An audio-video receiver is any electronic device that acts as a control centre to manage the input and output of audio and video sources. Typically, various input and output connections are available to you for this purpose in order to provide the corresponding signal paths for speakers, televisions and other devices.

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Multimedia Centre: The AV Receiver Home Theater

Pioneering AV-Receivers came onto the market in the 1980s as home cinema systems grew in popularity and the demand for a central control unit around audio and video equipment increased. Since then, AV receivers have constantly evolved to support new technologies and standards, such as HDMI connections, wireless speaker links and 4K video resolution. 

Apart from this, modern devices perform a variety of additional functionalities such as:

  • Amplification of audio signals
  • Switching and routing of audio and video signals between different sources and output devices
  • Decoding of surround sound and 3D formats such as Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Atmos and more
  • Video processing and conversion to ensure a source to display compatibility
  • Integration to home networks and remote control via third party mobile devices
  • Integration of streaming services and internet radio
  • Blu-ray, DVD and USB functionality
LaunchVariantTransmission typeBandwidthFrequency band
1994DVB-CCable6, 7, 8 MHzCable
1995DVB-SSatellite36, 72 MHzKu-Band
1997DVB-TTerrestrial6, 7, 8 MHzVHF/UHF
2005DVB-S2Satellite36, 45, 54 MHzKu-Band
2008DVB-T2Terrestrial5, 6, 7, 8 MHzVHF/UHF
2010DVB-C2Cable6, 7, 8 MHzCable
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