Articles & Videos: Home Theater Receivers

Home theater receivers buying guide
by Crutchfield Writing Team

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

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

HDMI connections got a big update in 2014 as 4K Ultra HD TVs appeared with HDMI 2.0 inputs capable of supporting 4K's higher data demands. With support for multichannel and high-res audio, HDMI is the most important connection for home entertainment. Learn about other HDMI features, and get tips on choosing cables.

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.

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

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
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...

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
by Dave Bar

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

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
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.

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.

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

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...

Spotify® Connect
by Jeff Miller

Learn about the benefits of Spotify Connect, a wireless way to play Spotify through select A/V receivers and powered speakers.

When rear speakers are out of the picture, is simulated surround sound a valid solution? We put Yamaha's Virtual CINEMA FRONT surround processing to the test.

If you've purchased a seven-channel home theater receiver in the last couple of years, you might be surprised to learn that you possibly have lots of amplifier power just going to waste....