Top 10 Budget Home Theater 5 Channel AV Receivers Under $300

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Whether you like to watch live sports events, play video games or kick back and take in a movie or streaming show, you need quality audio visual equipment. a home theater AV receiver makes a big difference in your ability to hear the full range of sounds and view a crisp picture on your TV.

If you are on a budget, you can still find many different makes and models of quality AV receivers under $300. These receivers offer multiple inputs and outputs. Take a look at these 10 best budget home theater five-channel AV receivers under $300.

1. Onkyo TX-SR393 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver

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  • Price -$279
  • 4K and HDR: Yes 
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes 
  • Bluetooth: Yes 
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 
  • Output: 155 watts/channel
  • Release date: June 14, 2019

The best budget receiver, the Onkyo TX-SR393 features Dolby Atmos height virtualizers, DTS virtual: x playback to allow for height effects without needing extra speakers (using a future firmware update), and fully supports HDR (High Dynamic Range), 4K/60p formats, including:

  • BT.2020
  • HLG
  • Dolby Vision
  • HDR10
  • 4:4:4 color-space

There are four separate HDMI inputs and ARC-enabled outputs that make it easy to transfer films or games from your favorite device to a compatible TV so you can enjoy superior sound enhancements. 

Bluetooth compatibility means you can stream content from PC apps, tablets, or cell phones. Once you’ve paired your device with the surround sound, it starts automatic playback whenever you cue up an audio stream.

At 21 inches long, 9 inches wide, 16 inches tall, and 18 pounds, this system would need a bit more surface space than a gaming system, although it will need more height clearance.

You can also customize your speaker layout to match your room, including:

  • 2.1-Ch with 3D surround-sound = Dolby Atmos height Virtualizer or DTS virtual: x
  • 3.2.2-Ch – Native object-audio playback

Despite the technical sound of the specifications, what you get is easy to use cheap surround sound that will give you cinema-quality audio from your TVs, gaming, Bluetooth audio, or even Hi-Fi or headphone dock systems using the analog RCA line-in. 

2. Yamaha RX-V385 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth

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  • Price – $279 
  • 4K and HDR: Yes 
  • Dolby Atmos: Yes 
  • Bluetooth: Yes 
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 
  • Output: 100 watts/channel 
  • Release date: April 10, 2018

The Yamaha RX-V385 surround sound is the best budget 5.1 receiver that features 5.1 channels with a single HDMI HDCP 2.2 compliant output and four HDMI inputs supporting:

  • 4K Ultra-HD
  • HDR10
  • BT.2020
  • Hybrid log-gamma
  • Dolby TrueHD vision
  • DTS HD Master Audio

This entry-level budget 5.1 receiver makes it easy to connect all of your devices via analog audio inputs, two coaxial inputs, and a solo optical input. There’s also a single USB port on the front, which allows for streaming audio files via a connected device. 

Unfortunately, this 5.1 channel receiver surround sound is not Wi-Fi enabled, but you can stream audio via Bluetooth capabilities with an output of 100W and 8 ohms.

The built-in amp offers decent bass, fantastic spatial acuity, and exceptional sound quality, although it may not have enough for large spaces. At 12.4 inches  long, 17.13 inches wide, 6.34 inches tall, and 16.3 pounds, you can set this receiver up in most entertainment centers or shelves without taking up massive amounts of space.

YPAO (Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer) auto-calibration ensures you get the best sound by using a microphone to determine your room’s exact acoustics and automatically adjusting the audio. 

Yamaha Cinema DSP technology allows HD playback, including DTS-HD master audio and Dolby TrueHD. This feature gives you better sound imaging delivered at sixty frames per second pass through.

Overall, the Yamaha RX-V385 is an easy-to-use, high-quality 5.1 receiver under 300 dollars. You can also purchase these AV receivers with compatible subwoofers, but this drives the cost over our $300 budget.

3. Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver, 5.2 channel, 4K Ultra HD Audio, and Video, Home Theater System, built-in Bluetooth, and USB port

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  • Price – $279
  • 4K and HDR: Yes 
  • Dolby Atmos: No 
  • Bluetooth: Yes 
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 
  • Output: 70 watts/channel 
  • Release date: April 12, 2018

Another of the best budget home theater receivers is the Denon AVR-S540BT, which is a 5.2 channel receiver capable of 140 watts output and 70 watts per channel. At 12.56 inches long, 17.09 inches wide, and 5.94 inches tall, this receiver can pair comfortably with most entertainment systems without being too bulky.

What we love most about the Denon cheap surround sound receiver is that it comes equipped with HLC – hybrid long-gamma that produces contrast, color, and brightness with HDR (high dynamic range) and 4:4:4 pure color.

Five amplifiers are putting out 140 watts per channel. And you can connect up to eight devices, including using Bluetooth capabilities that allow for playback from a wide variety of streaming services, including Pandora, Spotify, Napster, Soundcloud, and other similar programs. 

Plus, Denon Heos linking allows for creating a multi-room system in simple, easy to follow steps given via a setup assistant that appears on your screen. The assistant will also help with connecting to devices, manage your EQ features, and optimize your system.

You can control your audio options for Blu-Ray, television, and other categories using the simple button feature on the front of the receiver. And the receiver is compatible with connecting to smart remotes or your smartphone. A large LCD and buttons along the front allow for easy swapping between devices.

A front USB port lets you connect media devices, or you can use the 5 HDMI inputs with 4K/60 Hz capabilities, full-rate pass-through, and HDCP 2.2 support. The only downside is the AV receivers do not have Dolby Atmos.

The Denon AVR-S540BT is an average-sized, budget-friendly 5.2 channel surround sound that has enough features to suit all your entertainment needs, including 4K and HDR plus streaming music from multiple music streaming services.

4. Sony STRDH590 5.2-ch Surround Sound Home Theater Receiver: 4K HDR AV Receiver with Bluetooth

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  • $249 
  • 4K and HDR: Yes 
  • Dolby Atmos: No 
  • Bluetooth: Yes 
  • User rating: 4.5 out of 5 
  • Output: 725 watts total 
  • Release date: February 25, 2018

Another one of the best surround sound receivers under 300 dollars is the Sony STRDH590, a 5.2-channel black receiver enabled with Bluetooth for syncing with your wireless devices. You can even use Bluetooth to turn your sound system on from standby using your phone or connected device. Use the included remote to control the settings or swap between the different input sources.

A virtual front surround setup provides two front speakers that mimic the overall sound of traditional surround systems. Turn-style knobs allow you to change the volume and input, and an easy to read display tells you which channel you’re using. 

There are front jacks for headphones or a microphone for individual calibration of your room’s unique acoustics so you can get ideal sound quality. Notably missing is a front USB port.

Capable of 725 watts at 6 ohms, 1K Hz, you have four in-channel HDMI ports and one out HDMI port, plus an audio return channel and HDCP 2.2 signal handling. There are also 4 RCA audio inputs and two audio outputs (1 coaxial, one optical). 

You get dynamic sound and superior quality from 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) pass-through, Dolby Vision with support for HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid-Log-Gamma). However, this cheap home theater receiver does not have Dolby Atmos or DTS:X capabilities. You also cannot connect to Bluetooth speakers using this receiver.

Given all these great features, we feel comfortable saying that the Sony STRDH590 is one of the best stereo receivers under 300 dollars. This classic black 5.2 channel receiver’s size dimensions are 11.75 inches long, 17 inches wide, 5.25 inches tall, and weighs just 18.25 pounds.

5. Pyle 5.2-Channel Hi-Fi Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier – 1000 Watt AV Home Speaker Subwoofer Sound Receiver

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  • Price: $199 
  • 4K and HDR: Yes 
  • Dolby Atmos: No 
  • Bluetooth: Yes 
  • User rating: 4 out of 5 
  • Output: 1000 watts total

Our final recommendation for our best AV receiver under 300 dollars is the Pyle Stereo Amplifier, a 5.2-channel Hi-Fi amplifier with 1,000 max watts, Bluetooth capabilities and a simple remote control operation. 

You can connect and operate the receiver using smartphones, computers, and compatible Bluetooth devices within a wireless range of 30 feet. And connecting is a breeze thanks to hassle-free pairing.

The great thing about this best budget 4K receiver is it has 4K Ultra HD TV, Blu-Ray, 3D video pass-through support, and dedicated RCA subwoofer outputs. You can set up a Hi-Fi home surround sound through Bluetooth, HDMI, or USB. 

The digital LCD is easy to read and clearly labels your current setting, so you’ll always know what device you’re using. There’s even an AM/FM radio option if you prefer to listen to local stations. Unfortunately, this receiver is not Wi-Fi enabled.

You can stream video or audio from external devices using 3 HDMI ports, a front-facing USB port, two microphone adapters, an optical or digital audio port, and L/R speaker binding posts. There’s even Next Generation audio DSP and individual controls for volume and microphone adjustments for the treble, bass, and echo.

Speaker impedance is between 4 and 6 ohms for speakers and subwoofers with 1,000 watts of peak power. And there’s even short circuit, over-voltage, and over-current protection, so you don’t have to worry about electrical shortages.

You cannot use microphones to determine your room’s acoustics for customized EQ, but there are preset EQ options based on common music genres. This AV receiver is 16.9 inches long, 12.8 inches wide and 4.9 inches tall, making it one of the shorter receivers we’ve listed in this review.

Overall, the Next Generation technology and ease of use of the Pyle make it worthy of being listed among the best surround sound receivers under 300 dollars. For an extra fifty dollars, you can purchase the 7.1 channel Pyle home theater receiver. 

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Our Picks From Past Years

Here’s some excellent budget receivers from past reviews that are still available and going strong.

Yamaha RX-V385 5.1-Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Bluetooth

Sony STRDH590 5.2 Multi-channel 4k HDR AV Receiver With Bluetooth

Onkyo TX-SR373 5.2 Channel A/V Receiver With Bluetooth

Sony STRDH550 5.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver

Denon AVR-S540BT Receiver

Pioneer Surround Sound A/V Receiver

Yamaha RX-V377 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver

Onkyo HT-S3900 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver/Speaker Package

Denon AVR-S540BT 5.2 Channel 70W x 5 AV Receiver


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