The Yamaha 673 receiver has a nice complement of features. In recent years we’ve seen features that were first reserved for high end receivers trickle down into mid tier products. Consumers have benefited greatly from this because most mid-range receivers have more features today, than they ever have. The Yamaha RX-V 673 is one of these.

Yamaha 673 Features at a Glance

    • 90 Watts per channel
    • 7.2 Channels
    • 4K Passthrough and Upscaling
    • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
    • Ethernet Network Connection
    • AirPlay Support
    • Discrete amp configuration
    • Powered Zone 2
    • 6 HDMI Ports

Yamaha RX-V673 Appearance

Yamaha 673 | Yamaha RX V673

The Yamaha 673 is an overall nice looking a/v receiver. It has a two toned appearance with the top half having a high gloss finish while the bottom has a brushed metal look.  The buttons are arranged and organized well. The only negative I can say about the Yamaha 673’s appearance is a common complaint among many people with modern electronic devices. The top section which has a hi-gloss finish, is a fingerprint magnet and you may find yourself constantly cleaning and wiping it. In reality, this isn’t too much of problem. Seldom will you actually have to use the buttons on the front of the unit. Most of the time you’ll use the remote or your Apple device to control the receiver.

 

Yamaha RX V673 Connections

Yamaha 673 | Yamaha RX V673 Rear

The Yamaha 673 has a good compliment of connectivity options. It comes with 6 HDMI ports, 1 ethernet, 1 USB, 2 optical,2 coaxial, 4 analog audio,2 component video, 5 composite video, 2 subwoofer pre-outs and 1 headphone jack. WHEW!…As you can see the 673 has a versatile mix of modern connections and older legacy connects. This is great if you still have older a/v equipment. Most modern a/v equipment now use HDMI as a connection option. So you’ll most likely find yourself using the 6 HDMI ports more than any other connection option. The ethernet connection of course allows you to attach the Yamaha RX V673 to your home network and really makes it an integral part of your home theater. The front of the 673 has an HDMI and USB port. The USB port is handy because you can connect your iOS or Android device directly to the receiver with this port. The front HDMI port is fantastic if you have a camcorder that you want to connect to the receiver in order to view content on your TV.

 

Features


Video 3D and 4K

3D and 4K technologies are relatively new. Personally I question the viability of 3D in its current state. However, if you have a 3D capable TV, the Yamaha 673 is 3D ready. A more important feature is it’s ability to handle  4K.  TV sizes have gotten bigger over the past few years. With the bigger screen sizes you need higher resolutions in order to keep the image quality crisp and sharp. This is where 4K comes in. This also ties into why the future of 3D technology may be tied to the 4K revolution. Current 3D technology requires you to wear glasses. For 3D tech to really evolve and become main stream we have to lose the glasses. 4k television may allow that to happen. With the added pixels it may be possible to create a 3D image without the use of glasses and also keep the image crisp and clear. The Yamaha 673 not only supports 4K pass through, but it also upscales images to 4K.

 

Network Functions

Yamaha 673 Interface

The 673 has a nice array of network functions. Once connected to your network you can easily stream internet radio or tracks from iTunes through the receiver. The Yamaha RX V673 also supports AirPlay. AirPlay is becoming a more common feature on a/v receivers. Essentially, this allows you to stream music wirelessly from your iPod, iPad or iPhone. The one caveat is that the 673 is not WiFi capable right out of the box. In order to enjoy it’s wireless capabilities you need to get a wireless adapter – the Yamaha YWA-10BL Wireless Network Adapter. Yamaha also makes an app, that’s compatible with IOs, Android and Kindle devices. While the app doesn’t control every feature on the Yamaha 673, it does control the basic functionality and it has an nice looking easy to navigate interface.

 

Sound

Yamaha uses their own sound calibration call YPAO. This system basically acts like Audyssey which you’ll commonly find on Onkyo and Denon receivers. It measures your speakers and room characteristics and then adjusts the audio based on your room’s acoustics. The Yamaha RX-V673 decodes all of the major HD audio formats such as: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD. The Yamaha 673 also incorporates what Yamaha calls Dialogue lift and level adjustment. The dialogue lift, lifts the dialogue from the center channel and raises it to a position that’s in the center or the screen so it gives the illusion that the audio is coming from the screen and not radiating from a speaker. The dialogue level adjustment allows you to adjust the volume of the vocals (which usually come from your center channel) so that they are easier to hear since often times they can be drowned out with surround effects. The Yamaha RX-V673 also employs what they call a compressed music enhancer. This basically takes compressed MP3’s and tries to restore the data that was lost during the compression process which results in a clearer and more authentic music experience.

 

Customer Satisfaction with the Yamaha 673

The 673 has enjoyed great customer reviews. However, below we’ve outlined both the negative and positives according to actual customer testimony:

 

Negatives

First of all there have been very few negative reviews regarding the 673. Most of the negative reviews centered around actual hardware failures. Of the 65 customer reviews on Amazon for instance, only about 5 of them are related to hardware related issues. However, no electronic device is perfect and some hardware defects are to be expected.

 

Positives

The positives of the Yamaha RX V673 far outweigh the negatives. Currently nearly 79% of reviewers have given it a 4 or 5 rating on Amazon which is astonishing. Most reviewers have praised the sonic quality of the 673. The on screen GUI received compliments for being easy to follow and intuitive. Like many a/v receivers today it doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but because of the easy to follow on screen instructions many claimed the setup was a snap. AirPlay and networking capabilities also garnered high praise from many purchasers.

 

Conclusion

The Yamaha RX-V673 has tons of features and most who’ve purchased it have high praises for it’s sonic qualities and on screen GUI. If you can get it for under the MSRP I suggest you snap one up, you won’t be disappointed.


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