7 Best small 5.1 Receivers Review

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1Marantz NR1506 14.8 x 17.3 x 4.1 inches18.1 pounds1

2Yamaha RX-V383BL 12.4 x 17.1 x 6 inches16.3 pounds2

3Onkyo HT-S3800 5.1 20 x 18 x 27 inches38 pounds
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4Pioneer SC-79 20.9 x 20.9 x 12.2 inches44.5 pounds
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5Yamaha AVENTAGE 17.2 x 17.1 x 7.1 inches32.8 pounds
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6Yamaha RXV2700 22 x 21 x 11 inches44 pounds
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7Onkyo TX-RZ900 23 x 20.5 x 12.5 inches39.7 pounds
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Marantz NR1506
Rating
Dimentions 14.8 x 17.3 x 4.1 inches
Weight
18.1 pounds
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Yamaha RX-V383BL
Rating
Dimentions12.4 x 17.1 x 6 inches
Weight
16.3 pounds
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Onkyo HT-S3800 5.1
Rating
Dimentions20 x 18 x 27 inches
Weight
38 pounds
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Pioneer SC-79
Rating
Dimentions20.9 x 20.9 x 12.2 inches
Weight
44.5 pounds
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Yamaha AVENTAGE
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Dimentions17.2 x 17.1 x 7.1 inches
Weight
32.8 pounds
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Yamaha RXV2700
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Dimentions22 x 21 x 11 inches
Weight
44 pounds
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Onkyo TX-RZ900
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Dimentions23 x 20.5 x 12.5 inches
Weight
39.7 pounds
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Before actually reviewing each of them individually, let me explain how I was choosing the items for this top:

  • I picked all the mini receivers

As the whole article is devoted to the mini-receivers, I chose all the small receivers first.

  • I looked through tones of reviews

Reading and listening to what the owners say about the equipment they have, I managed to choose, the highest rated ones.

  • I contacted the owners

I asked them to describe the experience of use. I also managed to test several receivers from the list by myself, to make the fullest top possible.

So, this is how I was making this article.

Marantz NR1506

Marantz is an American company, that manufactures audio equipment for professional use and everyday life.

Model Features

Marantz NR1506 is a multifunctional receiver. Here is what`s good about it:

Tip:When it comes to sound delivery, this model is one of the best ones. The sound is volumetric and spreads equally around the whole room, creating the effect of presence. That`s what you usually expect from a professional equipment.

This mini receiver can be connected to other devices with either Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Not a super outstanding thing, but a quite a comfortable one. Especially considering how many wires are usually required to make a thing like this work.

Tip:On the other hand though:

It feels like engineers were in a hurry while designing this item. It has both decent details and some of low quality. So, things work fine at first, later, however, many people start reporting glitches and connectivity issues.

How it works

What I`ve personally heard from people, who own Marantz production, it is a valuable receiver. The price-to-quality rating is great. You definitely do not pay more money for this receiver, than it really is worth. However, yes, glitch problems do appear after a year or two of active use.

Short Conclusion

If you are not a picky person, Marantz NR1506 is a great choice for you. It will be working properly and delivering great sound. On the other hand, if you are willing to invest more time into choosing a receiver, you should check the other options as well.

Pros
Great sound quality
Wireless connectivity
Cons
Pure build quality

Yamaha RX-V383BL

Yamaha is a Japanese manufacturer, that produces lots of different production. Company is known for having multiple items of high quality.

Model Features

Yamaha`s engineers did a great job, while working with sound:

Tip:YPAO is a unique system, that analyses the shape of the room and its` acoustics in order to create the perfect volume of sound. The developers promise, that this system will create an optimal individual sounding for every new room.

There is a small amplifier inside this receiver, so all the bass and the sub-bass frequencies sound extremely juicy. This is a nice bonus for the music and action movie lovers.

Tip:There is a slight downdside:

Many people find the interface of this receiver inconvenient. I`ve seen this receiver and I do understand them. There is a lot of knobs and buttons for controlling different aspects, and this is confusing. However, once you read the manual attentively you get used to it.

How it works

I personally tried Yamaha RX-R383BL in three different rooms. I didn`t notice much difference, but the sound quality was as good as I expected. Truly great volume. I`ve listened to several songs as well. The bass was less amazing than they promise, but still quite a decent one.

Short Conclusion

Yamaha is known for products of high quality. RX-R383BL is another item proving the company`s reputation. It will be suitable for any kind of customer, especially, that it is an affordable device. However, there are simpler models on the market, as well as even better sounding ones.


John, 26, the Artist

  • I have two hobbies: travelling and watching films. So, it`s kinda obvious I have a mini-receiver. I chose Yamaha`s Rx-R383BL, as the manufacturer promised an outstanding sound. The sound is really good indeed. Juicy and rich. I didn`t notice the promised volume effect, as probably I am not too sensitive to specific sounds, but the overall quality is more than satisfying. I love my sound system, especially that it`s been serving me for more than a year now. I highly recommend it.
Pros
YPAO system
Nice bass
Cons
User interface

Onkyo HT-S3800 5.1

Onkyo is another Japanese manufacturer, making audio equipment. Onkyo`s main specialization is home equipment.

Model Features

This model has several advantages:

Tip:Despite being a compact receiver, HT-S3800 is built really well. It has 4 little legs, so it is really convenient to place it on the floor or table. The materials are of high quality and seem really durable.

Onkyo`s product has extremely powerful built-in discrete amplifiers. The sound is super loud. It`s not like it has outstanding volume or super clean frequency, it is just loud. Don`t get me wrong, all other parameters are decent, but the loudness is outstanding.

Tip:There is a thing that might be considered bad:

There are only three inputs. User is not able to adjust many things in general. From the point of view of an advanced user, Onkyo`s receiver will be boring.

How it works

It works in a simple manner. You connect it, you activate it and it starts working. Nothing amazing or interesting. It is just a simple receiver, doing a simple receiver`s job.

Short Conclusion

Onkyo HT-S3800 will be suitable for a user who wants to buy a product once and then use it as it is. However, if you are looking for new emotions and advanced adjustability, there are more technically superior models.

Pros
Solid build
Powerful amplifiers
Cons
It is way too simple

Pioneer SC-79

Pioneer is an international company, mainly producing audio equipment for cars.

Model Features

Pioneer SC-79 is considered to be the best one in its` price category:

Tip:When I say outstanding I do mean outstanding. It is better than just good or great. I am not too good in describing my own emotions, but there are lots of reviews on the internet, all saying how good SC-79 is.

Pioneer SC-79 is a class D amplifier. It means that transistors are used as switching devices, which makes it possible to reach up to 90 per cent efficiency. But unlike class B amps, which are energy efficient as well, class D amps do not distort sound.

Tip:Well, there is no perfect device:

Pioneer SC-79 is heavy. A strong person is needed to install it. It still meets the mini-amplifier requirements, but weighs twice as much as usual model of this type. So, operating it could be a problem.

How it works

Another thing that I`ve noticed is that the process of installing is rather inconvenient. But, once you`ve completed it, Pioneer SC-79 will clearly show why it is considered to be the best one. The great sound coming out of it will please your ears.

Short Conclusion

Pioneer SC-79 will be working great for a long period of time. It is the perfect example of a one-time large investment, that will become profitable during the time. Well, there are still decent cheaper and more simple models on the market, so if you want to invest less, check the other offers too.

Pros
Outstanding sound
Optimal build type
Cons
The weight

Yamaha AVENTAGE

AVENTAGE is another product of Yamaha, known for successful experimental designing decisions.

Model Features

As I`ve already said, this model is all about build quality:

Tip:First of all, aluminum details are highly durable. The developers emphasize that their main advantage is how they affect sound waves. Aluminum panels are said to filter internal noises and all the radiations coming from inside.

The legs of Yamaha AVENTAGE have two types of ribs, which make the stability high and allow to install the receiver on any surface. Moreover, these legs reduce the vibration, which several points to sound quality.

Tip:The strong part is also the weak part:

In case something breaks, it will be hard to find the replacement. The remote controller, the internal details, the external details are all unique. So, once you buy it, be ready to pay the full price for fixing.

How it works

Once you hold it in hands it feels like a modern device. While you are placing it and setting things up it feels like something from the next century. Once you activate, it turns out to be a simple decent receiver. Well, once you break it, fixing feels almost like fixing UFO.

Short Conclusion

Yamaha AVENATGE is a great receiver. It has all the best modern features, as well as a lot of innovative decisions. It is all good, until something breaks (which doesn`t happen often). There are cheaper models with simpler constructions, so feel free to check them out as well.

Pros
Aluminum panels
Legs structure
Cons
Rare and expensive details

Yamaha RXV2700

Yamaha makes simple models as well as complicated ones. This one is rather simple.

Model Features

Simple model has simple advantages:

Tip:The sound is clear, with no excessive noises, no distortion and no feedback. It plays nice and loud, without getting any worse even as the time passes. All the other parameters of sound are above average as well.

A friend of mine stored his Yamaha RXV2700 in a wet and dusty basement for two years. He decided to start using it again later. To his great surprise everything had been working as it used to earlier. I wouldn`t recommend to repeat this experiment though.

Tip:This model does not have a huge disadvantage, that is worth minding. However, there are several annoying things, which I`ve described below.

How it works

It works as any other simple receiver. There are several minor downsides, like there is only one wallpaper available, the sound turns of, while you are adjusting things. All the other features work fine.

Short Conclusion

Yamaha RXV2700 is a rock solid receiver. It will be serving you well, once you buy it. However, it is not the most modern item on the market, so keep in mind the fact, that if it breaks, finding spare parts won`t be an easy task.

Pros
Sound clarity
Durability
Cons
Several minor minuses

Onkyo TX-RZ900

The last, but not the least important item in the list is Onkyo`s TX-RZ900.

Model Features

TX-RZ900 is a modern receiver, that has lots of convenient features:

    Tip:TX-RZ900 supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other types of wireless connections. It will be super comfortable to place it at any spot of the room, as the wireless connectors are extremely powerful. The receiver itself is rather small as well, so finding a place for it will not be a problem.

    All the inner parts are made according to the standards. Not does it only mean, that all the things will be working great, but also, that in case something breaks, finding a replacement won`t be hard.

    Tip:There is a problem though:

    I`ve met several people, saying that TX-RZ900 works slowly. Well, it all depends on personal preferences. I personally suggest that waiting for five seconds to connect HDMI is acceptable, some, however, want everything to work faster. It`s all about personal perception.

    How it works

    Setting the thing up is easy, as there are literally no wires to connect (for me connecting the wires to the nests is always the biggest problem). Once activated, everything works smooth with no glitches and lags. The sound quality is great, so is the price-to-quality rating of this item. A valuable purchase it is.

    Short Conclusion

    Everything is all right with Onkyo TX-RZ900. However, if you want everything to work in a really fast manner, you can choose other faster receivers from the list. Otherwise, there should be nothing to stop you from getting this one.

    Pros
    Wireless connection.
    Standardized details
    Cons
    Slow-working

    General Conclusion

    There will be a rather large conclusion of two parts. First, let us look through general manufacturer`s characteristics once more:

    Yamaha

    Yamaha is the biggest audio equipment manufacturer in the World. Yamaha is known for producing equipment, that provides high sound quality and is rather durable. Once you buy a product of Yamaha, you know you`ve got yourself a nice item. However, repairing Yamaha`s receivers might be quite a problem, as all the details are rare and expensive.

    Onkyo

    Onkyo is a smaller company, that follows the concept: build simple – work good. All of the Onkyo`s products are extremely solid and cheap in exploitation. They provide sound of a decent quality and are easy to install and adjust. However, the production seems a bit out of date, as Onkyo never provides anything innovative.

    Pioneer

    Yet another giant corporation, which makes, considerably the best audio equipment for cars and everyday life. Well, the supreme quality comes at a corresponding price. Once you are ready to invest money into something, that you`ll be using for a long period of time, Pioneer`s production is the best bet.

    Marantz

    Marantz is a comparatively small manufacturer, which does it`s best though. What Marantz suggests is the production of a bigger value, which may, however, brake one day. Well, it is rather cheap to repair, so if you want to invest small amounts of money during continuous period of time, Marantz should be your pick.

    Okay, so that was it for the general company review. Finally, I would like to give you several recommendations on choosing the receiver:

    • Don`t save money on it

    The receiver is a purchase, that you make once in five or six years. Trust me, you want to have as little problems with it as possible. So, if you are able to invest certain amount of money into this purchase, go for it.

    • Don`t be too picky

    Such things as low bass frequencies and hand-made bolts only seem important. The best bet is to write out all the functions you need and go for the item, that has all of those functions. Sellers often suggest some excessive, but make sure to stick to your choice.

    • Japanese brands are the nest

    You could have noticed, that top consists almost completely of Japanese production. The experience shows, that manufacturers in Japan worked hard to earn their reputation and continue working hard to support it. So, they are, by far the most trustworthy guys on the market.

    Well, this was is for this time. Thank you for reading and good luck!

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