iPod Connectivity and Control
With the increasing popularity of the iPod, more receivers are equipped with iPod
compatible connections, either via an adapter cable or a "docking station". What
you should look for is, not only the ability for the iPod to connect to the receiver,
but for the receiver to actually control all iPod playback functions via the receiver's
remote control and menu functions.
Also, keep in mind that if you connect a Video iPod, you may only have access to
audio playback functions. If you desire to access iPod video playback functions,
check the receiver's user manual before you purchase to see if this is possible.
Networking and Audio/Video Streaming
Networking is a feature that more home theater receivers are incorporating,
especially in the mid-to-high price point. Networking is executed via Ethernet
connection or WiFi. This can allow several capabilities that you should check for.
Not all networking receivers have the same capabilities, but some features
commonly included are: Streaming audio (and sometimes video) from a PC or the
internet, Internet Radio, and Firmware updating directly from the internet. To
find out the networking and/or streaming features included in a specific receiver,
check the user manual, feature sheet, or a review ahead of time.
Multi-Zone capability is a function in which the Receiver can send a second
source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in another location. This
is not the same as connecting additional speakers and placing them in another
The Multi-Zone function allows a Home Theater Receiver to control either the
same, or a separate, source than the one being listened to in the main room, in
another location. For example, the user can be watching a DVD in the main room,
while someone else can listen to a CD in another, at the same time. Both the DVD
player and CD player are controlled by the same Receiver.