Pros: Quality Yamaha name; excellent sound; nice features; easy to use remote.
Cons: Diffiuclt to set up perfectly.
This receiver packs more things to share than I can ever mention in any single review. I have jotted down the ones that are jumping at me right now.
The Yamaha RX-V1000 is an amazing reciever made my and amazing company. I needed a new reciever because my friend bought one and I cant let him outdo me, so I went researching. I was told that for the $1000.00 Canadian I spent on this, it was the best reciever. So naturally, I bought it. And it was the best investment I made for my home audio system since my T.V. (KV-36XBR400 Sony). I can also trust the Yamaha name, as they have never let me down before.
Decibel level control per channel:
The way my surround speaker wiring is set up, it would have been a real pain to replace the horrible 24gauge wires with anything decent like the 16 or the better 12 gauge ones. But with the ability of this reciever to manage the decibel levels of individual channels, I could totally compensate for the power loss in my rear speaker wires. (though this might not be the way to go, but it works GREAT!!)
Programmable DSP and Speaker delays:
Another excellnet feature is the programmable DSP on top of the existing DSPs for different room sizes and audio environments. I specifically like the way I can virtually place my rear surrounds and the centers farther or nearer to me.
User defined Low Frequency Effects(LFE)/Bass channeling:
Using just my single exisitng sub to simulate the boom of loud speakers from my wall mount Mission surrounds is absolutely incredible.
The center channel equalizer : I can almost match up the tonal qualities of my existing kenwood speakers(now using them as dual centers) to my mission front and rear speakers. Saved me a couple hundreds on the center channel.
OnBoard AC outlet:
Saves me the clutter of yet another extension board. My VCR and DVD - players plug right into this receiver!!
Superb Remote :
I am blown away by the learning capability of the remote in absence of any manufacturer's code. Also with the manufacturer's code, sometimes the special buttons for a specific brand on the remote doesn't get transferred, BUT now finally I could totally eliminate all of my other remotes.
It also comes with a RS-232(serial) interconnect, though
I don't really get the point of having it when everything is going towards IEEE-1394(the firewire).
The volume control for movies has to be turned way up to get any serious gain, but that was the story with my previous kenwood system as well. It still leaves enough room to bring the whole house down after reaching the level of rattling it, so no big deal. As long as I can crank it up just about another notch...
The only gripe I have about this reciever is that it is exremely difficult to set up PROPERLY! It took my 3 tries and four and a half hours to set it up before I got it perfect.
The performance and features of this receiver is way beyond and far superior to what I had bargained for. I was told this was a good reciver, but I never thought that it would be this good. This reciever is amazing. Get it today!