Manufacturer: Yamaha Part number: RX-V665BL
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CNET editors' review
price range: $499.95
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 04/23/2009
- Released on: 02/25/2009
The good: Four HDMI inputs; onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; XM- and Sirius-ready; upconverts analog video signals to 1080p; automatic speaker calibration system; dual subwoofer outputs.
The bad: Similarly priced Onkyo offers six HDMI inputs; cannot assign audio inputs; poor image quality on upconverted analog video signals; doesn't sound as good as previous Yamaha receivers; onscreen display looks outdated; cluttered remote.
The bottom line: Yamaha's RX-V665BL includes more features than its predecessor, but it doesn't sound as good, has poor video upconversion quality, and doesn't let you assign digital-audio inputs.
Not too shabby
by hiryupi on November 12, 2009
Pros: HDMI switching, DSP modes, sound quality
Cons: Unassignable audio
Summary: I've had mine for 1 week now and I love it. I replaced a 9 year old Kenwood with this and couldn't be happier. I have Infinity SM ...
Summary: I've had mine for 1 week now and I love it. I replaced a 9 year old Kenwood with this and couldn't be happier. I have Infinity SM speakers and hearing the sound difference between receivers was fairly substantial. The review said last years model sounded better, but I can't imagine how. I really enjoy the DSP modes, I like the way it changes stuff up a bit. I haven't noticed the analog upconversion being too bad. I have my Wii with a composite cable and a dvd player with component cables hooked up to this and it looks acceptable. I also have my home theater PC hooked up to it through HDMI and that is fantastic as well. Overall this is a very good receiver and I do not regret the purchase. I used to be a Kenwood man, but this is my first Yamaha and I don't think I will be going back.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
OK if it does what you need, which it probably doesn't.
by mungo111 on April 25, 2011
Pros: It's cheap, and not hard to find a supplier.
Nice enough interface.
The FM (which I don't use) is amazingly good at locking onto weak signals I didn't know existed.
Cons: Analog audio output, zone 2 output, and preamp output *all* give no signal unless you are using an analog source. So, I can't use zone 2, which is what I bought it for.
This doesn't match the usual definition of "preamp out", i.e. the low level final anal
Summary: If you read the entire manual before purchase, including all the obscure footnotes, and ensure that the
inputs and outputs are in the exact combinations you will need, it seems ...
Summary: If you read the entire manual before purchase, including all the obscure footnotes, and ensure that the
inputs and outputs are in the exact combinations you will need, it seems to work fine.
An example gotcha: "When a component is connected to the PRE OUT terminals, do not connect
speakers to the SPEAKERS terminals corresponding to those PRE OUT terminals". What?!?
The sound is....OK. Noticeably worse than the NAD T775 it replaces, and noticeable crosstalk
between inputs. You can play a CD into audio 1, select audio 2, turn it up and listen just fine!
Terrible product, Worse Customer Service
by ny1krr on January 21, 2011
Pros: Nice features (if the unit actually worked
Cons: Color is way off. Customer service is terrible. Unit keeps breaking down.
Summary: At first I was happy with the unit but noticed that the color was off. Not being picky here... the startup screen for my dvd player is blue and it ...
Summary: At first I was happy with the unit but noticed that the color was off. Not being picky here... the startup screen for my dvd player is blue and it would show up purple so I would need to reset the unit until it was corrected. Even then the color just seemed off.
After 2 months the unit just stopped working. I drove 45 minutes to the closest repair center, dropped it off, and waited 3 weeks for it to get fixed. The problem was the HDMI inputs. The unit was fine for about a week and then stopped working again. Again drove 45 minutes and waited 2 weeks. They said they changed the motherboard? One month later it started acting up. The picture and sound totally cut out every once in a while. I contacted Yamaha on 10/15 and the service has been terrible. They were very slow at getting back to me. Its ben over 3 months and I'm still actually dealing with them. the staff is incompetent. They asked for the serial number THREE TIMES! Now they say that they will replace it but I have to send them my unit back first. NO EFFIN way. If its been over 3 months to get this far I probably wont get a replacement unit for another 6 months.
by CHandScott on April 25, 2010
Pros: Easy to connect for basic sound.
Cons: Interface can be complex and doesn't seem to be Mac compatible.
Summary: After 4 months of use we returned to manufacturer to correct mysterious powering down. A google search indicates were not the only ones to experience this failure. I expect more ...
Summary: After 4 months of use we returned to manufacturer to correct mysterious powering down. A google search indicates were not the only ones to experience this failure. I expect more from Yamaha and would have exchanged for another brand had if failed 90 days earlier.
It's a me thing! I love YAMAHA
by bashli61 on March 29, 2010
Pros: Less cables, Great sound, bluray playback and 2 zones.price was fair a guess i got mine from expo the sound is really great i have Yamaha fronts and center, accoustic research sub powered 150w and JVC rears and it all sounds GOOD to me...
Cons: So far none, maybe its me but i keep it simple, assigning ports and stuff i don't use. i'm not doing analog upconversion.
Summary: My set up never completed said something like phase1 ,when i check all wires were correct?? After that everthing else fell into place. Oh yeah the book is nonsense after ...
Summary: My set up never completed said something like phase1 ,when i check all wires were correct?? After that everthing else fell into place. Oh yeah the book is nonsense after a while i just did it myself.
Yamaha passes the buck
by ethantc on March 23, 2010
Pros: Features, Sound
Cons: Faulty HDMI ports, Customer service, Tech support, Warranty, Repair centers
Summary: I upgraded my Denon receiver with this Yamaha receiver to support my HDMI devices (Blu-Ray and HD cable box). I choose the Yamaha over other brands because it had certain ...
Summary: I upgraded my Denon receiver with this Yamaha receiver to support my HDMI devices (Blu-Ray and HD cable box). I choose the Yamaha over other brands because it had certain features like the 2-zones, built-in XM compatibility, and the add-on iPod dock. As soon as I got it, I set it up right out of the box and watched my first Blu-Ray in 5.1 surround sound and it was awesome. With vivid colors and earth shattering sound, I thought my neighbors might complain.
However, after only a few weeks the video stopped working! I was getting surround sound but no video. No one from Yamaha phone support could get it working. My HDMI devices worked fine when connected directly to the TV, so it was definitely an issue with the Yamaha. Tech support referred me to a Yamaha approved repair place (60 miles from my home). After the one-hour drive I was told the problem was most likely the HDMI ports and that Yamaha does not warranty them so I would have to pay out of pocket to fix them!
Say what?! The Yamaha was brand new, I watched maybe 3 movies, and now I'm coughing up cash for faulty HDMI ports?! After some Internet research I found that I'm not the only person that has had an HDMI port issue. It's actually common which makes me question Yamaha's parts.
Needless to say I will never buy another Yamaha product again, I plan on sticking with Denon, I should have never switched in the first place. Buyers beware... Yamaha should stick to making instruments and motorcycles, not consumer electronics.
Although the Yamaha offers 5-star features and sound, their customer service, support, warranty and authorized repair centers are 1-star.
- Manufacturer: Yamaha
- Part number: RX-V665BL
- Description: Yamaha RX-V665 is fully compatible with HD audio and video. It features HD audio decoding, HDMI (4 in/1 out), 1080p video upscaling. Pure Direct, YPAO, Cinema DSP 3D and custom installation features.
- Product type AV receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.1 in x 14.4 in x 6 in
- Surround System Class 7.2 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 90 Watt - 8 Ohm - THD 0.9 % - 7 channel(s) ( Surround )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Pro Logic IIx,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
Dolby Digital EX,
- THX certified Yes
- Surround Sound Effects SILENT CINEMA DSP,
Virtual CINEMA DSP,
- Sound Effects Bass Boost
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Preset Qty 17
- Input Impedance 47 KOhm
- Input Sensitivity 200 mV
- Response Bandwidth 10 - 100000 Hz
- Signal-To-Noise Ratio 100 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion 0.06 %
- Input Channel Qty 15
- Output Channel Qty 3
- Output Power (Total) 630 Watt
- Bass Control Yes
- Treble Control Yes
- Additional Features Compressed music enhancer,
XM satellite radio ready,
Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO),
Sirius satellite radio ready,
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Digital
- Tuning Display Fluorescent display
- Preset Station Qty 40
- Antenna Form Factor Loop AM / wire FM
- Additional Features Sirius satellite radio ready,
XM HD Surround Sound,
XM satellite radio ready
Inputs & Outputs
- HD connectors HDMI connection(s) on this receiver make it a great choice for your High-Def home theater. One cable carries digital audio and video data directly to your display.
- Connections 1xHeadphones-Front,
1xAudio line-in(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Front,
1xComposite video/audio input(RCA phono x 3)-Front,
4xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
1xHDMI output(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
2xComponent video input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xComponent video output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
2xSPDIF input(RCA phono)-Rear,
4xAudio line-in(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
4xComposite video input(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xComposite video/audio output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xAudio line-out(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
1xMonitor output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1x7.1 channel audio line-in(RCA phono x 8)-Rear,
7xSpeakers output(Banana/spade x 2)-Rear,
1xAudio line-out (multi zone)(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
2xSpeakers output (multi zone)(Click-fit x 2)-Rear,
1xSystem components control bus-Rear,
1xSirius satellite antenna-Rear,
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- HDMI Switching Yes
- Upscaling via HDMI Up to 1080p
- Video Conversion/Scaling Analog to HDMI up conversion
- DVD/Bul-ray upscaling Yes
- HDMI features Up to 1080p
- Built-in display Fluorescent
- Display dimmer Yes
- Type of remote control Universal remote control - Infrared
- Features Multi-brand compatibility
- Included accessories Universal remote control,
- Built-in clock Sleep timer
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 21.5 in
- Depth 17.5 in
- Height 9 in
- Weight 23.8 lbs