The 9 best stereo receivers to buy in 2018 gas density problems


Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth allow you to wirelessly stream music from any compatible mobile device or via popular services such as Spotify Connect, Pandora and SiriusXM. You’ll have access to thousands of Internet radio stations, an AM-FM tuner, and HD radio. Dual diversity antennas allow for optimal transmission and reception, even in congested RF environments.

The Denon AVRX6400H’s powerful 11.2-channel amplifier block features high current transistors that can drive low impedance on four-ohm speakers, with a per-channel rating of 140 W. Room acoustics and speakers are optimized via advanced Audyssey Platinum DSP processing technology. Denon Link HD technology creates accurate digital audio data transfers, and AL24+DSP processing delivers the high-res audio formats with the purest sound possible.

If you’re a novice audiophile, there are no worries with this receiver. There’s an intuitive on-screen setup assistant that lets you fully configure your system with minimal effort and know-how. Connections are color coded for the correct hookup.

The Yamaha RX-S601BL slimline receiver offers Bluetooth and WiFi built-in compatibility, high-resolution audio playback, and 4K Ultra HD pass-through compatibility with HDCP 2.2 and MusicCast wireless multi-room audio. The design is slim and compact for easy installation, particularly for places where space may be tight. While the unit size may be minimal, it doesn’t skimp on quality or high-power output.

The RX-S601BL’s compressed music enhancer optimizes the sound quality of digital streaming audio from Bluetooth-compatible mobile devices, as well as from sources such as Spotify or Pandora. You can connect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad via AirPlay. You’ll get Dolby Audio and DTS-HD audio support. The Yamaha RX-S601BL features ‘Virtual Cinema Front,’ which creates a virtual five-channel surround sound with all speakers placed in the front of the room. A ‘Zone 2 Audio with Party Mode’ allows two-channel stereo to be sent to a second zone via a different source, which means while some enjoy football in the family room, others can stream music to the backyard while enjoying a cookout. The Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer analyzes speakers and room acoustics and calibration parameters for optimal sound.

This receiver supports the most current HDMI standards via transmission of 4K video at 60 frames per second (pass-through only). You’ll enjoy HD video quality of 4K with no degradation. There’s also HDCP 2.2 support, so you can fully comply with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video.

A complete home cinema hub, the Cambridge CXR300 brings together all the moving parts for a powerful and immersive home cinema experience that is almost unrivaled. It is designed from the ground up and is intended to be the heart of your digital setup. Audiophiles, Hi-Fi lovers, movie buffs, and digital music streamers should definitely pay attention to this one.

Top-notch sound is at the core of the CXR300’s design. Class AB amplification delivers extremely low noise and distortion at 200 W in stereo mode and 120 W with all seven channels driven. The sound is smooth and seamless with incredible precision.

The StreamMagic streaming platform brings NAS drive and UPnP playback. You can stream Spotify Connect, thousands of Internet radio stations, and play nearly any file (from a basic MP3 to 24-bit/192 kHz hi-res files) via wired, wireless, or USB connection. Direct Stream Digital allows you to play back CDs from a universal device. There’s a Cambridge Connect App for iOS or Android that allows you build playlists as well as browse and navigate all of your music. Additionally, the app can be used to turn power on/off, select source, and adjust volume.

This Cambridge receiver includes eight HDMI connectors, two of which support MHL (one front and one back), making it easy to stream from your phone. There’s a USB port, MP3 aux-in, two coaxial digital connectors and four optical ports. There are four line level inputs, and one recording output for analog. You can use 7.1 or 7.2 channel setups, thanks to twin subwoofers. There’s a zone two feature that allows streaming from different sources in two different areas. Sound quality is auto-calibrated. You can drive two displays at once with the Cambridge, and it’s equipped with to handle HDCP 2.2, 4K, 3D and next-generation sources.

Powerful, exceptional, future proof and tons of connectivity – everything you might need to drive an immersive home theater experience for years to come. The price tag on this may make it seem like a bit of a gamble, but it’s one that pays off.

This is the most powerful receiver in Cambridge’s Topaz line, offering 100 W per channel, a dedicated subwoofer output, two sets of speaker outputs, analog inputs, digital inputs, a phono stage, FM receiver and an MP3 input. This receiver will play virtually anything you throw at it.

The onboard Wolfson DAC allows for input from a variety of digital sources, including streaming music services and devices, and plays the audio back with incredible depth and detail. A low resonance acoustically dampened metal chassis eliminates vibration for the highest possible sound quality from every source.

This receiver uses a toroidal transformer, which is far superior to the cheaper transformers used by many manufacturers today. This transformer allows for high quality power output to amplification speakers with no clipping, buzz, or hum. Speakers can be driven at high volume with exceptional bass performance. Power reserves allow for high peaks in volume when needed, and the unit is shielded from electrical interference to maintain the quality of the power and signal.

If you’re looking for a solid stereo receiver that delivers only the highest quality music, don’t need the video components to work with the receiver, and want a system that understands the value of a top of the line transformer, then this is your best choice. While the toroidal transformer used in this receiver is not the cheapest, you simply won’t find better.

The Pioneer VSX-1131 is a 7.2-channel receiver delivering up to 170 watts/channel and features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio formats for top-notch sound. According to Pioneer, by using object-based data as opposed to traditional channel-based data, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X deliver “a three dimensional sphere of sound from all directions – including overhead – to create a truly immersive experience.” Translation: It’s sound is remarkable.

But what we really love about it is the fact that it has features galore: It has AirPlay, Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, Dolby Atmos, Google Cast for Audio and integrated Wi-Fi support. It will also analog video signal to HDMI, meaning you can get by with running a single cable to your TV. And of its seven HDMI inputs, three support HDCP 2.2, which let you connect Ultra HD devices. Pioneer’s MCACC (Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System) claims it can fine-tune sound to your specific room using a custom microphone to equalize differences in speaker size, level and distance. As far as features go, there’s not much the VSX-1131 doesn’t deliver.