Yamaha RX-V459 6.1 Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver

YAMAHA Updated: 2007-10-08
Yamaha RX-V459 6.1 Channel Digital Home Theater Receiver

Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent sound fields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects from ideally located in these separate sound fields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and startlingly realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater! The decoding circuitry performs Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS Digital Surround, DTS-ES (DTS-ES Matrix 6.1 and DTS-ES Discrete 6.1), DTS Neo:6 and DTS 96/24 decoding with extreme accuracy, as well as all digital sound field processing.

Digital ToP-ART
Digital ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) is the name Yamaha has given to a design philosophy whose goal is to maximize digital quality while minimizing analog circuitry. The culmination of Yamaha’s long experience in digital engineering and design, it brings together several key elements to create the best-sounding, A/V components available on the market.

Dolby Digital EX
This surround format from Dolby Digital includes an added center rear channel. The rear center channel is actually matrixed into the two rear channels, and is extracted upon playback. (Formerly called Dolby Digital Surround EX, or Dolby Digital Matrix 6.1.)

SILENT CINEMA makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones! This is a variation of CINEMA DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue. Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the front / center / presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers.

XM - XM Ready
These receivers are XM SATELLiTE RADiO (XM Ready), allowing you to hear over 150 digital channels of music, news, sports, talk and entertainment from America's number one Satellite Radio service. With the addition of the XM Connect and Play digital antenna accessory (sold seperately) just subscribe to XM SATELLiTE RADiO and hear radio as it was meant to be!

6 Ch Ext Input
6 additional input jacks for discrete multi-channel input. Front (Left, Center, Right), Rear (Surround Left & Right) and Subwoofer

DTS-ES Discrete 6.1
In this format, the back surround channel is matrix encoded into the left and right surround channels. For playback, the three channels are separately decoded.

Neural Surround
Neural Surround™, a proprietary audio format that embeds the rich envelopment and discrete image detail of surround sound and is 100% compatible with stereo content. Chosen by XM Satellite Radio as the format for their 24/7 XM HD Surround programming.

XM HD Surround Sound
XM and Neural Audio Corporation announce XM HD Surround, which provides content with six discrete channels of digital full fidelity audio powered by Neural Audio technology. Marking the first time that a radio company has broadcast in 5.1 Surround Sound twenty-four hours a day. Beginning in April 2006, XM will broadcast the Fine Tuning® (XM Channel 76) and the classical pops music channel XM Pops (XM Channel 113) in XM HD Surround. XM will also broadcast a variety of special shows and live music performances at the XM studios in XM HD Surround.

Compressed Music Enhancer
Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3 and WMA. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.


This receiver is XM Satellite Radio “Ready,” allowing you to hear over 160 digital channels of music, news, sports, talk and entertainment from America's number one Satellite Radio service. With the addition of the XM Passport and XM Connect-and-Play Home Kit (sold separately) just subscribe to XM Satellite Radio and hear radio as it was meant to be!

This receiver is also capable of receiving XM Satellite Radio with XM HD Surround powered by Neural Surround. This is a new advance in surround technology that allows delivery of a more detailed sound stage with superior channel separation and localization of audio elements.

When music is encoded in a digital compressed format such as MP3, frequency response suffers in the high and low ranges. Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with our exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves compressed music quality.

A mini jack on the front panel makes it convenient to connect portable audio players.

This model 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.

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).

Other Features

* XM Ready with XM HD Surround Powered by Neural Surround
* Compressed Music Enhancer
* Front Panel Mini Jack for Portable Player Connection
* Preset Remote Unit with Illuminated Input Indicators
* Selectable 9-Subwoofer Crossover Frequencies / Subwoofer Phase Select
* 6.1-Channel, 540W Powerful Surround Sound (90W x 6)
* Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification
* Direct Stereo for High Quality 2-Channel Sound Reproduction
* 192kHz/24-Bit DACs for All Channels
* HDTV Compatible 3 Component Video Inputs
* Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS 96/24 Compatibility
* Night Listening Enhancer (Cinema/Music) and SILENT CINEMA
* Quad-Field CINEMA DSP and 14 Surround Programs
* Audio Delay for Adjusting Lip-Sync (0–160ms)
* High Dynamic Power and Linear Damping
* Wide-Range Audio Frequency Response for DVD-Audio/Super Audio CD Compatibility
* Subwoofer Phase Select
* 3 Digital Inputs: 2 Optical and 1 Coaxial (Fixed and Assignable)
* Speaker A, B or A+B Selection (Front L/R)
* Front Panel Video Aux Terminals
* Virtual CINEMA DSP
* Preset Remote Unit with Illuminated Input Indicators