Yamaha RX-V1500 - AV receiver - 7.1 channel review: Yamaha RX-V1500 - AV receiver - 7.1 channel

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.7
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good 7-channel, 120-watt A/V receiver; automated setup and room-tuning equalization; THX Select certification; generous proprietary surround-processing options; turntable input; three-zone/multiroom operation.

The Bad It's a full 17.1 inches deep; only two component-video inputs.

The Bottom Line Yamaha's luxurious receiver scores well on the value, features, and sound-quality fronts, but its flexible surround processing clinched the deal for us.

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Intro

When you consider the level of technological dexterity found in today's A/V receivers, with their gee-whiz features such as automated setup and calibration, it's hard not to be amazed when you see their relatively affordable price points. That said, in a market as competitive as A/V receivers, you need a little something extra to stand out, and Yamaha's $799 (list) RX-V1500 has it. Not only does it offer automated room-tuning equalization, extra front speaker channels, THX Select certification, and a turntable input, its superflexible digital signal processing gives it that little edge. Yamaha's designers carefully balanced the RX-V1500's handsome good looks with above-average ergonomics and functionality. The front panel's elegant layout minimizes the clutter of knobs and buttons, many of which are concealed behind a flip-down door. The 34.2-pound weight is a good indication of the V1500's solid build quality.

The Yamaha RX-V1500's slender, gracefully designed remote features an illuminated LCD to keep you informed about which input has been selected. A slide switch on the right side offers three operational modes: Amp, Source, or TV, so it's easy to keep track of what the remote is controlling.

This 7-by-120-watt receiver's auto setup and calibration includes Yamaha's Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) technology to analyze your room's acoustics. Just hook up the supplied microphone, navigate the menu choices, and initiate the process. Your speakers will emit a series of tones, bleeps, and clicks for around three minutes, and when it's done, you'll be ready to rock.

Surround-processing modes include Dolby Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, Neo:6, and DTS 96/24. The Yamaha RX-V1500 also provides THX Select processing. What's more, the receiver features the latest revision of Yamaha's proprietary Cinema DSP technology, which allows you to customize the V1500's 31 DSP programs with 55 variations, including the two THX Select programs. Dialogue Lift heightens DVD dialogue clarity, and Silent Cinema produces surroundlike sound over conventional stereo headphones.

Connectivity options are downright extensive and include component-video up-conversion, which takes any video input and passes it to the component-video monitor output. We counted five A/V inputs and two A/V outputs and two component ins (a bit skimpy as many receivers in this class offer three); a whopping total of seven digital inputs (four optical/three coaxial) and two optical outputs; a 5.1-channel SACD/DVD-Audio input; three stereo ins, plus provisions to hook up a turntable.

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Yamaha RX-V1500 - AV receiver - 7.1 channel

Part Number: RX-V1500 Released: Sep. 15, 2004
Low Price: $999.95 See all prices

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  • Release date Sep. 15, 2004
  • Response Bandwidth 10 - 100000 Hz
  • Additional Features source direct
  • Functions AV receiver
  • Type AV receiver
About The Author

Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Home Theater, Inner Fidelity, Tone Audio, and Stereophile.