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Yamaha RX-V1800 Receiver

by September 06, 2007
Filed under: A/V Receivers
Yamaha RX-V1800

Yamaha RX-V1800

Yamaha Electronics Corporation introduced its new best-in-class 7.1 channel A/V digital home theater receiver, the RX-V1800. The RX-V1800 features full HD audio format capability, including lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound, Yamaha’s Cinema DSP processing engine, and video upscaling to 1080p. The RX-V1800 is compatible with the Apple iPod, via an optional docking station (YDS-10), and allow playback of XM Satellite Radio’s standard and XM HD Surround content.

The RX-V1800 supports the latest HDMI standard, HDMI 1.3a and comes with four HDMI inputs, allowing users to connect a variety of high-definition sources such as Blu-ray and HD-DVD players.

Analog video sources are upconverted, enabling their signal to be routed to a connected HDTV through the HDMI output cable. What’s more, the RX-V1800 harnesses Anchor Bay Technology’s ABT1010 chip to provide video upscaling from 480i or 480p, to resolutions up to 1080p. As a result, users have a true high-definition experience even when viewing sources such as DVDs. A 120Hz refresh rate is supported to accommodate new, reduced flicker LCD TVs. Moreover, 1080p/24Hz compatibility provides optimal performance with Blu-ray Discs and compliant displays. Auto Lip-Sync Compensation prevents sync issues sometimes associated with transmitting video and audio via HDMI.

Additional features for high quality audio performance include Yamaha’s Digital ToP-ART design which simplifies the signal path and eliminates noise sources to ensure superior audio and video performance. Activating the receivers’ Pure Direct functionality protects the signal additionally by further shortening its path, bypassing all DSP circuitry and cutting power to non-essential functions such as the front-panel display. High Current Amplification allows the amplifiers to drive all types of speakers with pure, robust sound. Also included are discrete low-noise power supplies, Burr-Brown 192kHz/24bit DACs, large arch-shaped heat sinks, low jitter PLL circuitry for SPIDF signals, and all-new, ultra-rigid vibration damping chassis design.

Playback of XM HD Surround from XM Satellite Radio, which delivers audio programming in full 5.1 channel surround sound (XM Ch. 76 and 113), as well as content from the company’s 160-plus standard service channels, is achieved via an optional service subscription and XM Mini Tuner. Neural Surround technology enhances the experience of XM HD Surround, delivering a detailed sound stage with superior 5.1 channel separation. Yamaha’s Compressed Music Enhancer technology compensates for the lost detail of audio that is compressed during the “ripping” process, recapturing the essence of the original recording.

The Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) simplifies the home theater setup process by automatically analyzing room acoustics and setting parameters for optimum sound quality at the touch of a button.

The RX-V1800 offers flexible system configuration options, as the 7.1 channels can be used to create an immersive surround sound environment in a single room, or the seven internal power amplifiers can be allocated to a main room and up to two additional zones. A dedicated zone remote and RS-232C interface allow both receivers to be easily integrated into custom installations.

RX-V1800: $1,299.95 MSRP - Get the Best Price Online at http://store.audioholics.com

For more information visit www.yamaha.com/home.

About Yamaha
Yamaha Electronics Corporation (YEC), USA, based in Buena Park, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation of America. YEC offers industry-leading home theater components and systems, featuring A/V receivers, amplifiers, DVD/CD players, speakers, mini-systems, home-theater-in-a-box (HTiB)pre-matched systems and the company's exclusive Digital Sound Projectors (single component surround sound solutions), as well as A/V & IT convergence products.

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