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Picking the ideal AV receiver can be challenging since there are so many subtle nuances to consider. Eliminate any guesswork and get the best AV receiver possible for your home theater by following this checklist:
HDMI inputs - Your AV receiver needs to support every media player in your home theater, and HDMI provides the best video and audio quality possible. Be sure that your AV receiver has enough HDMI inputs to support every device you plan to use.
Optical inputs - Optical digital audio cables may not be able to carry video signals like HDMI. However, according to CNET, their support for more sophisticated 7.1 channel setups make them just as relevant today as they were when first introduced over 30 years ago.
3.5mm auxiliary port - Just about every audio device is compatible with the 3.5mm auxiliary format. As Lifewire explained, this means you can build out your home theater with a wide range of media players — even those that predate the HDMI era.
Multi-room support - Wireless playback is great, but being able to stream music simultaneously from any room in the house is next-level stuff. HEOS-enabled AV receivers support true multiroom playback, allowing you to listen to your favorite music wherever you go.
Setup assistant - To capture the best sound possible, your AV receiver should have calibration software and a built-in setup assistant to fine-tune settings to match your home theater seating arrangement, according to TechRadar.
All of these features are readily available in Denon's top-of-the-line AV receivers, so there's no reason to put off getting the home theater of your dreams any longer.