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Yamaha RX-V871 A/V Receiver

Some manufacturers of audio/video receivers offer two different lines. There’s a value-oriented line for the hardheaded consumer who wants as many features per dollar as possible. And then there’s a higher-end line for the consumer who also wants a full feature set but is willing to pay more for better build quality and higher performance. Yamaha goes a step further, dividing its 13 receivers into three lines.

The HTR line delivers a decent portion of Yamaha’s feature set, with three models and prices ranging from $250 to $500. These models have limited distribution, mostly as part of HTIBs, although Yamaha’s Website lists them separately. The middle-of-the-road RX line offers a few more features and, at the top end, a little more power with five models at $250 to $900. This is Yamaha’s mainstream line; most Yamaha dealers carry these models. Finally, the higher-end Aventage line offers the full feature set, Control4 certification, and a lot more power, plus enhanced build quality at the top end, with five models at $650 to $2,000. It’s sold through higher-end retail channels and custom installers.

The RX-V871 reviewed here is the top model in the middle line. Given Yamaha’s traditional strength at the $1,000 price point, it’s noteworthy that this model demands just $900 for its intriguing mixture of proprietary features, Apple savvy, and solid performance.

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