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Typical surround sound systems feature six channels: center, left-front, right-front, left-surround, right-surround, and the subwoofer. That setup can certainly provide an immersive audio experience — far better than what can be achieved without a receiver. But to get the total depth of sound you would hear in a movie theater, you need to add more speakers to the party.
A 7.1 channel AV receiver can support rear speaker audio playback, creating an audio experience that encapsulates the audience. Many Blu-rays now feature 7.1 channel soundtracks, so a 7.1 channel AV receiver is fit to produce the enhanced audio embedded in a Blu-ray disc.
9.1 and 11.1 channel receivers go even further, adding a vertical component to audio playback. Distinct sounds can be heard not just around the viewer but above them as well. Want to actually feel like Maverick's F-14 Tomcat is buzzing above your head when you watch "Top Gun"? A high-end, 9.1, 11.1 or higher AV receiver is the linchpin to creating that cinematic audio experience in your own home.
For movie lovers who are obsessed with getting the clearest visuals possible, 1080p just won't cut it anymore. 4K Ultra HD is the new benchmark for video quality, and most top-of-the-line, high-definition TVs out there include this amazing technology.
But if your AV receiver isn't capable of supporting 4K playback, you won't be able to take advantage of the latest in home entertainment. So, there may be an upgrade in your future. And that’s a good thing since Denon products are always in lockstep with the latest advancements in consumer electronic technology.
The quality of your AV receiver determines the level of immersive quality in your home theater experience. To lay the strongest foundation possible for your living room endeavors, check out Denon's line of receivers and other home theater equipment.