More bang for less buck

Onkyo TX-NR818 and TX-NR717 Receivers

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Building on an already full line of home theater receivers, Onkyo has fleshed out their mid-range offerings with the TX-NR818 and TX-NR717. As you’d expect, both beef up the wattage to 135W and 110W for the TX-NR818 and TX-NR717, respectively — making you even more popular with your neighbors (best to just invite them over).

Other goodies include THX Select2 Plus certification, a ridiculous eight HDMI inputs, Marvell Qdeo video processing for analog video upscaling up to 4K, support for to up three separate zones, and a revamped 1080p user interface. TX-NR818 gets the edge in video processing with a Dual Core Video Engine that achieves ISF certified calibration for a super sharp picture. Moreover, the higher model uses Audyssey MultEQ XT32 to automate your sound set-up by sampling data gathered from more than 10,000 control points across eight listening positions and then adjusting the audio output. Power and control? Sounds like Onkyo is playing Bubba’s song.

Buy Now: $999+