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Beware: not HDMI for TV and Really Hard to Setup and Use!
, December 11, 2009
This review is from: Yamaha RX-V465BL 525 Watt 5-Channel Home Theater Receiver (OLD VERSION) (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Electronics)
I ordered this Yamaha receiver as it seemed both a good price and a well-made product. Also a salesman at BestBuy told me it was really easy to use and that was why he had gotten one for his grandmother. She must be one smart granny if she can use it!
First complaint: although it purports to use HDMI to set up your television, actually the HDMI is ONLY for video. You must still use another cable to connect the audio. That seems kind of...odd? Pointless? Hmmmm. Setup was also extremely difficult. I am not particularly good at electronic setups (OK, I admit it, I really suck at it), but even by my lousy standards, this one took me a few hours, and calls to both Yamaha and Samsung (makers of my TV) before I got everything working. Samsung TV folks answered the phone right away (I got a human in one minute); Yamaha kept me on hold twice for over half an hour before I got a human. Whatever the classical music was that they played over and over and over and over will now forever be associated for me with frustration.
Second complaint: You would think that when you want to make the sound from your TV come through your stereo speakers, you could press TV button on the front of the receiver and that would happen. You would be wrong. Pressing the TV button does nothing. You must use the remote control and press Audio 1. Same thing with the CD button and the DVD button. So far as I could see they are mere props and do nothing. To play DVDs you must press AV 5 on your remote. Find it hard to recall Audio 1 = TV or AV5 = DVD? So do I. I have them written down on a piece of paper on my coffee table. And it is irritating that I cannot control things at the receiver and am forced to use the remote all the time. I know readers are going to tell me that I must have connected it up incorrectly, and perhaps that is so, but I did what the Yamaha tech support people told me to do.
End of story? I am returning this Yamaha and ordering a receiver from Onkyo. I'll let you know if things are any better.
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