Re: Yamaha RX-V861 7.1 Receiver Reviewew
Glad you enjoyed the review. I can not speak highly enough about the RX-V861, it's a tremendous receiver. I have not messed with the 6090, in fact I haven't used a Yamaha receiver in well over 5 years. Honestly, I didn't have very high expectations for the RX-V861 since I've never been a true fan of Yamaha's past efforts. That being said the RX-V861 made me look at Yamaha in a whole new light. They are, from a performance standpoint, in a class all their own when it comes to other receivers on the market today.
As for the upscaling, it works across the board. All inputs can be upscaled to 1080i/720p through its HDMI monitor out. The RX-V861 is one of the few receivers that offers full video upscaling through a single HDMI output.
Audio wise, the V861 is awesome. Dolby TrueHD is a revelation and you'll need a receiver like the V861 to take full advantage of it. At extreme volumes, more so with 2 channel material, the highs will get a bit brittle and the bass does loose a bit of its definition, but for 99% of users out there this will not be an issue. If you feed it a good multichannel signal like Dolby Digital or the like you're going to be hard pressed to find a better sounding receiver or better sounding anything for that matter. I'm actually using the V861 as a processor for the moment with the amplification being handled by my Mark Levinson 433s. To me, this combo is incredibly hard to beat at any price. I like that the V861 allows me to experiement easily with multiple products yet still allows me to take advantage of the latest connection and decoding options. But I have to say, the internal amps inside the V861 are very very good considering its price tag. They power my Meridian inwalls (not an easy load) with ease and grace.
Hope this helps. Feel free to ask any further questions.