Yamaha RX-V650 Review

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steveallsop's review of Yamaha RX-V650


“At first sight the Yamaha RX-V650 unit is a bit...”

Written on: 06/07/2005 by steveallsop (1 review written)

Good Points
Good looks and plenty of sound options. caters for virtuall all DSP formats and kicks out a fantastic sound. Radio good too.

Bad Points
Without written words of wisdom from my dealer the manual would have been difficult to follow for initial set up. Remote takes a bit of getting used to but persistance eventually pays off.

General Comments
At first sight the Yamaha RX-V650 unit is a bit intimidating owing to its sheer size. My primary selection criteria was sound quality and power hotly followed by decoding facilities. I must admit that I went into my dealer wanting to buy a Denon AV1905 but was told that Denon had discontinued it so I plumped for my second choice which was the Yammy.

Having now set the whole rig up I am not disappointed. A nice touch is the use of the supplied little microphone that you connect to the amp for the initial set up. Once you start the automatic set up going lots of tones emanate from the speakers and the mic sends messages back to the amp that calibrates itself according to your romm and speaker environment - very clever.

The opening 'Round the room' THX sound at the start of 'Pearl Harbour' convinced me that I'd made a good choice of AV Amp. Quite stunning and very powerful. At this point I'd better describe my whole set up.

The TV is a 32" JVC widescreen that has a great sound on its own with built in Pro-Logic 11 and subwoofer. A nice feature on the TV is its ability to suppress all internal speakers if external amplification is to be connected. The DVD is a Toshiba SD-420E and finally an Aiwa VCR completes the source modules. KEF 2005.2 speakers and 250watt sub complete the package.

The amp has loads of audio and video connectors at the back catering for analogue, digital and optical in/outs. At first the back looks a bit daunting but everything is clearly marked and easy to understand. Speaker connections are best achieved using banana plugs that simply push into their respective sockets.

A good tip from my supplier was to connect the LR audio outs on my DVD player to the CD LR audio inputs on the amp and select CD on the amp handheld when playing ordinary music CDs. The digital out on the DVD player still connects to the DVD digital IN on the amp for DVD playing.

It is quite easy to select any one of the 29 sound stages but it is equally easy to get confused about the best one to select - trial and error eventually helped me pick the sound stage that appealed to me.

Overall I am very pleased with my choice and would recomend this Yammy to anyone.

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