Onkyo recently announced a pair of brand new features that its av receivers will boast this year – InstaPrevue and MHL connectivity.

With InstaPrevue, users will be able to enjoy a picture-in-picture preview of what is happening on any of your other inputs. For instance, while you are watching NetFlix, InstaPrevue will allow you to check on your favorite sports channel to see if your football game has started, without flipping back and forth.

InstaPrevue only works with HDMI and MHL inputs, which is the other brand new feature Onkyo has introduced. MHL connectivity is the HD connection method that is currently being used by mobile phones and tablets, allowing users to hook up their devices to the receiver with much ease.

AV receivers can cost from $150 to well above $2000. It depends on what features your ideal receiver encompasses. In fact, most folks pay between $200 and $600 for a decent AV receiver.

Entry level receivers generally cost between $150 to $300 and usually spot these characteristics :

  • Basic 5.1-channel surround decoding (Dolby Digital and DTS)
  • Power ratings : 50 – 100 watts with single frequency, limited bandwidth or full bandwidth power ratings
  • Connectivity features such as several component video, S-video, and digital audio inputs

Mid-range receivers cost between $300-$600 and would boast more features than their entry level counterparts and spot these characteristics :

  • Additional surround modes with 6.1 or 7.1-channel modes
  • Onscreen setup throughout your TV for easy control
  • More simulated sound fields (also known as DSP modes)
  • More connectivity inputs, including front-panel digital inputs

High-end receivers, on the other hand, cost $600 and upwards and offer the most features along with a cleaner, more powerful and sophisticated sound. They usually also offer multi-room functionality, allowing users to power their living room, bedroom, and patio speakers all at once, and sometimes even listen to different audio sources simultaneously. Some of their characteristics include :

  • A/B speaker switching or multi-room amplification
  • Highly accurate power ratings and pure sound quality
  • Superior bass management options
  • Automatic room tuning and setup

There are a wide variety of AV receivers available in the stores today. However, bearing in mind that your ideal AV receiver will be the core of your home theater system and will be driving your loudspeakers and other functions. With all the features that AV receivers offer today, you can get pretty overwhelmed.

Your best bet would be to spend a significant amount of time doing some research online, to check out the available features in depth and consider which ones you want to have and which ones you don’t.

Do also check out some of the AV receiver reviews available on the Internet so you can get a better idea of what you will be purchasing.

An AV receiver or otherwise known as a home theater receiver, is really the heart of a home theater system. It provides most of the inputs and outputs that you connect everything to, including your television, providing users an easy and cost-effective way of centralizing their home theater system.

AV receivers are certainly for folks who enjoy movies, and not just music. Folks whose main interest is in music and obtaining the best from their collection of CDs and LPs, a stereo amplifier is what they should be looking for. Movie buffs wanting to enjoy their favorite flick in the comforts of their own home, would be looking at an AV receiver so they get to enjoy movie soundtracks in all their glory.