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Is Yamaha possibly the most solidly built components ever in the HT arena?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Kevin Alexander, Apr 21, 2002.

  1. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Well-Known Member

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    I ask this question because of all of the HT gear produced in the past several years, not once can I remember Yamaha being affected by some major QC issue that others have such as the debacle w/ Harman Kardon a few years back w/ the AVR-65, and then Denon after that w/ all of the overheating issues w/ the AVR 3300. Also not to be forgotten is the Sony ES problems reported a few years back w/ some of their units overheating and shutting off. You may be able to recall other brands as well, but throughout the last few years, Yamaha, as a whole, has been virtually major issue free. Now I know that some of you will post replies like: "Well my (insert brand or model) hasn't given me a single problem". Or, some might go on about the "Yamaha's not perfect either..." rant. I'm not saying that Yamaha is perfect, nor am I a Yammie fanboy. I've had many brands of receivers incuding Yamaha, and I'm actually looking to purchase the Sony 5ES soon. It's just that Yamaha seems to have been affected less w/ lemon equiptment that does what it's not supposed to do and vice versa. For those of you who agree, to what do you attribute this?....Luck? (which I don't believe in),....or solid QC and R&D? And please, no Yammie haters who want to disagree just because you don't like the brand.
     
  2. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt Well-Known Member

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    You may be correct. Over the past two and a half years surfing these Forums I’ve seen very few isolated instances of people complaining about this or that problem with this or that receiver, but no sign of a single model singled out as consistently problematic.

    However, at Audioreview.com I have seen complaints with certain DVD players and/or changers, but the source of much of this might be installations that lacked adequate ventilation (some DVD players don’t take well to a lot of heat).

    You might get a better idea of this topic by looking at the Yamaha receiver reviews at Audioreview.com.

    Regards,

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  3. Gerard Martin

    Gerard Martin Well-Known Member

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    I would say both QC and R&D. I hold

    my RX-V2095 up with the very best. It

    may be alittle outdated but never outperformed.
     
  4. Jeremy Little

    Jeremy Little Well-Known Member

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    Ditto on both QC and R&D. At the Best Buy I work for we get very few back in need of service during the warranty period and I personally never replaced one on the No Lemon Policy. Yes, I see a few come in for repairs. One of my friends had his RXV-1105 in a few weeks ago.. A few remotes here and there. With many items that you fix, you get them home and use them for a few weeks or months only to have them crap out again. When the Yammies get fixed, they seem to carry on about their business and remain problem free for years. I personally own a HTR-5280 and my boss has the 5490. Between a few of my co-workers there are, 3 5450's, 2 5460's, 1 5560, and several one-off's that are older than that.
     
  5. MatthewJ S

    MatthewJ S Well-Known Member

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    Iam switching out my 995 for a 2200 , had a 690 among others but never any problems ...guess that's why I sell more of their rcvrs than anyone else in my company...I liked my denons 2500, 3300, 3801, etc...but when I switched to B&K for my main system I kept the 995 for the bedroom rather than the 3801....Ihave had some minor issues with DENON, BOTH PERSONALLY AND WITH CUSTOMERS BUT RARELY WITH YAMAHA,,EXCUSE caps...
     
  6. MarkO

    MarkO Well-Known Member

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    I had the RXV-995 for about two years. I did have a problem with the volume control motor sticking at times. Funny thing the above poster mentioned the problems with the harman/kardon AVR65. I bought the Yamaha because of the problems I had with the 65. I returned it in exchange for the Yammie. The Yamaha diddent sound as good as the h/k tho. I guess I have come full circle because im back with h/k again.
     
  7. Richard Burzynski

    Richard Burzynski Well-Known Member

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    I am a big Yamaha fan. And I do believe that the QC is top notch considering we're talking about affordable mid-fi gear. It's actually the build quality and DSP sounds that make Yammy my fav brand. My theory as to why Yamaha may be a little "better" in terms of QC is that Yamaha is a Pro Audio company - perhaps their manufacturing standards a little higher.

    Rich B.
     
  8. Wayne A. Pflughaupt

    Wayne A. Pflughaupt Well-Known Member

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    They’re a pro-audio company? All this time I thought they were a motorcycle company. Or was it a piano company? Or a guitar company? Or an outboard motor company? [​IMG]
    Truth is, Yamaha seems to be a major contender in just about every market they participate in.
    Regards,
    Wayne A. Pflughaupt
     
  9. Jeremy Little

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  10. Greg Br

    Greg Br Well-Known Member

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    Yamaha's name carries with it alot of respect, kinda like JBL speakers of 10 years ago(not that they are not good now just better then).

    The reason I when t with a Yamaha receiver over Denon and Onkoyo was the reliability issue and record of Yamaha.
     
  11. DonRoeber

    DonRoeber Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention the physical build quality of the Yamaha equipment. My V1200 is built like a friggin tank!
     
  12. Keith Mickunas

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    I've been using Yamahas for a few years now and have been quite happy with them. First a 2092, then a 3090 that died a premature death due to lightning, and now an RX-V1. However they are not perfect. The RX-V1 has such an annoying bug that I don't see how it could slip through QA. Every now and then something happens between the processor and one of the amplifiers, and it shuts off. I just have to plug a cable briefly into the pre-in and pre-out, then it works again. I'm not the only one that's reported this problem on this forum. So they're not perfect, but they're close.
     
  13. DaveBB

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    You seem to be right. I've been lurking or posting on this forum for over 3 years and don't think I've ever seen anyone bitching about the build quality of Yamaha receivers. I think they have to do some work on the ergonomics of the remotes and other little things; but they sure can put stuff together well.
     
  14. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll Well-Known Member

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    Ditto on the top notch QC and R&D at Yamaha. I have had numerous Yamah components and receivers over the past 20+ years and have had exactly one problem, which I think may have actually been shipping damage.

    I still have a K-960/dbx cassette recorder in my rack that I purchased in 1982. It has performed flawlessly since the day I bought it and I still use it to make tapes for my car. However, I am planning on upgrading my car system with a CD-only head unit and new speakers, so I won't have much use for the K-960 pretty soon.
     
  15. Angelo_Petralba

    Angelo_Petralba Well-Known Member

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    Hello All-

    I bought the First Yamaha Pro-Logic receiver in 1991 RXV-850

    with digital pro-logic called Pro-logic Enhanced. I NEVER had a problem with the Receiver except for the remote AND That sucker weights More than MOST of the receivers now.

    Really good piece of gear. I bought it for ONLY $500.00 at the time and sold it for a little over $300.00 last year!
     
  16. Jason Wilcox

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    I just got a HTR-5440. I've actually had to return it once. The AR banana plugs I used got stuck in its spring clip connections that are supposed to be able to handle nana plugs. Also, the remote had a loose piece of plastic inside that was driving me nuts until I pryed it open with a screw driver. No big faults though. I hope it will hold up as well as my fathers 30 year old Sansui au-9500. It was a 55lb integrated amp that we never had any problem with.
     
  17. Aslam Imran

    Aslam Imran Well-Known Member

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    Or the flip side could be that not many people in this forum use Yamaha. Just a thought.
     
  18. Greg Br

    Greg Br Well-Known Member

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    Aslam

    I would say Yamaha users would acount for a hefty number of HTS users.
     
  19. MoG

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    I hope y'all are right!

    Just got my first HT receiver, a Yamaha 2200!

    (tough choice between that and the Denon 3802)
     
  20. Marty Lockstead

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    I have owned 2 different Yammie receivers since the "dolby digital/dts dvd era". The first was an RX-V992 dolby digital only and about four months ago I upgraded to the RX-V3200 and have had no problems whatsoever with either. Needless to say, I think any Yamaha receiver would be a great buy for anyone in the market for a new one.
     

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