I just read the same thing....

A Levinson amp is a fine suggestion, and there are a number of other
good ones. Could get expensive in a hurry if 5.1 is the thing.. 

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Sent: Monday, August 29, 2005 12:08 PM
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] fan noise in yamaha rx-v740

Well, I'm really confused!!!  I just read a review on ZDNET of the amp
and this is a quote:

"Oh, there's something the V740 doesn't have: a cooling fan. The unit
instead relies on an internal finned heat sink. We like that design
decision because we never got distracted by fan noise."

> I just checked a few online reader reviews, and they all seem to be 
> positive.  So, if your unit is still under warrantee, I'd see if 
> they'd replace the fan; it's hard to believe that a normal fan would 
> produce that much noise.  Most have what is called a "whisper fan"
> just because of the need for unblemished sound.  Or, maybe return the 
> unit due to customer dissatisfaction.
> Rod Stephens
> Family Theater Productions

Aaron Levinson wrote:

> Dear Michael:
> The reviews I read described this as a "good budget model"
> receiver. The all in one nature of the receiver itself somewhat 
> precludes it ever truly becoming a "superlative" machine by any 
> standard. With an MSRP of $599 it is really a pretty good deal for 
> what it is. For truly critical listening I would steer away from the 
> receiver idea entirely and go with separate components if at all 
> possible.
>  A solid-state or tube amplifier by Mark Levinson (no relation for 
> those who care) should make you very happy indeed. The price is not 
> similar to your Yamaha and neither is the level of performance and 
> accuracy. For someone who has such sophisticated ears, do yourself a 
> favor and buy something truly extraordinary. You will have this gear 
> for the rest of your life and amortized over such a period of time it 
> is in my estimate money very well spent.
> I doubt that whoever sold you the Yamaha carries Levinson gear or 
> something comparable but there are always Levinson pieces up on eBay 
> and I bet someone on this very list may have an audiophile grade amp 
> they might be selling off...
> Just a thought,
> Aaron
> On Aug 29, 2005, at 11:29 AM, Michael Ridderbusch wrote:
>> Perhaps someone knows the answer to this.
>> I recently purchased a top of the line receiver by yamaha, the 
>> rx-v740, only to discover that its fan produces an audible e below 
>> middle c which makes it useless to me when listening to chamber 
>> music, or any music where amplitude has peaks and valleys.
>> Is it normal for the fan to be audible?
>> Is this a design trend, or are there superlative amplifiers out there

>> without fans, or at least without noisy fans?
>> If a fan is noiseless, will it get noisier with age?