Yamaha RX-V2600 7.1 Channels Receiver

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Convoluted design- it could have been an excellent home theater receiver

May 3, 2006
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Pros:Nice OSD, good auto-eq, component HD switching and upscaling from Svid and composite.

Cons:Zone2 useless, too much it can't do, convoluted remote that makes you want to cry

The Bottom Line: Buy the RX-V2600 only if you can deal with the setup headaches. I'm a professional audio/video engineer, and this beast caused my brain to hemorrhage several times!


There are too many things the Yamaha RX-V2600 receiver cannot do; too many convoluted setup paths that you must rigidly follow. It's extremely frustrating because this product comes so close to being the perfect center of any home theater system. But it's failures are so miserable that I cannot recommend purchasing this product. There is absolutely no flexibility, resulting in hours of headaches.

Here are some examples:

Secondary zone outputs:
Despite using self powered speakers for both my mains and my surrounds, I am required to either purchase a separate amplifier for my zone 2 speakers, or give up my surround sound processing. This receiver cannot handle zone2 passive speakers while processing surround sound. Why? Also the secondary zone outputs have no EQ control. This makes the zone 2&3 totally worthless. I was hoping to use this to pipe sound into my dining room. Now I need to purchase a separate amp for this.

No Analog to Digital conversion:
I use digital audio for all of my inputs. But for some unknown reason, this receiver cannot provide an analog output from a digital input, even though it sends a headphone output which is essentially the same thing. This greatly complicates the wiring, because to setup a VCR or a second zone, you need to run analog audio cables through all the i/os, which is a complete waste. There's no reason they couldn't have patched digital ins to analog outs.

Convoluted Remote Control:
This remote control is so convoluted it could not have possibly been designed by a human being. I think that the Honda robots probably designed this remote control through some joint venture with Yamaha. I have an easier time intuitively using my college scientific calculator then this remote.

Finally the memory presets cannot be saved for more then a few days without power. I have serious issues with this, as I don't like to leave power running to devices while I'm not home. Basically you have to leave the damn thing plugged in all the time.

Despite my frustrations, this probably is the best amp for the money. Fortunately I haven't had any major problems with the amp. Since it costs twice as much to buy it from an authorized Yamaha dealer, don't expect any post-purchase support.

I did a lot of research in advance. The wide variety customizable sound fields, along with flexible parametric equing for each channel is what sold me. The THX presets sound beautiful.

I just wish that companies that make these products focused more on user-friendly interfaces and less on saving a few cents on manufacturing. The OSD is very fluid and nice looking, but the menu structure is rigid and incapable of doing many of the functions in the receiver- like the AM/FM tuning for example!

If you’re in the market for a Receiver, wait another year. I’m sure next year Yamaha will make an RX-V2700 that will fix all the shortcomings of this receiver.


Recommend this product? No


Amount Paid (US$): 884.99

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