Excerpt: What happens when you take the best attributes from the previous generation of Yamaha RX series A/V receivers and add the latest technology? You get a brand spankin' new model, the Yamaha RX-V2500. The 7.1-channel RX-V2500 is exciting because it brings together a powerful and clean 130Wpc multichannel amplifier, an extremely intuitive new graphic user interface, and support for up to three HDTV display inputs.
Summary: As I hinted at earlier, I liked what Yamaha had done with the RX-V2500's redesigned remote control. The RAV352 fits assertively in the hand so that most commonly used keys are positioned within easy reach of the thumb. This includes volume, channels, Menu, navigational and the Enter button. Even DSP functions are within easy reach without having to maneuver the remote control.
Pros: Three (3) HDTV-compatible component video inputs, Accurate YPAO automatic speaker setup, Presence channels & Yamaha DSP, System memory with 6 storage banks (2 retrievable from remote), Dialogue lift with presence channels, Independent volume trim for each input!
Cons: Auto Setup sets aggressive crossover frequency, No IEEE 1394/Firewire interface, Remote button labels limit usefulness of backlighting, No parametric EQ bands below 62.5Hz