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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.

What's the best place to set up your home theater receiver? This article offers helpful tips for deciding on the perfect spot.

HDMI cables buying guide
by Steve Kindig

Choosing the right HDMI cables can be tricky. Older cables don't support the latest features. To support 4K TV and HDR (High Dynamic Range) you'll need the latest HDMI 2.0 cables. We'll explain the different versions of HDMI, and we'll offer solutions to some common HDMI hookup problems.

Devices that support HDCP 2.2 copy protection are more likely to be compatible with current and future 4K content. Every link in your video chain must support HDCP 2.2 - your TV, video source, and any component the video signal passes through. If one does not, you won't see a 4K picture.

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.

You'll need a few things to enjoy Dolby Atmos in your home theater, which our expert Eric explains in this short video.

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

Share music from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod. Go wireless with Bluetooth, AirPlay or multi-room Wi-Fi speakers, or wired with powered speakers, or speaker docks.

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.

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?

An overview of wireless speakers and audio, including Bluetooth portable speakers, AirPlay and Wi-Fi receivers, Sonos, MusicCast, and other multi-room audio systems.

Wi-Fi boosters (also known as range extenders) rebroadcast your router's wireless signal to distant parts of your house and yard. How well do they work?

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