Received the Yamaha RX-V867 in the mail yesterday from the Egg ($399 shipped). Set it up last night and thought I'd share some initial thoughts.
I was in the market for a new receiver and spent a week or two researching different models. I ultimately decided on the V867. Thanks to you all here for helping steering my decision. (Also considered the Yamaha RX-A700, RX-V667, and the Pioneer VSX-1021).
Yamaha RX-V867 - Energy Take Classic 5.1 (Main Room) - DVR Cable Box - Apple TV 2 - PS3 - Sony Bookshelf Speakers (Kitchen, zone 2)
- Sound. Very Solid. I have it paired with Energy’s (listed above) and it sounds fantastic. Setup was a breeze. I used the YPAO mic upon initial setup and it calibrated the unit for room size and speaker positions. It’ll work for now, maybe down the road I’ll tweak it a little bit.
- Network: Hooked it up via Cat5 connection. Upgraded to latest firmware using instructions found somewhere in this thread. Took roughly 20 mins for download and install. Enabled me to use Pandora (sweet) and ....
- iPhone/iPad/Android App: Since I already have the Apple TV, I didn’t feel like having AirPlay was a necessity. I ultimately decided on this unit over the Pioneer 1021 because I felt having a better receiver (in terms of quality, reliability, and sound) was more important that having AirPlay built in. I wish the 867 had it, but it wasn’t a dealbreaker for me. I downloaded the App for iPad and while it’s really good, I wish it was designed for iPad and not for iPhone. Still works fine, but it’s not completely polished looking. I gave it a test run and it does everything I’d expect it to do. I was able to switch sources, run Pandora, control speakers, etc. using only the app. (I ran music in Zone 2 (Pandora) while having Zone 1 tuned into Cable TV. Pretty cool.)
- On Screen Volume/Sound Setting Display: Obviously, this is most common issue reported on this forum and possibly the only major flaw of this machine. People either love it or hate it. I only used it for a few hours last night and I'm not really liking it. In addition to volume, it also flashes the Surround Decoder/Sound settings if, for example, you change from Straight to Dolby. In the end, it wasn't enough for me to not buy the receiver. I knew of it going in and I felt like from a value standpoint, the 867 couldn’t be beat. (Note: Hello, Yamaha? Are you there? Please fix with Firmware. Thanks)
Remote: Yeah, it kind of stinks. Thinking about getting a Harmony Universal. Any suggestions?
- On screen menus display (menus, settings, etc): Pretty basic. Does a nice job doing what you're trying to do, but it already looks dated compared to an Apple TV or other higher resolution interfaces. Not great, not terrible. That’s what you get for $400, I guess.
Happy with the receiver. I only used it for a few hours last night but so far, so good. Will give it a more complete test run over the next day or two and will report back with findings.