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Yamaha RX-V577 Conclusion

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It’s always tough to purchase receivers.  They change more rapidly than any other audio product.  Just like a car, you’ll need to get behind the wheel of an AV receiver wheel at some point.  That choice becomes even more difficult during a technology transition. 

There’s no question that the future of audio and home theater lies with HDMI 2.0 and UHD.  Those features, however, tend to command a bit of a premium today and the overwhelming majority of enthusiasts can’t take advantage of them.  For most, paying extra for these products and features doesn’t make a lot of sense when you consider that the proliferation of UHD content is still a few years away.

To me, the Yamaha RX-V577 is a stellar audio performer but it’s not a product for everyone.  This Yamaha is an AV receiver targeted towards the enthusiast on a modest budget who prioritizes audio quality first and foremost, is heavily invested in 720p/1080p source content, and wants to save a few bucks now to get a better UHD/HDMI 2.x receiver down the road. If that’s you, then I think you may be very happy with the RX-V577 and I recommend giving the RX-V577 a serious look.  The unit suffers from some UI inconsistencies, but whatever the RX-V577 sets out to do, it does well.

If you have legacy content requiring upscaling (DVDs), want to future-proof yourself a bit from now, or want a better on-screen GUI experience, then the RX-V577 will prove to be a disappointment.  For that kind of enthusiast, I recommend that you look at the next model up, the RX-V677.  For $100 more the RX-V677 is a much better value and gives you HDMI 2.0, UHD/4K passthrough and upscaling at 50/60hz, a better on-screen GUI, additional music services (satellite radio and Rhapsody), and some other additional features.

The Score Card

The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
  • StarStarStarStar — Very Good
  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
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Multi-channel Audio PerformanceStarStarStarStarStar
Two-channel Audio PerformanceStarStarStarStar
Network FeaturesStarStarStarStarStar
Bass ManagementStarStarStarStar
Build QualityStarStarStarStar
Fit and FinishStarStarStarStar
Ergonomics & UsabilityStarStarStarStar
Ease of SetupStarStarStarStar
FeaturesStarStarStarStarStar
Remote ControlStarStarStarStar
PerformanceStarStarStarStarhalf-star
ValueStarStarStarStarhalf-star
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Recent Forum Posts:

TheoN posts on August 18, 2014 11:09
Differences between RX-V577 and RX-V575

Hi Rick,

Because your question is a common one, Yamaha has setup this FAQ page outlining some of the differences between the RX-V575 and the RX-V577: RX-V577 Comparison to the RX-V575 - RX-V577 - RX-V - AV Receivers - Audio & Visual
rick451 posts on August 14, 2014 16:35
diff between a rx 575 and rx577

thats all i wish to know is the differance because i bought a 575 6 months ago to replace a Onko??
Goliath posts on August 08, 2014 10:27
Steve81, post: 1045033
It's worth keeping in mind that these aren't scientific trials that we're publishing in the JAES. These are billed as nothing other than simple subjective listening tests. If you want to take them with a grain of salt, feel free. I certainly won't hold it against you. At this point though, the horse is dead. Move on.

Fair enough.
Steve81 posts on August 08, 2014 08:44
Goliath, post: 1044986
Acoustic measurements are not sufficient for level matching. You need to measure the voltage across the speaker terminals. An SPL meter is not capable of this.

Other than that, we don't know how loud you were listening, but I digress. Sorry for putting you on trial, but I tend to be very skeptical of certain types of claims.

It's worth keeping in mind that these aren't scientific trials that we're publishing in the JAES. These are billed as nothing other than simple subjective listening tests. If you want to take them with a grain of salt, feel free. I certainly won't hold it against you. At this point though, the horse is dead. Move on.
Goliath posts on August 08, 2014 02:00
RichB, post: 1044962
And when faced with a high-phase and low impedance, what does an amp with insufficient power supply do ?

- Rich

If too much current is drawn, the power supply voltage decreases under load and …. bingo, the power amp is power supply voltage limited.
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