Onto sound quality and the RX-V467 is a gifted performer for the money. Obviously it’s not in the same league as the pricier Onkyo TX-SR608, lacking the same smoothness and authority, but it still enthrals and entertains with an effortlessness that comes with decades of home cinema expertise.
Skip to Children Of Men’s incredible finale in the Bexhill refugee camp and the Yamaha orchestrates the action brilliantly. Gunshots pop from the rear channels with amazing clarity and faultless placement, while the screaming voices and scattering rubble sound alarmingly real. The soundstage is open and expansive, conveying a sense of position and distance that makes you feel surrounded. All the while the score’s haunting, atmospheric choral voices drift across the soundstage. Superb stuff.
Performance across the front channels is also pleasing. Machine gun bullets fire forth with plenty of bite, while voice reproduction is terrific – the sound of the baby crying as Theo and Kee make their way through the Army soldiers is crystal clear. It may not dig out the very last scintilla of detail or sparkle in the same way as the Onkyo but it’s enjoyable nonetheless.
When a bomb blows open the entrance to the tower block, the explosion makes a sudden and powerful impact. Not the terrifying, full-bodied room shaker you get from some other receivers, but there’s enough weight behind it to raise the pulse by a few BPM.
Switching over to Avatar, its reproduction of the Battle For Pandora scene is suitably dynamic and expansive, although the sound is noticeably sharper and terser than the Onkyo, which doesn’t always make for an easy listen, particularly when marines are blasting at Na’vis with the volume cranked up high.
However, we love the Yamaha’s music performance – slick and punchy with good top-end detail, excellent timing and nimble, bouncy low-end frequencies. Q-Tip’s The Renaissance on CD is a flurry of head-nodding hip-hop beats, clean vocals and hefty bass.
All in all, the RX-V467 is a very likeable receiver with enough sonic talent to make both movies and music sound great. Although it doesn’t push the boat out with features, the inclusion of four 3D-ready HDMIs, auto calibration and HD audio decoding should be enough to satisfy most people’s needs, particularly at this sort of price.