Back in April, Yamaha announced four new receivers for the year. At the top of the heap was the RX-V671.
The hook on the RX-V671 just happens to be networking. Let’s face it; doesn’t that seem to be the case with all of consumer electronics this year? HDTVs, Blu-ray players, and plenty of other products seem to be vying for a slot on your overcrowded router, switch and/or Ethernet jack.
Because the RX-V671 can be hooked up to the web, it offers up lot of extra audio options, such as web radio, as well as Napster, Pandora, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio. If nothing pales to your massive digital collection, the receiver can also connect to devices with DLNA support, to stream all of that stored content.
If you want to tap into music that isn’t on the network, try hooking an iPod or iPhone right into the receiver’s front-panel USB port. This is a new feature for 2011. Once connected, cover art and song info can be viewed on right on the front of the receiver, and you can use the included remote to flip through tracks.
Designed to be a hub for all of your AV equipment, the Yamaha RX-V671 also has six HDMI inputs. Other features include Windows 7 certification, 1080p upscaling, CINEMA DSP 3D technology, Yamaha’s Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO), and the Compressed Music Enhancer.
What the Manufacturer Says
The RX-V671 AV Receiver adds networking capabilities for countless hours of Internet music streaming enjoyment along with iPhone AV controller App compatibility. Featuring HD Audio decoding, 1080p-compatible HDMI (6 inputs including one on front panel/1 output) with 3D and Audio Return Channel, front panel USB input, on-screen GUI, Cinema DSP 3D surround without Front Presence Speakers, yAired/iPod/iPhone and Bluetooth compatibility, YPAO, SCENE buttons, plus much, much more.
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Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web
Home Theater Receiver
Six HDMI inputs
Front panel USB connection
iPhone AV controller App
No Wi-Fi options available
No AirPlay support
“There’s no RS-232 on this receiver, for that you’ll want to go with the Aventage line which also has 2 subwoofer outputs. It’s got all the Yamaha DSP modes you could ever want. Oh, there’s also preamp outputs for the main channels so if you really wanted some extra power, you could run an external stereo amp for your main channels. There’s even a 12V output for triggering a projector screen or that external amp.”
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“The RX-V671’s remarkable clarity was evident throughout our music and home theater listening tests, making it a great match with today’s best speaker systems.”
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Home Theater Gears
“The Yamaha RX-V671 is priced affordable for the features you are getting. It comes with a full networking features including improved integration with Apple devices. The 90W per channel amplifier output is more than adequate medium sized speakers to room filling levels. It also has the ability to power a second zone with the surround back amps. Whether watching 3D movies or listening to your favorite music, the Yamaha RX-V671 delivers on all counts.”
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What Electronic House Says
For a receiver that seems to be all about networking, Yamaha’s RX-V671 misses a few obvious additions. The unit doesn’t have support for Apple’s AirPlay, which could open up a whole other audio option, allowing the receiver to stream everything in your iTunes account. To date, however, there are only a handful of manufacturers offering AirPlay support—but at least a few can be had for this receiver’s same $599.95 ($549.95 on Amazon) price point. We could forgive the AirPlay if Yamaha threw in a little Wi-Fi love on this unit. A top-of-the-line unit should have this feature built in. However, Yamaha doesn’t even offer this option with an add-on dongle. For shame! Despite the few omissions, however, the RX-V671 appears to be a solid unit. It just would have been nice if they took that love for networking to the next level.
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