Even before the days of internet retailing, was catalog mail-order, such as Crutchfield, Service Merchandise, etc. Yamaha would offer the HTR series to catalogs (and eventually e-commerce websites) while the brick-and-mortar stores would carry the RXV line. In many instances they were exactly the same products with the different nomenclature. I don't know if this is still the case, but I suspect it is.
Since catalogs and websites could offer lower prices, Yamaha did not want to hurt their retail partners. So by making the names different, customers could not do direct comparisons and could not request price protection.
Ever notice how bedding stores all offer the "guaranteed lowest price" on matresses? That's because no two chains carry the same products. Yamaha does the same thing with their receivers.
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I had been told that Yamaha would not honor the product warranty unless it was purchased from an authorized seller. So for an RXV receiver that would be one of the brick-and-mortar stores. Allegedly, all of the RXV receivers for sale on Ebay listed as "new in the box with warranty card" are truly new, but Yamaha will not honor the warranty to the end-user. Any truth to this?
Do the HTR receivers sold by the Crutchfield's of the world receive a valid warranty from Yamaha (without going back through Crutchfield for service)?