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finally getting a surround receiver
#395206 07/17/13 12:49 PM
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hi folks, I haven't posted here in a while.

I have the opportunity to pick up a massive old Yamaha RX-V995 receiver really cheap (which is good because I have no money). I'm kind of familiar with the unit because my Mom has one and I always found it really awesome - even though she refuses to do the necessary things to make her smoke and mirrors speaker system sound better. She refuses to take into consideration reflective surfaces, and speaker positioning, etc. Function follows form over there, but it still sounds very good for casual listening. And the receiver is just a "monstah", with lots of power.

It has a 7-channel stereo (or maybe it says 5 channel stereo) mode that sounds really nice with just regular sources (like CDs).

So I'm looking forward to using the Yamaha RX-V995 with my M50s as fronts, and my M3s as rear speakers. I have a choice of 2 different Infinity subs I could use, and the guy who's selling me the receiver is hooking me up with a Yamaha center channel speaker. Eventually I hope to get an Axiom center and sub.

So I REALLY look forward to hearing this! Even if it isn't true 5.1 with music, I still look forward to it.

Up until now I've had to split my Axioms into 2 different 2-channel systems crammed into one tiny room - a music only system and a 2.1 TV system in the other corner.

So I may be back with questions. smile

I know the best thing would be to buy a much more modern A/V receiver but as I mentioned, I have very little $$ and the big old Yamaha has a special place in my heart and head. (I am bent on having it, evidently)

So we shall see! I am hopeful!
Can't wait to hear my Axioms combined in one system.


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Re: finally getting a surround receiver
Emzdogz #395207 07/17/13 03:19 PM
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Great! I'll bet you will really enjoy your revamped system. Have fun!


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Emzdogz #395208 07/17/13 04:36 PM
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the important thing is that you enjoy your stuff. it's always exciting to get new, or new to you stuff... next, get an spl meter, or an spl meter app if you have a smart phone.


enjoy your new setup!

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Em, to get a closer approach to true surround with CDs or other 2-channel source material, use a mode such as DPLII or Neo:6 rather than 5/7-channel stereo. Those modes extract sound that actually came from surround areas and was put into the front channels(there was no place else to put it)and sends it to the surrounds where it belongs. The 5/7-channel stereo simply duplicates the entire front channel content in the surrounds.

It's understood that price is crucial, but check if a slightly more up-to-date unit with those surround modes is available within your budget.


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Emzdogz #395228 07/18/13 12:12 PM
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hi folks, thanks for the comments and good wishes. Let's see what happens - now I found out a guy is interested in buying my old Sansui G-7700, so if that happens I will have a few more pennies to spend. If the guy I'm buying the big ol Yamaha from doesn't transport it to the agreed upon place soon, then I may go another way with it - and then I'd look to get a new one with more surround options.
But it makes me suspicious when I see an inexpensive receiver with all these bells and whistles and the thing weighs 16 lbs vs near 30 lbs for the old big guy. I don't know.

We shall see, and I will report back.
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thanks again for chiming in!


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weight does not equal quality or power.
today, one can get amps that put out hundreds of Watts per channel and weight something like 10-12 pounds.
they have the same excellent sound quality and durability as other amps that weight much more.

gone are the days of 100 W/Ch. class A amps that weight 100 Kg.

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J. B. #395237 07/18/13 02:44 PM
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thank you for telling me that.
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Originally Posted By: J. B.
weight does not equal quality or power.
today, one can get amps that put out hundreds of Watts per channel and weight something like 10-12 pounds.
they have the same excellent sound quality and durability as other amps that weight much more.

gone are the days of 100 W/Ch. class A amps that weight 100 Kg.


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it's like this for a lot of things;
as an example, the first microwave oven i bought in 1973 weighed around 50 lbs; compare that to those of today.

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So, I had nearly decided not to get an AV receiver and stick with my decent 2.1 set-up, because I couldn't afford one with the features I wanted. Well, I spent a tad more than I'd wanted on a Yamaha RX-V1800. But for being on such a low budget, I think I did great! The seller threw in an iPhone dock, and it works great!

So far I only have my M3s hooked up to it and it sounds wonderful! Better than my 2-channel receiver. I need to rearrange the room and it's going to be a heck of a job because the room has no logical wall to put the TV and front speakers along.

Should be fun!


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Upgrades are pretty much always fun!

Enjoy, Em!


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