Well it’s the moment of truth. Hopefully you’ve done your research and know what signal to noise ratio is, how much distortion you’re looking for (none!) and what kind of power you’re looking to get from your home cinema receiver. It’s now time to finally decide on a model and make a purchase. But where will you actually go about purchasing your home cinema receiver to get the best deal? We’ll go over a variety of different places to secure a great deal.
You may think, well obviously I’ll go to my local electronic store and check them out now that I’m armed with knowledge! Well hold up mister because actually “hearing” a system isn’t always the best bet. Make sure that if you do go to have a listen that you take your time and pay attention. Many times the home cinema receiver you’re “hearing” doesn’t come with everything it’s hooked up to in the store. Many stores will run a bunch of home theater receivers through a different amp and speakers and allow the customer to judge which they like the best, wherein when you get it home it sounds nothing like that!
Trust your research and trust the numbers. Remember what to look for in distortion, wattage and signal to noise ratio. It’s rare that thee numbers will be false and following the numbers means you won’t end up with surprises later. Don’t just trust your ear or a slick talking salesman when you’re in stores, trust your research.
One great place to find a great home cinema receiver is obviously online. Looking on the Internet for a receiver is a great idea because not only can you find a cheaper model but you can find a more specific model that will fit the personalized needs of your ideal home cinema receiver. Finding a receiver online means you can find that perfect one that is great for action movies or Nascar races or video games, whatever your fix. Many times these more customized or specialty receivers won’t be in stores because they aren’t as in demand by the masses.
Also looking for a qulity home cinema receiver in used venues such as craigslist and on ebay are great options as well. Finding a used device is perfectly fine as long as you do your research and ensure that the device is both working and in good condition. You’re expected to do due diligence, but if you’re looking for a great home cinema receiver, they usually don’t date as fast as other pieces of technology, so finding a used one online can save you a heap of cash in the long run!
So there you have it, you now are exponentially more educated in the field and your hunt for the perfect home cinema receiver will soon draw to an end. Remember to always do your research and write down and plan out exactly what you’ll be wanting your home theater to do because there’s nothing worse than having a bad home cinema receiver for your desired needs!