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Yamaha Drops Entry Price for Feature-laden Receivers

by April 04, 2007
Yamaha RX-V861 receiver

Yamaha RX-V861 receiver

According to an article at twice.com, Yamaha is launching four new A/V receivers that drop the price of entry for consumers looking for some of the hottest new technology available on the consumer electronics market.

With these new products, installers can now purchase a dual IR codeset-capable receiver for just $199 (so more than one receiver can be controlled at one time in a custom installation). At the $299 price point you can find a new product that has extended IR codes. These codes deliver IR control of literally all features, so installers don't have to worry about not being able to program touch screen remotes or other systems with teh capability to control every aspect of the receiver. Originally, this functionality was only available at the $1,200 price level. These lower-priced receivers also feature preset-volume turn-on for first and second zones - perfect for reproducing the correct levels each day.

Yamaha has introduced a new "Scene" feature that scripts the startup process for a receiver to include powering up connected components, switching to the correct input, setting listening levels and initiallizing the proper surround mode. This is available on all models except the most entry level unit. All receivers now come with iPod docking connectability ($299 and up), XM satellite radio integration (subscription required), support for Neural Surround - a 5.1 XM radio surround format, and automatic YPAO room optimization ($299 and up - mic included).

Yamaha's new Compressed Music Enhancer technology, designed to restore low and high frequencies to compressed music, is also available on all new receivers.

The RX-V661 ($499) and RX-V861 ($999) are the first Yamaha receivers with Simplay HD-certified HDMI inputs and outputs (Simplay certifies that they feature the HDMI repeater function and will work properly with other certified equipment). Current owners will want to know that HDMI on Yamaha receivers has always been structured as a repeater (sans certification). These receivers are also multi-zone and will switch from 7.1 to 5.1 + 2 automatically when the second zone is fired up.

The four receivers have suggested retails of $199, $299, $499 and $999. All but the $999 RV-V861 shipped in March. The V861 ships in mid-to-late May. The $499 and $999 models are seven-channel receivers, and the others are five-channel models.

Yamaha will announce the next round of A/V receivers in the fall.

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mikeyj92 posts on April 13, 2007 10:35
mike c, post: 262726
denon is going to release this year receivers with internal DTS/DOLBY-HD decoding. I'm waiting for those …

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31190


Looks like this Onkyo 605 will have that too…

TX-SR605 MSRP $499 Shipping mid May
*Full A/V Processing via HDMI 1.3a with Upconversion (2 in 1 out)
*HDMI Deep Color Capable (36bit)
*Component Video Upconversion and HDTV-Capable (50 MHZ) Video Switching (3 in 1 out)
*WRAT/ Optimum Gain Volume Circuitry/ Non-Scaling Configuration/ A-Form Listening Mode Memory/ RI
*Faroudja DCDi
*Audyssey 2EQ Room Acoustics Correction
*7.1 Multichannel Inputs for PCM Delivery of Hi-Def Audio Sources
*DOLBY Decoder - PLIIx, DD, DD-EX, TrueHD
*DTS Decoder - DTS, ES, NEO6, 96/24, HD Master Audio
*S-Video (5 in 2 out)
*Digital Audio IN (OPT/COAX) 3/3
*Composite Video (5 in/2 out)
*Power 90W/Ch
*Powered Zone 2 and Zone 2 Line-Out
*Bi-Amp Capable
*XM and Sirius ports
*XM HD Surround Sound through Neural Surround


All that for only $499…wow.
mike c posts on April 13, 2007 10:06
monkey wrench on your plans

mikeyj92, post: 262723
Well…with the new accouncement from Onkyo about the new receivers coming out, I am going to wait and buy one of those.

The new TX-SR605 (HDMI 1.3a, upconversion to HDMI with Faroudja DCDi, etc..) is exactly what I'm looking for, and at $500…WOW is all I can say.

I just have to wait 5 or 6 weeks to get my hands on one I suppose…the waiting is agony.

I am just glad I saw this news BEFORE I ran out to get the 661 today, because I was heading to get it after work this afternoon.


denon is going to release this year receivers with internal DTS/DOLBY-HD decoding. I'm waiting for those …

http://forums.audioholics.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31190
mikeyj92 posts on April 13, 2007 09:35
mike c, post: 261925
I am considering the 2700 as well, but if the 861 will do the same job (I have an external amp) why not … keep us updated on your 661 please.

Well…with the new accouncement from Onkyo about the new receivers coming out, I am going to wait and buy one of those.

The new TX-SR605 (HDMI 1.3a, upconversion to HDMI with Faroudja DCDi, etc..) is exactly what I'm looking for, and at $500…WOW is all I can say.

I just have to wait 5 or 6 weeks to get my hands on one I suppose…the waiting is agony.

I am just glad I saw this news BEFORE I ran out to get the 661 today, because I was heading to get it after work this afternoon.

mike c posts on April 09, 2007 18:22
I am considering the 2700 as well, but if the 861 will do the same job (I have an external amp) why not … keep us updated on your 661 please.
mikeyj92 posts on April 09, 2007 11:04
mike c, post: 261790
you're right … the US website lists component upconversion … the global website doesn't. I'll wait til they're out awhile before I check the specs again.

I plan on buying it this weekend, I just can't pass up on the feature set at that price. I was determined to go for the rx-v2700, but I just can't resolve paying that much for a receiver at this point in time, when I can get the 661, a sub and possibly a PS3 for the same cost as the 2700…

I'll chime in some more on it, if and when I get it and play with it.
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