Yamaha RX-V Series Receiver Step Chart Buying Guide
When shopping for the perfect A/V receiver, it’s nice to know you can run a comparison on Audiogurus.com. Sometimes, however, you already know the brand, but you want to understand the subtle differences between models. For you, we’ve provided these handy Step Charts which can guide you in your purchasing decisions. Using these charts, and our commentary, you can know where the important breakpoints are between models. There are lots of feature differences between models—but not all features are the same. Some really matter a lot, and some are just minor stepping stones along the way.
Take Yamaha, for instance. These receivers in their RX-V line have significant break points for those looking for particular functionality in their home audio and surround sound systems.
Here is the Step Chart for the RX-V Series receivers:
Let’s make a couple of notes:
Breakpoint 1: Streaming Services
If you want to stream Pandora or use AirPlay with your iOS device, you’re going to need to purchase either the stepped up Yamaha RX-V477, or the RX-S600 receiver. The RX-377 will allow you to connect USB devices, but that’s about it.
Breakpoint 2: 7.1 or Zone 2 Functionality
If you plan to power a pair of speakers in a different room, or you plan to use a 7.1 system, then you’re going to need to step up to the Yamaha RX-V577. It features 7 amplifiers and a Zone B output that can duplicate the main source in a second room. If you want to take a discrete analogue source and output either line level or speaker level signal onto a second room, you’ll want to go to the Yamaha RX-V677. The RX-V577 is also the first RX-V receiver in Yamaha’s current line-up to feature dual parallel subwoofer outputs.
Breakpoint 3: Analogue Video and 4K Upconversion
If you happen to have analogue video source components or you want to upconvert to 4K (though we can’t imagine why), the Yamaha RX-V677 is your receiver. It is the first RX-V model to offer video processing and upconversion of analogue video sources to HDMI. The other models below it will only output analogue source components to the same analogue monitor output. With the RX-V677, you can connect a single HDMI cable to your television, and all analogue sources get upconverted. The RX-V677 also adds Rhapsody streaming support, SiriusXM, and a single 12V trigger output.
Breakpoint 4: Dual HDMI and Pre-amp Outputs
If you need dual HDMI outputs to show content on both a projector and a television, for example, the Yamaha RX-V777BT is probably your best bet for the money. It won’t feed a second Zone to HDMI—that’s only possible with the Aventage RX-A830 and above—but it will provide at least a parallel HDMI output that you can use provided you match the resolution of both.
All of these Yamaha AV receivers share a remarkable amount of features that make them all a good value in their own right. Understanding the break points, however is very important, and we hope you find this article informative in help you make the right decision for your needs.
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