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Yamaha RX-V659 Receiver Review

by September 04, 2006
Yamaha RX-V659 Receiver

Yamaha RX-V659 Receiver

  • Product Name: RX-V659
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: September 04, 2006 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 399
  • Buy Now
  • 192kHz/ 24bit D/A Conversion
  • Component Video Up Conversion (3 In /1 Out)
  • S-Video Up Conversion
  • Dialogue Lift
  • YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone)
  • On-Screen Display
  • Assignable Power Amp
  • Zone 2 Speaker Terminals
  • Zone 2 Output (amplified)
  • Zone 3 Output
  • Zone Power Switching
  • +12V Trigger Output
  • IR Ports
  • Speaker A, B or A + B
  • Selectable Subwoofer Crossover
  • Multi-Channel Decoder Inputs
  • Pre-Out All Channels
  • 100wpc x 7 (20Hz - 20kHz)
  • Dolby Digital EX/ Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
  • DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6
  • Pure Direct
  • iPod Compatibility
  • Compressed Music Enhancer
  • Neural Surround
  • XM Read
  • XM HD Surround
  • Dimensions: 17-1/8" (W) x 6-3/4" (H) x 16-9/16" (D)
  • Product Weight:  27.1 lbs


  • Exceeds Amplifier Power Ratings
  • Uncommon Value
  • Awesome Surround Enhancement Features
  • iPod and XM Compatibility


  • Channel Trim bar graph readout instead of dB’s


null Yamaha RX-V659 Introduction

It has been awhile since I reviewed a moderately priced piece of home theater gear. Some of my staff often comment on my flare for reviewing only the upper echelon products. I am certainly not one to argue this point, but I figured I would upset the status quo by throwing in a mid-priced receiver into my review lineup to keep them guessing. With that in mind, I requested Yamaha's latest sub $550 receiver - the RX-V659.

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Gene manages this organization, establishes relations with manufacturers and keeps Audioholics a well oiled machine. His goal is to educate about home theater and develop more standards in the industry to eliminate consumer confusion clouded by industry snake oil.

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