hi chromejob, I was waiting for this type of response, yes I have read both manuals several times while I was setting it up and they contradict connections.
I can tell you the Yamaha manual has a thrilling 199 pages to digest and 25 on the rel.
Yamaha says use this single connection point, rel pushes to use the Neutrik plug and 6 different connection types on the amp side; none of which were aligned with the Yamaha offering.
So yes I asked because I wasn't sure and sure as hell wasn't wanting to damage anything especially since there is more than one option on the phono connection method as you have spotted.
eljaycanuck, thank you for the assistance, up and running now
grasshoppers, currently have no ceilings in the room (and the floor will be coming up soon as well) it is getting installed in and have plans for stud walling so cabling can go wherever at the moment, I'm in no rush as I want it right and not cutting corners