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Yamaha RX-V863BL 735 Watt 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • 7-channel 735W powerful surround sound (105W x 7)
  • Upscaling from analog video to HDMI 1080p
  • HD Radio tuner built-in
  • Independent 2-Zone, 2-Source operation
  • Bluetooth music streaming using Yamaha YBA-10 Bluetooth Audio Receiver
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Technical Details

  • 7.1-Channel
  • HD Radio tuner built-in
  • Independent 2-Zone
  • 2-Source operation

Product Description

Product Description

The Yamaha RX-V863BL 7.2-channel digital home theater receiver delivers 735W powerful surround sound over 7 speakers (105W x 7). Full support for HD audio formats ensures maximum enjoyment of all high definition sources. Other advantages include full HD 1080p video upscaling with 3 HDMI inputs, an HD Radio tuner, as well as exclusive Yamaha features such as Pure Direct for the highest possible signal purity, YPAO sound optimization and 4 SCENE buttons for quick and easy browsing, selection, and automated setup of audio sources.

From the Manufacturer

Yamaha's new 735-Watt 7.1-Channel RX-V863 Home Theater Receiver offers full support for HD audio formats and ensures maximum enjoyment of all high-definition sources. Other exciting features include full HD 1080p video upscaling with 3 HDMI inputs, an HD Radio™ tuner, as well as exclusive Yamaha features such as Pure Direct, YPAO sound optimization and four SCENE buttons.

Multiple inputs make the RX-V863 your home theater hub
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Full Support and Pure Direct for High Definition Sources
The RX-V863 lets you enjoy the best possible and newest surround sound from Blu-ray Disc players and HD-DVD players. It supports the two lossy formats--Dolby Digital Plus and DTS HD High Resolution--as well as lossless formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Pure Direct is a special receiver mode that causes the signal to bypass all but the most basic audio circuitry, and even turns off the display to prevent any chance of noise interference. It provides the purest possible high-fidelity sound from all sources including USB and HDMI inputs.

Pure Direct mode provides outstanding high-fidelity sound by bypassing receiver components
that can potentially cause interference

The RX-V863 does full HD 1080p upscaling from a variety of sources

CINEMA DSP Digital for Enhanced Surround Realism
Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent sound fields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate sound fields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and startlingly realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The decoding circuitry performs Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES (DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1), DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 decoding with extreme accuracy, as well as all digital sound field processing.

When volume is low, CINEMA DSP effects may be difficult to hear. Adaptive DSP Level overcomes this problem by evaluating the difference between the volume level and a reference level, and adjusting the DSP level to ensure optimum effectiveness--that is, the best possible sound.

Full HD 1080p Video Upscaling and Deep Color (30/36-bit) Transmission
The HDMI 1.3a interface upgrades the transmission of standard, enhanced, and high-definition video signals via HDMI for higher-than-ever quality through a single cable. With three HDMI input terminals, you can connect a variety of high-definition sources such as Blu-ray Disc or HD-DVD players and switch easily among them.

The RX-V863 supports the latest HDMI 30- and 36-bit color depths, improved from the 24-bit depth of previous versions. This "Deep Color" allows the rendering of billions of colors for far greater accuracy. Colors are so vivid they seem to jump off the screen, with perfectly smooth tonal transitions and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also enables many times more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.

The RX-V863 is built with the highest quality components available,
such as custom block capacitors, Burr-Brown DACs and ADCs, and Schottky barrier diodes

Refresh your MP3s with the Compressed Music Enhancer

Analog Video to HDMI Digital Video Upconversion
This is a function that converts analog signals from composite, S-Video or component terminals to output from higher quality HDMI digital video. This ensures the highest possible picture quality from the AV receiver to a monitor or TV via a single cable. It also performs down-conversion among component, S-Video and composite signals.

Auto Lip-Sync Compensation Keeps Your Experience On Track
When video and audio signals are transferred via HDMI and the video is shown on a display and the audio output is performed by an A/V receiver, the video delay time (time from signal input until it is seen) and the audio delay time (time from signal input until it is heard) are different. This can result in the video and audio slipping out of sync. The Auto Lip-Sync compensation function monitors the video delay time, and automatically adjusts the amount of audio delay to eliminate the difference, so you always hear the dialogue just as the person is speaking.

SILENT CINEMA makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation of CINEMA DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue. Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without using surround speakers, perfect for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers. It can be used with the front/center/presence speakers, or even with just the two front left and right speakers.

Digital ToP-ART Philosophy Brings You Superior Receiver Technology
Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) is the name Yamaha has given to a design philosophy whose goal is to maximize digital quality while minimizing analog circuitry. The culmination of Yamaha’s long experience in digital engineering and design, it brings together several key elements to create the best-sounding A/V components available on the market. These include 12,000uF custom-made block capacitors, high-grade Burr-Brown DAC and ADC units, Schottky barrier diodes for high signal-to-noise ratios, as well as other high quality audio-grade parts. The RC-V863 also has an all-channel discrete amplifier configuration. Its amplification circuitry achieves high-current power with low impedance for superior amplifier performance.

Next-Gen Connectivity and Flexibility
In addition to great video and sound quality, the RX-V863 lets you bring music from multiple next-generation sources into your home. It is HD Radio ready, offering you crystal-clear, CD-quality sound via existing AM/FM radio bands. In addition, it gives you program-associated data and the ability to tune to multiple programs at the same dial position. Over 2,500 radio stations are in the fast lane upgrading to HD Radio broadcasting to reach 95% of America's population, and more than 230 stations are on-air now.

The RX-V863 is also compatible with Sirius and XM Satellite Radio. This Sirius-Ready receiver lets you access your favorite SIRIUS Satellite Radio entertainment, including 100% commercial-free music, plus sports, uncensored talk, comedy, exclusive entertainment, world-class news and more, directly through your audio system with the use of an optional SIRIUS ConnectT Home Tuner kit. With an optional XM tuner, you can hear over 150 digital channels of music, news, sports, talk and entertainment. And now with XM HD Surround, you can tune into XM stations with six discrete channels of digital full-fidelity audio powered by Neural Audio technology.

You can even bring your own tunes to the RX-V863. It is equipped to use Yamaha's optional YBA-10 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver, giving you the flexibility to stream music from Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, portable devices and even your personal computer. The optional YDS-10 Universal iPod Dock connects the RX-V863 to all versions of Apple's iPod, giving you the power to navigate and play via an onscreen menu.

Optional docks for your iPod or Bluetooth phone set your music free

Improved YPAO for Hassle-Free Configuration
Yamaha's YPAO Sound Optimization system analyzes the acoustics of the room and adjusts various speaker parameters to provide optimum sound quality at the listening position--all in less than three minutes. Yamaha’s YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters, such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers and even the sound pressure level, etc. It does this until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room, and you don't have to adjust a thing. The RX-V863 has an improved YPAO system that automatically selects the crucial frequency bands for the listening room, and then adjusts the level of the selected bands to create a cohesive sound field in the room.

Compressed Music Enhancer Refreshes Your Music
Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3 and WMA. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.

Independent Zone 2 Operation for Second-Room Audio
You can enjoy sound in a separate room because the RX-V863 provides Zone 2 audio output. Furthermore, Zone 2 power amplifier assignability and speaker terminals mean that Zone 2 can be fully independent with its own 2-channel power, while you still enjoy 5.1-channel sound in the main room.

SCENE – A New Level of Operating Ease
Four SCENE buttons make operating the RX-V863 easier than ever. Pressing a single SCENE button automatically launches the multiple operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button. They are initially set to default settings for DVD Viewing, Disc Listening, TV Viewing and Radio Listening. Other SCENE settings are also available, such as iPod Listening, XM Listening, TV Sports Viewing and Action Game Playing. Browsing and selecting the settings is quickly accomplished by rotating the Input knob and watching the on-screen display. The settings can be selected for one-time use, or they can replace the original default settings. The SCENE names can be changed also.

On-Screen Display with GUI Makes Navigation Easy
An on-screen GUI (Graphical User Interface) display makes operating the RX-V863 easy and intuitive. It is compatible with iPod, internet radio, PC and USB displays. Access and control everything you need from a simple and easy-to-navigate interface.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 18.7 x 22.2 x 10.6 inches
Item Weight 34 pounds
Shipping Weight 31.6 pounds
Manufacturer Yamaha
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Item model number RX-V863BL
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3.0 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #774 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Receivers & Amplifiers > Receivers
#4,006 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components
Date first available at April 18, 2005

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By M. T. Baker on June 13, 2008
I've had this receiver & its ipod dock for about 45 days. Picked this one over the 663 for its video upscaling. I use it mainly for watching dvds and ipod videos, streaming netflix, and listening to ipod and HD radio music.

Pros: Quality of sound and video output met my high expectations. (I'm biased toward Yamaha already FWIW). Surround fields are versatile & distinct. The enhancer modes are fantastic for low volume listening. Headphone listening is stellar. Config menus are straightforward. YPAO was easy to set up, though I wound up tweaking rear speaker adjustments up a bit as personal preference. The remote runs all our gear. I dusted off old concert and movie DVDs and this receiver makes them seem new again.

Cons: No macro mode on the remote to power everything on & off with one button. HD radio control is not intuitive. So far I haven't figured out if I can navigate a docked ipod's menus with my TV osd which would be nice.

Bottom line: I saved up and looked at a LOT of receivers before choosing this one, and I'm not disappointed at all. The RX-V863 is everything advertised and lives up to Yammy's top shelf reputation.
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Best receiver for the money. Why buy a Denon 3808 when you can buy this one for a lot less AND it does the same things? 1080P upconversion, 3 HDMI's, easy setup menu, LOADS and LOADS of more features. Put new life into my speakers. 7.1 AND Zone 2! HD radio built-in!!!

This thing was very straightforward to install and setup. The only part that I needed to consult the manual about was the HD radio, otherwise, it was easy.

Highly recommended!!!
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I bought this along with the Yamaha 3900. I put the 3900 in my family room and the 863 in the bedroom. Personally, I like the 863 better.

Just as some background, I have a Sony 550 Blu Ray and a Directv HD receiver hooked up to it. It has outputs to a 5.1 speaker system in Zone 1 and a simple 2 speaker system in Zone 2 (in our bathroom so we can listen to the radio in the morning). Video is thru a Samsung 7 series 52" LCD TV.

Great sound. The upscaling of DVDs is tremendous. It can turn a DVD into (almost) a Blu Ray. Easily does 2 zones. It has 3 HDMI inputs and 1 output. Can handle 2 subs. If you don't do HDMI, has tons of other inputs which can easily be seen on the pictures. It also has all the capabilities of more expensive receivers. HD Radio, Sirius, XM, ipod dock and all the acronyms.

So, why would you pay more (for the 3900 for example)? The 3900 is a network receiver, which the 863 is not. The 3900 has 4 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs (vs 3/1 for the 863). The 3900 is a little more powerful (140W/channel vs 105 for the 863).

However, after buying both, I wish I had just bought 2 863s. In fact for the cost of the 3900, I could have.

Great receiver. Great price. Incredible value.
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By DB on February 18, 2009
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I've been a long time Onkyo listener. I went with Yamaha this time for it's price and loyal customers. Plus I heard the competing Onkyo unit had a video issue in 1080P. I am very pleased with the Yamaha, it delivers very clean sound, plenty of HDMI hook ups, and an easy to set up interface. Prior Onkyo users will not like the rear hookups for anything other than HDMI. They are split up by type of input unlike the Onkyo where you could define what input the different video modes used. This somewhat constrains you in hooking up VCR's, Wii's, Ipod (without the onkyo dock). Overall though this is a great unit and I recommend it to anyone.
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I do affordable A/V installations and set-up for clients as a "hobby business," that is, though I'm licensed and experienced, it's not my main source of income. As a result I can be open and honest with my clients. I'm very value oriented; that is, I try to recommend gear that will get the most bang-for-the-buck for my clients. I purchased this receiver for a long-time client whose equipment was unfortunately destroyed by a direct lightning strike. I receommended it due to past experience with Yamaha gear and the favorable price. It's strengths: adequate power supply and output; decent to above-average sound quality; "B" speaker output to drive a switching box for other rooms; straightforward room EQ set-up using the supplied mic and instructions. Negatives/challenges: very difficult to understand owner's manual, which is unfortunately common in this industry; a "learning" remote that is nearly impossible for an end user to program and use; overly complex and onerous user interface with features that again will likely go unused by all but the most ardent A/V nerds.
I would recommend a Sherwood Newcastle any day over this receiver if a model with similar power and features was available within $100 of the price of the RX-V863.
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I decided to replace my Pioneer VSX91 Elite receiver because it only supported HDMI thru video and not audio and I just wanted a new toy. Typically, I agonized over choices, including other Pioneer models (I bought a Pioneer 1019 because of great reviews but returned it because it has the most confusing setup ever), Onkyo (I also own a Onkyo SR805), etc. and choose this one a little hesitantly, since it was really a 2008 model. I paid $550 but you can find it on Amazon for $500. This was a great choice with many surprises including: 1) video upscaling that dramatically improved the signal from my cable box, especially in SD; 2) sound quality superior to the Pioneer Elite; 3) the accessory IPod connector YDS10 (about $50) is very cool and sounds great with my system, the first time that my Ipod has sounded good on my system (my speakers are Paradigm in a 5.1 setup with a Paradigm 10-inch sub, and I use a Samsung Blu-ray player for my other source). The adaptor plugs in with a proprietary cable and plays thru two enhanced modes that alleviate some of the compressed nature and just sounds great. The video interface with the TV monitor is rather rudimentary but sufficient (Yamaha, why no color or album art displayed?). The Ipod also plays thru the second zone meaning I can play it outside by the pool and my family can watch TV inside. Very nice.

The Yamaha also has four "scene" buttons that are very cool, accesible on both on the receiver and remote. Basically, each one is a macro for the function Yamaha (or you) assign it, so if you like listening to the TV with a certain soundfield and volume, that's what it defaults to when selected. My Ipod, for example, will default to the compressed music enhancer mode. Nice.
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