Yamaha RX-V377 review

Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2014. Superb surround sound on a budget – a contender for a first home cinema system Tested at £260

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Our Verdict

Best home cinema amplifier up to £350, Awards 2014. Superb surround sound on a budget – a contender for a first home cinema system

For

  • Powerful and punchy surround sound
  • Subtle dynamics
  • Clear, precise placement

Against

  • Spring clips and banana plugs for speaker terminals
  • No network features

Yamaha has a great track record with budget AV receivers, with last year’s RX-V375 winning a Best Buy Award.

So can the new Yamaha RX-V377 continue the success of its predecessor?

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Specifications

Yamaha RX-V377

Yamaha RX-V377

With 70W for each of the five channels (at six ohms) and 4K Ultra HD pass-through across its HDMI inputs, you’d be forgiven for thinking the RX-V377 is identical to its previous model – aside from being 10 quid more expensive.

But the real difference lies (apart from a slight reordering of inputs and outputs) in its surround-sound performance.

Powerful, punchy and full of detail, this RX-V377 lives up to expectations.

Performance

Yamaha receivers usually excel at steering surround-sound effects across the room with precision and detail, and this receiver shows off these talents on both Blu-ray and DVD.

Play Pacific Rim Blu-ray and you’re in a bubble of sound with such startlingly accurate and detailed placement that you’re immediately sucked into the action.

Yamaha RX-V377

Yamaha RX-V377

Integration between the speakers is seamless. It’s weightier and more authoritative than the RX-V375 too, and it demands your attention, whatever the film.

In Bruges is a perfect case in point – the RX-V377 shows off its clarity and subtlety very well.

This receiver comes with no fewer than 17 distinct DSP modes, and while they’re fun to play around with (Sci-Fi and Drama for movies are worth trying), we prefer the ‘Straight’ option.

AV receivers don’t tend to be as skilled with music as with movies, and the RX-V377 is the same.

Features

Yamaha RX-V377

Yamaha RX-V377

However, its newfound authority gives music Blu-rays and songs played from an iPod a touch more confidence and punch than before.

We’re not surprised to see a few features sacrificed to keep the price in the budget category.

There are no networking features on the RX-V377, meaning you can’t stream wirelessly as there’s no DLNA, AirPlay, wi-fi, or Bluetooth. Nor do you get internet radio.

However, the RX-V377 does have built-in FM and AM tuners and there’s also the option of plugging in a YBA-11 Bluetooth wireless receiver into the back panel.

It will cost you around £50, but it will let you stream music from your smart device using Bluetooth.

Yamaha RX-V377

Yamaha RX-V377

Those with Apple devices can still play their digital tunes by plugging an iPod, iPhone or iPad into the front panel USB port (which handily also charges your device), while other music players can be plugged into the 3.5mm input.

We do wish the speaker terminals were of a consistent type across the board – it’s a mixture of spring clip terminals and banana plugs.

Sturdily built, relatively compact and available in black or silver, this receiver keeps things refreshingly simple.

The display is large and the on-screen menu is basic but easy to use.

Yamaha’s automatic calibration set-up is easy, and makes sure the receiver is tuned to suit your speakers and room acoustics.

Its measurements are largely accurate, although we’d still manually check the speaker configurations (it kept registering our very large centre speaker as ‘small’).

Meanwhile, the remote control is a little cluttered, but once you get used to where the buttons are, it’s intuitive to use.

Verdict

The RX-V377 isn’t revolutionary, yet Yamaha doesn’t rest upon its laurels – this is a hugely capable budget receiver.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.yamaha.com/
Brand NameYamaha
Product SeriesRX-V
Product TypeA/V Receiver
ManufacturerYamaha Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberRX-V377BL
Product NameYamaha RX-V377
Product ModelRX-V377

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • RX-V377 A/V Receiver
  • Remote Control

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Number of HDMI Inputs4
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs2
Number of Digital Optical Inputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Number of Analog Audio Inputs6
iPod SupportedYes
USBYes

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Impedance8 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion THD0.1%

Physical Characteristics

Width435 mm
Depth314.3 mm
Weight Approximate7.39 kg
Height152.4 mm
Dimensions152.4 mm (H): 435 mm (W): 314.3 mm (D)

Audio

Sound SystemDolby TrueHD, DTS HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS Surround, DTS-ES, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby Digital Plus
Audio Channels5.1

Tuner

Frequency BandAM, FM

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year