettle Sony STR-DN1080 was our 2017 Editors' Choice, and it's still an excellent stereo receiver package, albeit getting slightly long in the tooth.
Standards do change all the time, but the bare minimum right now is support for HDR and Dolby Vision (at least HDMI version 2.0 or better). Sarah Too/CNET With most televisions and set-top boxes supporting HDMI, you should buy a receiver that has as many of these inputs and outputs as possible.
In other words, don't worry about missing out on these new formats if you don't install an extra height speaker or two. Mounting the rear surround speakers high on the wall will get you halfway there in terms of quality, immersive sound.
Most midrange receivers have onboard Wi-Fi network connectivity for wireless music streaming through your speaker system. There are plenty of standards for wireless streaming services, but the most universal are Spotify Connect, Apple AirPlay 1/2 and Google Chromecast built-in.
The Demon receiver models lack wireless streaming via Chromecast but ups the ante to AirPlay 2. Please take our 3-minute survey, and give us feedback about your visit today.
But if you really want the proper home cinema experience, there really is no substitute for a set of surround sound speakers and an AV receiver. Expect HDMI inputs that can pass through 4K and HDR video, with voice assistant support, Bluetooth wireless audio and Apple AirPlay extras on a fair number of models these days.
(Image credit: Future) Demon raises the bar again for what is achievable for less than a grand. Video support: 8K HDR | Surround formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced | HDMI inputs: 7 | Hi-res audio: 24-bit/192kHz & DSD | Bluetooth: Yes | Streaming services: Spotify, Tidal.
It’s a combination of solid dynamic expression, which enthuses each vocal line as much as differentiating one gunshot from another, a sharper punch and greater clarity that allows you to get deeper inside the soundtrack and become more immersed. Video support: 4K HDR | Surround formats: Dolby Atmos & DTS:X | HDMI inputs: 6 | Hi-res audio: 24-bit/192kHz & DSD | Bluetooth: Yes | Streaming services: Spotify, Tidal.
This hugely talented AV receiver was best in class when we originally tested it at around £500/$650, but now that it has dropped in price it is sensational value for money. The feature-packed Sony STR-DN1080 sounds fantastic, reaching deep into its reserves to deliver a performance packed with punch, dynamism and authority in a way we haven’t heard from home cinema amplifiers at this sort of price.
There’s an incredible amount of detail, from natural, expressive voices to layers of insight and depth surrounding each sound effect. Dynamically-speaking, it's a fun and exciting listen, equally at home rendering tranquil, quiet moments as it is huge, wall-shuddering explosions.
Power output: 205W | Channels: 11.2 | Video support: 8K HDR | Surround formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced | HDMI inputs: 8 | Wi-Fi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Dimensions: 16.7 × 43.4 × 37.9 cm (Hewed) The 6000 lineage was one of those Demon decided not to upgrade in 2019, waiting until this year to double down on those usually annual improvements.
Power output: 150W | Channels: 7.1 | Video support: 8K HDR | Surround formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, IMAX Enhanced | HDMI inputs: 7 | Wi-Fi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Dimensions: 16.7 × 43.4 x 33 cm (Hewed) The two subwoofers in our 7.2 set-up growl with control whenever called upon, never once detracting from the crystal clarity of the music in the soundtrack, the voices or surround effects.
Reasons to Sometimes Avoid the differences between generations of Demon home cinema can appear minor. Its predecessor had muscle, but this Demon is even more clearly defined and at full fighting fitness.
Power output: 170W | Channels: 7.2 | Video support: 4K HDR | Surround formats: Dolby Atmos, DTS:X | HDMI inputs: 7 | Wi-Fi: Yes | Bluetooth: Yes | Dimensions: 18.2 × 43.5 × 43.9 cm (HWD) Reasons to Reasons to Avoid There are usually a number of safe bets when it comes to Yamaha's premium AV receivers : the build will at least match its price tag; it’ll have a whopping great sound field; and there will be more features than a Sunday newspaper.
As well as its range of digital and analogue inputs for music sources, Yamaha has endowed the RX-A1080 with built-in streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, Soyuz and Deezer, as well as providing support for the amp to be controlled by Alexa Voice Control. The performance is even and well-rounded, offering the same character to an effect that switches across speakers, beginning behind our right shoulder and settling at the front left.
Coaches had to start labeling receivers that correspond to their position on the field. Interim head coach at the University of Maryland, Matt Canada is also famous for his motions and shifts.
Offensive coordinators will often create confusion for the defense by motioning and shifting. In order to call these complex plays in the huddle, teams will tag receivers with letters (X, Y, Receivers for example).
It does however, make it tougher to call plays with picture boards or hand signals. Below is an image of a basic formation we’re going to break down to help identify the X Y Receivers.
Depending on the play call (as well as the coach’s system) the second running back in the backfield’s letter can change. The fullback position has become less popular with the innovation of the spread offense.
In a traditional offense, the tight end is often used in run blocking sets and the occasional play action route. Players like Gonk, Hence, and Olsen are big enough to run block in a physical manner, but also athletic enough to catch passes in the open.
Defenses are now adjusting by drafting bigger stronger and faster outside linebackers that can play all 4 downs. This also, is a direct correlation to why people say the “fullback” position is dying.