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|Yamaha MCR-330BL Micro Component Receiver CD Player Unit (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Brand: Yamaha Audio
Yamaha MCR-330BL Micro Component Receiver CD Player Unit
- Convenient system control capability
- Subwoofer out for adding a subwoofer
- 2-way bass - reflex speakers
- iPod direct docking via top panel universal dock
- Outstanding powerful bass sound from compact body
|Yamaha YST-SW45 8" Subwoofer
Lowest used price: $89.95
Yamaha Powered Subwoofer Yst-sw45 70watts
Add bass to your music and spice to your life with Yamaha's YST-SW45 active subwoofer, a compact and affordable way to increase your enjoyment of music, movies, and even computer audio.
With a 70-watt built-in amplifier, line-level inputs, high-quality five-way binding-post speaker inputs and outputs, plus an auto-on standby circuit, volume level, and adjustable crossover (see FAQ for more info), the YST-SW45 is about as flexible as they come. Setup was a snap--we were able to dial in just the right amount of bass and the correct crossover point within minutes. And its manageable size makes the YST-SW45 easy to place; you can tuck it into a corner, next to a sofa, or even under a desk.
Besides being flexible, the YST-SW45 is also a fine performer, thanks to Yamaha's long-throw 8-inch woofer and active-servo technology, which tracks the movement of the driver and matches it to the incoming signal, correcting any perceived errors (or distortion). In addition, the front-firing bass port effectively increases the speaker's sensitivity and bass output, delivering very good definition with a decent punch and a good sense of low-end body.
But we must take issue with Yamaha's frequency-response rating, which is inflated because the stated 30 to 200 Hz performance is measured at -10 dB, rather than the standard -3 dB. In other words, at 30 Hz (or cycles per second)--very deep bass indeed--the YST-SW45 does have measurable output, but it's 10 decibels below its average output at, say, 60 Hz. Our test tones indicate that the YST-SW45's -3 dB point is around 42 Hz, which is still quite good, but not subterranean.
Compact, flexible, and well made, with a more-than-respectable if not explosive bass output, Yamaha's YST-SW45 is a fine, small active subwoofer. Unless you have a huge room or love bass to rattle your cage, it will nicely fill out the sound of any compact speaker or home theater rig. --Wayne Garcia
- Compact and versatile
- 5-way binding-post speaker terminals
- 2-year warranty
- Bass not as deep or powerful as Yamaha's ratings suggest
- 70-watt amplifier
- 8-inch cone woofer
- Variable crossover
- Speaker- and line-level inputs
- 2-year warranty
|Yamaha NS-U50 2-Way Computer Speakers (1 Pair)
Lowest used price: $149.95
Are you tired of the tinny sound produced by the pipsqueak speakers built into your computer? If so, say adios with a pair of Yamaha NS-U50s, which have been specifically designed to enhance the sound of PCs.
A two-way speaker comprising a 3.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch dome tweeter, the NS-U50 makes a huge improvement over the junky sound we usually hear from our computers. So much so, that now that we know what downloaded music and interviews can be, there is no turning back.
The cabinets are finished in a very attractive cherry-like veneer with white grilles. Though they aren't very large, a pair of NS-U50s does take up some space--certainly more than standard computer speakers--and may require you to rearrange your desktop.
Other noteworthy features include video shielding, a nifty little pair of screw-on stands that angle the speakers slightly upward (and do double-duty as wall-mount brackets), nonskid rubber pads, and a 6-foot pair of speaker cables. Hook them up to Yamaha's AP-U70 desktop receiver and you've got a great sound system.
Sonically, the NS-U50s are clear and warm, and create a nice, large soundfield. Their ability to reproduce vocals are a real strength; the speakers offer good natural balance, while high frequencies sound clean and extended. Although the 3.5-inch woofers are fuller than we expected, they don't produce any real bootie-whumping bass. Additionally, if you overdrive them you'll hear the woofers bottom-out, which can damage them if you're not careful. We suggest complementing them with a subwoofer for deeper, more powerful bass.
Yamaha's attractive little NS-U50s have us spoiled. And once you've heard how good your computer can sound, you'll be spoiled too. --Wayne Garcia
- Smooth, open sound
- Attractive and well made
- 2-year warranty
- May be too large for some desktops
- Can be overdriven
- 2-way acoustic-suspension speakers
- 3.5-inch cone woofer, 1-inch dome tweeter
- Video shielded
- Cherry finish
- Comes with desktop stands, cables, and 2-year warranty
|Yamaha CDC-506 5-Disc CD Player (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $110.00
Brand: Yamaha Audio
This stylish CD changer offers Yamaha quality and helpful features to simplify CD listening and home cassette or CD recording. Standing ready to assist your inner DJ is the carousel-type changer's patented PlayXchange feature, which lets you swap four discs while the fifth is playing. Ensuring top-flight sound, two pairs of Yamaha's high-precision, single-bit, digital-to-analog converters accurately convert a disc's digital signals to audio. And only the music will be heard, thanks to Yamaha's silent drive mechanism. Meanwhile, the player's intelligent digital servo system automatically adjusts tracking, focus, and motor speed to compensate for disc defects, warpage, and dust.
With 40-track programming, songs can be sequenced for a custom music mix from the remote control, programming any combination of tracks from the five discs. Play mixes back on the CDC-506--it's compatible with audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs. Peak search finds the highest output levels on disc selections, helping set the proper recording level on a CD recorder (when using the analog audio inputs) or on a cassette recorder. If you're using a Yamaha cassette deck, a feature called Synchro Start automatically kicks it into record mode before the CDC-506 plays the CD selections, giving one-touch recording from the remote control.
Both the player's front panel and its remote offer 10-key direct access for zipping right to the song you want at the touch of a button. The player is CD-Text compatible, showing lyrics and other information embedded in some CDs. The easy-to-read display also shows total disc time, total remaining time on the disc, elapsed track time, and remaining track time. LCD illumination can be dimmed or brightened to appropriate room levels. Four-mode repeat play loops one track, one disc, all five discs, or a programmed sequence.
- 5-disc CD changer with PlayXchange (which lets you change 4 discs while the fifth is playing)
- CD-R and CD-RW playback capability
- Peak search seeks the loudest part on the disc to foster accurate tape and CD recorder level settings
- 40-track random access and automatic programming
- Yamaha S-bit technology for high signal resolution
|Yamaha RX-V365BL 500 Watt 5-Channel Home Theater Receiver (OLD VERSION) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $139.99
Brand: Yamaha Audio
Yamaha RX-V365BL 500 Watt 5-Channel Home Theater Receiver
- 5-channel 500W powerful surround sound (100W x 5)
- 1080p-Compatible HDMI 1.3
- Bluetooth music streaming using Yamaha YBA-10 Bluetooth Audio Receiver
- Connect an iPod using Yamaha YDS-10SL Universal iPod Dock
|Yamaha HTR-5860SL XM-Ready 7.1-Channel A/V Surround Receiver (Silver)
Lowest new price: $529.99
Brand: Yamaha Audio
Yamaha Superior Performance, High Powered 7.1-Channel 770W (110W x 7) A/V Receiver. It features Yamaha's unique CINEMA DSP for outstandfing home theater performance, as well all Dolby formats and all DTS formats. It has YPAO which automatically sets the best sound for any room, with any speaker placement. It has Quad-Field CINEMA DSP and 14 Surround programs. It also features Night Listening Enhancer (Cinema/Music) and Silent Cinema. It has Component Video Up Conversion (Full) It is XM Satellite Radio ready. It also features on-screen display. It has an 8-Channel External Decorder Input.
Amazon.com Product Description Yamaha's relatively affordable and amazingly high-quality HTR-5860 XM-ready surround receiver is a treat for both music lovers and movie buffs. As the nexus for either a two-channel/stereo listening system or a surround-equipped home theater, the 7.1-channel HTR-5860 is a virtually unqualified success. It underscores both the incredible convenience of having a central component to manage the audio and video signals from many other components and the profound importance of high-quality audio to the enjoyment of recorded music and home cinema.
Yes, we'd recommend this receiver even for a simple left/right stereo system. For one thing, it gives you the freedom to expand into surround sound at a pace of your choosing with a solid foundation. But the bigger factor recommending the HTR-5860 as an integrated stereo amplifier is the receiver's coolest and most sophisticated feature: the Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO). Don't get us wrong--it's truly great to have 95 watts per channel across seven channels for dynamic home theater. It's wonderful to have a wealth of surround and extended surround formats at our disposal. And XM Radio-readiness? Superb! (More on that in a minute.) But it's the rare "surround" feature that has immediate benefits for the two-channel world, and this is one of them.
Take a closer look at the HTR-5860SL's connections. You can also view the unit's front-panel display in detail.
YPAO calibrates the receiver for optimal performance in your actual listening room and through your actual speakers, whatever and wherever they are. And it does this in mere seconds. Depending on the sonic characteristics of your speakers and your room, the results can be profound. In our case, YPAO was responsible for making the HTR-5860 outperform a higher-power, multi-thousand-dollar surround preamplifier and amplifier combination.
To take advantage of YPAO, you simply hold or mount a supplied microphone at your primary listening position and hit "start" on the remote. The receiver pumps a series of test signals through your speakers and "listens" via the mic, comparing what it hears from your speakers and your walls to what it already knows about the source signals. The resulting analysis is the basis for a complete and nearly instantaneous system calibration that encompasses everything from sophisticated equalizer settings for each channel to individual speaker-level adjustments for up to nine speakers (seven main channels plus two "presence" speakers and a subwoofer). You're free to manually modify any aspect of the settings, and you can reload previous settings at the touch of a button.
We heard the biggest improvement from YPAO in the quality, not to say quantity, of bass supplied by our test system. In fact, the post-YPAO bass output was lower, since the receiver's careful adjustments to the level, the crossover frequency (the point where low-frequency sound transitions from the front left/right speakers to the subwoofer), and low-frequency equalization resulted in greater clarity for both deep-bass sounds (drums, dino feet, etc.) and upper-bass sounds (bass guitar, cellos). Bottom line: speakers in living rooms behave differently from speakers in test rooms, and having an AV receiver capable of tailoring its output to your room counts for a lot.
The receiver also performed commendably in all other areas. Its XM Satellite Radio readiness is as seamless as could be hoped for: plug in your XM antenna, hit the XM/FM toggle button, and lose yourself in the service's 150-plus news, entertainment, and commercial-free music channels. (Use of this feature requires a subscription to XM Satellite Radio--$12,95 per month, no contract required--and a compatible XM antenna, such as the Audiovox CNP-1000.) XM Radio offers the best satellite-radio sound quality, and we've never heard XM sounding better than it does through this receiver.
Notably, the receiver offers a whopping 40 XM station presets on top of its 40 AM/FM presets. XM presets are stored in five banks of eight (A1 to E8), which proves handy for grouping similar programming or for diplomatically allocating presets to different family members.
Component-video up-conversion takes composite- and S-video signals and converts them to a component-video signal. This means you need only one connection to your high-definition or other compatible TV rather than a separate connection for each video format. Which means: when you switch from watching your VCR to watching your progressive-scan DVD player, one click of the receiver's remote is all it takes to call up the DVD player; you don't also have to select an alternate input on your TV.
Other sonic refinements come from Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) amplifier design (which ensures high signal purity) and the receiver's wide-range audio frequency response, specifically accommodating cutting-edge audio media like DVD-Audio and SACD. The HTR-5860's digital-to-analog converters operate at an extremely high-resolution 192 kHz/24-bits. There's even a feature called Pure Direct, which bypasses all circuitry not essential to audio playback, including the display. --Michael Mikesell
- An amazingly high-value product
- Great for stereo or surround listening
- Terrific room and system calibration feature
- Excellent sound quality via both analog and digital inputs
- Extremely versatile hookup and listening options
- XM Satellite Radio-ready (hookup, navigation, presets)
- Abundant surround-processing options
- Extensive user-adjustable parameters for bass management, sound fields
- Well-designed universal remote control
- Well-written user's manual
- HD-capable video switching
- Convenient front-panel AV inputs
- No phono input
- Flimsy volume knob
- Speaker terminals do not accept spade-lug-terminated cable
What's in the Box
HTR-5860SL receiver, remote control, batteries, AM antenna, FM antenna, and optimizer microphone.
- Full-featured 770-watt (110 watts x 7) digital home theater receiver
- Built-in Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx decoding
- XM satellite radio ready; requires Audiovox CNP-1000 digital antenna to receive XM signal
- Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer analyzes room acoustics and adjusts audio parameters
- Measures 17.12 by 6.75 by 16.5 inches (W x H x D); 2-year warranty
|Yamaha HTR-5560 Dolby Digital Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $125.00
Brand: Yamaha Audio
The HTR-5560 AV receiver puts high-end home theater well within the grasp of affordability, offering the convenience of DVD-Audio-ready six-channel analog inputs alongside the latest 6.1-channel surround processing and premium Yamaha sound technologies.
When hooked up with the digital-audio output from a DVD-Video player or digital satellite receiver, the 75 watts-per-channel HTR-5560 handles 5.1-channel surround decoding for both major formats, Dolby Digital and DTS. In addition, the HTR-5560 also processes Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES, which create an even more expansive soundfield through the use of a center-rear surround channel, totaling six discrete full-range channels in addition to the LFE (low-frequency effects) channel: left, center, right, and left, center, and right surround.
Non-Dolby Digital and DTS sources can benefit from surround processing, too--with enhanced directional steering over standard four-channel Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II provides five channels of surround processing from any stereo source--whether that's a TV broadcast, VHS tapes, or your favorite CDs, cassettes, and LPs. Pro Logic II delivers full-bandwidth stereo surround channels with 40 dB of left-right separation.
A key benefit from a Yamaha receiver, of course, is Yamaha's proprietary signal processing, including Cinema DSP (digital soundfield processing), which creates aural "imaging" that not only makes your home sound like a theater, but also sounds better than most movie theaters. Based on a wealth of measured data in real studios and halls, Cinema DSP is designed to bring out the full potential of movie sound mixes, reproducing them the way directors and sound engineers intended.
And, when you're listening to multichannel presentations late at night, you'll appreciate Silent Cinema, which simulates 5.1-channel listening through a pair of ordinary 2-channel headphones (not included). Silent Cinema uses unique parameters for each soundfield to ensure accurate headphone representations of each soundfield.
Then there's the six-channel DVD-Audio-ready inputs mentioned above. "If DVD-Audio is so high-tech," you might wonder, "why do I need analog inputs to appreciate it?" That's because, for reasons of data density, DVD-Audio players perform their own digital-to-analog conversion, passing high-resolution analog signals on to your amplifier. (And analog, after all, is what your amp feeds your speakers.)
DVD-Audio can deliver up to six channels of discrete, full-frequency sound at greater-than-CD resolution (24 bits, 96 kHz sampling rate versus 16 bits, 44.1 kHz for CD), and some discs will exploit the chance to offer an ultra-high-resolution, stereo-only 192 kHz sampling rate. In stereo or surround, the sound from DVD-Audio is packed with detail, yet smoother and sweeter from than the sound from even the best standard CD players. The HTR-5560 accommodates decoded DVD-A signals and routes them to the appropriate speakers in your surround system.
The versatile unit offers five video input connections (with four S-video inputs), five fixed and assignable digital-audio inputs (great for DSS, CD, laserdisc, gaming consoles, or minidisc), and front-panel input connections for your camcorder or other spontaneous hookup. The HTR-5560 comes with a preset remote control.
Last, but certainly not least, the HTR-5560 benefits from Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) build philosophy. ToP-ART's goal is to maximize digital quality while minimizing analog circuitry. The culmination of the best digital engineering and design possible, it brings together several key elements to create the best-sounding, easiest-to-use A/V components available.
- 6-channel surround receiver with Dolby Digital EX, DTS, Dolby Matrix 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, and Dolby Pro Logic II processing
- 75 watts per channel x 6 channels
- Offers Yamaha Digital ToP-ART technology, Auto Priority Input Selection, Auto Decoder Selection, 40-station AM/FM presets
- Silent Cinema, Virtual Cinema DSP, Quad-Field Cinema DSP, and 21 other surround algorithms
- 5 video inputs, 2 outputs; front-panel AV inputs; 5 digital-audio inputs, 1 output
|Yamaha YDS-CBL15 15 Foot cable for use with Yamaha iPod docks or the Yamaha Bluetooth wireless audio dock (Gray)
Lowest new price: $47.89
Lowest used price: $47.00
List price: $47.89
Brand: Yamaha Audio
Yamaha YDS-CBL15 15 Foot cable for use with Yamaha YDS-11SL, YDS-10SL iPod docks or the Yamaha YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless audio dock
- Replaces the original 6 foot
|Yamaha RX-Z9 9.1 Home Theater Surround Sound Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $1,289.99
The Yamaha RX-Z9 has all the features a dedicated audiophile could want, and then some! You get all the benefits of Yamaha's industry-leading CINEMA DSP technology offering 51 surround programs with 71 variations, custom installation compatibility, a wide range of audio and video functions and the user-friendly GUI display that offers an extensive choice of useful menus. 51 surround programs (71 variations) with SILENT CINEMA and Night Listening mode 192 kHz/24-bit D/A converter for all channels Digital component video up conversion Progressive Scan Output, Noise Shaped Video, DCDi, TrueLife Enhancer YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) On-Screen display with GUI (Graphic User Interface) Custom installation compatibility with RS-232C and remote control IR code Dimensions - (W x H x D) 17 1/8 x 8 5/16 x 18 7/16 Weight - 66.1 lbs
- 9.1 channel, 1,290W powerful surround sound (170W x 7 + 50W x 2)
- i.Link digital audio interface for SACD/DVD-Audio
- Heavy-duty rigid chassis symmetric construction with separate chambers and finest parts used throughout
- High definition Cinema DSP by powerful 32-bit Yamaha LSIs (YSS-930 x 4)
- Compatibility with latest movie sound formats including Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS Neo - 6 and DTS 96/24 THX Ultra2 Processing
|Yamaha MCR-040DG Micro Component System (Dark Gray) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Lowest used price: $249.98
Brand: Yamaha Audio
We want the MCR-040/140 to be your friendly music partner. Always close at hand. Easy to use, nice to touch, fun to look at, great to listen to. The more you live with it, the more you'll like it. You and your MCR-040/140 are going to be friends for a long time. The cool, colorful appearance is just the start of many things to like about the MCR-040/140. Compact and convenient, it lets you enjoy a variety of music sources, including iPod. And because it features Yamaha digital amp and YST technologies, the sound is much better than you would normally expect from a micro system.
- System has CD player, an FM radio, USB and mini jack inputs
- It has built in iPod dock
- Perfectly matched amp and speakers for high efficiency and performance
- It has advanced YST technology to deliver big bass sound
- VCCS technology to cut down on speaker cabinet vibration
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