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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Yoon Lee, Aug 4, 2001.
Yamaha RXV800 vs RXV1000? Does RXV1000 deserve the extra money? Thanks.
Well, the only significant difference between the RX-V800 and RX-V1000 is the way they decode 6.1 surround. The 800 has a matrix 6.1 decoder, while the 1000 can decode 6.1 discrete, although the rear center output is a preout and will require an outboard amp.
If the 1000 is only a few bucks more, I'd go for it. But it the price is significant enough between the two, the 800 is more than adequate (the input/output capability is pretty much identical).
I'm a very happy HTR-5280 (identical to the RX-V800) owner.
I just finished setting up a 1000 for a friend and I was pleasantly surprised at how good it sounded. Very open and spacious with plenty of power. We did use an old 2 channel amp to power the rear center. Sounded so good I had to go out and upgrade my old 2095 Yam to a RXV1.
I would rec the 1000 to anyone. Can be found for around 650 online.
The reason I went for the rx-v1000 instead of the 800 is the recording source selection feature on the 1000. This makes it possible to enjoy a dvd movie, while making a backup of a cd on my pioneer cdr.. I use this feature quite often for backing up video tapes, while watching a hd programs, cd's etc...
The 800 has NO rear center channel pre-out or amplified output so you CANNOT connect a rear center or rear surround SPEAKER. The 800 does however Matrix a rear surround or rear center and that is simply outputed through the surround speakers, relying on imaging to derive a rear center (its listed in the Yamaha brochure as a PHANTOM rear center channel). Frankly, I don't know how this is different from hearing normal rear surround.
The 1000 has a pre-out and you use an amp like DonnyD has done.
The 3000 has an amplified rear center and amplified front effects channels.
[Edited last by Chris PC on August 04, 2001 at 02:40 PM]
I had the exact same dilema as you did back in March and I chose the RX-V1000 over the RX-V800. To me, the major differences between the units were the remote and Dolby Digital EX/DTS ES capability. I used a spare receiver to power the EX/ES channel. I have been very satisfied with my RX-V1000. I demoed the RX-V800 (HTR-5280) at a local Best Buy and was pleased with what I heard. IMO, if those 2 features mean very little to you, then you would be just as satisfied w/the RX-V800.
Hope that helps,
By the way, the RX-V1000 does not do DTS ES Discrete.
[Edited last by Youchan on August 04, 2001 at 04:48 PM]
You should also consider some of the newer Marantz receivers, they are cheaper, and spec out very close to the yamaha. I was also looking at the yamaha 800/1000 and went with the marantz instead, mostly because of price and because the marantz has dts-es built in.
So, if RXV800 doesn't support DTS-ES nor DD-EX, what's the deal with Phantom back channel?
Yeah, I forgot, the remote for the 1000 is better than the remote for the 800.
If it doesn't have DD-EX or DTS ES, then it just makes a channel via Matrix. It derives it from the source.
I too was looking at Yamaha receivers and have since walked away because of the lack of Dolby pro logic II. i am now struggling with accepting lame bass management. Marantz is a good option though. I am still seriously considering the SR 6200.