Yamaha RX-V567 review

It's a decent receiver, but you can get better sound quality and the same range of features for a lot less.

14 Aug 2010
Yamaha RX-V567
Our Rating 
3/5
Price when reviewed 
360
inc VAT

Specifications

It’s not exactly pocket change but £360 is competitive for an AV receiver with 7.1 surround capability. There are a few less sockets than appear on competing models from other manufacturers, though. The most significant omission is of a zone 2 speaker output for piping music to another room. The four stereo phono inputs on the back and another on the front are fewer than we’d expect at this price, but they should still be plenty.

Otherwise, the V567’s features are comprehensive, with plenty of video and audio inputs in both digital and analogue formats, plus the ability to pipe all types of video input to the HDMI out. Binding posts are used for all the speaker outputs for secure cable retention. A proprietary socket on the back can accept a Yamaha YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless audio receiver or YDS11 iPod dock – both of which are elegant ways to listen to portable music players in the living room. However, both of these optional accessories cost much more than third-party products with stereo phono outputs.

Yamaha RX-V567

The remote control is littered with masses of buttons but still manages to be reasonably easy to use, with the most important buttons standing out clearly. The OSD helps for the more complex functions, despite being spectacularly ugly.

Sound quality is far from disappointing but direct comparisons with its competitors revealed a few issues. It demonstrated slightly less high-frequency presence than other receivers, although it gave a greater sense of depth and space.

The V567 is a decent product, but it doesn’t do enough to stand out. For us, 7.1 surround has limited appeal compared to 5.1, not least because nearly all Blu-ray and DVD soundtracks are mixed in 5.1. If you agree, there’s not a huge amount on offer here that isn’t available from the Onkyo SR308, which sounds better, has a zone 2 speaker output and costs almost £140 less.

Details

Price £360
Rating ***

Connections

HDMI inputs 4
HDMI outputs 1
Component inputs 2
Component outputs 1
Output resolutions PAL (576i), 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets 0
SCART socket type N/A
S-Video input 1
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 4
Composite outputs 2
Stereo phono inputs 5
Stereo phono outputs 2
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs 2
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF inputs 2
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Multi-channel input no
Headphone output 1/4in
Speaker configuration 7.1
Main unit end speaker connection type binding posts
Speaker end speaker connection type N/A
Other connections subwoofer line out, calibration mic input, minijack line input, dock
Wired network ports none
Wireless networking support none

Playback

Surround sound formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
Optical drive no
Region free N/A
Supported playback disc formats N/A
Audio format support N/A
Video playback formats N/A
Image viewing formats N/A
Radio FM, AM

Speakers

Speaker configuration 7.1
RMS power output 630W
RMS power centre 90W
RMS power front 180W
RMS power surround 360W
RMS power subwoofer 0W
Wall mountable no
Centre speaker cable length N/A
Front speaker cable length N/A
Surround speaker cable length N/A

General

Extras remote control, calibration mic, FM antenna, AM antenna
Size 435x364x151mmmm
Subwoofer dimensions N/A
Centre speaker dimensions N/A
Front speaker dimensions N/A
Surround speaker dimensions N/A
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 48W

Buying Information

Price £360
Warranty one-year RTB
Supplier http://www.superfi.co.uk
Details http://uk.yamaha.com

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