Home Theater Surround Sound Receivers

In order to experience true surround sound you will need a surround sound receiver. I know you may thinking that,

“I Have My Own Receiver Already!”

Is that what you are thinking?

Don’t get me wrong, your receiver may work just fine with your new surround sound system.

But allow me to prepare you for the possibility that your old receiver may not be able to deliver the cutting edge sound & High definition picture that today’s technologies allow us to achieve… and that you are probably expecting.

For example while some receivers are no more than tuners that can play CD’s thru your speakers, a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound receiver is equipped to:

– play all of the sound tracks that the newest movies are recorded in like dolby digital, dts, etc.
– They also can distribute the proper sound to each speaker channel so that the center channel speaker handles the conversations of the characters, Music comes out the front and right and back ground sounds come through the rear speakers.

A standard receiver will not be able to do this.

I Told You I Have A Surround Sound Receiver Already

Ok, excellent. But here is something to think about since technology has changed in the last few years.

— Will you be planning on using HDMI cables for your flatscreen TV or projector as well as your bluray player? If you are your receiver will need to have at least 2 HDMI ports on the back of it. If your receiver is more than 2 or 3 years old, unfortunately it probably is not equipped with these. Even if they have 1 HDMI cable, will they have a second for your HD satellite box or a third for your blue ray player?

– Does your receiver upconvert video to 1080p? Why is that important? This allows your standard 480p dvd collection to be upconverted to a nicer picture on your 1080p plasma TV or projector.

How do I know if it upconverts? This needs to be explicitly explained in your booklet that came with your receiver. If you are not sure then you need to go online and research this. I can help with that if you like. Don’t assume that because you have a new receiver that it does this automatically. Many of the lower end receivers are not equipped with this feature.

I’d like to tell you a story to illustrate this.

In fact, recently we installed a system for a nice lady that wanted to supply her own receiver because she thought she could save a few dollars over the ones that we offered to provide. She went to Best Buys and was happy to save $100 over the one that we suggested. The daY of the installation the technician alerted her that it did not upconvert to 1080p. She had to head down to Best Buys in Rush Hour traffic while our technician sat by billing her $125 hr to wait.
In the end the only receiver Best Buys had that would upconvert to 1080p cost more than $100 than the one we recommended to begin with. On top of that it cost her $125 for the technicians time while he sat at her home watching TV waiting for her to come back! A $250 expensive mistake plus a very stressful afternoon for her!

If you are looking for suggestions for surround sound receivers you can look here.

Denon 689 Receiver

Denon 689 Receiver

Denon 689 Home theater Receiver

Denon 789 Receiver

Denon 789 Receiver

Denon 789 Home theater Receiver

Denon 889 Receiver

Denon 889 Receiver

Denon 889 Home theater Receiver

Denon 989 Receiver

Denon 989 Receiver

Denon 989 Home theater Receiver

Denon 3808ci

Denon 3808ci

Denon avr-3808 Home theater Receiver