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High-Quality Power Amplifier:
With 50 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the
RX-397 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A and
B speaker systems at the same time.
Wide-range Frequency Response:
The receiver's wide-range frequency response, 10Hz to 50kHz, allows you to enjoy
the full fidelity of any source with two channel analog outputs.
The unit is equipped with back-up memory which provides
approximately one week of memory storage when the power cord is disconnected.
The RX-397 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with 4 ohm speakers.
The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the
The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness
controls, this eliminates any alteration to the signal and produces the purest
All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way
binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and
there is no good spot for a pin connector. Bare wire, single banana, and dual
banana plugs are compatible.
The RCA phono input is designed for moving magnet (MM) or high output moving
coil (MC) turntable cartridges. If you have a low output MC cartridge an in-line
boosting transformer or moving coil head amplifier is necessary.
The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private
listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker
output is not muted, so remember to turn the A and B speakers off.
The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
RAX16 Remote Control:
The remote control can operate the
receiver as well as compatible Yamaha CD players and cassette decks.
The receiver has a mini-jack input
and output for
use with other compatible Yamaha components.