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Yamaha RX-596

Audio Video Stereo Receiver (1998-05)

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Yamaha RX-596

Specifications

Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 80 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.01%

Damping factor: 240

Input sensitivity: 2.5mV (MM), 150mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 88dB (MM), 110dB (line)

Channel separation: 65dB (line)

Output: 150mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω (minimum)

Video Connections: composite

Dimensions: 435 x 151 x 389.5mm

Weight: 9.5kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 1998

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re: RX-596

I just picked up a really clean RX-596 on eBay for $54 and am very impressed with the sound quality. I was using a well used Yamaha RX-350 that I paid only $10 for which really impressed me, but I needed remote control access and the entry level RX-350 doesn’t provide that plus the input selector was pretty scratchy. The RX-596 is a much heavier unit and I like the more solid feel of the volume and other controls. also the speaker terminals are better than the cheap feeling push terminals of the RX-350. The sound quality is very similar between them, but of course the RX596 has quite a bit more power, and the improved damping factor seems to provide tighter, cleaner bass response. A great 2 channel receiver in my opinion, although I’d still like to hook up a turntable to the phono inputs to see how that sounds.

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