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Yamaha HTR-5540 Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 5-channel surround receiver with Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Matrix 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, and Dolby Pro Logic II processing
- 75 watts per channel x 5 channels
- Offers 5.1-channel analog audio inputs, Auto Priority Input Selection, Auto Decoder Selection, 40-station AM/FM presets
- Silent Cinema, Virtual Cinema DSP, Quad-Field Cinema DSP, and 21 other surround algorithms
- 4 composite-video inputs, 2 outputs; 2 digital-audio inputs (1 coaxial, 1 optical); spring-clip speaker terminals
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|Connectivity Technology||Wired||Wired||USB Port, SD Memory Card Slot, RCA Selector||Ethernet||Audio Inputs, Audio Outputs, AM/FM Antenna Connectors, Speaker Outputs||hdmi|
|Item Dimensions||17.13 x 15.38 x 5.5 in||10.9 x 16.9 x 5.2 in||7.5 x 15.75 x 19.5 in||17.12 x 12.38 x 6.38 in||19.25 x 7.25 x 14 in||17.12 x 14.88 x 6.75 in|
|Item Weight||23.1 lbs||14 lbs||16.08 lbs||17.9 lbs||13.78 lbs||22.1 lbs|
|Output Wattage||375||270 watts||350 watts||80 watts||600 watts||145 watts|
|Additional Features||5-Channel Surround Receiver, 4 Composite-Video Inputs, 2 Digital-Audio Inputs, Auto Decoder Selection, 40-Station AM/FM Presets||2 Channel, 5 analog audio inputs, AM/FM tuner, Auto standby||DC in Jack||5-channel powerful surround sound, Discrete amp configuration, Front panel USB digital connection for ipod, iphone and ipad, Multi-language color OSD, 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution images||Auto station seek, USB/SD Card MP3 Player, 50 Radio station memory, Separate subwoofer gain controls, Digital fluorescent output display meter||—|
|Warranty Description||2 years warranty||2 year coverage for parts, 2 year coverage for labor||1 year limited warranty||2 years warranty on parts and labor||1 year limited warranty||2-years|
The HTR-5540 AV receiver puts high-end home theater well within the grasp of affordability, offering the convenience of DVD-Audio-ready six-channel analog inputs alongside the latest 6.1-channel surround processing and premium Yamaha sound technologies.
When hooked up with the digital-audio output from a DVD-Video player or digital satellite receiver, the 75 watts-per-channel HTR-5540 handles 5.1-channel surround decoding for both major formats, Dolby Digital and DTS. In addition, the HTR-5540 processes Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES, which create an even more expansive soundfield through the use of a center-rear surround channel, totaling six discrete full-range channels in addition to the LFE (low-frequency effects) channel: left, center, right, and left, center, and right surround.
Non-Dolby Digital and DTS sources can benefit from surround processing, too. With enhanced directional steering over standard four-channel Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II provides five channels of surround processing from any stereo source--whether that's a TV broadcast, VHS tapes, or your favorite CDs, cassettes, and LPs. Pro Logic II delivers full-bandwidth stereo surround channels with 40 dB of left-right separation.
A key benefit from a Yamaha receiver, of course, is Yamaha's proprietary signal processing, including Cinema DSP (digital soundfield processing), which creates aural "imaging" that not only makes your home sound like a theater, but also sounds better than most movie theaters. Based on a wealth of measured data in studios and halls, Cinema DSP is designed to bring out the full potential of movie sound mixes, reproducing them the way directors and sound engineers intended.
And, when you're listening to multichannel presentations late at night, you'll appreciate Silent Cinema, which simulates 5.1-channel listening through a pair of ordinary 2-channel headphones (not included). Silent Cinema uses unique parameters for each soundfield to ensure accurate headphone representations of each soundfield.
Then there are the six-channel DVD-Audio-ready inputs mentioned above. "If DVD-Audio is so high-tech," you might wonder, "why do I need analog inputs to appreciate it?" You need them because, for reasons of data density, DVD-Audio players perform their own digital-to-analog conversion, passing high-resolution analog signals on to your amplifier. (And analog is, after all, what your amp feeds your speakers.)
DVD-Audio can deliver up to six channels of discrete, full-frequency sound at greater-than-CD resolution (24 bits, 96 kHz sampling rate versus 16 bits, 44.1 kHz for CD), and some discs will exploit the chance to offer an ultra-high-resolution, stereo-only 192 kHz sampling rate. In stereo or surround, the sound from DVD-Audio is packed with detail, yet it's smoother and sweeter than the sound from even the best standard CD players. The HTR-5540 accommodates decoded DVD-A signals and routes them to the appropriate speakers in your surround system.
The versatile unit offers five video input connections (with four S-video inputs), five fixed and assignable digital-audio inputs (great for DSS, CD, laserdisc, gaming consoles, and minidisc), and front-panel input connections for your camcorder or other spontaneous hookup. The HTR-5540 comes with a preset remote control.
Finally, the HTR-5540 benefits from Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) build philosophy. ToP-ART's goal is to maximize digital quality while minimizing analog circuitry. The culmination of the best digital engineering and design possible, it brings together several key elements to create the best-sounding, easiest-to-use A/V components available.
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I use it for surround sound with the TV and also as a stereo and I must say even after 13 yrs its still sounds great! I'm leaving the review all these years later because I am trying to research the ports it has so I could connect my android to it so I can listen to downloaded music, as this is from the days before Bluetooth and since I have no intention of replacing it until it dies. Highly recommend!
Recently I picked up an Infinity Classia PS310 whuch I could not seem to get much bass out of using this Yamaha. I took the sub to a friends and it was like night and day, had huge bass. So I'm not sure if the Sub output level is weak or if it is a capatability problem. Also the Cross over for the sub is set to 90hz, which really should be 80hz, but is non-adjustable. But otherwise no other issues. Still a Yamaha lifer but I may research more about ajustments for subs before I make my next purchase.
Clean, crisp, sound. Very polish. phantom rear center a plus without adding that extra rear channel.
Limited input/output in the back. All you need are the audio input/output. All video are directly to the T.V. (best connections are always directly to the T.V. anyways...if you want switching buy the HTR 5560. You'll pay extra though.