Yamaha recently added a fourth model to its Blu-ray lineup, and the new BD-S667 is the company's least expensive Blu-ray offering to date, with an MSRP of $329.95. We have not performed a hands-on review of the BD-S667, but here is an overview of its features. This Profile 2.0 player supports BD-Live Web functionality and BonusView/picture-in-picture playback, and it offers both onboard decoding and bitstream output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Yamaha has added a limited Web platform, which currently consists only of Netflix video-on-demand streaming; the BD-S667 is also DLNA-compliant, so you can stream media content from a connected PC or DLNA server.
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In terms of video connections, the BD-S667 offers HDMI, component video and composite video outputs (no S-video). This player supports both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 output resolutions via HDMI. The setup menu includes picture adjustments for brightness, contrast, hue, saturation and sharpness. Audio outputs include HDMI, optical and coaxial digital, and 2-channel analog. The BD-S667 has onboard Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, and it also passes these high-resolution audio formats in their native bitstream form over HDMI, for your A/V receiver to decode. The player lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so the only way to pass decoded high-resolution audio formats is via HDMI.
The BD-S667 supports the BD, DVD, CD audio, AVCHD, WMV, WMA, MP3 and JPEG formats. You can add the player to your home network using the back-panel Ethernet port; this model is not WiFi-ready. The BD-S667 lacks internal memory to store BD-Live features; dual USB ports (one on the front, one on the back) have been provided for this purpose. These ports also support WMV, WMA, MP3 and JPEG playback. The BD-S667 offers a remote input and output for integration into an advanced control system. The unit is also compatible with the SCENE function available in many Yamaha receivers, which automatically launches a series of codes for certain tasks like "DVD Viewing."
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