Review: Yamaha RX-V663 receiver wows us with sound, but still disappoints

CNET reviews the Yamaha RX-V663 AV receiver, and although we loved it's sound quality, it had too many shortcomings for a wholehearted recommendation.

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For most home theater enthusiasts, midrange AV receivers represent the best value, and the Yamaha RX-V663 falls right into the midrange class. When we first set up the RX-V663 in the CNET listening room, our first impressions were positive, as it bested the Sony STR-DG920 in a head-to-head test.

On the other hand, we ultimately found it hard to recommend due to its paltry HDMI connectivity, poor upconversion quality, and other design quirks. If you're all about sound quality and can put up with these issues, the RX-V663 is worth looking at; otherwise, you'll probably be better off with one of its competitors, such as the aforementioned Sony, the Pioneer VSX-1018AH or Onkyo TX-SR606.

Read the full review of the Yamaha RX-V663 .

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