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Denon 5.2 Channel 4K AV Receiver with Definitive Technology ProCinema Home Theater Speakers System (PKG37963)

The AVR-S530BT receives your favorite music wirelessly from any compatible device, and the dedicated Denon 500 Series Bluetooth remote app offers unique control options from your smartphone.
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Pioneer 7.2-Channel ATMOS AV Receiver with MCACC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (VSX1131)

Pioneer introduces an AV receiver designed not only to enhance, but also to fundamentally change the sound of home theater systems.
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$498.00
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$380!

Denon 5.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD AV Receiver with Polk Audio 5.1 Home Theater System (PKG37961)

The AVR-S530BT receives your favorite music wirelessly from any compatible device, and the dedicated Denon 500 Series Bluetooth remote app offers unique control options from your smartphone.
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$698.00
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Sony 7.2 Channel Home Theater AV Receiver with 4K Ultra HD and NFC and Bluetooth (STRDH770)

Immerse yourself in full 4K HDR video and 7.2 channel audio, plus Bluetooth® connectivity for easy wireless streaming from your favorite apps and devices. Enjoy true 4K quality through four HDMI inputs as well as front surround sound technology
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$348.00
$499.99

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$200!

Denon 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Network AV Surround Receiver with Atmos and HEOS Technology (AVRX1400H)

The AVR-X1400H 7.2 channel AV Surround Receiver delivers state-of-the-art 3D surround sound and powerful music performances, thanks to built-in HEOS technology.
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$649.00
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Yamaha 7.2 Channel Dolby Atmos Network AV Receiver with Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (RXV683)

This 7.2-channel 4K Ultra HD network AV receiver features Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ object based surround sound.
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$699.00
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Denon 7.2 Channel Full 4K Ultra HD Surround Wi-Fi Receiver with Atmos and HEOS Technology (AVRX3400H)

The AVRX3400H 7.2 channel AV Surround Receiver offers the ultimate home theater experience with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, plus unparalleled music playback options, thanks to built-in HEOS technology.
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Pioneer 5.1-Channel Network AV Receiver AV Receiver with Ultra HD Pass-through with HDCP 2.2 (VSX832)

Upgrade your home entertainment to the next level with Pioneer’s VSX-832, 5 channel AV receiver supporting Dolby Atmos. Enjoy a wide, enveloping soundscape with the Surround Enhance and Ultra HD video for life-like images.
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Yamaha 5.1-Channel Network Audio Video Home Theater Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (RXV483)

This 5.1-channel 4K Ultra HD network AV receiver offers built-in Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and AirPlay® wireless connectivity, and supports playback of high-resolution audio files. Add audio in up to 9 additional rooms with MusicCast wireless speakers.
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Yamaha RX-V581 7.2-channel Audio Video Home Theater Receiver with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (RXV581)

This 7.2-channel network AV receiver features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X based surround sound along with the latest in 4K Ultra HD video technologies, built-in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi, advanced speaker configurations and more.
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Yamaha 5.1 Channel Audio Video Home Theater Receiver With Bluetooth (RXV383)

Enjoy the latest in 4K Ultra HD video and immersive audio with the Yamaha RX-V 83 series receivers. In addition, Dolby Vision™ and Hybrid Log-Gamma compatibly provide incredible contrast, smooth tone and rich, bright colors.
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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 Aventage 7.2 Channel Network AV Receiver With Bluetooth and WiFi (RXA770)

This 7.2-channel AVENTAGE network AV receiver is designed to provide high quality sound with Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™. With the latest in HDMI® technologies, experience movies in stunning 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range (HDR).
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$899.00
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Denon 5.2 Channel 4K Ultra HD AV with built-in Bluetooth Receiver (AVRS530BT)

The AVR-S530BT receives your favorite music wirelessly from any compatible device, and the dedicated Denon 500 Series Bluetooth remote app offers unique control options from your smartphone.
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Yamaha RX-A870 7.2 Channel AVENTAGE MusicCast AV Receiver (RXA870)

This 7.2-channel AVENTAGE MusicCast AV receiver features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X based surround sound along with the latest in 4K Ultra HD video technologies, built-in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi, advanced speaker configurations and more.
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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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