Yamaha just introduced the RX-V667 3D AV receiver, (90W x 7; MSRP $599.95). It provides 3D and Audio Return Channel support over HDMI 1.4a (6 ins/ 1 out), and versatility for 7 channel HD Audio or 5 channel plus height presence speaker playback via the company’s proprietary CINEMA DSP 3D technology. The receiver’s Virtual Presence Speaker option also delivers sonic dimension and height to front channel audio to systems without front presence speakers.
The RX-V667 is designed to enable music and movie enthusiasts to fully enjoy their Blu-ray players, broadcast HD services and gaming consoles, as well as the latest 3D television offerings. The RX-V667 provides full HD Audio decoding (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio) and analog-to-HDMI 1080p video upscaling with precise deinterlacing for stunning, lifelike picture quality, even from non-HD sources.
Ease-of-use features include a super-fast and intuitive multi-lingual onscreen GUI that can overlay HD and 3D content to attractively display information and album art. Four pre-set SCENE modes (“BD/DVD,” “TV,” “CD” and “Radio”), fully compatible with Yamaha’s new BD-S667, instantly ready the entire system to deliver the desired entertainment experience by turning on the correct components and activating the proper inputs, audio and video features and surround mode combinations.
The RX-V667 gives users access to the broadest range of today’s popular content sources, including wireless iPod/iPhone playback via Yamaha’s new optional YID-W10 Wireless Dock System. The dock enables users to listen to these portable devices through a high quality Yamaha home theater system while keeping them in their hands to quickly find their favorite songs, videos and games. The YID-W10 integrates Yamaha’s proprietary yAired wireless technology that enables users to watch video or play games with high quality lossless audio via iPhones without distracting lip sync or A/V matching problems.
HD components and devices, such as camcorders, can be easily connected to the home entertainment system via the model’s front panel HDMI input. Users can easily change between any of the six HDMI inputs in the receiver’s Standby Through mode. Adaptive Dynamic Range Control automatically increases the volume of softer dialog passages when overall system volume is turned down, and Adaptive DSP level adjusts the DSP level control based on the master volume level setting.
YPAO automatic system calibration instantly and makes system adjustments to best match the room in which the system is placed. HDMI CEC functionality allows any components connected via HDMI to be operated by a single remote control.
High sound quality is also provided by the model’s discrete amp configuration, Pure Direct for HD Audio and Video, as well as jitter-free PLL circuitry. The model also offers Deep Color (30/36 bit) technology, x.v.Color, 24Hz Refresh Rates, audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video inputs and Auto Lip-Sync compensation, which automatically eliminates audio/video sync issues. Compressed Music Enhancer that restores dynamics to music files ripped from CDs or downloaded from the Internet.
The RX-V667 offers great system versatility with Yamaha’s IntelliAmp technology that enables users to assign amplifiers for bi-amp configuration, surround back, front presence or Zone 2 connection. The receiver also provides SIRIUS Satellite Radio compatibility and support playback from iPod/iPhone (audio and video) and Bluetooth-enabled devices (audio) via optional wired dock accessories, the Yamaha YDS-12 (MSRP: $99.95) and YBA-10 (MSRP: $129.95), respectively.
The model delivers wide-ranging source connectivity and convenience features for superior HD video and audio performance, 3D support for the Side-by-Side (Half) and Top-and-Bottom formats that broadcasters are adopting, as well as for current 3D Blu-ray content.