Manufacturer: Yamaha Part number: RX-V375
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as of 03/11/2014
CNET editors' take
Good Value, Good Sound
by Justin-Lee on January 4, 2014
Pros: + Price!
+ YPAO at this price level
+ Great, clean sound
+ Enough ports and connections for any average HT setup
+ 3D and 4K video Support
+ HDMI CEC
+ Simple, but with the additional features and capabilities if you need/want them
Cons: - No Bluetooth
- The use of the "Scenes" can be a little confusing when also using raw inputs without the scenes
Summary: Even what is considered to be a "lower end" receiver today will likely have more features than you want or need. This Yamaha offering is no exception. I picked this ...
Summary: Even what is considered to be a "lower end" receiver today will likely have more features than you want or need. This Yamaha offering is no exception. I picked this up locally when it was on sale and saved a few bucks. If you are looking for the short answer, the only reason I could imagine spending more and getting a bigger one would be if I had a huge, huge room and massively inefficient speakers to drive. This thing is plenty powerful for the average viewing room, and sounds really good.
Now to hit the high spots: What I like best about this receiver is the sound quality. It is nice and clean, crisp, and has pretty incredible imaging if you are upgrading from a regular 2 channel stereo. Loud volumes can be attained without sounding strained or irritating. In fact, I sometimes find myself listening at volumes much, much higher because it doesn't fatigue me the way that my previous system did. For those who like to tweak, there is an entire array of sound presence adjustments that allow you to alter the perceived acoustics of your room, creating anything from a "club" ambience to that of a huge concert hall or arena. These are fun to experiment with, but I don't find myself changing them much in day to day use. Likewise with the tone controls and equalizer settings; But it's all there if you need it.
A few things I don't really care for, keeping in mind I am picking at it: First is the size...Everything else on the shelf with this unit is slimmed down, I know it can done, I would be thrilled if this thing was half as tall as it is; you might have to utilize a fan to accomplish this. On a related note, I have to mention the feet, which I believe to be leftovers from 70's turntable models; very cool, but there is no stylus or tonearm to protect! Display: More on screen info, bigger and better would be helpful-with a way to turn it on or off. Others have mentioned some puny speaker terminals; I agree. Lastly, I still believe every single one of these receivers (any brand, any model)is overly complicated, cluttered, and unnecessarily overwhelming considering its purpose.
Which brings me to my pet peeve on this model.....The Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO). WOW, that's a mouthful!!! I don't mean to belittle those who find this feature useful, but I think you've been had! The purpose is to balance the room acoustics automatically by using the included microphone and running a test function which produces a series of sound effects from a 1950's Sci-Fi movie. It then produces some on-screen data which, in my case indicated a phasing problem. After re-verifying correct phasing in all channels, I read back through the manual's explanation of this, which tells you that it "might" indicate a phase problem, or in some cases, "your phasing may be OK, in which case you can ignore the message". So it's pretty obvious that engineering discovered after the fact that it doesn't really work, and changed the manual rather than fix it. I would have been more impressed if you had kept your little microphone and gave me another 20 bucks off- save everybody some time, too.
All in all, this is a great sounding receiver and a lot of fun to use- a HUGE improvement in my home theater setup.
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- Manufacturer: Yamaha
- Part number: RX-V375
- Product type AV receiver
- Surround System Class 5.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 100 Watt,
- Built-in Decoders Dolby TrueHD,
DTS HD Master Audio
- Additional Features YPAO sound optimization,
Cinema DSP Digital,
Compressed music enhancer,
iPod and iPhone compatible
- HDMI features 4K pass through ,
3D pass-through ,
Audio return channel (ARC) ,
Deep Color ,
Auto lip-sync ,
24Hz Refresh rate