Best Home Theater Pre/Pros

Finding a good pre/pro can be a bit of a nightmare due to the ocean of AVRs you have to wade through, but to get started, look no further than our picks for six pre/pros available to buy online.


Marantz AV8805

  • The Marantz AV8805 features 13.2 channel processing with 15.2 channel XLR and RCA outputs, as well as flexible pre-amplifier stages.
  • Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D, as well as comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Thee HEOS app allows you to stream AirPlay, Bluetooth, TuneIn Internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL directly to the Marantz AV8805.
  • Upscale legacy video sources with analog to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K upscaling technology. This includes full HD and even Ultra HD video quality from existing DVDs or analog sources.

Amazon user Ralph Paulsen said “This is a top of the line pre-pro, doesn’t get better than this. A fine step up from the 8808A, not for everyone, unless the rest of your equipment is in the same class, you may not be able to hear and see what this baby can do. Should last a few years before a better unit can be manufactured (no matter how good a product is, there will eventually be something that supersedes it)”


Marantz AV7705

  • The Marantz AV7705 features an 11.2 channel XLR pre-out and RCA pre-out.
  • Supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and Auro-3D, as well as comes with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
  • Thee HEOS app allows you to stream AirPlay, Bluetooth, TuneIn Internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, Amazon Prime Music, TIDAL directly to the Marantz AV7705.
  • Upscale legacy video sources with analog to HDMI conversion and SD to HD/4K upscaling technology.

Amazon user Aaron Paetznick says “I paired this with an Emotiva XPA-11 Gen3 power amp, and I couldn’t be happier with my purchases … this was a perfect purchase for the money. For the record, I was able to get high-res audio to stream using the HEOS feature and a Windows 10 shared volume and it works very well, although slightly less convenient.”


Onkyo PR RZ5100

  • The Onkyo PR RZ5100 is THX Ultra2 certified, supports DTS:X, DTS Neural:X, and Dolby Atmos, and comes with Chromecast, DTS Play-Fi, AirPlay, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity built in.
  • The Onkyo PR RZ5100 supports 4K/60 Hz, BT.2020, HDR (HDR10/Dolby Vision) Pass-through, 4:4:4 Color Space, and HDCP 2.2 video.
  • Stream your own music wirelessly or via USB, no matter if your files are MP3, WMA, WMA Lossless, FLAC, WAV, AAC, and Apple Lossless.
  • Adjust to your liking with bass and treble tone controls for all channels.

Amazon user Larry said “I am pleased to state that the Onkyo not only meets all new standards but provides a far better sounding unit that so far has been operating perfectly as 7.1 surround processor, HiRes DAC for NAS 12TB storage, 4K DirecTV, all connected to new LG E6 OLED. Setup was a snap, including room turning, network setup, and TIDAL streaming. When the unit is off, ARC works perfectly with DirecTV to send audio through the LG E6 TV speakers. 4K programming from DirecTV and Amazon are flawlessly presented and all HDMI signaling between the Pre-Amp, LG E6, and DirecTV have been flawless. I look forward to adding a Ultra 4K disc player soon. I will put Onkyo on top of my list for future upgrades. Highly recommend.”


Integra DRC-R1.1

  • The Integra DRC1.1 is THX Ultra Certified and supports DTS:X and Dolby Atmos.
  • Connect the Integra to your already-existing Sonos home theater for easy setup, or stream via DTS Play-Fi or Chromecast.
  • Popular streaming apps like Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer and TuneIn come built-in.
  • The Integra DRC1.1 supports full bandwith 4K/60Hz, 4:4:4 color space, Dolby Vision and HDCP 2.2.

Tony Leotta of Audioholics said “We really liked the build quality of the DRC-R1.1 from the copper screws used to lock modular circuitry blocks to a double-skinned insulated frame, additional internal bracing to enhance the products anti-resonant characteristics, to the floating circuit boards, high-quality anti-resonant aluminum face-plate, copper screws, premium input and output connectors.”


Yamaha CX-A5200

  • The Yamaha CX-A5200 offers 11.2 channels with XLR outputs, and supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with up to 7.2.4-channel processing.
  • Stream to the Yamaha CX-A5200 via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room technologies.
  • Speaking of streaming, choose such popular streaming apps built-in like Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, and Napster.
  • The Yamaha CX-A5200 supports video formats such as 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and BT.2020.

Amazon user Dr. B said “I am delighted with the purchase. The AI, about which I was skeptical, adds a significant dimension to the sound fields. The sound is deeper and more vivid than the 5100. Dialogue is clearer, cleaner and more pronounced without overwhelming any musical accompaniment. I am running an ATI 3000 amp and B&W 802 Nautilus mains.”


Monolith HTP-1

  • The Monolith HTP-1 supports Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Surround Upmix, Dolby TrueHD, and Dolby Digital, and offers up to 16 output channels with flexible speaker assignment.
  • The Monolith HTP-1 includes support for DTS-HD Master Audio and ships with a Google Chromecast dongle for basic Ethernet Audio like Spotify.
  • Additional options for streaming music include Roon compatibility, as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

Tony Leotta of Audioholics said “The Monolith HTP-1 Home Theater Processor is a state of the art, 16 channel processor and looks to be engineered for the most demanding audiophile.”


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