Marantz Audio Receiver.jpgDon’t underestimate how important sound is for your home entertainment system. Today’s TVs, especially the new 4K Ultra High Definition sets, have bigger screens and such great pictures you might just think that is all you need. But having crystal clear sound with a great balance of those low and high notes will make any movie experience so much better. 

For the best sound in your home, seriously consider a premium audio receiver. The overall cost of ownership is not much more at all, the sound is noticeably better, and they usually come with many useful features.

I have a Marantz receiver that I bought almost 10 years ago and it is still going strong. It’s a 5.1 surround system that I also use to drive speakers throughout my home. It has such a large number of connections that it has been no problem adding a lot of components over the last 10 years. The sound it produces is amazing, especially when I decide to really crank up the volume. I can’t imagine needing to upgrade or replace it any time soon, which is why I have said the overall cost of ownership of a premium receiver is not much more, if at all. Sure I may have paid a few dollars more at the beginning, but it sounds so good I don’t feel any need to upgrade it, unlike what I would have done with a non-premium unit.

Marantz Dolby Atmos Receiver.jpgMarantz Receivers

Marantz has been around for over 60 years and throughout that time their singular focus has been producing very high quality audio electronic components. On their website they describe their philosophy extremely well:


“We know that true hi-fi is about being able to reproduce the magic of a performance. It’s about experiencing music just as the artist intended, even in the cinema. It is music that delivers the ecstasy and agony of a film’s story. To Marantz, perfect specifications and technical accomplishment count for nothing unless a product can unlock the power, the excitement and the emotion of music.”

To get that better experience within your home, seriously consider a premium audio component like Marantz.

Marantz has a full range of products covering an extremely wide price range, so you don’t have to spend a bundle. They have an excellent 250 Watt 5.1 Receiver (NR1403) at an extremely affordable price, right up to a fully loaded Dolby Atmos 1485 Watt 9.2 3D Home Theatre Receiver (SR7009). And they have a great selection at every price point in-between depending on the amount of power, and what features you might be looking for.

Pioneer Elite Receiver.jpgPioneer Elite Receivers

Pioneer is also no slouch when it comes to making excellent audio components. They have been at it for almost 80 years, founded in 1938 in Japan. Pioneer makes a full range of electronic audio components including DJ and Professional components as well as for the home. In addition to their line of regular receivers, Pioneer has developed a series of Elite Receivers, which are engineered to be a step up in audio quality. Their use of Class D3 amplifiers, and a Multi-Channel Acoustic Calibration System (MCACC), and other improved components truly raise the bar.

The Elite line also has a range of options from the 630 Watt 7.2 Channel 3D Home Theatre Receiver (VSX-80) to the fully loaded 1215 Watt 9.2 Channel Dolby Atmos Network Receiver (SC-85). To get a lot more detail on Pioneer Elite Receivers, have a look at my post earlier this year. You will see they have a lot of excellent features and an enormous amount of connectivity so they can truly become the hub of your home entertainment system.

You can check out both Pioneer and Marantz premium receivers and other premium audio equipment with Best Buy’s Premium Brands.

Tom Brauser
I love to try new technologies and I have a practical approach to techie stuff - it has to be easy to use and make my life better. I have my house fully wired, with a surround sound system in my family room for music and TV viewing, but also drive music throughout the house as well as outdoors. I Internet stream content on all my devices at home, which provides a huge variety of entertainment to enjoy.