Now that you know sort of what you’re looking for and what you’ll be needing to fully set up your home theater, it’s good to have an idea of what else you’ll need for your home cinema receiver as well as the different brands to consider. I’m going to go through not only what you’ll need to set everything up but also who to avoid when installing your home cinema receiver. If you read along you should have absolutely no problem getting set up in no time!
There are a few things you’ll need other than a home cinema receiver in order to have your theater 100% ready. First things first is a video source. If you don’t have a video source you’ll do nothing but listen. A video source can be anything from a built in DVD player to a video game console such as a PlayStation 3. Aside from having a source from which you video signal runs into your home cinema receiver, you need a place to display those your video signal!
Next on the checklist is either a T.V. or a projector. There are a variety of these and for your home theater system to work you’ll obviously need a place to watch your entertainment. You’ll also need speakers and speaker wire running out of your home cinema receiver and into your speakers. The audio in cables should be included with whatever peripheral device you’re plugging into your home cinema receiver, but many times speaker wire isn’t included. Another great reason to have extra speaker wire is that it will allow you to run cable to the corners of your room instead of settling for the distance of the provided wire the companies throw in.
You’ll also need a video out cable that runs from your home cinema receiver to your display source, be it a T.V. or a projector. This is the number one most forgotten item when people build a home theater because they don’t realize that there is now another relay between their media and their eyes: the home cinema receiver. You’ll need an HDMI cable, component cable or standard RGB video cable to run from your source to your receiver and from your receiver to your screen.
Now you’re almost ready and you know all the peripherals to purchase, but you may be asking what brand of home cinema receiver should you purchase? There are a variety of different schools of thought in regard to brands. Honestly following the advice from the previous article on this site relating to what is critical to pay attention to when purchase. Like we talked about before we’re looking for low Signal To Noise Ratio, low distortion and overall power. If you can find good numbers in lesser known companies do the research and look into these companies. I cannot give a full review of absolutely every company here but I can recommend Sony and Phillips as well as many of the new Korean electronics companies that are making a rise in popularity because of their inexpensive yet quality built electronics.
Now you know what you’re looking for exactly, you know what kind of home cinema receiver to purchase as well as the peripherals you may need. You’re also aware of brands to look for and all the different qualities the perfect home cinema receiver for your needs has. There’s only one thing left now and It’s purchasing the receiver. In our upcoming article we’ll talk about where to purchase your receiver!