Yamaha Announces RX-V "79" Series Home Theater Receivers

Yamaha RX-V779 Home Theater Receiver
The Yamaha RX-V779 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver. Image provided by Yamaha

As a follow-up to its recent announced RX-V379 entry-level home theater receiver, Yamaha has revealed the rest of its new RX-V line receivers for 2015, the RX-V479, RX-V579, RX-V679, and RX-V779.

All of the new receivers include Audio Return Channel, comprehensive decoding of most Dolby and DTS formats, as well as AirSurround Xtreme-based Virtual Cinema Front audio processing for those that would rather place all their speakers in the front of the room.

However, what is interesting to note is that Yamaha has chosen not to include Dolby Atmos as an option on either the top two entries, the RX-V679 or 779.

All four receivers are iPod/iPhone compatible and include Yamaha's convenient SCENE mode selection. The SCENE mode is a set of preset audio equalization options that work in conjunction with input selection. Each source can be assigned their own SCENE mode.

In addition, all the receivers incorporate Yamaha's YPAO automatic speaker setup feature (includes a plug-in microphone) to make setup and use easier.

For video, all of the new receivers provide and 4K(up to 60Hz) pass-through, and incorporate HDMI 2.0 compatibility, and one (or more) HDMI inputs that are HDCP 2.2 compliant. This means that the receivers are compatible with copy-protected 4K video signals from streaming devices, as well as the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format.

On the RX-V679 and RX-V779 analog to HDMI video conversion and both 1080p and 4K upscaling are provided, and the RX-V779 has two parallel HDMI outputs.

Network connectivity is included on all four receivers, which allows streaming of audio files stored on a PC and access to Internet Radio services (Pandora, Spotify, vTuner, and on the RX-V679 and 779 Rhapsody and Sirius/XM).

Also, for 2015, Wifi, Bluetooth, as well as Apple AirPlay connectivity are also built-in.

Also, for additional flexibility, in lieu of WiFi, you can also connect any of the receivers to your home network and the internet via a wired Ethernet/LAN connection.

Although all four receivers come with a remote control, additional control convenience is available via Yamaha's free downloadable AV Controller App for compatible iOS and Android devices. All the receivers have a full-color on-screen menu system.

As far as channel configuration and power output go, the RX-V479 has 5.1 Channels (80WPCx5 - measured from 20Hz to 20Khz, with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $449.95.

The RX-V579 has 7.2 Channels (80WPCx7 - measured from 20Hz to 20Khz, with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $549.95.

The RX-V679 has 7.2 Channels (90WPCx7 - measured from 20 to 20Khz with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $649.95.

The RX-V779 has 7.2 Channels (95WPCx7 - measured from 20 to 20Khz with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $849.95.

For more details on what the above-stated power ratings mean with respect to real-world conditions, refer to my article: Understanding Amplifier Power Output Specifications.

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