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Yamaha RX-V640 AV Receiver - Short Review

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Yamaha RX-V640 AV Receiver - Front View

Yamaha RX-V640 AV Receiver - Front View

Robert Silva

The Bottom Line

After using the Yamaha RX-V640, I must say that it is an excellent value for those getting started in home theater. This unit packs in a lot of features, while still delivering great sound.


  • Center channel equalizer
  • Second Zone Pre-amp outputs
  • S-video/composite video conversion


  • No direct phono/turntable input
  • Only one coaxial digital audio input
  • No onscreen display


  • 6.1 channel AV receiver delivering 85 watts into each of six channels. Subwoofer line output.
  • Surround options: Dolby Prologic II, Dolby Digital 5.1/6.1 EX, DTS 5.1/6.1 ES, and DTS Neo:6.
  • 6-channel audio inputs for SACD, DVD-Audio, or external decoder.
  • Center channel graphic equalizer for dialog enhancement.
  • Second zone preamp outputs.
  • Silent Cinema surround headphone output.
  • Audio inputs: 7 analog, 4 digital, 1 coaxial. Video inputs: 5 composite, 5 S-video, two component.
  • S-video to composite video and composite to S-video conversion.
  • Record outputs for both video and audio.
  • FM/AM Tuner with 40 presets.

Guide Review - Yamaha RX-V640 AV Receiver - Short Review

With its moderate price, and loads of features, the RX-V640 represents an excellent value in an AV receiver. Although not as powerful as slightly higher-priced units, the RX-V640, none-the-less delivers exceptional sound with its high-current design. Three useful features are: Video Conversion, which allows mixing of S-video and composite video inputs and outputs; Second Zone pre-outs, which allow the user to supply either a simultaneous or second source to another room (additional amplifier required) and Center Channel Equalizer, which is great for fine tuning movie dialog tracks. If you are considering either an upgrade from an old pro-logic receiver or starting a system from scratch, consider the Yamaha RX-V640 6.1 Channel AV receiver.
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