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Discussion in 'Electronic Repair' started by Homer, Sep 17, 2005.

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  1. Homer

    Homer Guest

    Looking for a receiver,
    what are the best features to look for in a dolby digital receiver?
  2. kip

    kip Guest

    Dont you look for what you want.....
    Or do you shop for what other people want...
    Do some research on the Web and investigate the options .

  3. Homer

    Homer Guest

    Alrighty than
  4. I think this answer may be more in line with the type of info Homer is
    need of...

    Watts per channel... how much power do you need?

    Input number and types... how many devices will be connected and how
    will they be connected? (for dolby digital you have optical or coaxial)

    Built in decoder -yes/no... Is your source already broken down into 5.1
    channels by a DVD player or other source? If so then you don't need an
    onboard decoder and won't need the coaxial or optical input.

    Video switching... most newer receivers are capable of switching your
    video sources for you. If you are using this feature check if the
    inputs are what you will be using - S-video, composite, or component
    video, and whether the receiver can CONVERT between these different
    types of video signals. This is important if you will be using the
    receiver to switch your video signals and will be using several
    different types of input such as composite from a vcr, s-video from a
    cable/sattelite box and component from a dvd player - this way the
    receiver can convert all those different types of signal into one type
    that matches the input you will be using o your TV/Monitor.

    Multi zone... Some receivers have extra speaker outputs that can be
    routed to a different room and allow that room to hear the same thing as
    the first room, or even a different input. For example watch and listen
    to DVD in the living room while someone else listens to the tuner in the
    bedroom from the same receiver.

    A few other things... make sure you install your receiver where it can
    receive proper ventilation. Modern receivers generate lots of heat and
    it may be normal for it to feel hot on top. If you install it in a
    location where this heat can't easily escape, it may cause the receiver
    to overheat. If you're lucky this would only cause it to shut down
    before any damage is done, or... it may go up in smoke.

    Good luck.
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