Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
Stop buying the cheap bluRay players from Costco and see what a real player will do. Picture is fantastic .
Our experts help you pick the ideal gear for your needs.Meet our advisors
Free tech support for the life of your gear.Read about our one-on-one expert help
You may return items that are complete and like new for any reason within 60 days.See the details of our return policy
Earn one point for every dollar you spend and use those points to save on future purchases.Get full details on Crutchfield Rewards
Our customers have trusted us with their business, and they’ve helped us win awards for our service.Check out our most recent awards
The manufacturer’s warranty always applies.See more details
Item #: 022BDS673
This item is no longer available.
Known for their dedication to great sound, Yamaha also knows a thing or two about picture quality. The BD-S673 can strengthen your home theater with superb picture quality, high-definition sound, and even show off your 3D TV's capabilities. Whether it's movie night with friends to screen the latest release or watching an old favorite with the kids, the BD-S673 lets Blu-ray discs sparkle and will also spiff up your DVDs.
Thanks to built-in Wi-Fi, this player seamlessly connects to your wireless network to expand viewing options beyond spinning discs. Stream movies and shows from Netflix®, watch YouTube™ videos or check out photo albums from Picasa®. Have a large video or music collection on your networked PC? DLNA compatibility means you can stream it all to the BD-S673 for playback through your home theater. You can also download bonus features like deleted scenes and updated director's commentary with BD-Live-compatible Blu-ray discs. Just pop a thumb drive into the front- or rear-panel USB port for storage, or use it for accessing your own digital music, photos and videos.
All Blu-ray players do HDMI out, but a surprising number lack digital audio outputs. The BD-S673 has both optical and coaxial digital outputs, giving you a way to enjoy 5.1 channel sound even if you're using an older A/V receiver that's not HDMI-compatible. Already own a Yamaha receiver? The BD-S673's remote can operate both components via an HDMI connection, including one-touch operation for turning on both devices for immediate playback without juggling multiple remotes.
If you own a smartphone or tablet, chances are it's never far away when you're watching TV or listening to music. Download Yamaha's remote app for your iPhone®, iPad® or Android device, and your phone or tablet can control the BD-S673 through an intuitive interface that's always by your side.
Stop buying the cheap bluRay players from Costco and see what a real player will do. Picture is fantastic .
Instead of giving a review that would consist of a bunch of boring technical facts that could quickly be looked up, I'm going to give a simple opinion from a consumer that appreciates not only YAMAHA's high standard of quality and affordability, but that they kept in mind who I would say is the typical person who doesn't have the money to throw away the old technology for the new.
Pros: Good price for an upgrade not only into the realm of HDMI, (as I'm slowly improving my system with addition of new TV but older receiver) but also Blu-Ray and 3-d.
Cons: None - I got exactly what I expected.
I had a home theater system that had been set up in 2006, with one of the first bluray devices. The bluray tray quit working, and forced me to upgrade. I called Crutchfield, always my first choice for new gear, and talked to Hunter (great guy - very helpful and knowledgeable). I told him all my current gear, and he recommended this player as the one most consistent with the quality of my current set up. It arrived shortly, and I was easily able to hook it into the existing system (even though a professional installer had done the original work). I had an old Yamaha Sound Projector with strange audio hookups and one call to Crutchfield on New Year's eve (AJ, also great and knowledgeable) helped me get it hooked up and playing. Wireless was very easy to set up, and we are happily watching excellent bluray quality films, and streaming netflix easily. As always Crutchfield rocks!
Pros: good quality, ease of install, Crutchfield service and assistance
I bought this player because it had all the features I desired. I am sad to say, it does not live up to the description. Let's start with the major problem; I'm not certain that Yamaha knows how to write software. In all modern DVD/BD players, everything you do from viewing discs to accessing your network is software driven. This Yamaha player works wonderfully...for a few days. After that, it becomes sluggish and will eventually start skipping in films or simply lock up. This forces you to unplug the device to reboot it and start the cycle all over again. Above and beyond that, it completely refuses to access files on my network. My PS3 and my Sony BD player have no issues at all with this, but the Yamaha has no clue what to do and throws an exceptionally generic error. If I could have given it 0 stars, I would.
Pros: Nothing. This layer gives me no joy whatsoever.
Cons: Bad software. Frequent lockups. No network access. Expensive for the feature set.
This is my second Blu-Ray player and this one works much better than what I was using. My old unit (a different brand) would constantly "freeze up" during playback. Not only do blu-rays play clearly but I also notice a dramatic improvement in the upscaling of my regular DVD's. CD's also play well with a great, rich sound.
Pros: Easy to set up. Audio jacks on back allow me to connect to my older receiver which does not have HDMI input.
Cons: Lacks slow motion playback capability.
I like the device. On-screen menu, playback, easy to setup.
Pros: Easy to setup. WIFI works, external remote plugin so with the correct equipment you do not need line of sight to device. Netflix is on device
Cons: VUDU high def video streaming not available on device. So if you have a large online video archive you will need an additional device.
|Surround Sound Decoding||
Dolby Digital Plus
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
|4K Ultra HD|
|Internet Movie Streaming||Netflix, YouTube, Picasa|
|Smartphone App Control||Yes|
|DVD Video Upconversion||None|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Digital Optical Output||1|
|Digital Coaxial Output||1|
|Analog Audio Outputs||1 pr|
|1080p Video Output||Yes|
|Component Video Outputs||1|
Disc Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-S673 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:
|Disc Type||Disc Description|
|Blu-ray||BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE|
|DVD||DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW|
|CD||CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW|
Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) is the name of a next-generation optical disc format. The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. This extra capacity combined with the use of advanced video and audio codecs will offer consumers an unprecedented HD experience.
Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BD-S673 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.
Blu-ray 3D: Blu-ray 3D is the Blu-ray disc video format for 3-dimensional (3D) video playback developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). Supporting Full HD (1080p), so you can enjoy high quality 3D video. TV and Blu-ray titles are also required to be 3D compatible to enjoy the 3D experience. Adding a 3D capable A/V Receiver will provide a more engaging audio and video consumer experience.
Firmware Updates: As Blu-ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel Ethernet terminal. Occasionally, Yamaha may release firmware for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website via the player's network connection. The tested Yamaha BD-S673 contained Firmware Version 1.425O1200 (as of 10/10/2012). Visit the BD-S673's Yamaha Support Page for the latest Firmware update information.
File Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-S673 Blu-ray disc player supports the following audio, video, and photo files recorded onto BD-R/RE, BD-R, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.
|File Type||File Codec|
|Audio||MP3 (8-320kbps), WMA (32-192kbps), AAC, WAV (LPCM 16-bit/44.1kHz), and FLAC (24-bit/192kHz)|
|Video||DivX, MKV with H.264, MPEG PS, MPEG TS, MPEG-4, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV (1920x1080), and AVCHD (DVD-R/RW & DVD+R/RW only)|
|Photo||JPEG, GIF, and PNG|
Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to set a rating limit based on the age of the viewer (Kid Safe, G, PG, PG-13, PGR, R, NC-17, Adult, and Off), preventing your children from viewing inappropriate material. Playback will stop if the ratings exceed the level you set, and it will require your to enter a 4-digit password before the disc will play back.
Video Outputs: The Yamaha BD-S673 Blu-ray disc player is equipped with one high-definition video output (HDMI) and two standard-definition video output (component/composite).
1080p/24Hz Output: The BD-S673 includes a 1080/24p HDMI output option to faithfully transfer film images as they were originally recorded. When connected to a 1080/24p display, you can enjoy the remarkable video performance of Blu-ray disc without converting or scaling the signal.
DVD Upscaling (via HDMI): Through the HDMI output, the BD-S673 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to 480p or 480i.
3D-Ready: The Yamaha BD-S673 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p. There are two 3D output settings.
Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.
x.v.Color: x.v.Color reproduces a wider range of color than the HDTV standard, showing almost all of the colors that the human eye can detect. Currently there is no x.v.Color software available on Blu-ray, but the BD-S673 is ready to take advantage of x.v.Color discs when they become available.
Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors are displayed. The BD-S673 can provide 4,096 shades of each of the three primary colors, for a total of 68.7 billion possible colors. This results in greater color fidelity, smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also enables more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.
Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing
TV Aspect: Set the TV aspect ratio to match the connected television.
Video Mode: You can select which Video mode suits your preference, viewing environment, and video content.
Advanced Video Settings: The Yamaha BD-S673 player also offers the following advanced video settings to further fine tuner the player
192kHz/32-Bit Audio DAC: The Yamaha BD-S673 Blu-ray disc player features a 192kHz/32-bit digital-to-analog converter for high-quality sound.
Digital Audio Formats: The Blu-ray player's HDMI output is capable of multi-channel bitstream (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, and DTS) and multi-channel PCM output. The optical and coaxial digital outputs pass either Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream, or 2-channel PCM.
Audio Format Chart:
|Source Format||HDMI||Coaxial/Optical||Mixed 2ch|
|PCM 2ch||PCM 2ch||PCM 2ch||2ch|
|PCM 5.1ch||PCM 5.1ch||PCM 2ch||2ch|
|PCM 7.1ch||PCM 7.1ch||PCM 2ch||2ch|
|Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital||PCM 5.1ch||Dolby Digital||Dolby Digital||PCM 2ch||Dolby Digital||2ch|
|Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital Plus||PCM 7.1ch||Dolby Digital Plus||Dolby Digital||PCM 2ch||Dolby Digital||2ch|
|Dolby TrueHD||Dolby TrueHD||PCM 7.1ch||Dolby Digital TrueHD||Dolby Digital||PCM 2ch||Dolby Digital||2ch|
|DTS||DTS||PCM 5.1ch||DTS||DTS||PCM 2ch||DTS||2ch|
|DTS HD||DTS-HD||PCM 7.1ch||DTS-HD||DTS||PCM 2ch||DTS||2ch|
Dynamic Range Control: You can activate the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) function to compress the dynamic range of the output signals when playing back DVD/BD recorded in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD.
Lip Sync: In some cases when the player is connected to a HDTV, the audio signal may not synchronize with the video signal. If this occurs, adjust the audio delay time to match the video signal. You can set the player to automatically adjust the audio delay or your can manually adjust the audio delay.
Audio Outputs: The Yamaha BD-S673 Blu-ray disc player is equipped with two digital audio outputs (optical/coaxial) and a stereo analog audio output (RCA).
Dual USB Ports: The BD-S673 has front & rear-panel USB (type-A) ports. The rear port is used for the temporary storage needed for BD-Live features, and either can be used to play audio (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/FLAC), video (MKV/MPEG/VOB/AVI/ASF/WMV), or still image (JPEG/GIF/PNG) files saved on a USB flash drive. The USB memory device must be formatted with FAT 32/16.
Network Connection (Wired or WiFi): The Yamaha Blu-ray player features an Ethernet RJ-45 port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) and built-in WiFi to connect to the internet via your home network to enjoy BD-Live content, access firmware updates, and stream content (video, music, and still photos) from your network or the Internet.
DLNA Certified: DLNA certification ensures a device is compatible with other devices designed according to the DLNA interoperability guidelines. The BD-S673 is certified as a Digital Media Player for audio (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/FLAC), video (MKV/MPEG/VOB/AVI/ASF/WMV), and still photos (JPEG/GIF/PNG) stored on your Windows PC (Windows 7 recommended).
Video On-Demand: You can instantly watch movies from Netflix over the internet using this Blu-ray disc player. You also get access to YouTube.
Note: Video On-Demand requires a home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice.
BD-Live: BD-Live is a collection of online interactive features that content providers may include with a Blu-ray Disc movie to enhance your enjoyment of that movie, providing you a compelling new world of extended interactivity. BD-Live includes access to studio-specified Internet sites that provide you the ability to, for example, download current movie trailers or other exclusive content, play movie related games, enhance the content of their disc, chat with other viewers, play games with other BD-Live connected players, and much more. Blu-ray players and movies must both support BD-Live in order to use the technology. The Yamaha BD-S673 must be connected to your network via an Ethernet connection and you must have a minimum 2GB USB thumb-drive inserted into the unit's rear-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.
Start Up/Play Back Time: The Yamaha Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 19.1 seconds. It takes approximately 43.1 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback. The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Screen Saver appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.
Setup Wizard: The Initial Wizard/Easy Setup allows you to set language, resolution, and screen aspect ratio easily. The Initial Wizard screen displayed when you turn this player on for the first time, or after a firmware upgrade or reset.
Bookmarks: The Yamaha BD-S673 allows you to set Bookmarks at specified points of a DVD video. After a Bookmark is set, you can move to the point you set a lot quicker. You can set up to 12 Bookmarks.
Program Play: The Yamaha Blu-ray player allows you to program playback order of audio disc tracks or DVD chapters. You can program up to 15 tracks/chapters.
Last Memory: You can set whether this player remembers the last playback position of a disc when it is set to standby mode or the disc tray is opened.
Screen Saver: This player will switch to screen saver mode if there is no operation for 3 minutes. After that, this unit will turn to standby mode when there is not operation for 27 minutes.
Wireless Remote Control: The Yamaha BD-S673 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray player. For added convenience, there is a dedicated Netflix button so you can access your Netflix movie account quickly.
HDMI Control: When a TV and/or AV receiver supporting HDMI control are connected to the BD-S673 via HDMI cables, it is possible to use one remote to control to perform operations such as power on/off & automatic input selection.
AV Controller App: This AV Controller App (free) will turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha Blu-ray disc player. You can control the basic functions of Yamaha the Blu-ray Disc player such as Play, Pause, Skip, Power, and cursor navigations. You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha Blu-ray disc player & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.
Remote Control In/Out: Two 3.5mm minijacks are provided for wired remote control, allowing you to connect the BD-S673 to other compatible Yamaha components.
At Crutchfield, you'll get detailed, accurate information that's hard to find elsewhere. That's because we have our own in-house Product Research team. They verify what’s in the box, check the owner's manual, and record dimensions, features and specs. We stay on top of new products and technologies to help people make informed choices.