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Yamaha RX-V2700 Receiver Review

by March 02, 2007
Yamaha RX-V2700 Receiver

Yamaha RX-V2700 Receiver

  • Product Name: RX-V2700
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: March 02, 2007 04:45
  • MSRP: $ 1,699
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  • 140wpc x 7
  • Digital ToP-ART construction
  • Pure Direct for higher fidelity sound reproduction
  • 3 in/1 out 1080p compatible HDMI (ver. 1.2a) for handling digital signals including Super Audio CD
  • Video up-conversion to HDMI
  • Component video up-conversion
  • Up-scaling (480i to 1080i/720p)
  • De-interlacing (480i to 480p)
  • Wide-range component video bandwidth
    (100MHz -3 dB, 1080p compatible)
  • Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection and multi zone
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
  • XMHD & iPod Compatible
  • Network functionality for streaming music
  • Product Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8" x 6-3/4" x 17-1/4"
  • Product Weight: 37.9 lbs

Pros

  • Packed with more features than any receiver in its class
  • Excellent amplifier performance and fidelity
  • HDMI ver. 1.2a for DVD-A/SACD
  • PCM audio decoding from re-encoded DD+, TrueHD, dts-HD soundtracks via HDMI
  • Scaling up to 1080i and 1080p pass thru

Cons

  • Average HDMI Scalar performance
  • Erroneous HDMI operation (see notes in review)
  • Some minor bass management anomalies (see notes in review)
  • YPAO still not at level of some competitor systems
  • A bit overwhelming to setup

 

Yamaha RX-V2700 Introduction

I know what you’re thinking… another new receiver from Yamaha and just less than one year (more like 8 months) after the release of the RX-V2600? Yep.  Welcome to the wonderful world of progress where next year's model design is completed right around the same timeframe the current model starts hitting the store shelves – no kidding, folks, this is bleeding edge.  Right now it seems Yamaha, Denon and Pioneer are locked into a rat race to see just how much of the proverbial market cheese they can steal.  The result?  More features, more power, at more competitive prices to the end user with the slight side effect of buyer's remorse for those who love to change out A/V gear more frequently than they change their sheets (well I hope not).  Rest assured, however, that even last year's model is likely far ahead of the curve for what most people will and can use in a typical home theater system.

The RX-V2700 builds upon the solid foundation of the RX-V2600 and shares many of its virtues, along with a few distinct differences tabulated below:

 


RX-V2600

RX-V2700

XM HD Surround

No

Yes

Compressed Music Enhancer

No

Yes

Network Capability

No

Yes

USB Audio Interface

No

Yes

Simplay HD

No

Yes

iPod Connectivity

No

Yes

Neural Surround

No

Yes

THX Select 2

Yes

No

HDMI Ver.

1.1

1.2a

HDMI I/O

(2/1)

(3/1)

Max Supported Resolution

1080i

1080p

Video Scaler

Generic

ABT1010 (DVDO) scalar engine

YPAO for Subwoofer

No

Yes

Assignable Amplifiers

Yes but limited

Yes, biamp or Zone2/3

MSRP

$1399

$1699


At first glance, it appears the RX-V2700 is armed to the teeth with networking-type features allowing it stream music from virtually any type of source including iPod, USB, wireless, etc.  Oddly this 5th generation YPAO receiver doesn’t sport the THX Select 2 certification found on the last 4 predecessors, but it does come equipped with very similar guts of the THX Select 2 RX-V2600 model.  I can understand why Yamaha didn’t go the THX route and instead elected to place the saved licensing costs towards a much better video scalar from Anchor Bay Technologies, though I do miss the THX Games mode especially when using my Xbox 360.    Normally I’d scold Yamaha for not having THX certification at this price point, but considering the design virtues of this receiver are so similar to its predecessor, I’d take the leap of faith at saying the RX-V2700 will likely meet THX standards.

Overall the RX-V2700 has a very impressive feature set and, rather than rehashing the basics covered in our exhaustive RX-V2600 review, we will instead focus on the cool new features of this latest does everything receiver. 

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