Input and Output Notes
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. Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART design
concept ensures that the receiver is fully capable of handling the transmission
of high volume digital sound data at speed up to 192kHz. The interior layout
thoroughly isolates the digital, analog and video sections and provides the
shortest possible signal routes.
Presence Speakers: The receiver
has a pair of speaker terminals that can be used for Presence speakers. 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 main front speakers and mounted six feet or higher. When the
presence speakers are turned on, there is no output from the surround back
speakers. When both presence and surround back speakers are connected and turned
on, the surround processor automatically chooses which to play based on the
program material and the selected soundfield setting.
Four Zone Operation: The
RX-Z7 allows you to play different audio sources in four separate zones. The
receiver has dedicated stereo preamp outputs for zones 2, 3, and 4. Two pair of speaker
terminals can be assigned for zone 2 or zone 3 use. Zone 4 also
features an optical digital output so you can play digital and analog audio
sources there. Only sources that are
connected via analog audio inputs can be output to zones 2 and 3. In addition,
the receiver features two composite video outputs and one component video output
so you can have an additional video source playing in Zone 2, 3, and 4 (the same
video source will playback in Zone 2, 3, and 4 simultaneously). If you're using
the preamp outputs in the 2nd, 3rd and/or 4th zone, a separate amplifier or
stereo receiver with a pair of speakers, or a powered speaker system are
required. The receiver features a Party Mode which lets you play the main zone
source in other zones simultaneously.
Assignable Inputs: All of the HDMI, component video, and digital
audio jacks can be assigned to the input of your choice.
Multi Channel Input: The receiver features six
additional input jacks for an outboard 5.1 channel surround processor. You can
also assign a pair of audio analog inputs from CD, TV, MD/CD-R, BD/HD DVD, DVD,
CBL/SAT, DVR, VCR, or V-Aux for a 7.1 channel input.
Digital Inputs/Outputs: Digital
audio signals input at the optical or coaxial digital input jacks can be output at the
optical digital outputs.
Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post speaker terminals for
the front, center, surround, surround back/bi-amp, presence/zone 2/zone 3, and
zone 2/zone 3 channels. The binding posts can
accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. A collar surrounding
the binding post terminals prevents the use of spade connectors and the positive
and negative posts are too far apart for dual banana plugs.
Bi-Amp Speaker Connections:
This receiver allows you to reassign
two amplifier channels (Front A/Surround Back) to make bi-amp
connections. A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for one speaker,
one amp connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker and the
other to the combined midrange and tweeter section, effectively doubling the
power driving the speaker.
Preamp Outputs: The RX-Z7
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
FM/AM Tuner: You can tune
stations either manually or automatically. You are able to preset a total 40
stations in 5 preset station groups (A to E). Each group contains 8 station presets.
You can preset stations using the auto tuning as well as the manual tuning
HD Radio Tuner: The RX-Z7 is equipped with an HD Radio tuner. HD
CD-quality digital sound via existing FM bands. HD AM stations offer sound
quality equal to current analog FM broadcasts. Additionally it
provides program-associated data and the ability to tune to multiple programs at
the same FM dial position (multi-cast). The RX-Z7 can display HD radio information
on the front
panel and on a monitor.
iTunes Tagging: iTunes Tagging allows you to Tag songs on an
FM HD Radio station. The songs' information is captured and transferred to your
compatible iPod when connected using a YDS-11 iPod dock (item number 022YDS11,
sold separately). The next time you connect your iPod to your iTunes account, a
new Tagged playlist will appear and give you the option to preview or buy the
songs from iTunes. iTunes Tagging is currently available on iPod video (5th
generation), iPod classic, and iPod nano (3rd and 4th generations).
XM HD Surround Sound: XM HD Surround provides content with
six discrete channels of digital full fidelity audio powered by Neural Audio
technology, marking the first time that a radio company has broadcast in 5.1
Surround Sound twenty-four hours a day. XM will broadcast the Fine Tuning (XM
Channel 76) and the classical pops music channel XM Pops (XM Channel 113) in XM
HD Surround. XM will also broadcast a variety of special shows and live music
performances at the XM studios in XM HD Surround.
Surround Modes: The RX-Z7
offers the following Surround Modes for movies and music:
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio
technology, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the
sound of the studio maters.
- Dolby Digital Plus:
Dolby Digital Plus is an improved
Dolby Digital surround format that is compatible with up to 7.1-channels of
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless
audio format compatible with up to 96 kHz and up to 7.1-channels. The
lossless audio coding technology faithfully reproduces the sound of the
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution
Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24
signal formats that is compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz
and up to 7.1-channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate
performance provides high quality sound.
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Digital is a 5.1 multi-channel
digital surround format.
- Dolby Digital EX: Dolby Digital EX is a 6.1
multi-channel digital surround format.
DTS Digital Surround is a 5.1
multi-channel digital surround sound format used for both
commercial/theatrical and consumer grade applications.
- DTS-ES Discrete: DTS Digital Surround with a discrete
sixth full range channel
- DTS-ES Matrix: DTS Digital Surround with a matrix sixth
full range channel
- DTS 96/24: DTS 96/24 is a digital audio format enabling
high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96
kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video.
- Dolby Pro Logic: Dolby Pro Logic is a surround sound
processing technology designed to decode soundtracks encoded with Dolby
Surround using mono-rear channels.
also improves sound quality due to extra data bit
- Dolby Pro Logic II: Dolby Pro Logic II technology
processes any high quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into
five playback channels of full-bandwidth surround sound. A matrix surround
decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that
occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a
five-channel surround sound playback experience. You can choose from the
following Dolby Pro Logic II formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
- Dolby Pro Logic IIx: Pro Logic IIx expands any
existing stereo- or 5.1-channel audio for a 6.1- or 7.1- channel playback,
creating a seamless, natural surround soundfield that immerses you in the
entertainment experience. You can choose from the following Dolby Pro Logic
IIx formats - Cinema, Music, or Game.
- DTS Neo:6: DTS Neo:6 is a matrix decoding technology
for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources. You can
choose from Neo: 6 Cinema and Neo: 6 Music.
- Neural-THX Surround: THX Neural
Surround has been adopted by XM Satellite Radio for digital radio broadcasts of
XM HD Surround recordings and live events in surround sound. THX Neural Surround
employs psychoacoustic frequency domain processing which allows delivery of a
more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of
- SRS CS II (SRS Circle Surround II): SRS CS II is a
high-performance 6.1 channel matrix surround sound decoding system. You can
select from a Movie or Music SRS CS II mode.
- HiFi DSP Modes: The receiver features the following
Digital Soundfield Programs based on actual measurements taken in specific
- Classical: Hall in Munich, Hall in Vienna, Hall in
Amsterdam, Church in Freiburg,
- Live/Club: Village
Vanguard, Warehouse Loft, Cellar Club, The Roxy Theatre, and the Bottom
- Entertainment: Sports,
Action Game, Role-playing game, Music Video, or Recital/Opera
- Movie: Standard,
Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, or Mono Movie
- Virtual Cinema DSP: Virtual Cinema DSP lets you enjoy the
Cinema DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in
custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be
used with the front, center, and presence speakers, or even with just the two front
left and right speakers.
- 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.
- 2-Channel Stereo: Use this mode to mix down multi-channel
to 2 channels.
- 7-Channel Stereo:
Use this mode to output sound from all
speakers. When you play back multi-channel sources, this unit dowmixes the
source to 2 channels and then outputs the sound from all speakers. The mode
creates a larger soundfield and is ideal for background music at parties.
- Pure Direct: The Pure Direct
mode turns off the video circuitry and the front panel display and bypasses 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
- Straight Mode: In this mode
2-channel stereo sources are output from only the left and right speakers while
multi-channel sources are decoded straight into the appropriate channels without
any additional effect processing.
Compressed Music Enhancer:
Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms
to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats,
including MP3 and WMA. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially
lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the
original as possible. You can select between 2-channel Enhancer and 7-channel
Decoder Parameters: You can
adjust the following decoder parameters.
- Panorama (PLII/x Music):
signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a
- Dimension (PLII/x Music):
Adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear of the room.
- Center Width (PLII/x Music):
center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the
front left and right speakers.
- Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music):
Adjusts the front left and right channel output relative to
the center channel to make the center channel more or less dominant as
- Focus (CSII Movie and CSII Music)
Adjusts the clearness of a
sound image by elevating the perception of the sound image to compensate for
no-optimally placed speakers from a lower location.
- TruBass (CSII Movie and CSII Music):
Adjusts the lower register
by producing the perception of improved low frequency performance.
Parametric Equalizer: In
connection with YPAO technology, the RX-Z7 employs a parametric equalizer
with frequency adjustments in one-third octave increments between 32 Hz and 16
kHz, gain adjustments in 0.5 dB increments between -20 dB and +6 dB, and Q factor
adjustment values between 0.5 and 10. Each channel is independently adjustable.
Adaptive Dynamic Range Control (DRC):
During low-volume listening, such as late as night, dynamic range suffers and
some sounds are missed. The effect of Adaptive DRC varies with volume, at lower
volume the dynamic range is narrowed.
Soundfield Parameter Adjustments:
You can adjust the value of certain digital soundfield parameters so that the
soundfields are recreated accurately in your listening room. The following is a
list and description of the soundfield adjustments:
- Decoder Type: This
function allows you to select the decoder used.
- DSP Levels: This function
adjusts the level of all the DSP effect sounds within a narrow range
depending on your the acoustics of your listening area. You can adjust the
DSP level between -6 dB to +3 dB
- Initial Delay: This
features changes the apparent distance from the source sound by adjusting
the delay between the direct sound and the first reflection heard by the
listener. You can select between 1 to 99ms for the Main and Presence
speakers and 1 to 49ms for the surround and surround back speakers.
- Room Size: This feature
adjust the apparent size of the surround soundfield. You can make
adjustments for the Presence, Surround and Surround Back room size between
0.1 to 2.0.
adjusts the reflectivity of the virtual walls in the hall by changing the
rate at which the early reflections decay. You can adjust the Surround and
Surround Back Liveness from 0 to 10.
- Reverberation Time: This
setting adjusts the amount of time taken for the dense, subsequent
reverberation sound to decay by 60 dB at 1 kHz. You can set this between 1.0
to 5.0 s.
- Reverberation Delay:
function adjust the time difference between the beginning of the direct
sound and the beginning of the reverberation sound. You can adjust this
setting between 0 to 250ms.
- Reverberation Level:
setting adjusts the volume of the reverberation sound. You can adjust this
setting between 0 to 100%.
- 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.
YPAO Automatic System Calibration:
Yamaha's YPAO system uses a small
microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound
for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker
connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are
captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of
parameters, such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers and even the
sound pressure level until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Using
the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and
makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your
- Multi-Measure: optimizes up to seven listening positions in your
- 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
- Level: adjusts the volume level of each
- Speaker Angle: optimizes the speakers for the effects of the
Speaker Setup: This feature
allows you to manually adjust the following speaker settings:
- LFE/Bass Out: select the speakers that will output the
effect) and the low-frequency signals; choose between Subwoofer,
Front Speakers, or Both
- Speaker Sizes: choose from the
following speaker sizes for each speaker in your system:
- Front: select between
Large or Small
- Center: select between
Large, Small, or None
- Surround: select
between Large, Small, or None
- Surround Back: select
between Large x 1, Large x 2, Small x 1, Small x 2, or None
- Presence Speakers:
select between None or Yes
- Bass Crossover: select the crossover frequency of all the
to Small; choose between 40, 60, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 160, and 200Hz
- Subwoofer Phase: switch the phase of your subwoofer if the
bass sounds are
lacking, weak or unclear; choose between Normal and Reverse
- Speaker Level Adjustment: adjust the output level of each
speaker from -10 dB to +10 dB
in 0.5 dB steps
- Speaker Distance: adjust the distance of each speaker and the
delay applied to the respective channel; adjust between 1 to 80
feet in 0.2 foot steps
Low-Frequency Effect Level:
This feature adjusts the output level of the LFE channel according to the
capacity of your subwoofer or headphones. You can select between -20 and 0 dB.
Bass and Treble Control: You
can independently adjust the bass and treble from -6 dB to +6 dB in 0.5 dB steps.
You can also
choose at what frequency you want the Bass and Treble enhanced. Bass (125, 350,
or 500 Hz) and Treble (2.5, 3.5, 8.0 kHz).
Dynamic Range: This feature
allows you to select the amount of dynamic range compression to be applied to
your speakers or headphones. You can select between Minimum, Standard,
Maximum, or Auto.
Memory Guard: This feature is
use to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other
System Memory: This feature is used to save up to four of your favorite
settings that can be easily recalled when needed. You can save settings such as Soundfield
programs parameters, Speakers settings, LFE level, Dynamic range settings,
and Parametric equalizer settings.
Auto Lip Sync: When using the HDMI output, the audio and
video signals can be synchronized automatically.
Audio Delay: You can delay the
sound output up to 240 ms in 1 ms steps to synchronize it with the video image.
Volume Trim: Use this feature
to adjust the level of the signal input at each jack. This is useful if you want
to balance the level of each input source to avoid sudden changes in volume when
switching between input sources.
Max Volume Adjustment: Use this
feature to set the maximum volume level in the main zone. This feature is useful
to avoid unexpected loud sound by mistake. You can set the Max Volume
between -30.0 dB and +16.5 dB. The actual full volume range is -80 dB to 16.5 dB.
There are also independent max volume settings for zone 2 and zone 3.
Initial Volume Setting: Use
this feature to set the volume level of the main zone when the power of this
unit is turned on. You can choose between Off, Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments
of 0.5 dB. There are also independent initial volume settings for zone 2 and
Channel Mute: This feature
mutes specific speaker channels you want to deactivate.
Sleep Timer: The sleep timer is
useful when you are going to sleep while this unit the receiver is playing or
recording a source. You can select between Off, 30, 60, 90, and 120 minutes.
1080p Compatible HDMI 1.3a: This receiver has
the capability of repeating 1080p signals from HDMI input to HDMI output. Four
rear-panel inputs, one front-panel input, and two rear-panel outputs are
provided, so the user can switch among them. The receiver's HDMI 1.3a
connections all support the latest HDMI 30-bit and 36-bit color depths. This Deep
Color allows the rendering of billions of colors for far greater accuracy.
Colors are vivid with perfectly smooth tonal transitions and ultra-fin
gradations between colors. In addition, the HDMI 1.3a connections support 24Hz
refresh rate which enables viewing movies in native format and Auto Lip-Sync
compensation. HDMI 1.3a also uses a new color standard called xvYCC Color Space which
supports 1.8 times as many colors as previous HDTV signals. This expanded range
of colors means that HDTVs can display images with colors that are far more
natural and vivid.
Note: Currently no source material is available that supports Deep
Color or xvYCC Color Space
Video Conversion: Video conversion allows analog video signals
video, S-video, and
component video sources to be output as digital video signals through the HDMI
outputs. 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.
Video Scaling (up-conversion): The receiver features an
Anchor Bay Technologies VRS precision video scaler engine for
advanced analog video up-scaling. The scaler engine will take an
analog video and scale it to 480p, 720p, 1080i,
or 1080p HDMI video (up-scaled video is only available from the HDMI output).
HDMI Aspect: This feature selects whether the receiver converts the
aspect ratio of a 4:3 video signal that it outputs at its HDMI output. You can
choose from Through (does not make any adjustment to the aspect ratio), 16:9
Normal (displays video images with the aspect ratio of 4:3 on your 16:9 TV with
black bars on the
left and right sides of the screen), Smart
Zoom (fits video images with the aspect ratio of 4:3 to your 16:9 TV).
Standby Through: When the RX-Z7 is in standby mode (power
off), the Standby Through feature allows an HDMI source signal to pass through
the receiver to the TV. Which HDMI input and output are used can be specifically
programmed, or the menu can be set such that the HDMI input and output engaged
when the receiver is turned off are used.
Component Video: The RX-Z7 offers three component video
inputs and one component
video monitor output. These inputs and output have a frequency response of 5 Hz
to 100 MHz, capable of switching High Definition video sources, including 1080p.
Front Panel Input: The front panel's Video Aux input features
analog stereo RCA and optical
digital audio inputs, plus composite video, S-video, and HDMI inputs. The amplifier is
also equipped with a USB on the front panel to use with portable MP3 devices. The
1/4" headphone and YPAO
Optimizer Mic inputs are also found on the front panel.
Rename: This feature in the GUI
Menu allows you to change the name of the inputs in the GUI screen and on the front
On-Screen Display with GUI:
An on-screen GUI (Graphical User Interface)
display makes operating the receiver easy and intuitive. It is compatible with iPod,
internet radio, PC, and USB displays. Six display languages can be
selected; English, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Japanese.
Network Receiver: Using a local area network (LAN)
connection and Windows Media Player 11 or Windows Media Connect 2.0, Yamaha
Network enabled receivers allow you to play MP3, WMA and WAV music from your PC.
The receiver can even be used as a client for Yamaha's MusicCAST home music
server, seamlessly integrating with the MCX-2000 digital audio server within
your LAN. If the RX-Z7 has a broadband Internet connection you can listen to any
of the thousands of stations available on Internet radio using the included
vTuner database. You can also stream music Rhapsody (subscription required).
With USB terminals on the front and rear panels you can play music from USB
flash drives and portable USB music players.
DLNA: The RX-Z7 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified, ensuring
it has undergone rigorous testing and conforms to the Interoperability
Guidelines for compatibility with various CE, PC, and mobile devices over wired
and wireless networks.
Network Port: The amplifier
features a RJ-45 Port to connect a Cat-5 cable for network connections.
Main Remote Control: The
receiver comes with a multi-brand wireless remote control (RAV389) 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. The
macros are also user programmable. The remote also features a small LCD window for
Simplified Remote Control: The RX-Z7 is also supplied with a
simplified remote control (RAV36) for basic operation of the receiver.
RS-232C: The RS-232C terminal
is a control expansion terminal for factory use only.
Remote 1/2 In&Out:
If your components have the capability of the
transmission of remote control signals, you can connect the Remote In and Remote
Out jacks of this receiver to the remote control input and output jacks of your
other audio components with an optional monaural analog mini cable (3.5mm, sold
Trigger Out: This unit can control components corresponding to the
selected input source and activating/deactivating the desired zone using the
unit's Trigger outputs. This unit sends the 12V/15mA direct electric current at
the two Trigger Out 3.5mm jacks.
Input and Output Notes
Bluetooth: An optional YBA-10 Bluetooth adapter (022YBA10,
sold separately) can be connected to the dock port on the RX-Z7 to allow you to
stream audio wirelessly from your compatible Bluetooth device.
Note: Either the iPod dock or Bluetooth dock can be
connected to the receiver, not both.
iPod Universal Dock: With the optional YDS-11 iPod Universal
sold separately), you can connect your iPod digital music player to the RX-Z7
and control audio/video playback using the remote control. Most fourth
generation and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. Video from your iPod
and album art can be displayed on a connected TV monitor.
SIRIUS Satellite Ready: You can listen to SIRIUS Satellite
Radio by connecting the SiriusConnect tuner (607SCH1
220SCH2P, sold separately) to the RX-V1065's proprietary plug. SIRIUS
Satellite Radio offers over 130 channels of music, news, sports, talk, and
entertainment to choose from--all in digital quality. During SIRIUS playback you
can display the channel number and name, category, artist name and song title,
Composer name, channel number and antenna reception level, or Soundfield program
on the front panel.
Note: A subscription is required in order to receive
SIRIUS Satellite Radio.
XM Satellite Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner
(220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the
XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on
back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum reception,
and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports,
new, talk, and exclusive entertainment.
Note: In addition to the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner and the
XM-ready receiver, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio to
receive XM programming.