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Say hello to the Yamaha RX-V777BT.

Say hello to the Yamaha RX-V777BT.

Summary

  • Product Name: RX-V477/577/677/777BT
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha
  • Review Date: March 27, 2014 08:00
  • MSRP: $450-$850
  • First Impression: Gotta Have It!
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RX-V477
Channels: 5.1
Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 80 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD)
YPAO sound optimization: Yes
4K Ultra HD pass-through: Yes
HDMI 3D pass-through: Yes
HDMI Audio Return Channel: Yes
Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync: Yes
HDMI Input/Output: 6 / 1
HDMI CEC: Yes
USB Input: iPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
Front AV Input: USB / Mini-jack
Network Port: Yes
Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical: 1 / 0
Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial: 2 / 0
Analog Audio Input/Output: 4 (1 front) / 1
Component Video Input/Output: 2 / 1
Composite Video Input/Output: 4 / 1
Preout: Subwoofer
Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8” x 6-3/8” x 12-3/8”
Weight: 17.6 lbs.

RX-V577
Channel: 7.2
Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 80 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD)
YPAO sound optimization: Yes
4K Ultra HD pass-through: Yes
HDMI 3D pass-through: Yes
HDMI Audio Return Channel: Yes
Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync: Yes
HDMI Input/Output: 6 / 1
HDMI CEC: Yes
USB Input: iPod® / iPhone®, USB memory, portable audio player
Front AV Input: USB / Mini-jack
Network Port: Yes
Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical: 1 / 0
Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial: 2 / 0
Analog Audio Input/Output: 4 (1 front) / 1
Component Video Input/Output: 2 / 1
Composite Video Input/Output: 4 / 2
Preout: Subwoofer
Wi-Fi: Yes (with Wireless Direct)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8” x 6-3/8” x 12-3/8” (with antenna: 17-1/8” x 8-3/4” x 12-7/8”)
Weight: 17.9 lbs.

RX-V677
Channel: 7.2
Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 90 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD)
YPAO sound optimization: Yes (R.S.C.)
4K Ultra HD pass-through: Yes
HDMI 3D pass-through: Yes
HDMI Audio Return Channel: Yes
Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync: Yes
4K Ultra HD Pass-through and upscaling: Yes (latest HDMI version for 4K Ultra HD 50 / 60p)
HDMI upscaling: Yes (analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
HDMI Input/Output: 6 (1 front) / 1
HDMI CEC: Yes (SCENE, device control)
USB Input: iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
Front AV Input: HDMI (MHL support) / USB / Composite
Network Port: Yes
Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical: 2 / 0
Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial: 2 / 0
Analog Audio Input/Output: 5 / 1
Component Video Input/Output: 2 / 1
Composite Video Input/Output: 5 (1 front) / 2
Headphone Output: 1
Preout: Subwoofer (2 x mono)
Wi-Fi: Yes (with Wireless Direct)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8” x 6-3/4” x 14-3/8” (with antenna: 17-1/8” x 9-1/4” x 14-7/8”)
Weight: 22.1 lbs.

RX-V777BT
Channel: 7.2
Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven): 95 W (8 ohms, 0.09% THD)
YPAO sound optimization: Yes (R.S.C.)
4K Ultra HD pass-through: Yes
HDMI 3D pass-through: Yes
HDMI Audio Return Channel: Yes
Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync: Yes
4K Ultra HD Pass-through and upscaling: Yes (latest HDMI version for 4K Ultra HD 50 / 60p)
HDMI upscaling: Yes (analog to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)
HDMI Input/Output: 6 (1 front) / 2 (simultaneous)
HDMI CEC: Yes (SCENE, device control)
USB Input: iPod® / iPhone® / iPad®, USB memory, portable audio player
Front AV Input: HDMI (MHL support) / USB / Composite
Network Port: Yes
Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical: 2 / 0
Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial: 2 / 0
Analog Audio Input/Output: 5 / 1
Component Video Input/Output: 2 / 1
Composite Video Input/Output: 5 (1 front) / 2
Headphone Output: 1
Preout: 7.2-ch
Wi-Fi: Yes (with Wireless Direct)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/8” x 6-3/4” x 14-3/8” (with antenna: 17-1/8” x 9-1/4” x 14-7/8”)
Weight: 23.2 lbs.

Executive Overview

It’s like clockwork: another year rolls around, and everybody releases a new batch of AV receivers. Yamaha is no exception to this phenomenon; with the finalization of the HDMI 2.0 specification, everybody has to jump on board to boast the latest and greatest standards. Or do they? Yamaha has announced a quartet of new A/V receivers, ranging from the $450 RX-V477 to the $850 RX-V777BT; however, after going through the literature a couple times, it’s interesting to note that “HDMI 2.0” doesn’t appear once. Yes, it’s actually there, at least in the top shelf RX-V777BT and the step down RX-V677, but apparently the folks at Yamaha are content to just call it “the latest HDMI version”.

If HDMI 2.0 isn’t headlining the show for this release, what are the folks at Yamaha up to? As it turns out, Yamaha is focusing their efforts on more practical pursuits: integrated WiFi, a new DSP mode they’re calling Virtual CINEMA FRONT, and more streaming options. We’ll assume you haven’t been living under a rock for the last decade or so, and understand what WiFi and streaming options are; on the other hand, Virtual CINEMA FRONT is new, and deserves some explanation. While conventional 5.1 surround setups utilize three speakers on the front stage as well as a pair of side surrounds to deliver an enveloping audio experience, Virtual CINEMA FRONT employs all 5 speakers on the front stage (presumably using front height/presence channels) while claiming to still achieve a surround experience.

Yamaha WiFi Options

Yamaha's WiFi implementation allows for a Wireless Direct option in addition to the more typical option of connecting via a wireless network.

Now to get into the nitty gritty, what do these new A/V receivers bring to the table?

RX-V477

Priced at $450, the RX-V477 is a 5.1 channel receiver boasting 80W of power per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.09% THD, 2ch driven). Unlike its more expensive peers, the RX-V477 does not include integrated WiFi. Nonetheless, as a hard wired networking receiver, the RX-V477 offers AirPlay and HTC Connect to stream content from iDevices and HTC smartphones; internet streaming services include Pandora and Spotify. Connectivity includes six HDMI inputs and one output with support 4K pass-through (though not at 60p as it doesn’t support HDMI 2.0). Also as expected, YPAO is on board for auto-setup and calibration. Last but not least in the goody bag, the RX-V477 also benefits from Yamaha’s excellent A/V controller app for iOS and Android.

RX-V577

If you’re looking for built in WiFi, the $550 RX-V577 is the cheapest way to get it in Yamaha’s lineup. Not satisfied? An extra $100 will also buy you 7.2 channels of sound, which also includes assignable amplification for a Zone 2 setup. Not a bad deal in our books considering that simply adding Yamaha’s WiFi adapter to the RX-V477 will set you back $100 alone.

RX-V677

Now we’re starting to get somewhere. At the $650 price point, the Yamaha RX-V677 starts to step things up significantly. As mentioned previously, HDMI 2.0 is now on the menu, as is 4K Ultra HD upscaling and MHL support. Additional internet streaming options are offered, namely Rhapsody and SiriusXM, and YPAO is upgraded to include R.S.C. (reflected sound control) as well as YPAO Volume, which aims to maintain the perceived tonal balance as you turn the volume down. And if you feel the 80W per channel rating of the lesser Yamaha’s just isn’t enough, perhaps you can take some comfort in knowing that the RX-V677 steps up its game to 90W per channel (again, 2ch driven into 8 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, with 0.09% THD). 

Yamaha RX-V777BT Back View

Yamaha RX-V777BT Back View - notice the Wi-Fi connections and Presence Speaker Terminals

RX-V777BT

As the saying goes, it’s good to be the king. Topping the new lineup at $850, the RX-V777BT has quite a lot to offer the A/V enthusiast. In terms of power, there is another incremental increase to 95W per channel, but more importantly the 777BT offers a full 7.2 channel set of pre-outs, allowing for the addition of an external amplifier. Multi-zone capability is also beefed up with the inclusion of a second HDMI output (which is a mirror of the first HDMI output). Further, as the BT in the model number suggests, the RX-V777BT also includes built in Bluetooth (with AptX) for compatibility with a wide range of mobile devices. Outside of a kitchen sink, we’re not sure there’s much else for Yamaha to offer here.

Summary

To be frank, we were a little surprised not to see “HDMI 2.0” plastered everywhere on Yamaha’s press release; however, we’re far from disappointed with the way their new line is shaping up. HDMI 2.0 is of course included in their two top tier offerings, but it’s not the focus of the show. Instead, Yamaha has beefed up their feature set and included niceties that matter to enthusiasts today. Looking at their line topping RX-V777BT in particular, we’re impressed by just how much you can get for less than $1,000. Suffice it to say, we wouldn’t mind getting one in for review.

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Recent Forum Posts:

wolfchen posts on February 22, 2018 10:16
The HDMI version is indeed important, and the 2.0 version is soon outdated.
8K video is soon on its way, like it or not. HDMI 2.1 will allow faster refresh rates so as to allow 8K resolution video at 60 frames per second and 4K at 120 frames per second. In other words, HDMI 2.0 is not at all adequate for running such higher resolutions.
Were I to update my receiver, so as to be at least be a little prepared for the arrival of 8k with HDR, I'd wait for one with a minimum of HDMI 2.1 ports. 8K @ 120 fps and HDR with Dolby standards…now that's being a bit future proof for the coming video models. As you may be aware, 8K will be making its appearance in Japan…2019. Even though it will take longer to have broadcasting at that resolution, it will still be very valuable for graphic artists.
mychaelp posts on April 29, 2014 11:51
Nice! The 577 now comes with built-in WiFi as you noted, along with the extra two channels. Do you know if the extra two channels can be used for stereo sound in another room? What about a 2nd source in that room? I read here AV Receiver Guide - Home Theater Receivers where it's compared with the Denon E300 and was considering it instead or the E400, mainly due to the YPAO that I'm not too familiar with. Although with Audyssey I have had issues with my Onkyo setting all the speakers at a negative db, all the way down to -10! ouch. Makes for an odd listening experience. Does Yamaha's YPAO work better? I've ended up adjusting by ear instead.
Anyone here have one to try out the WiFi range? I'd imagine it doesn't need too strong a signal if it's just receiving audio only signals.
Thanks for the “preview” now anxiously awaiting the full review.
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