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Yamaha RXV667 Receiver with HDMI Interface - under £300! Richer Sounds £299.95

£299.95 @ Richer Sounds
What Hifi 5 star winner AV amp is now further down in price! I've read great things about this unit, and I was going to buy this at £350 in time for Xmas - glad I was my usual lazy self as it's c… Read More
badgerman2 Avatar
6y, 4m agoFound 6 years, 4 months ago
What Hifi 5 star winner AV amp is now further down in price!

I've read great things about this unit, and I was going to buy this at £350 in time for Xmas - glad I was my usual lazy self as it's come down.

WhatHiFi said:
Just taking the Yamaha RX-V667 from its box and sniffing around is enough to make us pleasantly disposed towards it. It’s nothing amazing to look at – inoffensive, sure, and nicely finished, but really not special – and the remote is the usual too-many-buttons-on-too-small-a-stick affair.

And it’s not the modernity of its specification (3D capable, audio return channel on each of the six HDMI inputs, a stack of other connectivity), either.

It’s the sight of the Yamaha’s phono input (for use with a record player) that’s disproportionately pleasing. The RX-V667 may have been built to hit a price-point – but to Yamaha there are some things that are non-negotiable.

Amazing attention to detail
The mic-assisted speaker set-up isn’t too drawn out, isn’t too noisy and isn’t too bad in terms of accuracy. On-screen menus are crisp and clear, and even the easily fouled remote doesn’t spoil the experience too much.

Given the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack to Transporter 3 to decode and amplify, the Yamaha’s presentation at first seems the opposite of the Sony STR-DN1010's ‘grab the listener’s lapels and bellow’ approach, despite the soundtrack’s complicity.

Its openness, fanatical attention to detail and unshakeable poise are all immediately impressive, but compared with the Sony (or, to a lesser extent, the Denon AVR-1911) there’s an even-handedness on display that can initially seem aloof.

Listen for longer, though, and it’s actually the RX-V667’s sheer effortlessness and reluctance to overstate low frequencies that’s briefly suggestive of reticence.

Loose-limbed subtlety
Where speed, agility and expression are concerned the Yamaha’s a match for any rival, and it gives really pleasing texture to voices. It’s particularly good at describing atmosphere, offering great variation in scale, and its overall signature is one of loose-limbed subtlety.

It’s similarly adept with picture-processing, as an upscaled DVD of Bubba Ho-Tep reveals. Images are crisp and colourful, with low noise; motion is deft and edges are smooth and sharp.

Curiously, the Yamaha throws sang-froid aside when it comes to stereo music. Beastie Boys’ Do It is every bit as stomping as it should be; the RX-V667 is happy to deliver the hectoring vocals in all their belligerent glory.

Distinctive sonic presentation
Punchy and rhythmically adept, and with a real facility for integration and focus, the Yamaha’s a more-than acceptable compromise if you simply can’t accommodate an affordable integrated stereo amp into your system too.

The level of competition in this sector is sky-high – and this receiver’s poised and inclusive way with multichannel soundtracks only adds to the overall standard.

Bear in mind, too, that the Yamaha is talented across a range of disciplines while maintaining one of the most distinctive sonic presentations in its class – if your choices weren’t already too numerous, here’s another machine that demands serious consideration.

DETAILS

• 7-channel powerful surround sound (980W=140W x 7 max for Europe, 630W=90W x 7 RMS, 910W=130W x 7 max) • HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio • Discrete amp configuration • Pure Direct for HD audio and video enjoyment • Low jitter PLL circuitry • Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection • Intelligent assignable amplifiers for Surround Back Front Presence or Zone 2 connection
High Picture Quality

• Analogue and HDMI upscaling to full HD 1080p • 1080p-compatible HDMI: 6 inputs (1 on front) and 1 output • Supports Deep Colour (30/36 bit), x.v.Colour, 24Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation • High quality video processing with precise deinterlacing - Motion adaptive and edge adaptive deinterlacing - Multi-cadence (incl. 3-2 pull-down) detection
Advanced Features

• SCENE buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) - quick and simple to use • HDMI (V.1.4 with 3D and Audio Return Channel) • YPAO sound optimisation for automatic speaker setup • New multi-language GUI on-screen display with album art • HDMI CEC functionality • Ability to change HDMI Input while in Standby Through mode • iPod/iPhone compatibility with optional YDS-12 Universal Dock • iPod song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel and on-screen display • Wireless connection for iPod/iPhone with optional YID-W10 • Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with optional Yamaha Bluetooth(R) Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10 • Dialogue Lift • Auto power down function with variable time setting • Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-240ms) • Preset remote unit
Surround Realism

• HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP 3D (17 DSP programmes) • Compressed Music Enhancer with CINEMA DSP • Virtual Presence Speaker function for CINEMA DSP 3D surround without Front Presence Speakers • Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) and Adaptive DSP Level • SILENT CINEMA and Virtual CINEMA DSP
Versatile Zone Control

• Zone 2 on/off and control on front panel • Zone sleep and system sleep • Remote input/output • Programmable +12V trigger output
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#1
Good price, heat added.
1 Like #2
Cracking Price.
You Reds !!
#3
Try and get them to pricematch this cheaper deal at Best Buy
2 Likes #4
Not likely to match as

a) the titanium one isn't like for like due to colour
b) it's currently out of stock at bestbuy and :(
c) the black version is £349 at bestbuy

good luck though if you do try :)
#5
Can't decide this or the denon 1911 or the pioneer vsx-1020 (cool iphone app remote) mmm decisons decisions
#6
Gangstano1, you are in the same position as me, only I have the Onkyo608 on my list also, welcome to the longest decision making process ever :D
#7
Never heard of this brand before who are they
#8
Yamaha? Never heard of them? PMSL!
1 Like #9
bleachershane
Yamaha? Never heard of them? PMSL!


Think he was joking..you will learn that in any home cinema thread a certain name will get mentioned..give it time.
#10
DeanSupreme uk
bleachershane
Yamaha? Never heard of them? PMSL!


Think he was joking..you will learn that in any home cinema thread a certain name will get mentioned..give it time.
#

I will surely do that (_;)
#11
Looks like a nice deal. So good that I just ordered one! Heat added.
#12
I ended up cancelling my Best Buy order and getting one from here instead as I wanted the black version. Register for their 'VIP' club on the website to get a free £10 off voucher that brings it down to £289.
#13
Awesome receiver for the price and for me performs better than it's peers, the Onkyo 608 and Denon 1911. The Onkyo is very good for movies, emphasising explosions and loud sound effects. Okay in a demo room but can become overbearing at home. The Yamaha on the other hand is very good with both movies where in particular it picks up dialogue really well, and also music where I feel it has more control, especially with higher frequencies.
#15
Love Yamaha eqipment and would bag this in the blink of an eye if I was after an upgrade. Can't justify it at the moment though as I don't need the 3D.
#16
onkyo 608 for me once the price comes down. Fujicoura 1080p upscaling, and awsome for movie soundtracks - what I will use for 95% of the time
#17
does this have the usual yamaha pre-outs?
#18
They also had the Pioneer VSX-920 for the same price. I actually went for the RX-V767 as I wanted the extra features (2xHDMI out, party mode, etc.).

If the 667 is as easy to set up as the 767 and sounds as good (which I'm sure it is) then it's a cracking deal!

(Yes the 667 does have the usual pre-outs.)
#19
insert hilarious unknown brand/onkyo/sony comment here
#20
forest2002
insert hilarious unknown brand/onkyo/sony comment here

it stopped being funny, a long, long time ago. (if it ever was)
#21
hwangeruk
it stopped being funny, a long, long time ago. (if it ever was)


A lot like your username....

Edited By: jayjayuk1234 on Dec 31, 2010 00:06
#22
Awesome amp and I'm so close to ordering this! I am torn between this and the onkyo 608 but I think at this price I can't say no! Want to partner this with some Boston acoustics xs when I have saved up!
#23
mattyboy1982
Awesome amp and I'm so close to ordering this! I am torn between this and the onkyo 608 but I think at this price I can't say no! Want to partner this with some Boston acoustics xs when I have saved up!


I am getting the 608 too, this yamaha cannot compete imo, i've heard these boston acoustic xs mentioned a few times, do you have some places lined up for these with good prices?

I have currently a tannoy fx 5.1 surround kit, which i was going to use with this amp, is the boston kit much better?
#24
No hardly any difference, save a bit more and go for the next level up, q acoustic, alumis,s, even the minx speakers..
#25
SpamJavelin
Love Yamaha eqipment and would bag this in the blink of an eye if I was after an upgrade. Can't justify it at the moment though as I don't need the 3D.


Agree..I have had the Yamaha RX-V2065 for about 6months now and love it.Great amps and @ this price would snap it up if I already didn't own one.I would recommend anyone get a preview though if they can @ any AV showroom.
#26
jayjayuk1234
mattyboy1982
Awesome amp and I'm so close to ordering this! I am torn between this and the onkyo 608 but I think at this price I can't say no! Want to partner this with some Boston acoustics xs when I have saved up!
I am getting the 608 too, this yamaha cannot compete imo, i've heard these boston acoustic xs mentioned a few times, do you have some places lined up for these with good prices?I have currently a tannoy fx 5.1 surround kit, which i was going to use with this amp, is the boston kit much better?


I just bought the onkyo 608 and got the SFX speakers, not sure if they need running in but they dont sound great with the onkyo 608.. Bass too much maybe need to chnage something or set the sub right on the amp!! not gettting enough mids from the tannoys i have to push over 45 to get decent soudn out!! ??

Either i shoudl have purchased the boston XS or got another amp !! thought the tannoy supposedly good with the tannoys!!... bostons apparently should be much better by small margin, personally the Q acousics better choice if i had space or get some bookshelves fronts and small speakers ont he back and sep sub!!

my denon 2800 sounded better ARGH actually my cheaper sony setup sounds good too the tannoy sub does all the bass work which is not the best i personally think the boston speakers do not use the SUB too much and handle some of this not bad.

so the boston would def b the choice!! if you need space else get bigger speakers!! for the onkyo 608. i heard 607 with efx and were fine but not wow!! better amps need better speakers !! def what i have found out!!

MAKE SURE you listen to them and test it all in time demo them !!
#27
demo before buying...
#28
I have heard that people recommend spending atleast 3 times on speakers than that you have paid on your amp alfie.Obviously that is not always possible in a budget so like I said earlier always have a listen @ a AV store if you can.
#29
great amp at a great price HOT, and yes I still find the "unknown" comment funny!
#30
Bought this amp just before XMAS at £329.99 so not that bothered by the price drop. I was looking at the Onkyo 608 as well but this had all the inputs for me including the S-Video so I can get most of my retro consoles plugged into it as well & a phono stage as well.
I have also been put off the Onkyo by the stories of their reliability not being so good now, as this has replaced a Sony 820 receiver that the power supply started buzzing after about 1 hour usage that is 2 years old.
#31
Bought this receiver on Monday for £300 from RS. Fantastic bit of kit.
#32
Im looking to replace an old Yamaha amp soon & was looking at the Onkyo 608, i do like Yamaha but the Onkyo seems to be a lot higher spec'ed, am i right in thinking this Yamaha 667 doesnt do Dolby pro logicIIz height/width decoding? Anyone know what the cheapest Yamaha amp is that does Dolby pro logicIIz height/width decoding? Also the power output is a lot lower than the 667...... hmm wot to do??
#33
Cheers for the link to hiway posted about 10 pm last night on this thread as I got rs to match it. One happy person here. Now to sell on my old yamaha amp lol.
#34
Hot! But no thanks, I'll be saving up for something even better (shock!) for now..
#35
Got one of these reserved at richersounds for tomorrow, so going to pick it up..

I've no idea why people buy Onkyo - i know they get cracking reviews and offer allot for the price... But in my opinion they're the ugliest AV receivers you can buy, plus heard allot of reliability issues.

I was going to buy the Denon 1911 (Which i also have reserved for demo just incase)... But this is just to good for the price..

Issues i have currently on deciding:

- Prefer the look of the Denon 1911 over the Yamaha
- Prefer that fact that the Yamaha has 6 HDMI inputs rather than 4 for the Denon
- Love the user interface the new Yamaha AV receivers have, where 1911 one is a bit dated
- Like the fact that the Denon is iPhone / iPod ready through the USB port, where the Yamaha requires a dock. Although this isnt a big deal for me.

Think i'm swinging much towards the Yamaha.
#36
Can anyone confirm that this amp can take a composite or other analogue and output it to HDMI? Is that what, "Analog to HDMI Upscaling" means in the specs? Is this common for these modern amps?

TIA.
#37
Analog to hdmi upscaling means the picture from analog will be converted to digital and altered to become an hd image. It common tho some work better than others.

Does anyone know if you can listen to multiple inputs and send both signals to a single set of speakers for example could I play xbox and listen to music hearing the audio from both.

Cheers
#38
Ive just got a blu ray player, optical connection at back...is it something like this along speakers I need For surround sound? previously had 5.1 dvd system but all speaker connections were on the player...tis seems an expensive option.
#39
R6Nick
Ive just got a blu ray player, optical connection at back...is it something like this along speakers I need For surround sound? previously had 5.1 dvd system but all speaker connections were on the player...tis seems an expensive option.

Yes , and no but this would be a great part. You do not need an expensive Amp but with this amp you will be slightly future proof play movies via this amp and connect other inputs such as consoles and other hi-fi equipment to play stereo or 5.1 sound/7.2 sound too. At a highly quality output sound will be amazing but you will need speakers that match the amp.
#40
Demo’s this, fantastic AV Receiver.

Also demo’d the RX-V467 though, as i saw one in mint condition selling on another forum.. Snapped it up for £155 as the 467 / 667 sounded identical..

Differences are:

4 HDMI inputs rather than 6... Although the 667 is really only 5 inputs, as one is on the front and any self respecting home entertainment nut is never going to want HDMI cables out the front of the amp. Since i only have SkyHD, 3D Bluray Player, Xbox 360 and HTPC... I have no need for more than 4 - If i were to add something else it would only be a PS3 (so would get rid of the 3D Bluray player anyway)... Can't see myself buying a PS3 again either, hardly play my 360 as it is.

5.1 instead of 7.1 (I’ve tried 7.1 on my RX-V565, was pointless. Hardly any content has a proper 7.1 track. So always kept at 5.1 anyway).

No component to HDMI conversion.. Never done this on my RX-V565 (which has it) – as everything i own is HDMI.. So no need for me.. Only really handy if you've got a Wii or some old device which uses component.

So all in all – if you can pickup an RX-V467 for cheap second hand – it’s a bloody bargain if you don’t need those extra features.

Edited By: spritey on Jan 04, 2011 11:55

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