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£150 Onkyo TXSR507 AV Receiver

Onkyo's budget AV receivers have always been ahead of rivals in terms of both features and sound quality and that's exactly the case here. The Onkyo TX-SR507 offers, a highly competitive, four HDMI inputs - that's at least one more than average at this price point.

Added to this excellent HDMI count you'll also find twin optical and twin coaxial digital inputs and the full complement of component, composite and RCA phono sockets that you'd expect.

In addition to a front-mounted mini-jack for easy connection of any portable with a headphone output, the TXSR507 features a universal port at the back which works with many iPod docking stations.

Finally, a second zone output that's either active (powered) or passive (requires powered speakers) gives the option of spreading the sound into another room. In short, given its cost, we don't think you'll find a better connected AV receiver!

Just when you've caught your breath by taking in the connectivity, there's the processing power to consider.

As you'd expect, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus are all standard. The new DTS-Express processor for quality, secondary audio decoding at lower bit rates, is also standard.

When it comes to setting the TXSR507 up, the standard Audyssey 2EQ system is there to help out. This not only automatically calibrates speakers, but also corrects room acoustic issues. The upshot of this hi-tech processing is ideal sound quality, whatever the room.

There are a few units remaining at Richersounds for only £150, that's less than half price. Find out more here (opens in new tab).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.