Yamaha RX-V740 AV-receiver

Among the greatest sectors of the AV marketplace is lower- mid. This can be the region over the entry level versions, but below the more serious (and serious cash) amps and receivers like the Denon AVR-3803 and Yamaha's own Z1.

Into the brand struts new RX-V740. In version number the RX-V730 is replaced by it; in cost the RX-V630 is replaced by it.

You'll find six routes of identical power amplification on board, meaning the RX-V740 can manage a loudspeaker for the center back. The Yamaha is willing to go from the carton.

The RX-V740 contains an extensive array of output signals and input signals. There is a single optical digital output signal.

You'll find four analog AV inputs (each with an affiliated s-video and composite video input signal) and three right sound input signals. A six-channel input signal is included for adding a DVD Audio or SACD player.

It is pleasant to view an AV receiver only at that cost comprise two inputs along with one set of component video output signals.

HDTV may never be seen by us here, but the extensive video bandwidth of the part connections should mean that it'll pass progressive video through into a progressive able TV or projector. Some component video connections lack the required bandwidth to support progressive scan video - it is pleasant to see such facilities in a low cost receiver.

The RX-V740 contains all the required film audio modes: Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES (both matrix and distinct modes), Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS Neo:6.

The spec sheet asserts 44 versions of 22 applications that are environment. I will choose Yamaha's word for it; I am definitely not investigating them.


Before receiving the RX-V740 for review several months, I 'd its forerunner, the RX-V630, within my house. The RX-V630 I found unsatisfactory, showing the "old Yamaha" sound - a bit thin, unpleasant and glowing. I did not get on nicely with the #RX-V630||Yamaha RX-V630$$.

The RX-V740 is rather distinct. It is simple to inform the work Yamaha continues to be putting into their more expensive versions (including the RX-V1200 I reviewed in May 2002) is dripping down the line.

In its place is an infinitely more natural and full bodied sound, with no harshness that I Have formerly disliked with Yamaha AV amps.

Refugees from audiophile-quality two channel will discover much to enjoy here. But audiophiles may nevertheless discover Marantz SR5300 and that the similarly priced NAD T752 a little closer from what they are used to using a stereo amp that is good.

Having said that, there is lots to enjoy here with the Yamaha RX-V740. There is an open and vibrant sound which helps make music come alive.


Yamaha is onto a winner using the RX-V740. This AV receiver is streets ahead of it cost forerunner in the number, while keeping a vibrant sound, losing the harshness. Great sound, lots of support and inputs for progressive-scan component video.

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