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A home theatre receiver, also known as an AV receiver, is designed to kick your entertainment experience up a notch. Most models are loaded with advanced audio and video processing technologies, Wi-Fi capability, connections for your devices, and so much more, so you get the best possible sights and sounds from your home theatre system. Best Buy carries an assortment of receivers from brands like Harman Kardon, Pioneer, Onkyo, Yamaha and more.
An AV receiver send audio signals to speakers through its different channels, allowing you to experience immersive surround sound from your home theatre. To fill a small- to average-sized room with surround sound, set up a 5.1-channel receiver with three front speakers, two side speakers and a subwoofer. To envelop a larger room, connect a 7.1-channel receiver and two extra speakers behind your seating area. If your receiver’s equipped with Dolby TrueHD, you’ll enjoy studio-quality sound from Blu-ray Discs and HD video, and if it has HD Digital Cinema Sound, you’ll experience 360-degree theatre-like sound.
In addition to amazing sound, an AV receiver can help you get the best sights from your entertainment. Most receivers are equipped with HDMI outputs and Full HD support, allowing you to hook up HD-compatible devices like your Blu-ray player and HDTV to watch videos in brilliant, razor-sharp resolution. Some receivers also have 3D video capability, ideal for making movies leap off the screen if you’ve got a 3D HDTV and 3D movie player like a PlayStation 3 or 3D Blu-ray player. AV receivers also have plenty of other input options like USB, component video and S-Video, so you can connect all your various video sources and enjoy top picture quality from them.
Another standout feature that some receivers offer is Wi-Fi. With built-in Wi-Fi, you can wirelessly connect your smartphone, tablet or computer to your home theatre and stream music from your favourite internet radio station, watch your bookmarked YouTube videos and more. To wirelessly stream music from your Apple devices, look for a receiver with AirPlay integration. If your receiver is DLNA-certified, you’ll be able to stream content from other DLNA-certified devices, like your computer, digital camera or tablet, directly to your home theatre through your Wi-Fi network.
Some receivers are equipped with multi-zone capability, allowing you to bring your entertainment to different rooms in your home. Connect your iPod to a multi-zone receiver and you can transmit music to audio systems spread around your home for your next big party. Or, connect your digital camera and DVD player to a multi-zone receiver, and you can view vacation photos in the bedroom, while your husband watches the latest action flick in the living room.
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