11. Denon AVR-E400 Network Home Theater Receiver
12. NAD T748 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver
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13. Onkyo TX-NR525 5.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver
The Onkyo TX-NR525 packs in both solid audio features and internet streaming access for a very reasonable price. First off, the Onkyo TX-NR525 features a 5 channel speaker configuration with up to two subwoofers, and is rated at 80 Watts-per-Channel (measured at 8 ohms, from 20Hz to 20kHz, at .7% THD with two channels driven). This is enough power for small or medium size room.
The TX-NR525 also has a front panel USB port for accessing audio content from iPod/iPhone or USB flash drives, as well as DLNA network connectivity and Internet Radio access ( Aupeo!, Pandora, Spotify, and more) via built-in Ethernet port or the Onkyo UWF-1 Wireless USB Adapter. Wireless Bluetooth capability can also be added via the optional Onkyo UBT-1 adapter.
To guide you along in getting the most of your speaker setup, the TX-NR525 also provides Audyssey MultEQ speaker setup system, along with Audyssey's Dynamic Volume, and Dynamic EQ audio enhancements.
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Also Available - The TX-NR626: Added features include 7.2 channel configuration Dolby ProLogic IIz processing, an MHL-compatble HDMI input (allows direct access to 1080p video and 7.1 audio from compatible Smartphones or other devices), two HDMI outputs (parallel), Marvell QDEO up to 4K video processing and scaling, and, for vinyl record fans, a dedicated phono input. The TX-NR626 also incorporates built-in WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity.
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14. Sony STR-DN1030 7.2 Channel Wireless Network Home Theater Receiver
With the increasing emphasis on internet integration in to the home theater experience, sometimes it seem like the core function of providing good audio performance is taking a back seat newer home theater receivers, but the Sony STR-DN1030 is not such a case. The Sony STR-DN1030 offers a great balance of audio features and performance, along with cutting-edge networking features at a very reasonable price point.
The STR-DN1030 provides Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HD decoding, Dolby Pro Logic IIz audio processing, five 3D compatible HDMI inputs, and analog to HDMI video conversion with 1080i video upscaling. The STR-DN1030 also includes both network and internet streaming access via either Ethernet connection or built-in WiFi. In addition, in a surprising move for its price range, the STR-DN1030 also features built-in wireless Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay. If you looking an affordable home theater receiver that packs in both great audio performance and all those newly desired streaming features, definitely consider the STR-DN1030.
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15. Harman Kardon AVR-1700 5.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver
The Harman Kardon AVR-1700 home theater receiver provides up to a 5.1 Channel configuration, with amplifiers rated at 95wpc (2 channels driven @ 8ohms, from 20Hz to 20kHz @ approximately .07% THD). Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding is featured, as well as additional audio processing, including Harman's Logic 7 surround processing.
For connectivity, the AVR-1700 has 6 HDMI 1.4a 3D pass through inputs and switching. There is also a front panel USB port that allows direct connection of a USB flash drive, iPod, iPad, or iPhone (no optional dock required). Just plug in any of those Apple devices using the provided connection cable and you can access iTunes and Apple AirPlay functions.
On the other hand, the AVR-1700 does not perform additional video processing or upscaling for connected sources. Also, while HDMI and component video-connected source signals can be passed to your TV via the AVR-1700's HDMI output, if you have a source device connected to the AVR-1700 via a composite video cable, you will also have to connect the composite video monitor output of the AVR-1700 to your TV.
If you are looking for a home theater receiver that provides the audio performance and features you need, but you need access to video processing functions, the AVR-1700 might be a good choice.
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