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The RX-V667 is a 3D-Ready AV Receiver featuring 7.1 channel amplification, Dolby Digital HD and DTS HD decoding, 1080p-compatible HDMI repeater (6 in/1 out), 7 x 90W per channel, Yamaha's YPAO auto sound set-up and upgraded CINEMA DSP 3D with 17 modes. It decodes Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio and High Resolution Audio formats for amazing sounding Blu Ray soundtracks, in addition to standard Dolby Digital and DTS sound modes for DVD.

In addition, set-up is easy thanks to Yamaha's YPAO automatic sound optimisation. This involves placing an included microphone in several places around the room as instructed and it will set the level of each channel perfectly. You'll be enjoying stunning sounding home cinema soundtracks in no time.

In addition to HD sound modes, compatibility with Yamaha iPod/iPhone docks, Bluetooth compatibility, 7.1 channel amplification and video upscaling to full 1080P HD, the main reasons for buying this model above the RX-V567 are 3D DSP sound modes, a new advanced on-screen GUI display, several extra inputs/outputs (including 2 extra HDMI inputs) and "Dialogue Lift" - a handy feature if you're using front and center speakers below the screen that "lifts" part of the sound so you hear the dialogue more clearly.

This model is also compatible with the YID-W10, an AirWired wireless dock system for your iPod/iPhone (available separately).

Review

'Extensive spec, good build and finish; detailed, atmospheric listen; fine upscaling' (What Hi-Fi magazine)

Key Features

- 7-channel 120W/ch (max); 7 channel 735W (105W x 7, RMS)
- Decodes HD sound modes for latest Blu Ray soundtracks
- Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility, optional Yamaha Bluetooth Wireless Receiver YBA-10
- iPod/iPhone compatibility with optional YDS-12 Dock / iPod compatibility with optional YDS-11
- Wireless connection for iPod/iPhone with optional YID-W10
- 1080p compatible HDMI repeater (4 in/1 out) v.1.4 with 3D and Audio Return Channel
- Ability to change HDMI input while in Standby Through mode
- Analogue video upscaling to full HD 1080P
- Yamaha's YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup
- New multi-language GUI on-screen display with album art
- SCENE buttons for one touch operation (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio)
- Upgraded CINEMA DSP with 17 DSP modes
- Front panel 3.5mm jack input for mp3 players
- Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync if necessary (0-240ms)
- Auto power down function with variable time setting

Full Specifications

- Channels: 7.1
- Output Power (8 ohms): 7 x 90 W/ch
- Max Output Power (4 ohms): 7 x 140 W/ch
- iPod/iPhone Compatibility via Yamaha Universal Dock: Yes
- Bluetooth Compatibility via Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver: Yes
- USB Interface: No
- Front Panel Mini Jack Input: Yes
- System Memory: No
- SCENE: Yes
- FM/AM Tuner: Yes
- FM/AM Presets: 40 with auto tuning
- YPAO Sound Optimization: Yes
- Dialogue Lift: Yes
- Compressed Music Enhancer: Yes
- Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control): Yes
- Night Listening Enhancer: No
- Initial Volume and Maximum Volume Setting: Yes
- Audio Delay for Adjusting Lip-Sync: Yes (0-240 ms)
- On-Screen Display: Yes with GUI (Overlay)
- Remote Control Unit: Preset
- HDMI Input/Output: 6 / 1
- Audio Digital Inputs: 2 Optical / 2 coaxial
- Component Video: 2 Inputs / 1 Output
- S-Video: 1 Input / No Outputs
- Front Panel Video Aux Terminal: Mini jack
- Preout Terminal: Subwoofer x 2
- Selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies: 9
- RS-232C Interface: No
- +12V Trigger Output: Yes
- Remote (IR) Input/Output: 1/1
- Multi-Channel External Input: 8ch
- Sub Remote Control Unit: No
- Dynamic Power/Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms): 125/160/190/230 W
- Total Harmonic Distortion (20 Hz-20 kHz, CD): 0.06%
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (CD, 250 mV): 100 dB
- Power Consumption: 400W
- Standby Power Consumption: 0.2W
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 151 x 364 mm
- Weight: 10.5 kg

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#2
Beats me why things like this dont go hot, amazing deal for a new quality amp.
#3
Sorely tempted here to replace my trusty Pioneer VSX-D1011, mainly for the HDMI connectivity.

Do you think this new amp would give a decent upgrade improvement in sound quality for me?

Excellent price! :)
#4
http://www.weymouthhifi.co.uk/website/yamaha/2010/rx_v667.htm

0.05p more but includes free £80.00 QED Cable package.


Edited By: Baldhopper on Nov 07, 2010 13:44: addt. info
#5
canada16
Beats me why things like this dont go hot, amazing deal for a new quality amp.

Being niche objects they don't attract widespread interest.Be honest, myself included, there is a certain elitist satisfaction in the appreciation of this sort of stuff that would be lost if the masses understood.
#6
Witty comment about Yamaha is unknown get sony
#7
canada16
Beats me why things like this dont go hot, amazing deal for a new quality amp.
I posted one yesterday £1.05p more than this http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/yamaha-rx-v667-home-cinema-amplifie/794410 has a two year warranty not sure if that is standard or not. I think it depends on when you post it and who is around at the time before deals get buried 3-4 pages deep.

I have since found out, this is not an offer. This is the NEW price that Yamaha have dropped the unit to. It is a nationwide price for all retailers, nobody should be charging more than this.

Edited By: ristac on Nov 07, 2010 13:53: addition
#8
Can anyone advise as to whether this would actually sound better than an old (but perfectly working) YAMAHA DSP A2?

Edited By: akexuk on Nov 07, 2010 14:18: edit
#9
Faythur
Sorely tempted here to replace my trusty Pioneer VSX-D1011, mainly for the HDMI connectivity.

Do you think this new amp would give a decent upgrade improvement in sound quality for me?

Excellent price! :)


Hard question to answer without a short essay!...so here goes...

It all comes down to your understanding of LPCM and BitStream, both of which provide lossless audio to your receiver (but only via HDMI or Multichannel RCA outputs), bitstream also transmits lossy audio to your receiver such as Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS etc. (via optical or coax)

LPCM - Linear Pulse Code Modulation is lossless audio provided either by multichannel output (RCA Analogue plugs) or via HDMI. This audio is decoded internally by your device such as SACD Player or Blu Ray Player (not many low end Blu Ray Players have multichannel outputs though).

As the sound is converted to analogue and passed through to your receiver via the connecting device, your receiver plays no part in converting the signal, so the quality is dependent on your equipments ability at Digital to Analogue conversion.

Advantage of LPCM is it is compatible with older receivers like your VSX-D1011 via your multichannel input on your receiver, therefore you do not necessarily need to upgrade your receiver to receive lossless audio from Blu Ray, with formats such as Dolby True HD being an option for you.

Disadvantages of LPCM, firstly cost...as said not many low end Blu Ray Players actually have multichannel output, therefore you would need to find one that did, this can prove quite costly.

Secondly convenience, having so many sets of RCA leads from your player to your receiver is a bind and clutter.

Thirdly and less importantly, by feeding the sound via LPCM rather than bitstream, which you can even do on new receivers that support HDMI audio, via HDMI you don't get the nice little lit up logos telling you that you are outputting "Dolby True HD" as your receiver is not decoding the info.

Lastly, if you have more than one source of lossless audio you want to feed your old receiver you would need to some sort of switch box as you only have one multichannel input on your receiver.

Bitstream - This transmits audio to your receiver digitally, your receiver doing all the leg work in converting the signal, your existing receiver already does this with the existing Dolby Digital 5.1/EX/DTS etc. However, older receivers that do not have HDMI audio inputs are only capable of this lossless audio conversion. Audio compatible HDMI inputs are necessary for lossless audio such as Dolby True HD via bitstream.

Advantages here are firstly cost, all Blu Ray/HD DVD and most Universal SACD/DVD-A Players are equipped with HDMI outputs, meaning no hunting around for players that also support Multichannel out via RCA.

Apart from SACD/DVD-A which will always be fed to your receiver via LPCM, even over HDMI, your receiver will do the decoding, meaning you will get the nice little logos lit with Dolby True HD etc, and the sound quality is dependent on the sonic ability of the receivers digital to analogue conversion.

Convenience, far, far less cable clutter.

So there you have it, what devices do you currently have that support lossless audio? Do you want lossless audio? If not then your old receiver will do just fine still via optical and coax for bitstreaming lossy audio.

If you currently already have a Blu Ray Player, check the back of it, does it have RCA Multichannel outputs?

For me personally I have 3, therefore an upgrade to a HDMI Receiver was a must, wanting it to support HD DVD/Blu Ray/SACD/DVD-A.


Edited By: cicobuff on Nov 07, 2010 14:59: slight update of info
#10
akexuk
Can anyone advise as to whether this would actually sound better than an old (but perfectly working) YAMAHA DSP A2?


Read my last post firstly, and secondly with the age of the DSP A2, receivers have come a long way since then..12 years on and if your finances allow, I think a new receiver should really be considered.
#11
akexuk
Can anyone advise as to whether this would actually sound better than an old (but perfectly working) YAMAHA DSP A2?


Your A2 will sound a lot more powerful than this amp as you would need to go to around 140 watts to get the equivalent power of the A2 so keep enjoying your A2 as it's a great amp
#12
swartzy
akexuk
Can anyone advise as to whether this would actually sound better than an old (but perfectly working) YAMAHA DSP A2?


Your A2 will sound a lot more powerful than this amp as you would need to go to around 140 watts to get the equivalent power of the A2 so keep enjoying your A2 as it's a great amp


I would disagree, the A2 amp was 100 Watts per channel, the internal progress over 12 years in circuitry on receivers would be more than enough to consider the justification in buying a new receiver.

Bare in mind this is a receiver not an amplifier.
#13
Bigfootpete
What exactly is HD audio? Looking on Google it only comes up with an Intel spec that relates to a computers cpu - is that different to the HD audio that this amp processes?


Yes, HD Audio really is as I said lossless audio, with the older Dolby Digital/DTS formats the sound was split across all the speakers compressed.

With the increased space of both Blu Ray and HD DVD new formats emerged, Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio both of which have uncompressed audio.

New PC Soundcards such as the Asus Xonar HdAV1.3 support lossless Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio.

Edited By: cicobuff on Nov 07, 2010 15:25: Asus
#14
Thanks very much for the input. Yes I've always wondered whether the possibly cleaner amp side of the DSP A2 could compensate for the massive advances in audio streaming tech. I love how lively and dynamic the A2 sounds with everything I throw at it but I actually enjoy it most with music than with surround sound. Mind you may be that my Tannoys are not that good - in fact I do not really expect them to be. In terms of power I do not even vaguely need to rump up the A2 beyond 1/5 of its control power (I am actually scared of what might happen if I did!).

So the issue is what comes out of the BR player. I have a cheap Toshiba BDX2100. It does seem to have RCA multi-channel output?
http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/6708
#15
akexuk
Thanks very much for the input. Yes I've always wondered whether the possibly cleaner amp side of the DSP A2 could compensate for the massive advances in audio streaming tech. I love how lively and dynamic the A2 sounds with everything I throw at it but I actually enjoy it most with music than with surround sound. Mind you may be that my Tannoys are not that good - in fact I do not really expect them to be. In terms of power I do not even vaguely need to rump up the A2 beyond 1/5 of its control power (I am actually scared of what might happen if I did!).

So the issue is what comes out of the BR player. I have a cheap Toshiba BDX2100. It does seem to have RCA multi-channel output?
http://www.superfi.co.uk/index.cfm/page/moreinfo.cfm/Product_ID/6708


According to the Superfi link you have their, sadly it doesn't have RCA Multi Channel output, it states it has RCA Component output (Video)

This is a good image showing the difference between RCA Component output and MultiChannel output on an Onkyo DVD Player (Hi there Loughboro Guy!)

http://www.hometheaterhifi.com/volume_10_1/images/onkyo-dv-sp800-dvd-player-rear-panel.jpg
#16
isn't it about time DAB was standard on this kind of thing.?
#17
andiejn
isn't it about time DAB was standard on this kind of thing.?


Whilst I prefer and use DAB personally mainly due to the lack of Radio Stations on FM and liking 6Music, you have to remember that the bit rate of DAB isn't that great dependent on channels being broadcast in MP2, and with the majority of AV Manufacturers being Japanese and DAB not being utilised in North America, its predominence lies in Europe, Canada and Australia.

So I think its a safer bet and more economical for the AV Manufacturers to leave it to the end consumer to add a separate tuner into the equation as necessary.

If anything, rather than DAB perhaps internet radio would be more a worthwhile consideration for Worldwide manufacturing, but the whole cost factor and the fact FM is still such a wide freely available format once again they would prefer to leave an added tuner to the consumer.

A fair number of DAB radios do have optical/coax outputs, including my old Pure Bug.
#18
#19
I can strongly recommend this amp to anyone that's tempted by this offer. A cracking price for a quality AV receiver this :)
#20
@cicobuff, thanks. Given this I guess I'll give the A2 a couple more years and upgrade it when I replace the DVD.
#22
sirlukas


That Denon looks nice, but does it, or this Yamaha runs hot? I've disregarded the unknown Onkyo's (lol) as they get too warm. I need it to go in a cabinet to replace a Yamaha AX-620.
#23
[/quote]That Denon looks nice, but does it, or this Yamaha runs hot? I've disregarded the unknown Onkyo's (lol) as they get too warm. I need it to go in a cabinet to replace a Yamaha AX-620.[/quote]
I have an Onkyo running for long periods and never gets hot
#24

Oh no...this is going to turn the thread into a heated debate now!

I find What Hi Fi reviews somewhat odd, last years round up winner the Denon 1910 has obviously been superseded now by this years 1911 with very little difference other than HDMI 1.4 support, whereas last year they mentioned how musical it was in direct amp mode, this years review of the 1911 states otherwise!

Onkyo Receivers that upscaled chipsets used to run very hot, however they put cooling fans in them now, strange though that they actually have only addressed the problem by adding cooling fans, Denons upscale without running hot to start with.

Build quality on last years low to mid end Yamaha Receivers were lacking, guess they have addressed this well this year if you are to go with What Hi Fi reviews, unless of course Denon being the darlings of the AV mag press has been replaced with Onkyo and Yamaha this year!

I personally bought a Denon Receiver last year, within my budget it ticked the right boxes, the binding posts on the Yamaha Receivers were poor, Onkyos ran hot, and Pioneers sound performance was lacking.

If What Hi Fi reviews are to be believed this year the gap between them all is closing, personally if you get the chance audition them all.

Personally speaking though, I am still wary of Onkyo if they have to incorporate a cooling fan to address heat issues of previous upscaling receivers.
#25
i like yamaha
#26
Many, many thanks Cicobuff for your most indepth reply in post #9 :)

However I was thinking more along the lines of comparison in sound quality with my Pioneer VSX-D1011.

Yes, I already use the analogue phonos for HD audio for my Sony [550 I think] BR player. The only other HD audio device I would be using is a Toshiba HD DVD player [yes, I know! :)] which also has the analogue outs, but I'm looking at the HDMI connectivity for todiness like you say. I also have a Popcorn Hour, Freesat HD receiver and Humax Freeview PVR [the last two both to be replaced with a Humax Foxsat PVR and an HDMI equipped Freeview HD PVR [whenever we get the HD Freeview signal here in 2012]

Speakers are Mordaunt Short Mezzo 2's and a 5 centre with Kef DS65 dipole rears and Monitor Audio RSW12 sub at the front and an REL Q50 Bass at the rear.

I've always felt that my previous Yamaha amp [a now ancient DSP-A1092] had a much more exciting and involving dynamic performance with movie soundtracks compared to the Pioneer, though it has a lot more revealed detail and control with better steering. Just sounds a bit 'bland' to my ears. http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/archive/VSX-D1011-S/index.html

I particularly note that this new RXV667 amp 'only' weighs a paltry 10.5 Kgs compared to the Pioneers hefty 18.2Kgs! [and I think the previous Yamaha was even heavier!]
#27
cicobuff


Oh no...this is going to turn the thread into a heated debate now!

I find What Hi Fi reviews somewhat odd, last years round up winner the Denon 1910 has obviously been superseded now by this years 1911 with very little difference other than HDMI 1.4 support, whereas last year they mentioned how musical it was in direct amp mode, this years review of the 1911 states otherwise!

Onkyo Receivers that upscaled chipsets used to run very hot, however they put cooling fans in them now, strange though that they actually have only addressed the problem by adding cooling fans, Denons upscale without running hot to start with.

Build quality on last years low to mid end Yamaha Receivers were lacking, guess they have addressed this well this year if you are to go with What Hi Fi reviews, unless of course Denon being the darlings of the AV mag press has been replaced with Onkyo and Yamaha this year!

I personally bought a Denon Receiver last year, within my budget it ticked the right boxes, the binding posts on the Yamaha Receivers were poor, Onkyos ran hot, and Pioneers sound performance was lacking.

If What Hi Fi reviews are to be believed this year the gap between them all is closing, personally if you get the chance audition them all.

Personally speaking though, I am still wary of Onkyo if they have to incorporate a cooling fan to address heat issues of previous upscaling receivers.


Agree with what you have said, "if you get the chance audition them all."

Sometimes AV mags could be biased...or they must be getting paid to rate their products.

Read all your threads on this post and you do know your stuff on av receivers ;)


Edited By: stealthx on Nov 08, 2010 12:14: typo
#28
Faythur
Many, many thanks Cicobuff for your most indepth reply in post #9 :)However I was thinking more along the lines of comparison in sound quality with my Pioneer VSX-D1011.Yes, I already use the analogue phonos for HD audio for my Sony [550 I think] BR player. The only other HD audio device I would be using is a Toshiba HD DVD player [yes, I know! :)] which also has the analogue outs, but I'm looking at the HDMI connectivity for todiness like you say. I also have a Popcorn Hour, Freesat HD receiver and Humax Freeview PVR [the last two both to be replaced with a Humax Foxsat PVR and an HDMI equipped Freeview HD PVR [whenever we get the HD Freeview signal here in 2012]Speakers are Mordaunt Short Mezzo 2's and a 5 centre with Kef DS65 dipole rears and Monitor Audio RSW12 sub at the front and an REL Q50 Bass at the rear.I've always felt that my previous Yamaha amp [a now ancient DSP-A1092] had a much more exciting and involving dynamic performance with movie soundtracks compared to the Pioneer, though it has a lot more revealed detail and control with better steering. Just sounds a bit 'bland' to my ears.http://www.pioneer.eu/uk/products/archive/VSX-D1011-S/index.htmlI particularly note that this new RXV667 amp 'only' weighs a paltry 10.5 Kgs compared to the Pioneers hefty 18.2Kgs! [and I think the previous Yamaha was even heavier!]


I think you will find all entry to mid range receivers now will weigh in between 10-11.5kgs. Bearing in mind that your Pioneer Receiver was brought into the market in 2002, whilst some of the more expensive receivers these days tend to weigh closer to this I think it has a lot to do with the internal circuitry changes that they are lighter, rather than it being any relation to sound quality (at least I hope it is)

If you have a SuperFi close to you, perhaps try demoing particularly the Yamaha (seeing you liked the sound previously), your Mezzo 2s most certainly are beefy for bookshelf speakers/standmounts and need to be driven well..so bear that in mind.
#29
For those that prefer to audition receivers and collect in store rather than be at the mercy of the couriers, both SuperFi and RicherSounds have this receiver in stock for £349...with RicherSounds having a 5 year extended warranty for £35 extra.

Not a massive fan of RicherSounds due to lack of stock transparancy! and Onkyo sales pushing, but when they do have stock their extended warranties are hard to beat for sure.
#30
what about the new pioneer VSX-920
Pioneer has £100 off in this one, and is 3D ready, has ethernet connection and usb ipod connection even a free application to control the receiver from the iphone. it would be only £50 more?
any thoughts?
I just bought the harman Kardon 5.1 speakers from curry's at £149 and need a receiver. Any help will be kindly appreciated
#31
gonchi
what about the new pioneer VSX-920 Pioneer has £100 off in this one, and is 3D ready, has ethernet connection and usb ipod connection even a free application to control the receiver from the iphone. it would be only £50 more?any thoughts?I just bought the harman Kardon 5.1 speakers from curry's at £149 and need a receiver. Any help will be kindly appreciated

from where?
#32
gonchi
what about the new pioneer VSX-920
Pioneer has £100 off in this one, and is 3D ready, has ethernet connection and usb ipod connection even a free application to control the receiver from the iphone. it would be only £50 more?
any thoughts?
I just bought the harman Kardon 5.1 speakers from curry's at £149 and need a receiver. Any help will be kindly appreciated


Pioneer VSX920 vs Yamaha RXV667 vs Onkyo TXSR608??? - AVForums.com
http://www.avforums.com/forums/av-amplifiers-receivers/1342321-pioneer-vsx920-vs-yamaha-rxv667-vs-onkyo-txsr608.html

Pioneer VSX-920 vs Onkyo TX-SR608 vs Yamaha RX-V667
http://community.whathifi.com/forums/t/513805.aspx

Top forum matches for "v667"
http://whathifi.com/Search/Forums/v667/

Edited By: stealthx on Nov 10, 2010 15:04: edited
#33
Richers Sounds website pioneer is £379

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