5 Reasons Why You Should Get an A/V Receiver and Which One To Get
An A/V receiver is the heart of every home theater. It allows you to control all your home theater components from one place, and helps contribute to an ultimate home theater experience. Still not convinced you need one? Well, allow us to convince you!
- an A/V receiver connects all your speakers (up to 7.1 or more), and allows you to control them from one place.
- You can also connect all your media devices: DVD, Blu-ray, Satellite dish, Cable and get superior audio and video quality.
- Most new A/V receivers will upscale the quality of your old media and match it to the maximum quality your TV can view. For example, if you have a DVD which is at 480p quality, an A/V receiver can upscale it to 1080p full HD quality.
- It offers additional HDMI inputs for connecting even additional devices.
- Some A/V network players have built-in WiFi and AirPlay that will allow you to connect to the Internet, getting additional streaming services and play music from your AirPlay device wirelessly.
Which A/V Receiver Should You Get?
Now of course, if we all had to blinding choose which A/V Receiver (or any gadget really) to get, we’ll choose the TOP of the line that is packed with all features possible. But the sad truth is, some of us is still bound by a budget. So, here are our top choices for A/V receivers that fall under most common budgets. (please note that prices are subject to change by vendors)
If your budget is $300 and under, go for:
Harman Kardon AVR 1700 5.1-Channel Network-Connected Audio/Video Receiver with AirPlay:
- 5.1 network-connected AV receiver at 100-watts per channel.
- HDMI with 3D, 6 HDMI inputs and 1 output.
- Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding
- Stream audio from compatible devices to your home network.
- Ability to control the receiver using your iOS or Android device.
- AirPlay technology for streaming music from your iOS device or iTunes wirelessly.
- USB port allows to connect additional devices.
If your budget is $500 and under, go for:
Denon AVR-E300 5.1 Channel 3D Pass Through and Networking Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay
- 5.1 speaker input at 175 watts per channel.
- HMDI with 3D pass-through, 5 inputs 1 output.
- Control receiver using your iOS device or Android device.
- Network connectivity.
- AirPlay for streaming music from iOS devices and iTunes.
- Stream from Internet services like Pandora, Spotify…
- USB input.
If your budget is $1000 and under:
Denon AVR-X3000 In-command 7.2-Channel 4K Ultra HD Networking Home Theater Receiver with AirPlay:
- 7.2 speaker inputs, 215watts per channel.
- HDMI, 3D pass through, and 4k video upscaling (analog to HD video conversion)
- 7 HDMI inputs, 2 outputs.
- iOS and Android device controller.
- Stream music from AirPlay, and internet services (Pandora, Spotify)
- Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding.
- Audyssey DSX and DTS Neo:X for the best surround sound processing.
- 2-zone/2-source via variable pre-outs
- 3D Blu-ray Home Theater Systems
- AV Receivers
- Bluetooth Speakers
- Bookshelf Speakers
- Center Channel Speakers
- Computer Speakers
- Floor Speakers
- Floorstanding Tower Speakers
- Home Theater System
- Home Theater Systems
- In-Wall Speakers
- Internet Radio Receivers
- Music Tower Speakers
- NFC Enabled Speakers
- Soundbar Speakers
- Surround Sound Speakers
- Wireless Speakers