Yamaha HTR-5063 Affordable HD Home Theater Receivers

The Yamaha is a well known reputable audio hardware manufacturer.  The RX series of Yamaha receivers make the most out of high definition setups (I've reviewed a couple in the hardware drop-down box to the right) and ensure top quality in audio and video fronts.  If the RX series is a little much for you, or just are too expensive, the HTR series can be considered instead where many of the receivers are under $500 including the new Yamaha HTR-5063. Yamaha HTR receivers like the HTR-5063 still present an essential set of features to enhance the audio experience.  Not only that but it will support all the new HD Video and audio required today.

HTR-5063 Front

Now Yamaha HTR-5063 is a 7.1 Channel receiver which is 90wpc RMS.
In this price range this is the one of the best receivers available.  It supports all the features you would expect in a future-proof receiver but for a fraction of the cost.

HTR-5063 is a 3D Receiver with 7ch amplification. Supports Audio Return Channel over HDMI, HD Audio decoding with CINEMA DSP enjoyment, YPAO and Yamaha SCENE (soundfields) for ease-of-use.

As mentioned before this receiver has decoders for the following HD audio : Dolby TrueHD,  Dolby Digital EX / Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-ES Discrete 6.1, DTS 96/24 / DTS Neo:6, Pure Direct, Direct Mode.

HTR-5063 Rear

As you can see this receiver has more than enough connectivity for a starter theater.  With Four 1.4 (3d compatible) HDMI ports and 5 (A/V-sVideo) Composite, 2 Optical, 2 Coaxil this reciever is ready for your digital media.

There are a couple features that are not included but are excellent options for someone on a budget who wants a home theater now and instead of buying a receiver that will never provide the option.  Buy them a little at a time as add-ons so eventually they have the complete functionality they require.

Firstly, understand.  when purchasing these add-ons they are well worth it if you use these devices.  I've seen the on screen display using these devices and it works like a charm.  Providing remote use of your stereo system with your devices either wireless or wired

  Yamaha Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10 you can connect directly to your receiver and play your media from your Bluetooth enabled phones, PCs, or any Bluetooth device.  I've included a Link here to Amazon who sells this product for less than half the MSRP

Yamaha YBA-10WH Bluetooth Wireless

YID-W10 Wired Dock
YID-W10 wireless dock
 Another funky option that this receiver has is for all those iPhone and iPod users out there.  There are a couple docks wireless and wired that allow you to play media remotely from your iPhone or iPod.  As you can see, there are more than one option you can go wired or wireless.  Both being a fraction of the MSRP on Amazon would make these totally feasible to purchase along with the receiver.  I've included a couple links.
Yamaha YID-W10 Wireless iPod Dock (Black)
Yamaha YDS-11SL Universal iPod Dock for Select Yamaha Home Theater Receivers (Silver)


Yamahas Compressed Music Enhancer is a feature I love on my Yamaha receiver.  To explain, Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer is a popular feature that restores the sound of the original music from digitally compressed formats such as MP3. The receivers offer an upgraded version that processes multi-channel signals with a DSP algorithm, so all channels (rather than just two) are enhanced. This provides more accurate reproduction and a more expansive sound.

For those who want easy setup and cheap?  The price is definately there but as with all Yamaha products, it includes the YPAO Automatic Speaker Setup and Calibration -
Mic systems vary.  In my experience, the quality or performance of mics is completely debatable.  I own a high end Yamaha and I like the YPAO system.  I think it does an excellent job.  It uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are.

Essentially, you put the mic in the listening position and First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters, such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers and even the sound pressure level, until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Setting levels and distances, sub crossover frequencies etc.

Granted, our ears are all different and it is guaranteed you will have to tweak it somewhat to your preference for certain sources but I'll say that more than once, I've set it back to the original settings and loved the sound.

Yamaha HTR-5063BL 7.1 Channel 630 Watt AV Receiver (Each, Black)

Honestly, this is currently one of the best deals for a futureproof option for someone on a budget.  You can aquire all the wireless options as well as the decoding, 3D compatibility, video up-conversion that you can't get from most receivers in this price range.  If you look at the Amazon price here, you will understand what I mean.  For under $400 this is a starter system I wish I had when I started.