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Yamaha RX-V661

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The Yamaha RX-V661 home theater receiver provides the latest and best technologies of sound quality. It has HDMI upscaling of up to 1080p resolution and features 4 SCENE buttons to make operation easier. It is XM Satellite Radio ready that requires an XM subscription and an optional XM Mini-Tuner package. The product has a width of 17.1 inches, a height of 6.7 inches, a depth of 15.5 inches and weighs 25.6 pounds.

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The product has an output wattage of 630. It uses Cinema DSP and S…

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The Yamaha RX-V661 home theater receiver provides the latest and best technologies of sound quality. It has HDMI upscaling of up to 1080p resolution and features 4 SCENE buttons to make operation easier. It is XM Satellite Radio ready that requires an XM subscription and an optional XM Mini-Tuner package. The product has a width of 17.1 inches, a height of 6.7 inches, a depth of 15.5 inches and weighs 25.6 pounds.

Technical Details

The product has an output wattage of 630. It uses Cinema DSP and Silent Cinema DSP for surround sound effects and functions with the following built in decoders: Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1,Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS Neo:6, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Dolby Pro Logic, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital, and DTS decoders. The receiver is iPod compatible using the optional YDS-10 Universal Dock as interface. The 4 SCENE buttons are on the front panel for easy access and operation. Aside from being XM Satellite radio ready, the product supports AM and FM radio bands just like other receivers.

Review Summary

Yamaha is famous for its command of DSP surround and the RX-V661 is endowed with a much broader-than-average range of options. In addition to the standard Dolby Digital and PLIIx and DTS/Neo:6 decodings, the RX-V661 includes a dozen-plus DSP-conjured concert halls, music clubs, and movie-theater environments under Yamaha's “Cinema-DSP” and “HiFi-DSP” modes. The RX-V661 is a 7.1-channel receiver with 90 watts to each channel. But it does not have onboard decoding for any of the new soundtrack formats available on HD DVD or Blu-ray. It comes with the full-system remote and the calibration mike (plus the two antennae,) and offers both XM Satellite Radio and iPod expandability. There's also an “Enhancer” mode. The remote coming with this model is simple and user-friendly. The Yamaha's onscreen displays are just fine but not like the higher-end models. However one has to key Enter each time to override the onscreen's “timeout”; otherwise, it goes away. The Yamaha RX-V661 A/V receiver incorporates another feature that is, a pair of 1080p-capable HDMI inputs and one output. There are five total HD inputs (two HDMI inputs and three component video inputs), and those inputs can only be assigned to five device names (DVD, DTV/CBL, V-Aux, DVR, and VCR). Thus you can switch among a total of five video sources, each of which can be an HD or a standard-definition source. The RX-V661 offers automated speaker calibration in the form of the Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) system. It uses a microphone to determine the sizes of your speakers to better balance the volume levels of all speakers and the subwoofer. It also derives individual equalization for each speaker as part of its auto routine. The RX-V661's ergonomics and operation are quite unique and it is a good buy even though there is no analog-to-HDMI video conversion, no onscreen menus with HDMI.

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    what is the best way to hookup advr to my rx661&can it be output at hdmi? bill sexton.billyboy6642@aol.com thanks........

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