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3. Audio Components > 22. Get the Right Receiver

Get the Right Receiver

The brains of your home theater are always going to be in your audio processor. Most folks at least begin with a receiver, which has to handle the demanding task of preamplification and processing, as well as pumping out power to your speakers. Getting the right receiver is crucial.

Receivers are tricky creatures, and a lot like Microsoft Office; you’ll often find lots of bells and whistles, but it’s not easy to figure out what you actually need. Assuming you want to impress your buddies, there are some definite requirements.

Industry-standard six- and seven-channel decoding

Ensure that any receiver you look at has Dolby Digital EX (6.1/7.1-channel decoding) and DTS-ES (6.1-channel decoding). These are usually well represented on both the box and the face of the unit (see Figure 3-1).


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