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PIONEER AV RECEIVER (VSX524K)

The VSX-524-K provides connectivity for all your sources like Blu-ray DiscTM players, cable boxes, and gaming consoles. All four HDMI inputs support both 3D and new 4k Ultra HD content.
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Harman Kardon 5.1 Channel 375 Watt DLNA Network Receiver (AVR1510)

The Harman Kardon AVR 1510 is a 5.1-channel, 375-watt, networked audio/video receiver that gives you four 3D-ready HDMI inputs – plug them in once to experience all your entertainment with precision and clarity.
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Yamaha RX-V377 - 5.1 Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver (RXV377)

Discrete amplifier circuit design, along with new Virtual CINEMA FRONT and Extra Bass, enhance the capabilities and performance of this 5.1-channel AV receiver, providing a great sounding home theater experience.
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Pioneer 5.2 Channel Networked A/V Receiver with HDMI 2.0 - Black (VSX824K)

With a host of new features, the new Pioneer® VSX-824-K is an advanced, yet affordable receiver that sets the tone for Pioneer’s innovative approach to the networked home theater experience.
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Harman Kardon 5.1 Channel 425 Watt Network Receiver (AVR1610)

Because you have multiple ways to store and access your entertainment, it’s important that your audio/video receiver can deliver them. The Harman Kardon AVR 1610 features five 3D-ready HDMI inputs including one that’s MHL-compatible.
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Yamaha 7.2 Wi-Fi Network AV Receivers (RXV577)

Yamaha RX-V577 7.2-channel Wi-Fi built-in network AV receiver supporting advanced features like music streaming services, AV Controller App and Wireless Direct.
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Yamaha RX-V477 - 5.1 Channel A/V Home Theater Network Receiver (RXV477)

Discrete amplifier circuit design, along with new Virtual CINEMA FRONT and Extra Bass, enhance the capabilities and performance of this 5.1-channel AV receiver, providing a great sounding home theater experience.
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Harmon Kardon 7.2 Channel 700 Watt Network Receiver (AVR1710)

There’s never been a Harman Kardon AVR with this combination of power, performance and connectivity options.
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Pioneer 7.2 Channel Networked AV Receiver (VSX1024K)

The all-new Pioneer® VSX-1024-K takes our innovative approach to networked home theater a step further. This powerful 7.2-channel AV receiver offers 140 watts per channel(6 ohms) or 80 watts per channel(8 ohms) of clear audio reproduction.
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Yamaha RX-V777 - 7.2ch 980W - Multi-Zone Wi-Fi Receiver (RXV777)

The RX-777 receiver is dedicated to those who want the finest in stereo reproduction. It features Yamaha's ToP-ART design, provides 100 watts per channel, supports a second zone, and has I/O ports for custom installation applications.
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Yamaha 7.2 Wi-Fi Multi-Zone Receiver (RXV677)

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 Slim And Compact 5.1 Channel 475 Watt Network Receiver With AirPlay And MHL (RXS600)

Slim and compact 5.1-channel network AV receiver, with high-quality audio and convenient functions including AirPlay, AV Controller app and MHL support.`
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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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Yamaha Aventage 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver (RXA740)

Yamaha AVENTAGE 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver with Wi-Fi built-In Network AV Receiver focused on superior audio and video quality with latest HDMI version with 4K 50/60p support, AirPlay, YPAO Volume and Anti Resonance Technology.
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Cambridge Audio Audiophile AV Receiver - Silver (AZUR351RSILVER)

The 351R amp delivers superb-quality surround sound, plus stunning audiophile stereo for brilliant music reproduction, at amazing value. Our designers have obsessed over the audio, creating surround sound that truly immerses you in big-screen ac...
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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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