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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for audio enthusiast, October 11, 2011
This review is from: Yamaha RX-V671 7.1- Channel Network AV Receiver (Electronics)
After reading a number of good and fairly good reviews, I decided to pick one of these up to replace my older Yamaha receiver. My other one had served me very well but it was time to move up to HDMI.

My criteria for a new receiver were the following:
- Ability to take all my input devices: PS3, XBOX360, XBOX, DVD Player
- One HDMI connection to the TV to avoid having to change TV's input back/forth
- At least a 5.1 system, with ability to go up to 7.1
- Ability to watch the inputs with the Receiver on or off
- Since my older Yamaha receiver had it, the ability to tune the speakers automatically

Reading the reviews, there were some comments about Yamaha having cut out the support for pre-out. As long as I was concerned, this receiver still has a "pre-out" for the sub-woofer and any other pre-outs aren't necessary. Pre-outs aren't needed for somebody who wants more than the basic home theater systems offer but is not an audiophiliac.
This receiver is great for all I wanted.
- 6 HDMI inputs for all my devices
- Ability to pass through the HDMI even when the unit is in standby. This is off by default and has to be turned on
- Ability to upscale Component input to HDMI so the old Xbox can be connected
- Comes with a Yamaha microphone for setting up the speakers automatically. This is a nice feature since it tunes the output to speakers to adjust for audio level, delay, etc
- It supports 7.1, but isn't really needed. As far as I can tell, all my xbox360 and ps3 games are 5.1.
- This receiver also supports either a second zone, or "presence" speakers. Neither of which I care about .

Couple of nice surprises after hooking up the receiver.
- After hooking it up to my home network with an Ethernet wire it detected that there's new firmware available. Downloaded and upgraded itself in 15 minutes! No fooling around with finding it, copying to USB, etc, etc
- My Vista/Win7 machine detected the receiver and asked me if I want to share my media with the Yamaha receiver. If you have audio files on a windows machine, this receiver can play them without any crazy configuration
Anyways, from opening the box and unwrapping the receiver, remote, etc to having a full setup: 30 minutes.
Run an hdmi cable to the TV
Run an hdmi cable to each of the devices
Run a component cable (with optical for audio in my case) to the old Xbox
Connect an Ethernet cable
Connect the speaker wires
Plug everything in
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Initial post: Oct 19, 2011 7:19:56 AM PDT
You just saved me a lot of time, because my review would have identical on all levels. Great job. Unboxed mine last night, and the set-up was a breeze, and the sound unsurpassed. I also plugged mine into the ethernet off a spare port from my 4-port sling box turbo (so glad I did not get the single port unit from slingbox, since I am using 3 of the four ports and still have a spare). As you said, quick software download, but I think mine was maybe 5 minutes, but I have Fios with 35 Mbps download, which realistically is probably 12 Mbps download from a remote plug in router working off a bridge plugged into the main router. The only thing I have not figured out yet is whether the iPhone app will work, because if it's a wi-fi app, not sure how to configure with an ethernet connection. Will have to research that one.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 5:19:51 PM PDT
Actually answered my own question. Just follow the instructions in the app, and it immediately found it. Awesome.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 5:19:53 PM PDT
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Posted on Jan 27, 2012 6:56:00 AM PST
Joe says:
Thank you for your helpful review. Do you happen to know if there is a wireless internet adapter (connect to router, not to IPOD) that is included or sold separately for this unit?
Thanks again.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2012 8:35:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 2, 2012 8:49:08 PM PDT
Warren Mells says:
Hi Joe,

I own one, just set it up last Tuesday and absolutely love the Receiver. In answer to your query the RX-V671 does not come with its own Network Adapter. I run a Wireless HotSpot in my bedroom from Clear Wire so I bought a TRENDnet 300 Mbps TEW-647GA Gaming Adapter which sometimes is a bit cranky to set up but not impossible...(I've got three in my bedroom and it's plenty fast to get the job done.) Clear Wire Hot Spot found the Receiver and they've been best buds ever since.

I can not tell you how happy I am with this machine and wait till you listen to Internet Radio or Pandora or Rhapsody with full access and control to and over your account. The people at Yamaha thought of everything. The On-Screen Graphic User Interface is superb and stylish and very easy to intuitively navigate. This is one of the best consumer products that I've ever bought...and you can tell 'em I told you so.

When you set your HT System up...please indulge yourself and get some really good speaker wire like 12 GA with Sewell Banana Clips. They made my SONY 7000s sound brand new...better than new, I was so blown away. Listening to the Beatles LOVE as a first test almost brought tears to my eyes because of all the nuanced sounds and effects that heretofore had gone unnoticed or unheard... Again, rewire and use Banana Clips...very easy to install. You'll be glad that you did.

BTW, wait till you try making your own music server with an NAS Drive. I've never heard of them but found out about them by reading the User Specs. for the RX-V871. I bought a 1 Tb WD My Book Live with another TRENDnet Adapter and have loaded up about 20 albums into it...all wirelessly and it is the best thing since sliced bread. The V671 found it in less than a minute and I've been a streaming fool ever since. Regards, Warren

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 4:15:22 PM PDT
I appreciate your comment about the SlingBox connectivity to the Yamaha receiver. Do you think the same concept would work from a BluRay player that has WiFi network capability to the Yamaha receiver? I don't really want to pay for an ethernet bridge or similar device.


Posted on Nov 22, 2012 3:47:48 AM PST
thanks for the review, where do you get the speakers to use with this?

Posted on Nov 22, 2012 5:15:26 AM PST
Defonse says:
Hey I'm reading the comments since I'm interested on buying this receiver, I have a question. So with the firmware upgrade would I be able to play the music from my Iphone without a USB cable connected to the receiver?? is the only thing I'm not sure about... thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:26:09 AM PST can stream from your iPhone or iPad over WiFi to your receiver, but the sound quality varies considerably. I bought the Yamaha YID-W10 that allows you to send your music from your iPhone or iPod. The YID-W10 works very well and the sound quality is much, much better than trying to work without a USB cable connection.

Posted on Jan 1, 2013 1:37:55 PM PST
Tekwho1 says:
Just wondering, I didn't see anything about the sound quality in your review. That's the main thing I'm looking for. Thanks
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