On the video side, the RX-V663 has two HDMI inputs with 1080p pass-through and analog to HDMI video conversion. Extra bonuses include iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as two subwoofer outputs (thus the .2 reference in the 7.2 channel description of the the RX-V663). To find out more, check out the rest of my product profile.
Video Inputs and Outputs:
The RX-V663 can also convert all standard definition analog video input signals to HDMI (480i to 480p) video outputs to simplify Receiver connections to an HDTV.
Audio Inputs and Outputs:
Audio Features - Sound Processing:
Audio Delay adjustment allows compensation for audio/video time discrepancies that may be encountered from various sources.
Audio Features - Channel Configuration:
Speaker connections consist of banana-plug-compatible multi-way speaker binding posts for all main channels with color-coding for simplified wiring.
Additional Features - Front Panel Display, Onscreen Menu, and LFE Features
The fluorescent front panel display, combined with the Onscreen video display menus and provided wireless remote, makes setup and operation of the receiver easy and fast. Also featured is an adjustable crossover on the Subwoofer LFE (Low Frequency Effects) pre-out channels.
Additional Features - AM/FM/XM and Sirius Satellite Radio:
Additional Features - Silent Cinema
The RX-V663 also offers the Silent Cinema feature, which provides a surround sound experience using any set of stereo headphones.
Additional Features - iPOD Connectivity:
Additional Features - Bluetooth Capability
Thje RX-V663 equipped for Wireless Bluetooth function via optional YBA-10 Bluetooth® Wireless Audio Receiver. The Receiver allows wireless A2DP audio streaming. You can access music wirelessly from Bluetooth enabled mobile phones, portable devices, or PCs.
Additional Features - YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer)
The RX-V663 also features an automated speaker setup function called YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Room Optimizer). By connecting the provided microphone to the RX-V663 and following the instructions outlined in the user manual. The YPAO uses a series of test tones to determine the proper speaker levels, based on how it reads the speaker placement in relation to the acoustical properties of your room. However, keep in mind that you may still have to some minor adjustments manually after the automatic set up is completed in order to conform to you own listening tastes.
With the RX-V663, Yamaha has incorporated high end features in a reasonbly priced home theater receiver, such as two HDMI video inputs, HDMI video and audio switching with analog-to-HDMI video conversion, advanced HDMI audio capabilities, iPOD and Bluetooth compatibility, and XM and Sirius satellite radio. Probably most unusual feature, however, is the inclusion of two subwoofer outputs, which is great for large room setups.
Two disappointments, however, is that the RX-V663 does not include more HDMI inputs and video upscaling. With more source components, such as Upscaling DVD players, Blu-ray and/or HD-DVD players, and HD Cable and/or HD Satellite boxes including HDMI outputs, the need more than the two HDMI inputs provided on the RX-V663 may be a notable deficiency for some. Also, although this receiver does include analog to HDMI video conversion, it does not include any type of on-board 720p/1080i or 1080p upscaling function. Although at this price point I wouldn't expect 1080p upscaling - 720p or 1080i upscaling is becoming more common in the $599 price range.
On the other hand, taking all into consideration, if you are planning to purchase a mid-range priced home theater receiver, then the RX-V663 certainly goes deserve a look and a listen.
The RX-V663 is available at a suggested retail price of $549. Compare Prices