Yamaha RXV565 7.1 CH 630W HDMI Home Theater ReceiverManufacturer: YAMAHA
List Price: $479.95
Street Price: $288.79
The receiver is lighter than most receivers were used to. Noticeably lighter! We also noticed that the heat sinks are smaller which means the amplifiers are smaller and require less power. Also, there is no AC power outlet on the back of the unit so if you have something to plug into it you may want to consider a bigger power strip. The speaker wire jacks use spring clips on all but the mains. We're not criticizing its just economics. To get all this stuff into the unit Yamaha had to cut someplace. S-Video is gone too. But seriously, how many of you are actually connecting something to your HDTV via S-Video? On the front the only real change we saw is the color of the LEDs, they have gone to white instead of the amber that their previous receivers used. None of this matters if the receiver sounds good. More of that later.
Setup was pretty easy. Everything but the Xbox 360 was routed using HDMI. The 565 has 4 HDMI in and one out. To be honest, Yamaha did that right. Looking ahead you will have less use for all those legacy connections so if they cut some out to make it possible to have four in and one out we are good with that. The 565 does not have the ability to assign digital inputs. If you use component you have two inputs available to you. One input has optical audio and the other has coax. Again, for us, not a big deal since we are almost exclusively HDMI. Just keep that in mind if you are interested in this receiver.
Once all the connections were made we ran the auto calibration for the money seat. By the way, the receiver can store up to six different settings so you can dial it in to where you are sitting. The calibration was pretty accurate but since we like the surrounds a bit hot we goosed the gain to them. Overall the automatic levels were within 1dB of what we measured with our SPL meter.
We listened to music, DVD, and Blu Ray discs. We found that the music played from CD sounded quite pleasing. MP3 and AAC files sounded good as well. But we have upgraded our library to 256 Kbps AAC files so we expected as much. The lower bit rate stuff was noticeably different. Even the compressed music enhancer could not bring back the lost highs and lows. Movies sounded good. We are happy to see a lower end Yamaha support decoding of next generation audio.
With that said, the Yamaha doesn't have the punch its bigger siblings have. We are very familiar with the sound the Yamaha RX-V2700 puts out so it was noticeable to us. If you did not have that experience with the more expensive 2700 you probably would be pleased with the sound. During most scenes the sound was quite good. The dialog was crisp and clear and music was tight. The only place it didn't measure up to the 2700 was in the big scenes with a lot of action and affects. This was noticed on Blackhawk Down, Transformers, and The Dark Knight. Ara feels that the Scorpion scene (38:56 into the movie) in Transformers is an excellent demo for what Dolby True HD can do. The 565 with Dolby True HD sounded better than the regular 5.1 audio track but we felt it fell a little flat when compared against the 2700. With that said, when you consider the price you get sound that exceeds our expectations.
The RX V565 also upconverts analog video to 1080p. It does a decent job of it but nothing we would rave about. Its on par with a $100 upconverting DVD player. The unit will not upconvert digital signals which probably isn't bad. We set out DirecTV box to 1080i and let the TV finish the upconversion. This resulted in a very nice HD picture. As far as switching goes the receiver did a great job of it. There were no handshaking issues with the gear in our system. Setting up your home theater this way makes it a snap to program your universal remote control.
Odds and Ends
The Yamaha RX-V565 is a step up from most receivers that are sold in HTIB systems. While it does not pack the same wallop that its bigger brethren do it will still fill a small to medium sized room with lots of sound. At less than $450 its the perfect receiver for those who want to branch out beyond the HTIB concept and start enjoying next generation audio.
Posted by The HT Guys, April 16, 2010 8:45 AM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
Every week they put together a podcast about High Definition TV and Home Theater. Each episode brings news from the A/V world, helpful product reviews and insights and help in demystifying and simplifying HDTV and home theater.