The Good: The Yamaha RX-V577 has more built-in features than most people will use such as. It also has excellent sound quality great for both music and movie watching.

 

The Bad: The 577 has a lackluster, no-frills interface that isn’t as pretty as some that are available on higher priced models. Also the need to purchase a separate bluetooth adapter is a little annoying.

 

Summary: The Yamaha 577 has great sound quality and an ample amount of features. Built-in bluetooth would have been nice, but this omission is easily forgivable when you take into consideration everything it brings to the table.

Yamaha RX-V577 Review

Yamaha RX-V577

Yamaha RX-V577

The blocky body of the Yamaha RX-V577 is what we’ve come to expect from an AV receiver. It’s not pretty, but then again an AV receiver doesn’t need to be pretty. It only needs to sound good. The front panel has the normal array of buttons; volume, scene presets etc. These buttons are nice to have, but rarely will you have any need to use them.

 

Yamaha RX-V577 Performance

The Yamaha RX-V577 is rated at 80 W per channel (8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09% THD, 2-ch driven) which is a little optimistic if you’re operating with a 5 channel or 7 channel setup. However, from our listening tests the 577 has plenty of power for a small or medium size room.

 

For music playback, the Yamaha 577 performed surprisingly well, especially in stereo mode. Vocals were precise, clear and delivered with the appropriate authority.  The Yamaha RX-V577 proved especially adept with Rock and Hip Hop music. Bass output was satisfyingly thumpy without being overbearing. Music playback however, wasn’t perfect. High notes were sometimes overly accentuated although not to the point of degrading our listening experience. The 577 was also equally adept with a variety of classical music. It has several preset DSP settings that replicate various listening venues such as a hall in Vienna which approximates a live concert performance. The AV receiver also has a direct mode which disables all unnecessary circuitry in order to reduce electrical interference that may degrade the audio quality. For music playback this seemed to produce a slight improvement in sound quality although it wasn’t a drastic improvement.

 

For home theater use, the 577 performed even better. The Yamaha RX-V577 has quite a few pre-set audio modes. Yamaha’s Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature gives users more flexibility with speakers placement. If you don’t have the space for five or seven speakers, this setting essentially widens the sound field of your front speakers. While it doesn’t replicate a true surround experience, it does effectively open up the sound stage. We’ve experienced Yamaha’a Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature before when we reviewed the Yamaha RX-V377 and we were fairly impressed with it. With the 577 our experience was basically the same. Anyone who doesn’t have room for additional speaker channels will benefit from this feature.

 

To test the multi-channel chops of the Yamaha 577 we plopped in one of our favorite movies Avatar. The 577 handled every action scene and explosion with authority and satisfaction. Even when played at high volumes it’s sound field remained fairly cohesive. It wasn’t until we cranked it to the max that we started to hear some distortion. Sounds and special effects bounced around our surround channels effortlessly and convincingly. It’s performance with quiet scenes were equally impressive as dialogue was clear and precise.

Yamaha RX-V577 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay

Price: $449.95

4.2 out of 5 stars (132 customer reviews)

1 used & new available from $449.95

 

Connectivity

Yamaha RX-V577 Connectivity

Yamaha RX-V577 Rear View

Connectivity wise, the 577 has an abundant array of input options highlighted by 6 HDMI inputs. The Yamaha 577 supports 4K Ultra HD pass through, 3D and Audio Return.  To go with the HDMI inputs the 577 also throws in 4 analog audio inputs (1 in front), 3 digital inputs, 2 component, 1 ethernet and 2 subwoofer preouts. All told, the Yamaha RX-V577 gives you a good amount of connectivity options for the average home theater. The 577 also supports 2 zone operation although most people probably won’t use this feature, some will appreciate it.

 

When we reviewed the Yamaha RX-V475 last year, we weren’t huge fans of the button filled remote. Thankfully, Yamaha heeded numerous grumblings from consumers and decided to pair down the remotes on their group of receivers this year. Instead of putting a button on the remote for every feature of the receiver, Yamaha has thankfully, only put the buttons that are needed. For the most part it works well. Personally, I like the minimal approach that Sony took with their remotes this year, but all-in-all Yamaha’s new remotes are an upgrade over last years.

Yamaha RX-V577 Remote

 

The interface of the Yamaha RX-V577 is your basic black and white text driven menu. When compared to the Sony STR-DN850’s slick interface, the 577’s interface doesn’t have the same pizzazz. However, it gets the job done. Once you sit down to spend some time with receiver, you’ll see that there’s lots of options and customizations that you can do to tailor your listening experience. For instance, the Yamaha 577 has a pretty in depth equalizer that allows you to go in and adjust the EQ settings for each speaker. For most people we wouldn’t recommend doing this, but if you’re the type who likes to go in and tweak your speaker settings it’s a pretty nice feature to have available.

 

Many AV manufacturers have control apps available for download on Android or iOS devices and Yamaha is no different in this department. Most of these control apps are best suited for use on a tablet since you have more viewable real estate for the App. The AV control app from Yamaha does a good job of controlling the main functions of the receiver. It also includes DSP parameter adjustments that allow you to tailor the sonic character of your listening area.

 

Yamaha RX-V577 Calibration and Features

Yamaha uses their own calibration system called YPAO. Like most calibration systems it blasts a series of test tones through your speakers and based on the results it adjusts the speakers levels etc. accordingly. It’s also able to detect if your speakers are out of phase in which case it will indicate which speakers are causing the problem so that you can re-wire them if necessary.

 

The Yamaha RX-V577 comes equipped with built-in WiFi. Curiously, if you need blutooth Yamaha still requires you to purchase a bluetooth adapter. The 577 supports a variety of internet streaming services including Spotify, Pandora, AirPlay as well as a wide selection of internet stations. It also supports HTC Connect so that you can stream music from HTC Compatible Smart Phones. Music aficionados, will be happy to hear that the Yamaha 577 supports several high resolution audio files including FLAC, ALAC, WAV 192 kHz / 24-bit, and Apple® Lossless 96 kHz / 24-bit playback.

 

Conclusion

With an MSRP of $549, the Yamaha RX-V577 has a lot to offer. It has great sound quality and more features than most people will use. It’s lack of built-in bluetooth is a little questionable however, it’s other features quickly make you forget this omission. With a little more power and a cleaner interface it could be perfect.

Yamaha RX-V577 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay

Price: $449.95

4.2 out of 5 stars (132 customer reviews)

1 used & new available from $449.95

 

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