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Home Theater: Receivers

Video: Back of a Receiver

Receivers are the babe of your home theater set up, their your all in connection console. There is a different variety of them and you’re bound to find one that meets your needs. It has multiple inputs for all your devices such as DVD’s, VCR’s, cable boxes, video game consoles and more.

There are many companies that make receivers, some are cheaper versions that don’t include as many ports and features. Here are some of the tops brands:

- Yamaha
- Denon
- Onkyo
- Pioneer

What you need to look for in a receiver:

  • Surround sound capabilities like 5.1 or 7.1.
  • How much power per channel.
  • The quality of sound processing.
  • Number of high definiton video inputs like HDMI, DVI and comonent inputs.
  • Number of standard definition video inputs.
  • Number of digital audio connections.
  • Number of standard analog audio connections.
  • Multi-channel line level inputs
  • HDMI and what specification,1.1, 1.2, or 1.3.
  • Output to a Zone 2 or Zone 3 and the restrictions of the output.
  • Independent zone outputs.
  • SD video upconversion to DVI or HDMI.
  • Audio upconversion from analog to digital.
  • Independent volume trim for each input.
  • Audio delay for adjusting lip sync issues.
  • Satellite radio ready so you can listen to more stations.
  • THX certificatio. Best in the house.
  • Dobly Digital Support.
  • Dobly TrueHD Support.
  • AM/FM tuner.
  • HD radio capable.

It can be difficult to set up the home theater, when you’re looking at hooking up a receiver. When you look at the back of one, you’ll be lost for a second before you figure out what to do. Believe me, the manual is your best friend. I’ve also attacked a video to this guide to help you see how to set up the receiver.

Video Guide: Setting up Receiver: (brought to you by ExpertVillage)

Home Theater Connection Diagram:


I really hope you enjoyed learning about the different technologies offered in the Audio/Video world. I wanted show you the different technologies within the televisions and cables so you can better understand what you need for your complete home theater setup. I know it can be a little difficult to unerstand the differences in TV, and also what cables will offer you the best quality. After all you want to make sure you use your money wisely. This is only one of the few guides I will make in the near future as the technology changes.

To look more into Home Theater, Search: Home Theater Guide.

Thank You.

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  1. avatar MrMan

    Nice guide, I just wish I had enough money to buy a HDTV :(
    The fonts keep getting smaller & smaller and harder t read.

  2. Good guide but more needs to be said about contrast ratio. This is an important factor in the decision making process that consumers may not be as aware of as resolutions and size.

  3. Yea, I’m not going to change anything to the article, but I did say to go ahead and post if any questions arise.

  4. Correction, I didn’t in the article. But here I’ll answer any questions anyone has in the comment boxes.

  5. avatar Josh

    Very good guide wish i had something like this when i started selling home theater packages 4 years ago.. but have learned alot over the years.. but the truly sad part is that most people end up buying a tv by its brand name and not its overall quality or they buy a really visually beautiful tv and want to continue to use basic cable… grrr.. but like i said good guide!! THUMBS UP TO YA!!

  6. Thanks pal this was an easy one to put together for me, I have good passion for A/V.

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