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Yamaha RX-V663 AV Receiver Print E-mail
Tuesday, 03 February 2009
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Yamaha RX-V663 AV Receiver
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ImageMy home theater hobby started when buying my first independent receiver, the Sony STR-DG 810. This was a simple starter receiver for me because it would pass audio and video through HDMI. As I played around with the settings more and more, I realized I was not happy with the way everything sounded; bass was somewhat lacking and the frequency response was flat.  I really required a receiver which could bit-stream all the new High Definition Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and give me greater control over the sound field.  I eventually settled on the Yamaha RX-V663 receiver.

I have always been impressed with the products Yamaha has created, specifically their musical instruments, pianos in particular.  Without intimate knowledge about their Home Theater products, I researched a few models and did from price comparisons.  I came to the conclusion that the Yamaha V663 had all the features I was looking for and was also competitively priced at the time.  I also had the option of taking this receiver home and testing it out within my own home theater setup before purchasing.    

Equipment note: I tested out the functions of the receiver using Aperion 532lr speakers as the front speakers, Aperion 432C as my center speaker, Aperion 432lr speakers as rear speakers and a HSU STF-1 as my subwoofer. Video output is going to a PanasonicAX200U projector and a 1080p Panasonic TC-32LZ800.


RemoteThe V663 is all black, with a fairly large shaped display in the front. The master volume knob is located on the far right, along with other small knobs to access different sources such as input devices (which are assignable from the setup menu). Everything is easy to see from my viewing distance, which is about 15 feet away. You can change settings to indicate how bright the display is or turn if off completely.

Setting up speakers to the receiver was a fairly straightforward process. Once I connected all my speakers using banana plugs (6.1 setup), I fired up the receiver. You have 2 options in setting up: you can either use the onscreen display settings menu from your video source such as your TV, or you can change settings using the front display on the receiver. Setting up is easier when viewing the TV. Using the remote which came with the receiver, I ended up using YPAO, which is Yamaha’s automatic speaker setup utility.

By plugging the YPAO microphone into the front of the receiver, you can access the YPAO menu and let the receiver perform an auto-setup. I received fairly accurate results; a setting which wasn’t tuned correctly was the crossover frequency, which I ended up changing manually (YPAO set my cross-over to 80Hz, which is too low for my speakers).  I also had to correct my center speaker distance. Accessing options between the menus was easy and intuitive, especially configuring input devices. I set HDMI 1 to my PS3, HDMI 2 to my HD-DVD player and Component 1 to my XBOX 360 and renamed the inputs to match the devices I use.

I have seen some reports of the V663 being a little warm after using it for a while, but my unit never felt hot to the touch, and I also kept it outside which might have helped to keep it cool. Otherwise, the receiver never felt dangerously hot during its use.

The remote control for the receiver itself isn’t terribly advanced, though it is built solidly and functioned the way it should. You can access any source by clicking on the appropriate button, and you can also rename the pre-assigned inputs i.e. I changed DVD to HD DVD and DTV/CBL to Blu-ray via accessing the customization functions within the main menu. To access the main menu, you need to press the AMP button, and from there can access each of the sub-menus. Unfortunately, the controller itself is not backlit, so it’s difficult to operate in the dark.


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