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All About a Home Stereo Receiver

Nov 28th 2012 at 9:05 PM

If you love movies and music, you may be in the market to build a system where you can enjoy a complete home theater or you may want a system that you will use only for music. One thing you will want in both cases is a great home stereo receiver. Your receiver is so important because it has so many responsibilities. The receiver powers your speakers, provides very convenient switching between audio/video components, tunes in FM and AM radio stations and allows you to shape the sound of your system to suit your room and your preferences.

A home stereo receiver also will provide the decoding that will then allow you to enjoy movies, TV shows, music and video games in surround sound. You can even add satellite radio, portable MP3 players and music filed on your computer to most of today's receivers. There are some models available that let you use your personal computer for system set up and control and this is a great feature.

Your first decision before you purchase a home stereo receiver is whether you want one for stereo use only or for home theater use which encompasses just about everything. If you do not need surround sound and are getting your receiver solely for listening to music, you will need one for only stereo use. If, however, you want surround sound in your main television viewing room, you will need a home theater receiver. No matter which receiver you are looking for, make sure that the one you choose not only has enough power for the speakers you will be using it with but also for the room you will be using it in.

To help you to determine whether a home stereo receiver is a good match for your speakers, check out your Sony XBR46HX929 speaker's sensitivity (a sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into volume). A higher sensitivity rating is better. If you will be putting your receiver and speakers in a large room, you will need more power to ensure a satisfying sound.

Another consideration when purchasing a home stereo receiver is the variety and the number of inputs and outputs that the receiver offers. You will need one with enough inputs to handle all of your audio and your video components (some experts believe that the receiver you choose should have at least six). And remember that any audio/video input in a receiver can be used for an audio only source. If you own a component style CD burner (or any digital recording device), you will want to make sure that your receiver has a digital output that is compatible with the digital input on your recorder.

Since so many people want their home stereo receiver for home theater use, you will want a receiver that you can connect your video sources to as many TVs do not have enough video inputs to accommodate all their equipment. Your receiver's video switching capability will really come in handy in this case.

There are many great home stereo receivers on the market and the one you choose will depend on what features are the most important to you. By doing an online comparison it will be easy to find the receiver that will best fit all of your needs.

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