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A good AV Receiver is the hub of your home theatre system. Its job is to receive signals from all your devices (Blu-Ray and DVD player, satellite dish, CD player, network player, etc.), interpret and amplify those signals, and then send them on to your output devices, like your TV, projector, speakers, etc. Your receiver acts as the command centre for all the pieces of your system, so you’ll want to choose carefully and pick the one that will be perfect for your setup, budget, and needs. We’ve got a huge selection of receivers, so read through the tips below and browse through them all to find your perfect match.
One of the first things you should look at is what kind and how many connections you need. Make sure you have enough inputs and outputs to accommodate all of your equipment, plus some extra in case you decide to expand later. Not only do you need to have enough connections, but also make sure that you have the right kind. Most components connect via HDMI cables these days, which carry both the audio and video signal, but for audio gear without HDMI connections like a CD player, an RCA or optical digital connection is best. And if you have a turntable, you’ll need to make sure you pick up a receiver with a dedicated phono input (unless you already have a phono preamp).
The number of channels a receiver has indicates how many speakers it can power. You’ll need at least five for surround sound, but bump it up to seven, nine, or eleven for the ultimate home theatre experience. Seven or more channels lets you use formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which will blow your mind and make you never want to go back to a regular old movie theatre again. More channels will also give you the ability to power speakers in other rooms.
Next, let’s talk about power output. You’re going to want enough juice to fill the room and turn up your speakers, but that doesn’t mean you should just look for the biggest numbers. Not all power ratings are equal, because different manufacturers measure power differently. Matching your receiver to your speaker setup is critically important and includes a lot of variables. Give us a call, stop by, or send us an email and we’ll be happy to help you figure out how to get the best sound out of your system.
Today’s receivers have a lot of awesome features that can make your home theatre experience even better, like apps that allow you to use your phone or tablet as a remote, wireless capabilities, networking, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay compatibility, and streaming for services like Spotify and Pandora.
We carry the best brands in AV receivers, including Marantz, a brand known for incredible hi fi quality sound, especially if you’re also playing music through your receiver. In fact, the Marantz NR1506 was named one of the best AV receivers of 2016 by CNET.
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