Want to find the best AV receiver for the money? I've tested some of the most popular big-black-box options from the major brands, and hi-end audio the feature sets, connectivity options and performance levels in a home cinema are impressively high in this middling price range. From Dolby Atmos to Wi-Fi music streaming to voice control -- and high-quality audio -- these AV receiver models have everything a home theater enthusiast needs.
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4K HDR compatibility You want to make sure your new receiver can keep up with the latest TVs and video gear. 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). All of these models support 4K and HDR video. 8K is coming, eventually, but most recorded content is still going to be in 1080p or even worse for many, many years. If future-proofing is a concern for you, the Yamaha RX-V6A and Denon AVR-S960H offer 8K compatibility.
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Gamers have flocked to a small number of stores in Australia, becoming the first the country to get their hands on the new PlayStation 5 (pictured, a shopper emerges at the Strand Arcade in Sydney with a PS5)
The Yamaha RX-V6A may offer a fresh look at AV receiver design with futuristic edges, but it also doesn't skimp on sound quality. The RX-V6A could make you forget about ever visiting a cinema again, and it's no slouch with music, either. It offers Wi-Fi connectivity, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth and Yamaha's MusicCast system for streaming from your devices. It's the most future-proof option of this roundup so far, with 8K pass-through and VRR for compatibility with the .
She did not address her own loss, but told how 2020 had been 'a year that has been universally challenging for everyone,' before praising those who rose to the occasion and fed hungry neighbours going through tough times.
The Sony game console was launched on Thursday after its release date was delayed by international border closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic (pictured, a man is seen purchasing a PS5 at JB HIFI in Sydney)
Wi-Fi music streaming 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 and 2 and Google Chromecast built-in. If you're looking to build a multiroom system with a variety of AV systems and speakers with wireless connectivity, these are the three flavors to aim for. The Onkyo and Sony are the only two devices that support all three. The Denon receiver model lacks wireless streaming via Chromecast but ups the ante to AirPlay 2 and the proprietary HEOS system. Yamaha has its own MusicCast in the meantime.
The console will feature an 8-coreA MD Zen 2 CPU, a powerful AMD RNDA 2 graphics processor, 3D hi-end audio output and a speedy solid-state drive that will help games load faster (pictured, a man is seen purchasing a PS5 at JB HIFI in Sydney)
She said in the clip: 'We saw communities standing up and taking action. When kids' lunch programs came to a halt, we saw our neighbours make sure that those children received the nutrition they need.'
The annual launch event is nearly one month later than normal and comes as the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted Apple's well-oiled machine for designing and churning out its biggest-selling product.
'HomePod mini is the ultimate smart speaker for anyone with an Apple device. It works effortlessly with iPhone to hand off music, answer calls, or deliver personalised listening suggestions, elevates the sound from Apple TV, plays music from a Mac, and so much more,' he said.
Some lucky shoppers who pre-ordered the 4K, 825GB, custom SSD gaming system back in September from JB Hi-Fi rushed to pick up the next-generation console at the retailer's Strand Arcade store on Sydney's Pitt Street.
In recent times, many receiver manufacturers have gotten off the "yearly refresh merry-go-round," with only Denon and Yamaha making new models in 2020. Meanwhile, Sony hasn't updated its line since 2017 (and it's still good). Even though older models won't bring you the latest features -- 8K, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and so on -- all of the receivers below will offer you the best sound.
AV receivers are notoriously complex, with reams of features and confusing technical specifications (What's "ultra HD"?) How will that affect the sound quality? Why is setting up surround sound so complicated?). I'm going to sum up the most important ones right here.