Yamaha RX-V1600 A/V Receiver

Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS 96/24, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, THX Select 2 - NTSC - FM, AM - MPN: RXV1600
Product Details
Description
Top-Class Receiver with Many Impressive Features HDMI Audio and Video Handling, Fully Analog Video Up-Conversion including onto HDMI, De-Interlacing (480i to 480p), XM Satellite Radio Ready, Multi-Room Custom Installation, Dedicated Zone Remote and THX Select2.
Quick Glance
Sound Supported Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, THX Select 2
Supported Audio Channels 7.1
THD at Rated RMS Power (Unbridged) 0%
Total Power 840 W
Interface Connection 3 x RCA Coaxial Digital Audio In - Rear, 4 x Digital/Optical Audio Line In - Rear, 2 x Digital/Optical Audio Line Out - Rear, 3 x RCA Component Video In - Rear, 1 x RCA Component Video Out - Rear, 5 x RCA Composite Audio/Video In - Rear, 2 x RCA Composite Audio/Video Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Composite Video Out - Rear, 5 x 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video In - Rear, 3 x 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video Out - Rear, 1 x 9-pin DB-9 RS-232C - Rear, 3 x HDMI - Rear, 4 x RCA Stereo Audio Line In - Rear, 4 x RCA Stereo Audio Line Out - Rear, 7 x RCA Pre-amplifier Line Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Subwoofer Out - Rear, 1 x RCA 5.1 Channel In - Rear, 1 x Remote In - Rear, 1 x Remote Out - Rear, 9 x Banana Receptacle Speaker Terminal - Rear, 3 x Antenna In - Rear, 2 x AC Out - Rear, 1 x AC In - Rear, 1 x Headphone - Front, 1 x RCA A/V In - Front, 1 x Digital/Optical Audio Line In - Front, 1 x 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video In - Front, 1 x Microphone - Front, 2 x Spring Loaded Speaker Terminal - Rear
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, Component Video Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Coaxial x 3, Digital Optical x 5
User Reviews
HDMI
3 Star Review   By member GoombaJebboMT - Oct 19, 2007   

Strengths: upconverting is great

Weakness: Will not convert up to 1080p

For those of you who have 1080p capable TV's and wanna use that feature, you won't want this receiver. I have an XBox 360 using and HDMI cable, as well as a PS3 also using an HDMI cable. if you want 1080p you are forced to use HDMI. If you use the HDMi cable for these it will only be shown in 1080i. It is still a kickass receiver overall.

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Super Receiver-Home Theater Amplifier
5 Star Review   By member tpflum - Jan 31, 2007   

Strengths: Unbelievable flexibility in inputs, outputs, sound fields, and decoders. Programmable remote control. Complex multi device control. Great sound.

Weakness: Complexity of the remote. Instructions in the manual.

What a great home theater receiver! It does everything I expected and performs beautifully. Setting up the unit will not be easy for the neophyte. It is an extremely flexible unit and even with my technical background took some time to master. Of course, that was half the fun - just learning how to accomplish everything. Although the manual is comprehensive, it took some time to understand all the operations and parameters you need to know for installation and operation. I have a dual channel satellite receiver with DVR connected via HDMI, a DVD & VCR unit connected via componet and coax digital audio, the TV audio via digital optical, and a CD changer via a regular old analog connection. And there's still many inputs available for other devices. At some point I plan to hook up my old phono unit via the phono input. Video output is via HDMI back to the TV. After much trial and effort, I have the remote programmed to control it all. I found that I had to document on paper the sequence of events needed for full control. For instance, if I wanted the audio from the satellite receiver, I also had to program the control to tell the TV that its input would be from the audio receiver. If I didn't get it right the first time, I just erased the settings and started over. I even was able to program the remote to control an antenna rotator (used for off the air HD to the TV). I purchased a set of home theater speakers as a package and hooked them up in a 6.1 configuration. I let the built-in setup (Yamaha calls it YPAO), using the supplied remote microphone, configure all the individual channel parameters to match my speakers and room layout. The process only took a couple of minutes and worked well. I actually did it a couple of times and the results each time were very similar. I was amazed at how accurately it calculated speaker distance. The important thing is how it all works and sounds. The succinct answer is - Great! With all the buildt-in decoders and all the sound field choices, you have the ability to stay natural or enhance to different sounding venues such as a large concert hall. After 3 weeks, I am still excited with this unit's capability. And I still have more to learn and features to use and enjoy.

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Great Product, Fast Service, Good Price
5 Star Review   By member koetjetj - Jan 21, 2007   

Strengths: Great Product, Great Price

Weakness: Could be packaged a little better, product has a few scratches on top from remotes sitting on the top inside the box.

The Receiver is great and has all the features that I was looking for. I would recommend buying any product here, all the items in the package seem to be in order and work well. My only concern is if the product is really new as advertised. There were comments related to the product that it was new and not refurbashed. But when I opened the reciever had scratches on the top side as if it had been used, or scratched during shipping. All in All....good service, good product.

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Great bang for the buck
5 Star Review   By member rccola66 - Jan 10, 2007   

Strengths: easy setup for the speakers using the YPAO feature. I had a rxv-1200 and upgraded because I wanted to facilitate HDMI switching. I like this product line. Awesome sound for my needs.

Weakness: Remote for these producta have been limited in my opinion. I also had a rxv-1000 which had the best versatility of the ones I have purchased. Manual for HDMI setuo can improve

I would recommend this product to anyone who has 1 zone of interest for Home theater. It is limited for the second zone. So you would have to spend more cash to achieve this effect. Also the unit only upgrades to 420p and 420i. Once again you have to upgrade. Otherwise it will satisfy your needs well. If you want the manufacturer warranty you may have to purchase the item at retail store, or you can acquire the warranty on line if the vendor is an authorized dealer for Yamaha

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Great all around receiver
5 Star Review   By member TonytheTiger25 - Jan 6, 2007   

Strengths: HDMI switching, up-conversion to HDMI output, great sound, on-screen interface, YPAO auto-calibration and many more.

Weakness: Getting the remote to control other devices, HDMI 1.1, manual could have been better.

When opening the box for the receiver I was amazed by the various output and inputs of this unit, you should have no problem connecting all your equipment to this unit. Setup and install with Yahama's YPAO was great. I tried to not make the same mistake as my friend in setting the speaker wires out of phase but the unit found one of the speakers was out of phase and it tells you which one and the receiver was correct, cool! Also settings and menu can be shown on your TV, this made set-up and using such a complex unit easier. After setup using the unit is pretty easy. YPAO calibration makes it easy for the every guy to make there average speakers sound better. The YPAO calibration did make my speakers sound better to may ears and the unit does allow you to make manual adjusts to all of the calibration settings. The only problem I have with this unit is figuring out how to use the remote to control other devices. I may end up getting a Harmony universal remote. Also this unit is not future proof, the HDMI is version 1.1 which is no big deal as no receiver or devices currently( except the PS3 ) support this standard.

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Review of RX-V1600 - It's fantastic
5 Star Review   By member binkky - Nov 30, 2006   

Strengths: Sound!!! It Sounds incredible. Oh...did I mention inputs? I don't even have enough stuff for the thing!!! 2 HDMI's 3 Components! 6 Optical Audios!! Easy setup, auto speaker calibration is grrrreat!

Weakness: Only HDMI 1.1 Doesn't look enough like the old one, so people think I'm spending money! The Remote, the lack of Warranty.

This is a great item, I've already recommended it to two friends who have gotten it. We all bought it from BestBuyPlasma.com. Absolutely no complaints!! Thanks for the tip PriceGrabber! The setup of this item was nice, smooth and easy. The upconversion of analog sources to the HDMI output makes input switching an absolute breeze. The remote is terrible, and my only experience with it is what the initial setup required. I have a logitech harmony remote for standard day-to-day use. The multi-zone speaker setting at this point is beyond what I need to use it for so no comments on that. The sound is crystal clear, and fantastic. Better than my HTR5540 by a good margin. The case can take a beating. During setup, I dropped a heavy flashlight on it, nothing but a little ding on the outside case that my tv cabinet will hide. It runs a little warm, so make sure it's got ventihlation.

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RX-V1600 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
4 Star Review   By member ExOnkyoer - Jul 27, 2006   

Strengths: Good looks and plenty of power.

Weakness: Useless Multi-Zone, Warranty and Remote

The Good - This receiver looks and sounds great. I am using Polk Audio RM7500 speakers in a 5.1 config and you can crank it up with almost no distortion. If you do not need up conversion to 720P or 1080i this a cheaper alternative to the RX-2600. The setup was not too painfull using the YPAO auto setup and there are a ton of manual setup options if your care to dive in. The Bad - One of the main reasons I selected the RX-V1600 was the Multi-Zone capability to drive my deck speakers. The Multi-Zone lets you select an input and volume that is different from you main speakers. However, I found out that only analog inputs can feed the multi-zone and I resorted to using the B speaker output for the deck. I also could not get the RX-V1600 remote to learn one of the codes on my Sony KP-51HW40 TV remote that is used to switch TV cable inputs. Also, forget attempting to teach the wife and kids how to use the remote. The Ugly - If you do not want to spend a fortune for this receiver then you need to purchase it online. If you want a Yamaha Warranty then you cannot purchase it online. I took a chance and paid $588 online and do not have any warranty. HPDirectAV.com offered me an extended warrant for $79 but I did not trust the warranty company so I'm on my own. Conclusion - Despite the Bad and the Ugly, I am still happy with the unit.

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Great receiver
5 Star Review   By member tbrakebill84 - Feb 19, 2006   

Strengths: Price, Auto Setup(YPAO), I/O (HDMI Switching), Sound Fields, Style, Remote Control, and Features

Weakness: Owner's Manual

I bought this receiver because I wanted HDMI switching, period. I've searched through a lot of receivers and this is the only one that had the features I wanted and the inputs/outputs I wanted. I've already mentioned that this unit does HDMI switching, but I have to stress it's an integral part considering people charge $200+ for an HDMI switch. Not only can you switch between your HDMI components, but you can up convert your other inputs up to HDMI (480p). Setting up the speakers was too easy with Yamaha's YPAO automatic setup. All you have to do is put the YPAO microphone in the central listening area of your room and push a button, the receiver does the rest. It checks your wiring, distance, size, and EQ. When I ran the program it detected that I connected the surround speakers to the rear speaker channels and recommended that I change them. I was pretty impressed to say the least. There are so many different types of "Sound Fields" or listening modes, and they all sound great! There are stereo modes, music modes, entertainment modes, movie modes, THX modes, etc. The remote control takes a lot to get used to and the owner's manual doesn't do a great job explaining how to program it, but once you figure it out you'll love it! You can program buttons from your old remote to the receiver remote, which came in handy because I have a Comcast cable box. The receiver has a lot of other features like the A+B speaker select, the multiple zones, and speaker impedance select. The unit has an MSRP of $1099.95, but I only paid $725 shipped, which was about $225 more than I wanted to spend but it was worth it. For some Yamaha comparison the unit is exactly the same as the Yamaha HTR-5990, but has a more stylish look and hidden inputs on the front. A reasonable upgrade would be the RX-V2600, which sports up conversion to 720P and 1080i and 10 more watts per channel.

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Solid receiver
4 Star Review   By member agorelik - Feb 12, 2006   

Strengths: Good selection of inputs and outputs. Handles multiple zones / sources. Good price for performance.

Weakness: HDMI handling is limited.

My experience with this receiver is limited, not fully intergrated into my system yet, but with that in mind: Very attractive, solid chassis, very good radio reception. Sound is clean. Handles phono input, lots of choices for input / output. Some nice features like night listening modes and a "pure direct" feature that cuts of the DSP so you can hear your music without funky effects / processing, but leaves your settings for said effects untouched. Negatives: HDMI input will be avaible ONLY to HDMI output, so if you were thinking (like I was) of running HDMI from your DVD player to this and using component video to your TV, forget it. Manual is poorly written, hard to find things quickly. Illustrations help.

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Product Details
Description
Top-Class Receiver with Many Impressive Features HDMI Audio and Video Handling, Fully Analog Video Up-Conversion including onto HDMI, De-Interlacing (480i to 480p), XM Satellite Radio Ready, Multi-Room Custom Installation, Dedicated Zone Remote and THX Select2.
Quick Glance
Sound Supported Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, THX Select 2
Supported Audio Channels 7.1
THD at Rated RMS Power (Unbridged) 0%
Total Power 840 W
Interface Connection 3 x RCA Coaxial Digital Audio In - Rear, 4 x Digital/Optical Audio Line In - Rear, 2 x Digital/Optical Audio Line Out - Rear, 3 x RCA Component Video In - Rear, 1 x RCA Component Video Out - Rear, 5 x RCA Composite Audio/Video In - Rear, 2 x RCA Composite Audio/Video Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Composite Video Out - Rear, 5 x 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video In - Rear, 3 x 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video Out - Rear, 1 x 9-pin DB-9 RS-232C - Rear, 3 x HDMI - Rear, 4 x RCA Stereo Audio Line In - Rear, 4 x RCA Stereo Audio Line Out - Rear, 7 x RCA Pre-amplifier Line Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Subwoofer Out - Rear, 1 x RCA 5.1 Channel In - Rear, 1 x Remote In - Rear, 1 x Remote Out - Rear, 9 x Banana Receptacle Speaker Terminal - Rear, 3 x Antenna In - Rear, 2 x AC Out - Rear, 1 x AC In - Rear, 1 x Headphone - Front, 1 x RCA A/V In - Front, 1 x Digital/Optical Audio Line In - Front, 1 x 4-pin mini-DIN S-Video In - Front, 1 x Microphone - Front, 2 x Spring Loaded Speaker Terminal - Rear
Audio Video Connectors HDMI Yes, Component Video Yes, S-Video Yes, Composite Video Yes, Digital Coaxial x 3, Digital Optical x 5
Summary
Product Title Yamaha RX-V1600 A/V Receiver
Manufacturer Yamaha
Power Score 4.6 | 9 Reviews
Dimensions
Height: 6.7 in
Weight: 38.40 lbs
Width: 17.1 in
Depth: 17.2 in
Warranty
Warranty Information: 2 Year
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Number of RCA Stereo Inputs: 10
Dimensions: 6.70" Height x 17.10" Width x 17.20" Depth
Watts Center: 120 W/channel
Number of Digital Optical Outputs: 2
Number of Digital Optical Inputs: 5
Output: A/V (RCA Composite), Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Multichannel RCA (Decoded), Component Video, HDMI, S-Video, Variable/Fixed Audio
General Features: Audio Delay Adjustment, Calibration Microphone Included, Dialogue Channel Enhancer, Multi-Room/Multi-Source Capability, On Screen Display (OSD), THX-Certified, XM Satellite Radio Ready
Audio DAC: 24 Bit
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs: 3
Watts Per Channel (Rear): 120 W/channel
Number of Video Outputs: 3
Remote Control: Basic Remote
Number of Video Inputs: 6
Number of RCA Stereo Outputs: 7
Virtual Surround Sound Technology: Dolby Pro-Logic IIx
Input: A/V (Composite), Audio - Digital Coaxial, Audio - Digital Optical, Audio - Line In (RCA), Audio - Line In (1/8" Mini), Audio - Multichannel RCA (Decoded), Component Video, HDMI, S-Video, Serial RS-232C
Watts Per Channel (Main): 120 W/channel
User Reviews
HDMI
3 Star Review   By member GoombaJebboMT - Oct 19, 2007   

Strengths: upconverting is great

Weakness: Will not convert up to 1080p

For those of you who have 1080p capable TV's and wanna use that feature, you won't want this receiver. I have an XBox 360 using and HDMI cable, as well as a PS3 also using an HDMI cable. if you want 1080p you are forced to use HDMI. If you use the HDMi cable for these it will only be shown in 1080i. It is still a kickass receiver overall.

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Super Receiver-Home Theater Amplifier
5 Star Review   By member tpflum - Jan 31, 2007   

Strengths: Unbelievable flexibility in inputs, outputs, sound fields, and decoders. Programmable remote control. Complex multi device control. Great sound.

Weakness: Complexity of the remote. Instructions in the manual.

What a great home theater receiver! It does everything I expected and performs beautifully. Setting up the unit will not be easy for the neophyte. It is an extremely flexible unit and even with my technical background took some time to master. Of course, that was half the fun - just learning how to accomplish everything. Although the manual is comprehensive, it took some time to understand all the operations and parameters you need to know for installation and operation. I have a dual channel satellite receiver with DVR connected via HDMI, a DVD & VCR unit connected via componet and coax digital audio, the TV audio via digital optical, and a CD changer via a regular old analog connection. And there's still many inputs available for other devices. At some point I plan to hook up my old phono unit via the phono input. Video output is via HDMI back to the TV. After much trial and effort, I have the remote programmed to control it all. I found that I had to document on paper the sequence of events needed for full control. For instance, if I wanted the audio from the satellite receiver, I also had to program the control to tell the TV that its input would be from the audio receiver. If I didn't get it right the first time, I just erased the settings and started over. I even was able to program the remote to control an antenna rotator (used for off the air HD to the TV). I purchased a set of home theater speakers as a package and hooked them up in a 6.1 configuration. I let the built-in setup (Yamaha calls it YPAO), using the supplied remote microphone, configure all the individual channel parameters to match my speakers and room layout. The process only took a couple of minutes and worked well. I actually did it a couple of times and the results each time were very similar. I was amazed at how accurately it calculated speaker distance. The important thing is how it all works and sounds. The succinct answer is - Great! With all the buildt-in decoders and all the sound field choices, you have the ability to stay natural or enhance to different sounding venues such as a large concert hall. After 3 weeks, I am still excited with this unit's capability. And I still have more to learn and features to use and enjoy.

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Great Product, Fast Service, Good Price
5 Star Review   By member koetjetj - Jan 21, 2007   

Strengths: Great Product, Great Price

Weakness: Could be packaged a little better, product has a few scratches on top from remotes sitting on the top inside the box.

The Receiver is great and has all the features that I was looking for. I would recommend buying any product here, all the items in the package seem to be in order and work well. My only concern is if the product is really new as advertised. There were comments related to the product that it was new and not refurbashed. But when I opened the reciever had scratches on the top side as if it had been used, or scratched during shipping. All in All....good service, good product.

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Great bang for the buck
5 Star Review   By member rccola66 - Jan 10, 2007   

Strengths: easy setup for the speakers using the YPAO feature. I had a rxv-1200 and upgraded because I wanted to facilitate HDMI switching. I like this product line. Awesome sound for my needs.

Weakness: Remote for these producta have been limited in my opinion. I also had a rxv-1000 which had the best versatility of the ones I have purchased. Manual for HDMI setuo can improve

I would recommend this product to anyone who has 1 zone of interest for Home theater. It is limited for the second zone. So you would have to spend more cash to achieve this effect. Also the unit only upgrades to 420p and 420i. Once again you have to upgrade. Otherwise it will satisfy your needs well. If you want the manufacturer warranty you may have to purchase the item at retail store, or you can acquire the warranty on line if the vendor is an authorized dealer for Yamaha

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Great all around receiver
5 Star Review   By member TonytheTiger25 - Jan 6, 2007   

Strengths: HDMI switching, up-conversion to HDMI output, great sound, on-screen interface, YPAO auto-calibration and many more.

Weakness: Getting the remote to control other devices, HDMI 1.1, manual could have been better.

When opening the box for the receiver I was amazed by the various output and inputs of this unit, you should have no problem connecting all your equipment to this unit. Setup and install with Yahama's YPAO was great. I tried to not make the same mistake as my friend in setting the speaker wires out of phase but the unit found one of the speakers was out of phase and it tells you which one and the receiver was correct, cool! Also settings and menu can be shown on your TV, this made set-up and using such a complex unit easier. After setup using the unit is pretty easy. YPAO calibration makes it easy for the every guy to make there average speakers sound better. The YPAO calibration did make my speakers sound better to may ears and the unit does allow you to make manual adjusts to all of the calibration settings. The only problem I have with this unit is figuring out how to use the remote to control other devices. I may end up getting a Harmony universal remote. Also this unit is not future proof, the HDMI is version 1.1 which is no big deal as no receiver or devices currently( except the PS3 ) support this standard.

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Review of RX-V1600 - It's fantastic
5 Star Review   By member binkky - Nov 30, 2006   

Strengths: Sound!!! It Sounds incredible. Oh...did I mention inputs? I don't even have enough stuff for the thing!!! 2 HDMI's 3 Components! 6 Optical Audios!! Easy setup, auto speaker calibration is grrrreat!

Weakness: Only HDMI 1.1 Doesn't look enough like the old one, so people think I'm spending money! The Remote, the lack of Warranty.

This is a great item, I've already recommended it to two friends who have gotten it. We all bought it from BestBuyPlasma.com. Absolutely no complaints!! Thanks for the tip PriceGrabber! The setup of this item was nice, smooth and easy. The upconversion of analog sources to the HDMI output makes input switching an absolute breeze. The remote is terrible, and my only experience with it is what the initial setup required. I have a logitech harmony remote for standard day-to-day use. The multi-zone speaker setting at this point is beyond what I need to use it for so no comments on that. The sound is crystal clear, and fantastic. Better than my HTR5540 by a good margin. The case can take a beating. During setup, I dropped a heavy flashlight on it, nothing but a little ding on the outside case that my tv cabinet will hide. It runs a little warm, so make sure it's got ventihlation.

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RX-V1600 - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
4 Star Review   By member ExOnkyoer - Jul 27, 2006   

Strengths: Good looks and plenty of power.

Weakness: Useless Multi-Zone, Warranty and Remote

The Good - This receiver looks and sounds great. I am using Polk Audio RM7500 speakers in a 5.1 config and you can crank it up with almost no distortion. If you do not need up conversion to 720P or 1080i this a cheaper alternative to the RX-2600. The setup was not too painfull using the YPAO auto setup and there are a ton of manual setup options if your care to dive in. The Bad - One of the main reasons I selected the RX-V1600 was the Multi-Zone capability to drive my deck speakers. The Multi-Zone lets you select an input and volume that is different from you main speakers. However, I found out that only analog inputs can feed the multi-zone and I resorted to using the B speaker output for the deck. I also could not get the RX-V1600 remote to learn one of the codes on my Sony KP-51HW40 TV remote that is used to switch TV cable inputs. Also, forget attempting to teach the wife and kids how to use the remote. The Ugly - If you do not want to spend a fortune for this receiver then you need to purchase it online. If you want a Yamaha Warranty then you cannot purchase it online. I took a chance and paid $588 online and do not have any warranty. HPDirectAV.com offered me an extended warrant for $79 but I did not trust the warranty company so I'm on my own. Conclusion - Despite the Bad and the Ugly, I am still happy with the unit.

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Great receiver
5 Star Review   By member tbrakebill84 - Feb 19, 2006   

Strengths: Price, Auto Setup(YPAO), I/O (HDMI Switching), Sound Fields, Style, Remote Control, and Features

Weakness: Owner's Manual

I bought this receiver because I wanted HDMI switching, period. I've searched through a lot of receivers and this is the only one that had the features I wanted and the inputs/outputs I wanted. I've already mentioned that this unit does HDMI switching, but I have to stress it's an integral part considering people charge $200+ for an HDMI switch. Not only can you switch between your HDMI components, but you can up convert your other inputs up to HDMI (480p). Setting up the speakers was too easy with Yamaha's YPAO automatic setup. All you have to do is put the YPAO microphone in the central listening area of your room and push a button, the receiver does the rest. It checks your wiring, distance, size, and EQ. When I ran the program it detected that I connected the surround speakers to the rear speaker channels and recommended that I change them. I was pretty impressed to say the least. There are so many different types of "Sound Fields" or listening modes, and they all sound great! There are stereo modes, music modes, entertainment modes, movie modes, THX modes, etc. The remote control takes a lot to get used to and the owner's manual doesn't do a great job explaining how to program it, but once you figure it out you'll love it! You can program buttons from your old remote to the receiver remote, which came in handy because I have a Comcast cable box. The receiver has a lot of other features like the A+B speaker select, the multiple zones, and speaker impedance select. The unit has an MSRP of $1099.95, but I only paid $725 shipped, which was about $225 more than I wanted to spend but it was worth it. For some Yamaha comparison the unit is exactly the same as the Yamaha HTR-5990, but has a more stylish look and hidden inputs on the front. A reasonable upgrade would be the RX-V2600, which sports up conversion to 720P and 1080i and 10 more watts per channel.

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Solid receiver
4 Star Review   By member agorelik - Feb 12, 2006   

Strengths: Good selection of inputs and outputs. Handles multiple zones / sources. Good price for performance.

Weakness: HDMI handling is limited.

My experience with this receiver is limited, not fully intergrated into my system yet, but with that in mind: Very attractive, solid chassis, very good radio reception. Sound is clean. Handles phono input, lots of choices for input / output. Some nice features like night listening modes and a "pure direct" feature that cuts of the DSP so you can hear your music without funky effects / processing, but leaves your settings for said effects untouched. Negatives: HDMI input will be avaible ONLY to HDMI output, so if you were thinking (like I was) of running HDMI from your DVD player to this and using component video to your TV, forget it. Manual is poorly written, hard to find things quickly. Illustrations help.

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