Yamaha RX-V1900

Hitting the shelves in the lower priced top of the range kit, the Yamaha RX-V1900 AV receiver claims to be a serious contender loaded with goodies that comes with a price tag that makes it affordable without breaking the bank, so can it really deliver all that it promises or will we be disappointed? The market is getting more and more saturated, so it is becoming very important to prospective purchasers to get a feel for the products before they decide. So lets have a closer look at the Yamaha RX-V1900 with a no nonsense approach that speaks as it finds.

Yamaha RX-V1900 Receiver

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Design

Carefully removing the Yamaha RX-V1900 from its packaging to look at it up close for the first time, we were pleased to see that Yamaha haven’t wandered too far from the clean lines and sharp features that we have come to love. The bottom half of the front panel bulges out slightly but not in an unpleasant way, and the top panel has been kept beautifully clear playing host to the classic Yamaha LCD screen with the orange and red text effect, which may not be the best color combination for reading from across the room, but does give it a nice look. There is only one other small button on the top half, and the bottom is far from crowded, just having the stylish volume knob and 3 smaller buttons on the opposite side.

The front panel has all the logos from the supporting technologies, and the list is quite impressive: Dolby TrueHD, HDMI, DTS-HD, and it also confirms that the unit is Sirius ready which is another added bonus, although it is becoming increasingly common to find this as standard on most manufacturers. Turn the unit around, and the back panel is awash with connectors, all of which are grouped and color-coded to make it easy, and labeled well. We could instantly see the Sirius connector, for example one missing connector is the USB port.

Actual user review:
“I purchased this receiver to replace my older Yamaha RX-V1000 which I liked a lot and had no problems with the entire time I had it. I purchased this receiver to get HDMI, HD Radio, and Zone 2 amplified sound. I was VERY happy with the sound quality and I feel like it sounds better than my RX-V1000. I don’t use any of the different DSP effects for sound stages, etc. The surround sound audio sounds better than my RX-V1000 too. Sound from the center channel is much more defined and clear. Not sure why but it’s nicer. BOTTOM LINE: excellent sound! It also has a good array of connections though setup is somewhat painful. I am very happy with this amplifier and would recommend it to anybody.” – H.S.Jacob (TX,USA)

 

Features

The Yamaha RX-V1900 is a 7 channel unit, which is pretty standard for its price range of receivers. However, the channels have a slightly less than impressive 130-watt as compared with the more commonly seen 140 watts. That said, the technology works well and provides excellent sound quality for a unit of this price. It features a clever little piece of Yamaha’s own technical genius, and is called the Compressed Music Enhancer. The CME is designed to enhance the quality of sound from low-bite rate recordings and is the same format iTunes has for its music, which does also mean that the unit is iPod compatible when you purchase the compatible iPod dock. The iPod dock is one feature Yamaha is not giving away ‘in the box’, even on their elite receivers. Many leading competitors are doing just that, which could be enough to give them the edge over Yamaha in this crowded market place, especially with the added disappointment of the elusive USB connector.

In terms of video performance the Yamaha RX-V1900 does well, offering a true high definition experience. It is also brilliant at upconversion, cleaning up lower quality recordings and pumping them out in HD format. We have seen others claiming to be able to do it, and the results have been flaky and do not actually deliver good image quality, causing picture instability, jagging and personal annoyance. Well, this certainly isn’t the case here. The Yamaha RX-V1900 really does deliver on this one and for its price tag, you will struggle to find better picture clarity on other receivers.

Conclusion

We did enjoy testing the Yamaha RX-V1900. The sounds were excellent regardless of setup and this receiver comes with 2 remote controls. The smaller remote control which has very few buttons is for those who prefer to set up the system, save their preferences and walk away, while the bigger and more complex remote control is rather shambolic. We would actually recommend getting a universal AV receiver remote control if you prefer to adjust the sound on a performance by performance basis.

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