Yamaha Cinema Station AV-1 Others

Cinema Station AV-1

Compact home theater system. (Receiver/CD player, 5-Sats & a Sub.)

User Reviews (6)

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Ryan Heck   Casual Listener [Jan 24, 2000]
Strength:

Cheap. Decent sound.

Weakness:

CD player has limited functions. No treble. Buttons stick and CD grinds when opening/shutting

I got this at a closeout for like 500 bucks. I looked at the Bose system but this has an active sub. THe bass isn't enough to really shake the wall but it enhances most movies. For the price though you cannot beat it at all. It a cheap nice intro into the home theater. High on value middle of the road on overall function.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
5
ted denny   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 14, 2000]
Strength:

I believe the av-1 has a great sound at fraction of the bose lifestyle price.even better sound with quality 12 gauge copper cable.Dont use to much cable as you loose db's.The av-1 says turn me up,play some jazz and listen for the sax.

Weakness:

as most satelite systems I have experienced is a flat spot in the highs and lows.though it takes time to iron out the pesty flat spot with arranging the saterlites and the s.w around the room also depends on the size of the room and the furniture in it,it can cause flat spots.What shame no treble.

I am classed as a audio snob in the audio secta and been in the game for 20 years and I'm a audio engineer and have been for 16 years.I class the yamaha av-1 system as being apart of the large audio family and lets face it yamaha have been in the game for over 40 years,So credit where credits due,a very good first attempt for a lifestyle saterlite system.Trust me, when you experiment with the saterlites and the sub woofer you get good sound,it may take time though you get results.

Similar Products Used: bose lifestyle 8, which is now in master bed room.Have used Teac though no match for bose or yamaha.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Rich   an Audio Enthusiast [Nov 04, 1998]

In my opinion, this is not a sample of Yamaha's best developments. This originally was designed to be an inexpensive alternative to the Boze Lifestyle series and the JBL ESC 550, and was originally priced at $1200. The price reductions to $999, then $899, then $799, and now with a $100 dollar factory rebate in addtion, demonstrates the system's lack of popularity. (I work for a retailer and have yet to sell one.) The system is just as difficult to use without the remote as any other of it's kind, the speakers are mid-grade at best and are shaped unfashionably and would look out of place in most living rooms. The JBL ESC 550 is a much better value; the sound is far superior, but it retails at $1299 (J & R has it for $999). Additionally, the buttons on the Yamaha reciever unit break off rather easily. I give it a 2 only because there is nothing else similar (that I know of) for $700.

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
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Tee   a Casual Listener [Nov 13, 1998]

I listened this Yamaha AV1 at Best Buy for 3-4 times and I was not impressed at all. Sound of JBL SCS120 is much better... I saw the price drop quite fast... Now it's $750-800 at Best Buy - $100 rebate from yamaha. Last month, I saw it on sale at J&R for $499 but it's no longer available (discontinued)... Hope Yamaha makes a better mini hometheatre soon.

OVERALL
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2
VALUE
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rufus   a Casual Listener [Nov 02, 1998]

its okay, better than that bose crap

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
K-Dog   a Casual Listener [Feb 09, 1999]

I just entered the Home Theatre market and I was rather impressed with this system. I originally bought the JBL ESC300 (I am a cheapskate) and found out that it was being recalled. I decided to give the AV-1 a try and am extremely happy. The one I bought came without a remote (open box)and I could only here to two front surrounds and the sub. The system performed nicely, but you can not operate any of the concert effects. I was still impressed. I recently obtained the remote from 800-Remotes (they are great, it was only $75.00) and all of the concert sounds are functional and I am extemely happy. This system is similar if not better than the comparable Bose Lifestyle system for a cheaper price. The system can with the equipment I needed to set it up and mount the speakers on the wall. The sub could be more powerful, but it is passable. Maybe I am being biased or just don't know any better, but for a beginner this system is a winner.

OVERALL
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3
VALUE
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