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Hybrid's Quick Guide to Receivers
What is a receiver?
A receiver is an all in one unit. It contains a digital-to-analog converter (DAC), preamplifier, and amplifier. There are two basic types of receivers, audio/video (A/V) and stereo.
Why should I get a receiver?
Like I said above, it's an all in one unit. You don't need drivers and for those who don't want to spend money on digital-to-analog converters, preamplifiers, and amplifiers separately (they do sound better however. Also, if one part is damaged, you only have to send in the damaged part instead of the whole thing). To me though, receivers are one step higher than sound cards. I really think the whole chain of sound quality starts from onboard to sound card to receiver to dedicated components to live. Its not completely accurate because you can have a great sound card and a not so great receiver where the sound card would sound better or you have a great receiver and not so great dedicated components where the receiver would sound better.
What's an audio/video and stereo receiver?
Like I said earlier, there are two basic types of receivers you can find on the consumer market, audio/video and stereo. An audio/video receiver like it says in the name is a receiver that can receiver audio and video. A stereo receiver on the other hand can only take in audio but that doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't as good as an audio/video receiver.
What are the differences?
I already stated that audio/video receivers can receive both audio and video while stereo receivers can only receiver audio but there's more. Audio/video receivers can output up to 9.2 channels maximum (currently) and 5.1 channels minimum. It also has music specific features like Dolby Digital Technologies or Pandora Radio. It's based more towards the people who tend to like to watch movies so it's your best choice for home theater. A stereo receiver can only take up to 2.1 channels which you can probably infer from "stereo". It doesn't come with music dedicated features but is dedicated towards music specific applications. Some also argue that they offer better audio than audio/video receivers so they would better suit audiophiles. Overall, they're equal. It all depends on what you'll be using them for.
How do I know which one's for me?
Well, like I stated earlier, it's based on what you use it for. Audio/video receivers are geared for home theater and entertainment. They have a minimum or maximum of 5.1 channels, stream video, and also carry music specific features. Basically, audio/video receivers are the best for you if you want to set up a home theater or need multiple channels.
What would you recommend?
My recommendations probably won't be solid. You can ask some people around here. I was recommended to just get a used receiver off of Craigslist or something. The overall audio quality will sound the same. If you want brands right now, I'd say Onkyo is the best for budget and high end, Denon and Marantz for high end, and Yamaha for budget. Pioneer's recent receivers aren't as good from what I've heard when I was searching for a good receiver. They've basically lost their A-game. Anyways, Sherwood systems are a hit-or-miss so some aren't so good and some are great, Harman Kardon isn't the best, etc.

If there's any misguidance, things I've missed, misspelling, or something you would like removed or added, just tell me (PM or post). Thanks!

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For a single room system, the Denon and Yamaha. The Onkyo's had some serious initial quality control problems which seems to get better. Denon is really set up better to do multi-room and will probably sound a little better on music, but Yamaha has a definite advantage in HT. Also consider HK and Marantz. Marantz btw is Denon sister company.

OP add the different types of formats and functions intregrated into receivers and a explenation

Dolby Digital LIVE Technology
DTS Interactive Technology
Dolby Digital
THX
Uncompromised Wireless HD Audio

Things missing in Preamp-Processors & Receivers
Premium dual differential DAC implementation on all channels (quad dual differential in 2CH direct stereo).
Subwoofer output with independent bass management and independent level control in 2CH Analog direct mode.
Channel trim accuracy +/- 0.5dB.
Digital delay accuracy +/- 0 .1ft increments.
DSP processing in conjunction with a microphone for automatic level and delay calibration and room correction.
Internal bass test tones from 200Hz to 20Hz in 1/6 octave increments for each channel, and all channel pairs with and without subwoofer.
Variable cross-over settings from 40Hz to 160Hz in 10Hz steps and selectable filter response.
Defeatable notch filter for subwoofer LPF at selectable frequencies common to typical room modes (IE. 60Hz, 120Hz,etc).
Three high bandwidth (100MHz or greater) component video inputs and two monitor outputs.
Independent channel trim settings for every input and every mode of operation.
On the fly group delay adjustment for LPF on sub out.
Defeatable +5 to 15dB gain boost for subwoofer channel on EXT analog Inputs.
Defeatable bass management and digital delay compensation on EXT analog inputs.
Two sets of EXT analog inputs for provisioning of DVD-A and SACD.
Adjustable sleep mode (30, 60, 90 min).
Composite and S-video up-conversion to component video.
At least 5 coax and TOSlink digital SPDIF inputs (fully-routable to any input source)
Multiple firewire interfaces and/or provisioning for HDMI.
HDCD decoder.
Option to up-sample 16 or 20 bit digital inputs to 24 bit and up-convert sampling rates.
Multi-room / multi-source capability.
Virtual 7.1 channel DSP simulated modes for 5.1 channel speaker configuration.
Super bass mode to combine bass from main speakers set large to the subwoofer.
Retainable power up master volume level setting.
Auto power on when input signal detected.
Ability to disable 80Hz setting for all crossovers when engaged in THX processing.
Defeatable THX post processing and/or boundary gain compensation.
Circle Surround decoding (SRS)
Dedicated, amplified channels for front effects for DSP modes.
High current (500mA) 12V triggers with selectable polarity.
Ability to bi-amp the front main channels in a 5.1 set-up with the un-used rear center channel amps.
Ability to bridge front main channels with a pair of surround channels in two channel direct mode.
More! I can't say anything better than this being that I only have a mere amount of knowledge about receivers.

Edited by HybridCore - 5/22/11 at 5:03am
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I'm using one from the late 70s and its excellent, even has motorized volume knob that moves with remote adjustment
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I'm using one from the late 70s and its excellent, even has motorized volume knob that moves with remote adjustment
Nice. Pics? Never seen such an old receiver.
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Do you have any expertise in vintage receivers?
    
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That's not even a good guide. It's something you can find out within two minutes of Googling. Assuming you don't know squat about receivers.

Also, not all receiver have DACs.

If you don't know enough about the subject to even recommend some. Then you may need to read up a little more.

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I'm using one from the late 70s and its excellent, even has motorized volume knob that moves with remote adjustment
My dad has a '99 Sony receiver that does the same thing.
    
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I'm using one from the late 70s and its excellent, even has motorized volume knob that moves with remote adjustment
This used to be the only way to have remote-controlled volume adjustment. The volume knob was a[n analog] potentiometer as opposed to today's digital stuff, and could only be adjusted physically, either by hand or by a motor.
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That's not even a good guide. It's something you can find out within two minutes of Googling. Assuming you don't know squat about receivers.

Also, not all receiver have DACs.
Sorry. Don't need to be so harsh.
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