Picking out your home cinema receiver
So you know what you want it to do but now you need to compare all the different functions of your future home cinema receiver. I’m going to talk about all the different key areas to pay attention to when picking out your home cinema receiver to ensure that you can accurately decide which home theater receiver is best fitted for your needs. Fear not as I will help guide you through this difficult and ever-changing world of electronics!
While there will be a variety of different features depending on the style of home cinema receiver you purchase, finding the perfect one is critical. Some features you want to decide on primarily are what sort of inputs do you need. Do you want an iPod input? Do you want hookups for satellite radio? How many devices will you be hooking into the home cinema receiver?
After you determine this weed out which receivers have the appropriate hook ups and move on. Next you want to take a look at the total wattage of the system. Usually a system will have wattage equally divided amongst the channels except for the reach channels will have usually 20%-30% less wattage than the front channels and the sub will have 75%-150% more wattage than the front channels. So for example on a 600 watt 5.1 surround sound system, each front channel speaker would have 100 watts, the 2 rear channels would have 50 each and the sub you have 200 watts. Paying attention to overall wattage is good to help you decide on the type of home cinema receiver you’ll need.
Besides paying attention to the total output of the system in watts pay close attention to the amount of distortion the home cinema receiver has. You want the smallest percentage of distortion, ideally under 1%. Finding a home cinema receiver with a distortion level under 1% means you’ll have a quality sounding system that can be cranked up loud without any noticeable distortion. This also depends on the type of speakers your blasting the feed through.
Having a receiver that has a ton of wattage power but also a high distortion percentage is much worse than finding a quality home theater receiver with low distortion and half the power. You’re going for sound QUALITY here not QUANTITY. You’ll notice the difference when you turn crank your new home cinema receiver up and hear nothing but static and fuzz at a nearly inaudible level. You won’t care how many watts your system has if you can’t stand to listen to it or understand anything beyond all the distortion.
Doing your research and looking through these 2 key factors is critical in determining what the perfect home cinema receiver for you is. If you can pick a good home theater receiver with low distortion, one that has all the features you’re looking for and inputs you need and with a good amount of power you’ll be set. Now you just need to bite the bullet, pull the trigger and buy your home cinema receiver.