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A Guide On Buying The Best Home Theater Receiver

Buying a home theater receiver is probably the most important decision you’re going to make when setting up a home theater system. Because it includes the most of the inputs and outputs required for connecting the home theater system, from speakers to the television set.

A good receiver will serve as a tuner to receive AM/FM radio transmissions, as well as high-definition radio. It allows you to control different audio and video sources, including VCR, CD player, and DVD player. It will also come with a multi-channel amplifier for the surround sound signal transmission. Be sure to check the power rating of this amplifier. Higher watt sound capability per channel does not always equal to better sound.

The first thing to consider is whether you want to buy a receiver at whole or buying it separately. The former offers ease of use and setup, while the second allows you to choose your own combination of components.

Having each electronic component in a separate box does improve sound quality when compared with having them all on one circuit board. However, the separate one is more expensive, more complicated and require more space than buying a receiver.

So what should you consider when buying a home theater receiver?

The first important thing is to ensure that it has all the inputs and outputs you need for the equipment to connect to it. At least it should have a digital audio input (optical and co-axial) for Dolby Digital and / or DTS. It also should have analog audio inputs for CD player, and possibly DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD player.

You should also consider whether you want to route all your video sources such as TV, DVD player and gaming system through your receiver. Doing so means you can switch between the sources of the controller. But if you want to do this you must to make sure your receiver has enough video inputs such as S-Video.

If you can test a receiver before you buy, it is worth comparing the quality of the video signal from a DVD player when connected directly to a display and comparing it with when its connected to the receiver. There should not be any noticeable difference in quality.

The power rating of the amplifier is also important. The bigger the room you have for your home theater, the more power you’ll need. Be sure that the power rating is quoted in wattage per channel. It is impossible to determine how powerful your amplifier should be, however if your home theater is in a fair-sized room, as opposed to an aircraft hanger, 100 watts per channel should be fine.

The last thing to consider when buying a home theater receiver is remote control. It’s the main interface between you and the receiver and you will spend a lot of time using it. So make sure it is comfortable and easy to use.

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