I recommend the following receivers for home theater use based on observed performance of these products. The power you need to drive your system will depend on your speaker efficiency, speaker impedance, desired sound levels and room size. A product with some type of loudness correction is recommended if you listen at low levels regularly. The best of these are found in THX certified products.
- Yamaha AVENTAGE series (most flexible sound adjustments to correct for frequency errors and highly recommended for speakers less than about $5,000 a pair which are likely to have larger and more complex frequency errors.)
- Pioneer Elite (low distortion digital amplifiers that run cool for tight cabinets, high quality phase compensation and PQLS jitter reduction)
- Marantz (quality units that are easy to use.)