Excerpt: Yamaha knows music like no one else, because only Yamaha does it all--from music creation through reproduction. Yamaha crafts the widest range of premium instruments, from pianos to woodwinds to drums, to give artists their voice. Yamaha creates innovative studio tools so producers can record and m...
Conclusion: It's rather telling that the RX-V867's closest competition comes in the form of two different Yamaha receivers, in a completely different (not to mention luxury-oriented) line. That said, although settling on which Yamaha receiver to buy, and setting it up once you've bought it, may not be the easiest of tasks, once it's home and dialed in, this is one incredibly easy receiver to use, and its performance is spectacular.
Pros: Six HDMI 1.4a inputs and a pair of parallel HDMI outputs, Capable video upconversion (along with 480i passthrough to HDMI if you've got better processing in your display), Front Presence speakers really add something valuable to the surround experience, Scene functionality makes operation incredibly easy even if you don't have a programmable remote, HDMI pass-through (and switching!) in standby mode, Robust networking capabilities
Cons: Setup can be a little daunting because the receiver has so many features, iPod connectivity requires a separately purchased add-on dock, Video up-conversion passes all of the relevant HQV jaggies and cadence tests, but does nothing in the way of noise reduction, The lack of Dolby Pro Logic IIz may be a concern to some