Chris: Hi, I'm Chris.
Steve: And I'm Steve, and we're here in the Crutchfield video studio with the Yamaha RX-397,497 and 797 stereo receivers.
This is the 797 here, but we'll be talking about all three models.
Chris: So these are stereo receivers, not home theater receivers.
You're not going to get surround sound or high-definition video switching, but whatyou will get is great great sound for your music.
Our customers love these receivers.
They talk about how clean and punchy the sound is, how low distortion the sound is, and thesedays, it's really hard to find good stereo receivers.
Chris: Because everybody's looking for home theater stuff.
Steve: And these Yamaha's offer excellent performance for the money.
Chris: They're really made for audiophiles, in fact, if you have higher end 4-ohm speakers,which are more demanding than other speakers, these receivers can handle those.
Steve: In fact, if your receiver isn't designed to handle 4-ohm speakers, it might overheatand even shutdown, but these Yamahas won't.
And another thing that a lot of music lovers will really appreciate is these receiversall have a phono input.
Which means that if you have a turn-table you can plug it straight into the back ofthe receiver.
You don't have to get a separate phono stage.
Chris: Right, and that's really cool because you know, vinyl records are definitely makinga comeback these days.
A couple of small features that customers have written to us about that they reallyliked in these receivers are, of course they have AM/FM tuners.
But they were pleasantly surprised by how clear and strong the FM reception was.
You also get connections in the back for hooking up an external equalizer if you want to dothat.
Steve: That's a great feature to have.
And people also remarked on Yamaha's build quality in general.
Things even like how solid and high-quality the controls feel.
And also, these receivers are all backed by a 2-year warranty.
Chris: Several people wrote in and said that they were replacing a ten or twenty year-oldYamaha receiver and they choose Yamaha again because they know it's going to last.
Steve: Actually, I've got a 15 year-old Yamaha integrated amp at home and I think I've replacedevery other piece in that system, but the amp just keeps going strong.
Chris: So let's talk about the differences among the models.
The 397 offers 50 watts per channel, which is great for smaller rooms, but customerswere actually really impressed by how big the sound was.
Steve: And then the RX-497, steps up to 75 watts per channel.
And it also adds a subwoofer output, which is great for folks who have bookshelf speakersand want to add a powered subwoofer for more bass.
Chris: Like you.
And then the RS-797 is Yamaha's top-of-the-line stereo receiver.
There was one customer who wrote in and said it was the best audio investment he'd evermade, which is pretty impressive.
The reviews were overwhelmingly positive for all three models, but the 797 really doesstand out.
Steve: It takes everything that we've been talking about and then steps the power upto 100 watts per channel, and it's also a high-current amp design, which means thatit handles music signals really well.
It handles the sudden peaks and it also just gives you more dynamic sound.
Chris: It even has better build-quality.
The chassis has an anti-vibration design, which keeps any interference or distortionat bay, and gives you really clean, pure sound.
Steve: So, to sum up, these Yamaha stereo receivers are great choices for audiophileson a budget, or if you've got a system in a second room, like an office or a bedroom.
Chris: Right, that's strictly for your music.
To get full details on these receivers and to read our customer reviews, just visit crutchfield.
Steve: And you can always call us at 1-800-555-9408.