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Great receiver for the money. Just right for my bedroom "home theater" setup. Hopefully it will last as long as my previous Yamaha. Edit
by rt1 Combined Rating: 4.0
I got this Yamaha RX-V673 7.2-Channel AV Receiver about a week ago to replace an old Yamaha box that served me well for over 10 years.

My major requirements for this newer device were:

1. It...
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  • More features than I can use. Zone 2 lets me send output to my adjacent bathroom. More than enough HDMI for me.
  • User's guide is on CD. Setup was difficult and time consuming. Remote has numerous small buttons w/o backlight.
I got this Yamaha RX-V673 7.2-Channel AV Receiver about a week ago to replace an old Yamaha box that served me well for over 10 years.

My major requirements for this newer device were:

1. It should have enough HDMI inputs for the future (it has 5).

2. Have a reasonable price/feature ratio. This previous year's model had almost as many feature as the latest and greatest rmodel.I did not need built-in Bluetooth or WiFi of the latest unit in my bedroom at this time, and can add it with optional devices from Yamaha. Connecting to my home networki was easy to setup without Yamaha's optional adapter by attaching an an Ethernet cable from my Apple Express to the receiver.

3. A Zone 2 was needed to send audio to my bathroom speakers. The Yamaha has this. This was the most complicated part of setting up the bedroom system. Mostly, due to the need to coordinate input HDMI cables (HiSpeed) and Speakers in both rooms as well as a poorly trained installer "ME!" . The on-screen display (GUI) was not the friendliest to use due to the documentation from Yamaha, and, the need to flip through lots of pages in the manual that I copied in my iPad.

4. The Remote Control should be useable by my wife! This was impossible before and, now it is even more difficult because of the need for 3 remotes now (- a 46" Sony Smart TV, the Yamaha remote, and a Roku remote). I am currently in the process of settng up a new Logitech Smart Touch remote which uses an iPod Touch/Logitech remote to hopefully simplify this aspect for me and my wife?

5. Be able to drive my bedroom speakers (Pioneer "Jones"bookshelf fronts, a Mirage nano-stat for center speaker, and B&W ceiling speakers for rear surround speakers) as well as the two Polk speakers in my bathroom. No problem with the 673. I had a problem with the old Yamaha blowing the fuses with power spikes getting to the Polk speakers.

As far as sound quality, my wife said that since installing the new receiver, she noticed a marked improvement in the audio. We had a lot of trouble with changing sound levels during TV programs and with advertisements with the older Yamaha. The newer one has just about eliminated this problem! Also, after using the included "microphone" to "calibrate" my speakers, I have noticed I can hear dialog clearer than before. This was a problem for my 80 year old ears. I could not be any happier with the sound now!

Price-wise, the unit was about $200 cheaper than the newest model on Amazon. I have to add that I tried a Pioneer VSX823 and a Sony STR-DN840 prior to the installing the 673 Yamaha. Both fell down in trying to use my bathroom speakers. They also had poor on-screen GUIs, and inadequate documentation, IMO. It would take another hour or so to compare all three receivers. Suffice it to say that the Yamaha has hit the mark for me, even though it is last year's model!
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RAMWolff 01-15-2014, 01:34 PM

Gotta agree on the remote and user manual.  Should be a larger remote with larger back-lit buttons.  The owners manual should have come in both CD and printed (large print).  I think the world has gotten so used to the younger folks with strong healthy eyes that those with poor vision or age related visual issues get left in the dust.  WE ARE NOT OBSOLETE so keep that in my Yamaha for next time. 
 
Another grumble I have there seems to be no way to add in other internet services like Sky.FM or Spotify, both of which I use all the time.  I don't have or use Sirius XM and their customer service is HORRIBLE.  Wrote them a month ago asking some questions, still haven't heard back from them and their automated note to me was they would be in touch in 48 hours or less!  BAD! Pandora is good so that comes in handy from time to time but allowing the end user to use another service they desire would be nice.  Logitech offers a way to install other services so it can't be all that hard to include that bit of code I would think. 
 
Very thankful for the AVS forum and all the helpful folks answering my questions! 

Geeky Girl 12-02-2013, 01:46 PM

Very nice review.
 
Actually it has 6 HDMI inputs though, unfortunately one of them is in the front. I would much prefer it to be in the back and just tuck an HDMI cable beside the AVR so that if you needed to use it for a device that would be connected for the long haul there wasn't an HDMI cable sticking out of the front.

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