Yamaha RX-V663 Home Theater Receiver

665W - Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS HD, DTS-ES, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6, Neural SurroundXM - MPN: RXV663BL
Product Details
Description
Series Yamaha RX Type Home Theatre Receivers Color Black Power Output 95 Watts
Summary
Product Title Yamaha RX-V663 Home Theater Receiver
Manufacturer Yamaha
Power Score 4.4 | 13 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Yamaha RX-V663 A/V Receiver Overview
5 Star Review  audioholics.com - Feb 28, 2008

One thing I always say when making recommendations on AV equipment (on AV Rant or other places) is to set priorities. If you know what you need versus what you want (or what you think you want based on what other people tell you you need), you're in a much better position to buy. You might want to re-read that last sentence again. The Yamaha RX-V663 has many of the same features as the RX-V863 but with some notable omissions. First the similarities:

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Yamaha RX-V663
3 Star Review  cnet.com - Feb 3, 2009

THE GOOD: Excellent sound quality; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; Sirius- and XM-ready; control iPod onscreen using USB port; two switched AC outlets. THE BAD: Only two HDMI inputs, while competing models offers offer three or more; analog upconversion limited to 480p; poor upconversion quality; autosetup gave us an inaccurate warning; frustrating rear panel layout. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Yamaha RX-V663 sounds great, but its tough to recommend with its paltry HDMI connectivity, poor upconversion quality, and other design quirks.

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Yamaha RX-V663
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 13 expert reviews for Yamaha RX-V663 and the average expert rating is 79 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Yamaha RX-V663BL
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 31, 2009

The Yamaha RX-V663 (aka Yamaha HTR-6160) is a 7.2 channel a/v receiver supporting video upconversion and HD audio decoding. The ".2" portion of the surround sound designation refers to the two subwoofer channels as opposed to the more traditional single subwoofer; there are two mono bass outputs, one for the left speakers, and one for the right. Priced at $550, the RX-V663 is the cheapest model in the RX-V or HTR series of Yamaha receivers to support both video upconversion to HDMI and HD audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts HD-MA. The RX-V663 can deliver 95 Watts of to each of its 7 channels, and features a second zone of audio. As for video inputs/outputs, it has 2 x HDMI 1.3a ins (1 out), 3 x component video (1 out), and 5 x S-Video/RCA input. It also features 3 x digital optical S/PDIF and 2 x digital optical audio inputs. ... PROS: (1) Excellent price - look for it for less than $500 (2) High-definition audio decoding/processing: TrueHD, HD-MA, raw LPCM (3) Video transcoding/upconversion to HDMI and component (4) Bi-ampable front stereo channels (5) 7.2 analog pre-outs ... CONS: (1) Only 2 HDMI inputs - competition has 4 (2) Does not pass BTB or WTW. However this is the case w/ all Yammie receivers currently out & hoped to be fixed w/ a firmware update.

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User Reviews
Great Receiver
4 Star Review   By member nevuz5 - Aug 23, 2008   

Strengths: Auto setup

Weakness: Large

I purchased this receiver for $336 which was a great value for what it includes. The auto setup is a breese and the menus look good. It is a bit large but so are most receivers of this quality.

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5 Star Review   By member h_c_i_a - Jul 25, 2008   

Strengths: True HD audio; HDMI 1.3

This one of the best receivers you can buy for under 400. After doing a great deal of research and testing, I narrow it down to RX-V663 and RX-V861. The are both about the same price. I desided to go with the newer RX-V663 and was not disappointed at all. The 663 has a faster processor and uses the latest technology such as HDMI 1.3 for better picture and sound. I highly recommend this receiver, you will not be disappointed.

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Great Value here....
5 Star Review   By member Virtue - Jun 15, 2008   

Strengths: Price! Surround Sound decoding Sound Quality Inputs Flexibility HDMI v1.3 support Relatively small format and heat output Good manual and product support Tons of speaker support (even 9.1) Mu

Weakness: Only 2 HDMI inputs Clips WTW and BTB (technicality that does not affect most people). Possible HDMI handshaking issues with certain equipment. Global sub crossover setting (applies to all speakers)

Yamaha's newest mid-class receiver (Spring 2008). Plenty of reviews and tech info at avsforum.com Yamaha introduces a new level of features for a real low price. You see everyone else following suit now (onkyo, pioneer, denon). For me, I'm not the video/audio-phile, but been around enough to recognize quality. This thing is real easy to use, yet can be tweaked out if you feel the need. No it cannot put out 140watts per ch nor will it upconvert video (but does pass it along to your HDMI display). These are all things you'll find in> $400 receivers. My only issue involves my STB (Fios HD DVR QIP-6416-2) where during power up, my STB changes it's video settings to 720p (after I set to 1080i). Then again, the STB expects to go right to the tv without a receiver in between. According to Yamaha support and other people with this Fios stb, the problem is in the Fios box (annoying, but hopefully Verizon/Motorola will fix). For me the 2 HDMI inputs are fine because my TV has 3 HDMI inputs with custom TV settings for each input (thus "Game Mode" for my Xbox input). Sending everything to the TV on one port defeats all this flexibility. Right now I use my 2 HDMI in's for TV and DVD. For TV I benefit from the HDMI "lip synch" feature and my DVD bitstreaming TrueHD (and other) audio streams. I will calibrate my TV/HDMI input for the DVD player and hope the TV signal looks good (minimizing TV setting changes). The Yamaha "scene" feature is great. Scene 1 has all my settings for DVD viewing, Scene 2 for Xbox and Scene 3 for TV. I'll probably make Scene 4 listen to radio.

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Great HD receiver!
5 Star Review   By member WhetWurm - May 29, 2008   

Strengths: DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD processing. HDMI 1.3 inputs, 7.2 surround sound, and calibration options up the nose.

Weakness: Auto-calibrator a bit on the quiet side. Remote is kind of cheap. Only 2 HDMI inputs.

I upgraded my AV receiver from a Sony STR-DE845 last month to this RX-V663. I don't regret it at all. I got it on sale at 6ave.com for $360 and the price was too good to pass up. It comes with all the frills (except a 3rd HDMI input) including all the buzz words. The best part about the receiver is that Yamaha didn't skimp on the components. It's got Burr-Brown parts inside (which I've read are the best... Denon's high end receivers use them). I can't take advantage of the HD audio decoding just yet because my HTPC doesn't have the HDCP audio output yet, but Blu-ray sure looks good being passed through this receiver. I just wish there were more inputs. The component inputs cannot pass 1080p through to the HDMI connection so your Xbox360 will still need to be plugged directly into the TV unless it's the Elite/Pro. All around excellent receiver.

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Excellent A/V Receiver
5 Star Review   By member Xanth2100 - Apr 26, 2008   

Strengths: Sound quality, Auto calibration to optimize each speaker Lots of options

The receiver was very easy to set up and obtained excellent sound quality from my theater room. The receiver auto calibration feature was easy to use with the supplied microphone. The system automatically determines the optimal equalizer setting for each speaker, in my case 2 fronts, center, 2 surround backs, 2 surround sides, and a subwoofer based on the location of each speaker, the room dynamics, and the speaker quality. There was a significant increase in sound quality from using it straight out of the box to after completing the auto calibration. This receiver has everything I need and includes the latest in high definition audio decoding. I highly recommend this receiver for anyone looking for an affordable high end receiver with the latest technology.

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Yamaha RX-V663BL
5 Star Review   By member dentz11 - Apr 24, 2008   

Strengths: Sound, easy setup, inputs, processing.

Weakness: None so far

Love this amp. It has to be the best it the budget (sub $500) class. Was leaning towards the Onkyo 605 but, in my opinion, this amp is better. I use it with an Xbox360 and a PS3 for Bluray dvds. It handles both flawlessly. Good experience shopping through the PriceGrabber Store Front as well.

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5 Star Review   By member KevTech - Apr 22, 2008   

Strengths: HDMI video up conversion, auto setup, 2 year warranty, affordable.

Weakness: I guess if I had to say something only 2 HDMI in and no upscaling.

I was in the market for a New Home Theater Receiver with HDMI up conversion and roughly 100 watts per channel. I checked out Onkyo TX-SR605, Sony STR-DG910 and Yamaha RX-V663. All with MSRP between $500 and $600. I ruled out the Onkyo’s they run too HOT, I know because I was replacing my Onkyo HT-R520 frying pan. I ruled out the Sony because it has no Svideo inputs on it, plus mixed reviews. The Yamaha RX-V663 is awesome receiver it sounds great, (hooked up to my Klipsch speakers), looks massive and is built very well. The auto Calibration with YPAO was quick about 3 minutes and simple. I am somewhat of an audiophile and could have done it myself manually but thought I’d see how the YPAO did and it worked great. I really needed HDMI out with up conversion, my Panasonic LCD TV only has 1 HDMI in. I have a the following equipment hooked up; Dish HD DVR via HDMI, Sony PS3/BluRay via HDMI, Sony DVDR (with an VCR and DVD hooked into it) via Component video with optical cable. True the Yamaha only has 2 HDMI in and 1 HDMI out but that’s all I needed since the DVDR uses Component out. So it gets up converted thru the HDMI and it looks great even better then when the Component out went straight to the TV. I did not feel the need to spend twice as much to be able to upscale video since my main sources do (PS3 and Dish HD). When I view regular DVD’s I just pop them in the PS3, upscale done. The Yamaha RX-V663 is truly a great piece of equipment for the money. Plus the Yamaha receiver is the only 1 of the 3 I looked at with a 2 year parts and labor warranty standard, (just in case). No need to buy and extended guarantee, (however if want to extend the warranty Yamaha offers 3 years for $39.99, 4 for $49.99 and 5 for $59.99, available after you Register your equipment). I ordered from Butterflyphoto for only $379 with FREE shipping and it was shipped FEDEX 2 day ground. I recommend both the Yamaha RX-V663 and Butterflyphoto strongly.

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Good blend of features, performance & price.
4 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Apr 19, 2008   

Strengths: HDMI & optical inputs. Auto calibrating feature with included microphone.

Weakness: There is no upconversion and only 2 HDMI inputs, it is still very heavy and bulky.

This system was easy to set up right out of the box. The optimizer microphone made good adjustments and the 4 listening templates were simple to alter as desired. It is also one of the few AV receivers in its price range to include a phono input - a big plus in my book. I'm not a big fan of digital sound enhancers, but Yamaha has done a nice job with theirs. Nevertheless, being sort of a purist, I prefer the straight, pure direct sound of the amp. The remote is a bit confusing, especially when it comes to controlling other components. You'd think it would be perfect with the Yamaha CD changer I bought alongside it, but I still struggled a bit, and I consider myself tech-savvy. While this is not the best option if you need a video switcher, it is a good option for a small AV system particularly where you are routing sound from multiple digital (optical) devices. And yes, like many receivers, it is so unfortunately... bulky.

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Yamaha RX-V663 A/V Receiver
5 Star Review   By member sierra_nevadas - Apr 6, 2008   

Strengths: Great value; nice features; future proof

Weakness: Only 2-HDMI inputs; cheapie OSD graphics; difficult to use speaker terminals

We were putting in 5.1 surround sound into the master bedroom, along with a set of speakers for the master bathroom. We didn't want to spend alot of money, but still wanted good sound and feature set. The receiver had to be as future proof as possible, as we will likely add a Hi Def DVD player ast some point. This just released (Spring 2008) seemed to fit the bill. Setup was fairly easy, with one exception. The speaker terminals are very deep and close together. This meant that you had to almost unscrew the terminal before you can get the speaker cable installed. My thumb and forefinger were very tired after hooking up all those cables! The on-screen-display (OSD) was fairly cheapie looking, but heck, we won't be using it much. The on-screen setup went smoothly, and I was able to configure the 5.1 surround and the B-speakers for the bathroom without consulting the manual. Same goes with renaming the inputs to a meaningful name. I really like the fact that you can configure the Zone2 to be either a separate zone, or just an extension of the main zone's A-speakers. A high-end Onkyo receiver I had would only let me do it as zone2, with separate on/off and input controls. There is an automated setup, which configures the speakers based on the placment of a microphone. Worked very nice, though it freaked out the cats with the test-tones! The receiver sounds great, and works as advertised. The remote, although small and cheap, is nice in that it easily controls the TV on/off & input selection without having to change the "remote mode". I wish the remote was backlit, however, as you can't use it in the dark. My only other knock is that it only has two HDMI inputs, which is very cheap. Come on, guys, this is 2008 and HDMI has been around for years now!

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Product Details
Description
Series Yamaha RX Type Home Theatre Receivers Color Black Power Output 95 Watts
Summary
Product Title Yamaha RX-V663 Home Theater Receiver
Manufacturer Yamaha
Power Score 4.4 | 13 Reviews
Expert Reviews
Yamaha RX-V663 A/V Receiver Overview
5 Star Review  audioholics.com - Feb 28, 2008

One thing I always say when making recommendations on AV equipment (on AV Rant or other places) is to set priorities. If you know what you need versus what you want (or what you think you want based on what other people tell you you need), you're in a much better position to buy. You might want to re-read that last sentence again. The Yamaha RX-V663 has many of the same features as the RX-V863 but with some notable omissions. First the similarities:

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Yamaha RX-V663
3 Star Review  cnet.com - Feb 3, 2009

THE GOOD: Excellent sound quality; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; Sirius- and XM-ready; control iPod onscreen using USB port; two switched AC outlets. THE BAD: Only two HDMI inputs, while competing models offers offer three or more; analog upconversion limited to 480p; poor upconversion quality; autosetup gave us an inaccurate warning; frustrating rear panel layout. THE BOTTOM LINE: The Yamaha RX-V663 sounds great, but its tough to recommend with its paltry HDMI connectivity, poor upconversion quality, and other design quirks.

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Yamaha RX-V663
4 Star Review  testseek.com - Nov 4, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 13 expert reviews for Yamaha RX-V663 and the average expert rating is 79 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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Yamaha RX-V663BL
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Jul 31, 2009

The Yamaha RX-V663 (aka Yamaha HTR-6160) is a 7.2 channel a/v receiver supporting video upconversion and HD audio decoding. The ".2" portion of the surround sound designation refers to the two subwoofer channels as opposed to the more traditional single subwoofer; there are two mono bass outputs, one for the left speakers, and one for the right. Priced at $550, the RX-V663 is the cheapest model in the RX-V or HTR series of Yamaha receivers to support both video upconversion to HDMI and HD audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and dts HD-MA. The RX-V663 can deliver 95 Watts of to each of its 7 channels, and features a second zone of audio. As for video inputs/outputs, it has 2 x HDMI 1.3a ins (1 out), 3 x component video (1 out), and 5 x S-Video/RCA input. It also features 3 x digital optical S/PDIF and 2 x digital optical audio inputs. ... PROS: (1) Excellent price - look for it for less than $500 (2) High-definition audio decoding/processing: TrueHD, HD-MA, raw LPCM (3) Video transcoding/upconversion to HDMI and component (4) Bi-ampable front stereo channels (5) 7.2 analog pre-outs ... CONS: (1) Only 2 HDMI inputs - competition has 4 (2) Does not pass BTB or WTW. However this is the case w/ all Yammie receivers currently out & hoped to be fixed w/ a firmware update.

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User Reviews
Great Receiver
4 Star Review   By member nevuz5 - Aug 23, 2008   

Strengths: Auto setup

Weakness: Large

I purchased this receiver for $336 which was a great value for what it includes. The auto setup is a breese and the menus look good. It is a bit large but so are most receivers of this quality.

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5 Star Review   By member h_c_i_a - Jul 25, 2008   

Strengths: True HD audio; HDMI 1.3

This one of the best receivers you can buy for under 400. After doing a great deal of research and testing, I narrow it down to RX-V663 and RX-V861. The are both about the same price. I desided to go with the newer RX-V663 and was not disappointed at all. The 663 has a faster processor and uses the latest technology such as HDMI 1.3 for better picture and sound. I highly recommend this receiver, you will not be disappointed.

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Great Value here....
5 Star Review   By member Virtue - Jun 15, 2008   

Strengths: Price! Surround Sound decoding Sound Quality Inputs Flexibility HDMI v1.3 support Relatively small format and heat output Good manual and product support Tons of speaker support (even 9.1) Mu

Weakness: Only 2 HDMI inputs Clips WTW and BTB (technicality that does not affect most people). Possible HDMI handshaking issues with certain equipment. Global sub crossover setting (applies to all speakers)

Yamaha's newest mid-class receiver (Spring 2008). Plenty of reviews and tech info at avsforum.com Yamaha introduces a new level of features for a real low price. You see everyone else following suit now (onkyo, pioneer, denon). For me, I'm not the video/audio-phile, but been around enough to recognize quality. This thing is real easy to use, yet can be tweaked out if you feel the need. No it cannot put out 140watts per ch nor will it upconvert video (but does pass it along to your HDMI display). These are all things you'll find in> $400 receivers. My only issue involves my STB (Fios HD DVR QIP-6416-2) where during power up, my STB changes it's video settings to 720p (after I set to 1080i). Then again, the STB expects to go right to the tv without a receiver in between. According to Yamaha support and other people with this Fios stb, the problem is in the Fios box (annoying, but hopefully Verizon/Motorola will fix). For me the 2 HDMI inputs are fine because my TV has 3 HDMI inputs with custom TV settings for each input (thus "Game Mode" for my Xbox input). Sending everything to the TV on one port defeats all this flexibility. Right now I use my 2 HDMI in's for TV and DVD. For TV I benefit from the HDMI "lip synch" feature and my DVD bitstreaming TrueHD (and other) audio streams. I will calibrate my TV/HDMI input for the DVD player and hope the TV signal looks good (minimizing TV setting changes). The Yamaha "scene" feature is great. Scene 1 has all my settings for DVD viewing, Scene 2 for Xbox and Scene 3 for TV. I'll probably make Scene 4 listen to radio.

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Great HD receiver!
5 Star Review   By member WhetWurm - May 29, 2008   

Strengths: DTS-HD Master Audio and Dolby True HD processing. HDMI 1.3 inputs, 7.2 surround sound, and calibration options up the nose.

Weakness: Auto-calibrator a bit on the quiet side. Remote is kind of cheap. Only 2 HDMI inputs.

I upgraded my AV receiver from a Sony STR-DE845 last month to this RX-V663. I don't regret it at all. I got it on sale at 6ave.com for $360 and the price was too good to pass up. It comes with all the frills (except a 3rd HDMI input) including all the buzz words. The best part about the receiver is that Yamaha didn't skimp on the components. It's got Burr-Brown parts inside (which I've read are the best... Denon's high end receivers use them). I can't take advantage of the HD audio decoding just yet because my HTPC doesn't have the HDCP audio output yet, but Blu-ray sure looks good being passed through this receiver. I just wish there were more inputs. The component inputs cannot pass 1080p through to the HDMI connection so your Xbox360 will still need to be plugged directly into the TV unless it's the Elite/Pro. All around excellent receiver.

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Excellent A/V Receiver
5 Star Review   By member Xanth2100 - Apr 26, 2008   

Strengths: Sound quality, Auto calibration to optimize each speaker Lots of options

The receiver was very easy to set up and obtained excellent sound quality from my theater room. The receiver auto calibration feature was easy to use with the supplied microphone. The system automatically determines the optimal equalizer setting for each speaker, in my case 2 fronts, center, 2 surround backs, 2 surround sides, and a subwoofer based on the location of each speaker, the room dynamics, and the speaker quality. There was a significant increase in sound quality from using it straight out of the box to after completing the auto calibration. This receiver has everything I need and includes the latest in high definition audio decoding. I highly recommend this receiver for anyone looking for an affordable high end receiver with the latest technology.

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5 Star Review   By member dentz11 - Apr 24, 2008   

Strengths: Sound, easy setup, inputs, processing.

Weakness: None so far

Love this amp. It has to be the best it the budget (sub $500) class. Was leaning towards the Onkyo 605 but, in my opinion, this amp is better. I use it with an Xbox360 and a PS3 for Bluray dvds. It handles both flawlessly. Good experience shopping through the PriceGrabber Store Front as well.

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5 Star Review   By member KevTech - Apr 22, 2008   

Strengths: HDMI video up conversion, auto setup, 2 year warranty, affordable.

Weakness: I guess if I had to say something only 2 HDMI in and no upscaling.

I was in the market for a New Home Theater Receiver with HDMI up conversion and roughly 100 watts per channel. I checked out Onkyo TX-SR605, Sony STR-DG910 and Yamaha RX-V663. All with MSRP between $500 and $600. I ruled out the Onkyo’s they run too HOT, I know because I was replacing my Onkyo HT-R520 frying pan. I ruled out the Sony because it has no Svideo inputs on it, plus mixed reviews. The Yamaha RX-V663 is awesome receiver it sounds great, (hooked up to my Klipsch speakers), looks massive and is built very well. The auto Calibration with YPAO was quick about 3 minutes and simple. I am somewhat of an audiophile and could have done it myself manually but thought I’d see how the YPAO did and it worked great. I really needed HDMI out with up conversion, my Panasonic LCD TV only has 1 HDMI in. I have a the following equipment hooked up; Dish HD DVR via HDMI, Sony PS3/BluRay via HDMI, Sony DVDR (with an VCR and DVD hooked into it) via Component video with optical cable. True the Yamaha only has 2 HDMI in and 1 HDMI out but that’s all I needed since the DVDR uses Component out. So it gets up converted thru the HDMI and it looks great even better then when the Component out went straight to the TV. I did not feel the need to spend twice as much to be able to upscale video since my main sources do (PS3 and Dish HD). When I view regular DVD’s I just pop them in the PS3, upscale done. The Yamaha RX-V663 is truly a great piece of equipment for the money. Plus the Yamaha receiver is the only 1 of the 3 I looked at with a 2 year parts and labor warranty standard, (just in case). No need to buy and extended guarantee, (however if want to extend the warranty Yamaha offers 3 years for $39.99, 4 for $49.99 and 5 for $59.99, available after you Register your equipment). I ordered from Butterflyphoto for only $379 with FREE shipping and it was shipped FEDEX 2 day ground. I recommend both the Yamaha RX-V663 and Butterflyphoto strongly.

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Good blend of features, performance & price.
4 Star Review   By member Anonymous - Apr 19, 2008   

Strengths: HDMI & optical inputs. Auto calibrating feature with included microphone.

Weakness: There is no upconversion and only 2 HDMI inputs, it is still very heavy and bulky.

This system was easy to set up right out of the box. The optimizer microphone made good adjustments and the 4 listening templates were simple to alter as desired. It is also one of the few AV receivers in its price range to include a phono input - a big plus in my book. I'm not a big fan of digital sound enhancers, but Yamaha has done a nice job with theirs. Nevertheless, being sort of a purist, I prefer the straight, pure direct sound of the amp. The remote is a bit confusing, especially when it comes to controlling other components. You'd think it would be perfect with the Yamaha CD changer I bought alongside it, but I still struggled a bit, and I consider myself tech-savvy. While this is not the best option if you need a video switcher, it is a good option for a small AV system particularly where you are routing sound from multiple digital (optical) devices. And yes, like many receivers, it is so unfortunately... bulky.

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Yamaha RX-V663 A/V Receiver
5 Star Review   By member sierra_nevadas - Apr 6, 2008   

Strengths: Great value; nice features; future proof

Weakness: Only 2-HDMI inputs; cheapie OSD graphics; difficult to use speaker terminals

We were putting in 5.1 surround sound into the master bedroom, along with a set of speakers for the master bathroom. We didn't want to spend alot of money, but still wanted good sound and feature set. The receiver had to be as future proof as possible, as we will likely add a Hi Def DVD player ast some point. This just released (Spring 2008) seemed to fit the bill. Setup was fairly easy, with one exception. The speaker terminals are very deep and close together. This meant that you had to almost unscrew the terminal before you can get the speaker cable installed. My thumb and forefinger were very tired after hooking up all those cables! The on-screen-display (OSD) was fairly cheapie looking, but heck, we won't be using it much. The on-screen setup went smoothly, and I was able to configure the 5.1 surround and the B-speakers for the bathroom without consulting the manual. Same goes with renaming the inputs to a meaningful name. I really like the fact that you can configure the Zone2 to be either a separate zone, or just an extension of the main zone's A-speakers. A high-end Onkyo receiver I had would only let me do it as zone2, with separate on/off and input controls. There is an automated setup, which configures the speakers based on the placment of a microphone. Worked very nice, though it freaked out the cats with the test-tones! The receiver sounds great, and works as advertised. The remote, although small and cheap, is nice in that it easily controls the TV on/off & input selection without having to change the "remote mode". I wish the remote was backlit, however, as you can't use it in the dark. My only other knock is that it only has two HDMI inputs, which is very cheap. Come on, guys, this is 2008 and HDMI has been around for years now!

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