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Yamaha RX-V567 review

Ben Pitt
14 Aug 2010
Yamaha RX-V567
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
360
inc VAT

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

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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 inputs4
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs2
Component outputs1
Output resolutionsPAL (576i), 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input1
S-video output0
Composite inputs4
Composite outputs2
Stereo phono inputs5
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 configuration7.1
Main unit end speaker connection typebinding posts
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionssubwoofer line out, calibration mic input, minijack line input, dock
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportnone

Playback

Surround sound formatsDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD HRA, DTS-HD MA
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 configuration7.1
RMS power output630W
RMS power centre90W
RMS power front180W
RMS power surround360W
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
Size435x364x151mmmm
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby0W
Power consumption on48W

Buying Information

Price£360
Warrantyone-year RTB
Supplierhttp://www.superfi.co.uk
Detailshttp://uk.yamaha.com