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Here it is — high-performance home theater and music for a highly pleasing price! You get the digital processing power of built-in Dolby® Digital, DTS®, and Dolby Pro Logic™ decoding, along with Yamaha's innovative Cinema DSP™ circuitry which combines Dolby Surround with DSP soundfields for an enhanced home theater experience. Whether it's the rumble of an earthquake, the voices of your favorite actors, or an orchestra intensifying in the background, the HTR-5440 brings your favorite movie soundtracks to life.

If you're into private or late-night listening you'll love Silent Cinema mode, virtual surround technology which provides multichannel effects using ordinary stereo headphones. This receiver handles music beautifully, too. You'll especially enjoy Yamaha's all-channel stereo DSP — it intensifies music enjoyment by utilizing all of your speakers (while maintaining stereo imaging)!

Now let's talk sound quality. Yamaha's packed this receiver with some serious sonic capability. Offering 65 full-bandwidth-rated watts x 5 channels, the HTR-5440 boasts impressively clean sound and puts a walloping punch behind home theater. You also get enough digital inputs (2 optical, 1 coaxial) and analog inputs (3 audio, 4 A/V) for plenty of sources. And you can control everything from the multibrand A/V remote.

  • 32-bit processing for Cinema DSP, Dolby Digital, DTS, and digital soundfields
  • digital inputs: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
  • multibrand remote control
  • 5.1-channel input
  • 3 audio, 4 A/V (including 1 front-panel) inputs
  • preamp-level subwoofer output
  • no phono input
  • 65 watts x 5 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.06% THD
  • banana plug-compatible main speaker posts
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 17-1/8"W x 6"H x 16"D
  • warranty: 2 years

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Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

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  • AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS Receiver
  • RAV206-V694090US Wireless remote
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Warranty card
  • Owner Registration Card
  • Remote Quick Reference Card
  • Connection Guide (for digital 5.1 channel sources)
  • Addendum sheet

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Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS Decoding: This receiver has a built-in decoder for Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS playback.  

5.1 Channel Input: This receiver is equipped with a 5.1 channel input for compatibility with future 5.1 channel decoders.

Surround Modes:

  • Dolby Digital
  • DTS
  • Dolby Pro Logic
  • Dolby Pro Logic/Dolby Digital/DTS Enhanced: Simulates a 35mm film theater (Yamaha Cinema DSP)
  • Movie Theater 1 (Spectacle): Simulates the extremely wide sound field of a 70-mm movie theater; this mode can be used with 2-channel analog, PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS sources
  • Movie Theater 1 (Sci-Fi): Clearly reproduces dialogue and sound effects in the latest sound form of science fiction films; this mode can be used with 2-channel analog, PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS sources
  • Movie Theater 2 (Adventure): Precisely reproduces the sound of the newest multi-track films, so the three-dimensional feeling of the sound is emphasized and dialogue is precisely oriented on the screen; this mode can be used with 2-channel analog, PCM, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic and DTS sources
  • Movie Theater 2 (General): Reproduces a soft and extensive sound field
  • Entertainment (Game): This mode adds a deep and spatial feeling to video game sounds
  • TV Sports: Most suitable for sports programs
  • Mono Movie: Gives a sense of stereo to old movies recorded in mono
  • Concert Hall: Best suited for orchestra and opera music
  • Jazz Club: This recreates the sound field at the stage front in "The Bottom Line", a famous New York jazz club
  • Rock Concert: Ideally suited for Rock Music
  • Entertainment (Disco): Recreates the acoustic environment of a lively disco
  • Entertainment (5ch Stereo): Puts music through all speakers in the system and maintains stereo imaging; this mode is great for casual listening and parties

Bass Management: The channels set to SMALL are filtered with a 90Hz high-pass crossover. The bass from the SMALL channels is directed to the front speakers (left and right) and/or the subwoofer preamp output according to the "Bass Out" setting. The available settings for each channel are as follows:

  • Center Speaker Settings: LARGE, SMALL, and NONE
  • Main (front) Speaker Settings: LARGE and SMALL
  • Rear Speaker Settings: LARGE, SMALL, and NONE
  • Bass Out: You may select SWFR (subwoofer), MAIN or BOTH 
  • D.D. LFE: You can adjust the output level of the LFE channel from -20 to 0 dB in 1 dB steps 
  • DTS LFE: You can adjust the output level of the LFE channel from -10 to +10 dB in 1 dB steps 

Main Level Control:  The level of the center, left and right surround, and subwoofer channels can be set to match the level of the front left and right speakers. The level of the front speakers may be set to Normal or -10dB with the "Main Level" function; the -10dB setting should be chosen if the sound output from the main speakers is too loud.

Test Tone: A test tone feature is available to help with the process of matching the output level of the center, left and right surround, and subwoofer channels to the front left and right channel level.

Virtual Cinema DSP: When the rear speaker setting is set to "none", the sound field processing is altered to provide a surround sound experience without having any rear speakers.

Silent Cinema DSP: The Silent Cinema DSP feature creates a realistic surround movie effect using standard, two-channel headphones (headphones not included).

Headphone Tone Control: The bass and treble level for the headphone output can be set from -6dB to +3dB.

Memory Guard: This feature prevents accidental changes to the DSP program parameter settings, the set menu settings, the level settings and the on-screen display mode setting. The Memory Guard feature may be turned on or off.

1 Week Memory Back-up: This unit will retain the tuner presets and menu settings for up to 1 week without being connected to power.

Background Video (BGV) Function: The BGV function allows you to combine a video image from a video source with the audio from an audio source.

Automatic Preset Tuning: This feature will put up to 40 FM stations into preset memory automatically.

Preset Groups: Preset stations are stored in "pages" (A, B, C, D, E) of 8 stations each, making it possible to group presets, and easier to find a specific preset. There is an edit key which allows you to exchange the places of any 2 preset stations with each other.

Sleep Timer:  This unit is equipped with a sleep timer that will automatically turn the unit off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Remote Control

Multibrand A/V Remote: The included remote is pre-coded to control most brands of TVs, cable boxes, DBS receivers, VCRs, DVD players, LD players, CD players, MD recorders, CD recorders and tape decks (both A/B wells). The remote is set up so it may be programmed for the following devices:

  • Cassette (both A/B wells) or MD, not both
  • CD Player
  • DVD or LaserDisc Player, not both
  • VCR
  • Cable box or DBS receiver, not both
  • Television

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Power Rating: In addition to the 65 watts x 5 RMS at 20-20kHz, 0.06% THD and 8 ohms power rating, Yamaha also provides the following bandwidth limited power rating: 80 watts x 5 RMS at 1kHz, 0.7% THD and 8 ohms.

Inputs and Outputs

Front Panel:

  • Headphones: Standard headphone jack
  • Video Aux Input: Stereo RCA audio and composite video input

Rear Panel:

  • AM Input: Spring clips
  • FM Input: Threaded F-Type connector
  • CD Coax Input: Standard coax digital input
  • D-TV/CBL Optical Input: Standard Toslink input with cover
  • DVD Optical Input: Standard Toslink input with cover
  • 6 Channel Input: 6 RCA inputs (Right & Left Main, Right & Left Surround, Center and Subwoofer) that allow for connection of a 5.1 channel decoder. Note that switching to this input disables the built in processor and adjustment of delay time from this unit
  • Aux Input: RCA stereo audio
  • CD Input: RCA stereo audio
  • MD/CD-R Input/Output: RCA stereo audio
  • DVD Input: Stereo RCA audio and composite video
  • D-TV/CBL Input: Stereo RCA audio and composite video
  • VCR Input/Output: Stereo RCA audio and composite video
  • Subwoofer Output: Mono RCA preamp output
  • Monitor Out: Composite video output to connect to a TV/monitor
  • A and B Speaker Outputs: Binding post outputs (not 5-way, because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs)
  • Center and Surround Speaker Outputs: Spring clip outputs
  • AC Outlets: 2 switched AC outlets
  • Impedance Selector Switch

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