It takes a brave AV receiver to enter the TrustedReviews Dragon’s Den so soon after the awe-inspiring Onkyo TX-SR608 has made its pitch, but Yamaha is no slouch in the AV receiver market and we’re expecting similarly good things from the 3D-ready RX-V467.
It’s the step-up version of Yamaha’s entry-level RX-V367, adding Blu-ray HD audio decoding, more connections and a few other treats to the feature list. There are six other models higher up Yamaha’s 2010 range – the RX-V567, V667, V767, V1067, V2067 and V3067 – but at around £300 the RX-V467 is ideal for people who want an affordable audio hub to go with their Blu-ray deck but don’t necessarily need all the bells and whistles.
As per usual there’s a choice of black and silver finishes, and both are highly fetching. But don’t approach it expecting stark minimalism or esoteric elegance – the front panel of our black sample is a straight up tech-fest with a shining LED panel, exposed sockets, buttons dotted all over the place and a whacking great volume dial on the right-hand side.
The buttons include controls for the built-in radio tuner, input selection and four buttons linked to Yamaha’s convenient Scene feature. These work like macros, turning on the receiver and a connected component, selecting the right sound mode and starting playback all at the touch of a button. You can programme these to work with any input source and sound mode. Front-mounted socketry includes a headphone port, component/analogue stereo inputs, a minijack input for MP3 players and a socket for the YPAO auto calibration mic.
Rear connectivity is exactly what you’d expect at this price, covering most bases without pushing the boat out. You get four HDMI inputs – all of which are V1.4 and therefore support 3D signals and the Audio Return Channel feature – and one output. Because this is a 5.1-channel receiver, there are just five pairs of binding posts (banana plug compatible) and a single subwoofer pre-out.
Also on the back are two sets of component video inputs, four composite video inputs, four analogue stereo inputs and four digital audio inputs (two optical, two coaxial). Outputs include component video, two composite video, stereo audio and pre-outs for surround back channels that let you upgrade to a 7.1-channel setup. The RX-V467 will also support Yamaha’s optional wireless Bluetooth receiver (YBA-10) and universal iPod docks (YDS-12 or YDS-11) – a port for these is also included on the back.