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Our take on the Yamaha RX-397 by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
Clean, simple, powerful. With 50 watts per channel of full-bandwidth-rated power, Yamaha's RX-397 delivers rock-solid audio performance that will drive your stereo speakers with authority. Careful design and high-quality construction preserve signal purity to reproduce your favorite music with greater fidelity and clarity.
The integrated AM/FM tuner features 40 presets for easy access to all your favorite stations. The RX-397 offers inputs for up to 5 components, including a turntable. Two sets of speaker outputs allow you to enjoy your music in two different rooms simultaneously. You also get easy receiver operation with the included remote control.
Good cheap two channel reciever. Will be using in hobby room for fm and playing vinyl. Bought as replacement for vintage pioneer unit which died and main consideration was the phono inputs
What's in the Box:
- Black stereo receiver
- Wireless remote control (RAX16)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- AM loop antenna
- FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
- Owner's Manual
- Warranty card
- Important safety instructions
- 50 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.04% THD
- 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
- 40 AM/FM presets
- 5 audio inputs (including phono)
- tape monitor loop
- rotary bass and treble controls
- continuously variable loudness control
- Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
- remote control
- headphone jack
- front-panel and remote switching for two pairs of main speakers
- binding post speaker connectors
- sleep timer
- 17-1/8" x 5-15/16" x 12-13/16"
- weight: 16 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 50 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the RX-397 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.
Back-Up Memory: The unit is equipped with back-up memory which provides approximately one week of memory storage when the power cord is disconnected.
Impedance Switch: The RX-397 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.
Pure Direct: The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls, this eliminates any alteration to the signal and produces the purest possible sound.
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.
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.
Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
RAX16 Remote Control: The remote control can operate the receiver as well as compatible Yamaha CD players and cassette decks.
Remote Jack: The receiver has a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible Yamaha components.
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