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From playing music in multiple rooms to delivering surround sound thrills, today's home theater receivers offer more than ever. But how much power do you need? How many channels? How many HDMI inputs? Learn how to find the receiver that's best for you.

DTS:X vs. Dolby Atmos
by Kramer Crane

Dolby Atmos and DTS:X are two exciting surround sound formats that add overhead sound effects to home theater systems. How do they compare?

Do your TV's built-in speakers sound weak? Learn about four ways to get better TV sound: a sound bar, stereo speakers, a pre-matched home theater system (also known as a home theater in a box), and a full-blown component home theater system.

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

Why bi-amp your speakers?
by Kramer Crane

Using a 7-channel receiver to power five speakers? That extra power need not go to waste. See how to put the two unused amplifier channels to work for better sound.

In this step-by-step guide, we'll simplify the process of setting up your home theater receiver. You'll learn about proper placement, cable connections, speaker calibration, network setup, and remote control hacks. When you're finished, you'll have an easy-to-use system that sounds terrific.

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

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