Yamaha RX-V3900 Receiver Review Essex Junction VT
Audio / Video, Home Automation / Systems Integration / Home Networking, Home Theater, Multi-Room Audio, Multi-Room Video
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Yamaha RX-V3900 Receiver Review
May 19, 2009 By Rob Mead
One receiver to rule them all
The consumer who is looking for one receiver to deliver stellar audio from their iPod and Internet radio stations, while also featuring HD radio need look no further.
Yamaha has risen to the demanding challenge of designing one integrated receiver that combines all of those elements and even more with the RX-V3900 7.1 Home Theater receiver.
This multi-faceted receiver has a nice and lean look to it, with a dark black sheen that gives the unit an added jolt of attitude when you first look at it.
The front panel actually pops open so that you have easy access to important display switches such as audio-select, rec. out, pre-set tuning and multi-zone controls. The info button found on the inside of the front panel shows you the name of the song, the name of the artist and the name of the Sirius/XM channel (if so listened to).
For those consumers that already have a Rhapsody music subscription, this receiver is already set up to deliver CD-quality songs in the Rhapsody music collection as soon as you hook up the unit.
Since this receiver is HD Radio-ready, you will now be able to experience AM/FM audio from your local radio stations that have upgraded to HD radio.
On the video side, the RX-V3900 has Anchor Bay’s VRS technology which upconverts video signals to 1080p.
This unit is rated at 140 watts per channel and the receiver comes equipped to decode a decent amount of surround modes, including Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD Master Audio, and SRS Circle Surround II. Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs are used on all the channels.
Using Window's Media Connect, the RC-V3900 can connect to up to 15 PCs on your local area network. You can then play the MP3, WMA and WAV music files on those computers through the receiver.
System Set Up
The RX-V3900 I reviewed was connected to a pair of Klipsch 2-Way flat panel theater tower speakers in a room that measured about 18 feet wide and 15 feet long. There was no subwoofer attached to this system and the room itself was fairly well soundproofed for demonstration purposes.
The receiver and the attached speakers were calibrated using the unit’s sophisticated YPAO automatic system calibration.
The Listening Experience
The first source of music I listened to was from the Sirius/XM channel, which was already tuned to the station called “Lithium”.
The RX-V3900 showed the name of the group, Pearl Jam, and the name of the song, “Why Go?” very prominently on the LED display screen after pushing the “info” button on the front input panel. The overall sound of Pearl Jam’s hard-rocking guitar s intertwined perfectly with the stellar low-end of Jeff Ament's bass.
The RX-V3900 pushed out a lot of clean mid-range audio. I was impressed with this aspect of the sound as I listened to guitarist Mike McCready’s blistering guitar solo that finished this hard driving song.
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