Fire up the RX-V367 and it’s a surprisingly feisty little performer, able to deliver drama and excitement in spades. With Iron Man on Blu-ray (decoded into PCM beforehand by our Samsung deck) the Yamaha digs up a healthy amount of detail, offers perky top-end frequencies and underpins the action with muscular bass tones. Sometimes the sound is a little bright at loud volumes, lacking the extra poise afforded by the RX-V467, but at this price it would be churlish to complain.
During the climactic showdown between Tony and Obadiah, the soundstage is breathtakingly busy and expansive, with beautifully steered and precisely-placed effects – at times it’s hard to believe you’re listening to a sub-£200 receiver. The V367 demonstrates potency as it relays relentless machine gun fire and roaring jetpacks (there’s 5 x 120W under the bonnet), as well as admirable agility as the Iron Men stomp and clank their way around the soundstage.
Voices are convincingly reproduced with a dynamic, forthright tone that can cut through the busiest of scenes and there’s pleasing cohesion between the front, centre and subwoofer channels. This also lends itself well to music playback – Incognito’s latest CD Transatlantic RPM is a melting pot of buttery soul and jazz, which sounds suitably smooth and polished through the Yahama’s circuits. Snare drums snap, slap basses sound crisp and the wailing vocals have a pleasingly natural tone. It could probably do with a little more heft in the bass department but overall the RX-V367 is musically competent. We played around with the DSP modes, which are fun to experiment with, but anyone serious about their music will stick to Straight mode.
If you’re looking for an affordable AV receiver that’s ready for 3D if and when you decide to upgrade, then the RX-V367 is a decent bet. It’s easy to use, sound quality is admirable for such a budget-conscious machine and with so many audio tweaks on board – not to mention auto calibration – you’re sure to find a sound to suit. Some may take issue with the relatively low connections count and lack of HD audio decoding, but if you have a Blu-ray deck with the relevant decoding the latter isn’t a major issue. As a result, the RX-V367 deserves to be filed under ‘bargain’.