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Yamaha RX-V396RDS

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      08.10.2014 10:00
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      a super sound system for your room

      I've begun to carry out trying to turn my front room 'home cinema'.

      I purchased this bundle from a High street retailer for GBP299.99 about 2 Years ago, when this kind of amplifier was comparatively new to the marketplace. Now I've observed this bundle for less than GBP200.
      This unit is around twice the depth so that it takes up quite a lot of room (sizes WxHxD: weighing 10kg and 435x151x391mm).

      Set up
      The set up with this unit is extremely complicated and takes plenty of time plus patience to set up, if you aren't capable at following wiring diagrams and straightforward electric wiring afterward help is important. Not only is there the running the cables/cable to where you need it there is, in addition, the conclusion of the wires to the loudspeakers/amplifier. A little bit of background information is demanded although the guide does give excellent guidance and suggestions for when setting up this.
      Coaxial no phono or Optical leads are provided with this specific bundle so be certain to understand completely what exactly is needed before setting up.
      The bundle was provided with all by the ariel for AM/FM is extremely inferior, it is possible to tee into your TV ariel for a signal that is better.


      It may be used with phono plug as a hub and 2 x outside places. The signal has not been used by me but stuck for video with SCART leads, I consider this to give an improved picture quality.
      It has got the possibility of including an additional set of main speakers, which is often turned on/off if you desire. That is advantageous if you want the sound on various rooms, by adding extra loudspeakers you could possess the exact same sound during your home when you're finished, then turn them away (these added loudspeakers usually are not provided).

      Easy Use
      It is not a poor unit to work after you've had a little play, the essential functions are not difficult use and to get both from the big knobs or the remote to the very front. It could be tuned to your own front room irrespective of precisely what the contour by correcting the loudspeaker volumes within a test mode which can be extremely useful based on the place of your loudspeakers.

      Overview
      The amplifier's entire experience is extremely great it is a very big step up from your hi fi joined to the TV, the complete surround sound when seeing such films as 'Saving Private Ryan' is not credible it immerses you to the picture.
      For a front room sound system this can be a great option, although there are newer and better bundles in the marketplace now

      The main disadvantage for this unit is it is absolute size, being more than twice the measurement of your normal DVD player lots of room is taken up by this particularly using today's more contemporary TV stands.
      There's also the issue to go together with the group.

      This system is not bad for a front room to give a brilliant sound you to all amusement to you, I has served me nicely and have had no issues with it. There are modern systems out there for comparatively precisely the same cost, therefore it could possibly be advisable to look around to discover a system that is more up to date.

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      01.05.2002 04:29
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      Weighing in at a mere £300, this amp is firmly within the budget price range. And for sheer bang for the buck it's in my opinion unmatched. You get a host of inputs including 2 optical digital inputs and 1 coaxial digital input for connecting DVD player, PS2 and any other Dolby Digital 5.1 devices you might own. There are 7 sets of stereo phono inputs for various different audio devices, and 3 composite video inputs, so you can switch between video devices using the amplifiers remote control. You get a set of 5 basic speakers and a powered subwoofer with this amp. These do the job adequatley but if you are into audio you're going to want to upgrade them. There's no shortage of connectors at the back of the unit, and you can have two sets of front speakers if you want. The subwoofer is very well made, and will do the job as well as any other. When you watch a DVD with good Dolby encoding it really does feel like you are surrounded by the action, the response to various frequencies is excellent, even with the cheap bundled speakers. Upgrade to a decent set though and this amp really shines. You get a raft of options to set the sound up how you like it, you can tailor the output to suit virtually any room setup, adjusting each indiviual speaker's volume and tone. This is not the perfect A/V amp though, I would have liked to have seen RGB scart switching rather than composite video input, and the unit does not support DTS sound. These are not major drawbacks though, as the DTS format is not widely supported, and you can simply use your existing scart setup.

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