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Yamaha RX-V367 review

Ben Pitt
2 Aug 2010
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Yamaha RX-V367
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
170
inc VAT

A decent collection of features at an amazing price. The lack of Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD MA decoding needn’t necessarily be a problem

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Available for just £170, the RX-V367 is almost obscenely cheap for an HDMI-equipped AV receiver. It lacks certain features but it’s perfectly adequate for some people’s requirements.

The most significant omission is that it can’t decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks – the two most common formats on Blu-ray discs. This isn’t necessarily a problem though, as the vast majority of Blu-ray players can decode these formats and pipe the audio down the HDMI cable as uncompressed PCM.

Setting this up in the player’s configuration menus may be a little trickier than on the receiver but there’s no difference in quality. It’s possible that TV broadcasts might one day use Dolby TrueHD or DTS-HD Master Audio, in which case this amp would have to drop back to reading the lower-quality Dolby Digital or DTS soundtrack.

The V367 is a little short on composite video and stereo phono audio inputs, with three of each on the back and other set on the front. It’s hard to imagine many situations where this will cause problems, though. The good news is that there are four HDMI inputs, which should prove more than enough for all of your home entertainment kit.

Yamaha RX-V367

The remote is far from pretty but it keeps things straightforward. We particularly like the button marked Straight, which switches off any enhanced listening mode and sends the signals straight to the speakers. Surprisingly, there’s no OSD, but the only time that the front panel display felt lacking was when attempting to adjust the graphic EQ. The chances are most people won’t need to, especially as there are simpler treble and bass controls for broader adjustments. In most situations, configuring the system will simply involve plugging in the supplied calibration mic and pressing Setup.

If your Blu-ray player can decode Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio soundtracks internally, there’s little point in duplicating these functions in the receiver. However, if you want them included just in case, the Onkyo SR308 is a better choice, particularly because it has the edge for sound quality too.

Details

Price£170
Rating****
AwardBudget Buy

Connections

HDMI inputs4
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs2
Component outputs1
Output resolutionsPAL (576i), 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs4
Composite outputs2
Stereo phono inputs4
Stereo phono outputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Headphone output1/4in
Speaker configuration5.1
Main unit end speaker connection typespring terminals and binding posts
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionssubwoofer line out, calibration mic input, minijack line input
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportnone

Playback

Surround sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
Optical driveno
Region freeN/A
Supported playback disc formatsN/A
Audio format supportN/A
Video playback formatsN/A
Image viewing formatsN/A
RadioFM, AM

Speakers

Speaker configuration5.1
RMS power output500W
RMS power centre100W
RMS power front200W
RMS power surround200W
RMS power subwoofer0W
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A

General

Extrasremote control, calibration mic, FM antenna, AM antenna
Size435x315x151mmmm
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on38W

Buying Information

Price£170
Warrantyone-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.petertyson.co.uk
Detailshttp://uk.yamaha.com