Summary: I was looking to upgrade my older Yamaha RX-V663 to improve upon the number of HDMI inputs and outputs and provide airplay. This system fit the bill and provided more options at a reasonable price. The included Wi-Fi adapter has proven to be a nice addition to our ability to play music from most wi-fi devices using the Yamaha app. The app allows you to control the receiver as long as you are connected to the network.
Awesome piece of technology. Warning re: audio outputs
16 January 2014
Summary: I just sat down with my iPhone and started playing music in my kitchen using the dual amp, AirPlay, and awesome app for this amp. This can be done while the amp is supplying home theater sound to the TV room - AT THE SAME TIME! Sweet. now here is my first review dwelling on the audio out disappointment... Make sure you understand that none of the digital audio sources will provide any analog audio output from this device.
Summary: I spent the past few months researching the various AVRs and decided I wanted to go with Yamaha. I owned several Sony's in the past and found that the reliability and longevity was not there on the lower end units. The idea of a networked receiver really appealed to me and I narrowed down my choice to the Yamaha 673.
Pros: Does more than in the description. My setup has 2 zones. One for 5.1 surround and other for 2.1. Party mode manages flawlessly movie experience to music. Using PolkAudio bookshelf speakers, one center and subs.
Cons: User experience a bit funny. No custom wallpaper. Only 4 scene presets but I have 6 devices connected. DVD, iPod, WII, XBMC, Pandora, Cable box
Summary: My unit is situated out of site, so the IR remote can not connect directly. I use a basic IR repeater (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2C516M4574) pluged directly into the back of the Yamaha to control it.
Pros: * Total control can be done through the iOS App (no idea about Android) - I can turn on internet radio from anywhere - zone2 is hooked up to the whole-house sound system) and I don't have to go hunting for the remote :)
Cons: * It doesn't airplay video, only audio ... (the photos are slightly misleading show an image on the iPad - although I realise that's probably an album cover)
Summary: I don't understand how people have issues with the YWA-10 wireless adapter that is included with this Yamaha reciever. JUST follow the manual setup procedure described in the little instruction pamplet you connect to a PC first and follow a few simple steps a child could do it. If you threw out the instructions just Google "YWA-10 manual setup". Wireless connectivity is strong and the Internet radio station feature works great and displays the album art too.
Pros: Superb sound quality easy speaker setup and very powerful. Wireless works great if you read and follow the directions and do the manual setup procedure by connecting to a PC. A child could do it.
Summary: My last "home theater" system was a Sony HTIB. So, I am no audiophile. But to me, the sound quality is excellent from this system - I'm driving a Polk 25C center, Polk PSW10 subwoofer, Polk New Monitor 65Ts for front L/R (all Polks from newegg) and cheaper in-wall speakers for the surrounds, from another vendor. I might upgrade those to Polks too.
Pros: Great audio power and quality
Cons: Not the absolute latest model? Doesn't bother me much.