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The Yamaha RX-V3900 is a high-end 7.1 channel a/v receiver with an MSRP of $1899.95.

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4 x HDMI inputs + 2 HDMI outputs

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Anchor Bay VRS Technology + PReP video processing for large displays

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Internet + network connectivity with Web browser control

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Firmware upgradeable via network connection.

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USB port

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HDMI to HDMI upscaling

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8-point automatic calibration

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DLNA support

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Improved GUI with album art

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HDMI On Screen Display / Overlay of volume and short messages.

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iPod dock support with video and audio playback.

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HDMI-passthrough when the receiver is in standby mode

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Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels

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Fully function second zone of audio and video with OSD and HDMI output

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DSD decoding for SACD playback.

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Individual speaker crossover settings.

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SRS Circle Surround II audio decoding

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No THX certification

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Browser GUI has a few bugs. Can't navigate to select songs via USB or PC.

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Anchor Bay not as good as Silicon Optix HQV Reon-VX in Onkyo and Denon

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No HDMI to HDMI upscaling

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The Yamaha RX-V3900 is a high-end 7.1 channel a/v receiver with an MSRP of $1899.95. It features 140 Watts / channel of power and is based on the Anchor Bay Technologies ABT 2010 video chip that can upscale analog video sources to 1080p. It features high-definition audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts HD-MA. This receiver is the step-up model to the Yamaha RX-V1900 retailing for $1399.95 and is the 2008 successor to the Yamaha RX-V3800 released in 2007. The top-of-the-line model for 2008 is the Yamaha RX-Z7 (MSRP $2699.95). This receiver is network compatible and can stream audio over your network, listen to Internet Radio, or via a USB-connected audio player. It features an improved GUI OSD over the RX-V1900 and has the ability to display album art. Other notable features include SRS Circle Surround II decoder and Progressive ReProcessing (PReP) technology via Anchor Bay VRS using the ABT 2010 chipset.

  • 7.1 channels, 140 W / channel
  • Decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • HDMI: 4 x HDMI 1.3a + 2 x HDMI outputs 1.3a with deep color support and audio
  • Inputs: 3 x component, 6 x S-Video/Composite (1 front),  5 x digital optical (1 front), 3 x digital co-axial
  • SRS Circle Surround II
  • Anchor Bay VRS Technology + PReP (using the ABT 2010 chip)
  • Upscales to 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p over HDMI
  • Upscales to component video
  • optional iPod dock
  • optional Bluetooth A2DP with YBA-10 wireless adapter
  • Sirius radio, HD Radio
  • network connectivity + Web browser control
  • DLNA certification
  • hidden front inputs + controls
  • USB port
  • YPAO 8-point Auto Setup with Quick Start
  • Zone 2: video and audio (HDMI + OSD), Zone 3: audio-only, speaker outputs
  • Price: $1899.95
  • Release Date: October 2008
Post Review
08/03/2009 03:17

HDMI upscaling is confirmed by the manual, and will be soon comfirmed now that people have the receiver in their hands.

Great news

06/17/2009 01:27

Firmware upgrade was done via the network connection, the problem still came back after a few minutes. According to reliable sources: different soft ware were used for models shipped to the U.S. Apparently it was only fixed some months ago. But the ones in Asia are having endless problems with this pop sounds which has actually damaged a pair of my speakers. It seems the RX Z 7 is also facing the same problem, except for the RX Z 11 which is working fine. Dealers are sceptical in stocking this product now.

Is there any remedy ? This is my third RXV 3900 which is facing the same problem. The local agents can't do anything about it. They have informed Japan, as the chip comes from there. But till now " no pitchure no sound " from Japan ??

05/11/2009 01:09

The downside of the rxv 3900 is: Theres a loud pop sound that comes out from the speakers, in between transition of the dsp modes. It can definitely damage your speakers. The QC is terrible these days, especially made in malaysia products of Yamaha. The japanese have lost lost their focus.

10/22/2008 01:02

HDMI upscaling is confirmed by the manual, and will be soon comfirmed now that people have the receiver in their hands.

09/29/2008 09:46

You make some good points, MJHuman. I'm curious to read through owner's experience with the video processor. When you take these pros into consideration, it doesn't seem worth it to go for the (also expensive) step-down RX-V1900.

Any confirmation that this does not (or does) do HDMI to HDMI upscaling?

09/29/2008 04:44

This appears to be one of the fullest featured receivers in this price range. Perhaps the biggest improvement over the predecessor (3800) is the video processing. Speculation is that the chip is the ABT 2010, the only ABT chip with PReP. This is a step up from the 3800 which used an ABT scaler chip, and some no name deinterlacer chip. Instead, the 2010 is a video processor on a chip and "should" have an excellent deinterlacer.

Some other bonuses over the 3800 are two HDMI outputs, multi-point YPAO, HD Radio and more music streaming features.

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