Yamaha RX-V2065

Making its appearance at the low end of the elite group of AV receivers the Yamaha RX-V2065 is on the shelves, and we always get excited when asked to review a Yamaha as they are really on the ball and have been improving in leaps and bounds, so when this box landed on the desk it was a regular free for all to get to it first.

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Yamaha RX-V2065 Receiver

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Design

Never disappointing, Yamaha know what works in terms of size and looks, and just in case you haven’t read a Yamaha review before let us take a moment to remind you. They always have a chunky sharp edged feel that bulges out at the bottom of the front panel, adding a touch of class. This front isn’t the nicest we have seen them produce, and to be honest we prefer it when the majority of the buttons are hidden behind the fake panel, leaving the front clean and tidy. However, the Yamaha RX-V2065 hasn’t gone for this option, so the bottom is a line of buttons and connectors, which is another cardinal sin committed frequently by AV receiver manufacturers. We concede that putting connectors on the front makes plugging in items that are changed frequently a piece of cake, and the USB is almost forgivable as this usually holds a small device such as a memory stick. However, the rest of the connectors just mean that the front is in danger of becoming a mass of wires, which is surely why most of them opt for back connectors so the wiring can be tucked neatly out of sight.

Features

The Yamaha RX-V2065 is loaded with some of the best technology on the market. Several Dolby components, DTS HD and DTS digital surround, neural surround and Digital Top Art to name a few, so it comes as no great surprise that our initial reaction was – Got to get one of these now! This is the standard 7 channel, 130 watt output receiver, and it doesn’t fail to impress in terms of sound quality. It is highly configurable, although the standard presets are fantastic, and it really does provide a full on home theater experience, allowing you the comfort of your armchair and saving you money on cinema drinks and snacks!

We were pleased to see that the Yamaha RX-V2065 was network ready, although only through an Ethernet cable, which may not always be convenient if your computer is in a different room. It is the icing on the cake, but it is a shame we didn’t get the cherry to sit on top of that in the form of wireless connectivity. That really would have been class. However, you can connect to the internet, making streaming music from internet radio or Rhapsody a breeze, and the clarity of sound, even at the higher volumes with no distortion problems a piece of this lovely Yamaha cake – tasty!

Video capabilities are brilliant and the upscaling is clever, allowing for even better picture quality on older formats, whilst the newest and best Blu-ray and High Definition formats just feel right at home. This is the sort of kit they were made to play on. The clarity of picture, the depth of color and the complete absence of jagging and instability make this one of the best picture performances in its price range.

Conclusion

Yamaha have clearly got the not so technically minded as their target for this model. They have made it easy to use, with an improved GUI, and they have not forsaken quality and functionality to do so. The connectors are plentiful, so you should have no trouble connecting as many devices as you need. They have made the user manual easy to follow, and the back board has been clearly marked. They clearly want to make it easy for Joe Average to get to grips with the whole home cinema experience; however, that is not to say that a more technically minded soul wouldn’t enjoy it. Thanks to the sheer volume of gadgetry it will easily appeal to someone with more knowledge.

We will highlight our two Yamaha gripes in the interests of fairness. The remote controls are never good. They really need to take lessons in remote control design. They also need to invest in black paint, as the pale gray remote just doesn’t cut it, and they really need to start giving away the iPod dock and the bluetooth receiver, as when you spend this much money it does put your back up somewhat to have to shell out more money on extras that probably only cost Yamaha a few cents each. Sadly, the iPod one really is needed to take full advantage of the GUI interface and browse the iPod from the Yamaha RX-V2065.

That said, we still stand by our initial reaction. This is class kit. It isn’t over the odds in terms of money. No, it isn’t cheap, but it really can hold its own in the elite world, so if you can possibly dig deep and find the cash needed then you really won’t regret this piece of kit. In fact, you will smile fondly at it as you settle down night after night with a DVD, cable TV or your favorite tunes blaring out.

Actual user review:
“This receiver perfectly solved our problem of delivering different sounds to 3 zones in our home. As a result, we can listen to the same or different music, from various sources, in our living room, our family room and our patio. It was important to find a receiver that would accommodate our existing Bose 901 speakers, which I did not want to replace. The receiver was reasonably easy to set up using existing wiring, and synced to our Wi-fi net without a hitch. This enabeled us to receive all the music from our home computer and from the Internet radio and other download sites. The installation and operating instructions were reasonably clear. The remote control is very complicated, and required some “getting used to”, but is very powerful. “ – Vixen (USA)

 

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