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Pioneer 5.1 Channel AV Receiver with Built-In Bluetooth and Ultra HD (VSX530K)

Experience the power and realism of home theater today with the VSX-530-K AV receiver. It offers advanced technologies such as Ultra HD Pass-through with HDCP 2.2, Phase Control, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Built-in Bluetooth.
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$298.00
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Yamaha RX-V379 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver with Bluetooth (RXV379)

Discrete amp circuit design 5.1-channel AV Receiver supporting Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming, 4K Ultra HD pass-through (HDCP2.2/4K60p), YPAO, and a new-design easy-to-use remote lets you fully enjoy your home theater with ease.
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Yamaha RX-V381 5.1-channel Audio Video Home Theater Receiver with Bluetooth (RXV381)

AV receiver with built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music playback, stunning 4K Ultra HD video with HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR), BT.2020 compatibility and a discrete 5.1-channel amplifier design to ensure optimal performance.
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$349.00
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Pioneer 5.2-Channel AV Receiver with Built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (VSX830K)

Pioneer’s innovative approach to the networked home theater experience starts with the VSX-830-K.
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Denon 5.2-Channel Ultra HD A / V Receiver with Bluetooth (AVRS510BT)

Denon AVR-S510BT delivers superb sonic fidelity along with a host of advanced features that includes compatibility with the latest HDMI 2.0 specification, along with the latest HDCP 2.2 specification.
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Yamaha 5.1-Channel Network Wi-Fi A/V Receiver (RXV479)

Wireless music listening possible via Bluetooth® compatibility, Wi-Fi, AirPlay®, AV Controller App support and more. This 5.1-channel AV Receiver also offers 4K Ultra HD pass-through compatible with HDCP2.2, positioning it for the advent of the ...
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Yamaha 7.2-Channel Network Wi-Fi Multi-Zone A/V Receiver (RXV579)

7.2-channel Wi-Fi Built-In high performance Network AV Receiver. Supports the latest HDMI version, 4K upscaling, AirPlay® and HTC Connect™. YPAO R.S.C. and YPAO Volume ensure optimum system sound quality and balance.
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Yamaha RX-A550 Aventage 5.1 Channel Network AV Receiver with Wi-Fi (RXA550)

Yamaha's AVENTAGE 5.1 Channel Network AV Receiver has focused on superior audio and video quality with HDMI for 4K Ultra HD content support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® Built-In and High Resolution audio playback support.
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$499.00
$649.95

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Denon AVR-X1200W 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Network A/V Receiver with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (AVRX1200W)

Experience the ultimate in home theater surround sound with the AVR-X1200W 7.2 channel A/V receiver which features Dolby Atmos immersive surround sound decoding, delivering breathtaking surround sound with today’s advanced movie soundtracks.
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$598.00
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Denon AVR-X2200W 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Network A / V Receiver with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (AVRX2200W)

Packed with the latest audio and video technologies, the AVR-X2200W delivers incredibly immersive surround sound, built on an extensive sound tuning and plenty of amp power. With Dolby Atmos, you’ll experience the same revolutionary 3D surround ...
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$648.00
$999.00

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NAD T748v2 7.1 Surround Receiver 7x40 Watt (NADT748V2)

With 7 channels of ultra low distortion power, it creates a seamless and immersive sound field for today’s HD soundtracks. The T 748V2 delivers everything you need for a moving home cinema experience without any costly or complex features.
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$698.00
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Yamaha 7.2ch Network Wi-Fi Multi-Zone A / V Receiver (RXV679)

7.2-channel Wi-Fi Built-In high performance Network AV Receiver. Supports the latest HDMI version, 4K upscaling, AirPlay® and HTC Connect™. YPAO R.S.C. and YPAO Volume ensure optimum system sound quality and balance.
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$699.00
$749.00

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Yamaha RX-A750 Aventage 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver with Wi-Fi (RXA750)

Yamaha's AVENTAGE 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver has focused on superior audio and video quality with 4K Ultra HD, HDMI video upscaling, HDCP 2.2, High Dynamic Range (HDR) support and built-in Wi-Fi.
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$799.00
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Yamaha RX-A850 Aventage 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver with Wi-Fi (RXA850)

AVENTAGE Network AV Receiver with Dolby Atmos® compatibility for genuine 3D surround sound in your own home. Also featuring High Resolution audio playback, 4K Ultra HD full support, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth® Built-in, and audiophile design ...
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$999.00
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Yamaha 7.2ch Network Wi-Fi Multi-Zone A V Receiver (RXV1079)

Offers Dolby Atmos and High-grade audio with the latest ESS DAC, a Symmetrical Amp layout and a Rigid Chassis. This 7.2-channel MusicCast AV Receiver also features 4K Ultra HD full support with 7-in/2-out HDCP 2.2 compatible HDMI terminals.
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Surround Sound Home Theatre Receivers

Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, DTS, THX and DSP - What do all these names and formats mean?

Surround sound didn't happen overnight. It grew out of stereo and evolved into today's state-of-the-art discrete digital multi-channel formats. There are multiple different surround sound formats, and at Visions Electronics we have a great selection of surround sound receivers from brands such as Yamaha, Onkyo, Pioneer and Harman/Kardon. Your surround receiver will be the key building block of your surround sound system, and before building your dream home theatre setup, it helps to know the differences between all the formats, and understand what all the jargon means.

Dolby Pro-Logic

To accommodate surround information into movies, Dolby Laboratories developed the Dolby Pro Logic surround system which is found on nearly all movies made in the past twenty-five years. While there have been improvements to the Pro Logic format since with Dolby Pro Logic II, Pro Logic IIx and Pro Logic IIz, it was the first incarnation of surround sound which was suitable for videotape. Today however, if you'd like to hear your DVD and Blu-Ray movies at their very best, you'll also want the latest digital surround sound capabilities that are described in the next sections.

Dolby Digital

The most popular of the digital surround formats, Dolby Digital® 5.1 (also known as AC-3) features five full-frequency-range channels - left, center and right front, plus left and right rear-and a sixth channel for Low Frequency Effects (bass). Digital surround sound is often referred to as "5.1"; 5 main channels plus the Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel. The advantages of digital 5.1 surround are more exciting surround effects and imaging with life-like impact and dynamic range. The difference in sound quality between Dolby Digital surround and Pro Logic surround is similar to the difference between CD and LP records.

Digital surround decoding systems such as Dolby Digital require digital sources such as a DVD disc or a Blu-Ray disc, which generally always carry a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital sound track. Dolby Digital is the established standard for home theatre, cinema and broadcast surround sound all around the world. All HD television broadcasts in the United States use Dolby Digital, and you will generally find Dolby Digital on all DVD discs and many Blu-Ray’s.

Dolby Digital EX took the 5.1 format one step further and incorporated an additional center channel for extra detail and surround sound effects. The latest format from Dolby is Dolby Digital Plus, which takes all of the core features of Dolby Digital 5.1 and allows for 7.1 channels as well as other features to improve the home surround sound experience. In your home theatre, the 7.1 format will feature an additional pair of speakers which are generally located on the sides of the room to further enhance the surround sound effect .

DTS: (Digital Theater Systems)

DTS (an acronym for Digital Theater Systems) is another digital surround 5.1 system that is a competitor to Dolby Digital. In order to play a DTS disc you must have a DTS surround processor. DTS first debuted in theatres in 1993 with the release of Jurassic Park. Since then they have gone on to work with almost all major consumer electronics companies and audio receiver manufacturers. In 2000 they introduce DTS-ES which features 6.1 channels of surround sound, and in 2004 DTS became a standard for both Blu-Ray discs. DTS NeoX 11.1 technology is the latest advance which adds height and width channels to make your home theatre experience even more immersive! DTS now has over 85% market share of HD and 3D entertainment. Ensuring that your home theatre receiver can process DTS signals will ensure compatibility with all major Blu-Ray releases.

THX - It's Not a Format

THX is a set of equipment specifications, compatible with all surround formats, intended to standardize the performance of any theater system. It does not compete in any way with Dolby Digital, DTS, Pro Logic or any other surround format. Software (movies) certified by THX may be played on any Dolby surround system and conversely, THX hardware can play all Dolby surround movie software whether or not it is THX certified. Home THX components are not necessarily better or worse than other products: they have simply earned THX approval by conforming to all THX-mandated specifications. Once the product has been submitted to Lucasfilm, LTD (the company that developed and licenses the THX standard) and passed a battery of tests, it can wear a "THX Approved" badge. In order to be a true THX system, all the audio components in that system--processor, amplifier, speakers and subwoofer--should be THX-approved. But that does not mean that THX and non THX components cannot be used together, they definitely can.

Digital Signal Processing (DSP)

Many surround receivers have "DSP" circuits that allow your surround system to mimic the acoustics of various locales such as concert hall, church, jazz club, etc. This allows you to adjust the sound settings to suit your environment and your tastes.

Hopefully, the above information helps you to choose the right Home Theatre Surround Sound receiver for you!

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