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After looking online and going over the threads, I've decide to get either the Yamaha 667 or 867, but need some info from folks that know more about these units than I do. One of the main things we want to do is play music off our network. I know I could go with the 667 for less and get Roku or Apple TV, but I've never had the equipment to do this before and want to make sure I'm not giving up more features by going with the 667. Am I losing anything else by just going with the 667 beside a little power? Any advice would be great.
 

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I was in the same boat, after thinking this through some more, I don't like the idea of having internet streaming built into my receiver since it's somewhat difficult to upgrade. Let's say a new internet radio or streaming format comes out in a few months, if there's no support on my receiver i'm out of luck.


For a $50-100 price jump i'd probably go for it, but considering the price leap between the 667 and 867, it doesn't seem worthwhile to me. I'd rather get some type of external device which I can replace/upgrade down the road vs. having the replace the entire receiver.
 

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Originally Posted by intence /forum/post/19604078


I'm likely going to go the low-cost HTPC route. In the end will be more expensive than going for the 867, but will be able to stream better/faster and can be easily expanded/updated.
I'm inclined to agree: I ended up using two laptop HDDs and a BD-ROM/DVD-RW drive to build a 'somewhat quiet' HTPC that should provide a 'one box' solution for networked audio and video playback, plus in-room DVD/BD playback.



[Also, if HbbTV catches on in North America, I figure I've got a 50-50 chance of kludging it into the HTPC box too without needing to replace either my AVR or my HDTV!]
 

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I'm looking at both of these now for my house warming present for my daughter and her husband. I suspect that Yamaha has done a better job than the network connection on my RX-2700; however, I've since started using a Squeezebox Touch as my music sever UI. It's way better, works like an iPod with a big screen and sounds great.


In addition, most of the Blu-ray players already have networking and DLNA built in, so having it in the receiver is redundant. You don't need a dedicated PC as you can use any PC on your local network.
 
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