How do you get the most out of your HDTV? Add sound to match the widescreen image. Yes, you could add a soundbar or a home-theater-in-a-box system as I suggested Monday, or you can add speakers to an AV receiver, as I suggested yesterday. Here are 10 new AVRs affordably priced between $250 and $500.
While lacking component video inputs, this 5.1 channel Pioneer AVR is equipped with six HDMI input jacks. But this AVR's headline is it's the least expensive (in this group) with an Ethernet jack for Internet radio and streaming music service connectivity, along with connectivity to your PC-based or iPhone media via Apple's wireless AirPlay and DLNA connectivity. There's also a front USB jack to directly connect your iPhone or iPad and you can add an optional Bluetooth adapter (AS-BT200) to stream music from a smart phone.