To remain competitive in this highly competitive market, Yamaha needs to enhance its lineup every year in order to maintain its reputation as making some of the best affordable home theater receivers available. Despite Yamaha’s RX-V375 still being affordable, the Yamaha RX-V377 has made its debut a year after receiving rave reviews in 2011.
You could be forgiven for thinking the RX-V377 is identical to its predecessor, except that it’s 10 quid more expensive. The five channels are each rated at 70W (at six ohms), and HDMI inputs support a 4K Ultra HD passthrough.
But it is its surround-sound performance that really sets it apart from most other products (apart from slightly re-ordering the inputs and outputs).
The RX-V377 delivers a powerful, punchy, and detailed sound.
The Yamaha receiver displays its excellent surround-sound capabilities both on Blu-ray as well as on DVD, as with many other Yamaha receivers.
When you watch Pacific Rim on Blu-ray, you are instantly overwhelmed by startlingly accurate and detailed sound placement.
The speakers are seamlessly integrated. Similarly, the RX-V375 is heavier and more authoritative, so you’ll be drawn in, no matter what the film is about.
A perfect example of this is in Bruges – the RX-V377 demonstrates its clarity and subtlety very well. Although there are more than 17 DSP modes on this receiver, we prefer the ‘Straight’ option in terms of movies (SciFi and Drama are worth trying).
It is not common for AV receivers to be as good with music recordings as they are with movie recordings, and that is the case with the RX-V377.
Yamaha RX V377 Review – Features
The Blu-ray and songs played through an iPod are now a touch more powerful and confident.
To keep the price in the budget range, some features have been sacrificed.
The RX-V377 lacks any networking capabilities, which means you can’t stream wirelessly since it doesn’t have DLNA, AirPlay, WiFi, or Bluetooth. It’s not available either.
In addition to having built-in FM and AM tuners, the RX-V377 can also be hooked up to a Bluetooth wireless receiver, the YBA-11.
Your smart device can stream music from it via Bluetooth. It costs about $50.
The front panel USB port provides its own charging capability (so you can charge your device while playing digital tunes), though Apple users will need to plug an iPod, iPhone, or iPad into the 3.5mm input. Other music players will require the 3.5mm input.
There is a mixture of spring clip terminals and banana plugs on the speaker terminals – it would be nice if they were all of the same types.
With a sturdy build, a compact size, and a choice of silver or black, this receiver keeps things refreshingly simple.
Simple, yet easy-to-use on-screen menus and a large display make this device a good way to use the Internet.
You can calibrate your Yamaha receiver automatically, and it will match your speakers and room acoustics.
Generally speaking, its measurements are fairly accurate, although we still need to double-check the speaker configuration (it consistently classified our very large center speaker as ‘small’). In the meantime, the remote control seems cluttered, but if you get used to where the buttons are, you can use it easily.
What We Like
Provides high-resolution images with HDMI and 4K Ultra HD pass-through.
Automatic speaker setup and sound optimization built-in to YPAO.
iPod / iPhone can be easily connected via the front-panel USB port.
What We Don’t Like
It is possible that some parts will be missing.
Yamaha RX-V377 5.1-Channel A/V Home Theater Receiver – FAQs
Yamaha RX V377: Does it have Bluetooth?
Due to the lack of DLNA, AirPlay, WiFi, or Bluetooth, the RX-V377 is unable to stream wirelessly. Also, you do not have access to the Internet radio.
Moreover, it comes with an FM and AM tuner and supports Bluetooth wireless receivers.
The Yamaha RX V377 is connected to my TV but how do I connect it?
Using HDMI and a digital optical cable, connect the TV to the device.
Does Yamaha’s RX V377 support a 4K passthrough?
Ultra-high resolution images in 4K Ultra HD pass-through
From the source to the monitor, this receiver is capable of transmitting 4K ultra HD data, giving images a clarity far greater than what we have today.
Since the Yamaha RX-V377 isn’t equipped with a home theater feature, it may become obsolete within a few years. However, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a top-quality receiver, even though they are usually expensive. The Yamaha receiver is still a good choice for home theater setups for those simply looking for a receiver. A small room can also be wonderfully enhanced by the Yamaha RX-V377 thanks to its Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature.
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