One of my favorite AV receiver brands is Yamaha. I always figured if they can make such nice musical instruments then their receivers should be able to reproduce those sounds. They have also been at the forefront of adding the right innovation. Competition is too great in the consumer av world for a company to make a bad product. At, say, $1,000 there's plenty of AV receivers to choose from. They are all adequate. But which one has the right "bells and whistles" to integrate seamlessly into a home theater system. Yamaha gets it.
They announced their new main AV receiver at CEDIA, the RX-V867. Stylistically it doesn't look much different than product they were producing 15 years ago. That's fine. It looks comfortable and classic.
Inside it's got everything you need to make it the brain for a 3D set up. If you want to disregard my recommendation not to.
It's also an internet connected device making it simple to get a vast array of music online into your living room. They also have other devices that will help you distribute it to other rooms if you wish.
There's a large group of the latest HDMI spec ins and outs. This is important if your current receiver is beginning to look like a rats nest in the back with too many confusing steps to set up what you want to watch and listen to.
It'll be in the stores in about a month with a list price of $900. Expect to pay about $800 for it.
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