Aperion Intimus 533 Cinema HD Speaker System and Yamaha RX-V861 A/V Receiver At A Glance & Ratings: Yamaha

At A Glance: Yamaha RX-V861 A/V Receiver

Connections
Inputs: Video: HDMI (2, v1.2a), component video (3), S-video (5), composite video (5)
Audio: Coaxial digital (2), optical digital (4), 5.1-channel analog (1), stereo analog (7), phono (1), iPod/XM (1), AM (1), FM (1)
Outputs:
Video: HDMI (1), component video (1), S-video (3), composite video (3)
Audio: Coaxial digital (1), optical digital (1), 7.1-channel preamp analog (1), stereo analog (3)
Additional: 12-volt trigger (3), IR jack (2)

Features
Processing Modes: Dolby: Digital 5.1, EX, Pro Logic IIx
DTS: DTS, ES, 96/24, Neo:6
Other: 16 DSP modes, 7-channel stereo, Neural Surround
THX Certification: No
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit/192-kilohertz
Number of Amp Channels: 7
Power Rating (watts per channel): 105, into 8 ohms
Frequency Response: +0/–3 dB from 10 Hz to 100 kHz
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 6.75 x 17.13 x 16.56
Weight (pounds): 28.88
Price $1,000

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.

Ratings: Yamaha RX-V861 A/V Receiver

Build Quality: 87 Average
• Weight and durability par for the price
• Collared plastic binding posts typical of receivers

Value: 87 Average
• Typical features set at this price point
• iPod dock an extra-cost accessory

Features: 90 Good
• Simplay HD certified for HDMI compatibility
• Automatic setup and room correction

Performance: 90 Good
• With auto and manual EQ, get any sound you like
• Reasonably clean and reliable midrange

Ergonomics: 88 Average
• Basic remote control a little ho-hum at this price
• Handsome amber display is a Yamaha hallmark

Overall Rating: 89 Average
The Yamaha RX-V861 adds multiple-command scene controls and Simply HD certification to an already strong features set that includes automatic setup and room correction. Sound is reliable and highly adjustable. It's a strong buy among midpriced receivers.

General Information
RX-V861 A/V Receiver, $1,000
Yamaha Electronics Corporation USA
(714) 522-9105
yamaha.com/yec

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