Inputs and Outputs
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.
SCENE: The RX-V661 features
four SCENE buttons on the front panel and remote to make operating the receiver
easier. These buttons are initially set to default settings for DVD viewing,
Disc listening, TV viewing, and Radio listening. You can also program a SCENE
button for iPod listening, XM listening, TV sports viewing, or Action Game
playing. There is a total of 18 SCENE templates that can be used for various
Simplay HD: The Simplay HD
Testing Program represents a standard of excellence in testing for a premium-HD
"plug and play" consumer experience, and to maximize user's access to HD
content. This receiver bears the Simplay HD logo, meaning it has undergone
stringent quality testing related to the HDMI and HDCP specifications, as well
as compatibility testing with a suite of other devices that have been Simplay HD
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.
Silent Cinema activates automatically whenever you connect headphones to the
receiver while listening to Cinema DSP or HiFi DSP sound field programs.
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.
Compressed Music Enhancer:
Compression formats such as MP3, WMA, and AAC generally remove sounds that are
undistinguishable to typical human hearing, resulting in a loss of fidelity. The
Compressed Music Enhancer regenerates the missing harmonics in compression
artifacts and compensates for the loss of low- and high-frequencies to provide
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.
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, or component video monitor jacks.
Presence Speakers: The receiver
has a pair of speaker terminals that can be used for Presence speakers, Front B
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, Front B, or Zone 2.
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.
Dual Zone Capability: The
RX-V661 allows you to play two different sources in two zones. The receiver has
a pair of stereo preamp outputs and a pair of speaker terminals for Zone 2. Only
sources that are connected via analog audio inputs can be output to Zone 2. You
can control the receiver from the second zone using the supplied remote control
when an infrared signal repeater system is used. If you're using the Zone 2
preamp outputs, a separate amplifier or stereo receiver with a pair of speakers,
or a powered speaker system are required.
iPod Universal Dock: With the
optional YDS-10 iPod Universal Dock (item # 022YDS10), you can connect your iPod digital music
player to the RX-V661, and control playback using the remote control. Only iPod
(Click Wheel), iPod nano, and iPod mini are compatible with the YDS-10.
XM Satellite Ready: You can
listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Kit to the
RX-V661'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
XM HD Surround: XM and Neural
Audio Corp. have developed XM HD Surround, which provides content with six
discrete channels of digital full fidelity audio. Only a handful of XM channels
are offering programming in XM HD Surround.
192kHz/24-bit DACs: The RX-V661
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-V661
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
- Hi-Fi DSP Modes:
- Classical: Hall in Vienna,
Hall in Munich, Chamber
- Live/Club: Cellar
Club, The Bottom Line, The Roxy Theatre
- Stereo: 2-channel
stereo, 7-channel stereo
- Cinema DSP Modes:
- Entertainment: Sports,
Action Game, Roleplaying Game, Music Video
- Movie: Standard, Spectacle,
Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, Mono Movie
- Compressed Music Enhancer:
2-channel Enhancer, 7-channel Enhancer
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 160 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
Multi-brand Remote Control: The
receiver comes with a multi-brand wireless remote control (RAV326). In addition
to the receiver, the remote can control multiple brands of cable TV receivers,
cable/PVR combos, DBS/PVR combos, satellite receivers, HDTV receivers, TVs, PVRs,
VCRs, DVD player/recorders, LD players, CD player/recorders, MD
player/recorders, tape decks, and AM/FM tuners. The remote has a combination of
back-lit and glow-in-the-dark keys.
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Assignable Inputs: You can
assign the HDMI, component video and digital inputs to the component being used with
that input. You can select DVD, DTV/CBL, V-AUX, or DVR for each of the HDMI and component
video inputs. 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/Output: There are
two HDMI inputs on the rear panel, and one HDMI output. These HDMI jacks can be
used for 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (CD, DVD-Audio), Direct Stream
Digital (SACD), and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS) digital audio formats as well
as digital video signals up to 1080p resolution.
HDTV-compatible Component Video
Outputs: The RX-V661 offers three component video inputs and a component
video monitor output. These inputs and outputs have a frequency response of 5 Hz
to 60 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 5.1-channel analog input for accommodating DVD-Audio
and Super-Audio CD players or an external decoder. You can convert the input to
7.1-channels, and use an assigned pair of input jacks along with the 5.1-channel
input to connect the 7.1-channel device.
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, front B/Zone 2/presence, center, surround, and
surround back channels. The binding posts can
accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are
spaced too far apart for using dual banana plugs.
The collar surrounding the binding post terminals prevent the use of spade
Preamp Outputs: The RX-V661
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