Yamaha recently updated a large portion of their home theater receiver line-up, giving them newly restyled displays, updated features and, in some cases, a lower retail price. The RX-V765, reviewed here, falls into the before-mentioned category. I must say the changes are welcome, not to mention affordable, as the RX-V765 retails for $649.95.
The RX-V765 looks every bit a Yamaha receiver with its no-muss no-fuss matte black finish and exposed hard controls. It's not a stylish or sleek receiver, more function than form if I'm honest, but the new display window is far improved over the old amber-colored-what-does-that-say displays on Yamaha receivers of yore. The new display color is a bluish-white and is far more legible and thoughtfully laid-out than the previous version, a nice upgrade. Also nice is the inclusion of "scene" buttons, which are pre-programmed macros that simplify day-to-day use for applications such as watching a Blu-ray, TV, listening to a CD and listening to the radio. Another nice feature is the inclusion of a front-mounted aux jack for use with a portable music player, such as an iPod. The RX-V765 can interface fully with an iPod, using Yamaha's own iPod dock (sold separately). However, it is no longer the sole way to connect an iPod to the Yamaha receiver. The RX-V765 is also Bluetooth-ready and, with the help of Yamaha's Bluetooth receiver dongle (sold separately), the RX-V765 supports A2DP audio streaming from Bluetooth-enabled devices. With regard to portable devices and lower-resolution audio formats, the RX-V765 features Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer sound format, which does exactly what its name implies: making MP3s and the like sound better than they do or should. Does it work? Yes.
On top of some of the RX-V765's new features, a score of old favorites are also present, such as Yamaha's wonderful YPAO automated room EQ software, which is similar to the Audyssey system found on many competitor receivers though, if I'm honest, is far better. The RX-V765 features full 1080p video upscaling of all video sources, analog and digital, through its single HDMI monitor out. In terms of HDMI, the RX-V765 has four HDMI inputs, which are just enough for most consumers right now, though a fifth would be nice. The RX-V765 can play back all of the latest surround sound formats, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as all previous incarnations of the Dolby and DTS sound formats.
In terms of power, the RX-V765 isn't a mega-watt receiver, but its 95 watts per channel across all seven channels are strong enough to power most modern loudspeakers available today. The RX-V765 also has the ability to power a simple yet effective home audio distribution system for an additional room elsewhere in your home.
Read about the high points and low points of the RX-V765 on Page 2.