Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver

Introduction

Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View w/Included Accessories
Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver - Front View w/Included Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva Licensed to About.com

The Yamaha RX-V667 7.2 Channel Home Theater Receiver has power, up-to-date features, and an abundance of connectivity options. This receiver is rated to deliver 90wpc, and features Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. On the video side, the RX-V667 has 6 3D-compatible HDMI inputs with analog to HDMI video conversion and 1080p upscaling. Extra bonuses include iPod and Bluetooth connectivity (via optional adapters), as well as two subwoofer outputs.

To find out more, keep reading this review.

After reading this review, for more details, also check out my Photo Gallery and Video Performance Tests.

Product Overview

The features of the RX-V667 include:

1. The RX-V667 is a 7.2 channel home theater receiver (7 channels plus 2 subwoofer outs) delivering 90 Watts into each of 7 channels at .08% THD.

2. Audio Decoding: Dolby Digital Plus and TrueHD, DTS-HD, Dolby Digital 5.1/EX/Pro logic IIx, DTS 5.1/ES, 96/24, Neo:6.

3. Additional Audio Processing Options: Yamaha DSP and DSP 3D, Scene, Front Presence, and Silent Cinema headphone output.

4. Audio Inputs (Analog): 7 Stereo Analog, 1 One set of 7.1 Channel Analog Audio inputs.

5. Audio Inputs (Digital - Excluding HDMI): 2 Digital Optical, 2 Digital Coaxial.

6. Audio Outputs (Excluding HDMI): 2 Sets - Analog Stereo, One set - Zone 2 Analog Stereo Pre-outs, 1 Set - 7 Channel Analog Pre-outs, and Two Subwoofer Pre-outs.

7. Speaker connections options for Bi-amp, Surround Back and Powered Zone 2 speaker provided. One set of Zone 2 line audio outputs (requires additional amp/speakers for operation).

8. Video Inputs: 6 HDMI ver 1.4a (3D pass through/Audio Return Channel capable), 2 Component, 5 Composite. One set of AV inputs mounted on front panel.

9. Video Ouputs: 1 HDMI, 1 Component Video, 2 Composite Video.

10. Analog to HDMI video conversion (480i to 480p) and upscaling from 480p to 1080p via HDMI. HDMI pass-through of native 1080p and 3D signals.

11. Inclusion of YPAO automatic speaker setup system.

12. 40 Preset AM/FM Tuner. Sirius Satellite Radio via Optional Tuner/Antenna.

13. iPod/iPhone connectivity/control and Bluetooth Receiver connectivity available via optional docking stations. Rear mounted docking port connection.

14. Wireless remote and full-color on-screen menu system.

15. User Manual on CD with an active link referencing.

For an additional up-close, physical, look at the features and connections of the RX-V667, check out my Photo Gallery.

Zone 2 Option

The RX-V667 allows for the connection and operation of a 2nd Zone. This allows a second source signal to speakers or a separate audio system in another location. This is not the same as just connecting additional speakers and placing them in another room.

The Zone 2 function allows control of either the same or separate, source than the one being listened to in the main room, in another location. For example, the user can be watching a Blu-ray Disc or DVD movie with surround sound in the main room, while someone else can listen to a CD player in another, at the same time.

Both the Blu-ray Disc or DVD player and CD player are connected to the same Receiver but are accessed and controlled separately using the same main Receiver.

3D Compatibility

The Yamaha RX-V667 is 3D Compatible. What this means is that this receiver will HDMI will detect 3D source signals automatically and pass them through to a 3D-enabled TV without further processing.

Audio Return Channel

This is a very practical feature that has been introduced in HDMI ver1.4. What this function allows, if the TV is also HDMI 1.4-enabled, is that you can transfer audio from the TV back to the RX-V667 and listen to your TV's audio through your home theater audio system instead of the TV's speakers without having to connect a second cable between the TV and home theater system.

For example, if you receive your TV signals over the air, the audio from those signals goes directly to your TV. Ordinarily, to get the audio from those signals to your Home Theater receiver, you would have to connect an extra cable from the TV to the home theater receiver for this purpose. However, with audio return channel, you can simply take advantage of the cable you already have connected to the TV and the home theater receiver to transfer audio in both directions.

Additional Components Used in the Review:

Home Theater Receivers: Onkyo TX-SR705, Harman Kardon AVR147.

Source Components: OPPO BDP-83 and Sony BD-PS350 Blu-ray Disc players, OPPO DV-980H DVD Player.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 1 (7.1 channels): 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center, 2 Polk R300s, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System 2 (5.1 channels): EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.

TV/Monitors: A Westinghouse Digital LVM-37w3 1080p LCD Monitor, and Syntax LT-32HV 720p LCD TV. Displays calibrated using SpyderTV Software.

DVDO EDGE Video Scaler used for baseline video upscaling comparisons.

Audio/Video connections made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables. 16 Gauge Speaker Wire used.

Level checks made using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

Software Used

The software used in this review included the following titles:

Blu-ray Discs used included scenes from from the following: 300, Across The Universe, Avatar (2D), Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2D), Hairspray, Iron Man, Kick Ass, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, Transporter 3, and War of the Worlds (2005).

Standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, and V For Vendetta.

CDs: Al Stewart - Sparks of Ancient Light, Beatles - LOVE, Blue Man Group - The Complex, Joshua Bell - Bernstein - West Side Story Suite, Eric Kunzel - 1812 Overture, HEART - Dreamboat Annie, Lisa Loeb - Firecracker, Nora Jones - Come Away With Me, Sade - Soldier of Love.

DVD-Audio discs included: Queen - Night At The Opera/The Game, Eagles - Hotel California, and Medeski, Martin, and Wood - Uninvisible, Sheila Nicholls - Wake.

SACD discs used included: Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Steely Dan - Gaucho, The Who - Tommy.

Audio Performance
Using both analog and digital audio sources, the RX-V667, in both 5.1, and 7.1 channel configurations, delivered an excellent surround image. The RX-V667 is robust over long listening sessions and it did not get overly warm after extended use. However, it is always advisable to have ample space for air circulation.

This receiver also provided a very clean signal via the direct 5.1 analog audio inputs from Blu-ray sources in addition to the HDMI and Digital Optical/Coaxial audio connection options. I fed both uncompressed two and multi-channel PCM signals from the OPPO BDP-83, as well as undecoded bitstream output via HDMI and Digital Optical/Coaxial to get a comparison between externally processed audio signals and the internal audio processing of the RX-V667.

In addition, another aspect of the RX-V667 was its ability to operate a 2nd Zone. Running the receiver in the 5.1 channel mode for the main room and two channels in a second room, and using the provided second zone control options, I was easily able to run two separate systems. However, no video signals and only analog audio sources can be sent to Zone 2.

I was able to access DVD and Blu-ray audio in the main 5.1 channel setup and easily access FM radio or CDs in the two channel setup in another room using the RX-V667 as the main control for both sources. Also, I could run the same music source in both rooms simultaneously, one using the 5.1 channel configuration and second using the 2 channel configuration.

The RX-V667 has the option of second zone operation with its own amplifiers, using provided speaker connections, or using a separate external amplifier via Zone 2 preamp output. Specific details on Multi-zone setup are outlined in the RX-V667 user manual.

NOTE: I did not use the RX-V667's second subwoofer output option in this review.

Video Performance

Using the  Silicon Optix HQV Benchmark DVD as a testing tool, I found that the internal scaler of the RX-V667 does a very good job upscaling analog video to 1080p. The video processing is as good as many upscaling DVD players, but not as good as the OPPO BDP83 and DV-980H players and DVD0 Scaler used for reference. Although upscaled images from the RX-v667 was mostly artifact-free, the images were "noisier" and softer than with comparison references.

Further testing revealed that the while the RX-V667 can upscale 480i/480p to 1080p very well, it does not further upscale incoming 720p or 1080i signals to 1080p. In other words, if you have an incoming 720p or 1080i signal via Component or HDMI inputs, the output signal from the RX-V667 is not processed further and will remain 720p or 1080i. For a closer look at the video performance of the Yamaha RX-V667, check out my Video Performance Test Gallery.

With regards to video connections, the Yamaha RX-V667 has just about all the connections you need, including an abundance of 3D-enabled HDMI connections. However, the RX-V667 continues the trend towards excluding S-Video connections.

Note: 3D pass-through was not tested, as a 3D-enabled TV and Blu-ray Disc Player were not available for this review.

What I Liked About The RX-V667

1. Sound quality excellent in both stereo and surround modes. I have no complaints regarding the audio quality of the RX-V667.

2. Lots of HDMI inputs, including one mounted on the front panel.

3. Good video upscaling from 480i/p to 1080p. However, as noted previously, the RX-V667 does not upscale 720p or 1080i to 1080p.

4. Incorporation of both Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

5. Two Subwoofer outputs. This is an uncommon feature on most home theater receivers, but is a great convenience, especially for larger room settings.

6. The multi-zone operation included. Second Zone operation is also available via pre-outs (additional amplifier required) or by using 5.1 operations in the main room and using the 6th and 7th channel amplifiers of the RX-V667 to power the second zone.

7. Visually appealing onscreen user interface.

What I Didn't Like About the RX-V667

1. Poorly designed remote control - small buttons, no backlight.

2. Only one connection provided for both iPod and Bluetooth docking stations. This means that you cannot connect the iPod and Bluetooth Dock to the RX-V667 at the same time.

3. Speaker connection terminals too close together. The speaker connections need to be a little farther apart for easier access for bare wire connections.

4. No S-Video inputs or outputs.

5. No dedicated phono-turntable input option. If you need to connect a phono turntable you need to add an external phono preamp or use a turntable with a built-in preamp.

6. No networking or Internet Radio access.

Final Take

The RX-V667 offers very good audio performance and more than enough power a medium size room. Useful audio processing features and connectivity, especially the large number of HDMI inputs, provide a lot of practical setup and listening options for most home theater setups.

The audio from audio-only CDs, DVD-Audio Discs, SACDs, and Blu-ray disc soundtracks, was clean and distinct, making the RX-V667 more than suitable for both extensive music listening and home theater use.

The RX-V667 also showed good stability during very dynamic audio tracks and delivered a sustained output over long periods of time without eliciting listening fatigue.

The RX-V667 offers consideration for both audio and video. The image quality from pass-through 1080p HD sources is very consistent and the video conversion and upscaling of analog video sources, although with some shortcomings, was surprisingly good, especially for a home theater receiver in this price range.

Taking all into consideration, the RX-V667 is a very flexible receiver that delivers great audio and video performance, features, and connectivity options and is a very good value for the price. This receiver is definitely worth consideration.

To dig into the Yamaha RX-V667 a little deeper, also check out my Photo Gallery and Video Performance Tests

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