Yamaha has four new recievers coming to stores, in addition to their previously announced RX-V377. All feature 3D and 4K pass-though plus Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding. Three of the recievers feature built-in wi-fi and each feature one MHL-compatible HDMI input.
The onslaught of Spring home theater product announcements continue. As a follow-up to its previously announced RX-V377 entry-level receiver, Yamaha has revealed the rest of its new RX-V line receivers for 2014, the RX-V477, RX-V577, RX-V677, and RX-V77BT.
All of the new receivers feature 3D and 4K pass-through, Audio Return Channel, and Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, as well as AirSurround Xtreme-based Virtual Cinema Front audio processing for those that would rather place all their speakers in the front of the room.
All four receivers are iPod/iPhone compatible and include Yamaha's convenient SCENE mode selection. The SCENE mode is a set of preset audio equalization options that work in conjunction with input selection.
In addition, to make receiver and speaker setup easier, all the receivers have an on-screen menu display and Yamaha's YPAO automatic speaker setup function.
The RX-V677 and RX-V77BT also include analog to HDMI video conversion and both 1080p and 4K upscaling. Also, the HDMI inputs/outputs on the RX-V677 and 777BT are HDMI 2.0 compliant and each have one HDMI input that is MHL-compatible. This feature allows user to connect compatible portable devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, directly to the receiver via the MHL-enabled HDMI port (see list of compatible devices). Also, the RX-V77BT has two parrallel HDMI outputs.
Some of the added features on all receivers include network connectivity, which allows streaming of audio files stored on a PC and access to Internet Radio services (Pandora, Spotify, vTuner, and on the RX-V677 and 777BT Rhapsody and Sirius/XM), as well as both Apple Airplay and HTC Connect.
The big bonus feature for 2014 is the inclusion of built-in WiFi in the RX-V577, 677, and 777BT. However, this feature can be added to the RX-V477 via optional USB WiFi Adapter. All of the receivers also provide internet/network connectivity by Ethernet as well, should you prefer that option.
It is also important to note that the RX-V777BT comes packaged with a plug-in Bluetooth Adapter. This option is available on the other receivers at an additional cost.
As far as the basics go, the RX-V477 has 5.1 Channels (80WPCx5 - measured from 20Hz to 20Khz, with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $449.95 (Official Product Page - Coming Soon).
The RX-V577 has 7.2 Channels (80WPCx7 - measured from 20Hz to 20Khz, with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $549.95 (Official Product Page - Coming Soon)
The RX-V677 has 7.2 Channels (90WPCx7 - measured from 20 to 20Khz with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $649.95 (Official Product Page - Coming Soon)
The RX-V777BT has 7.2 Channels (95WPCx7 - measured from 20 to 20Khz with 2 channels driven - .09% THD) and carries an SRP of $849.95 (Official Product Page - Coming Soon).