What is the difference between a home audio receiver and a home audio amplifier?

Question by soccerplayer45760: What is the difference between a home audio receiver and a home audio amplifier?
Im shopping for a home audio receiver and i keep seeing home audio amplifiers. and i am not excatly sure what a home audio amplifier is. like is it something that you but and connect to a receiver to boost the watts of the receiver? can you even do that?

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Answer by TV guy
A receiver usually includes an AM/FM receiver.
An amplifier may not have it.

There are also pre-amps for Turntables and CD players.

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