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Why are Yamaha receivers all rated at 90 watts per channel?

As the price on their receivers increases, the wattage per channel does not, but on competitors, such as Onkyo and Denon, the wattage does increase. Why is this????

Also, why would or wouldn't you buy a high end (499+) Yamaha receiver??

A Receiver is 2 parts:

* An amplifier
* An electronics package

In the past, everything was about power because your father had large, inefficient tower speakers. But today with monitor/subwoofer based systems you do not need lots of power, but you want lots of electronics like 4 or more HDMI jacks, Up-converting, HD Radio, iPod connection, Auto Calibration, etc..

If you look - they probably increase the connections or other bells as you go up in price, but keep the power the same.

Power is tricky because there are several ways to measure power and some sleezy companies scream in big letters about "1,000 watts of power" for something that is really about 25 watts per channel.

Yamaha tends to be honest about their power ratings. They measure with all channels driven, 8 ohm load, full frequency range, etc. so that 90 watts is the minimum power you get. Other companies would claim much higher numbers for the same amp.

Yamaha also builds solid-as-a-brick receivers. They are massive, heavy so they run cool and last a long time.

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