Yamaha RX-V650 Review

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Guest's review of Yamaha RX-V650

★★★★★

“We run this amp at a my company, it is connected to 5...”

Written on: 13/12/2007

Good Points
Great value for money, handles an excellent line of decoding, and it looks good.

Bad Points
Overload easily, and 95W means that this unit is really only adequate for medium sized rooms and smaller speakers.

General Comments
We run this amp at a my company, it is connected to 5 "turbo sound" speakers and a Jamo THX subwoofer.
The room is quiet large, seats about 60 plus serving area.
The setup is used for functions, watching sports, and the occasional x box night. So far no movies so i can't comment about its movie decoding capabilities.

Ideally a larger amp should have been selected for this room but it does give a good insight to capabilities of lower end models in higher demanding areas.

Running:
Gaming, handles it nicely, with the x box it did a decent job of creating a stadium environment when playing 4 player soccer match, has also the power to drown out the obvious arguments that insure.
The Ps2 sing star worked well with the big long brassy introduction very well handled and very clean. Voice was clear also, although the singers were not :)
Am interested in its Dolby capabilities but unfortunately will not find out until the ps3 is connected later this month..

Music (7ch mode), overall the setup is quiet nice, it handles background music no problems with sound quality being very clean. Functionality is a plus here because it is quiet simple for a semi confessed amp guy to look at the front and to find and chose what is needed without the need to consult the manual.
This is actually very important for us as techs come and go and functions happen infrequently which means you can't get to know the amp and the manual is lost many moons ago..
The negatives. At only 95W per channel you can tell, when the amp is in the loud range (+db) it has a tendency to cut out and shut itself down.
Most of the time it will come back up within 5 seconds and a small turn down of the volume can keep it running for longer periods (-2db is fine).
This looks to be mostly heat related but its location is alone and almost ideal, and probably much better than most home users could offer.
Also the front two speakers are slightly distorted in this range, I suspect a combination of speaker and amp as there is a hint of distortion before the extreme ends of this amp.


Layout is simple which is nice for a change. The silver model we have looks very clean, well made and expensive. The rear arrangement is also very simple, I run a Denon 3808 at home at its gets a bit confusing at the back with this one looking much less scary. Also the Denon took much more effort to setup than this model but in fairness to the both the functionalities are worlds apart.

Also we use this unit for basic video switching via s-video. It works very well here with no problems as of yet.

I gave it a 9 out of 10 for this category of amplifiers.

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