Yamaha RX-V 861

A stereophilic multi channel artists

  1. Yamaha RX-V 861
  2. Data sheet

The RX-V 861 by Yamaha (900 euros) shows his stereophile inclination on the front: with the “pure direct”-button. Thus all circuits turn off that are not needed for immediate playback of stereo signals, so display, video board and also DSP. The result is clearly articulated than with the periphery. That is not enough and who the world on top of that has the appropriate terminals on its boxes, which can persuade the 861 also blessed with seven power amplifiers for bi-Amping. The amplifiers for the surround back channels take care of, for example, only the midrange, while the front channels dedicated to the bass – a separation of powers established for stereo signals.

Even compressed two-channel sounds get even a high-gloss finish of the Yamaha. Thanks to “Music Enhancer” also the leanest MP3 file will be revamped – with surprisingly good results. Who once iPod attached his with the optional docking station with the RX-V 861, will want to not miss the sound improvement program in compressed pieces. Speaking of program: traditional Yamaha offers a comprehensive bouquet of DSP effects. No matter, whether stereo or multi-channel, everyone comes here at his own expense – in functions called “role playing game” target groups, one not necessarily brings with audiophile aspirations in connection.

Hearing test

The Yamaha RX-V 861 was lightly and clearly; but he worked on a track too much fine detail, always maintain an overview of the whole thing. And stereo? There showed that AV receiver just also dual channel can be fun. A superior performance offered the Yamaha tired sounding piano, punchy percussion and melodic bass runs.

Yamaha RX-V861

Manufacturer Yamaha
Price €800.00
Rating 52.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Genus (REC / GM / input.)
Power amplifiers, number
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats
Remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync
Equalizer manual
Bands / channels
Video standards converter
Video adjustment
Switched network jacks
Autom. Calibration
AV connectors
Digital inputs RCA / front
Optical digital inputs / front
Digital inputs HDMI / front
HDMI version number
Digital output HDMI
Digital RCA outputs
Optical digital outputs
USB ports front / rear
i-pod connection
Network connection
Multi channel input
Outputs audio
Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm
Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm
RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm
Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm
RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm
Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm
HiFi output power 4 ohm
effective pulse power front 4 ohm
effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms
maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2
maximum output voltage Z3
Number of appropriate channels
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp
Noise line / multi channel input
Noise phono MM / phono standard system
Noise phono MC
Digital noise
Front noise ProLogic
Noise ProLogic Center
Power consumption standby / operating
Future-proof Equipped Receiver; fun also stereo
No decoder for the new HD sound formats
Sound stereo 70
Surround sound 85
Sound HD 0
Operation Very good
Facilities Very good
Processing Very good
Price / performance Very good
Sound judgment satisfying 52
tested in issue: 11 / 07