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Find the Right High-End Receiver for Your Home Theater System

3 Audio/Video Receiver Brands to Consider

Find the Right High-End Receiver for Your Home Theater System

If you’re building a home theater system in your Huntsville, AL home, the first thing you’ll need isn’t necessarily the big screen or speakers—it’s the receiver. The receiver is the centerpiece of your home theater system. Also known as an AV receiver or surround sound receiver, it provides the outputs and inputs for each device and instructs your speakers what surround sound to play.

The core features of a receiver are the power output, surround sound formats, and connectivity. An excellent receiver will also offer high-resolution audio, automatic speaker set-up, iPod/iPhone compatibility with Bluetooth, and Internet streaming. Technology moves fast, so you’ll want a receiver that offers expandability and new features, just in case.

To help you decide what home theater receiver is right for you, continue reading our review of three top receiver brands. 

TAGS: Dolby Atmos | Home Theater | Surround Sound

Too Much To See on TV? Try Multi-Plexing!

Too Much To See on TV? Try Multi-Plexing!

QuadPlexerBowl season is almost here - not to mention the NFL season is heating up. So, what’s a guy supposed to do when there is more than one game on that you JUST - CAN’T - MISS?? You could always flip back and forth, use picture-in-picture, or move multiple TVs into the room. These are good work-arounds, but if we are being honest, life is too short for work-arounds. In 2017, there is no reason not to set up a quadplex so that you and your friends can watch 4 games at a time in vivid HD quality.

There are a lot of solutions to QuadPlexing today, and many are compatible with your typical home theater setup so you don’t have to choose between QuadPlexing and your crisp, clear surround sound. But choosing the right solution can be just as important as soundproofing your man-cave. Here are some things to look for.

Resolution:
The most important issue in QuadPlexing is resolution. There are a wide variety of low-end QuadPlexers that display at 1080p. At first glance one might think, “sure - I can live with that”. Don’t be fooled. 1080p is fine when you are watching a single screen, but remember, you are cutting that screen into 4 sections, making each section essentially half the resolution on both the X and Y axis. So if you select one of these low-end options, while in 4x mode, you will essentially be watching 540p resolution on each of your 4 screens. This is not ideal.

The better option is to select a solution including both a display and a QuadPlexer with resolution of at least 2160p (4k UHD). This way, each screen will be at true HD resolution.

Audio:
When selecting TV products, many make the mistake of overlooking the audio aspect of their designed experience. When setting up your QuadPlexing solution, make sure you select an audio processor with enough audio channels to get the most out of your surround sound system. For instance, RGB Spectrum offers several QuadPlexing solutions that meet the desired video resolution, but only the QuadView UHD offers adequate audio support. It comes with 6 HDMI or DP embedded audio channels or 7 stereo 3.5mm analog channels. WyreStorm also offers a full line of excellent QuadPlexers with more than adequate audio support.

Control:
The control system, while of secondary importance, can make a big difference in the overall level of enjoyment. Try to select an option that has iPad control available. Ideally, you will want to establish control from a single device over the multiplexer, the TV, and your surround sound system. The iPad control option makes it easier to integrate the control of your theater lighting, and party-guest entry access system into your experience.

Latency:
Invariably, you or one of your guests is going to make a run to the kitchen during the game, and if you are like many rabid football fans, the game will be on in the kitchen as well. Even a slightly noticeable latency can detract from the experience if the kitchen TV is a second or so ahead of the primary TV. It is essential that you keep your system latency down so that the reaction from the guest on the food run, or the instance score notification you get on your smartphone doesn’t ruin the moment at a crucial time during the game!

 

Display:
Of course, it doesn’t matter what resolution your QuadPlexer is if your actual display television is limited. Make sure your actual display is large enough for everyone in the room to see it clearly, and that your display’s resolution is high enough that its not a limiting factor. While this article is not about Curved tvs vs Flat tvs, for this application, a larger, higher resolution Flat TV is a better option than a curved screen with a potentially lower resolution. This is because the function of the curved TV is to provide an enhanced viewing experience when taking in the entire screen at once. By definition, while viewing a Quad-Plexed screen you will be focussed on only a portion of the screen at a time, thus eliminating the advantage of the curved screen, especially if the screen is being viewed from a large number of different angles as is customary in a Super Bowl party, or while watching the SEC Championship or National Championship for that matter!

All in all the most important thing is that your integration experts are well versed in all aspects of the technologies you are installing. This way, they will be able to answer all your questions and ensure that all of your technologies are functioning as smoothly as possible together.

TAGS: Home Theater | Multiplexing | Picture in Picture | Quadplex | Surround Sound

How to Embrace the Power of the Big-Screen Experience

Finding the Right Equipment for Your Home Theater System

How to Embrace the Power of the Big-Screen Experience

Dedicated home theater systems stand out from their retail counterparts by providing truly immersive audio and dynamic, larger-than-life images. The latter is accomplished by finding the perfect partnership between your projector and screen. It's tempting to want to focus entirely on your projector's power and brightness, but your significant investment would be going to waste if you decided to play it on a blank wall. In this blog, we explain some things you should be taking into account when deciding which screen is the best fit for your Huntsville, Alabama home.

TAGS: custom home theater system | Home Theater | Home Theater Screen

How Can You Enjoy Quality Music in Every Corner of Your Home?

Invest in a Whole Home Audio System From AV Enthusiast

How Can You Enjoy Quality Music in Every Corner of Your Home?

Want to create an unforgettable listening experience in your Madison, Alabama home? It doesn't matter what kind of music you listen to or how you like to enjoy it; a whole home audio system can do the trick. It's as simple as picking up your phone, tablet or touchpad to choose the playlist or song you want and the closest speaker. All of this without sacrificing the quality of the sound. Read on to find out the many benefits a whole home audio system can bring to your space.

TAGS: Audio Streaming | home theater | listening room | wired installation