The Yamaha HTR-6030, despite its modest price, offers very practical audio features including, a powerful 5.1 channel amplifier, Dolby Digital, DTS, Neural, and XM-HD surround sound processing options, XM Satellite Radio capability, and front panel mini-jack for connection of digital audio players.
Video and Audio Inputs:
The Yamaha HTR-6030 offers component video switching and can switch three high definition and progressive-scan sources without degrading video quality. There are four composite RCA video inputs. The receiver has three digital audio inputs (one coaxial and two optical), RCA audio connections for a CD player and CD or Cassette audio recorder, and a subwoofer preamplifier output. In addition, the HTR-6030 also has a dedicated 5-channel direct input that can be used when needing to access the multi-channel audio output from an SACD or DVD-Audio Player.
The Yamaha HTR-6030 offers two types of video monitor output: Component and Composite. You may need to connect both types to your television as the HTR-6030 does not have composite to component video conversion. In other words, to view your VCR on your TV, you need to use the composite video monitor connection. However, for a DVD player or other source that has component video connections, use the component video monitor output to your TV. If your TV has both types, you simply switch between the two with your TV remote to access the proper video monitor output signal from the HTR-6030.
Audio Features - Surround Sound Processing:
The HTR-6030 features several surround sound processing options, including: Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS, and Dolby ProLogic II. Dolby Prologic II processing enables the HTR-6030 to extract 5.1-channel audio from absolutely any stereo or multichannel source. In addition, Yamaha provide additional surround modes that can be used in conjunction with both Dolby Digital and DTS.
Audio Features - Additional Audio Processing:
Although the HTR-6030 is a 5.1 channel receiver, it is compatible with Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES 6.1 channel programming; the Receiver simply mixes down the 6.1 channel information into its 5.1 channel soundfield. The receiver features also features linear PCM 192 kHz/24-bit D/A (Digtal-to-Analog) converters.
The HTR-6030 also has a dedicated audio line output for a powered subwoofer.
In addition to its surround capabilities, the HTR-6030 can also be used in a standard 2-channel stereo operation, and, unlike many budget-price home theater receivers, the HTR-6030 provides very good two-channel stereo performance.
Audio Features - Compressed Music Enhancer and Night Listening Enhancer:
The Compressed Music Enhancer is a function that uses specific audio processing that improves the quality of audio from MP3 and WMA music sources. One intended result is that high frequencies should be smoother and low frequencies should become more solid in relation to other types of non-compressed audio sources.
The Night Listening Enhancer boost low frequencies and dialog, which are normally lost as volume is decreased. The Night Listening Enhancer offers two settings: Music and Cinema. This results in a more realistic listening experience at low volume levels for either music-only or DVD movie sources.
Audio Features - Scene Function:
The SCENE function allows for preset or customized listening and viewing modes. By pushing one of the Scene buttons, the receiver will automatically select the input, equalization, and any other parameters assigned to that specific SCENE button. There are four SCENE buttons, and they are assigned to: DVD listening, CD listening, TV listening, and Radio listening. There also other preset combinations you can use if you prefer, or, if you feel adventurous, create your own.
The Yamaha HTR-6030 delivers about 100 Watts-per-channel into 8-Ohms. This output is measured at 1KHZ - if measured across all audible frequencies (20HZ to 20KHZ), the actual power output would be less. However, this receiver is up to challenge from any source, including SACD and DVD-Audio.
Speaker connections consist of dual banana-plug-compatible multi-way speaker binding posts for the front main channels. Front channel "B" speaker terminals are also provided. This would enable the receiver to drive a stereo pair in another room, if desired (not simultaneous with main room operation).
Front Panel Display:
The fluorescent front panel display makes setup and operation of the receiver easy and fast. The Front panel display shows the the status of your surround and other settings, such as which inputs are active and what type of audio signal is coming from source (Mono, Stereo, Surround).
FM/AM Radio Tuner:
The HTR-6030 has a built-in AM/FM tuner section has 40 random presets, and FM automatic scan tuning. Connections for both AM and FM antennas are provided.
Wireless Remote Control:
A pre-set Universal Wireless Remote Control, that is compatible with most Televisions, VCRs, and DVD Players, is provided. A list printed in the user manual includes the codes to set the remote for use with other devices.
XM Satellite Radio Ready
The HTR-6030 is also XM-ready. By connecting an XM Satellite Radio Antenna (must be purchased separately) to the HTR-6030 and paying the XM monthly subscription fee, you can access XM Satellite Radio Programming. If you are not familiar with Satellite radio, think of it as being similar to Satellite TV, without having to use an outside dish (although placement of the XM Radio Antenna near a window improves the consistency of reception.
With the HTR-6030, Yamaha has provided an excellent feature package and performance in an entry-level Receiver. This receiver is equally at home in both the music-only and DVD movie environments. Also, if you have an HDTV, the HTR-6030's component video inputs and outputs are fully compatible with progressive scan and HD video signals using the component video interface.
It must be noted, however, that this receiver does not have S-video, DVI, or HDMI connectivity. For higher-end users, the lack of these features may be a consideration.
However, despite lacking many video features, this receiver offers a wealth of audio features for an entry level receiver, including all the basic Dolby Digital and DTS modes, XM Neural and HD-Surround, Compressed Music Enhancer, and the SCENE function.
Whether you are a novice looking to purchase your first home theater receiver, or are planning to purchase a basic home theater receiver for a second system, then be sure to check out the HTR-6030.
The HTR-6030 is currently available and has a suggested retail price of $229.
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