Inputs and Outputs
THX Select2: The Yamaha
RX-V1600 receiver has a THX Select2 Certification for delivering optimal quality
audio and video presentations to small- and medium-sized home theaters. THX
technologies found in this receiver include:
- THX Re-EQ: Re-EQ
compensates for "edgy" or "bright" movie soundtracks that are originally
mixed for large cinemas where the speakers are placed farther away from the
- THX Timbre Matching: Due
to location, the tonal quality of the perceived sound coming from the side
surround speakers is changed in relationship to the sound coming from the
front speakers. Timbre matching solves this sound field problem by restoring
and integrating the perceived frequency match between the front and surround
speakers, placing the audience in the center of the action.
- THX Adaptive Decorrelation:
If the listener is sitting closer to one surround speaker than the other,
the sound collapses to the side instead of enveloping the listener as it
should. Adaptive Decorrelation subtly adjusts one surround channel's time
and phase relationship with respect to the other surround channel. The
listening position is expanded, providing the listener with the same
spacious audio experience as in a movie theater.
- THX Advanced Speaker Array:
THX Advanced Speaker Array digitally optimizes the four speaker surround
field for content specifically mixed in environments for movies, music, and
games, to be played back over the convenience of one 7.1-channel home
theater speaker system layout.
Cinema DSP Digital: Yamaha's
proprietary Cinema DSP (Digital Soundfield Processing) Digital technology goes
beyond Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, which uses relatively simple matrix and
steering techniques to create surround sound effects. Cinema DSP Digital draws
on a huge memory of real-world data from actual venues, especially for the music
programs, and input from movie sound technicians to deliver a more realistic
Quad-Field Cinema DSP: Yamaha's
latest technology, Quad-Field Cinema DSP creates four independent soundfields
(Front, Surround Left, Surround Right, and Surround Back) that merge to envelop
you in an unmatched surround sound experience. Movies and music have accurate
sound localization, smooth movement across the sound space, exceptional clarity,
and realistic presence.
Silent Cinema: The Silent
Cinema mode allows private listening of multi-channel music or movies, with an
accurate simulation of surround sound, through ordinary stereo headphones.
Night Listening Enhancer:
During low-volume listening, such as late as night, dynamic range suffers and
some sounds are missed. The Night Listening Enhancer offers two modes, Cinema
and Music, each with three levels of effect, to ensure you don't miss movie
dialog or quiet passages, or lose overall surround spaciousness.
Video up-conversion allows analog video signals from composite, S-video, and
component video sources to be output as digital video signals through the HDMI
output. These signals can be set to 480i or 480p. In addition, component video signals can be output as S-video or
composite signals, S-video signals can be output as composite or component video
signals, and composite video signals can be output as S-video or component video
signals. You cannot convert HDMI input signals to any other type of signal.
You can convert analog video signals output from the component monitor output
from interlaced to progressive. This includes signals input at the composite,
S-video and component video jacks. In addition, you can separately de-interlace
the analog video signals input at the composite, S-video and component video
jacks and output at the HDMI output jack. The connected TV/monitor must be
compatible with progressive video signals if de-interlacing is activated.
YPAO Technology: This unit
employs the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer), which helps you
automatically achieve highly accurate sound adjustments. Using the supplied
Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate
adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your system:
- Speaker Wiring: Checks
which speakers are connected and the polarity of each speaker.
- Speaker Distance: Checks
the distance of each speaker from the listening position and adjusts the
timing of each channel.
- Speaker Size: Checks the
frequency response of each speaker and sets the appropriate low-frequency
crossover for each channel.
- Parametric EQ: Adjusts the
frequency and the parametric equalizer level of each channel to reduce
coloration across the channels and create a cohesive sound field. This is
particularly important if you use different brands and sizes of speakers, or
if you have a room with unique sonic characteristics.
- Volume Level: Checks and
adjusts the volume level of each speaker.
Parametric Equalizer: In
connection with YPAO technology, the RX-V1600 employs a parametric equalizer
with frequency adjustments in one-third octave increments between 63 Hz and 16
kHz, gain adjustments in 0.5 dB increments between -20dB and +6dB, and Q factor
adjustment values between 0.5 and 10.
Graphic Equalizer: In order to
match the tonal quality of the center, surround L/R, surround back L/R, and
presence L/R speakers with that of the front L/R speakers, the receiver has a
graphic equalizer. You can adjust 7 frequency bands: 63 Hz, 160 Hz, 400 Hz, 1
kHz, 2.5 kHz, 6.3 kHz, and 16 kHz. The gain can be adjusted between -6 and +6
Digital ToP-ART/High Current
Amplification: Yamaha uses the Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio
Reproduction Technology) design concept, which combines the latest and best
technologies, parts, and circuit designs, to maximize sound quality. High
Current Amplification uses superior quality components from input to output to
achieve high current power with low impedance.
Wide-range Frequency Response:
The receiver's wide-range frequency response, 10Hz to 100kHz, allows you to
enjoy the full fidelity of DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players.
On-screen Display: You can
display the operating information of the receiver on a video monitor, through
the composite, S-video, component video monitor jacks or HDMI out jacks. You can select Full
Display, Short Display, or Display Off. Note: Video conversion feature
must be turned on to use the On-screen Display.
Presence Speakers: The receiver
has a pair of speaker terminals that can be used for Presence speakers or for
driving a pair of speakers in Zone 2. The presence speakers supplement the sound
from the front speakers with extra ambient effects produced by Cinema DSP. These
effects include sounds that the filmmakers intended to locate a little farther
back behind the screen in order to create more theater-like ambience. The
Presence speakers should be placed at the front of the room about 1-3 feet
outside the front speakers. Note: You must select in the menu whether the
speaker terminals are being used for Presence or Zone 2/3.
Dialog Lift: When Presence
speakers are in use, you can activate the Dialog Lift feature, which assigns
some of the front and center channel elements to the presence speakers to "lift"
the dialog to a higher position. The effect of the Dialog Lift can be set
between 0 and 5, with the higher adjustments reflecting a higher position of the
front/center channel sound.
Dialog Normalization (Dial Norm):
Dialogue Normalization is a feature of Dolby Digital and DTS to keep the
programs at the same average listening level so the user does not have to change
the volume between Dolby Digital and DTS programs. When playing back software
encoded in Dolby Digital and DTS, a display indicates how the program level
relates with the THX calibration level. You can then adjust the volume up or
down to match the calibrated theatrical levels, if desired.
Three Zone Capability: The
RX-V1600 allows you to play different sources in three separate zones. The receiver has
two pairs of stereo preamp outputs and two pairs of speaker terminals that can
be assigned for Zone 2 or Zone 3 use. Only
sources that are connected via analog audio inputs can be output to Zones 2 and
can control the receiver from the second or third zone using the supplied Zone
2/3 remote control
when an infrared signal repeater system is used. If you're using the preamp outputs
in the second and/or third zone, a separate amplifier or stereo receiver with a pair of speakers,
or a powered speaker system are required.
XM Satellite Ready: You can
listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Kit to the RX-V1600's proprietary plug. A 50' extension cable is
available if the Home Kit's 25' cable is not long enough. XM
Satellite Radio offers over 150 commercial-free channels of music, news, sports,
comedy, talk, and entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During
XM playback, you can display the channel number and name, category, artist name,
and song title on the front panel. Note: A subscription is required in
order to receive XM Satellite Radio.
Neural Surround: Neural
Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of
XM HD Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. Neural Surround
employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of a
more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of
192kHz/24-bit DACs: The
uses high quality, audio-grade Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog
converters for all channels to maximize sound quality.
Surround Modes: The RX-V1600
offers the following Surround Modes for movies and music:
- Decoding Formats:
- Dolby Digital
- Dolby Digital EX
- DTS Digital Surround
- DTS 96/24
- DTS-ES Matrix 6.1
- DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
- Dolby Pro Logic
- Dolby Pro Logic II (Music,
Movie, and Game)
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx (Music,
Movie, and Game)
- DTS Neo:6 (Music and Cinema)
- Neural Surround
- THX Modes:
- THX Cinema
- THX Surround EX
- THX Select2 Cinema
- THX Music
- THX Game
- Hi-Fi DSP Modes:
- Music: Hall in Vienna (Hall),
The Bottom Line (Jazz Club), The Roxy Theatre (Rock Concert)
- Entertainment: Disco
- Stereo: 2-channel stereo,
- Cinema DSP Modes:
- Entertainment: Game, TV
sports, Mono Movie
- Music: Pop/Rock
- Movie Theater: Spectacle,
Sci-Fi, Adventure, General
- Surround Standard
- Surround Enhanced
Virtual Cinema DSP: Virtual
Cinema DSP is an algorithm that allows you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround
effects while using a minimal two-speaker system.
Audio Delay: You can delay the
sound output up to 240 ms to synchronize it with the video image.
Pure Direct: The Pure Direct
mode turns off the video circuitry and the front panel display, allowing sources to bypass the decoders and DSP processors of this
unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from 2-channel PCM and analog sources.
During Pure Direct playback, tone control and sound menu settings are not
available, no sound is output from the subwoofer, and the front panel
Subwoofer Crossover: You can
select a crossover frequency for the subwoofer, or for any speaker set to
"Large" in the Speaker Setup menu. Selectable low-pass filter frequencies are
40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 100Hz, 110Hz, 120Hz, 160Hz, or 200Hz. In addition, you
can switch the phase from Normal to Reverse if the bass sounds are lacking or
Main Remote Control: The
receiver comes with a multi-brand wireless remote control (RAV356) with learning
capabilities. In addition to the receiver, the remote can control multiple
brands of A/V components. The remote has numerous pre-programmed macros which
allow you to perform multiple operations with the press of one button. User
programmable macros are also available. The remote has a small
backlit LCD and some glow-in-the-dark keys.
Zone 2/3 Remote Control: In
addition to the main remote, the receiver comes with a smaller wireless remote
control (RAV21) for Zone 2 and/or 3. The remote has slide switches to select
Zone 2 or Zone 3, and Remote Control ID1 and ID2.
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Assignable Inputs: The HDMI, component video and digital inputs can be assigned to the component you connect to each input. Each of the HDMI inputs can be assigned
to DVD, DTV, CBL/SAT, VCR1, DVR/VCR2, or V-AUX. You may select DVD, DTV/CBL, V-AUX, or DVR for each of the component video inputs, and you can select PHONO, CD, MD/CD-R, DVD, DTV/CBL, V-AUX, or DVR for the
two optical and the two coaxial digital inputs.
HDMI Inputs/Outputs: The
RX-V1600 is equipped with two HDMI inputs and one HDMI output for digital
multi-channel audio and video signals. The HDMI inputs and output will pass 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i video; the HDMI connections will not pass 1080p video.
HDTV-compatible Component Video
Outputs: The RX-V1600 offers three component video inputs and a component
video monitor output. These inputs and outputs have a frequency response of 5 Hz
to 100 MHz, which is capable of switching High Definition video sources.
Front Panel Input:
The front panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo RCA and optical
digital inputs, plus composite and S-video video inputs.
Multi-channel Analog Input:
This unit has a discrete 7.1-channel analog input for accommodating DVD-Audio
and Super-Audio CD players or external decoder.
Digital Inputs/Outputs: Digital
audio signals input at the optical or coaxial input jacks can be output at the
optical digital output.
Speaker Terminals: The receiver
has binding post speaker terminals for the front A/B, center, surround, and
surround back channels. The binding posts can
accept bare wire, pin connectors, single banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.
The collar surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade
connectors. A speaker terminal wrench is supplied to tighten or loosen the
binding post terminals. The receiver also features a pair of locking clip terminals for the
Presence/Zone 2/3 speakers. The terminals can accept bare wire, pin connectors, or
single banana plugs.
Bi-amp/Bi-wire Speaker Connections:
This receiver allows you to reassign amplifier channels and make bi-amp or
bi-wire connections to compatible speakers with dual inputs and shorting bars.
Bi-amp connections use the Front A and Surround Back terminals. Bi-wire
connections use the Front A and Front B terminals. When making bi-amp or bi-wire
connections, the shorting bars are removed from the speakers and separate
connections are made to the low frequency and mid/high frequency drivers.
Preamp Outputs: The RX-V1600
offers preamp outputs for all channels: front L/R, center, surround L/R,
surround back L/R, and subwoofer for connecting to separate amplifiers if
RS-232C: The RS-232C terminal
is a control expansion touch panel terminal for factory use only.