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Yamaha RX-797

XM Ready stereo receiver

Item # 022RX797

Enjoy rich, natural sound with this capable stereo receiver from Yamaha.

Enjoy rich, natural sound with this capable stereo receiver from Yamaha.

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Item # 022RX797

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About the Yamaha RX-797

Enjoy rich, natural sound with this capable stereo receiver from Yamaha. The RX-797 delivers 100 watts per channel of clean, room-filling power to your speakers, reproducing your music with authority. Plus you'll get advanced extras like XM Ready Satellite Radio capability and flexible multi-room options, complete with a remote for the 2nd listening room.

Enjoy rich, natural sound with this capable stereo receiver from Yamaha. The RX-797 delivers 100 watts per channel of clean, room-filling power to your speakers, reproducing your music with authority. Plus you'll get advanced extras like XM Ready Satellite Radio capability and flexible multi-room options, complete with a remote for the 2nd listening room.

Yamaha's engineers have taken extensive care with every aspect of the RX-797's design and construction to maximize audio performance. The receiver incorporates high-current amplification to ensure dynamic, wide-range sound, with ample reserve power to handle demanding musical peaks. You can use its direct modes to bypass the tone, balance, and loudness controls — creating the purest possible sound and reducing potential interference with the audio signal. Plus the RX-797's solidly built chassis is designed to minimize any effects that internal or external vibration might have on sound quality.

The receiver's integrated AM/FM tuner provides 40 presets for quick access to all your favorite stations. And it comes "XM Ready," so it's easy to add exciting XM satellite radio programming to your system. Simply plug in an optional XM tuner kit and add an XM subscription to enjoy instant access to more than 170 digital channels of music, talk, news, and sports.

The '797 provides plenty of inputs for your audio/video gear and offers a separate subwoofer output that makes it easy to add a powered sub to your system. Dual-room/dual-source capability lets you and a housemate watch two different A/V sources simultaneously (TV, receiver, amplifier, or powered speakers required in second room). And a preamp-out/main-in loop keeps you ready for system expansion. You also get a multibrand remote that gives you easy control of your receiver and the other audio/video components in your system.


Product highlights:

  • 100 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.019% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM tuner kit )
  • subwoofer output
  • preamp-out/main-in loop
  • ToP-ART technology
  • Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
  • rotary controls for bass, treble, balance and loudness
  • dual-room/dual-source A/V output (composite video and line-level stereo output with adjustable volume for 2nd room)
  • multibrand remote for main room
  • basic remote for second room (requires a remote control extender, not included)
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 3 A/V (composite video) inputs
  • front-panel and remote switching for 2 pairs of speakers
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-15/16"H x 16-1/8"D
  • weight: 24 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # RX-797

What's in the box:

  • Black stereo receiver
  • 76" AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control (RAX100)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Zone 2 wireless remote control (RAX17)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty card
  • XM Connect & Play offer sheet

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Audio Features

ToP-ART/High Current Amplification: Yamaha uses the 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.

High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 100 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.019% THD), the RX-797 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.

Dual Zone Capability: The RX-797 allows you to play two different sources in two zones. The receiver has a pair of stereo preamp outputs and a composite video output for Zone 2. You can control the receiver from the second zone using the supplied zone 2 remote control when an infrared signal repeater system is used. A separate amplifier or stereo receiver with a pair of speakers, or a powered speaker system is required for zone 2.

Impedance Switch: The RX-797 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with 4 ohm speakers.

Loudness: The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the front panel.

CD Direct Amplification: The CD Direct Amp feature routes the CD signal directly to a specially built-in amplifier, bypassing the input selector, bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls. This eliminates any alteration to the CD signal and produces the purest possible sound.

Pure Direct: The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls for the best sound from any source.

Record Out Selector: This feature lets you listen to one source, while feeding a different source to the Tape/MD and VCR outputs for recording.

Speaker Terminals: 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.

Pre Out/Main In Loops: The left and right preamp outputs are connected to left and right main amp inputs, respectively, with "U" shaped metal jumpers. The jumpers may be removed to facilitate the connection of an equalizer or external amplifier.

Subwoofer: The RCA sub output voltage is 4 volts.

Phono: 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.

Headphone Jack: 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.

Back-Up Memory: The unit is equipped with a back-up memory. This function provides approximately one week of memory storage when the power cord is disconnected.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Remote Control

RAX100 Remote Control: The main remote control can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable components from Yamaha and other manufacturers. The remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand TVs, VCRs, and DVD players.

RAX17 Remote Control: The zone 2 remote control allows you to switch the second room output on and off, select the source, adjust the volume, and recall preset radio stations from the second room.

Remote Jack: The receiver has a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible Yamaha components.

Add-on Devices

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.

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