Ready or not, 3D technology will be a feature in every home in time to come. Major electronics manufacturers are doubling their efforts to jostle for first mover advantage in this 3D race to capture market share. Yamaha Electronics has joined the race by offering the Yamaha RX-V567, a 3D-capable 7.1 channel AV Receiver. You get plenty of options in terms of source connectivity and convenience features, 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.
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-V567 retains much of the simple layout of the RX-V series. It sports a black brush metal finish in a basic metal chassis. 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 controls and presets are well laid out. Just below the display are four pre-set SCENE buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) which allows you to conveniently turn on the correct components and activate the intended input/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.
Yamaha has spent considerable effort in getting the new RX-V567 as future-proof as possible by including the latest industry standards and features.
Here’s a summary of the features:
- 7-channel 630W surround sound (90W x 7)
- 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-V567 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.
- Analog-to-HDMI 1080p video upscaling for improved picture quality, even from non-HD sources
- 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
Update: Firmware update for 3D functionality is now available from Yamaha’s website. It can be done via computer download burned to CD and played through the receiver
“Of all the receivers I have owned over the years, this by far the easiest to set up. The sound from this receiver is fantastic. I love good sound with my movies and this receiver really delivers. More than enough power for my use. I suppose that if you have a large movie room you might need a little more power, but my rooms for using this receiver are no more than 25’x15′.” – A.P.Jahn (CA,USA)
Setup & Performance
Installing the RX-V567 was pretty straightforward. The speaker terminals are not color coded like Onkyo’s, but they are well made and accepts 4mm banana plugs. This is much better than using bare wires. The RX-V567 has layers of settings in the Setup menu, an ‘advanced menu’ and an ‘option menu’, all accessed differently. The menu needs close study to find all that is available. Using The Nordic Sound, an excellent sounding Blu-ray music disc from 2L, showed that the RX-V567 was able to read and handle the 24/192 PCM stream, as well as Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio. To our surprise it also recognized the digital DSD stream of an SACD disc output from the Oppo BDP-83 and played it perfectly.
It is not easy getting a decent sound out of a budget AV receiver but Yamaha has made a good attempt at it with the RX-V567. It sounded smooth, mild mannered and easy on the ear. It did not induce hearing fatigue even on long listening sessions. Although it lacked force on lower frequencies, yet there wa enough energy to convey the feeling of weight. On movies, it provided a full sound with the aid of a single subwoofer in a medium sized room.
The video performance is no less impressive for a receiver in this price range. In the academy award-winning film The Hurt Locker, although it was actually filmed in the Middle East with scenes consisting mainly of dull grays and dusty plumes there was a striking amount of detail and clarity in the images that could easily have been washed away. Skin tones look excellent, the occasional bursts of color really pop, black levels are deep and inky.
The Yamaha RX-V567 finds itself in a highly competitive sub $500 price point. But being one of few with 3D capability is a plus point for those who intend to explore 3D playback in the home. Coupled with good audio/video performance and the latest features the RX-V567 presents a solid offering from a reputable brand.
More user reviews:
- “This is my second Yamaha receiver and the last one cost almost twice as much. Yamaha has been a reliable brand that has never disappointed me and after having an Onkyo, won’t ever stray again. It has more than enough power unless you are in a seriously designed for home theatre customized room. Easy to use and pure clean sound for a great price! I don’t have an ipod yet but will be getting one and already found the dock to control it for less than $60 on Amazon. Can’t wait to get this into the equation.
HDMI automatically detects new signals and switch by itself which is a very nice feature. Whether you are looking at just getting into home theater for the first time or have been into it for years you will be very happy with the results of this model.”– Scaldedmnky (USA)
- “I recently setup a surround sound system for my parents. I got the Yamaha RX-V567BL as a bundle through Amazon with a Klipsch HD 500 surround sound speaker package. I was more interested in the Klipsch speakers than the receiver, but since they would need one anyway, getting the Yamaha for basically free was a deal you can’t pass up. I personally prefer Denon receivers, but have also had Pioneer and Sony ones in the past. I would rate this one pretty comparable to the Sony or the Pioneer.
After setting it up it was pretty clear to me that Yamaha has designed this receiver to appeal to the average user. The setup is fast and straight forward, and it is easy for my parents to navigate. I had their full home theater system setup in about 1.5 hours including running the audio setup for the speakers. Yamaha had a pretty easy automated setup system for the speakers using the included microphone. I did do a little fine tuning of the speakers after the automated setup, but overall it did a decent job.
I hooked up their DVD player and DishNetwork DVR to the receiver using Digital Optical Audio cables and used the HDMI monitor port to pass the video of HDMI, component and composite (RCA) devices to the TV. The upconvert of analog composite signals was a nice feature.
I cranked the system pretty hard after setup to make sure the system didn’t over heat and turn off like some receivers have done to me in the past. I was pretty impressed that it seemed to hold it’s own.
My parents don’t have a 3D TV so I can’t rate the quality of 3D pass through of the receiver.
Overall, this turned out to be a great receiver. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to setup a basic home theater system. Best of all, my parents absolutely love it!”– AmazonAddict (USA)
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