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Best AV Receivers Under $500

AV receivers are the heart of your home theater system, but you don’t have to break the bank getting one – it just depends on what you’re looking for.

The upgrade from the stereo sound to 5.1 surround sound from an AVR based system was one of the largest leaps you can take, in terms of AV fidelity. Crucially, even affordable entry-level AVRs now sport at least 7.1 sound, and often includes Dolby Atmos capability. These days, you can easily score a highly capable AV receiver for not a lot of money.

We’ve compiled the A/V receivers for under $500 that just might suit your needs, from a variety of different channel configurations to different wattage, down to stream-ability and different connectivity options.

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The Denon x3500 on accessories 4 less is listed for $479 right now.... which would be better than most on that list.


https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...-w/heos/1.html
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There's still on going audio upgrades going on, so unless you actually need a new AVR right now, it's best to hit the patience button until all the dust settles.

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It really depends on what speakers you have. Different receivers have different sounds and it’s good to pair your speakers with the appropriate amp.
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There's still on going audio upgrades going on, so unless you actually need a new AVR right now, it's best to hit the patience button until all the dust settles.
I've been a bit out of the loop, but what's coming up on the horizon? The only thing I can think of is HDMI 2.1, but that's more of a video thing than an audio thing.
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I've been a bit out of the loop, but what's coming up on the horizon? The only thing I can think of is HDMI 2.1, but that's more of a video thing than an audio thing.
One thing with that is it will include eARC across the board. Some components currently have it with HDMI 2.0 or 2.1 ports, but it's still a bit hit or miss. eARC will benefit audio by allowing full uncompressed audio over the HDMI connection.
I don't think this is that big of a deal with receivers, since you're typically plugging your components into it for input switching and already getting full bandwidth. But it is a bigger deal for soundbars where you may only have one HDMI port - with eARC you can use your TV's ports for switching and still get full audio transmission.
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Talking Marantz all the way

Had Pioneer most of my life including Elites. Just got tired of some of the issues I had with them and starting doing my research. Landed on Denon and Marantz and chose the Marantz. What a night and day difference immediately compared to the Pioneer Elite it replaced. Sound and stage were dramatically better. So much so I replaced and old Pioneer in my office with one of the slim Marantz receivers. Love them both!

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I'm partial to Denon AVR's over the years: https://usa.denon.com/us/product/hometheater/receivers

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I picked up a Yamaha TSR-7850 a week or two ago after my HK DPR1001 blew something internally and would no longer function. So far I really enjoy it, I'd lost the HK room correction microphone many years ago so being about to run YPAO improved the sound in my room considerably, and it has a really nice feature set overall. I miss Logic7, but this is a placeholder unit until I finally do a major overhaul and go with one of the JBL Synthesis units down the road.

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The Denon x3500 on accessories 4 less is listed for $479 right now.... which would be better than most on that list.


https://www.accessories4less.com/mak...-w/heos/1.html
I don't see any X3500 [2018 Model] but maybe sold out. The 2019 X2600H is on a nice sale price at $499 where others are at $599 sale price. I'd go for the X2600 if the TV were not first right now.

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For Yamaha AVR consideration under $500, Yamaha RX-V685.

Specs:

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...5_u/specs.html

Review:

https://tekverge.com/yamaha-rx-v685-review/

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What about if you don't need 7.2. Due to decorating restrictions I am limited to 5.1. What is best choise for <$500 for the 5.1 buyer?

For me I need:
1) 4K/HDR switching
2) eARC
3) Good room correction, my vaulted ceiling causes havoc.

What I do not need:
1) 7+ channels
2) pre-outs
3) any sort of upscaling

Currently have a Denon 2112ci
front speaker/s is/are: Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3
rear speakers are: Definitive Technology XTR-20BP Ultra Thin - On Wall Bipolar Rear Speaker
sub: Monoprice

Sources are:
1) TV via eARC (with new AVR)
2) Chromecast Ultra
3) Tivo Romio
4) Roku
5) Xbox One S (and certainly a next gen in 6 months plugged directly into TV, and audio via eARC)

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What about if you don't need 7.2. Due to decorating restrictions I am limited to 5.1. What is best choise for <$500 for the 5.1 buyer?

For me I need:
1) 4K/HDR switching
2) eARC
3) Good room correction, my vaulted ceiling causes havoc.

What I do not need:
1) 7+ channels
2) pre-outs
3) any sort of upscaling

Currently have a Denon 2112ci
front speaker/s is/are: Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3
rear speakers are: Definitive Technology XTR-20BP Ultra Thin - On Wall Bipolar Rear Speaker
sub: Monoprice

Sources are:
1) TV via eARC (with new AVR)
2) Chromecast Ultra
3) Tivo Romio
4) Roku
5) Xbox One S (and certainly a next gen in 6 months plugged directly into TV, and audio via eARC)
I guess what I offer you is this thought: You still want to get a 7-channel AVR. This is because all AV receivers are power supply limited.

The more channels you use, the less power each channel gets. If you run a seven channel AVR in five channel mode the end result is that each channel will get a little more power. The same would also be true for the nine channel AVR, which likely has a little bit better power supply than the seven channel model, so again if you tap it to only power five channels, each channel will have access to more current.

It’s really not a big deal if you leave a few channels of amplification unused. Just find an AVR that has the features you need, at the price you want, without sweating the channel count, because they are all going to at least do five channels.
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What about if you don't need 7.2. Due to decorating restrictions I am limited to 5.1. What is best choise for <$500 for the 5.1 buyer?

For me I need:
1) 4K/HDR switching
2) eARC
3) Good room correction, my vaulted ceiling causes havoc.

What I do not need:
1) 7+ channels
2) pre-outs
3) any sort of upscaling

Currently have a Denon 2112ci
front speaker/s is/are: Definitive Technology Mythos XTR-SSA3
rear speakers are: Definitive Technology XTR-20BP Ultra Thin - On Wall Bipolar Rear Speaker
sub: Monoprice

Sources are:
1) TV via eARC (with new AVR)
2) Chromecast Ultra
3) Tivo Romio
4) Roku
5) Xbox One S (and certainly a next gen in 6 months plugged directly into TV, and audio via eARC)
FYI Yamaha RX-V385 (5.1) and Yamaha RX-V685 (7.2) specs linked.

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...l#product-tabs

https://usa.yamaha.com/products/audi...5_u/specs.html

In addition to what AVS Forum News & Reviews said, the "385" is basic with less dynamic power and connectivity features. The "685" also offers a better build, 23 lbs vs 17 lbs.

Good luck with whatever you decide.

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