Originally Posted by Sakome
I was thinking about getting one of these receivers for my first surround sound system. Think these would be worth it?
As a first system? Absolutely.
My old Sony was dying and losing its surround channels, so I picked up RX-V377 yesterday at Best Buy. I don't know if it was entirely an educated decision, but the Yamaha had caught my eye during my initial skim of Best Buy's selection, and further research basically ended up with a "why the hell not" decision to go ahead and buy it.
Setup was a breeze, especially since I already had the speakers installed from my previous system. They were all labeled, so I just plugged everything up, powered it on, ran the auto-calibration, and haven't looked back.
My first impression is actually a lack of bass, but I think that's mostly due to the fact I was getting used to my old dying system. I had the volume too high to compensate for dying amp components, and so the subwoofer was at a higher relative volume compared to the other five speakers. I need a good "workout" Blu-ray to watch. The stuff I've watched so far has sounded pretty good, with decent bass in the right places, but nothing wall-shaking (I live in an apartment anyway, so wall-shaking isn't really an option most of the time). Stereo sources, like from Netflix, seem to suffer more from this, and I've already taken to turning on the "Extra Bass" option when watching content like that, but that may just be the specific videos I'm watching. I think I'll need a lot more to get used to what things should sound like.
My connections were also much simpler this time. My old receiver (and I stress the "old" part) didn't even support HDMI at all, and had only one optical input. So everything was run to the TV, and I had an optical splitter that I used to switch between inputs. Now, I just have three HDMI cables plugged into the Yamaha and one going out to the TV, and that's it. So much easier to switch between inputs.
All in all, though, I'm pretty pleased with it so far. And Orbital, everywhere I've seen the 377 for sale, it's $50 cheaper than the listed MSRP. Frankly, I could care less about wi-fi, but I wanted to make sure this one could at least throughput anything I wanted, and these do support HDMI 2.0.