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Yamaha RX-V663BL 665 Watt 7.1-Channel Home Theater Receiver
List Price: $549.95

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Product Description

High-performance Home Theater Receiver features full support for HD audio formats, HDMI video upconversion and deinterlacing, iPod and Bluetooth audio compatibility, improved YPAO, Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control), multi-zone custom installation facility, and four SCENE buttons.

Features:
  • 7-channel 665W powerful surround sound (95W x 7)
  • HDMI 1.3 with Deep Color, xv Colorspace, 1080p compatible, and support for HD Audio formats.
  • Analog video to HDMI up-conversion and also de-interlacing from 480i to 480p
  • Independent 2 Zone, 2 Source operation
  • Bluetooth music streaming using Yamaha YBA-10 Bluetooth Audio Receiver

Customer Reviews:

  • Great Receiver
    I recently bought this receiver and I am very happy with my purchase; so far my experience is great. I still have to explore other features but overall, for this price this is a very good receiver.
    I have attached JBL speakers (CS 6100) with it and the whole system is producing nice and clear sound.
    ...more info
  • Good but disappointed
    Wanted a 7.1 Channel Receiver with the new HD lossless sound to replace my Yamaha HTR-5750 and to go with a new Panasonic Blu-ray player.

    Read too many reviews of the Onkyo 606 heating up, so didn't even bother. Tried the Yamaha RX-V663. Although it had a decent sound, which is why I gave it the three stars, it would not pass the Cox Cable HD DVR signal thru to the TV. The TV just flickered like crazy. Sent it back to Amazon and got the new Denon AVR-1909, which worked perfectly. Of course it was more expensive, but I guess you only get what you pay for.

    I love Amazon.com. They took the Yamaha back and I got the Denon the next day. I will review the Denon at the Denon AVR-1909 page....more info
  • This Is The Best Receiver I ever Bought.
    I had A sony receiver 545 before, and i got it back in 1999 and had it for 8 1/2 years, it did me justed. But when i got this receiver oh man what a diffents the sound is clear and i use small polk audio speakers and the rock i watch alot of movies and they sound better the a movie theater I rents movies just because they sound sound so awsome in my house. If your looking for a great recevier this is it. I got mine on ebay back in june 2008 I paid $375.00 with free shiping that a great price scice i saw it at circuit city for $499.00. So check out ebay first and read all the fine print first. Mine was Brand New IN the Box.But some are refurb. just read the fine print real good. C-ya!! ...more info
  • A solid unit and good value.
    Santa brought me one of these to replace a pre-HDMI Sony that the display had failed on. I'm nowhere near really delving into the features of the Yamaha or cranking it up, but so far this seems like a great, versatile unit. I have the V663 running a 5.1 Sony speaker system and 50" plasma at 1080p, fed by a Panasonic Blu-Ray and Apple TV, all on HDMI. It has handled any audio format I've thrown at it, including the Blu-Ray-specific lossless formats.

    I really like the YPAO automatic speaker setup. It seems to be fool-proof, although the sound of the "natural EQ" setting seems a little too warm and organic for me. I will probably try the "flat" EQ setting eventually. Luckily the whole YPAO process takes just a few minutes.

    EDIT: I did try the "flat" EQ setting and that is indeed better. It's brighter, and that's what I was looking for. The "natural" setting cut the treble too much for my taste. I have found a caveat with the YPAO setup, though. For some reason, the V663 is a bit goofy when it comes to figuring out speaker phases. It's waffled on speakers being in or out of phase, and it is now telling me that some of my speakers are out-of-phase when I know for a fact they are not. It may be the configuration of my room that is giving the machine fits, but your best, fail-safe bet is to check the wires by hand as you are setting up your new receiver.

    My favorite thing so far is the ability to mix, match, and re-label the various inputs. I was a little worried at first because some receivers out there have more inputs available and because there is some redundancy in the Yamaha labels. For example, I was worried that if there was an HDMI input labeled "DVR" and an optical input labeled "DVR" I wouldn't be able to use the two for two different sources. No fear - I was able to cram all the above-listed equipment along with a PS2 onto the V663. For some users, though, two HDMI inputs might not be enough. I highly recommend tallying your current equipment (or planned future equipment) and sketching out how you would connect them based on available photos of the back of the V663.

    The remote is decent and I have programmed it to operate the TV, Blu-ray, and Apple TV so far. There is more customization available and I will probably try to automate it a little more for the less tech-savvy members of my household.

    It's hard to explain how something can be so very technically competent yet be simple and "no-frills" all at the same time, but I think that description fits the Yamaha RX-V663. All in all, a nice, solid unit....more info
  • Very satisfied, excellent sound
    I considered several receivers (Yamaha 663, Onkyo 606, Denon 1909) before choosing the mid-priced (of the 3) Yamaha. The Onkyo ran too hot and the sound seemed to have less depth and the Denon was a bit expensive although the feature that lowers volume of commercials seems great. After 2 weeks, I've been very impressed with the Yamaha's sound through my old Magnat speakers (stereo) and Polk surround speakers (5.1). Set up was easy with the automatic speaker calibration (YPAO); I played around with subwoofer placement and each time the calibration worked perfectly. The HDMI works great, converting and sending video/audio with a single cable from my component DVD, HDMI DirecTV HD, composite VCR, etc to my HDTV. The remote is weak so I would definitely upgrade to a Harmony-type remote. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase....more info
  • Truly versatile and great sounding receiver
    I bought this for hubby as his Christmas present. Hubby says:

    Setup
    This is a very versatile component and with versatility comes complexity. A read of the manual is mandatory. I would suggest that anyone with limited experience use the "AUTO SETUP" feature, though I did not (you can always change anything you don't like later). The inclusion of a microphone and automated level balancing and equalization capability should be a real plus for those not possessing appropriate equipment for properly setting up an audio system.

    While the "AUTO SETUP" feature looked fairly easy, it makes some assumptions about user preferences as does the default setup. As a result I chose to use "MANUAL SETUP". If you choose this option, be prepared to spend a couple of days with the instruction manual wading through all of the setup options (especially if you are picky like me). The menus are multi layered and sometimes not self explanatory but the options will let you do just about anything you want from changing sound field assignments to reassigning audio and video inputs to suit your needs. Finally a receiver where the gozintas and gozaudas can be configured to work with the rest of your system.

    Video
    The up convert and switching all work as advertised. They look great on my admittedly limited 720p monitor.

    Audio
    How does it sound? Outstanding. Bass is clean, deep and tight. Vocals are clear and very nuanced. Sound staging is broad and stable. Highs are crisp without being harsh. I did not expect this level of performance in a receiver, especially not a $500 one. It really shines with high fidelity sources. I am busy working my way through my collection of SACDs and DVD-As listening to what I missed with my previous system.
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  • Great Receiver... but Nintendo Wii owners take note
    This is a great receiver for the price...has many features only some high end models have. The sound is great, very easy to setup, and very clean design.

    Nintendo Wii owners take note
    However, one thing that was not taken into consideration is the placement of the inputs on the back. Obviously if you own a Nintendo Wii you have probably upgraded the video cables to component video for the 480p resolution. My setup includes ps3 on video1(hdmi), cable on video2(hdmi), and wii on video 3(component). The video 3 component inputs are placed soo far apart from the audio 3 inputs that any Nintendo Wii component cable will not reach both the audio inputs and the video inputs. You have to choose video with no sound or you have to run the Wii component cables directly to your tv and bypassing the receiver which really defeats the purpose of having the receiver.

    So great receiver but input placement on the back might frustrate you if you own a wii....more info
  • Yamahwow
    I LOVE this receiver!! The sound quality is unbelievable. Setting everything up was easy and with the phone help available has been invaluable....more info
  • Lots of problems with mine.
    I really wanted this receiver to work! It's feature set and sound is fantastic, expecially for the money! The unit I got had a lot of trouble switching HDMI. Lots of artifacts and digital noises. I bypassed HDMI and the unit worked OK for a few days. Then the protection circuit started turning the unit off for no reason. I connected external amps to the Preamp outs and the power problem continued. Finally it would just power on and then power off. Nothing more. Sat on hold with Yamaha for an hour. Only one return of emails with simple instructions that did not work. Switched to a Sony ES and have no problems. Sorry Yamaha....more info
  • The best bang for your receiver buck!
    I had always thought that the realm of stereos & grilling were best left to the guys. But when I finally pulled the trigger on a gorgeous 46" plasma, I realized that I couldn't wait any longer for my knight with shiny stereo equipment to show up. So I did extensive research on music and home-theater set-ups, learned what a receiver is, about bi-amping speakers, and the difference between composite, component and HDMI cables. While still solidly in the novice category, I feel I made a well informed choice with this receiver--I just love it. I'm so absolutely thrilled with my system that I look forward to going home after work to listen to music or watch a movie. I can't recommend it highly enough!

    This is the BOMB! While the instructions are not the best, it's rather easy to set up. Currently, I have my DVR, VCR, Blu-Ray player, Zune and Wii all set up to run through the receiver then to my 46" plasma. It's a fabulous set up. Music is wonderful. Movies look and sound gorgeous. The receiver does not seem to get hot (a complaint I read about the Onyko). And best of all (for me) the receiver's remote can be programmed to control all of my devices except my cable-provided cable-box/DVR and the Zune. I'm down to three remotes for all of my gear--DVR, Zune & Receiver.

    Unless you are looking for HD Radio or have some serious speakers to power, this is by far the best bang for your buck. Buy, set-up and be happy!

    Don't worry guys...the world of the grill is still all yours! :-)...more info
  • Premium Amp
    Very satisfied with sound quality and easy setup. This unit replaced a 2003 version of the Yamaha amp and the sound quality is significantly improved. You sometimes wonder if you need to upgrade these amps, but apparently so as we are very happy with the improvements in this unit. Haven't needed the 1080I upconversion, but it is a nice item to have if we ever do. HDMI all around makes cabling very easy. The use of a sensor mic in the center of the room to set up the speaker balance worked very well. Would highly recommend this unit, although you might get by with the 5.1 version just as well if thats all you need....more info
  • Excellent Value
    I bought this receiver for about $400, and couldn't be more pleased. I did much research and am convinced that there isn't better receiver in this price range.

    First of all - read the manual AND look at some of the tips available on this forum from other owners. Setting this unit up isn't difficult, but it's not exactly intuative either. That said, a picky audio guy like me loves the fact that each speaker has it's own volume control AND EQ (very important on the center channel). I love this because my home theatre room isn't a perfect acoustic setting, and these controls allow excellent compenstion for the room's failings.

    The auto set-up feature works pretty well, but I got the best sound through manual settings. Crisp, clear sound and plenty of power for my 7.1 speaker system in a 13' x 26' room with 8.5' ceiling.

    My home theatre uses a projector mounted many feet away from the unit, so being able to route my Blu-ray player, Tuner, VCR and more through the Yamaha and sending all the video signals through a single HDMI cable is a big plus. Signals coming from the composite output of the old VCR look good through the Yamaha. The Hi-Def HDMI signals from the tuner and Blu-ray are as good as anyone could hope for.

    The layout on the remote is a bit odd and the buttons are a little too close together for a guy with bit mitts. Plus some codes aren't available for my components. I have a good Universal remote, so this wasn't an issue for me, but it might be for some folks.

    If the RX-V663BL 665 had one or two more HDMI inputs, I'd have given it 5 stars....more info
  • Lots of problems with mine.
    I really wanted this receiver to work! It's feature set and sound is fantastic, expecially for the money! The unit I got had a lot of trouble switching HDMI. Lots of artifacts and digital noises. I bypassed HDMI and the unit worked OK for a few days. Then the protection circuit started turning the unit off for no reason. I connected external amps to the Preamp outs and the power problem continued. Finally it would just power on and then power off. Nothing more. Sat on hold with Yamaha for an hour. Only one return of emails with simple instructions that did not work. Switched to a Sony ES and have no problems. Sorry Yamaha....more info
  • Comparing Yamaha 663 to Onkyo 606
    I bought this receiver to replace a 7 yr old JVC DTS unit I had. I'm going to post this in order to maybe help someone who runs a similar set-up as me. First off, I have a PS3 BluRay and a cable/DVR running through the receiver into a Sony Wega 36" widescreen video source(about 5 years old with DVI imputs)and a 5.1 speaker audio source.

    A few things that DID NOT work with this set-up:

    1. I researched Sony receivers and it turns out they have a hard time running HDMI-DVI so that was out.

    2. I bought an Onkyo 606 because I really liked the 4 hdmi in's. However, my Onkyo made horrible buzzing and humming noises from WITHIN the unit. It also had a very hard time runnig a video signal from the cable box through the receiver into the TV. There were many artifacts and all out cut-outs. Also, and maybe this was my inability to figure out the function of the receiver or maybe I just had a bad one but I could not get the sound from stereo audio sources (Ipod) to get very loud. Unfortunately, I bought the Onkyo online and then had to pay to ship it back. I won't do that again. I've heard Onkyo's are good when they work and they certaily come in at a good price point but, in the end, my time was worth more than waiting for a "good" one.

    Now onto the Yamaha 663. What a dream. It sounds great. It has a great auto set-up feature which configures your speakers in about 2 min (much like the Onkyo.) I found the user interface and remote to be much easier and had NO problems running the HDMI to DVI through it. In fact, the unit auto-reconized that I was using a dvi port. I was also able to easily access FM radio and Ipod and the sound was so clear and loud that it "bumped" my Ipod almost off its stand. And I hadn't even turned it all the way up. Pretty cool.

    Well, that is all. I know there are many people who do not want to give up their Sony Wega widescreens so I hope someone benefits from this review.

    One last point. Please buy your hdmi cables and converters online. I'm all for supporting this economy but when I go to BBuy and see that they are all sold out of their $89.99 4' HDMI cables I cringe. I bought 3 10' HDMI cables and an HDMI to DVI converter online for a total of $19 shipped. Ridiculous....more info
  • Would recommend
    This has been a great receiver so far and I would easily recommend it to others.

    If you hate watching a movie only to be blasted by loud commercials (they are engineered this way by the commercial producers themselves), this receiver can help.

    Here's how you set it up:
    1) In the Setup "Volume Menu," set "Adaptive DRC" to "On"
    2) In the "Sound Menu," select "Dynamic Range" then set "Speaker" to "MIN/AUTO"

    The output of those annoying commercials you rush to mute will be greatly reduced....more info
  • The best bang for your receiver buck!
    I had always thought that the realm of stereos & grilling were best left to the guys. But when I finally pulled the trigger on a gorgeous 46" plasma, I realized that I couldn't wait any longer for my knight with shiny stereo equipment to show up. So I did extensive research on music and home-theater set-ups, learned what a receiver is, about bi-amping speakers, and the difference between composite, component and HDMI cables. While still solidly in the novice category, I feel I made a well informed choice with this receiver--I just love it. I'm so absolutely thrilled with my system that I look forward to going home after work to listen to music or watch a movie. I can't recommend it highly enough!

    This is the BOMB! While the instructions are not the best, it's rather easy to set up. Currently, I have my DVR, VCR, Blu-Ray player, Zune and Wii all set up to run through the receiver then to my 46" plasma. It's a fabulous set up. Music is wonderful. Movies look and sound gorgeous. The receiver does not seem to get hot (a complaint I read about the Onyko). And best of all (for me) the receiver's remote can be programmed to control all of my devices except my cable-provided cable-box/DVR and the Zune. I'm down to three remotes for all of my gear--DVR, Zune & Receiver.

    Unless you are looking for HD Radio or have some serious speakers to power, this is by far the best bang for your buck. Buy, set-up and be happy!

    Don't worry guys...the world of the grill is still all yours! :-)...more info
  • A Very High Quality Receiver that does what it says!
    I really did not intent to buy a Yamaha receiver. I had heard some really good things about Onkyo receivers so that was what I bought a TX-SR606 Onkyo. I really liked the idea it had 4 HDMI outputs. I got the Onkyo from Amazon hooked it up via HDMI and nothing! No picture only sound at a low level from my TV speakers, I tried everything but the only way I could get any sound or picture was using component connections. That was not going to cut it so I called Onkyo support and they said it was defective. I sent it back to Amazon with no problems except they were out of the 606's and I would have to pay more to get another one from someone else. So I move up a notch to the TX-SR806! I could not believe it when I hooked it up the exact same thing no picture!!! I really thought the problem was on my end but the HDMI would work perfect hooked up directly to my Toshiba DLP. So I sent it back and decided to go with the Yamaha and it works flawlessly with excellent sound and picture. I love the convenience of switching my video source with the remote. My only complaint is that setting up the speakers was somewhat confusing but I got it done. ...more info