Dolby TrueHD Receivers

Anybody who is in the market for a sound system, whether it is for listening to music in its own right or, more commonly these days, as just one component of a multi-component home theater system, should understand the importance of having a top quality sound receiver. Sound receivers are in charge of the quality and precision of sound coming from your speakers. As any home theater buff will tell you, the big screen television is an important part of a home theater, sure, but great sound is essential. Unless houses get a lot bigger, big screen televisions will never quite be able to duplicate the size of a huge movie screen, but with the right sound receiver, a home theater system will be able to duplicate, and even surpass, the sound you go to the theater to hear.

The Dolby TrueHD receiver is one of these receivers, and anyone in the market for a sound receiver would be well advised to add Dolby TrueHD Receivers to their shopping list or, barring that, at least to their research list. To understand the importance of Dolby TrueHD receivers, it is important to first understand the importance of Dolby TrueHD. Dolby True HD is an encoding technology that was developed exclusively for high-definition, disc-based consumer media (i.e. CDs, DVD’s and Bluray). It is capable of delivering audio that is, bit for bit, identical to the master disc from the studio. That’s right – with a Dolby TrueHD receiver there will be no loss of sound quality from the studio to your home theater or stereo system. When Dolby TrueHD first arrived on the market, consumer electronics experts billed it as the closest thing you can get to true movie quality sound without buying your own movie theater, and they were absolutely right.

The surround sound receiver is an integral part of a home theater system, acting as it’s effective heart and brain. Basically, a surround sound receiver combines three types of functionality – a tuner, a preamp, and a built in multi channel amplifier. In many cases the tuner serves to pick up AM and FM signals, but increasingly they can also pick up satellite radio such as XM or Sirius, or other internet radio signals. The preamp controls the audio or video source. It processes the incoming sound signals and distributes audio to the channels and subwoofer output. The preamp also serves as a sort of a central processing system for audio and video but making sure that video is routed to the only place it is actually needed in a home theater system – in the television. While the preamp does all that, the multi channel amplifier sends surround sound signals and power to the speakers.

What is most interesting about the Dolby TrueHD Receiver is that it isn’t actually a product by Dolby. Instead anyone with a home theater system can tap into Dolby TrueHD, and they probably will not even need to upgrade their equipment to do it. You do need to own an audio visual receiver and a complete 5.1 speaker setup. This is where its time to pull out your current audio receivers manual, because you need to make sure that your receiver has an HDMI input (it probably does if it was purchased in the last few years), and/or dedicated analog inputs for at least 5.1 channels of information. After that, you’ll need to upgrade your player so that it is compatible with Dolby TrueHD.

Experts recommend Toshiba’s HD-A1 and HD-XA1 disc players for HD, as well as the Onkyo DTS-HD for people looking for the true Dolby TrueHD receiver experience.

This Dolby TrueHD Receivers Review is Written/Updated on Aug 23rd, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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