10 Top Home Theater Receivers for Under $1,000
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Pioneer Elite VSX-80 Home Theater Receiver

Earlier this year, Pioneer announced that this model would come with support for Roku’s Streaming Stick. That basically means that this 7.2-channel unit (90 watts per channel/8ohms) has an MHL-enhanced HDMI port on the back. Of course, you could opt for the HDMI version of the Stick and plug it into any of this AVR’s seven HDMI ports. Even more interesting is that the VSX-80 is part of Pioneer’s “Elite” line, so it has RS-232 and IP control, as well as the option for multi-zone and multi-source use. Other perks include the HDMI 2.0 spec on all of those inputs, with 4K 60p Ultra HD upscaling and 4K60p 4:4:4 color support for use with the latest 4K TVs. Because it’s an Elite model, it also has the ESS SABRE Premier Audio DAC, MCACC technology with a subwoofer EQ, support for high-resolution music (96kHz 24-bit), and compatibility with third-party control systems such as Crestron and Control4. And just in case you need another way to control it, the VSX-80 is compatible with Pioneer’s iControlAV5 app, which has an AV Scaling feature to override your TV’s native setting for a few easy tweaks on the fly.

MSRP: $700
For More Information: Pioneer Electronics




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10 Top Home Theater Receivers for Under $1,000