- Written by giles
- Published on 20 February 2009
Yamaha's new systems enable music and movie enthusiasts to fully enjoy their Blu-ray players, broadcast HD services and gaming consoles with comprehensive feature sets through most of the line. The top four models feature four 1080p compatible HDMI inputs. The top three also upscale analog video to 1080p full HD resolution for stunning, lifelike picture quality, even from non-HD video sources. On the audio side, all models, starting with the RX-V465, offer a full complement of surround sound audio decoders (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio).
Showcased in the top four new models, Yamaha's four pre-set SCENE buttons ("BD/DVD," "TV," "CD" and "Radio" instantly ready the entire system to deliver the desired entertainment experience by turning on the correct components and activating the proper inputs, audio and video features and surround mode combinations. The RX-V365 allows users to manually set up to 13 system-configuring templates.
All models also give users access to the broadest range of today's popular content sources, including iPod compatibility through Yamaha's optional YDS-11 Universal Dock, and Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with an optional Yamaha Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver (YBA-10).
Fully compatible with HD audio and video, the RX-V665 (90W x 7) vies to become the new market leader. It provides the perfect combination of performance and versatility with HD Audio decoding, sufficient HDMI inputs, analog-to-HDMI 1080p video upscaling and custom installation capabilities. The RX-V665 takes audio and video performance even further with Deep Color (30/36 bit) technology, 120Hz/24Hz Refresh Rates and Auto Lip-Sync compensation, which automatically eliminates audio/video sync issues. Multi-zone and custom installation highlights include assignable amplifiers for bi-amping, powering presence speakers (back surround or front) or a second zone, as well as zone 2 on/off control from the front panel, remote in/out and programmable +12V trigger outputs. The RX-V665 is also Sirius/XM satellite radio ready with XM HD Surround powered by Neural Surround.
The step-up RX-V765 (95W x 7) offers more power and high-quality discrete amplification circuitry for best-in-class performance. For those who may not need multi-zone capabilities, the RX-V565 (90W x 7) provides a strong full-featured home theater centerpiece, as well as on-screen capabilities. The five-channel RX-V465 (105W x 5; 4 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs) and RX-V365 (100W x 5; 2 HDMI inputs) round out this formidable line.
Other features found throughout all or most of the line include Compressed Music Enhancer that restores dynamics to music files ripped from CDs or downloaded from the Internet (all units) and Adaptive Dynamic Range Control that automatically increases the volume of softer dialog passages when overall system volume is turned down (available in models from RX-V465 and up). The Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) simplifies home theater setup for most models (starting at the RX-V465) by automatically analyzing room acoustics and setting parameters for optimum sound quality at the touch of a button.
All models in the line include Yamaha's Cinema DSP audio processing that gives music and movies an extra sonic dimension with standout presence, and Silent Cinema technology which makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through standard headphones-ideal for late-night home theater listening when the rest of the family is asleep.