Let’s assume you have recently bought a big screen high definition TV for you and your family to enjoy while hanging out together in the family room. However, getting a mammoth of a big screen HDTV does not necessarily mean that you will enjoy the perfect picture from the get-go. If you do not receive the quality of picture and sound you expected from such a TV, it is not all the TV’s fault.
If you want to get the most of your new TV and enjoy watching your favorite movies and TV shows, as well as listening to your favorite music, you should invest in a quality A\V receiver. An audio video receiver is essentially the hub of your entire home theatre system. If handles all the tasks necessary to provide the best quality picture and sound to your output devices. It decodes audio signals for your music, and video signals for your HD picture. It also powers up the speakers and switches between all the connected components.
This is what you need to have in mind when shopping for a new A\V receiver for your home theatre system.
- Should You Go for a High End Device or Not
Essentially all the A\V receivers do the same job, however there are plenty of different makes and models from many manufacturers available on the market. Opting for the most expensive devices doesn’t necessarily mean that you will get the best one for your needs. It needs to be user friendly to you as the end user. Why spend tons of money on a cutting edge device which you can’t figure out how to use properly.
You want you’re A\V receiver to provide the best quality of sound and video imaginable. However, you are the one that needs to set it up properly to suit your taste. Go for an A\V receiver you can operate easily and control it as you please.
- Is it Easy to Calibrate
Most of these devices are really convenient since they can calibrate themselves automatically. And this is a big deal for people that have never operated an A\V receiver before. Getting a device that is able to calibrate the sound and video on its own is crucial if you are a beginner. In time, when you feel you have gained the necessary experience you can tweak the calibration yourself. Calibration depends on the size and distance of all the components connected to the device.
- Is it Capable of Streaming Sound and Video
Wireless streaming has become an everyday activity. People use their smartphones, tables and computers to stream music and video to their home theatre system very often. Therefore, make sure the A\V receiver you intend to buy is capable of wireless streaming.
- Is it Powerful Enough
You should be aware that the term power here doesn’t relate to volume, but to watts. If you wish to get a clear sound and picture coming out of your home theatre system, the higher the watts of the device the better. This is especially important if you take pleasure in listening to music and watching movies on high sound volume. If the device doesn’t pack enough power you will not get a clear sound. You need to get a receiver that matches the output power of the speakers at the very least.
If you want to enjoy the best listening experience possible, you should opt for speakers with higher sensitivity. However, take into account that such speakers also require a more powerful receiver. Also, the size of the room where the speakers are located is equally as important.
- Has it Got Enough Inputs and Outputs
Depending on the number of audio and video devices you want to connect to you’re A\V receiver, you need to consider the number of inputs and outputs it has. These are the slots where you connect your TV, speaker system, gaming consoles, projector etc. It is always a good idea to get a receiver which packs some extra input and output slots apart from the minimum number you require just in case.
There is one more thing you should have in mind in terms of input and output slots. There are digital and analogue connections. Make sure the one you end up buying has more digital connections that analogue. The analogue ones are dated and do not offer the same capabilities as the digital ones.