The Bottom Line
- Powerful 6 channel amplifier with smooth sound.
- Built-in Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS-Neo:6, and Dolby Prologic II.
- Full complement of analog and digital AV inputs and outputs.
- Somewhat confusing remote.
- Takes some time to go through set up procedures.
- Plain looking front panel.
- 6 channel amp with equal power (80 Watts) to each channel. Line out for external powered subwoofer.
- Dolby Digital 5.1/6.1, Pro-Logic II, DTS 5.1/DTS ES 6.1 Matrix/Discrete, Neo:6, Cinema DSP.
- Silent Cinema (headphone surround).
- 96Khz/24bit D/A Converter and Bass Extension.
- Analog, Optical, and Coaxial Digital inputs/outputs, Digital Optical and Analog front inputs.
- RCA, S-Video, and Component video switching, with monitor outputs.
- 6-channel analog audio inputs for SACD and DVD-Audio.
- Built-in Test tone generator for accurate loudspeaker setup.
- FM/AM Tuner.
- Universal Learning Remote, Onscreen display for setup and adjustments.
Guide Review - Yamaha HTR-5490: Up To The Task - Short Review
In addition to multi-format DD/DTS surround decoding, Pro Logic II/DTS Neo:6 can create 5.1/6.1 channel surround, respectively, from two channel sources. The HTR-5490's DSP modes can place you in a variety of environments, such as a movie theater, church, or club. Two settings I like are Mono Movie (which adds depth to mono sound sources), and 6-channel stereo (which retains standard two-channel stereo in both the front and rear of a room). In addition, "Silent Cinema" allows you to experience surround sound with a set of standard stereo headphones.
This unit also provides several speaker setup options; be sure to read the manual first. The Yamaha HTR-5490 (or its twin RX-V1200, which adds a 12-volt trigger and multi-zone preamp outputs) gets my solid vote as one of my favorite mid-range AV receivers.