Yamaha RX-Z9 A/V Receiver Review
- Product Name: RX-Z9
- Manufacturer: Yamaha
- Performance Rating:
- Value Rating:
- Review Date: July 03, 2004 19:00
- MSRP: $ 4499
Power: 170W x 7 + 50W x 2 (8-ohms,
video inputs, 7 composite RCA, 5 s-video
- Excellent Sound for All Operational Modes.
- Component Video Upconversion and Digital Processing.
- Benchmark Audio Performance.
- Slick Auto Set-Up & Room Correction.
- i.Link for DVD-A / SACD.
- Potentially Inaccurate Auto Set-Up.
- No Sub Out In 2CH Direct Mode.
- Runs extremely hot to touch.
- No DVI or HDMI.
- Low Current +12V Triggers.
Yamaha RX-Z9 Introduction
About a year ago, during my review of the venerable Yamaha RX-Z1 flagship A/V receiver, I stated "Some day Yamaha is going to build a bigger, badder, and more feature packed Receiver". Well it just so happened that day was today as evident by Yamaha's new super-receiver, the RX-Z9. For the past few years Yamaha stood idly by while their competition was duking away the right to reign supreme as the flagship receiver king. The fight involved stealing business away from the separates marketplace by offering the latest in processing power, features and configurability with integrated amplifier sections powerful enough to drive large home theater systems to theatrical levels. It was no surprise to me that Yamaha eventually would join the party by introducing a revolutionary receiver that would have its competition grasping for air playing catch up in an industry where you're only as good as your most recent accomplishment.
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