The receiver can act as the brain of a home theater system by connecting its various components. The device collects video and audio signals from source devices and transmits them to output devices such as display monitors and speakers. A receiver can be used to feed only audio or only video data or both depending on the connection options available in the home theater system.
If you own a home theater system, or plan to buy one, you may want to consider purchasing an audio/video receiver. Below are some advantages of using a receiver for your home theater system.
It is more convenient to send video and audio signals through a receiver as this one device can manage all source switching operations for both video and audio. In simpler terms, instead of changing the video controls in your TV to suit the video output it is connected to or changing the controls of your speakers to suit the audio signals received by the audio source, you can just connect both audio and video sources to the receiver and send it through one wire to the home entertainment system.
HDMI and Video Processing
A receiver that is compatible with analog signals and has inbuilt audio/video processing provides a cleaner and higher quality picture and sound. Connecting an analog source directly to your HDTV may not give you a good picture or sound.
A receiver will convert analog signals that carry low resolution data through its scaling and processing feature and provide you HDTV with better quality video and sound data. Some HDTV’s are not compatible with analog sources and may not display a picture when connected to a source. A receiver that converts analog data to digital can be used to connect the audio/video components that transmit data in different formats.
Decreased Cable Clutter
Connecting a video source to a video output and an audio source to different audio outputs will require many different cables. If your home theater system features a Blu-ray or a DVD player in its set up with HDMI connections, you may require different cables to connect the source device to your HDMI components to get HDMI sound and picture quality. If you need to run HDMI cables behind your wall, make sure to use a HDMI wall plate so that your installation looks clean and sharp.
A receiver that contains HDMI connections can be used to connect the HDMI components with source device. The receiver will process, decode and access audio/video signals from the source device and provide output data that is compatible with HDMI components.
By connecting the video and audio cables to the receiver and using one receiver cable to connect to the output source such as your TV, you will be able to reduce cable clutter significantly allowing you with cleaner and better looking arrangement for your home theater system.
Whether you connect just your audio signals are both audio and video signals through the home theater receiver, make sure you receiver has the right connections to suit the different components of the system. Latest receivers in the market are being developed with 3D compatibility to connect 3D source devices. With audio/video receivers you are able to get better picture quality and less wire clutter for your home entertainment system.