Yamaha RP-U200 review: Yamaha RP-U200

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good A host of relevant digital and analog inputs and outputs; incredibly clean sound; powerful PC software interface.

The Bad Expensive; DVD digital surround sound works with only some PC configurations; USB audio can skip during multitasking.

The Bottom Line If you have the cash, this DAR turns your PC into a great-sounding, surround-sound home-theater system.

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These days, there are many convergence products designed to unite your computer and stereo so that the content available on PCs can be heard on a proper sound system. Yamaha's RP-U200 receiver might be the most sophisticated of these devices to date. Its myriad digital and analog input options, custom PC control software, and remote control make it a versatile way to integrate a computer into a complete home audio system. Plus, it has full 5.1-channel digital surround sound for use with a six-speaker (five surround-sound speakers and one subwoofer) setup. There are cheaper ways to get the job done, but this unit's extras are sure to keep tech-savvy fans of music and movies entranced. These days, there are many convergence products designed to unite your computer and stereo so that the content available on PCs can be heard on a proper sound system. Yamaha's RP-U200 receiver might be the most sophisticated of these devices to date. Its myriad digital and analog input options, custom PC control software, and remote control make it a versatile way to integrate a computer into a complete home audio system. Plus, it has full 5.1-channel digital surround sound for use with a six-speaker (five surround-sound speakers and one subwoofer) setup. There are cheaper ways to get the job done, but this unit's extras are sure to keep tech-savvy fans of music and movies entranced.

Stand and deliver
Standing upright like a microtower PC, the Yamaha acts as both the hub and amplifier of your PC and stereo or surround-sound system. On the front there's a bright, clear LED, an enormous volume dial, a headphone jack, and several control buttons. On the back you'll find an impressive and somewhat bewildering array of inputs and outputs. There are three analog stereo inputs, two digital optical inputs, one digital coaxial input, a USB port, and an antenna connector. Outputs include one pair of analog jacks, an optical digital output, a RCA jack for connecting to a subwoofer, and five speaker-wire connectors for hooking up surround-sound speakers.

All of those inputs give you a lot of options. For instance, you could connect a standalone DVD player to one digital input, your TV to an analog input, and your PC via the USB port or one of the audio inputs via your sound card. The RP-U200 supports Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic surround sound, and if you have only two speakers, it'll use its DSP to create a virtual surround 3D effect. If you have a six-speaker Dolby 5.1 setup, the unit handles that as well. With 12 watts per channel, there's plenty of power to drive your speakers.

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Yamaha RP-U200

Part Number: RP-U200

MSRP: $449.95

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Response Bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
  • Color metallic gray
  • Functions AV receiver
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Type Network audio player