Yamaha RX-V357

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  1. Ekko Star

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    Well I was after a basic amp for a second room and I picked this up from Richer Sounds for £119 today.

    Component switching, lip sync delay and an impressive raft of extensive features for an amp at the bottom end of the price scale.

    Sounds fantastic too. Not great on music but films are fine, actually films are quite astonishingly good :smashin:

    The 357 has no right being this good at that price, but Yamaha delivers once again. It's budget nature only appears if you push it too hard but really at that price you cannot argue. Great starter amp :thumbsup:
     
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    Ekko Star,

    You must have read my mind, I'm new to all this AV stuff and I'd spotted this at ED with speakers for £158, and I must admit I've been very tempted but just not known how good it was. I used to have an all in one system until it gave up the ghost so that's why I'm going down this road.

    I wonder if you could help though. I've got the Toshiba 350 dvd player and sky and I'm wondering how easy it is to get it all set up. I assume it would be worthwile investing in component cables for the dvd player!

    Thanks
     
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    It's a no brainer at that price, depending on speakers !

    I was expecting a real watered down budget version especially so in the sound department. But no, it performs lovely, the Yamaha DSP's are always excellent and there are numerous ones on it.

    It's not close to my AX5Ai as that is completely different league but for £119 I don't know how Yamaha have done it.
     
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    I concur, this Yamaha 357 is indeed an inexpensive but capable receiver.

    Our family has one since July. The speakers are Magnat Motion 990 5.0 set. (Exact the same look as the Eltax Hollywood set, probably the drivers are similar, too)

    This setup serves my son very well. The receiver had everthing we wanted: 2 optical digital inputs along with a coax digi in AND 5.1 analog inputs.
    I gave my son my old Sony DVP-NS700V so now he can also listen to my mch SA-CDs in his room - plus now he can play his xbox games with Dolby sound!

    Perhaps the tuner could have more sensitivity.
    The remote is a very simple one.

    There are infinitely better setups out there but for the price this is a very enjoyable combination.
    Very good for films, good for pop-rock. Classical music looses too much from its shine - I think the speakers are not up to the task - but hey it was
    cheap!
     
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    I have to agree with you all, I bought a Yamaha AV Package 57 (357 and NS P110) from the now defunct Unbeatable for £159 inc delivery.

    Bargain, Bargain, Bargain.

    I have it linked to my SKY+ and Pioneer DVR430 via tosh link and the results are amazing (definitely better than my previous "one box solution")

    Has given me a big smile for little cash!!
     
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    Yes I am going to be ordering this pack 57 thing from Peter Tyson in the next few days, but just having a ponder over which DVd player to hook it up to, cant decide a straight HDMi link with something like a Denon 1920 or Tosh 350, with a toslink for the sound to the receiver, or go for the yamaha DVD player that comes with the pack 77? Or an alternative DVD player that can be linked via component, then link it all up to my pd5200? Any thoughts anyone??

    Thanks, James
     
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    The 357 doesn't have HDMI switching so you'll be having to connect that direct to your display. It does however have component switching which is excellent at this price level.

    Routing the Video via the RX usually helps keep lip sync in check. With HDMI direct to the display you will not have the benefit of that. Not a really major concern because you can tweak centre and front delays to get the lip sync timing right for your seating position. Not always the easiest thing to do to get exactly spot on but at least this RX does give you the option to set delays and distance.
     
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    i was thinking of getting one of these myself, but wanted to check how (if) i could connect the s-video out of pc as there are no s-video jacks on the v357.
     
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    Are you sure it has lipsync delay?
    According to Yamaha's website the 457 is the cheapest with lipsync delay.
    If it does have then it is defo a bargain.
     
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    the sony STRK670P doesnt seem to have any video inputs.


    anyone know if its possible to connect s-video output from a pc to the 357?
     
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    Being new to all this i was flicking through last months 'what hi-fi' and spotted this yamaha amp for £119 as ekko star stated ( a site search brought up this post) Now this amp looks the business but as i'm new dont know much about it all and it seems you guys have given the thumbs up for this amp.

    This would be my plan over the nect few months , will this amp be a good bet in the middle of:

    B&W speakers 2 floor standers , 2 bookshelfs on stands and a centre speaker (all from the 600 series) - yet to purchase

    pioneer 535 dvd player with a look to upgrade to the denon 1920

    panasonic sqpb vhs player

    Sky box

    Xbox

    Displayed on my sony kp51 rear pro t.v

    I'm thinking it would be ideal or should i be looking at another amp to place in the middle of my set up?

    Any help much appreciated

    Jon
     

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