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AT A Glance: Yamaha RX-4600 A/V Receiver


Video: HDMI (2) component video (3), S-video (6), composite video (6)
Audio: Coaxial digital (3), optical digital (4), 7.1-channel analog (1), stereo analog (10)
Video: HDMI (1), component video 1), S-video (3), composite video (3)
Audio: Coaxial digital (1), optical digital (0), stereo analog (4), preamp (8)
RS-232 (1), 12-volt trigger (2), iLink 1394 (2), IR remote (2)

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

Processing Modes: Dolby: Digital 5.1, EX, Pro Logic IIx
DTS: DTS, ES, 96/24, Neo:6
Other: Silent Cinema, 22 surround modes, SRS Circle Surround II
THX Certification: Yes, Select2
Audio D/A Converter: 24-bit/96-kilohertz
Number of Amp Channels: 7
Power Rating (watts per channel): 130, 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 x 17 Weight (pounds): 39.7
Price $1,899

Ratings: Yamaha RX-4600 A/V Receiver

Build Quality: 92
Classic, solid Yamaha construction

Value: 94
All the options you could want at a competitive price

Features: 95
130 watts x 7 channels
22 surround modes

Performance: 94
Handles tough soundtracks with ease

Ergonomics: 88
Back panel is jammed but efficiently organized

Overall Rating: 94
The RX-4600 delivers a balanced price-performance package. It's stuffed with more features than you'll ever use and gives your system plenty of room to grow.

General Information
RX-4600 A/V Receiver, $1,899
(800) 492-6242
Dealer Locator Code YAM