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Definition: audio receiver


A device that accepts audio signals. An audio receiver may refer to a stereo or A/V receiver, which are control centers for audio and video sources, or it may be a small, stand-alone Bluetooth receiver that functions as a connector between a mobile device and the sound system. See stereo receiver, A/V receiver and integrated amplifier.




AmazonBasics Audio Receiver
Paired with a Bluetooth device, this unit is cabled to a sound system, which can be powered speakers, a stereo or A/V receiver or an integrated amplifier. Weighing less than two ounces, the only output on this very small device is a 3.5 mm stereo jack. (Image courtesy of Amazon.com)