Summary: The unit itself is great. It has so many functions it would be hard to find a way not to connect your device to it. Two things I wish were better about the unit are the look and function of the on screen menus (they feel outdated and don't look the best) And the remote that comes with the device I would recommend this device to anyone however is the small con's don't completely negate the quality of the machine.
Summary: Excellent receiver (my second Yamaha). I do have an issue with getting the sensor box to play my iPad and iPhone, even w assistance fr Yamaha and Apple customer service. Both say it SHOULD work. But does not.
Summary: Sound is very good. Set up is easy but 2nd zone can't use HDMI inputs so you have to wire no digital inputs if you want to use them in 2nd zone. Also HDMI inputs only go to HDMI outputs. I have never been able to get the wireless receiver to work even with several requests from Yamaha. I have tried Mac airport for the wireless input but even that doesn't connect the receiver to the internet. A good unit but not great.
Summary: This is truly awesome! It has replaced my bullet-proof Denon 3805. I plugged it in, connected the speaker cables (with banana plugs), re-arranged my HDMI cables (the Denon did not have HDMI switching), connected my network cable to the back and instantly had access to Net radio features. I downloaded the Sony AV app and put the local ip address (discovered in DHCP and I switched to static using same numbers) and the android app worked! Same with my wife's I phone app!
Pros: Internal Pandora, Airplay, Netradio. Party mode!
Cons: Could have omitted the wireless external access point
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.
Summary: I received my receiver about 6 weeks ago but I had to take it to an authorized repair shop in town (fortunately I'm not too far from one) because the FM receiver funtions are not working- no channels, no speakers recognized. I would have returned it to Amazon but I missed the 30 day return window by a day. I did have a chance to check out the web-based FM stations and I am pleased with the user interface for those stations- easy enough to navigate.
Summary: Overall I am very impressed with this receiver. One issue I would caution people is that I have a 20ft connection to my TV on HDMI 1 (ARC Primary - Samsung 55 LED), which works fine as it's cabled with the latest 1.4a HDMI standard cables and connectors. Over the weekend I tried to connect a second TV (Sony 44 LCD) to HDMI 2 and use Party Mode. All I would get is an occasional flicker of both screens.
Sounds good but be careful about your speaker choice
11 April 2013
Summary: I bought this to replace an older Denon AVR2809, not that the was really anything wrong with it. I just had a bit of a case of upgradeitis. This amp is a little lighter than the Denon but has a much nicer user interface, rather than the basic text layout of the previous amp this has a proper GUI. That shouldn't make much of a difference but it does add to the perceived value a bit.
Summary: This is a very versatile piece of kit with a multitude of settings. There is a mutiplicity of good quality connections and 'speaker terminals on the back panel. Yamaha supply a CD, rather than a manual, so be prepared to print off a 138 page pdf because without it you will struggle to set up the receiver. The build quality is very good and this is a fairly hefty item. Be aware that this would not fit in my hi-fi rack as it is too tall.