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Yamaha RX-V2600 Receiver Review

by February 20, 2006
Yamaha RX-V2600 Receiver

Yamaha RX-V2600 Receiver

  • Product Name: RX-V2600 Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha Electronics
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: February 20, 2006 18:00
  • MSRP: $ 1399
  • Pure Direct for Higher Fidelity Sound Reproduction
  • 7-Channel 910W Powerful Surround Sound (130W x 7)
  • Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification
  • Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-Bit DACs for All Channels
  • Assignable Amplifiers for Bi-Amp Connection
  • Superior Audio-Grade Parts and Devices Used Throughout
  • Fully Analog Video Up-Conversion to HDMI and Component Video
  • Output with TBC
  • De-Interlacing (480i to 480p)
  • Up-Scaling (480i to 1080i/720p)
  • Wide-Range Video Bandwidth (100MHz -3 dB)
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready
  • 2 In/1 Out HDMI Interface for High Quality Digital Audio and Video Data Handling
  • Superior Zone Control with Additional Zone Remote Unit
  • RS-232C Terminal for Receiver Manager Control
  • On-Screen Display with GUI (5 Languages including Spanish) and Two-Line FL Display
  • On-screen display for Zone 2
  • Quad-Field/Tri-Field CINEMA DSP and 22 Surround Programs with 5 THX Select2 Programs
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS 96/24 Compatibility
  • Audio Delay for Adjusting Lip-Sync (0–240 ms)
  • Analog Mixdown
  • Extended Remote Control Codes, Dual Remote Terminals for Zone 2 and Zone 3 and Dual +12V Trigger Outputs
  • Dialogue Lift
  • Selectable 9-Band Subwoofer Crossover
  • Subwoofer Phase Select
  • Night Listening Enhancer ensures that all programs (including Dolby Pro Logic IIx)
  • SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP
  • Speaker A, B or A+B Selection, with Virtual CINEMA DSP
    Capability in Zone B
  • Two-Line FL Display
  • Max Volume Setting
  • Initial Volume Setting
  • Channel Mute
  • 6 System Memories
  • Direct-Access (Macro-Command, Learning and Preset Capable) Remote Control Unit with Macro-Command Buttons and Illuminated Buttons
  • Dimensions: 17.1" W x 6.7" H x 17.2" D
  • Weight: 38.4 lbs.

Pros

  • HDMI 1.1 audio support
  • Upconversion and scaling of SD analogue inputs to 720p/1080i via HDMI output
  • Zone 2/3 remote with source select and XM controls
  • Zone 2 with on-screen display (OSD)

Cons

  • No parametric EQ bands below 62.5Hz
  • Spring clips for Presence/Zone 2/3 speakers
  • Menu activity on DVDs causes HDMI dropouts to display
  • No on-the-fly speaker level trims

 

Yamaha RX-V2600 Introduction

In reviewing the new Yamaha RX-V2600 I feel like I 'm swearing in a new justice of the Supreme Court... After all, it's new and exciting, but there's also a lot of discussion and debate surrounding the newcomer. With the RX-V2600, Yamaha has entered that place where the label "AV processor" really starts to emphasize video processing. Let's face it, while there was always plenty of audio processing going on, the "video" part of the AV equation was mostly limited to switching . No longer. The new RX-V2600 breaks new ground and starts anew with a set of updated features that gives notice to the competition:

  • 130watts/channel (20Hz - 20kHz, 0.04% THD, 8-ohms) - see our bench test for more on power
  • Updated GUI interface
  • Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels
  • Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection
  • 2 in/1 out HDMI interface for high quality digital audio and video data handling
  • Fully analogue video up-conversion to HDMI and component video
  • Output with TBC (time-base-correction)
  • De-interlacing (480i to 480p)
  • Up-scaling (480i to 1080i/720p)
  • XM Satellite Radio ready
  • Additional Zone 2/3 remote control unit
  • Zone 2 video monitor outputs displaying Zone 2/3 info
  • Improved main remote (fully backlit)

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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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