Yamaha's four new AV receivers compared

Yamaha has announced four new AV receivers in its RX-V line and CNET compares the key feature differences between them.

Yamaha RX-V671
Yamaha RX-V671 Yamaha

Yamaha announced four new AV receivers yesterday in its RX-V line, ranging from the $250 RX-V371 to the $600 RX-V671. Like many other manufacturers, the higher-end RX-V671 offers a host of iPhone/iPod-related features, such as an app to control the receiver and an iPhone/iPod-compatible USB port, but no AirPlay like on the Pioneer VSX-1021-K . Here's a quick look at the key feature differences for the whole line.

Yamaha RX-V371

Yamaha RX-V371 front panel
Yamaha RX-V371 back panel
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Key features of the Yamaha RX-V371:

Yamaha RX-V471

Yamaha RX-V471 front panel
Yamaha RX-V471 back panel
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Key step-up features of the Yamaha RX-V471:

  • 5.1 AV receiver, 105 watts per channel
  • iPhone/iPod compatible USB port
  • Yamaha's YPAO automatic speaker calibration
  • $380 list price; available at the end of April

Yamaha RX-V571

Yamaha RX-V571 front panel
Yamaha RX-V571 back panel
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Key step-up features of the Yamaha RX-V571:

  • 7.1 AV receiver, 105 watts per channel
  • Six HDMI inputs, including one front-panel input
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Analog video upconversion and HDMI-to-HDMI upscaling
  • $500 list price; available at the end of April

Yamaha RX-V671

Yamaha RX-V671 front panel
Yamaha RX-V671
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Key step-up features of the Yamaha RX-V671:

  • 7.1 AV receiver, 125 watts per channel
  • Ethernet port
  • DLNA compatible
  • Pandora and Rhapsody streaming
  • Advanced graphical user interface
  • Control via iPhone or Web browser
  • Second zone audio
  • $600 list price; available at the end of May

The RX-V671 is the most interesting of the bunch, with a full suite of network-enabled features, like we've seen from competitors like the Sony STR-DN1020 , Onyko TX-NR609 , and Pioneer VSX-1021-K. From a first glance at the spec sheet, the RX-V671 seems to be in the middle of the pack in terms of networking features, with the Onkyo (with its optional $40 wireless dongle) and the Pioneer (built-in AirPlay) standing out from the pack.

It's also worth pointing out that the RX-V671 is the successor to last year's RX-V667 , which was our highest-rated midrange receiver. The RX-V667 featured excellent sound quality and a best-in-class user interface, so we're excited to get our hands on a review sample to see if the RX-V671 can improve on its predecessor.

 

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