I am not totally sure but usually Yamaha makes several "grades" of receivers. This applies to a 6295 vs a 6295b. A quick google also tells me the 6295B is only available from big box stores. Usually stores with big buying power will get something that has popular features and hits a price point for them but is short of a feature or two compared to the original model or has lower grade amplifiers.
One of the big differences I can spot right off the top is that the RXV has discreet amplifiers. Past that I would do some research online to find what other owners think of each model and its features. I would also go to Yamaha and read the manuals to compare.
Looking at the Product Info. pages for both models - RX-V2065 | HTR-6295 - the only obvious difference between the two is the inclusion of "Ultra low jitter PLL circuitry for HDMI and any digital sources" as a feature for the RX-V2065. (But I suspect the 6295 would have this as well.)
All other features - including "Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification with discrete amp configuration" - are common to both.
IMO, the HTR-6295 looks like a good buy. If its only weakness turns out to be a lack of power - and given that the 6295 has a full set of pre-outputs - you can always resolve that issue by hooking it up to a nice Emotiva power amplifier.
Well, I bought the HTR6295B. I also downloaded the manual from the Yamaha website for the RXV-2065 and as far as I can tell it is the same model. All the specs and features are identical. I believe this will be a great replacement for my old RXV-1000 which still sounds good, but doesn't handle HDMI. Hopefully I will have time to hook it up Friday.
Now if I could talk 57 into coming to Northern Alberta to set everything up for me...
The Streaming radio feature is better than you'd assume. You'll find any radio station, from local to international. You can search and bookmark stations. It makes an having an am/fm antenna obscelete.
The only thing that bugs me is not waiting or seeing the sales of the future. I paid $1000 for the unit, no other regrets.
Would have preferred to customize the front panel "Scene" buttons. Instead of having them for HDMI port 1, component 1, etc.
A lot of pro's about the receiver, if i can think of anything that stands out, especially as a con, i'll be back.
Questions? shoot away.
Also, pretty sure the b doesnt mean anything but black, check out a store and look at a box to confirm it.
Hey Costa, how would you rate the sound quality of streaming radio, is it at least comparable to FM radio? Also, how often do you experience problems with e.g. buffering, signal dropping etc? Seems like a neat must-have feature for my next AVR purchase if it works well. Thanks!
Costa et All - I have just recently purchased this receiver and am having difficulties in getting Internet connectivity. I suspect it is a router/firewall issue (D-Link 615) but have yet to solve the problem. The unit is recognized on the network, and has been assigned a DHCP IP address. I verified this against the MAC address of the receiver. I thought I might have to add the receiver as a virtual server, but this did not seem to work. I have my Apple Tv configured this way and it works fine. I beleive I can add more than one virtual server according to the D-Link manual. If anybody has some insight here it would be much appreciated.
Try checking the network settings on your receiver.
-Click "On Screen", then head to the bottom of the list to find "Setup" and enter. Drop down to "Function Setup" and inside you'll see "Network". Not sure if my setup is what it came by default, or if you need to make changes but here is what I have:
-In "IP Adress", DHCP is On.
-Mac Address Filter is Off.
-Network Standby is Off.
It sees all the information properly too.
Update - apparantly I have been connected to the router, the problem is that only a very small percentage of the radio station links will actually connect for me, perhaps 1 in 20. This is the reason I thought I was not connected.
I beleive there is still an issue here, as I find it unlikely that such a large percentage of radio station links are not valid.
Yes that is one way to do it. I think it can be done through the receiver network connection as well. I would check your manual first though. I have a different receiver than you so do not want to give you the wrong instructions.
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