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Yamaha RX-V367 review

A rock-bottom price and decent sound excuse this AVR's lack of HD decoding

Our Verdict

For

  • Four HDMI inputs
  • Ridiculous price point

Against

  • No HD audio decoding
  • Touches of brightness in performance
  • Springclip terminals
  • No OSD

With a price that dips below £200 from some online retailers, the Yamaha RX-V367 is the cheapest AVR in our roundup and solid evidence that you don't have to pay through the nose for 3D-readiness.

Support comes in the form of four HDMI v1.4 inputs and one output, which is generous enough to fit your 3D player, Sky box and games console, leaving one for future expansion. The look is classic Yamaha.

A moody black finish and sharp angled lines are the order of the day (it also comes in titanium and silver) while the front panel is a hive of activity, with buttons, displays and sockets aplenty.

Most noteworthy are the 'Straight' button, which bypasses the unit's listening modes, and four Scene macro buttons. On the back, there's evidence of cost-cutting in the shape of springclip terminals for the centre and surround channels and no iPod dock connection or surround back pre-outs.

But the lineup of other sockets is useful, with four digital audio inputs being a highlight. There's no on-board HD audio decoding, though, which means Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks have to be decoded by your player beforehand. This isn't a major problem if you trust your deck's own abilities, but does make you wonder how the others managed it at a similar price.

Redeeming factors

Yamaha makes up for this with an obscene amount of sound modes and virtual surround processing, plus the YPAO auto calibration that makes it a cinch to optimise.

The lack of onscreen menus is a shame, but the logically structured front-panel display makes it easier to set up than you might expect. And, aside from a few undersized buttons, the remote is also terrific.

In general, there can be few complaints about the RX-V367's sound quality for the money, although it inevitably lacks the sonic polish that turns a good receiver into a great one. The sound is dynamic and detailed; the receiver digs out the subtleties during Avatar's many rainforest scenes, filling the soundstage with distant cries and swirling ambience.

Fluid rear-channel steering and crisp separation makes for an absorbing listen. Voices are prominent and cleanly detached from the rest of the action, while punchy bass response lends decent depth to the explosions and gunfire during the Battle for Pandora scene.

However, this scene also exposes brightness in loud high-frequencies that betrays its budget price tag. But if you can tolerate this and work around the lack of HD audio decoding, then the RX-V367 makes a decent purchase.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeA/V Receiver
Frequency BandAM, FM
Audio Channels5.1
RMS Output Power180 W
PMPO Output Power500 W
Number of Digital Optical Inputs4
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL
Number of HDMI Inputs4
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS HD, DTS-ES, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS 96/24, DTS Neo:6
Brand NameYamaha
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
HDMIYes
Height152.4 mm
Width435 mm
Depth314.3 mm
ColourBlack
ManufacturerYamaha Corporation
Product ModelRXV367
Product NameRXV367 A/V Receiver
Manufacturer Part NumberRXV367BLACK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.yamaha.com/
Marketing Information

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the first and only industry-supported, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface. With the ability to deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video via a single cable, HDMI dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide consumers with the highest-quality home theater experience. HDMI can provide an interface between any audio/video source, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver and an audio and/or video monitor, such as a digital television (DTV), over a single cable. Depending on the model of product, HDMI can support standard, enhanced, or high-definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. It can support all currently-available compressed audio formats (such as Dolby Digital and DTS) and most newer HDMI devices can support lossless digital audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Package Contents
  • RX-V367 A/V Receiver
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • Indoor FM Antenna
  • Video AUX Input Cover
Limited Warranty2 Year
Additional Information
  • SCENE buttons with direct power on (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) quick and simple to use
  • Auto power down function with variable time setting
  • Initial Volume Setting and Maximum Volume Setting
  • Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-240ms)
  • High dynamic power
Weight (Approximate)7.48 kg