Summary: Yamaha's RX-V667 is one of the best mid-range AV receivers of 2010, with excellent sound quality, a best-in-class user interface and more connectivity than its competitors, but it may be more AV receiver than you need.
Pros: Excellent sound quality, Six HDMI inputs, Best-in-class graphical user interface, Analog video upconversion, Audio return channel supported, Standby pass-through, 7.1 multi-channel analog inputs, 3D compatible, Second-zone functionality
Cons: Requires dock for iPod/iPhone connectivity, More expensive than some competitors
Excerpt: Just taking the Yamaha RX-V667 from its box and sniffing around is enough to make us pleasantly disposed towards it. It's nothing amazing to look at – inoffensive, sure, and nicely finished, but really not special – and the remote is the usual too-many-buttons-on-too-small-a-stick affair.
Pros: Extensive spec, good build and finish, detailed, atmospheric listen, fine upscaling
Cons: Might seem dispassionate at first, needs volume to come alive
Excerpt: The new models in Yamaha’s RX-V series of AV receivers continue in the company’s high performance/price ratio tradition, and offer at least one surprising feature I did not expect to see so early in the development of their main new technology. Most importantly, they serve up the major new features of the HDMI 1.4 specification — Blu-ray 3D support and the Audio Return Channel.