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5 Things to Look for When Buying an AV Receiver


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AirPlay Compatibility
Before you get a receiver with AirPlay technology, verify that the version of the iPad, iPhone or iPod you own has wireless streaming capabilities.
Before you get a receiver with AirPlay technology, verify that the version of the iPad, iPhone or iPod you own has wireless streaming capabilities.

AirPlay compatibility is one the latest bells and whistles offered in many new receiver models. The technology allows users to wirelessly stream music from an iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch), as well as from digital apps like Pandora, directly to the receiver [source: Moskovciak].

If most of your music is stored on one of these devices, AirPlay may be worth the extra money. If, however, you prefer the comfort, character and feelings of nostalgia that come with enjoying music on vinyl -- or you still have a lot of music on CD or even tape -- then save yourself some bucks and skip this option.