Discover the Right Receiver for You
NEW & EMERGING:
If you're hooked up to a 3D Blu-ray player, you'll need to have HDMI 1.4/1.4a in order to pass the 1080p 3D content.
 
MAINSTREAM:
High Definition receivers should include several HDMI ports so you can hook up all your high definition devices.
 
GOOD VALUES:
Most high definition TV shows and DVDs provide 5.1 channel sound and you can find good bargains here while everyone rushes for 7.1 and 9.1 configurations.
   
  • 7.2 channel Surround
  • 135 Watt Per Channel
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • 7.2 channel Surround
  • 170 Watt Per Channel
  • Dolby TrueHD
  • 5.1 channel Surround
  • 110 Watt Per Channel
  • Dolby TrueHD
Getting more out of your Receiver
The Must-Haves

HDMI cables provide the best quality picture and audio. Quality Component Audio and Video cables reduce distortion and interference.


Making it Better

There are Surround Sound Speakers for every budget but choose carefully. Combine all your remotes into one and reduce clutter with a Universal Remote.

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DLNA Compliant & Windows 7 CertDLNA is an industry standard that allows you to display media on different devices. Windows 7 calls it "Play To" and makes it easy to show what's on your computer on your HDTV. Apple calls it "AirPlay". HDMI 1.4 (3D pass–through)In order to play Full HD 3D movies from a 3D Blu–ray player you will need HDMI 1.4 and the receiver will have to "pass it through" to the 3DTV. HDMI 1.3 (1080p)You can still watch 3D with 1.3 but go for 1.4 if you can. HDMI 1.2Older HDMI standards are better than no HDMI
Access to streaming audio servicesYou'll find this on many connected TVs as well but you may want to combine all your streaming services on your receiver. HDMI 1.4 (Audio Return Channel)This allows your receiver to not only send audio and video to your TV but the TV (or some other device) can send audio back to the receiver using the same cable. The HDMI port for this should be labeled "ARC".    
Airplay music streaming (Denon)AirPlay is Apple's proprietary version of DLNA that sends things like music and video from an Apple device to your HDTV. Dolby TrueHDGet the most sound out of your receiver with this lossless standard.    
  DTS HD Master audioThis is a lossless audio format that competes with Dolby TrueHD. Good receivers will support both standards.    
Multi-zone (multi-room playback)Look for this feature if you want to listen to different things in different rooms. Dolby Pro Logic llx (front height)This is one of the standards for surround sound supporting up to 7.1 channels. It is pretty standard on most receivers.    
Wireless network speakersWireless speakers can save you to trouble of running speaker wire to the other end of the room but you will have to find a place to plug them in. iPhone/iPod remote control appThe ability to use your smartphone or iPod Touch as a remote can come in handy.    
USB connection for iPod/iPhoneAll you need is a standard iPod/iPhone cable to connect to a receiver with this feature. iPod readyControl and play your iPod or iPhone through your receiver    
Room acoustics/Speaker calibrationThese receivers use one or more microphones to "measure" a room's acoustics and adjust sound output accordingly. 7.1 ChannelThis adds two rear speakers to 5.1 channel surround sound 5.1 Channel5 speakers and a subwoofer: Still the standard in surround sound audio and what most programming supports. Analog-only InputsThe world has gone digital and so should your receiver