Choosing an A/V Receiver


An A/V receiver is an essential part of any home entertainment system but can also prove to be one of the most confusing parts to shop for. Today’s receivers are packed full of special features and advanced technology but don’t worry because we’ve put together a guide to help you choose the right A/V receiver for you.

  • Stereo or Surround: Stereo receivers are designed to operate two speakers at a time. Stereo receivers are far less common these days than they used to be, as newer A/V receivers have taken over. These newer receivers are most commonly seen in premier audiovisual setups due to their surround sound capabilities.
  • RMS: RMS, as opposed to peak power, is the more accurate way to measure the power a receiver is capable of. A receiver’s peak power is reached for less than a second whereas RMS is the sustained level of power that it will retain as long as it’s in use.
  • All channels were driven: Lower quality receivers split one amp’s power between several different speakers. When shopping for an A/V receiver, be on the lookout for the ones that are labeled with “All channels driven,” indicating that amplification is equal to all channels.

These are just a few of the most important things to look out for when shopping for a new A/V receiver. Our team at Premier Home Entertainment are also premier audiovisual experts and would love to help you turn your dream home theater into a reality. If you need assistance getting turning your living room into a premier audiovisual experience, be sure to give us a call at (702) 877-0222.