The Good: The Yamaha RX-V677 has excellent sound quality and a very good set of features. Yamaha’s Virtual Cinema Front feature increases speaker placement options.

 

The Bad: Yamaha has decided to forego putting bluetooth in the 677. The included remote needs simplified


Summary: The Yamaha RX-V677 is no slouch in the sound department. In our review it proved itself to be an excellent performer. It also has an impressive batch of features, althougth it’s lack of bluetooth may leave some scratching their heads.

Yamaha RX-V677 7.2-channel Wi-Fi Network AV Receiver with AirPlay

Price: $184.91

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Yamaha RX-V677 Appearance and Inputs

Yamaha RX-V677

The 7.2 Channel Yamaha RX-V677 has a two toned look with the top half having a glossy finish and the bottom half having a brushed aluminum look. The front panel is decorated with the normal array of buttons you expect to find such as zone controls, scenes, presets and inputs etc. The remote with the 677 is just as overly complicated as past years models. It’s not terrible, but with the staggering amount of buttons it can be a little cumbersome to use.

Yamaha RX-V677 Inputs

As far as inputs, the Yamaha 677 has an ample amount of inputs starting with it’s 6 HDMI 2.0 inputs. It also includes 4 digital inputs (2 optical & 2 coaxial), a couple of component inputs and a handful of analog audio inputs. The one thing you won’t find is an S-video input which most manufacturers have virtually eliminated from their a/v offerings.

 

Features

The Yamaha RX-V677 has an army of features at it’s disposal although they did leave one surprising thing out. Bluetooth has, unfortunately, been left in the cold. This is a little unusual considering many competing receivers in this price range include bluetooth. Despite this, the Yamaha RX-V677 does offer AirPlay support and has built-in WiFi. It also has a host of internet music options available thanks to apps from Spotify, Pandora, Rhapsody, and SiriusXM.

 

Yamaha RX-V677 Review

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Yamaha provides an A/V control app that works pretty good for controlling the basic features of the Yamaha RX-V677. As far as smart phone apps are concerned, Yamaha probably has one of the better control apps that we’ve used. One of the cool things about the app is that you can adjust the DSP parameters of the receiver. This allows you to customize and create various sound fields based on your listening preferences.

 

For video processing the 677 does support the latest HDMI 2.0 standards which allows for 4K-Ultra HD video. This makes the Yamaha 677 somewhat future proof since it also supports both 4K pass-through and is capable of upscaling regular HD to Ultra HD. The front of the Yamaha 677 also has a handy front USB port which is convenient for plugging in your favorite Apple product. The front HDMI port is also MHL compliant which allows you to play 1080p video from an MHL compatible device.

 

Calibration

Yamaha’s YPAO calibration is pretty painless with the Yamaha 677. Once you plug in the microphone, the receiver guides you through the setup process. Calibration takes only a few minutes. Yamaha’s YPAO calibration will even tell you if one of your speakers is out of phase which is something not all calibration systems do. One thing we did have to change after the initial setup was our front speakers. As is usually the case with most calibration systems, it identified our front speakers as full range (which they are not). After going in and fixing this minor issue everything was right as rain.

 

Yamaha RX-V677 Performance

To test out the Yamaha RX-V677’s home theater chops we decided to use one of our recent favorites X-Men: Days of Future Past.  This movie which is heavy on action is great fodder for an a/v receiver. The opening sequence in the film where we first encounter the mutant killing sentinels is brutal both visually and sonically. This is the first time we see the future X-men in action with all their powers on display. From Sunspots flames to Iceman’s frosty blasts the Yamaha 677 convincingly sprayed the special effects from speaker to speaker creating an enveloping sound field.

 

For our next test we decided to try the action heavy Live Free Die Hard on Blu-ray. The Yamaha 677 performed admirably with the action packed sound track. Explosions  were powerful and gut wrenching. However, the one thing we did notice was that sometimes the treble and mid-range could sometimes be overpowered by bass heavy sound tracks. This happened on only a few occasions during our listening session, but overall treble and mid-range had a very balanced sound.

 

Our final test was the classic horror/Scifi flick Alien on Blu-ray. Alien without surround sound is pretty terrifying. With it, it’s nightmarish. The scariest thing about Alien is probably the quiet bits. Where most movies try to hit you with the heart pounding sound, Alien takes the opposite approach. The heart pounding thriller relies on dialogue and subtle sound effects to terrorize the audience. Lesser A/V receivers have trouble replicating these subtleties, but the Yamaha RX-V677 reproduced nearly every nuance.

 

During our listening tests we also tried out Yamaha’s Virtual Cinema Front feature. Basically, Yamaha advertises this as a way to get a “virtual” surround sound experience with only your front speakers. When we listened to the step down model, the Yamaha RX-V577, we were pretty impressed with how wide it made the sound field. Is it as good as a true 7 speaker surround system? No, but the wider imaging definitely creates a better listening experience if you don’t have room for rear channel speakers. The technology is pretty impressive and we can only assume this is similar to the technology they’re now using in their sound bars.

 

Conclusion

The Yamaha RX-V677 excels in nearly every important category. It’s sound quality puts it on par with another favorite of ours the Sony STR-DN1050. On the downside it’s surprising that at this price point it doesn’t include bluetooth especially since there are less expensive units that do. Also, despite it’s great performance, the step down Yamaha RX-V577 sounds nearly as good. However, if you overlook these few missteps the 677 doesn’t disappoint where it counts. It sounds great and has enough features to keep most users very happy.


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