Home theater 2.0: stereo A/V receivers
You only have two ears, so why do you need 5.1 speakers? Stereo receivers were built with simpler times in mind, lacking the extra 3.1 channels, the multitudes of inputs, the digital signal processing, and the setup headaches of today's A/V feature-fests. In place of the doodads, you'll find receivers pared down to their most-basic functions, with emphasis placed on audio quality rather than video switching. So why are they just as expensive as multichannel models? Listen and find out.