The 3D technology race is heating up. All the Japanese electronics giants are jostling for pole position and Yamaha has joined the fray with the release of three new AV receivers in the RX-V series. The 5.1 channel Yamaha RX-V467 is strongly poised to take a sizable market share with its sub-$400 pricing. Even at this price you get 3D support for the Side-by-Side (Half) and Top-and-Bottom formats that broadcasters are adopting, as well as for current 3D Blu-ray content (via upcoming firmware update) plus plenty of inputs and convenience features.
It comes with the latest HDMI ver1.4 inputs. HDMI 1.4 brings compatibility with the new 3D video format, as well as an ARC (Audio Return Channel) from your display back to the receiver.
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The Yamaha RX-V467 retains much of the simple layout of the RX-V series. It sports a black brush metal finish. The power button is now in a more convenient position at the top left corner while the large volume control knob sits on the opposite end. The subtle fluorescent display occupies the center portion and the rest of the controls and presets are laid out intuitively. The four pre-set SCENE buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) enable you to conveniently turn on the correct components and activating the proper inputs, and surround mode combination with one touch.
Connectivity options are more than adequate for a mid-priced receiver. There are 4 HDMI inputs and one HDMI output are located at the top row for ease of connection. You also get 2 component video inputs, 5 sets of composite video inputs and 2 sets of optical and coaxial digital audio inputs. There’s a jack at the top left for connecting an optional Yamaha universal dock (such as the YDS-12) or a bluetooth receiver (YBA-10). A full complement of speaker terminals occupy the center portion. There are no multi channel analog inputs so you will have to use HDMI for your blu-ray and other hi-def sources, which is the best way to connect your components together to enjoy hi-definition video with the latest audio codecs. All output jacks are clearly marked in white to prevent connection errors.
Additional connectivity options available on the front panel include a mini jack for portable audio players, a set of A/V inputs, and a headphone jack.
“I’m thrilled with the RX-V467. First, the quality is top-notch, which is something you can always expect from Yamaha gear. It’s solidly built and feels that way. There’s a huge heatsink inside, visible through the top vent. Second, it’s feature-rich and surprisingly easy to operate given all the options at hand.
I bought Polk Audio’s SurroundBar and Polk Audio’s PSW10 Subwoofer for this unit: What fantastic sound when you merge these items! For Blu-ray – also based on user ratings – I purchased the Sony BDP-360, and it works great with the Yamaha RX-V467 via HDMI-CEC.” – G.Hendriks (TX,USA)
Yamaha has spent considerable effort in getting the new RX-V467 as future-proof as possible by including the latest industry standards and features. Here’s a summary of the features:
- 5-channel 525W surround sound (105W x 5)
- HDMI 1.4 Support for 3-D Video and Audio Return Channel – HDMI has fast become the cable of choice for connecting today’s A/V components. The four HDMI 1.4 inputs on the RX-V467 let you simultaneously connect high-definition sources such as a Blu-ray player, a gaming console, and a cable/satellite tuner. As the latest standard, HDMI 1.4 adds 3D support and an Audio Return Channel. Audio content received directly by your HDTV’s tuner can be sent “upstream” to your A/V receiver, without the need for a separate S/PDIF audio cable.
- Yamaha’s proprietary Cinema DSP audio processing complements the new 3D TV technology and provides extra sonic dimension and presence to match the more involving 3D playback.
- Intuitive on-screen display for navigating entertainment options
- Surround sound audio decoders for Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio.
- Deep Color (30/36 bit) technology, x.v.Color, 24Hz Refresh Rates, audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video inputs
- Auto Lip-Sync compensation which automatically eliminates audio/video sync issues
- Compressed Music Enhancer restores dynamics to music files ripped from CDs or downloaded from the Internet
- Adaptive Dynamic Range Control automatically increases the volume of softer dialog passages when overall system volume is turned down, and Adaptive DSP level
- Yamaha Parametric room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) simplifies the setup process by automatically analyzing room acoustics and setting parameters for optimum sound quality at the touch of a button
- Silent Cinema technology makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through standard headphones–ideal for late-night home theater listening when the rest of the family is asleep
More user reviews:
• “I was using a JVC RX 888. It put out great sounds but it was pre HDMI. The Yamaha, has several HDMI slots and I now run my Blu ray and TV through it. It took a little while to figure things out but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty simple. After using it the first evening, I turned it on the next day expecting to hear great sound only to have no sound. The only thing I did the night before was turn it off. After worrying with it and searching the CD manual for a couple of hours I finally noticed the sound was at it’s lowest level. Apparently it defaults to this position. Once I turned the sound up it was great. I went into the setup menu and changed the minimum level to where you could hear it when turned on. Don’t forget to do this!
If you don’t want to spend a bundle but want a good receiver this could be the one for you. I’m very satisfied.” – R.Wade (USA)
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