Yamaha RX-V673

The Yamaha RX-V673 is a powerful A/V receiver that offers excellent value for money, considering its impressive range of features.

CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars

Price: AU$1,099.00

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The Good Great sound for audio, video and more
Airplay built in
Six HDMI-in ports
The Bad Remote is too busy and poorly spaced
Settings may confuse some users

The not-so-humble A/V receiver should be a mainstay of any home-theatre set-up, yet it is often forgotten. While not exactly cheap, the Yamaha RX-V673 is an affordable, feature-rich receiver that would be welcome in any lounge room.

The RX-V673 sits in the middle of Yamaha's RX range, and at AU$1099 is well priced for a 7.2-channel receiver. The rear of the device is almost awe inspiring, with five HDMI-in ports (plus a sixth one on the front of the unit) as well enough assorted inputs and ports to accommodate a very wide range of devices, including some older ones. Airplay is built in, although non-Apple users can still play music from a device via the front USB port or via the excellent Yamaha control app.

The RX-V673 has 4K pass-through and upscaling, access to Zone 2 control to get different music streams in different areas of the house, 3D signal processing capabilities and single-touch "scene-select" buttons, which allow you to turn on presets, such as Blu-ray playback or standard TV watching, at a single touch.

The sound is excellent, both for music, video playback and even gaming. The sound is big and rich, but not at the expense of the subtleties — especially when watching a Blu-ray, we were as impressed by the clarity of the smaller sounds such as footsteps, rain and incidental Foley work as we were by the explosions and high-action sequences.

Even when just listening to an audio CD, the RXC-V673 was a pleasure, with broad and spacious sound across a wide array of music styles. In both video and music playback, the receiver maintained quality and clarity even at a high volume. Even when we tested the playback via headphones (admittedly using a quality pair, the Philips Fidelio L1s) we were happy; this is a receiver worthy of use with a good pair of home-cinema cans.

The DLNA certification makes the receiver great for network play across video and audio, and the Ethernet port lets you take advantage of some of the streaming-music services available in Australia.

The on-screen interface is clean and surprisingly attractive, but the depth of it may intimidate newcomers to home-entertainment set-ups. That said, the Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimiser (YPAO) auto set-up system determines speaker sizes and volume levels, measures the distances from the speakers to the listener, sets the subwoofer-to-speaker crossover points and confirms that all of the speaker cables are correctly hooked up. It's simple to use and very helpful.

We can't say that we were overly impressed by the remote, however; the buttons are small, and there are a lot of them. It felt overcrowded, poorly spaced and a little confusing. That said, the control was great (as mentioned above), and a good universal remote should be a must-have for anyone progressing to an A/V receiver level of home entertainment.

In terms of pricing, features (especially Airplay) and overall design, the Yamaha RX-V673 is an absolute winner, and one that we're very happy to recommend. If you're looking for a way to wrangle all of your multiple HDMI gadgets, networked files and mobile devices into shape, look no further.

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Quick specs

Audio Power output (stereo) : 90 W Power output (surround) : 150 W
Connections Composite : 5 Component : 2 HDMI : 6 USB : 1 Ethernet : 1
General System Type : 7.2
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I disconnected the HDMI cable through the AMP after 2 weeks. As usual its fiddling and doesnt do exactly what you want it to do (eg turn TV off and it disfunctions everything).

Noted that whilst you can store digital radio stations, you can't store their names so they show up on the display panel. Or an I doing something wrong?

The Wi-Fi/App took a while to get working. Any novice to AV Receivers and technology in patricular might struggle as I did. Worth it in the end as we have all CDs stored on a hard drive that hides in the attic.

AM and FM aerials are as usual hopeless. They are still the same ones manufactured in the 1980s so radio reception is very poor unless you can hook an aerial up to the roof. I've never understood why $1000 Amps can't pick up AM/FM radio whereas a $20 bed clock can ???? Editor can you help?
Posted by Jason1978
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I bought a v673 today and hooked it up to a pair of front speakers. The audio setup is set to 2 channels accordingly.

However, I am only able to get to a reasonable listening volume with the volume level set to around the -25dB mark.

The volume control range starts from -80dB to 16.5dB.

Is this normal?
Posted by watcherz
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Great review, Nic. Thanks! We were toying between a couple of receivers til we read this, and then managed to buy one at a ridiculously low price. I'm glad our old receiver decided to start dying.
Posted by saldesalsal
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How much did you get it for mate?
Posted by coolstan
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I like pretty much this one, but do you guys know anyone who could use zone 2 within a second hdmi way out as well? I wish I could play a movie in the zone 1 and play a DVD show at the zone 2, but to do this I would need a second HDMI way out, inst it? Regards.
Posted by ViniciusMachado
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The only analogue signal input thru the component/video connections that can be output via HDMI is 576i, no resolution higher than this (720/1080) will be seen.Other units around do a full conversion regardless of the input signal.
Posted by JohnM10
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Was disappointed after I setup the unit to find it didn't upscale all inputs to HDMI; if you have non-HDMI devices be prepared to still run more cables.Yes it does AirPlay but you still need a separate wi-fi connection into the unit; JB Hi-Fi salesman did not know that fact when specifically asked about that.Digital internet radio is a great feature but the manual doesn't provide details on setting this up; Internet research required but is easy once known.Has a HDMI pass-thru feature in standby mode that allows inputs to be changed without powering up (low power use); select the HDMI button on the remote to switch between the 6.
Posted by JohnM10
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In regards to upscaling on non-hdmi ports, are you saying that they will not be stretched to scale to fit the screen?
Posted by Aionios
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No. Upscaling means it improves a picture quality. Say an old DVD to Blu Ray quality. I wouldnt worry about it. Just another bell and whistle that people get hung up about
Posted by Jason1978
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This is just a receiver or does it come with speakers?
Posted by AaronF
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just a receiver mate.
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