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post #31 of 879
Purchased this one on today's Newegg steal - $370 less than Amazon and Best Buy. Also has the benefit of 2 year warranty. Replacing my Onkyo TX-NR808 that is less than 2 months old and lost all sound a few days ago. Forum pages show this becoming common as two others have added same issue to the forum today after I added the comment.
post #32 of 879
I pulled the trigger, too!

I've been happy with my Onkyo TX-SR705 as a 7.1 AVR, but it had some constraints with 3 in and 1 out HDMI 1.3a ports. My respect for Yamaha plus getting 3D and 4K pass through, extra HDMI in/out, USB and network connectivity for devices like phones and computers seemed ideal. Right now, I am not thinking that the forthcoming HDMI 2.0 will give me anything until I have a 4K display and who knows when that will happen.

Here is the Yamaha product page, where you can register your product and get a PDF of the owner manual:
http://usa.yamaha.com/products/audio-visual/av-receivers-amps/rx/rx-v773_black_u/?mode=model

Here are two other AVS Yamaha AVR owner threads of closely related models which may be worth looking over to find problems and solutions:

I think we can rename this thread to be official, because I searched and couldn't find another one here at AVS -- did anyone else find a better thread?
post #33 of 879
I had a friend recommend the Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers for it, but the way my TV and stand and such are, I don't have a good spot for things, so I wanted something with stands. Some digging found me the Onkyo Sks-Ht870 7.1 Speaker System for $286 dollars new. Reviews I saw looked good for my needs, and if I ever do want to use the full 7.1 set I can, but odds are I'll start with 5.1 until I sell my house and build the next one just because of the absolutely horribly unfriendly A/V options in this great room...

Glad to know they'll work at 6 ohms without any issues - thanks for the confirmation!

Also verified my Harmony Touch software has this specific receiver in its database so I can get it working without any hassles. WIll be nice to pull my Xbox off of the PC cable and back onto HDMI - I had to drop one thing out of HDMI since my TV only has four HDMI inputs, so when I got my new Uverse DVR and needed HDMI, the Xbox was the only thing I could swap out of HDMI into something else the TV could still use at 1080... Be nice to have the higher number of HDMI ports, and even the HDMI in front, though with a Media Center PC I can usually just throw stuff on my server in the basement and play it that way to the TV rather than having to plug a camcorder or something into the front.

That email from New Egg really made my day with that price... I've been bouncing around even more the last 5 or 6 months trying to talk myself into losing the 2.1 Samsung sound bar I have been using, but the speaker layout issue always stopped me. But with this price, there was no way to pass it up...

My 9 year old is going to *LOVE* playing some Halo death matches with me now once the new sound is in place...

Thanks everyone for the info on this thread!
post #34 of 879
Thread Starter 
When I started this thread, it was only because I couldn't find a thread that had specific info and feedback on this particular model the RX-V773, there was a little bit of info on this model on the RX-V673 official thread, but not a lot. I felt that the RX-V773 deserved a thread of it's own, so I thought I would start something up and see what happens, and that maybe someone who is more knowledgable in these matters than I might decide to create an official RX-V773 thread down the line. But if this site becomes the "Official" thread, I would only be too happy that I could contribute towards something that you guys were looking for more information, tips and help on. I'm loving the information and feedback that this thread has provided me with so far, I got more than I ever anticipated! Mattyo
Edited by Mattyo1612 - 4/20/13 at 8:19pm
post #35 of 879
delete...
Edited by basshead81 - 4/22/13 at 7:04pm
post #36 of 879
Thread Starter 
Firmware update 1.77 now available from the Yamaha website via usb download only.
post #37 of 879
what if the audio source to be used is pandora while the concurrent video source is satellite dish/
post #38 of 879
hmm,

i bought this amp less than 1 month ago @ 480 from newegg but apparently newegg doesnt offer any price protection even it is from their own. eek.gif
post #39 of 879
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Originally Posted by Mattyo1612 View Post

When I started this thread, it was only because I couldn't find a thread ... . But if this site becomes the "Official" thread, I would only be too happy that I could contribute towards something that you guys were looking for more information, tips and help on. I'm loving the information and feedback that this thread has provided me with so far, I got more than I ever anticipated! Mattyo

Make it official, can you rename it since you are the thread starter?
post #40 of 879
Thread Starter 
There you go, done! It's now "official'!
post #41 of 879
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Originally Posted by Mattyo1612 View Post

There you go, done! It's now "official'!

lol
post #42 of 879
Just set up my 773. Ywa-10 wasn't connecting on the Mac but setup easily at work on ie xp. My wifi is my hotspot phone and the ywa-10 seems to have increased the throughput so I hooked up my Sony Blu ray 590 and the net is faster than the built in wifi.

I'm planning to use zone 2 for TV audio from DVD and 5.1 for music.

I really like the USB GUI.

SACD works in pure direct mode, no converting to PCM. Next steps are net radio / airplay / home server.
post #43 of 879
Finally got my speakers yesterday so I put everything into play with my V773. Had it temporarily on a box right in front of the shelf where it goes to test everything, and it all worked. But last night I started having issues with my PC. I have an Alienware X51 with an Nvidia GTX660 card. It plays fine as long as I hard power off the computer and turn it back on. Then bang, it's great. I can switch inputs and come back to the computer, but if it's away for a period of time (i.e. overnight) then I can't get it to come up without a hard power. I just get the wallpaper on HDMI 2 since there's no input. Normally I wouldn't care, since I could RDP or use Logmein to remote control the computer and then just reboot it. Except whatever is happening here is screwing it up enough that neither the native RDP nor Logmein works. Course, it works right after a reboot again.

I'm using the newest Nvidia drivers.

I've looked through the nvidia control panel to see if I could find anything I could try to change out, but I don't see anything in there that looks like it would have any effect on this. I have no power saving on, even the display power options are set to never turn off the display.

I've got my Motorola DVR in HDMI 1, Wii U in HDMI 3, XBox 360 in HDMI 4, and my PS 3 in HDMI 5. All the rest work great.

My googling so far this morning are leading me to the whole HDCP issue and possibly needing a switch between the computer and the receiver to trick the computer into thinking it never lost the connection. But another thread mentioned that some receivers if you put the PC into HDMI 1 that can resolve the issue. Before I yank this out to change cables, I figured I'd see if anyone has a HTPC they're using, if they hit this problem, and found a way around it.

Prior to this I was just using a Samsung soundbar and the TV was the HDMI switcher so there were no issues. It's a Samsung UN55D7000 LED TV.

Just frustrates me that this problem actually screws up the computer enough that I can't even remote into it, or do a remote shutdown from another computer's command prompt... If it didn't screw that up as well, it'd be no big deal to just reboot it before I use it.

Also complicating things are the fact that this is my "always on" system for my Logitech security system, so I can't turn it off since I use it to save all the camera footage to...

Thanks for any suggestions. Other than this, so far I like the system, although I have to work on tweaking settings since I have to crank the volume WAY up to get any appreciable sound out of it, and I'm not sure that's how it ought to be.
Edited by JDthird - 4/28/13 at 6:00pm
post #44 of 879
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Originally Posted by jen773 View Post

Just set up my 773. Ywa-10 wasn't connecting on the Mac but setup easily at work on ie xp. My wifi is my hotspot phone and the ywa-10 seems to have increased the throughput so I hooked up my Sony Blu ray 590 and the net is faster than the built in wifi.

I'm planning to use zone 2 for TV audio from DVD and 5.1 for music.

I really like the USB GUI.

SACD works in pure direct mode, no converting to PCM. Next steps are net radio / airplay / home server.

you will need to turn off network standby mode or access errors will plague the net inputs on startup. this will cause issues with the ability to use the mobile apps ability to power on the avr...however its much better than access errors. hopefully yamaha will release a firmware update to fix the issue.
post #45 of 879
I've had the receiver up and running since Wednesday, speaker and HDMI hookup was fine (I do not miss the days before I had banana plugs and HDMI: a mass of RCA/S-VHS/etc. cables), and I've deferred the networking for later.

I listened to some MP3s from a thumb drive and then updated the firmware, which took a little over 10 minutes. The menu system is fine, this is the first receiver I've had that could overlay the menu on top of HDMI. I did a single position YPAO speaker calibration, everything sounded good -- I will do more critical listening and calibration later, I just wanted to get the basics covered.

One thing I missed from the Denon was the one power receptacle that I've used to run power to the PS3, sub woofer, etc. -- so that they don't consume phantom power when the receiver is off. I have remedied this with a smart power strip and things work fine.

With a few more adjustments, I was done with initial set up:
  • resetting the initial volume when powering on the receiver -- I found that in the manual
  • turning off the short message
  • dimming the display fully
  • changed the background image (I wish I could upload something)
  • updated my Harmony Remote, then redid the activities to select the correct input.

...my family has barely noticed the difference, which is a mark of success.

I've ordered some more HDMI cables and will get to networking next, but I'm happy with the Yamaha so far!

This scratched my itch to hook up more devices via HDMI and USB (I hated swapping HDMI cables because I didn't have enough inputs), access digital music without turning on the TV, use our cameras with the front ports, and achieve 3D and a subset of 4K. I feel no rush to do 3D since my display isn't capable and I'll probably wait for passive 3D. I realize HDMI 2.0 isn't out and I have no idea when/if a 4K display will be feasible for us, especially when OLED and Plasma are more likely to fit the bill when/if my rear-projection TV falters.

How is everyone else liking it?
post #46 of 879
I did some tests with Uncharted 2 (PS3) and Saving Private Ryan (blu-ray) -- both were fine, however one cut scene in Uncharted 2 was silent for about 10 seconds. I don't know if the Denon would have handled it better, otherwise the Yamaha is performing well.
post #47 of 879
By the way, for anyone with the HDMI issue with a PC that I asked about above, I thought I'd try the opposite settings and see if the answer at least for me could really be this simple, and it was. I had set the display to never sleep or anything in the power options. I thought maybe if it went to sleep, when I switched back to it with the receiver and there was no signal, then just moving the mouse would be enough for it to reestablish the connection to the TV - and it was. I have a wireless mini keyboard with a trackpad on it, so now when I switch back to the PC and there's no signal, I just turn on the wireless keyboard, touch the trackpad, and bang, the display adapter comes out of sleep mode and reinitializes its connection - and it works flawlessly.

Maybe this will help someone else down the road googling about the problem.
post #48 of 879
post #49 of 879
I picked this receiver up from Newegg also, but paid the higher $480 price.
So far it's been a great replacement to my Denon 3806. One minor issue i have is the airplay, if the receiver is off and I connect to Airplay, it automatically defaults to Zone 1. Is there anyway to change this to default to zone 2? I have Zone 2 outputting to my whole house audio, the way it is now, I'd have to use the Yamaha remote app, goto Zone 2 and turn the power on and select the airplay as the source. I'm trying to make it a bit more user friendly for wife and kiddies. I guess if I can't change the default settings, I can always program the Roomie or iRule to do it.
Thanks.
post #50 of 879
I also picked this up when at the $429 price at Newegg. Just too tempting.

I'd like to update the Firmware via USB Thumb Drive. I use only Mac laptops, so if my USB drive is formatted to work with Mac, can I still use this for the Firmware Update? Also, I've got ample space on my USB drive...but do I need to empty it and leave only the Yamaha software on their or is the 773 smart enough to disregard all other files on the USB drive?

Thanks in advance for any info you may have...
post #51 of 879
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Originally Posted by johnnyvn View Post

I also picked this up when at the $429 price at Newegg. Just too tempting.

I'd like to update the Firmware via USB Thumb Drive. I use only Mac laptops, so if my USB drive is formatted to work with Mac, can I still use this for the Firmware Update? Also, I've got ample space on my USB drive...but do I need to empty it and leave only the Yamaha software on their or is the 773 smart enough to disregard all other files on the USB drive?

Thanks in advance for any info you may have...
Why not update via internet and skip the usb? I have updated via usb with other files on the usb but make sure there is only 1 yamaha firmware update on it.
post #52 of 879
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Originally Posted by johnnyvn View Post

I also picked this up when at the $429 price at Newegg. Just too tempting.

I'd like to update the Firmware via USB Thumb Drive. I use only Mac laptops, so if my USB drive is formatted to work with Mac, can I still use this for the Firmware Update? Also, I've got ample space on my USB drive...but do I need to empty it and leave only the Yamaha software on their or is the 773 smart enough to disregard all other files on the USB drive?

Thanks in advance for any info you may have...

remove all files except the update.bin file....which means that after you download the update, it must be extracted with a program sucha 7zip and placed on the root of the thumb drive(ie... not in any folder).

also im envious of the deal you got on the 773. I paid 129.00 more, but it is still a great buy at that price point. smile.gif
post #53 of 879
I have several different things on the usb that I use to update my receiver and havent had any problems. But I only keep 1 yamaha update on it at a time. So when the next one comes out I will delete the old one from the usb and download the new one and it works fine.
post #54 of 879
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

I have several different things on the usb that I use to update my receiver and havent had any problems. But I only keep 1 yamaha update on it at a time. So when the next one comes out I will delete the old one from the usb and download the new one and it works fine.

ok good to know...i gues the main thing is to have the update.bin file extracted and not in any folder.
post #55 of 879
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Originally Posted by basshead81 View Post

ok good to know...i gues the main thing is to have the update.bin file extracted and not in any folder.
I dont even know what that means basshead. I just download it to the usb and stick it in the avr. Maybe my computer is doing that for me. I know one thing though. If I have trouble it sounds like you will be my "Go to" guy. smile.gif
post #56 of 879
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Originally Posted by Bond 007 View Post

I dont even know what that means basshead. I just download it to the usb and stick it in the avr. Maybe my computer is doing that for me. I know one thing though. If I have trouble it sounds like you will be my "Go to" guy. smile.gif

hmm that did not work for me initially...the avr kept coming up not found. but yea i know a little about computers and android devices...by no means a expert tho.
post #57 of 879
I downloaded the firmware to my RMBP but my stick is formatted Fat 32 for compatibility (I also use a lot of windows machines). It was a 32 GB stick almost totally full, about 50 files and folders in the root. I extracted the BIN file to the root but left everything else, and it worked flawlessly. If you're using Safari on the mac it'll likely unzip the BIN file automatically so you won't have to deal with that, just look for the bin file in whatever folder you have your downloads going to and then copy it to the USB stick. These instructions were posted on an Amazon review by a guy named Battersea and these are what I did, and had no issues after the attempt over the wireless to update failed (expected, since everyone I read about who tried it over wireless had it bomb. But I had to try anyway... wink.gif)

He said they differed slightly from what the Yamaha site said, but this was what he got from Yamaha Tech Support when he was fixing his failed upgrade...

1. Make sure the unit is off and unplug it from the wall.
2. Insert the USB drive into the USB port in the front panel.
3. Hold down the "PURE DIRECT" button and plug the unit back in, keeping the button down- a message should appear on the display, something like "USB Drive".
4. Release the "PURE DIRECT" button. The firmware *.bin file should be found, and the update process should start.
5. If successful, the display will prompt you to turn the unit off. When turned on, you should be good to go.
post #58 of 879
I had been trying to update the firmware with a USB but I kept receiving "Device Error" until I plugged the usb from the wi-fi adapter to an outlet (iPhone charger). It works great! No need for a new router or anything:)smile.gif
post #59 of 879
does the update erase all your settings? I did the last update right out of the box so it was not set up...just want to know beforehand, so I can wrte everything down first. thx!
post #60 of 879
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Originally Posted by basshead81 View Post

does the update erase all your settings? I did the last update right out of the box so it was not set up...just want to know beforehand, so I can wrte everything down first. thx!
No
Theres no need to write anything down. If you plug in your ip address in your pc browser you will be able to control your 773. Also there is an option to backup and restore your settings. smile.gif
That is especially helpful for someone who has spent hrs jacking around with the eq like us.
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