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mike1979 8:38pm on Monday, July 26th, 2010 
Real jam. Audiophiles dream. Im using it mainly in stereo with Tannoy m-4 s, with added Jensen pro 8 inch 300W woofers and Transparent cables. the sound of this rx v 550 is the best This rx v550 is the best for movie !
attachmentgenie 6:03pm on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 
For music and game or movie is excellent . But for movie is no comment ! the sound is out of reach of several company . Besides .
Reives 2:10am on Sunday, June 20th, 2010 
When I was looking for a mid ranged A/V Receiver, I was short of options here where i live. It is a goood home theater receiver, I a great deal of research. None
Niko_K 9:46pm on Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 
Easy to use, wonderful value. None, Actually.... When I was looking for a mid ranged A/V Recei...  Great sound, Yamaha DSP rules!, Easy to setup, looks sturdy.

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OWNER'S MANUAL Page i Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Explanation of Graphical Symbols 12
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert you to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the products enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert you to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Read Instructions All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated. Retain Instructions The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference. Heed Warnings All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to. Follow Instructions All operating and use instructions should be followed. Cleaning Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. Attachments Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards. Water and Moisture Do not use this product near water for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the like. Accessories Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product. Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturers instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer. A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart combination to overturn.
Ventilation Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturers instructions have been adhered to. Power Sources This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power company. For products intended to operate from battery power, or other sources, refer to the operating instructions. Grounding or Polarization This product may be equipped with a polarized alternating current line plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other). This plug will fit into the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug. Power-Cord Protection Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the product. Lightning For added protection for this product during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power-line surges. Power Lines An outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme care should be taken to keep from touching such power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal. Overloading Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock. Object and Liquid Entry Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product. Servicing Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Damage Requiring Service Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a) When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged, b) If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the product, c) If the product has been exposed to rain or water, Page ii Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation, e) If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way, and f) When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance - this indicates a need for service. Replacement Parts When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards. Safety Check Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition. Wall or Ceiling Mounting The unit should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer. Heat The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Outdoor Antenna Grounding If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the product, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Article 810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70, provides information with regard to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.


Note to CATV system installer: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installers attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC that provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close to the point of cable entry as practical.
FCC INFORMATION (for US customers)
1 IMPORTANT NOTICE: DO NOT MODIFY THIS UNIT! This product, when installed as indicated in the instructions contained in this manual, meets FCC requirements. Modifications not expressly approved by Yamaha may void your authority, granted by the FCC, to use the product. 2 IMPORTANT: When connecting this product to accessories and/or another product use only high quality shielded cables. Cable/s supplied with this product MUST be used. Follow all installation instructions. Failure to follow instructions could void your FCC authorization to use this product in the USA. 3 NOTE: This product has been tested and found to comply with the requirements listed in FCC Regulations, Part 15 for Class B digital devices. Compliance with these requirements provides a reasonable level of assurance that your use of this product in a residential environment will not result in harmful interference with other electronic devices. This equipment generates/uses radio frequencies and, if not installed and used according to the instructions found in the users manual, may cause interference harmful to the operation of other electronic devices. Compliance with FCC regulations does not guarantee that interference will not occur in all installations. If this product is found to be the source of interference, which can be determined by turning the unit OFF and ON, please try to eliminate the problem by using one of the following measures: Relocate either this product or the device that is being affected by the interference. Utilize power outlets that are on different branch (circuit breaker or fuse) circuits or install AC line filter/s. In the case of radio or TV interference, relocate/reorient the antenna. If the antenna lead-in is 300 ohm ribbon lead, change the lead-in to coaxial type cable. If these corrective measures do not produce satisfactory results, please contact the local retailer authorized to distribute this type of product. If you can not locate the appropriate retailer, please contact Yamaha Electronics Corp., U.S.A. 6660 Orangethorpe Ave, Buena Park, CA 90620. The above statements apply ONLY to those products distributed by Yamaha Corporation of America or its subsidiaries.


VIDEO jack For conventional composite video signals. S VIDEO jack For S-Video signals, separated into luminance (Y) and color (C) video signals to achieve high-quality color reproduction. COMPONENT VIDEO jacks For component signals, separated into luminance (Y) and color difference (PB, PR) to provide the best quality in picture reproduction.
Signal flow inside this unit Input


Analog jacks
You can input analog signals from audio components by connecting audio pin cable to the analog jacks on this unit. Connect red plugs to the right jacks and white plugs to the left jacks.

Digital jacks

This unit has digital jacks for direct transmission of digital signals through either coaxial or fiber optic cables. You can use the digital jacks to input PCM, Dolby Digital and DTS bitstreams. When you connect components to both the COAXIAL and OPTICAL jacks, priority is given to the input signals from the COAXIAL jack. All digital input jacks are compatible with 96-kHz sampling digital signals. Note
This unit handles digital and analog signals independently. Thus audio signals input to the analog jacks are only output to the analog OUT (REC) jacks. Likewise audio signals input to the digital (OPTICAL or COAXIAL) jacks are only output to the DIGITAL OUTPUT jack.


Only when V CONV. is set to ON (see page 50).
When signals are input through both the S VIDEO and VIDEO jacks, signals input through the S VIDEO jack have priority. Page 15 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Connecting video components
Connections for DVD playback

Optical out

DVD player

Video out

Audio out

Video in

Video monitor Page 16 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Connecting to the MULTI CH INPUT jacks
This unit is equipped with 6 additional input jacks (left and right FRONT, CENTER, left and right SURROUND and SUB WOOFER) for discrete multi-channel input from a multi-format player, external decoder, sound processor or preamplifier. Connect the output jacks on your multi-format player or external decoder to the MULTI CH INPUT jacks. Be sure to match the left and right outputs to the left and right input jacks for the front and surround channels.

1A 1:FM187.5kMHz
Tune into a station. See page 34 for tuning instructions.
When automatic preset tuning is completed, the front panel display shows the frequency of the last preset station. Notes
Any stored station data existing under a preset number is cleared when you store a new station under that preset number. If the number of the received stations does not reach 40 (E8), automatic preset tuning has automatically stopped after searching all stations. Only FM stations with sufficient signal strength are stored automatically by automatic preset tuning. If the station you want to store is weak in signal strength, tune into it manually and store it by following the procedure in Manually presetting stations.

1A 1:AM18630kkHz

When tuned into a station, the front panel display shows the frequency of the station received.
Press MEMORY (MANL/AUTO FM). The MEMORY indicator flashes for about 5 seconds.


Automatic preset tuning options
You can select the preset number from which this unit will store FM stations and/or begin tuning toward lower frequencies. After pressing MEMORY in step 3: 1 Press A/B/C/D/E, then PRESET/TUNING l / h to select the preset number under which the first station will be stored. Automatic preset tuning will stop when stations have all been stored up to E8. 2 Press PRESET/TUNING (EDIT) to turn off the colon (:) and then press PRESET/TUNING l to begin tuning toward the lower frequencies. Memory back-up The memory back-up circuit prevents the stored data from being lost even if this unit is set in the standby mode, the power cord is disconnected from the AC outlet, or the power supply is temporarily cut due to power failure. However, if the power is cut for more than one week, the preset stations may be cleared. If so, store the stations again by using the presetting station methods.
Press A/B/C/D/E repeatedly to select a preset station group (A to E) while the MEMORY indicator is flashing. The group letter appears. Check that the colon (:) appears in the front panel display.

1C 1:AM18630kkHz

Preset group Page 37 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Press PRESET/TUNING l / h to select a preset station number (1 through 8) while the MEMORY indicator is flashing. Press h to select a higher preset station number. Press l to select a lower preset station number.
Selecting preset stations
You can tune any desired station simply by selecting the preset station number under which it was stored.

1C 3:AM18630kkHz


Preset number

Press MEMORY (MANL/AUTO FM) on the front panel while the MEMORY indicator is flashing. The station band and MEMORY frequency appear in the front panel display with the preset group and number you have selected.

q EX q PL q PL q PL x

When performing this operation with the remote control, first press TUNER to set the remote to tuner mode.
Press A/B/C/D/E to select the preset station group. The preset group letter appears in the front panel display and changes each time you press the button.
Shows the displayed station has been stored as C3.


Repeat steps 1 to 5 to store other stations.
Any stored station data existing under a preset number is cleared when you store a new station under that preset number. The reception mode (stereo or monaural) is stored along with the station frequency.
Press PRESET/TUNING l / h (PRESET/CH u / d on the remote control) to select a preset station number (1 to 8). The preset group and number appear in the front panel display along with the station band, frequency and the TUNED indicator lights up.



1E 1:FM187.5kMHz Page 38 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Exchanging preset stations
You can exchange the assignment of two preset stations with each other. The example below describes the procedure for exchanging preset station E1 with A5.
Press PRESET/TUNING (EDIT) again. The stations stored at the two preset assignments are exchanged.

1E EDIT18E1-A5Hz

1,3 1,3
Select preset station E1 using A/B/C/D/E and PRESET/TUNING l / h. See Selecting preset stations. Press and hold PRESET/TUNING (EDIT) for more than 3 seconds. E1 and the MEMORY indicator flash in the front panel display.
Select preset station A5 using A/B/C/D/E and PRESET/TUNING l / h. A5 and the MEMORY indicator flash in the front panel display.

1A 5:FM190.6kMHz Page 39 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM


Recording adjustments and other operations are performed from the recording components. Refer to the operating instructions for those components.
When this unit is set in the standby mode, you cannot record between other components connected to this unit. The setting of TONE CONTROL, VOLUME, SP LEVEL (page 48) and the sound field programs does not affect recorded material. A source connected to the MULTI CH INPUT jacks of this unit cannot be recorded. S-Video and composite video signals pass independently through this units video circuits. Therefore, when recording or dubbing video signals, if your video source component is connected to provide only an S-Video (or only a composite video) signal, you can record only an S-Video (or only a composite video) signal to your VCR. Digital signals input to the DIGITAL INPUT jacks are not output to the analog AUDIO OUT (L/R) jacks for recording. Likewise, analog signals input to the AUDIO IN (L/R) jacks are not output to the DIGITAL OUTPUT jack. Therefore, if your source component is connnected to provide only digital (or analog) signals, you can only record digital (or analog) signals. A given input source is not output on the same REC OUT channel. (For example, the signal input from VCR IN is not output on VCR OUT.) Check the copyright laws in your country to record from records, CDs, radio, etc. Recording of copyrighted material may infringe copyright laws.

Turn on the power of this unit and all connected components. Select the source component you want to record from.
If you playback a video source that uses scrambled or encoded signals to prevent it from being dubbed, the picture itself may be disturbed due to those signals.
Special considerations when recording DTS software
The DTS signal is a digital bitstream. Attempting to digitally record the DTS bitstream will result in noise being recorded. Therefore, if you want to use this unit to record sources that have DTS signals recorded on them, the following considerations and adjustments need to be made. For DVDs and CDs encoded with DTS, when your player is compatible with the DTS format, follow its operating instructions to make a setting so that the analog signal will be output from the player.
Start playback (or select a broadcast station) on the source component. Start recording on the recording component.
Do a test recording before you start an actual recording. Page 40 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
This unit is equipped with a variety of precise digital decoders that allow you to enjoy multichannel playback from almost any sound source (stereo or multichannel). This unit is also equipped with a YAMAHA digital sound field processing (DSP) chip containing several sound field programs which you can use to enhance your playback experience. Most of these sound field programs are precise digital recreations of actual acoustic environments found in famous concert halls, music venues, and movie theaters. y
The YAMAHA CINEMA DSP modes are compatible with all Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Surround sources. Set the input mode to AUTO (see page 32) to enable this unit to automatically switch to the appropriate digital decoder according to the input signal.
This units DSP sound field programs are recreations of real-world acoustic environments made from precise measurements taken in the actual hall, etc. Thus you may notice variations in the strength of the reflections coming from the front, back, left and right. Feel free to choose a sound field program based on your listening preference, and not purely on the name of the program itself.

For movie/video sources

You can select from the following sound fields when playing movie or video sources. The sound fields marked MULTI can be used with multi-channel sources, like DVD, digital TV, etc. Those marked 2-CH can be used with 2-channel (stereo) sources like TV programs, video tapes, etc.

Program Features

Downmixes multi-channel sources to 2 channels (left and right) or plays back 2-channel sources as is. This program lends an enthusiastic atmosphere to the sound, giving you the feeling you are at an actual jazz or rock concert. This program adds a deep and spatial feeling to video game sounds.

CINEMA DSP enhanced processing for Dolby Digital sources.
Standard 6.1-channel processing for Dolby Digital sources.
CINEMA DSP enhanced 6.1-channel processing (Dolby Digital EX) for Dolby Digital sources. Standard 5.1-channel processing for DTS sources.
Standard 5.1-channel processing for 96-kHz/24-bit DTS sources.
CINEMA DSP enhanced processing for DTS and 96-kHz/24-bit DTS sources.
Standard 6.1-channel processing (Dolby Digital EX) for DTS sources.
CINEMA DSP enhanced 6.1-channel processing (Dolby Digital EX) for DTS sources.
Standard 6.1-channel processing (DTS-ES Matrix) for DTS sources.
CINEMA DSP enhanced processing (DTS-ES Matrix) for DTS sources.
Standard 6.1-channel processing (DTS-ES Discrete) for DTS sources.
CINEMA DSP enhanced processing (DTS-ES Discrete) for DTS sources.
Standard processing for Dolby Surround sources.
CINEMA DSP enhanced processing for Dolby Surround sources.
Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing for movie software.*
Dolby Pro Logic II processing for movie software.*
Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing for game software.*
Dolby Pro Logic II processing for game software.*
DTS processing for movie software.
* You can select either Pro Logic IIx or Pro
Logic II processing using the PLII/PLIIx parameter on page 61. Page 42 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM

For music sources

You can select from the following sound fields when playing music sources, like CD, FM/AM broadcasting, tapes, etc.
HiFi DSP processing. A classic shoe-box type concert hall with approximately 1700 seats. Pillars and ornate carvings create extremely complex reflections which produce a very full, rich sound. HiFi DSP processing. This is the sound field at stage front in The Bottom Line, a famous New York jazz club. The floor can seat 300 people to the left and right in a sound field offering a real and vibrant sound. HiFi DSP processing. The ideal program for lively, dynamic rock music. The data for this program was recorded at LAs hottest rock club. The listeners virtual seat is at the centerleft of the hall. HiFi DSP processing. This program recreates the acoustic environment of a lively disco in the heart of a big city. The sound is dense and highly concentrated. It is also characterized by highenergy, immediate sound. Standard Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing for music sources.




q D+PLIIx Music: SUR. STANDARD q D+PLIIx Music:

Center speaker CENTER Choices: LRG, SML, NONE Select LRG if you have a large center speaker. The unit directs the entire range of the center channel signal to the center speaker. Select SML if you have a small center speaker. The unit directs the low-frequency signals of the center channel to the speakers selected with BASS OUT. Select NONE if you do not have a center speaker. The unit directs all of the center channel signal to the front left and right speakers. Front speakers FRONT Choices: LARGE, SMALL Select LARGE if you have large front speakers. The unit directs the entire range of the front left and right channel signals to the front left and right speakers. Select SMALL if you have small front speakers. The unit directs the low-frequency signals of the front channel to the speakers selected with BASS OUT. Surround left/right speakers SURR LR Choices: LRG, SML, NONE Select LRG if you have large surround left and right speakers. The entire range of the surround channel signal is directed to the surround left and right speakers. Select SML if you have small surround left and right speakers. The low-frequency signals of the surround channel are directed to the speakers selected with BASS OUT. Select NONE if you do not have surround speakers. This will set the unit to the Virtual CINEMA DSP mode (see page 32) and automatically set the surround back speaker setting (SURR.B) to NONE.
ADVANCED OPERATION English Page 48 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM

Speaker level B)SP LEVEL

Use these settings to manually balance the speaker levels between the front left or surround left speakers and each speaker selected in SPEAKER SET (page 47). Choices: 10.0 dB to +10.0 dB FR adjusts the balance of the front left and front right speakers. C adjusts the balance of the front left and center speakers. SL adjusts the balance of the front left and surround left speakers. SB adjusts the balance of the surround left and surround back speakers. SR adjusts the balance of the surround left and surround right speakers. SWFR adjusts the balance of the front left speaker and subwoofer. y
To calibrate, use the test tone feature (see page 44).
Center graphic equalizer D)CENTER GEQ
Use this feature to adjust the built-in 5-band graphic equalizer for the center channel so that the tonal quality of the center speaker matches that of the left and right main speakers. You can make adjustments listening to the currently selected source component or a test tone. You can adjust 5 frequency bands: 100Hz, 300Hz, 1kHz, 3kHz, 10kHz Choices: 6 to +6 dB Select ON to output test tones from the front left and center speakers, and adjust the tonal quality of the center speaker. Select OFF to stop the test tone and output the currently selected source component.

Zone 2 connections

You need the following additional equipment to use the multi-room functions of this unit: An infrared signal receiver in the second room. An infrared emitter in the main room. This emitter transmits the infrared signals from the remote control in the second room to the main room (to a CD player, for example). An amplifier and speakers for the second room. y
Since there are many possible ways to connect and use this unit in a multi-room installation, we recommend that you consult with the nearest authorized YAMAHA dealer or service center for the Zone 2 connections which will best meet your requirements. Some YAMAHA models are able to connect directly to the REMOTE CONTROL OUT jack of this unit. If you own these products, you may not need to use an infrared emitter. Up to 6 YAMAHA components can be connected as shown.

This unit

System configuration and connections example


DVD player (or other component)


Infrared emitter Main room

Infrared signal receiver

Second room


When not using the main room, turn down the volume of this unit in the main room. Adjust the ZONE 2 volume using the amplifier in the second room. To avoid unexpected noise, DO NOT USE the Zone 2 feature with CDs encoded in DTS. Page 56 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Remote controlling Zone 2
The supplied remote control can be used to control Zone 2. You can even select the input source and control components located in the main room directly from the second room regardless of the listening condition in the main room.
Press an input selector button to select the input source you want to listen to in the second room.
To enable Zone 2 mode on the remote control
You can control Zone 2 using the input selector buttons, STANDBY, SYSTEM POWER and MUTE.
Enter the code number 2999. Immediately after you have configured the remote control for Zone 2, the remote will enter main mode. When the remote is in main mode, you can turn the main unit on, or set it in standby mode independently of Zone 2 by pressing SYSTEM POWER or STANDBY.
Zone 2 volume cannot be adjusted with the remote control. Use the control on the amplifier in the second room.

Source Sound Early Reflections Level Level Level

DELAY (Delay)

Time DELAY Sound Source DELAY


Reflection Face

Small value = 1 ms

Large value = 99 ms

For 6ch Stereo

Function: These parameter adjusts the volume level for each channel in 6-channel stereo mode. Control Range: 0 100%
CT LEVEL (Center level) SL LEVEL (Surround left level) SR LEVEL (Surround right level) SB LEVEL (Surround back level) Page 61 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
Function: Choices: Function: Control range: Function: Control range: Extends the front stereo image to include the surround speakers for wraparound effect. OFF/ON, initial setting is OFF. Gradually adjusts the sound field either towards the front or towards the rear. 3 (towards the rear) to +3 (towards the front), initial setting is STD (standard). Adjusts the center image from all three front speakers to varying degrees. A larger value adjusts the center image towards the front left and right speakers. 0 (center channel sound is output only from center speaker) to 7 (center channel sound is output only from front left and right speakers), initial setting is 3.


CT WIDTH (Center width)
For PRO LOGIC IIx Movie, Music and Game PLII/PLIIx (Pro Logic II/Pro Logic IIx)
Function: Choices: Switches the type of Pro Logic decoding to be used. PLII decoding creates 5.1-channel sound from 2-channel sources. PLIIx decoding creates 6.1-channel sound from 2-channel sources. PLII, PLIIx
For DTS Neo:6 Music C. IMAGE (Center image)
Function: Control range: This parameter adjusts the center image from all three front speakers to varying degrees. 0 0.5 Page 62 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM


Refer to the chart below when this unit does not function properly. If the problem you are experiencing is not listed below or if the instruction below does not help, set this unit to the standby mode, disconnect the power cord, and contact the nearest authorized YAMAHA dealer or service center.

The signal is too weak.

Use a high-quality directional FM antenna. Use the manual tuning method.
This unit has been disconnected for a long period. The signal is weak or the antenna connections are loose.
Preset the stations again.
Tighten the AM loop antenna connections and orient it for best reception. Use the manual tuning method.
There are continuous crackling and hissing noises. There are buzzing and whining noises.
Noises result from lightning, fluorescent lamps, motors, thermostats and other electrical equipment. A TV set is being used nearby.
Use an outdoor antenna and a ground wire. This will help somewhat, but it is difficult to eliminate all noise. Move this unit away from the TV.

Remote control

Refer to page 7
The remote control does not work nor function properly.

Wrong distance or angle.

The remote control will function within a maximum range of 6 m (20 ft) and no more than 30 degrees offaxis from the front panel. Reposition this unit.
Direct sunlight or lighting (from an inverter type of fluorescent lamp, etc.) is striking the remote control sensor of this unit. The batteries are weak. The manufacturer code was not correctly set.
Replace all batteries. Set the manufacturer code correctly using the LIST OF MANUFACTURER CODES at the end of this manual. Try to set another code for the same manufacturer using the LIST OF MANUFACTURER CODES at the end of this manual.
Even if the manufacturer code is correctly set, there are some models that do not respond to the remote control. Page 66 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM
If you want to reset all of your units parameters for any reason, do the following. This procedure completely resets ALL parameters, including the SET MENU, level, assign and tuner presets. Be sure this unit is in standby mode.


Hold down STRAIGHT (EFFECT) on the front panel and press STANDBY/ON. FACTORY PRESET appears in the front panel display. y
To cancel the initialization procedure without making any changes, press STANDBY/ON.
Press STRAIGHT (EFFECT) to select the desired setting. Reset Cancel To reset the unit to its factory presets. To cancel without making any changes.
Press STANDBY/ON to confirm your selection. If you selected Reset, the unit is reset to its factory presets and switches to standby mode. If you selected Cancel, the unit switches to standby mode and nothing is reset. Page 67 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM


Audio formats

Dolby Digital

Dolby Digital is a digital surround sound system that gives you completely independent multi-channel audio. With 3 front channels (left, center, and right), and 2 surround stereo channels, Dolby Digital provides 5 full-range audio channels. With an additional channel especially for bass effects, called LFE (low frequency effect), the system has a total of 5.1-channels (LFE is counted as 0.1 channel). By using 2-channel stereo for the surround speakers, more accurate moving sound effects and surround sound environment are possible than with Dolby Surround. The wide dynamic range (from maximum to minimum volume) reproduced by the 5 full-range channels and the precise sound orientation generated using digital sound processing provide listeners with previously unheard of excitement and realism. With this unit, any sound environment from monaural up to a 5.1-channel configuration can be freely selected for your enjoyment.

Dolby Pro Logic II

Dolby Pro Logic II is an improved technique used to decode vast numbers of existing Dolby Surround software. This new technology enables a discrete 5-channel playback with 2 front left and right channels, 1 center channel, and 2 surround left and right channels (instead of only 1 surround channel for conventional Pro Logic technology). Music and Game modes are also available for 2-channel sources in addition to the Movie mode.


Neo:6 decodes the conventional 2-channel sources for 6 channel playback by the specific decoder. It enables playback with the full-range channels with higher separation just like digital discrete signal playback. Two modes are available; Music mode for playing music sources and Cinema mode for movies. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Dolby Pro Logic IIx

Dolby Pro Logic IIx is a new technology enabling discrete multi-channel playback from 2-channel or multi-channel sources. There is a Music mode for music, a Movie mode for movies (for 2-channel sources only) and a Game mode for games. Page 68 Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM

Sound field programs

Since the Dolby Surround and DTS systems were originally designed for use in movie theaters, their effect is best felt in a theater having many speakers and designed for acoustic effects. Since home conditions, such as room size, wall material, number of speakers, and so on, can differ so widely, its inevitable that there are differences in the sound heard as well. Based on a wealth of actually measured data, YAMAHA CINEMA DSP uses YAMAHA original sound field technology to combine Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital and DTS systems to provide the visual and audio experience of movie theater in the listening room of your own home.

Audio information

ITU-R is the radio communication sector of the ITU (International Telecommunication Union). ITU-R recommends a standard speaker placement which is used in many critical listening rooms, especially for mastering purposes.

LFE 0.1 channel

This channel is for the reproduction of low bass signals. The frequency range for this channel is 20 Hz to 120 Hz. This channel is counted as 0.1 because it only enforces a low frequency range compared to the full-range reproduced by the other 5/6 channels in Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1/6.1-channel systems.


YAMAHA has developed a natural, realistic sound effect DSP algorithm for headphones. Parameters for headphones have been set for each sound field so that accurate representations of all the sound field programs can be enjoyed on headphones. Page iv Tuesday, February 17, 2004 9:21 AM


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6.1-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver


6.1-Channel Receiver Provides Full Home Theater Enjoyment with Functions Including Dolby Pro Logic IIx Compatibility, 780W (130W x 6) Power, Quad-Field CINEMA DSP and 29 Surround Programs.

High Sound Quality

6.1-Channel, 780W Powerful Surround Sound (130W x 7) Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification Direct Stereo Mode for High Quality 2-Channel Sound Reproduction 192 kHz/24-Bit DAC for All Channels

Easy to Use

Selectable 9-Band Subwoofer Crossover / Subwoofer Phase Select Speaker A, B or A+B Selection

Surround Realism

Quad-Field CINEMA DSP Compatible with All the Latest Movie Sound Formats including Dolby Pro Logic IIx Audio Delay for Adjusting Lip-Sync (0160ms) 29 Surround Programs (51 Variations) Night Listening Enhancer (Cinema/Music) and SILENT CINEMA

High Picture Quality

S-Video Up Conversion HDTV (720p/1080i) Compatibility Wide-Range Video Bandwidth (60MHz -3 dB)
29 Surround Programs (51 Variations) HiFi DSP Programs Variations HALL Concert Hall 1 JAZZ CLUB Jazz Club 1 ROCK CONCERT Rock Concert ENTERTAINMENT Disco 6-CH STEREO 6-Channel Stereo 1 Program Subtotal CINEMA DSP Programs Variations ENTERTAINMENT Game 1 MUSIC VIDEO Music Video 1 Mono Movie 1 TV THEATER Variety/Sports 1 Spectacle 5 MOVIE THEATER 1 Sci-Fi 5 Adventure 5 MOVIE THEATER 2 General 5 ENHANCED Enhanced 5 Program Subtotal Decoder Straight Programs Variations Dolby Digital 1 Dolby Digital EX 1 DTS Digital Surround 1 DTS 96/DTS-ES Matrix 6.DTS-ES Discrete 6.Dolby Pro-Logic 1 Dolby Pro Logic II Music 1 *Only when using Dolby Pro Logic II Movie 1 surround back speakers for Dolby Pro Logic II Game 1 normal, Dolby Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music 3* Digital and DTS. Dolby Pro Logic IIx Movie 1** ** Only for Dolby Dolby Pro Logic IIx Game 1** Pro Logic (Normal) DTS Neo:6 Music 1 DTS Neo:6 Cinema 1 Program Subtotal Program Total 29 51
: HiFi DSP Programs : A/V Programs : CINEMA DSP : Tri-Field CINEMA DSP : Quad-Field CINEMA DSP


RX-V550 6.1-Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver
High Sound Quality Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification The Digital ToP-ART design concept combines the latest and best technologies, parts and circuit designs to maximize sound quality. High Current Amplification uses superior components to achieve high current power with low impedance from input (power supply circuit) to output (speaker terminals). 192kHz/24-Bit DAC for All Channels The RX-V550 uses extremely high performance 192kHz/24-bit DAC for all 6 channels. They perform accurate sound field reproduction for high quality multi-channel sources, and for twochannel stereo, provide outstanding separation and precise musical delineation. They deliver superior low level linearity with excellent full-scale performance. Easy to Use Subwoofer Crossover Selection The RX-V550 provides a choice of nine subwoofer crossover frequencies: 40, 60, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 160 and 200 Hz. In addition to providing a wider range than other receivers, the steps from 80 to 120 Hz are only 10 Hz apart for more precise selection. Surround Realism Quad-Field/Tri-Field CINEMA DSP and 29 Surround Programs Yamahas ultrasophisticated Quad-Field and Tri-Field CINEMA DSP technology creates thrillingly realistic soundscapes in your room. 29 surround programs provide full format compatibility and extensive listening choices.
High Picture Quality S-Video Up Conversion One way of ensuring the highest video quality for your home theater system is to use the best possible video signal. This receiver automatically upgrades the input signal (composite to S-Video, S-Video to composite) to the one that your monitor/TV can accept. HDTV Compatible Component Video Out The frequency response of the Component Video Monitor Out signal is 5Hz60MHz, making it compatible with HDTV monitors. Other Notable Features Analog Mixdown Direct Stereo Mode Straight/Effect Switch 2-Channel Stereo Mode High Dynamic Power, Low Impedance Drive Capability Linear Damping Wide-Range Audio Frequency Response for DVD-Audio/SA-CD Compatibility Subwoofer Phase Select Subwoofer Output Speaker A, B and A+B Selection (Front L/R) Program Name and Sound Field Indications 4-Layer DSP Processing Board Virtual CINEMA DSP Preset Remote Control Unit with Colored Buttons Sleep Timer 40-Station Preset Tuning Auto Preset Tuning

Yamahas Exclusive YSS-930 CINEMA DSP LSI
Audio Delay (0160 ms) Powerful YSS-948 LSI has the necessary speed and precision to achieve accurate synchronization of images and sounds, which is called lipsync. By using the Audio Delay mode, lipsync parameters can be adjusted when necessary.
Yamahas Exclusive YSS-948 LSI for Format Decoding and Audio Delay
Night Listening Enhancer During low-volume listening, such as late at night, dynamic range suffers and you may miss some sounds. The Night Listening Enhancer offers two modes, Cinema and Music, with three-level selectability, which will ensure that you dont miss movie dialogue or quiet passages, or lose overall surround spaciousness. SILENT CINEMA The SILENT CINEMA mode allows private listening enjoyment of multi-channel music or movies, with an accurate simulation of surround sound, through ordinary headphones.
RX-V550 Extensive Connections
3 Optical and 1 Coaxial Digital Inputs, and 1 Optical Digital Output 6-Channel External Decoder Input 4* A/V and 2 Audio Inputs, and 1 A/V and 1 Audio Outputs (*including Front Panel Video Aux Terminal) 2 Component Video Inputs and 1 Component Monitor Output
RX-V550 Main Specifications [AUDIO SECTION] Maximum Output Power (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD) Front Channels Center Channel Surround Channels Surround Back Channel Dynamic Power (1 kHz): (8/6/4/2 ohms) Damping Factor (8 ohms, 20 Hz20 kHz) Frequency Response

130 130

W + 130 W W W + 130 W W

120/155/190/235 W

Subwoofer Output
S-Video and Composite Monitor Out
Front L/R (A, B or A+B Selectable), Center, Surround L/R and Surround Back Speaker Terminals (Large-Type)
100 (speaker A) 10 Hz100 kHz +0, -3 dB Total Harmonic Distortion (CD, Front Sp Out) (40 W/8 ohms) 0.04% Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD) 100 dB (250 mV) [VIDEO SECTION] Component Video Signal Level Y 1 Vp-p/75 ohms Pb/Cb, Pr/Cr 0.7 Vp-p/75 ohms Monitor Out Frequency Response Composite/S-Video Signal 5 Hz10 MHz -3 dB Component Video Signal 5 Hz-60 MHz -3 dB [TUNER SECTION] FM 50dB Quieting Sensitivity Mono 2 V (17.3 dBf) Stereo 25 V (39.2 dBf) FM Selectivity (400 kHz) 70 dB [GENERAL SECTION] Standby Power Consumption 0.1 W Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 171 x 420 mm Weight 11 kg
Dolby, Pro Logic and Double D are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Corporation. DTS, DTS-ES and Neo:6 are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc. Product designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.



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