- 29 cinema DSP modes, full range of inputs, cheap
- Ordinary looking
The RX-V750's overall performance was exemplary for both music and movies. A real bargain.
Price$ 1,399.00 (AUD)
Yamaha's trademark orange LCD makes this receiver a little different from others. Aside from that, the RX-V750 is a reasonably ordinary-looking machine. The fascia is busy and two smallish selector knobs allow for quick and easy mode and input selection.
The rated minimum output power through all seven channels is 100 watts (W) RMS at 8 ohms (20Hz to 20kHz, 0.06% THD). Processing options abound with the Yamaha and it will happily decode all the common sound formats including Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-ES (Matrix and Discrete), and DTS Neo:6, plus a staggering 29 Cinema DSP modes to alter the sound as you see fit. Don't be alarmed by the presence of so many virtual sound field generators: Yamaha also includes a "Pure Direct" mode that bypasses all extraneous circuitry for analog, stereo listening.
A full complement of 7.1 pre-outs is included as is a set of 7.1 inputs for connection to a Super Audio CD (SACD) or DVD-Audio (DVD-A) player for multi-channel music playback. There are no glaring omissions among its range of audio and video inputs and outputs, and the RX-V750 will also up-convert any video signal to component output. There are nine binding post speaker terminals of which two are for a second, or "B", set of front speakers. Just above the binding posts is yet another set of speaker connectors; these are of the spring clip variety, and are there in order to cater for the addition of "presence" speakers. Presence speakers are designed to provide extra ambience from the front and only work when using the appropriate Cinema DSP mode. The presence speaker terminals can also be used to connect a second set of speakers for multi-zone listening.
There's no sign of HDMI for digital audio and video, or any other form of secure digital inputs for high-resolution audio (at this point, you'd have to move up to the $3000-plus price bracket to get HDMI; useful future-proofing if you're thinking of making an all-digital connection to a TV or projector with HDMI in the near future).
Setting up the RX-V750 can be done automatically with the aid of the included omni-directional "Optimizer Mic", or completely manually if you prefer. Naturally, using the automatic routine yielded a huge improvement over the default settings and proved at least as good as our manual setup routine using a tape measure and SPL meter, so we'd recommend plugging in the mic and letting the RX-V750 do its thing. Yamaha calls this technology YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimiser) and it's a great feature--especially at this price.
Everyday use of the receiver is simple enough although the remote took a bit of getting used to, with its many buttons squeezed into a relatively small space.
The Yamaha couldn't quite match the spaciousness of some of the higher priced units, not could it rival their dynamic headroom (the ability to cope with sudden bursts of very high volume sound or "transients") when it came to DVD viewing. But we were pushing hard at volume levels you wouldn't normally watch an entire movie at, so don't let this stop you considering the Yamaha.
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