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Yamaha RX-V1800 7.1 Channel Home Theater Receiver

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Yamaha does it again

Yamaha does it again

Summary

  • Product Name: RX-V1800 AV Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha Electronics
  • Review Date: March 18, 2008 11:00
  • MSRP: $1299.95
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
  • Buy Now
  • RMS Output Power (20Hz - 20kHz): 130W x 7
  • Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Dolby Digital EX/Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6
  • iPod Compatibility (with optional YDS-10)
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
  • Neural Surround THX, XM HD Surround   
  • HDMI (In/Out) (4/1) v1.3a
  • Component Video (In/Out) (3/1)
  • Digital Inputs/Outputs: 5 TOSlink, 3 coaxial / 2 coaxial
  • DSP: 22 Surround Programs, Night Listening Enhancer
  • Time Base Corrector
  • HDMI Up Conversion (Scale to 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p)
  • Dialogue Lift
  • YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone)
  • On-Screen Display
  • Assignable Power Amps
  • Zone 2/3 audio outputs with speaker terminals and dedicated remote
  • Zone Power Switching Main/ Zone2 / Zone3 (Front Panel)
  • Control: RS-232C Interface, 2 x 12V triggers, IR ports
  • Receiver Manager Software
  • Multi-channel Decoder Inputs 8-Channel
  • Learning Remote with macros
  • Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8 x 6-3/4 x 17-1/4 inches
  • Product Weight: 37.3 lbs

Executive Overview

Once again Yamaha raises the bar and offers a feature rich home theater receiver at a price point that will still leave you some money left over for purchasing some movies. The RX-V1800 includes all of the very latest in HD audio decoding including Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, and dts-HD Master Audio, this receiver is going to get the attention of all those people who have just upgraded everything to HD with the exception of their receiver or outboard processor. The RX-V1800 is HDMI 1.3a compliant and comes with the Anchor Bay Technologies ABT1010 scaler engine with S-video and component video up conversion up to 1080p over HDMI. All that audio and video processing in addition to preamp outputs makes this unit a good choice for those who only need a processor. rxv1800back

Like the RX-V2600 and the RX-V2700 before it (which this unit essentially replaces), this receiver is loaded to the max with audio processing power. In addition to all the Dolby Digital and DTS processing capabilities, the RX-V1800 also has Yamaha’s YPAO sound optimization, Yamaha’s Cinema DSP processing, Neural THX, XM HD Surround, and the Compressed Music Enhancer for restoring some fidelity to your MP3 collection. The RX-V1800 is also equipped to handle the optional YDS-10 universal dock for iPod connection.

If you require flexibility, this receiver has it in spades. Featuring assignable amps, the RX-V1800 can reroute power to either Zone 2 or Zone 3 and allow you to permanently wire speakers to those terminals. Alternatively, you can bi-amplify your main speakers with no need to level match the outputs - the receiver will do it all for you. Want to switch back those Zone 2/3 amps to power the Surround Back speakers in your main zone? It's just a click away using the on-screen display. If control is what you require, then RS-232C, dual 12V DC triggers (only 15mA, however) and IR in and out ports are only a connection away.

The RX-V1800 is rated at an impressive 130 watts x 7, and uses Yamaha’s Digital ToP-ART design that includes top grade audio-grade parts and devices. The receiver also features Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for front channels and 192 kHz/24-bit ADC for Main Zone. If this receiver bears any resemblance to its predecessors, measurements should show clean, linear sound with very little harmonic distortion. As always, build quality and aesthetics are top notch. Packed with powerful audio and video processing, plenty of HD inputs, a high quality amplifier section and sharp looks, the Yamaha RX-V1800 offers a fantastic value for those who have ventured into the HD world.

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Recent Forum Posts:

TLS Guy posts on May 19, 2012 18:00
TallWhiteBoy, post: 885741
It turns out that one of the HDMI inputs was damaged and it was shorting something out causing the volume control issues. I replaced the HDMI port and now it's good. I would have never gussed it…good thing for authorized Yamaha repair facilities.

Thanks for the follow up!
TallWhiteBoy posts on May 19, 2012 17:17
TLS Guy, post: 884356
I agree, that is a strange fault. The only remedy you have is a factory reset to default and then reset your system up. If that does not work, its service time. Is it still under warranty? Is it just the Direct TV box? What about digital HDMI inputs? Have you tried hooking the Direct TV box up via HDMI?

This developing after a move has the hint of transport damage about it, such as a crack in a circuit board.

It turns out that one of the HDMI inputs was damaged and it was shorting something out causing the volume control issues. I replaced the HDMI port and now it's good. I would have never gussed it…good thing for authorized Yamaha repair facilities.
billy p posts on May 14, 2012 09:43
3db, post: 884664
The plumbing let go that drains the washing machine water and one load went through (laundry room is on the main floor) and it rained water all over my HT setup. The Vizio, a cable box and blue ray player received the brunt of it, teh turntable and my RX-V1800 was spared most of it. My center channel and l/r main PSBs got wet as well. They're off at the insurance company now in a special room to dry off electronics. The display and blue ray player I don;t care about because prices have fallen so much for those items. I may be able to get a 55“ plasma for the same price that I bought my 47” Vizio for. I'm worried about the most about my receiver and turntable. The RX-V1800 performed flawlessly with gobs of power to spare. If it goes bad, I hope they will give me enough to get an RX-A2000 which I consider to be the equivalent of the 1800. This sucks. At least I got to watch Underworld Awakening before this happened.

Wow…sorry to hear about that. Not that this is related in any sort of way but our display and oven went in the same week having recently returned from vaction and most recently we started orthodontal work for our kids….when I rains, it pours…no pun intended though….

Sometime the timing of things….just plain sucks…but it sounds like you were somewhat lucky because no mention of other damage to furniture, carpet or wood floors? It could have been real messy.

Agreed, the Yamaha RXV1800 is a real nice AVR.

Good luck….
3db posts on May 14, 2012 07:58
The plumbing let go that drains the washing machine water and one load went through (laundry room is on the main floor) and it rained water all over my HT setup. The Vizio, a cable box and blue ray player received the brunt of it, teh turntable and my RX-V1800 was spared most of it. My center channel and l/r main PSBs got wet as well. They're off at the insurance company now in a special room to dry off electronics. The display and blue ray player I don;t care about because prices have fallen so much for those items. I may be able to get a 55“ plasma for the same price that I bought my 47” Vizio for. I'm worried about the most about my receiver and turntable. The RX-V1800 performed flawlessly with gobs of power to spare. If it goes bad, I hope they will give me enough to get an RX-A2000 which I consider to be the equivalent of the 1800. This sucks. At least I got to watch Underworld Awakening before this happened.
TLS Guy posts on May 12, 2012 08:04
PENG, post: 884354
I have not heard that before but if nothing else work so far then I think the next step is to do a factory reset to re-initialize the processor.

I agree, that is a strange fault. The only remedy you have is a factory reset to default and then reset your system up. If that does not work, its service time. Is it still under warranty? Is it just the Direct TV box? What about digital HDMI inputs? Have you tried hooking the Direct TV box up via HDMI?

This developing after a move has the hint of transport damage about it, such as a crack in a circuit board.
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