Home Theater Basic Equipment - Part 2, A/V System Controller
A phenomenal theater system requires a top notch surround system. A top notch surround system starts with a quality home theater receiver.
Most of us are familiar with the A/V receiver at home and it all starts with a system that offers 5 channels of power for your center, front (2x) and rear (2x) speakers, with an added output for the sub-woofer you have a “standard” surround sound build. BUT, did you know
that there are also, 7 channel, 9 channel and even 11 channel receivers available to support the most advanced surround sound formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.
From the most enveloping 7.1.4 surround to the standard 5.1, there are many ways to make this work in your home theater. Let’s get some definitions out of the way and then I’ll give you a list of questions to ask yourself so that you can make the right buy when you go shopping.
A home theater receiver is the brains of your A/V system. It will take the video input signals from your Blu-ray player, gaming console, cable box or other devices and send them over to your television. Those same devices will also be sending out audio tracks, which the receiver will direct over to the connected speakers.
Other functions of the central receiver can vary but here are the general basics needed: