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Cheap/Budget Solutions Yamaha RX-V371

Maybe I should rephrase the titles of my current posts.  I've themed them "Cheap Solutions".  Really, I should have themed the series of posts "Budget Solutions".

Next I'm looking at the entry level Yamaha receiver that was released 2011.  I heard it Wednesday and it can compete with or beat any entry level receiver on the market.  The price I've found it at here makes it a solid choice for a standalone receiver, leaving some cash for the purchase of necessary speakers (Take a look under Speaker packages under Speakers in the menu for some options and/or ideas)

Yamaha RX-V371 5.1 A/V Receiver

Many advanced features including 4 in/1 out HDMI (with 3D and Audio Return Channel compatibility), HD Audio with CINEMA DSP compatibility, YPAO and SCENE functions.



Main features:
  • 5-channel 500W = 100W x 5 (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9 % THD)
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI (4 in/1 out)
  • HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP (17 DSP programmes)
  • YPAO sound optimisation for automatic speaker setup
  • SCENE buttons with direct power on
  • Auto power down function with variable time setting
Audio Features

• 5-channel powerful surround sound, 500W = 100W x 5 (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9 % THD)
• HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
• 192 kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs for all channels
• High dynamic power, low-impedance drive capability

Video Features

• 1080p-compatible HDMI (4 in/1 out)
• Supports Deep Colour (30/36 bit), x.v.Colour, 24 Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation
• HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

Of the above features, The 1080p 3D HDMI and the ARC (Audio Return Channel) are the most valuable features that you may not see in many entry level receivers.  The benefits of ARC are generous for anyone who hates extra wires as you can see in the before and after here. (click to enlarge)
 


Advanced Features

• SCENE buttons with direct power on (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) - quick and simple to use
• YPAO sound optimisation for automatic speaker setup
• iPod/iPhone compatibility with optional YDS-12 Universal Dock
• Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with optional Yamaha Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10
• Front panel mini jack input for connecting portable audio player
• Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input


• 9 selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies
• Subwoofer phase select / Subwoofer out
• Initial Volume Setting and Maximum Volume Setting
• Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-240 ms)
• 40-station preset tuning / Auto preset tuning
• Background Video feature



CInima DSP can compensate for missing speakers


Surround Realism

• HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP (17 DSP programmes)
• Compressed Music Enhancer
• Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) and Adaptive DSP level
• SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP


 



Eco-Friendly Design

• Auto power down function with variable time setting
• Low standby power consumption

Heres some specifications with regard to connectivity:

Inputs:   
  • 4 x HDMI
  • 2 x optical
  • 2 x digital coax
  • 2 x component
  • 4 x composite
  • 4 x stereo line level
Outputs: 
  • 1 x HDMI
  • 1 x component
  • 1 x composite stereo line level
  • 1 x 3.5mm jack headphone
  • 1 x subwoofer
Other Connections:   
  • 1 x dock port
Importantly, the connectivity this receiver has along with all these features at this price is near unheard of.  With the addition of iPod/iPad, Blutooth compatibility it makes it a product for a budget price with several futureproof features. 






Not to mention, now you can have the extra cash you need for the necessities of life.  Like Baby Oil!