Yamaha BD-S667 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Published On: August 8, 2010
Last Updated on: October 31, 2020
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Yamaha BD-S667 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

Yamaha's new entry-level player has added a couple of worthwhile features--namely, Netflix video-on-demand and DLNA streaming. However, the BD-S667 ($329.95) lacks some options you can find in less-expensive models, such as 3D support and WiFi-readiness.

Yamaha BD-S667 Blu-ray Player Reviewed

By Author: Adrienne Maxwell
Adrienne Maxwell is the former Managing Editor of HomeTheaterReview.com, Home Theater Magazine, and HDTVEtc.com. Adrienne has also written for Wirecutter, Home Entertainment Magazine, AVRev.com, ModernHomeTheater.com, and other top specialty audio/video publications. She is an ISF Level II-certified video calibrator who specializes in reviews of flat-panel HDTVs, front video projectors, video screens, video servers, and video source devices, both disc- and streaming-based.

Yamaha-BD-667-Blu-ray.gifYamaha 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.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Find an AV receiver to pair with the BD-S667.

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."

Read about the high points and low points of the BD-S667 on Page 2.

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High Points
• The BD-S667 supports 1080p/24 playback of Blu-ray discs.
• The player has internal Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding and can pass these formats in bitstream form over HDMI.
• It supports BD-Live Web content and can play picture-in-picture bonus content.
• The BD-S667 includes Netflix VOD and DLNA media streaming.
• It has remote control in/out ports.

Low Points
• The BD-S667 lacks multichannel analog audio outputs, so it's not the best choice for someone who owns an older, non-HDMI A/V receiver.
• The player lacks internal memory, so you must add your own USB storage device.
• It doesn't support wireless connectivity to your home network, and its Web platform is limited, compared with the competition.

Competition and Comparison
For some competitors of the Yamaha BD-S667 Blu-ray player read our reviews of the Samsung BD-C7900 Blu-ray player and the Panasonic DMP-BDT100 Blu-ray player. You can also find more information in our Blu-ray Player section. Discuss Blu-ray players at hometheaterequipment.com.

Conclusion
Slowly but surely, Yamaha is catching up with the competition in terms of Blu-ray pricing and features, but they aren't quite there yet. Yes, this model adds DLNA media streaming and Netflix, but you can still find less-expensive players that include 3D-readiness, WiFi, internal storage, and/or a larger assortment of Web-based services. If those particular features aren't important to you and you're looking for a nice counterpart to your Yamaha receiver, the BD-S667 is a logical choice.

Additional Resources
• Read more Blu-ray player reviews from HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Find an AV receiver to pair with the BD-S667

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