- Easy to use
- Admirable sound quality
- Fiddly speaker cable connections
- Small remote control buttons
- No HD audio decoding
Review Price £159.99
Manufacturer: Yamaha UK
The RX-V367 may be the entry-level model in Yamaha’s latest line-up (sitting just below the impressive RX-V467) but despite its bargain basement price tag it’s equipped to handle 3D signals. This surprising discovery means that you can bag yourself a futureproofed audio hub and still have enough cash left over to buy all of those 3D Blu-ray movies currently flooding onto the market. Er... or maybe you could just stick it in the piggy bank until they arrive. But seriously, finding an AV receiver equipped with a healthy number of HDMI v1.4 inputs at this price is not to be sniffed at, but it’ll count for nothing if its other features and performance aren’t up to scratch.
On the aesthetic front, the RX-V367 is a pleasant-looking unit that’s available in black, titanium and silver. Our black sample is sleek and unimposing; the sort of neutral styling that won’t look out of place next to your other black AV components.
The front panel is fairly busy, with a bevy of buttons and sockets on the lower half and a large, easy to read display panel on the top half. Among the buttons are input selection keys as opposed to a dial, which let you toggle through connected sources, plus tone control and a button marked ‘Straight’, which disappointingly doesn’t control the unit’s sexual preference but actually allows you to bypass its many enhanced listening modes. You also get four keys for Yamaha’s Scene feature, which allow you to carry out a series of commands at the touch of a button, just like a macro.
Among the front connections are composite video and analogue stereo inputs, a headphones jack and a minijack input for MP3 players and other audio devices. On the back, the socketry selection is slightly less generous than the RX-V467 but not by much. Like its bigger brother the V367 offers four HDMI v1.4 inputs and one output, plus two sets of component inputs, but you get three composite video inputs as opposed to the V467’s four. Yamaha hasn’t skimped on audio sockets, offering three analogue stereo inputs (and two outputs), four digital inputs (two optical, two coaxial) and a subwoofer pre-out.
However there are some significant differences – the RX-V367 lacks a connection for Yamaha’s iPod and Bluetooth universal adapters, as well as the surround back pre-outs found on the V467. The least welcome downgrade is the inclusion of springclip speaker terminals for the centre and surrounds, leaving binding posts for the front pair only. It took ages to feed our fat speaker cables into the tiny springclip holes and once connected they didn’t offer the sort of secure, roust connection we hoped for. These cutbacks are inevitable for the money but are the sort of thing that might just tempt you to splash out a little more for the step-up model.