Surround Sound Receivers

The surround sound receiver (AVR) is the hub of any media system.

Surround Sound Receivers

Surround Sound Receivers

Its first job is to switch between source components. All of the source components are connected to the AVR with HDMI cables for audio and video. The AVR sends the appropriate video signal to the TV based on the selected source. It takes the digital audio signal from the source component, decodes it and processes the signal based on the preferred surround sound mode, speaker types, speaker locations and room acoustics.  Finally, it amplifies the audio signal and sends it to the speakers and subwoofer.

In very high performance systems the AVR will be divided into two separate devices, the Preamplifier/processor and the Amplifier (separates). Manufacturers include McIntosh, Integra, Rotel, Classe, Lexicon, Anthem and others.

For most customers an integrated Preamplifier/Processor/Amplifier (AVR) is the best solution for their needs and budget. There are several companies that make good AVRs.  Denon, Marantz, Pioneer, Sony, Onkyo, Integra and Yamaha are the most prevalent.

At SoundVision we have access to all brands of equipment, and we choose the best products for our customers based on several factors including:

  • Performance
  • Features
  • Reliability
  • Manufacturer Service and Support
  • Price

Based on these factors we like Integra products. When it comes to performance we love the way their amplification sounds. When compared to other products with similar amplification we have found the Integra products deliver crisp, clear and accurate sound and both low and high volume levels. They have all of the features we love, including multiple surround modes, auto turn-on upon source selection, programmable triggers, and easy to navigate setup menus.  They are manufactured by Onkyo as their higher-end, higher-performance product line, and we have found them to be extremely reliable. When we have had the occasional issue, we have found them quick to respond and take ownership of the problem, including expedited freight on replacement units. They make 8 models of AVRs and separates from $600 to $4,500 so they can deliver a great combination of Price and Performance to meet most any budget.

Until next time,

Scott Sullivan
SoundVision, Inc.
415-456-7000

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