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How a Home Theater Receiver Fits Into Your Digital Details

Without a home theater receiver, all of your other components fail to deliver. The receiver is the central unit. You may see it listed by other names like surround sound receiver or just surround sound.

You may also notice that it’s called the AV receiver. No matter what label it’s given, the receiver means just that – it receives input and has output. A receiver gathers it all together so that you don’t have to have some of the other components separately.

The home theater receiver does the job of the following three: Preamp, Tuner, and multi-channel amplifier. What does it mean to buy just a receiver instead of all of the other parts? Is quality affected? Not in the least.

You’ll still get the same quality that you would if you bought all three pieces, but you do save money by buying the receiver that handles all three. For people who want to spend thousands (and some home theater systems have reached well over forty thousand dollars in equipment costs), such as Cameron Diaz, then each component is purchased as a standalone.

So what should you look for in a home theater receiver? Remember that wireless receivers aren’t the same as a regular receiver. You get pros and cons with either one, so you’ll need to know as much as you can about both before you go shopping for a receiver.

Now let’s talk about wattage. Don’t be fooled by the numbers on the side of the receiver box. The watts are important, but don’t assume that a receiver with a high watts number means that it has the most power and that the sound will be better.

At a certain point, you get what’s called the distortion factor, which means the louder the decibels, the less you can hear what’s being played clearly. The receiver is made to work in tandem with the other components in your home theater system.

You can’t choose a receiver based on just watts. You’ll want to make sure you pay attention to what’s called the signal to noise ratio. It’s a way of comparing the signal to the background noise. You want the clear sound and not the background noise.

You’ll also want to pay attention to a receiver’s Total Harmonic Distortion (or THD) because a lower THD lets the amplifier give out a better sound. Before you spend any money on a home theater receiver, do your homework. Check product reviews and make sure that you’re getting the best your money can buy. Make sure you take the time to check out how the receiver handles before you buy.

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