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short time lurker .. We've not had a television for around 15 yrs .. the world has changed .. but we regularly watch dvd's from the local library on the computer. We want/need/must grow out of this awful habit so we're planning a home theater and thinking about expenses; ongoing as well as the one-time expenses of the various components: projector, screen, dvd player, surround speakers, and audio/video receiver.

An audio receiver is a combination of tuner, pre-amp, and amplifier .. does an audio/video receiver have a tuner that receives over the air video transmission (television channels) like it does audio (the am and fm radio stations)? (Else, for video it only acts as pre-amp accepting input from some form of cable connection.) Though we'd (plan to) only really watch the television for events like Olympics, Obama inauguration, etc. .. where we currently use the local pub - and that's probably better for the social aspects! .. I would do some further research into the video tuner aspects of the av receiver and would be willing to spend a little extra money for better tuner reception. I have a feeling this is a very simple 'no' but thought I'd ask - we wanted to know whether we'd be able to watch anything other than dvd's without a monthly payment to the 'Megacomcabletronattvisionsatellitecast' Corp.

If by chance, the answer is 'yes' - is there a manufacturer or model that is better at this aspect than others .. I have seen reviews that the Yamaha/Denon/Pioneer Elite receivers are thought of highly .. and the McIntosh is just barely (ha ha) out of the reach of my budget - I've been looking at $700 - $1000 for the receiver.

Anywhooo .. Thanks for any responses .. cheers.
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No, this isn't normally incorporated into receivers.

Many TVs though do have built in over-the-air (OTA) tuners. Projectors, to my knowledge, do not.

You can pick up separate OTA tuners that you connect an antenna to from various sources and it's a great way to do it. Just like a VCR or DVD player, it's just a black box that tunes your local TV stations. The higher your antenna is, the better (mostly).

So, that way you focus on the receiver and audio quality separate from the tuner.

Sounds like you may not be in the USA, but we are undergoing a digital OTA conversion, and set top boxes (tuners) are showing up in many stores priced from about 50 bucks.
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Thank you A/V Integrated - We are in the U.S., the SF Bay Area, and I have heard that the OTA (I like that TLA = "three letter acronym") was going digital. I'll need to read up on the subject and find out more about the separate component that we can use to recieve the signals and change channels. I am hoping that one of the rewards of being in this urban area will be an abundance of these signals. And I'm glad to add a $50 component - a real bargain in the world of home theater. Thanks again.
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