True audiophiles understand that to
create a rich audio environment and capture a cinematic experience in the
comfort of your own home, you need a high-quality AV receiver.
However, picking the ideal AV
receiver can be challenging since there are so many subtle nuances to consider.
Eliminate any guesswork and get the best AV receiver possible for your home theatre
by following this checklist:
HDMI inputs -
Your AV receiver needs to support every media player in your home theatre, and
HDMI provides the best video and audio quality possible. Be sure that your AV
receiver has enough
HDMI inputs to support every device you
plan to use.
Optical inputs - Optical digital audio cables may not be able to carry video
signals like HDMI. However, according to CNET, their support for more sophisticated 7.1 channel setups make them just as relevant today as they were when first
introduced over 30 years ago.
USB input - the easiest and most convenient
way to store and take your audio files anywhere is a USB mass storage device. A
USB input conveniently located at the front of the AVR allows you to play
nearly any audio file, from 2-channel playback to full multi-channel surround
using the AVR's upmixing function.
Phono inputs -
If you want to include a turntable model in your home theatre setup, then phono
inputs are a must-have feature.
4K Ultra HD -
4K is the new standard for top-of-the-line video playback, providing more
clarity and crisper visuals than standard 1080p HD resolution. Even if you
don't have a 4K-enabled TV today, you may want to plan for the future.
Component video inputs - Nothing beats HDMI in terms of video quality, but component
cables come as close as any other analog format.
Composite video inputs - Not to be confused with the far-superior component cable format,
composite inputs are still important if you want to use older media players
that were intended for use with CRT TVs.
5.1 channel support (or above) - The number of channels your AV receiver contains refers to the number
of speakers it can drive in order to create the surround experience. Your basic
home theatre surround sound system will feature a 5.1 channel configuration - centre, front left, front right, surround left, surround right
and subwoofer. 7.1 channel systems split the rear and surround channels to
provide a more lush and engrossing soundscape. You can even go up to 9.1 or
11.1, or 13.1 channel receivers to add height and further depth to your audio
Economy mode -
You don't necessarily want your AV receiver consuming high power if not needed.
A clever ECO mode helps you to reduce power consumption when listening on
moderate volume level without sacrificing the audio performance. However, once
the volume goes up the ECO mode should change seamlessly to full power
automatically so as not to miss any action.
Wireless support is an absolute must to play music from your smartphone or
tablet using popular platforms like YouTube and Spotify. There are some
aftermarket external devices that add Bluetooth support, but they can't beat an
AV receiver with built-in Bluetooth capabilities.
Wi-Fi connectivity gives you additional options for streaming music through
your AV receiver such as Apple AirPlay2 music streaming.
With HEOS built-in you can stream
from your favourite cloud services such as Spotify®, Amazon Music, Deezer,
Tidal and many more effortlessly via the free HEOS app. Multi-room
support - Wireless playback is great,
but being able to stream music simultaneously from any room in the house is
next-level stuff. HEOS-enabled AV receivers support true
multiroom playback allowing you to listen to your
favourite music wherever you go.
Setup Assistant - To capture the best sound possible, your AV receiver
calibration software and a built-in setup
assistant to fine-tune settings to match your home theatre seating arrangement,
according to TechRadar.
Voice control - With Amazon Alexa
voice compatibility you can use your voice to control the AVR and online music
services. This allows you to adjust the volume, skip to the next track, switch
inputs for your different media players and more - "Just Ask."
Diagnostic tools - Diagnostic tools can save you a lot of potential headaches by
identifying network connection problems and quickly addressing them.
All of these features are readily
available in Denon's top-of-the-line AV receivers, so
there's no reason to put off getting the home theatre of your dreams any