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Yamaha RX-V1700

Home theater receiver with HDMI switching and video conversion

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The RX-V1700 offers seven channels of clean, high-current amplification, top-notch Yamaha construction, and sophisticated digital processing that can transform any source in your system into totally engaging surround sound. Advanced HDMI video switching lets you enjoy the superb picture resolution available from today's newest generation of high-definition televisions and disc players. Plus you get welcome extras like automatic system calibration, cool digital entertainment options, iPod® and XM Satellite Radio compatibility, and flexible three-room playback options.

The RX-V1700 offers seven channels of clean, high-current amplification, top-notch Yamaha construction, and sophisticated digital processing that can transform any source in your system into totally engaging surround sound. Advanced HDMI video switching lets you enjoy the superb picture resolution available from today's newest generation of high-definition televisions and disc players. Plus you get welcome extras like automatic system calibration, cool digital entertainment options, iPod® and XM Satellite Radio compatibility, and flexible three-room playback options.

1080p-capable HDMI switching and other video conveniences
This receiver's HDMI connections let you switch easily between two high-definition sources, like an HDTV receiver and an HD DVD or Blu-ray player, while maintaining the highest possible picture quality for both. And thanks to analog-to-HDMI conversion, you can send all video sources to your television via a single HDMI cable — you'll never have to switch inputs on your TV again. To make the most of your older analog video sources, the '1700 converts them to 480p progressive scan. If you don't have a TV with a digital video input, the 'V1700's component video conversion can still simplify hookup and switching.

XM Radio Ready
The RX-V1700 also keeps you in touch with the latest trends in digital music listening. Just add an optional XM Mini-Tuner package and an XM subscription to enjoy instant access to more than 170 digital channels of music, news, talk, and sports. It's even compatible with XM's new HD Surround channels, which deliver music in multichannel sound.

iPod integration
Pick up the optional YDS-10 control dock to integrate your iPod into your home theater system. A single control cable connection lets you listen to your iPod's tunes through your best speakers and view its song titles, playlists, photos, and video on your TV. Switch on Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer mode and you're ready to hear your MP3 collection at its best.

Three-room/three-source capability
The 'V1700 also lets you re-assign two to four surround amplifier channels to power stereo speakers in other rooms, or even on your back porch. You can play three different audio sources in three different areas of your home at the same time, without the need for any additional amplifiers. Yamaha even includes a second remote that, when used in conjunction with an optional remote control extender system, gives you control of your system from your second or third listening rooms.

Easy, accurate home theater setup
Yamaha's sophisticated auto-calibration system enables quick, easy, and remarkably accurate home theater setup. Plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite seat. The receiver analyzes the size, volume, relative distance, and frequency response of every speaker in your home theater, adjusting the settings for each one individually. In less than three minutes, the receiver is optimized for your specific room and speakers.

Yamaha quality, inside and out
Yamaha's meticulous design standards include a rugged anti-resonant chassis, first-class internal components, and an oversized, low-noise power supply. Eight of Burr-Brown's finest digital-to-analog converters handle your digital sources with extreme precision. All of these features add up to a clean, pure picture and powerful, dynamic sound.

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Product Highlights:

  • 130 watts x 7 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.04% THD
  • Dolby® Digital EX, DTS-ES®, DTS Neo:6, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS 96/24 processing
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI switching (2 in, 1 out)
  • analog-to-HDMI video conversion
  • HDMI version 1.2a
  • 480i (interlaced) to 480p (progressive) conversion
  • triple-room/triple-source audio (powered and line-level stereo audio output for 2nd and 3rd rooms)
  • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for bi-amping front left and right speakers
  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup (microphone included)
  • iPod integration (requires optional Yamaha YDS-10)
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM Mini-Tuner package)
  • Neural Surround decoder for XM's HD Surround channels
  • Compressed Music Enhancer for MP3s and other digital music files
  • Digital ToP-ART design
  • high-current, low-impedance amplifier construction
  • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs for all channels
  • Cinema DSP and 23 surround programs
  • audio delay helps align out-of-sync audio and video for digital sources
  • Silent Cinema for simulated surround sound via standard stereo headphones
  • Pure Direct mode for better sound from stereo sources
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out (100MHz)
  • component video conversion
  • digital audio inputs: 5 optical (including 1 front-panel), 3 coaxial
  • digital audio outputs: 2 optical
  • 4 audio inputs (including phono)
  • 6 audio/video (including 6 S-video and 1 front-panel) inputs
  • 7.1-channel audio input
  • 7.1-channel preamp output for connecting optional external amplifiers
  • on-screen display (requires TV with direct video input)
  • learning/multibrand remote with illuminated source buttons
  • basic remote for 2nd or 3rd listening room (requires remote control extender system, not included)
  • selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies and phase switching
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 17-3/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Black AM/FM/Dolby Digital/DTS receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RAV360)
  • Wireless remote control for Zone 2/3 (RAV22)
  • 6 "AAA" batteries
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Acoustic Optimizer microphone with attached 19.75' cable (has 3.5mm miniplug on the end)
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Plastic speaker terminal wrench
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty card
  • Product Registration sheet
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Features and Specs

Amplification
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) ---
THD in Stereo ---
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) ---
Minimum Impedance L/R 4 ohms
Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
General Features
Internet-ready ---
Bluetooth No
Apple AirPlay ---
Alexa-compatible No
Google Home-compatible No
Chromecast built-in No
DTS Play-Fi No
App Remote Control No
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
HDR-compatible No
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
4K Video Upscaling No
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
DLNA Certified
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control ---
Learning Remote Yes
LCD Remote
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 6-3/4
Depth (inches) 17-3/4
Weight (pounds) ---
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos N/A
DTS Yes
DTS:X No
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input 1
Audio-Video Inputs 6
Audio-only Inputs 4
Component Video Inputs 3
Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
Optical Digital Inputs 5
Coaxial Digital Inputs 3
Optical Digital Outputs 2
Coaxial Digital Outputs None
HDMI Inputs 2
HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
Subwoofer Outputs 1
Discrete Subwoofer Outputs No
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections None
Removable Power Cord ---

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Features

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 surround experience.

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 (Low or High) or 7-channel enhancer (Low or High).

1080p Compatible HDMI: This receiver has the capability of repeating 1080p signals from HDMI input to HDMI output. Two inputs are provided, so the user can switch among them.

Video Upconversion: 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.

I/P Conversion: 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-V1700 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.

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.

Three Zone Capability: The RX-V1700 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 3. You 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.

iPod Compatible: The optional YDS-10 Universal Dock lets you connect your iPod to this receiver. You can listen to your iPod music and watch iPod images and movies on your monitor via the receiver. You can also operate your iPod via the receiver's remote unit with the On-Screen Display and charge your iPod. Works with: iPod nano, iPod mini and iPod (Click and Wheel)

XM Satellite Ready: You can listen to XM Satellite Radio by connecting the XM Mini Tuner and Mini Tuner Home Kit to the RX-V1700'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.

XMHD 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.

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 audio elements.

Dialogue Normalization: This feature of Dolby Digital or DTS is used to keep the programs at the same average listening level so the user does not have to change the volume control between Dolby Digital or DTS programs.

192kHz/24-bit DACs: The RX-V1700 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-V1700 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
  • Music DSP Modes:
    • Classical: Hall in Munich, Hall in Vienna, Hall in Amsterdam, Church in Freiburg, or Chamber
    • Live/Club: Village Vanguard, Warehouse Loft, Cellar Club, The Roxy Theatre, or the Bottom Line
    • Stereo: 2-channel stereo, 7-channel stereo
  • Cinema DSP Modes:
    • Entertainment: Sports, Action Game, Role-playing game, Music Video, Recital/Opera
    • Movie: Standard, Spectacle, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Drama, or Mono Movie

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 automatically dims.

Straight Mode: In this mode 2-channel stereo sources are output from only the left and right speakers while multi-channel sources are decode straight into the appropriate channels without any additional effect processing.

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.

Virtual Cinema DSP: Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of 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 / presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers.

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.

Decoder Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters in Pro Logic II/x Music mode.

  • Panorama: sends stereo signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a wraparound effect
  • Dimension: adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear of the room
  • Center Width: moves the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and right speakers.

Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts the front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to make the center channel more or less dominant as necessary.

Soundfield Parameter Adjustments: You can adjust the value of certain digital sounfield parameters so that the soundfields are recreated accurately in your listening room. The following is a list and description of the soundfield adjustments.

  • 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 -6dB to +3dB
  • 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.
  • Liveness: This function 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 01 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: This 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: This 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.

Speaker Setup: This feature allows you to adjust the following speaker settings.

  • LFE/Bass Out: Use this feature to select the speakers that will output the LFE (low-frequency effect) and the low-frequency signals. You can choose between Subwoofer, Front Speakers, or Both.
  • Speaker Sizes: You can adjust the following speaker sizes for each speaker in your system.
    • Front: select between Large or Small
    • Center: select between None, Small or Large
    • Surround: select between None, Small or Large
    • Surround Back: select between None, Small x 1, Small x 2, Large x 1, or Large x 2
    • Presence Speakers: select between None or Yes
  • Bass Crossover: This feature allows you to select the crossover frequency of all the speakers set to Small. You can choose between 40, 60, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 160, or 200Hz.
  • Subwoofer Phase: The feature allows you switch the phase of your subwoofer if the bass sounds are lacking, weak or unclear. You can choose between Normal or Reverse.
  • Presence/Surround Back Channel Priority: This feature allows you to prioritize either the Presence or the Surround back speakers when playing sources that contain surround back channel signals.
  • Speaker Level Adjustment: You can adjust the output level of each speaker from -10dB to +10dB to match their loudness.
  • Speaker Distance: This feature is used to manually adjust the distance of each speaker and the delay applied to the respective channel. You can select between 1 to 80 feet.

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 dB.

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 0dB.

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 or Maximum.

Bass and Treble Control: You can independently adjust the bass and treble from -6dB to +6dB.

Audio Delay: You can delay the sound output up to 240 ms 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.

Dual Source Playback: You can combine a video image from a video source with sound from an audio source.

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.

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. Each group will contain 8 station presets. You can preset stations using the auto tuning as well as the manual tuning function.

Memory Guard: This feature is use to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.

Remote Controls

Main Remote Control: The receiver comes with a multi-brand wireless remote control (RAV360) 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 (RAV22) 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-V1700 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, 1080i and 1080p video.

HDTV-compatible Component Video Outputs: The RX-V1700 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. The headphone and YPAO Optimizer Mic inputs are also found on the front panel.

8 Channel External Input: The receiver features eight additional input jacks for discrete multi-channel input. Front (Left, Center, Right), Rear (Surround Left & Right, Surround Back Left & Right) and Subwoofer.

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, 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 Speaker Connections: This receiver allows you to reassign amplifier channels to make bi-amp connections. A bi-amplification connection uses two amplifiers for a speaker. One amplifier is connected to the woofer section of a loudspeaker while the other is connected to the combined mid and tweeter section. With this arrangement each amplifier operates over a restricted frequency range. This restricted range presents each amplifier with a much simpler job and each amplifier is less likely to influence the sound in some way.

Preamp Outputs: The RX-V1700 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 desired.

RS-232C: The RS-232C terminal is a control expansion touch panel terminal for factory use only.

AC Outlets: The receiver features two switched AC outlets (120V, 60Hz) on the rear panel.

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