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Yamaha R-XV340RDS - Yamaha R-XV430RDS???

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by weyland-yutani, Aug 10, 2003.

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    These 2 units look the same and have the same specs, so why the 430/340 nonsense???

    Is there any difference in the 2 units? The whole model number "thing" seems quite confusing to me.

    Thanks:)
     
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    There's no such thing as a 340.

    Probably a typo?

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    top two items on this page would suggest otherwise:confused:
     
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    I stand corrected!

    Well, the 430 is effectively "last year's model" of Yamaha's entry level receiver. A great little bit of kit. It was replaced this year with the 440.

    All last year's *30 range became *40, i.e. 430 -> 440, 630 -> 640 etc)

    However, last year there was no 330, so where the 340 came from, I'm not sure! This is certainly the first I've heard of it!

    It's styling follows the "tweaks" of the rest of the *40 range.

    It claims to have "phantom" Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES. How you can have phantom versions of these effects, I don't know. Perhaps it is a variation of Matrix 6.1.

    There is a lower overall power but with a nice addition - Two pairs of stereo speaker outputs (switchable between A or B) is a nice touch.

    It has a few more cinema modes but in my opinion these are pointless. Otherwise, it seems have very little difference from the 'older' version.

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    so i assume the A/B fronts connections are for 2 hc speakers for hc(obviously) and 2 stereo speakers for music? does that make sense, and is that a good thing to do?
     
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    Well, you could either (for example) link up your regular 5 speaker connections with a set of Kef eggs and then use the spare pair of stereo connections with a nice pair of dedicated stereo fronts.

    However, whilst the Yamahas certainly hold their own musically, they are no substitute for a dedicated stereo amp.

    What I would do personally is run wires from the 'spare' stereo connections out my patio doors to a set of outdoor speakers for pleasant BBQ evening ambience!!

    Like I said, the spare connections are nice touch. Unusual at this price point.

    I've just noticed that the 340 uses spring clips for most of it's speaker connections which is a shame really. The 430 uses binding posts which are much more satisfactory.

    Did I mention I've got a 430 up for grabs in the classified ads forum?

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    yeah, just seen it. unfortunately i'm after a silver/titanium one so it goes with my other stuff tv,dvd,stb,vcr, etc. i think i'll get the 440 in silver, its got good reviews but doesn't have s-video loop, which may send me elsewhere. anyhoo, thanks for the info:)
     
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    Welcome!

    I sympathise with the silver requirement btw!

    Shame Yamaha's silver/titanium is more grey than silver. :(

    440 is a nice choice.

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    i dont know about the 440 but the binding posts on the 430 are a bit crap. theres not much room for decent gauge cable and (unless im missing somthing obvious) you cant connect banana plugs. apart from that minor moan its an outstanding amp for the money.
     
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    Menalaus,

    You must like to use MuthaF-grade cables! Sure, the wiring in is a bit tricky but you can certainly get everything but the fattest, stiffest cable in there.

    As for banana plugs, Yamaha seal off the end caps so you have to make a little X-slit in the end and simply push the plugs through.

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    Big A, the cable talk bi wire i use for the fronts does cause me problems with my girth ( :eek: ) as i have to fit two lots of cable into each post.may be its just me but they feel a bit plasticy and cheap compared to the build quality of the rest of the amp.
    thanks for the top tip about the Banana Plugs, i knew i must be missing somthing
     

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