Receivers

Yamaha RX-V2065 7.1 A/V Receiver with MusicCast System

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Setup

Installing the V2065 was fairly intuitive if you have setup a receiver before, except for one case that I will cover. The majority of my gear is now using HDMI, and so hooking that up is very quick and easy, as are speakers (I use banana plugs to save me time) and an Ethernet cable, which is going to be standard on all receivers within another year or two I'd imagine. After I had everything connected, I ran through the initial setup, which included Yamaha's YPAO room optimizer. Much like Audyssey, you connect an included microphone to the front of the receiver, position it at the common listening location, and the Yamaha will instantly bring up the on-screen prompts to measure your listening environment. I always make sure to turn off the HVAC system as well as almost anything else that might cause noise, so that I get as accurate a measurement as possible.

The Yamaha went through and did this quickly, but there were a couple of things about this that I wish were different. The speaker measurements were only in 6" increments, so the time correction will not be as accurate as it might be with other systems. How well the human ear can distinguish between the 3" that would be missing from if it allowed 1" increments I can't tell you, but as other vendors offer this, I wish Yamaha would as well. I also found it hard to go back and review the settings that Yamaha had made for levels and EQ on the various speakers. While I don't expect everyone to offer the same level of detail that Pioneer does on their units (where you can export the data to a PC for analysis), I would like it to be easy to see exactly what the receiver decided, just so I can verify that it looks correct.

Hooking up the MusicCast unit was incredibly easy. I connected the zone player over Ethernet, and it quickly picked up an address using DHCP, and I connected the pre-outs to a Tivoli Model Two radio that I had setup in the bedroom. For the Music Commander, it was as easy as joining a wireless network, entering my security key, and then it was able to pick up both the receiver and the zone player, and allowed me full control over both of them. Finally, since the MusicCast system needs a DLNA server, they include a copy of TwonkyMedia with the units. I typically had used Asset UPnP but ran into an issue with how the RX-V2065 was seeing it (the MusicCast Zone player saw it fine), and while Yamaha was very quick to figure out the cause of the problem and was working on an update for it, I elected to use Twonky to make sure my software preference didn't cause issues.

The issue that I ran into hooking up the receiver is that I have a Nintendo Wii, which outputs component video along with analog audio, but all of the component jacks on the rear of the receiver are setup with digital audio inputs. Thankfully, Yamaha had a new firmware available that allows you to remap one of the analog audio inputs to a component video input, but it has to be done with the front display of the unit and not using the OSD. While I realize that fewer and fewer people will be using a setup like this in the future, I'd prefer that certain video and audio inputs not the grouped together by default, and instead we can attach a device as we wish, and then map those inputs together using the OSD, as it makes it much easier.