The Good: The Yamaha RX-V377 is an inexpensive way to upgrade your home theater. Calibration is quick and painless. The Virtual Cinema Front feature creates a wide sound field and adds flexibility to your speaker placement.

 

The Bad: Lacks some higher end features such as WiFi and Bluetooth. It also begins to strain a little when played at higher volumes.

 

Summary: The Yamaha 377 sounds surprisingly good. If you’re looking for a good sounding receiver at a reasonable price then the 377 is a great place to start, but if you’re looking for a receiver that has tons of networking and streaming features then the 377 may not be the receiver for you. Instead you may want to take a look at the Yamaha RX-V577 or 677.

Yamaha RX-V377 Review

Yamaha RX-V377 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver

Price: $200.00

4.2 out of 5 stars (674 customer reviews)

7 used & new available from $200.00

Yamaha RX-V377

Some would consider the Yamaha RX-V377 a budget receiver. After all, it is the entry level receiver in Yamaha’s RX line this year. The 377 is diminutive by receiver standards, but despite it’s small exterior it’s capable of providing surprisingly good sound.

 

Yamaha RX-V377 Setup and Performance

Yamaha tries to make setup as easy as possible. Calibration of the Yamaha 377 takes only a minute or two thanks to their YPAO calibration system. Once you plug the included calibration microphone into the front port, the 377 sends a series of test tones to your connected speakers. Based on the readings it gathers, it then calibrates itself based on the speaker distances, speaker frequency response, etc.

 

This year Yamaha’s borrowing a technology that they originally designed for use in their speaker bars called Virtual CINEMA FRONT. Essentially with the Virtual CINEMA FRONT activated on the Yamaha RX-V377 it gives you more flexibility with your speaker placement. For instance, Yamaha promises that with the Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature activated, you can experience surround sound even with all of your speakers located in the front of your room. Manufacturers have a history of over promising and under delivering. With Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Yamaha for the most part delivered the goods. When in use we noted that the sound stage immediately opened. Sounds seemed to be projected from the left and right sides of the room in some circumstances. While the sound didn’t envelope us completely like it would in a true 5.1 surround system, it was still pretty impressive. While not perfect we feel that anyone with a limited amount of space will benefit from using this feature.

 

So you may be wondering how the 377 sounds. Honestly, it surpassed our expectations in sound quality. When watching Superman Man of Steel on Blu-Ray and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the Yamaha 377 was authoritative and produced a very convincing surround sound field. Smaug’s voice in the Hobbit thundered and rumbled whenever the CGI creation opened it’s mouth. At medium levels the Yamaha RX-V377 sounds great. However, when we cranked the volume the weaknesses of the 377 became apparent. At high volumes the sound output sounded strained. Given this fact, the Yamaha 377 is best suited for small or medium sized rooms. If you have a large room you’d be better off looking at a receiver with a little more power like the Yamaha RX-V677 or 777.

Yamaha RX-V377 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver

Price: $200.00

4.2 out of 5 stars (674 customer reviews)

7 used & new available from $200.00

 

Yamaha RX-V377 Appearance & Design

Like most AV receivers, the Yamaha 377 is basically just a big, black rectangular box. The bottom half is clad in a brushed aluminum surface treatment. The top half has a high gloss finish. The 377 isn’t as elegant as some of the offerings from Marantz, however it’s appearance is unobtrusive and will blend in with most entertainment centers. Last year we reviewed the Yamaha RX-V475 which had one of the most bloated and over designed remotes we’ve seen bundled with an AV receiver. Thankfully, the remote for the Yamaha RX-V377 has a much simpler design which works well with the receiver.

 

 

Yamaha 377 Connections

Yamaha RX-V377 Connections

Looking at the back of the 377 you’ll find most of your connection options. Speakers are connected to the receiver via a combination of binding posts and spring clips. One thing of note, the spring clips on the Yamaha 377 don’t appear to be well suited for heavy gauge speaker wire. The smallish spring clips seem to be better suited for thinner gauge wire. This may be something you want  to keep in mind if you plan on purchasing this unit.

 

 

The Yamaha RX-V377 skimps a little on the HDMI inputs as it only includes 4 HDMI inputs and 1 output. For a small home theater room with a limited amount of equipment, this won’t be a problem. However, if you have a large amount of devices, you could quickly find your self running out of inputs. To make up for this, the 377 has a healthy supply of legacy connections which includes; 3 digital inputs, 4 analog audio inputs, 2 component and 3 composite inputs. The front of the 377 also sports a USB connection which gives you a convenient way to connect an iPod or iPhone. Unfortunately, unlike some of it’s more expensive brethren, the Yamaha 377 doesn’t include WiFi or Bluetooth. However, you can add bluetooth capability by purchasing Yamaha’s YBA-11 Bluetooth Adpater.

 

Features

The Yamaha 377 doesn’t have the advanced networking features of some of it’s more expensive relatives. Despite this, it has a lot going for it. Since 4K technology is on the cusp of becoming mainstream, AV receiver manufacturers have been scrambling to accommodate the emerging technology. The Yamaha RX-V377 offers 4K Ultra HD pass through for when 4K finally catches on. The 377 also features an Audio Return Channel and even though 3D is all but dead, it does offers 3D support.

 

Conclusion

The Yamaha RX-V377 is a great sounding receiver that is best suited for small or medium sized rooms. It lacks the advanced networking features of some more expensive units so if you need WiFi or Bluetooth you should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if these features aren’t important to you and you want a good sounding receiver at a reasonable price then you may want to give the Yamaha 377 consideration.


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