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Home Theater Receiver

A home theater receiver and its remote control are central to operating your entire audio/video system, such as making it simple to switch among all of your input sources and adjust volume and other audio settings at the touch of a button or turn of a knob. Your HD source components such as a Blu-ray Disc player, sat/cable television tuner, gaming console, et cetera are each connected to its HDMI inputs. A receiver must allow a 4K video signal to pass through it without degradation, but also be able to upscale the video of these HD sources and lesser quality "old-school" sources (connected to an input with component or composite video and digital or analog audio cables) such as DVD, Laser Disc, and VHS to 4K before sending its video signal from the HDMI output, through an HDMI cable, to the HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel) input on your television. HDMI ARC allows a Smart TV with all of its streaming content possibilities such as Netflix, Hulu, VUDU, YouTube, and more to easily function as both your home theater video display and a source at the same time. Audio-only sources such as a CD player, cassette deck, and/or turntable (be sure your receiver's got a dedicated phono pre-amp input!) can also be connected using stereo RCA cables.

Aperion is an authorized dealer for Marantz AV preamps, power amplifiers, turntables (with or without phono pre-amp), and home theater receivers -- and of course their own speakers!

Your receiver performs digital surround sound processing before the amplifier does its job. It supplies amplification to as few as two speakers when you are just listening to your music in stereo to as many as five, seven, nine, or even eleven speakers for the most advanced surround sound setups, and also sends the low frequency effects from its subwoofer output(s) to your powered subwoofer(s) to handle all the deep bass. Most receivers sold today include a speaker calibration mic that makes it simple to optimize and tailor the surround sound setting to your specific room after you've connected all of your speakers. Most receivers can provide at least two of their channels of amplification for powering a pair of B-speakers, or Zone 2, and may also feature pre-outs so you can add more separate amplifiers plus speakers or self-powered (wireless?) speakers in additional listening zones through out your home. High-end home theater receivers love to be part of a whole-house, multi-zone audio system.

Huppin's offers dozens of models of home theater receivers from which to choose!

And it has an AM/FM radio tuner built-in. I recommend a network-ready model (with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, too) to allow you access to virtually infinite streaming audio entertainment possibilities, and make it simple to perform firmware upgrades as they roll out from the manufacturer. This is just one good reason to go with a receiver offered by one of the leading consumer audio specialty manufacturers such as Denon, Harman Kardon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer (especially Elite), or Yamaha.


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