If you're looking for a solid receiver for your home theater and don't want to break the bank, consider the Yamaha RX-V375 (Est. $250) . It delivers impressive 5.1-channel audio and just the right amount of connectivity to make it a perfect choice for lots of setups. Just don't expect much in the way of advanced features.
Sound quality that's great for the price. Users report that the 5.1-channel Yamaha RX-V375 home theater receiver provides great sound quality for its budget price. The automatic speaker calibration feature does a good job of setting levels and even provides a reasonably accurate starting point for the advanced users who typically do this manually. It doesn't take much tweaking to get audio that's crisp and clear. The RX-V375 has no video processing capabilities, so it can't upscale video; that's not a critical shortfall as either your HDTV or Blu-ray player should be able to handle that task. The receiver supports 3D and has 4K/Ultra HD pass-through, however.
The barest of bones. Deep feature sets are typically found in more expensive receivers; the Yamaha RX-V375 doesn't include any network or Internet connectivity options nor, as noted, can it do any type of video processing. On the plus side, a front-panel USB input is compatible with iPod/iPhone devices; it will charge your iPhone or iPod when connected, and the remote can be used to control the device.
Solid, sleek design; good connectivity. The Yamaha RX-V375 comes in black and looks relatively stylish. Its front panel isn't the most minimalistic compared to other receivers, at least in terms of button and knob placement. But it's still reasonably uncluttered, and the chassis suggests strong build-quality. Connectivity is great for a budget receiver, including four HDMI inputs and both composite and component video inputs. An in-depth user review at HomeTheaterForum.com complains that some speaker terminals (center channel and rear surrounds) are the less-desirable spring type.
Quick, plain and easy. Users say that the Yamaha RX-V375 home theater receiver is fairly easy to set up. The automatic speaker calibration feature works well and only takes about five minutes to configure speaker levels. The onscreen menu isn't as robust or stylish as the GUIs of more expensive receivers, but it's more than adequate for regular use. The remote is moderately uncluttered with buttons, and operation seems to be straightforward and easy to operate. Programmable Scene modes let you reduce complicated functions -- such as selecting the inputs, output and picture settings of various components for an activity like watching a Blu-ray movie -- to a single button push.
Packs plenty of punch for its cheap price. The Yamaha RX-V375 is a great value for those looking for an entry-level AV receiver, thanks to its strong sound and well-rounded connectivity. Features are sparse, but that's a worthwhile trade-off for this kind of performance at this low a price, most say.
The Yamaha RX-V375 makes Robert Silva's roundup of best home theater receivers costing under $400. Analysis here, however, is woefully thin; discussion is limited to two short paragraphs, and there's no evidence of hands-on testing.
Review: Best Home Theater Receivers - Priced at 399.00 or Less, Robert Silva, Not Dated
HomeTheaterForum.com user Todd Erwin provides a detailed review of his experience with the Yamaha RX-V375. Analysis here is fairly in-depth -- rivaling and even bettering what you often see at professional review sites -- and hands-on testing is done. The reviewer recommends the receiver as an impressive budget-priced option.
Review: Yamaha RX-V375 Home Theater Receiver Review, Todd Erwin, May 11, 2013
Satisfaction with the Yamaha RX-V375 is high at BestBuy.com. It earns a score of 4.4 stars. Around 94 percent of the more than 75 owners who comment say that they would recommend the home theater receiver to a friend.
Review: Yamaha - 500W 5.1-Ch. A/V Home Theater Receiver, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of September 2013
More than 35 owners post feedback on the Yamaha RX-V375 at Yamaha.com, where the AV receiver earns an overall score of 4.6 stars out of 5. Most of the feedback here is a bit cursory, though a few users go into detail. Each entry lists pros and cons, which is helpful. Around 97 percent here would give this home theater receiver their recommendation.
Review: RX-V375, Contributors to Yamaha.com, As of September 2013
More than 30 owners weigh in on the Yamaha RX-V375 at Amazon.com. Here the receiver earns an overall score of 4.2 stars out of 5.
Review: Yamaha RX-V375 5.1 Channel 3D A/V Home Theater Receiver (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013