AV receivers 11.2 form the premium class among multi-channel amplifiers. They belong to the flagships of each manufacturer, if they are in the assortment at all. Well-known manufacturers such as Denon, Onkyo* and Pioneer carry a few of these units.
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AV Receiver 11.2
AV Receiver 11.2: Structure
An AV receiver manages to handle 11 audio channels as well as two subwoofers. Due to the large number of speakers, this system does not find a place in every home theater. The center speaker is located in the front area. To the left and right of it is a front speaker each, so in total there are two. The subwoofer, whose position is rather secondary, is also located in the front area, depending on the available space.
Since there are two woofers in this case, they have to be placed in a symmetrical arrangement in the front area – one each – next to the AV receiver. The two surround speakers are symmetrically arranged on the left and right side – slightly shifted back – from the center. A bit behind that, the rear speakers are installed on both sides. For example, two more speakers can be placed in this area.
Running an AV receiver 11.2 with 9.2 or lower
It is quite possible to operate an AV receiver 11.2 with less than the possible 11 audio channels. This makes sense especially if the speaker system is to be expanded one after the other.
The minimum of speakers for a surround sound represents a stereo sound consisting of two front speakers and a subwoofer. Beyond that, all other gradations such as 5.2, 7.1, 7.2, 9.2 are conceivable.
Dolby Atmos and Co. with the AV receiver 11.2
Basically, an AV receiver 11.2* doesn’t need to hide from its relatives in terms of its feature set. Quite the opposite. DAB+, 4K, Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos are integrated depending on the model. The basic capabilities should be met by such an AV receiver with ease. After all, such multi-channel amplifiers are designed to work with countless speakers.