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Home Theater Receivers: Articles & Videos

Home theater receivers buying guide

by Amanda P.

From playing music to delivering surround sound thrills, today's receivers offer more than ever. Learn how to find a model that's right for you.

 
Home theater receiver setup guide

Home theater receiver setup guide

by Dave Bar

In this article, we'll explain the ins and outs of setting up your receiver, so you can get all the audio and video performance you paid for.

 
Yamaha RX-A2020 review

Yamaha RX-A2020 review

by David Brown

What are the benefits of upgrading to a higher-end home theater receiver? David Brown auditioned a feature- and power-packed Yamaha AVENTAGE-series model to find out.

 
HDMI cables buying guide

HDMI cables buying guide

by Steve Kindig

HDMI can carry full 1080p video and high-resolution surround sound. It's also your only choice for 3D TV. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

 
Yamaha and Polk home theater system review

Yamaha and Polk home theater system review

by David Brown

Interested in a 5.1-channel home theater? It's easier — and more affordable — than you might think. David Brown assembled a Yamaha and Polk Audio system to prove it. Read his review to find out how this setup performed.

 
Video: Home Theater Auto Calibration

Video: Home Theater Auto Calibration

by Marshall Chase

Like a fine orchestra, a home theater receiver needs to tune up before it performs. Fortunately, most receivers come with auto setup.

 
Understanding Surround Sound Formats

Understanding Surround Sound Formats

by Tara W.

Because most people, from surround sound novices to A/V experts, find new formats a little confusing, we've provided a quick description of how each format works.

 
Intro to Apple AirPlay

Intro to Apple AirPlay

by Ralph Graves

Apple Airplay® is a feature of Apple’s iTunes® program (version 10 or later). It’s a way to wirelessly stream content from an Apple portable (iPhone®, iPod...

 
Choosing Audio and Video Cables

Choosing Audio and Video Cables

by Kristen Schaub

In this article, we'll give you the information you need to choose the right type of audio or video connection, and tips on finding a good, high-quality cable.

 
Receivers Glossary

Receivers Glossary

by Dave Bar

Learn about the features and technical specifications found on many of today's receivers.

 

Home theater receivers FAQ

by Dave Bar

How much power do I need? Do I have to connect my video sources to my receiver? Do I need a 3D-ready receiver for my 3D TV?

 
Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery

Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery

by Crutchfield Writing Team

In Crutchfield's Home A/V Connections Photo Gallery, you'll find pictures of the plugs, ports, and jacks commonly used for hooking up home audio/video gear — HDTVs, Blu-ray players, receivers, and more.

 
Video: Speaker Cable Basics

Video: Speaker Cable Basics

by Video Guest

Learn about the key things you should consider when buying speaker cable.

 
Home A/V Connections Glossary

Home A/V Connections Glossary

by Crutchfield Writing Team

There are many types of connections you may encounter when setting up your new A/V system. Find out what it all means.

 
Video: Choosing a Home Theater Receiver

Video: Choosing a Home Theater Receiver

by Tara W.

Dolly, Mac and Tara discuss the features available in home theater receivers, and the best way to choose one that's right for you.

 
Video: Denon demo of Apple AirPlay®

Video: Denon demo of Apple AirPlay®

by Video Guest

During a training session at Crutchfield, Denon shows us how to use Apple AirPlay on Denon networkable receivers.

 
Video: Denon setup wizard

Video: Denon setup wizard

by Video Guest

J.R., Crutchfield sales advisor, shows us the Denon setup wizard makes setting up a home theater receiver fast and easy.

 
Video: Intro to Apple AirPlay

Video: Intro to Apple AirPlay

by Ralph Graves

Apple Airplay® is a feature of Apple’s iTunes® program (version 10 or later). It’s a way to wirelessly stream content from an Apple portable (iPhone®, iPod...

 
Sony STR-DA2800ES review

Sony STR-DA2800ES review

by David Brown

Can a receiver that's loaded with sophisticated features be easy for the whole family to operate? To find out, David Brown tested the Sony STR-DA2800ES in the Crutchfield Lab.

 
Those extra channels come in handy

Those extra channels come in handy

by Marshall Chase

While many home theater receivers have five powered channels for surround speakers, most are now made with seven. Receivers offer choices about what to do with the "extra" channels.