Sony Receivers

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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As a serious music buff, you know how critical a component the receiver is in a full-fledged audio system, and Sony receivers can deliver the quality you're looking for. Sony has earned a deserved reputation for solid workmanship and fine electronics. Its combination of sophistication and versatility in the electronics industry means that the higher-end A/V receiver you're looking for may well be a Sony.

As long as CDs and DVDs remain the format, even a format, home audio enthusiasts will need a reliable and powerful receiver, whether for music or video. Whether you shop online or in a specialty electronics shop or a discount retailer like Best Buy is up to you. But if you know what you're looking for--at least conceptually--there's no advantage, really, to buying locally. More than likely, the storefront won't have the acoustics needed to distinguish the difference between low- and high-end Sony receivers and, for example, JVC or Panasonics.

Sony Receivers: Powerhouse Conductors

The terminology and features you want to be more than familiar with in buying from an Internet vendor are your ticket to a good choice. After all, it might be only several hundred dollars you're spending, but that's still a solid amount. You want to make a wise investment. Sony receivers will meet your most exacting demands.

Channel separation, distortion, frequency response, and impedance are the key items. On channel separation, the higher the decibel spec, the better the separation between channels. The distortion spec should be no higher than 1 percent. The frequency response is the usable spectrum of sound you'll have available, for example, from 30 HZ to 18 HZ with +/-3dB. Impedances commonly range from four to eight ohms, sometimes from two to 16 ohms. They describe the amount of resistance the speakers offer the electrical signal from the receiver, and are often nominal.

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