Categorized | Technology

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.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Geek Republic Supports Local Businesses


#1 Adult Store for naughty items

RSS Latest Gadgets

  • Competition: Win a Cypress PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit for the IoT
    There’s a new competition in town. This is your chance to win a Cypress PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit for the IoT. This story continues at Competition: Win a Cypress PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit for the IoT Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • Crowdfunding Watch: Hybrid tube DAC/Amp add-on for the Raspberry Pi
    We know Raspberry Pi audio posts are popular on Gadget Master, so check out the CERES 502HTA, a hybrid tube DAC/Amp add-on for the Pi platform. This story continues at Crowdfunding Watch: Hybrid tube DAC/Amp add-on for the Raspberry Pi Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • Sign up for the Gadget Master newsletter
    Ensure you receive the latest and greatest Gadget Master news, hot and fresh, straight into your inbox! This story continues at Sign up for the Gadget Master newsletter Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • The ZIP Halo addresses full colour LEDs for micro:bit projects
    One for micro:bit based electronics projects - the ZIP Halo, supporting LED-based colourful lighting effects. It's from Kitronik, the educational technology specialists. This story continues at The ZIP Halo addresses full colour LEDs for micro:bit projects Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • DoItKits make music with classroom electronics
    Check out the DoItKits. "Introduce your students to the beautiful physics behind music. Your class will make an electronic synthesiser instrument." This story continues at DoItKits make music with classroom electronics Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly

RSS Latest Mobile News

  • Pixel 2 smartphone is Made By Google
    Think of the new Pixel 2 phones as the latest Nexus models but with the difference that they are made by Google instead of a third-party partner. This story continues at Pixel 2 smartphone is Made By Google Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • Cloud Firestore aims to be a document database for Apps
    Firebase announces Cloud Firestore, which is seeking to be a 'new document database for apps', particularly for realtime database developers. This story continues at Cloud Firestore aims to be a document database for Apps Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • Android platform stats: Nougat swells as Lollipop melts
    Time once again for the latest monthly breakdown of Android platform share. They are the official figures from Google, for the month of October, and reveal which versions of Android are actually being used 'out in the wild'. This story continues at Android platform stats: Nougat swells as Lollipop melts Or just read more coverage […]
  • WaRP7 dev board gets circular touch interface
    Meant to cover this one before - the NXP-based WaRP7 dev board, which supports Android, gets its own LCD module. This story continues at WaRP7 dev board gets circular touch interface Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly
  • Google launches IoT Showcase for Android Things
    Android Things is currently in developer preview - DP5 to be precise. And Google is obviously keen to see what developers can build with the latest release. This story continues at Google launches IoT Showcase for Android Things Or just read more coverage at Electronics Weekly