This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

First Look: Yamaha RX-V663

About Video Transcript

First Look: Yamaha RX-V663

1:31 /

The Yamaha RX-V663 sounds great, but it's tough to recommend with its paltry HDMI connectivity, poor upconversion quality, and other design quirks.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Matthew Moskovciak, Senior Associate Editor at CNET.com and this is the Yamaha RX-V663. Now this is a midrange AV receiver and it includes most of the basic features that you'd expect to see in this price class. It has onboard decoding for both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio and if you flip it around back you'll see it has a two HDMI inputs and an HDMI output, which is capable of upconverting analog signals to 480p. Now that sounds pretty good, but if you compare it to other receivers in its price class, it's actually a little lacking. Most receivers actually include three or four HDMI inputs and they also offer analog upconversion all the way up to 1080i or 1080p. The other thing that we didn't like about the Yamaha was its confusing rear panel lay out. All the audio inputs were on one side and all the video inputs were on the other side. So when you're connecting your gear, you're going to have a little bit of a nest of cables behind there. Now the one thing we couldn't complain about on the RX-V663 was its sound quality. We actually found it sounded pretty good compared to the other receivers in the price class, so this is one area where it stood out. However, even with the great sound quality, we found it hard to recommend the Yamaha given its paltry HDMI connectivity and some of its design quirks. I'm Matthew Moskovciak, from CNET.com and this is the Yamaha RX-V663. ^M00:01:29 [ Music ]

New releases

McLaren P1: Harbinger of the hybrid supercar revolution (CNET On Cars, Episode 58)
23:31 January 30, 2015
McLaren P1 on the track and on the street, CNET Style. How engines get their names and what it means. Also: CNET's Top 5 cars of last...
Play video
Boost's ZTE Speed is a 4.5-inch, low-priced Android
1:07 January 30, 2015
Featuring a 5-megapixel camera, a quad-core CPU, and a 4.5-inch display, the ZTE Speed is one of Boost's prepaid bargain Androids.
Play video
The LaCie Mirror is perfect for narcissists
2:14 January 30, 2015
CNET editor Dong Ngo totally likes what he sees when looking at the one-of-a-kind LaCie Mirror portable drive. And that's because (you...
Play video
Rid your Android quick settings menu of oddball toggles
1:17 January 30, 2015
CNET's Dan Graziano shows you how to fix one of the most annoying features in Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Play video
Beats Pill XL: Bigger Bluetooth speaker justifies its premium price
1:25 January 30, 2015
We weren't such big fans of Beats' original Pill, but the company's jumbo-sized model is well designed and performs much better.
Play video
Facebook using beacons to show location 'tips'
2:50 January 30, 2015
Social network's new app feature sends location tips to your feed using GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons. Meanwhile, your home Internet...
Play video
Testing out 'Insane Mode' in the Tesla P85D, Ep. 190
4:28 January 30, 2015
This week we get all nostalgic with the Prynt smartphone case that makes your iPhone work like a Polaroid camera, we learn some scary...
Play video
Nvidia G-Sync is a smooth move for PC games
3:01 January 30, 2015
The right graphics card and a G-Sync monitor can make games look better.
Play video