The crew at PC Perspective have put up the second part of their guide to building a home theater. Today’s installment covers AV receivers and source components.
The AVR is the central hub of most home theater systems. The more advanced AVRs contain multiple decoders and Digital Signal Processors (DSP) that process both the audio and video streams coming in from various sources. Add in user controls, a small LCD display, remote control capability, updatable firmware and Ethernet connectivity and you have a very sophisticated piece of equipment. And of course with all these features come complexity and the challenge to make the system usable for the average enthusiast.