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The Yamaha RX-Z7 is a high-end 7.1 channel a/v receiver released in October 2008 joining the Z series of receivers.

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Pros

Anchor Bay VRS Technology + PReP video processing for large displays

5 agree

Internet + network connectivity with Web browser control

5 agree

5 x HDMI inputs + 2 HDMI outputs

5 agree

Fully functioning second zone of audio and video with OSD and component output

5 agree

DLNA support

5 agree

8-point automatic calibration

5 agree

Gold-plated analog I/O + speaker terminals

4 agree

SRS Circle Surround II audio decoding

4 agree

4 zones; 2 with audio only

4 agree

Component video over 2nd zone

3 agree

The new firmware update available includes the Album Art Feature which is found on V3900.

2 agree

Internet Radio is very impressive. Hundred of channels to choose from. You can even search for your stations on http://yradio.vtuner.com/setupapp/yamaha/asp/AuthLogin/SignIn.asp

2 agree

Optical audio and component video to zone 4.

1 agrees

Mosquito Noise Reduction noticeably enhanced cable feed.

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Cons

The GUI which appears on TV can be improved. The back speaker terminals dont take 10AWG wire hence bannana pugs/ connectors are required.

2 agree

Not many additional features for the price

2 agree

No album art; a feature found on the RX-V3900

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The Yamaha RX-Z7 is a high-end 7.1 channel a/v receiver released in October 2008 joining the Z series of receivers. It was released with an MSRP of $2699.95 along with the RX-V3900 ($1900) and RX-V1900 ($1400), and fits in below the previously released top-of-the-line Yamaha RX-Z11 ($5500) and the, now discontinued, Yamaha RX-Z9. It features 140 Watts / channel of power and it is powered by a Anchor Bay 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, and has a built-in Ethernet port for streaming audio over your network and from the Internet. Many of its features and specifications are shared with the step-down RX-V3900; the RX-Z7, however, has more power, four zones, five HDMI inputs, 38 surround programs (vs. 22), and component video on zone 2. All of it's analog connectors are gold-plated; a feature only found in the Z series. The ABT 2010 chipset includes VRS technology that will do Progressive ReProcessing (PReP) to help optimize video for large displays.

Features
  • 7.1 channels, 140 W / channel
  • Decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • HDMI: 5 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
  • Gold plated RCA inputs and speaker terminals
  • SRS Circle Surround II
  • Anchor Bay VRS Technology + PReP
  • 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs + anlog pre outs
  • Upscales to 480p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p over HDMI
  • Upscales to component video
  • Anchor Bay Technologies ABT 2010 video scaler
  • optional iPod dock
  • optional Bluetooth A2DP with YBA-10 wireless adapter
  • Sirius radio, HD Radio
  • network connectivity + Web browser control
  • 38 built-in surround programs
  • DLNA certification
  • hidden front inputs + controls
  • USB port
  • YPAO 8-point Auto Setup with Quick Start
  • Zone 2: video and audio (HDMI + OSD + Component), Zone 3/4: audio-only, speaker outputs
  • Price: $2699.95
  • Release Date: October 2008
Post Review
Induscreed
06/18/2009 11:29

I got my Z7 in May 2009 and one thing I have to appreciate outright is the ease of setup and function. The build quality is very impressive. I have all the signals going into the receiver and I am letting the receiver do the processing; the sound and video outputs are exactly what you would expect from such a receiver - brilliant. The best feature is the ability to play pure 2ch stereo hi-fi from your audio source. Networking is very easy and the ability to control the receiver via a web browser is just bliss. iPod dock is very handy. On the whole this receiver has surpassed all of my expectations.

Cdpage
02/09/2009 12:53
www.audioholics.com/reviews/receivers/rx-z7-7.1



Excellent review... turns out that this receiver in some way even outshines the Flagship RX-Z11

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