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Is the Yamaha RX-V640RDS available yet?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Wingnut, Apr 18, 2003.

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  1. Wingnut

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    It's on Yamaha's web site but I've not seen it anywhere. Anyone know if this is available yet and where?

    Wingnut
     
  2. Worm

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    Have emailed Yamaha today as this is the one I want and the reply was early June... why on website then ?

    Anyway cant wait so buying the RX-V730RDS for £350 from Richersounds. The RX V640 though has some of the 730 features and its a pity its not on sale yet. Unless someone knows different.

    Regards

    Robin
     
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    The 730 is a wonderful amp, and I love mine to bits!!!!
     
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    Hi Shodan

    As you have a wonderful relationship with your 730 perhaps you could answer a question.

    Have downloaded manual and it says that multichannel is not available if you connect a video component from analogue input. Is this a particluar input or does it mean it that if I connect my Tv from its audio out sockets to the 730 ,that prologic signals will not be decoded and just come out as stereo?. I thought all amps are supposed to do this.

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    They are, and so will the Yamaha!

    It's just a terminolgy issue.
    They mean multichannel as in DD or DTS etc (ie discrete multichannel).
     
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    Thanks for info.

    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/ are offering the new 640 for £350 and the new 740 for £410.

    Question is should I get the 730 or wait for the new 640.. both are about the same price??. Having downloaded both manuals it appears that the new 640 has some of the extra 730 features . The only ones it doesnt appear to have are the on screen OSD and the LCD remote. I dont care about these so would it be better to wait and do the experts here think that its better getting newer models as they might be technically better ( improved componenets etc)

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    Obviousley it would be best if you could audition the two units for yourself.

    My own personal thoughts? The OSD only works when you go to the dedicated input on the monitor. It will not overlay onto whatever you are watching at the time.
    As for the remote control, I use this to control all the units in my setup and the Cambridge Audio Angel lcd, universal remote control I was using has been given a new home with my folks.
    I find the yamaha remote to be very good indeed.
    As for your earlier question (which MikeK answered) I think they are refering to 5.1 If you want 5.1 then you need to used either digital co-ax or optical.
    Hope this helps.....
     
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    Hi

    Have just unpacked my 640 and WOW. The difference over my 3 yr Kenwood 7030 is amazing.... much fiddling to be done but PL2 is great!

    Regards
     
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    Whats the difference between this and the 630?
     
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    Where did you purchase the 640 from? Unbeatable no longer lists the 640 on their site and other shops suggest that the 640 is not coming out until June.

    Do you mind mentioning how much you paid for it?
    Also why did you select the 640 instead of the 740?
     
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    Hi

    The differences are that the 640 has more power output, more 6.1 sound systems and has taken some of the old 730's extra functions such as grapic equaliser for the front centre speaker.

    I got mine form Unbeatable.co.uk buy I ordered mine when the model first appeared on the site. Only a small amount of stock was available and when these were pre-sold ,it was removed from the site. I paid £350 inc delivery.

    I didnt have the 740 because the main differences of an onscreen menu and LCD remote were of no interest and the small power increase couple d with these and a couple of minor extra speaker settings did not justify the higher cost.

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    thanks for the info, I am glad to see that Yamaha are continuing from where they left off. I was looking at the 630, and was about to buy it but couldnt (like I imagine many others) find anywhere that had it in stock.

    For aesthetic reasons I had to get something in silver - apparently these things have to match, or so I am told ( small rant time *WHY do Denon and Marantz think that gold is a classy colour for Hi-Fi kit anyway?!?*).

    Because of all this I have had to wait for about 3 months now until the new yams came out, and am hanging out to make the purchase!
     
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    edhg - pioneer do amps in silver & the 811 is at least as good as the yamaha 630 (I've owned both replacing the yamaha with the pioneer)
     
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    Just received my 640 today from HifiJunkies. It's not listed on their website yet but they do have them in stock. Speak to Jason or Sean, they are very helpful.
     
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    How much are HiFi Junkies charging for it? Quite fancy picking one up myself.

    QED have it on their website too - what are they like?

    Cheers
     
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    I've never bought from QED but their prices look good. I actually paid £330 from Junkies but they made a mistake which they honoured. Their service is excellent and they will match the best price from other websites. Give 'em a ring but don't use my name when quoting the price though, I may want to buy from them again!!!
     
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    I have translated the summary from the areadvd test, and it is clearly the new benchmark.

    http://www.areadvd.de/hardware/yamaharxv640.shtml

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    The Rx-v640 is momentarily the equipment, at which the competition in the preisklasse between 500 and 600 EUR must measure. Its trumpf is not the high balance, anywhere seems serious weaknesses through. With its start, its acoustic harmony, its brilliance and its expression strength the Yamaha sets in multi-channel music and in the filming on enterprise at present the standards. Discipline, in which the AV aV-Receiver furnishes only good results, everywhere are not the results above average successfully, thus the "beginner" gets a practically immaculate note scale. To praise is in this connection that Yamaha recognized consistently the ranges, in which the predecessor Rx-v630 still behind the competition lay. By the obviously very careful, detailed tuning work from the weaknesses strengths became. But the Rx-v640 can do still more, because its Stereo qualities are on a very considerable level: Clearly and precisely, spatially balanced and naturally the Yamaha furnishes first-class achievements also in this partial valuation for its preisklasse. This impression the successful fits, because cleanly representing and voluminoese PLII integration. It is very properly also with the control comfort, earnings/services of the new, clearer menu structures. Now it is problem-free possible also for the home cinema beginner to make all elementary Settings fast. Not completely optimally is only that Assignment menu for the digital and video connections failed, here exists rework need. The same applies to the missing possibility for adjustment the Subwoofer frequenz. Together with the fact that the volume turnable regulator of the Rx-v640 made of plastics is and not made of metal, it is this however the only small weak points, which we could make. The excellent equipment display, the remote maintenance lying perfectly in the hand, the exzellente equipment inclusive video standard transducers and the very good cost-performance ratio set further points of gloss.
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    Yamaha strikes all: The Rx-v640 has that things to the "superstar"

    PRO'S
    - Very round, pleasant home cinema and multi-channel music sound
    - Very alive Surround Klang
    - Natural, sensitive being correct rendition
    - Precise, clear and homogeneous stereowiedergabe
    - Aufwaendig arranged DSP programs with considerable effect
    - High performance output stages with spontaneous start
    - Meaningful set UP menu structure
    - First-class equipment inclusive video standard transducers
    - Exemplary equipment display
    - First-class remote maintenance
    - Excellente cost-performance ratio

    CONTRA
    - No adjustable Subwoofer frequenz
    - Volume turnable regulator from plastic

    If I was going to buy one today, I would definitely go for the Yamaha but for the Amplifier one if it can be had in Titanium, which cost only £300 at qed-uk, rather than receiver. If it is not coming in Titanium I would splash out for the receiver.

    new - Also just a note, I regard areadvd very high as they really test the products in very fine detail.

    Wasabi
     
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    Both the amp and the receiver are available in Titanium.
     
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    Has anyone compared this with the pioneer 811 as I'm down to these two for a choice.Are they both ok for sacd.
     
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    Bagged me one of the 640SE in titanium from QED for £299 squids! Modified and uprated my system for 6.1 audio in anticipation.........
     
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    Flanners, how did you get it down to £299? Best I can see is £356 (inc del) on the website. Looking to get one myself so that's quite a deal

    cheers

    Macca
     
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    I withdraw my question based on niavity answered in my other thread !!

    Macca
     
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    just refreshing this question.:D
     
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    was in Sevenoaks in Leicester today and they has the 640 and the 5640 (the silver one) on display ... not sure if they were the Reciever or Amplifier version though.
     
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    newbie265 I have an 811 & owned a 630 both are fine with sacd (so expect a 640 to be fine)
     
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    I take it the pioneer is better then and i think is cheaper than the 640.
     
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    Long story but suffice to say the 811 is a great movie performer (it's also pretty good with the novelty of multi channel music). It is IMHO top of the budget av amps

    Neither the Yamaha nor the pioneer are audiophile stereo solutions (here's the worn out record bit) but I haven't heard an av amp that suit me for movies that does.
     
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    I wouldn't be using it for music as in general cd play but i wantch a lot of music dvd's and need a strong performer as well as a great movie amp and interested in sacd especially dark side of the moon which i hear is very good.
     

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