Aug 14, 20186855 views

Interest Check: Home Theater Receivers & Speakers

Hey guys,
We want to know what Receivers & Speakers you like when it comes to your home theater setup. We already source a variety of different products, but are always looking to stay in tune with the interests of the community.
· What do you look for in a receiver? · What do you look for in speakers for your home theater? · What kind of features do you prefer? · Are there particular models and brands you like?
Your suggestions and feedback are taken into account when we look for products to put on the site so tell us what you like, what you don’t like and any preferences you have in between.

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Looking for dolby atmos and related format support either as all in one powered or ability to decode the required channels and hook up external amplifiers. High quality amplifiers and brand names like Denon, Yamaha. Connected receivers to stream audio and video to them from our mobile devices and home servers. 4K dolby atmos and other supported relevant video formats.
Want a Sony 4k blu-ray player with Dolby Vision support to go with my incoming Sony 4k 7.2 receiver drop...
Don't forget about the 2.0/2.1 customers! I love home theater but good ol' stereo is still my passion! Love Massdrop have been thrilled with my purchases so far!
When I make an entertainment purchase, I'm looking for the bleeding edge tech. With the way companies are constantly evolving and coming out with new features, I'm trying to get something that will keep me with the times for as long as possible. I also shoot for performance per dollar, you can really run into some diminishing returns once you start getting into the upper end. Great example would be the Andrew Jones Pioneer Elite system I've seen here. It's an incredible setup for the money, sure there's better, but you can easily end up spending quite a bit more to get it. With receivers, multiple inputs, 4k pass through and upscaling, Atmos/DTS:X. Again here, bleeding edge and performance per dollar, Pioneer, Denon, Sony are all solid.
I have the NAD M17. It is the last receiver I will ever buy. Not just because of NAD modular upgradability. But because I’ve got maybe another 20 or 30 years left on this planet and even when/if technology outstrips the capabilities of my M17, I’m just going to go ahead and keep using it anyways.
NAD were/are the best performance/value followed by Adcom in my opinion. I just purchased a Yamaha Receiver refurb from Massdrop - paired to an NAD PA driving CSW subs... and I am thrilled so far... although it is a complex beast!
Cambridge Sound Works were the best value performance sat/sub speakers ever conceived... in my opinion. Henry Kloss design and they sounded incredible. Wish there was a Cambridge Sound Works Dolby 7 Atmos setup...
I am currently looking for DTS:X and Dolby Atmos capable reciever with minimum 5 4k HDMI inputs. 4k upscale is a nice to have. Denon and Yamaha are the brands I am focusing on.
I love onkyo, and I recently bought some speakers by Monitor Audio, and they really kick!!
Unless you’re an audiophile or video/Home theatre inthusiast, you are probably looking for whatever sounds better and louder at your local store. Others will go along with name brands from the past that in their opinion were good and therefore will continue to be good or better. And then comes the bulk of most buyers sacrificing everything based on budget. In my opinion a good audio video needs to be very good at digital and speakers of choice. The sound will only be as good as the soarce material . Audio-Video equipment is almost like the automotive industry with a wide range of names and prices . To get better input you should probably define target audience budgets and primary usage
I would love to see current Gen flagship Denon receivers and flagship or high end klipsch speakers.
I'd vote for Yamaha Adventage series.
I would really love to bring the top end of the Yamaha natural sound line stereo receiver into an attainable price point. $2-2.5K for a stereo receiver just isn't possible for me.
Things I am looking for now are: At least 2 zones, would like 3 AirPlay 2, Chromecast, DLNA Support for height channels Pure audio/DSP bypasses Room correction Ethernet port As for brands - how about going non-traditional (including amp/pre-pro combos): Outlaw, Emotiva, Arcam, Anthem, Rotel
I’ve been looking a lot at Klipsche set-ups.
I’ve been looking to get a reciever for a while. With new TVs with speakers in the back you have to crank the volume. I know most people here are looking for atmos but maybe a small reciever and speaker bundle that isn’t too expensive might interest people like me who just want to hear their TVs better.
I'm planning on upgrading my home theater system to Atmos so started looking for speakers and receiver deals
I’m always regretting not getting your pioneer Atmos speakers when you have them listed..and your Sony Soundbars
I have been looking for a Denon AVR-X3400h for a long time if you had a deal on that I would take you up on it.
How about a nice straight up stereo hi/fi receiver? For where you want great sound and not needing the home theater aspect of it.
I will be looking for a decent receiver that has a dedicated phono in as well as a good set of speakers, floor standing or bookshelf, to accompany it.
All these people requesting Dolby Atmos is pretty do know that to have a proper Dolby Atmos setup you need 10 speakers, right? You can "dumb" it down to many less, but then the "Atmos" part of it isn't really Atmos anymore....
There are some Dolby atmos sound bars that just need the soundbar and a sub to do it.
The most important feature, for auidophile quality sound in the home is a room equalization feature called Audyssey. There are many room EQ features in many brands, but Audyssey stands heads and shoulders above the others in it's effectiveness. All the major audiophile websites and magazines agree. The two major brands of home theater receivers that incorporate this are Denon and Marantz. Both are excellent brands, but Denon generally offers more value for the money. As far as models go, anything above the Denon AVR X1500H and the Marantz SR7012 should offer enough power and features for everybody.
Pioneer (particularly SF1 and SF2 Omni-directional speakers), Sansui, Bose, Yamaha, Marantz. I guess Sony speakers maybe ok but their electronics could easily hide root kits as they have done in the past.
Maranta, Denon, and Pioneer
very interested in the marantz 7013 or Denon x4500
I would have loved to buy the Yamaha TSR-7810: a 7.2-channel 4K Ultra AV receiver. From New Zealand. But just worried if there is something wrong with it then I have to shift it back at my own expense just to avail of the warranty.
I'm really interested in a DIY/modular receiver, if one exists out there!
I see most suggestions tend toward big-manufacturer-produced models. I am new to MassDrop so forgive my ignorance as to what may work an what may not, but I'm wondering if some smaller manufacturers, direct to consumer, might be interested in the opportunity to partner with MassDrop. Speakers from companies like Ohm (Walsh series speakers), Spatial Audio M-series speakers, Tekton Design or Zu Audio speakers, GoldenEar Triton series, and on the hardware side, Wyred4Sound, PeachTree Audio. Not sure if their business models would or would not work with the MassDrop model.