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Surround Sound Receiver - Top 5 Yamaha Models For Your System

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Posted By Consuelo E.

In this article we will use Yamaha receivers as an example to show you a good way of choosing the right surround sound receiver for your home theater setup.

Although we will use AV receivers in this example, we can use this method for choosing a wide range of audio visual equipment for your home.

One of the hardest things about buying an AV receiver for your home theater system, is deciding which darn one is the best for you. Because of this, we need to find a way of quickly filtering our choices so that we don't get lost in an equipment list that is as long as our arm!

One good way to narrow down the choice, is to check out the highest selling models at a major retailer. By doing this we can discover what everybody else has been buying and then decide which of these matches our requirements. The most popular selling models will usually be amongst the best available - surely everybody can't be wrong!

Yamaha receivers are one of the most respected models around, so let's check out the most popular models at Amazon.com (find all AV receivers, and then sort by company name and then best selling).

It is also useful to make a note of the main features of each one.

1. Yamaha RX-V365BL 500 Watt 5.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver

- 5.1 surround sound
- 100 watts per channel
- HDMI 1.3 switching - 2 in 1 out - audio pass through

2. Yamaha RX-V465BL 525 Watt 5-Channel Home Theater Receiver

- 5.1 surround sound
- 105 watts per channel
- HDMI 1.3 switching - 4 in 1 out

3. Yamaha RX-V863BL 735 Watt 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver

- 7.1 surround sound
- 105 watts per channel
- HDMI 1.3 switching - 3 in 1 out

4. Yamaha RX-V665BL 630 Watt 7-Channel Home Theater Receiver

- 7.1 surround sound
- 90 watts per channel
- HDMI 1.3 switching - 4 in 1 out

5. Yamaha RX-V765BL 665 Watt 7-Channel Home Theater Receiver

- 7.1 surround sound
- 95 watts per channel
- HDMI 1.3 switching - 4 in 1 out

Once you have narrowed it down to a more manageable list, you are then in a much better position to make your choice based on price and features of the devices.

We can rule out the ones that are too expensive, are underpowered, don't have the right connection types, have poor reviews or are just plain ugly - and we are then left with a couple of contenders for us to buy.

One important thing to that we need to bear in mind when we use this method to choose our equipment, is that the most popular models may also be older models. These may have been replaced by newer versions. However, sometimes this can be a good thing because we can get a good quality receiver at a cheaper price - you might not need the new features that the new model offers. You can always check the manufacturers website for the latest models to be sure that the newer versions don't have something crucial that we need to have.

Obviously, you can also use this method for the other major manufacturers to get a wider choice.

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