Most receivers are made for surround sound. They include at least 5 separate amplifiers, 7, 9 and even 13 amps. You don't need or want that if you main goal is to listen to music. Music is stereo, with a left and right channel amp. Pioneer, Yamaha, Onkyo make very affordable stereo receivers like this one. The Pioneer has a big sticker on it saying 200 watts. But, that rating adds the left and right channel, and lets the amp produce 10.0% distortion at middle frequencies, which are easy for the amp. More detailed specs on the Pioneer say its 45 watts with low distortion over the full frequency range. Pioneer is $150.
SONY STR-DH190 Stereo Receiver. $129. This Sony, stereo only 2 channel receiver for music playback is rated 90 watts x 2 over the full audio range 20 to 20 kHz at 8 ohms for .09% THD. This is real audio power.
      People are buying records again. Turntables require a different kind of hookup than a CD player or DVD. A very small signal comes out of the phono cartridge. It requires RIAA equalization and the ability to boost this tiny signal into a stronger signal the amp can boost furthur to drive your speakers. The STR-DH190 has a phono stage built-in.
      It has built-in bluetooth to receive music signals from your phone and play them through the speakers you hook up top this powerful stereo receiver. It has a front panel full size 1/4 in headphone jack, a front panel 1/8 in mini stereo input, and two pair of speakers connections. It has FM stereo radio (no AM) with 30 presets.
      All this for $129. Regular price is $149.99 and it will go back up.
       Introduced to the world, at the Monteleon Hotel in the French Quarter, less than a month ago, the brand new, long over due, high quality music listen Denon DRA-800H modern, yet old school stereo only... for music listening receiver.
Denon DRA-800H is rated honest audio power: 100+100 watts, over the full audio range, 20Hz to 20,000Hz at 8 ohms with 0.08% THD. So, it can drive, loud and clean almost any speaker, very big or small!
       This AM and FM receivers is designed without shortcuts, pun intended. Circuits with minimum paths are used. Carefully chosen, and critically audition parts are used. Discrete left and right channel amps insure excellent stereo separation.
     With the comeback of vinyl records, a high quality phono preamp section is included. But digital connections via coax and optical allow hookup of a TV with some really good speakers (although not surround sound.) But, there are also 5 HDMI inputs, which support the latest 4K standards. Play Hi resolution music files, 192K 24bit or DSD via your network or from a hard drive plugged into. And this Denon sports built-in HEOS. With other HEOS components around the house, wirelessly listen to music, even a turntable plugged into the receiver. Talk to the receiver with Alexa or Google Home Assistant.
     There is Speaker A and Speaker B connections, and a 2nd zone preamp output. Front panel tone controls allows easy adjustment.
     There is really no competition to this new Denon DRA-800!
     Price: $499