How to Select a Home Theater Receiver

When you're building a Dolby surround-sound home-theater system, the receiver is arguably the most important component. This is because it acts as the control center for your system, and it's where you'll find your ports and inputs, volume control, and DVD player, among other things. By purchasing the right Yamaha AV receiver, you can maximize your sound system at home via this Dolby Pro Logic device.

What Are Some Features of Receivers?

The process of purchasing a receiver for your stereo may overwhelm you with choices; however, there may be some features of these Dolby Digital receivers that are more important than others, so do some research on the benefits of adding a receiver to your home-theater system.

  • You'll likely want to play your favorite movies, so make sure to choose a receiver that has a DVD player.
  • A Wi-Fi compatible system lets you sync your receiver via Bluetooth and stream content from another device like a smartphone or computer. This gives you even more options when it comes to viewing media content like movies and music.
  • Power is important, and each receiver offers a specific number of watts, which denotes how much power the device puts out. For a larger room, a higher wattage is appropriate, but you don't need as much for a smaller space to fill the room with sound.

Which Inputs Do Receivers Have?

One of the benefits of having an AV receiver is that there are numerous ports, inputs, and outputs, so you can connect all types of peripherals including but not limited to speakers, amplifiers, and subwoofers.

  • There are different inputs for audio and video, but an HDMI input is typically one of the most important types. An HDMI connection lets you connect your receiver to your television or even to gaming consoles in most cases.
  • Use USB ports to connect peripherals like a smartphone, tablet, camera, or computer.
  • An optical digital cable input can connect varied types of audio and video components to your receiver, such as Blu-ray players or soundbar speakers.

How Many Channels Do You Need?

You'll notice as you browse DTS AV receivers that they are categorized by the number of available channels, and there are 2-channel, 5.1-channel, and even 7-channel Yamaha speaker setups. What does this number mean, and how important are the channels when choosing your Dolby Digital stereo?

  • Different channels have different jobs. For instance, the number of channels denotes how many connections there are for speakers. Thus, a two-channel system lets you plug in two speakers, which is a configuration that may work for small spaces.
  • The most common configuration for medium to large spaces is the 5.1-channel receiver. This setup includes a center-channel speaker, surround-sound speakers, and a subwoofer for enhanced bass sound quality.
  • For large spaces, you can go big with a 7.1 Pro Logic Dolby AV receiver. The added channels include additional rear speakers or an additional subwoofer.

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