YAMAHA RX-Z9 9.1 HOME THEATER SURROUND SOUND RECEIVER.
Yamaha’s RX-Z9 - an Audiophile’s Delight.
The RX-Z9 has all the features a dedicated Audiophile could want. Naturally, you get all the benefits of Yamaha’s industry-leading CINEMA DSP technology, available in a broad selection of 55 surround programs with 79 variations. SILENT CINEMA allows surround sound to be heard through headphones. The all-new YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) functions as a high-end parametric equalizer to automatically
analyze the room acoustics and optimize the sound output to match. A wide range of audio and video functions are provided, and the user friendly GUI (Graphic User Interface) display offers an extensive choice of useful menus.
Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) is the name Yamaha has given to a design philosophy that aims to maximize digital quality while minimizing analogue circuitry. The culmination of the best digital engineering and design possible today, the RX-Z9 brings together several key elements to create the best-sounding, easiest-to-use A/V components available. In the RX-Z9, Digital ToP-ART can be divided into three categories.
1. High performance digital circuitry with Burr-Brown 24-bit DACs for all 11 output channels and an Accurate Touch volume control with 96.5dB range.
2. High-definition CINEMA DSP circuitry with the new powerful 32-bit floating point LSIs (YSS-930 x 4).
3. High current amplification with low-impedance design, superior toroidal transformer, gigantic heat sinks and many other advantages.
High Performance Digital Circuitry
The RX-Z9 employs a wide array of sophisticated technology, beginning with Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analogue converters for all 11 channels with DSD (Direct Stream Digital) compatibility. An Accurate-Touch volume control is also used for all channels (Yamaha YAC520 LSIs). The digital bass/treble tone controls have turnover frequencies for front L/R and centre channels. 8-channel analogue input signals are processed by 96kHz A/D conversion, for high sound quality. All circuitry is on a 4-layer processing board with fully shielded cabinet for reduced digital interference. The receiver also offers i.LINK (IEEE1394) compatibility.
Choice of Signal Paths for Higher Sound Quality
The RX-Z9 gives you a choice of
specialized signal paths, ensuring that you can obtain the purest signal quality possible. Pure Direct provides the shortest possible signal path for two channel or multi-channel analogue inputs, with no signal processing and no display. The straight path outputs the original analogue or digital signal, without any post-processing. While the direct path provides a direct connection for analogue stereo/multichannel input and digital stereo/multi-channel (via i.LINK) input, with a dimmed display. i.LINK provides a digital connection for DVD-Audio Linear PCM, Super Audio CD DSD (Direct Stream Digital) and other high quality audio sources.
High-Definition CINEMA DSP Circuitry
The RX-Z9 has six times greater DSP capacity than previous models, thanks to an increase from 48kHz A/D converters to 96kHz/24-bit types that can accept 96kHz signals for direct digital conversion and processing. Higher density processing enables approximately triple the amount of early reflection data to be handled, for significantly richer surround sound performance. The RX-Z9 also employs 192kHz/24-bit D/A conversion and DSP processing and Yamaha’s 32-Bit Floating-Point Quantization System LSIs (YSS-930 x4) for high precision decoding of Dolby Digital, DTS Digital Surround, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS Neo:6 and Dolby Pro Logic IIx formats. There are 55 surround programs available, with 79 variations, including Quad-Field CINEMA DSP programs for 6.1 Channel Digital Surround. SILENT CINEMA for surround sound through headphones and Virtual CINEMA DSP for two-speaker systems are also included. Even though CINEMA DSP has been the premier DSP technology in the world for the past few years, Yamaha has upgraded it in the RX-Z9. In fact, this amplifier has six times greater DSP capacity than previous models, thanks to an increase from 48k to 96k signal capability and three times higher density early reflections.
No one expects more from a volume control than up and down—except Yamaha. The company decided that controlling the volume could be made easier and more accurate, and developed the Accurate Touch Volume Control. It lets you make delicate adjustments within a narrow range, yet enables you to move to very high or low levels more quickly. Its extreme accuracy, with negative gang error of less than 0.5dB is due to a high signal-resolution analogue design in conjunction with an ultra-precise digital control circuit (Yamaha original YAC-520 LSIs) for all channels. The wide control range extends from –80dB to +16.5dB, with narrow 0.5dB steps throughout the entire range for delicate control, even at low volumes.
4-Layer DSP Processing Board
All of the DSP IC chips and related circuitry are located together on a 4-layer board, which provides a number of advantages. The dimensions are smaller (2/3 previous types), so signal paths are shorter and there is more space for the large power supply components. Digital interference is reduced and impedance is lower as well.
Digital Tone Controls
Digital tone controls are provided for left, right and centre channels, allowing a much greater degree of control over the front sound field.
The Importance of High Current
Although power rating is often the first thing people look at in a receiver, high power output does not necessarily mean good sound. High current level is a much more important factor. Yamaha receivers have always had fairly high current levels, but with the RX-Z9, Yamaha has further improved these levels.
What It Does
In brief, Yamaha High Current Amplification achieves low impedance, high current power from input (power supply circuit) to output (speaker terminals). This drives the speakers much more smoothly and dynamically, for better sound from all sources, including 2-channel audio.
9-Channel High-Current Discrete Amplifiers
The RX-Z9 delivers a huge 170W to each of seven channels (two front, one centre, two surround and two surround back), as well as 50W to the two presence (front effect) channels. This is more than enough to fill even the largest rooms with vibrant music and richer scale sound effects. 6-4 mix down is also provided, for enjoying six channel input sources from four or five speakers with or without subwoofer. A large toroidal transformer and large capacity block chemical condenser(28,000µF) ensure a stable power supply.
High Dynamic Power Capability
The RX-Z9 is capable of delivering large amounts of reserve power for accurate reproduction of the high energy peaks that are especially prevalent in digital audio sources. This emphasizes the music’s dynamic qualities and provides a sharper sound image.
Level variations due to high amp impedance tend to reduce an amplifier’s damping factor, and frequency variations cause it to fluctuate. This circuit cancels the effect of these variations, maintaining a high, stable damping factor, for superior articulation of all sounds and better frequency response.
Super High Grade Construction and Finest Parts Used Throughout
The RX-Z9 uses a heavy-duty, rigid chassis construction with separate chambers for individual sections to prevent any internal interference. The chassis also has electromagnetic shielding and large, anti-resonance, aluminum-extruded heat sinks provide effective heat dissipation. Supporting all this is Yamaha’s ToP-ART base and ART (Anti-resonance and Tough) feet, which provide stability and complete vibration damping. The speaker terminals are gold-plated, super-quality, 2-way binding post types. In order to realize the goals of massive power and superlative sound quality, Yamaha technicians completely re-evaluated all the parts used in previous receivers. As a result, many parts were replaced with more expensive or custom-designed units.
Quad-Field and Tri-Field CINEMA DSP
Tri-Field CINEMA DSP
projects three sound fields into the home theatre: a Presence sound field in the front and two Surround sound fields in the left rear and right rear, resulting in a powerfully realistic three-dimensional soundscape. Yamaha also offers Quad-Field CINEMA DSP. It adds an additional rear centre sound field to the Tri-Field system, in order to enjoy the new 6.1-channel formats, Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES.
CINEMA DSP Programs and THX Programs
One of the main advantages of CINEMA DSP is the large choice of sound field programs available. The basic program for movies is Enhanced, which greatly improves the sound of the surround fields. The "largest" of these sound fields is Spectacle, which recreates the open feeling of large-scale, epic motion pictures. The Sci-Fi, Adventure and General programs provide the optimum sound fields for those movie genres. There are also six THX programs, including Ultra2.
Night Listening Mode for All Surround Programs
When you’re listening to movies late at night and turn down the volume during loud scenes, dynamic range suffers which means you may miss some dialogue and other sounds. By engaging the Night Listening mode, you can reduce the volume and still enjoy proper tonal balance and dynamic range. You hear dialogue clearly and the music and action are just as exciting (without the screams and explosions disturbing others).
Audio Delay for Adjusting Lip-Sync
The YSS-930 LSI in the RX-Z9 provides
synchronizations of images and sound, which is called lip-sync. Most home theatre LSIs do not have the necessary speed and precision to handle this, but the YSS-930 is able to do it accurately. What’s more, by using the Audio Delay mode, lip-sync parameters can be adjusted whenever necessary.
YPAO: The Best Sound for Your Room— Automatically!
Some receivers have a graphic equalizer which admittedly can be a bit difficult to use. Parametric equalizers are even more effective, but only audio professionals can use them. The RX-Z9 is the first receiver to give you the benefits of a 10-band (selected from 25 bands) parametric equalizer, which automatically modifies the audio output to provide precisely the best sound for the acoustics of the room.
How does it work? The receiver comes supplied with a high precision optimizer microphone, which you simply place in the position where you most frequently listen. Activating the YPAO function causes test tones to be emitted from the speakers. These tones are picked up by the optimizer microphone and then analyzed. Based on the results, a variety of audio parameters are precisely calibrated to optimize the sound at the listening position. The factors that are analyzed are speaker positions, speaker connections and phasing, speaker size, speaker distances, sound pressure levels and speaker frequency response. In short, the RX-Z9 not only delivers better sound, it delivers the BEST sound for each and every room.
On-Screen Display with GUI (Graphical User Interface)
The RX-Z9 has the best looking and easiest to use on-screen display you’ve ever seen. This is due in part to the high quality video circuitry, which provides sharp, clear images. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) includes extensive yet easily understandable setup menus and has been designed to make it easy to select and adjust desired functions. To further simplify operation, Yamaha has provided a second remote control dedicated to GUI use. The large round cursor control in the centre makes it easy to navigate the on-screen menus and enter desired commands. It also has power, volume and mute buttons.
Program Name and Surround Sound Indications
The front panel display presents comprehensive information about operating status, including the program name, whether it is a Tri-Field or Quad-Field CINEMA DSP program, and much more. You’ll never be confused about what mode you are in.
Wide Range of Detailed Menus
The remote control lets you access and adjust via the on-screen display a wide range of menus, for total operational control. You can use the Auto Setup menu to select which speaker parameters will be automatically adjusted, or you can adjust speaker and system parameters yourself using the Manual Setup, which includes four menus. Menu options include: Basic for setting speaker and subwoofer parameters, Sound for adjusting Cinema EQ, Graphic EQ and other audio functions, Video for selecting Picture Mode, Resolution and five other settings, and Option for Multi-Zone and other functions. There are also Input Select, i.LINK Select, Stereo/Surround, Memory Guard and Signal Info menus.
Cinema and Graphic Equalizers
The Cinema EQ menu allows you to adjust parametric EQ and high frequency levels. You can set frequencies between 1.0 and 12.7kHz, and levels between –9 and +3dB for front and centre, surround, surround back and presence speakers. There is also a 9-band graphic equalizer.
Ideal for Use in Custom Installations
The RX-Z9 has numerous features designed to facilitate use in custom, multi-room installations. These include Zone 2 coaxial digital, video (including S-Video) and audio output for multi-room control capability, speaker A/B selection, an RS-232C interface with extended IR code for two-way communication, two trigger outputs and two IR ports.
A/V Rec Out Selector with Zone 2 Selector
The Rec Out Selector lets you choose which source you want to record. As you are recording, you can listen to that source or to a different source as selected by the Input Selector. The Rec Out Selector also functions as a Zone 2 Selector.
Subwoofer Crossover Selection
The RX-Z9 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. This choice of crossovers lets you “fine-tune” the audio system by selecting the optimum frequency to maximize receiver/speaker efficiency and also ensures best performance from a wider variety of speakers (small to large).
When using a centre speaker positioned below the screen, dialogue may not be heard with
Maximum clarity. The Dialogue Lift function redirects part of the centre channel sound to be output from the left and right presence speakers, so the centre speaker sounds as though it is right where you are sitting.
Tuner Section Features High Quality and Easy Operation
In addition to high performance tuning circuitry, the RX-Z9 also makes station selection easy.
Users can preset as many as 40 stations for instant one touch tuning, and with each one the
tuning mode (auto or mono) is also memorized. Auto FM Station Memory will automatically preset the 40 strongest stations on the dial. The Preset Editing function can then be used to rearrange them into groups.
Direct Access Remote Unit
The remote control for the RX-Z9 can ‘learn’ the functions of other components, so you can use it as a single remote for the entire system. It has a large memory capacity and comes pre-encoded with many television and component codes. The buttons in the component control area have different functions for each type of component, selected by pressing the input button. The input name is shown in the LCD window, and you can change each name. Frequently used functions are easily accessible on the front, while others are located under the sliding panel. 15 different macros (multi-command) functions can be programmed into the remote.
Digital Video Up and Down Conversion
One way of ensuring the highest video quality for your home theatre system is to use the best possible video signal. The RX-Z9 automatically upgrades the input signal (composite to S-Video or component, S-Video to component) to the one that your monitor/TV can accept. This means that you simply use the best possible cable between the receiver and the monitor/TV, and then whatever the source is, you are assured of getting the highest possible quality.
The RX-Z9 is the first receiver to offer Faroudja’s DCDi Processing, which is selectable and ensures that images are smooth and natural, without staircasing or jaggies.
Noise Shaped Video™
Noise shaped video technology, from Analog Devices, uses oversampling and advanced techniques such as multi-bit sigma-delta processing and bitshuffling to improve converter performance by moving converter noise to an area of the spectrum where it can be removed by an analogue filter.
This improves the accuracy of signal representation, and allows images to be displayed at much higher resolutions.
Progressive Scan Video Output and Other Video Technologies
The RX-Z9 is the first receiver to provide Progressive Scan Video Output, for use with high definition monitors. With almost twice as much video data, it provides a sharper, noise-free picture with clearer details. The progressive circuit is a 3:2 Pull-Down Detection type, which gives you the benefit of progressive scanning even if your DVD player does not have it. Other video technologies include 216MHz/12-bit Video D/A Conversion, Motion Adaptive Noise Reduction, Cross Color Suppression, Aspect Ratio Conversion, a Time Base Corrector that prevents the wavy distortion seen in video tapes and TrueLife Enhancer by Faroudja that brings out details in the picture, producing a more lifelike image.
To ensure that the high quality image looks precisely the way you want it to, the RX-Z9 includes an extremely detailed Image Adjustment function. You can select three modes, Cinema, Standard or Dynamic, and within those modes, you can ‘fine-tune’ five parameters: Enhancer, 3D NR, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation. You can then store your final adjustments in the user memory for recall at any time.
Other Notable Features
- Rotary Encoder Input Selector
- S-Video 1/2 Wide Selective Signal
- Sleep Timer
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