The 5 Best Yamaha Receivers of 2020

1,805 Ratings
Yamaha TSR-7850R 7.2CH Dolby Atmos DTS Wi-Fi BT 4K Receiver
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  2. Engineered for Performance. This 7.2-channel AV receiver is about performance with dual HDMI outputs, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, Zone 2, phono input, Wi-Fi, YPAO with R.S.C. and much more.
  3. 7.2-ch Dolby Atmos, DTS:X (5.2.2-ch) with Zone 2 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room
  4. Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and more
  5. HDMI with HDCP 2.2 (5 in/2 out)

118 ratings

Yamaha RX-V385 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth


  1. Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) 100 W (8 ohms, 0.9% THD); Rated Output Power (20Hz 20kHz, 2ch driven) 70 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD); Maximum Effective Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) (Jeita) 145 W (6 ohms, 10% THD)
  2. HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.2 (4 in/1 out)
  3. 4K Ultra HD support, HDR10, Dolby vision, hybrid log gamma and BT. 2020
  4. Providing complete compatibility with the latest HDMI standards, this AV receiver delivers transmission of 4K video at 60 frames/second pass through; It also supports HDR (high dynamic range) Video including Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma which provides incredible contrast, smooth tone and rich, bright colors

765 ratings

Yamaha RX-V685 7.2-Channel AV Receiver with MusicCast
  1. Unrivaled experiences; Boldly explores entertainment possibilities for an advanced home theater with the latest in video and Audio, including Dolby Atmos, DTS: x, Wireless streaming, dual HDMI outputs and more
  2. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplay 2, Spotify connect and music cast multi-room
  3. Spotify, Apple Music via airplay 2, Pandora, Sirius internet radio, Tidal, Deezer, Napster, Qobuz and more
  4. 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby vision, hybrid log-gamma and BT. 2020. HDMI (5-in/2-out) with HDCP 2.3 and eARC
  5. Voice control using your Alexa device like echo or echo dot

316 ratings

Yamaha R-N303BL Stereo Receiver with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Phono
  1. Works with Alexa for voice control (Alexa device sold separately)
  2. Simple and sophisticated design with two channels of 100 W high-power output. Minimum RMS Output Power: 100 W + 100 W (8 ohms, 40 Hz-20 kHz, 0.2 percentage THD)
  3. Phono input terminals for turn tables voice control using your Alexa device like echo or echo dot. FM 50dB Quieting Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% Mod., Mono) – 3 ”V (20.8 dBf). FM Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Mono/Stereo) – 65 dB / 64 dB
  4. Optical and coaxial Audio inputs for TV. Frequency Response-0 ± 0.5 dB / 0 ± 3.0 dB. FM Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Mono/Stereo)-65 dB / 64 dB
  5. Access to your music library, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM internet radio, Tidal and Deezer. Standby Power Consumption-0.1 W (Network standby on / Wi-Fi connection, 1.8 W)

364 ratings

Yamaha A-S701SL Natural Sound Integrated Stereo Amplifier (Silver)
  1. 100 W + 100 W (20 Hz – 20 kHz, 0.019% THD)
  2. Gold plated digital coax input/TOSLINK optical input
  3. Gold plated analog inputs including Phono
  4. Speakers A, B, A+B
  5. Auto standby (8 hours)

349 ratings

Tips for Choosing a Receiver

1: Interface

A high-tech receiver with all the freshest trappings is worth nothing if you can’t figure out how to use it. An easily navigable receiver display panel can be the difference between enjoying stadium-quality sound and pictures or watching your expensive system collect dust because you can’t figure out how to turn it on. When browsing receivers, it’s important to tool around with the display to make sure you can navigate it and understand all the functions. Quality receivers generally include a graphical interface — the on-screen viewer through which a user sets up and operates the receiver. If used with AirPlay, the viewer should also display album art and song information as it plays music.

2: Calibration

For audio-video novices, just setting up a home entertainment system so that all of the components are connected is hard enough, let alone determining whether the components are properly functioning.

Many receivers make that job a bit easier by offering automatic speaker calibration, which allows the receiver to analyze and automatically adjust the sound of connected speakers. By sending test tones to the speakers and subwoofer and monitoring the sound using a microphone, the receiver can determine speaker size, measure the distance from each speaker to the listener and check whether the components are properly connected. The technology works for both surround sound and traditional two-channel home entertainment systems.

3: AirPlay Compatibility

AirPlay compatibility is one the latest bells and whistles offered in many new receiver models. The technology allows users to wirelessly stream music from an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch), as well as from digital apps like Pandora, directly to the receiver.

If most of your music is stored on one of these devices, AirPlay may be worth the extra money. If, however, you prefer the comfort, character and feelings of nostalgia that come with enjoying music on vinyl — or you still have a lot of music on CD or even tape — then save yourself some bucks and skip this option.

4: Power

Measured in watts, power isn’t merely another word for volume. It also determines a receiver’s ability to deliver detailed and dynamic sound. Indeed, a high-wattage receiver provides better sound quality than one with less power, even at low and medium volumes.

It’s important that the receiver be powerful enough to accommodate both the speakers to which it’s connected and the room in which the receiver is located. The power needed to match specific speakers depends on speaker sensitivity: the number of decibels (volume) it puts out per watt of power. Lower sensitivity speakers require more power. Additionally, the larger the room in which an entertainment system is set up, the more power needed.

5: Inputs and Outputs

The reason for this one is simple: the more inputs and outputs — or places to connect to the receiver — the more components (TV, speakers, iPod, gaming system) the device can accommodate. For example, a receiver may accept sound signals from a TV via an input and send it to speakers via an output. You should have enough inputs and outputs to handle all of your equipment, as well as a few extra in case you want to expand later.

The number of connections isn’t the only thing to consider here; they must also be the right kind. Unless the components that will be connected to it are old (an analog TV or record player, for example), the receiver should generally offer digital connections, which provide better video and audio quality than analog inputs and outputs. To get the most out of your high definition equipment — and in many cases to use it at all — it should be connected to a receiver using an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection

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