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This unit replaced a JVC which was 10 yeas old and I am quite happy with the way it works
Pros: Easy set up
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Item # 022BDS677 | MFR # BD-S677BL
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The Yamaha BD-S677 is more than just a Blu-ray player. Think of it as a way to get all kinds of content to your TV and home theater system. With built-in Wi-Fi, there are lots of possibilities for enjoying movies, TV shows, online videos, music, and photos in the setting that most brings them to life. With apps for VUDU, and YouTube™, there's practically no end to the movies and videos you can watch over your home network. In addition, this player offers Dropbox™ compatibility, so you can access your videos, music, and photos from the popular cloud-based storage system.
The cloud is not the only source of entertainment options with the 'S677. Miracast lets you send videos, music, and photos to the player from your compatible Android™ smartphone. Miracast makes it easy to show a photo or home movie on your HDTV instead of having people crowd around your smartphone. If you have a networked PC or NAS storage drive, you can wirelessly stream your digital movie and music collections over your network, making discs almost obsolete — but not quite. You'll never get better picture quality than you will with Blu-ray discs spinning in this player's optical drive.
Music lovers know Yamaha has always focused on creating products that sound great. The BD-S677 follows in this tradition, offering playback of high-resolution music with SACDs and downloadable FLAC and Apple Lossless files. What's the easiest way to enjoy your favorite high-res downloads? Load 'em up on a thumb drive, pop it in one of this player's two USB ports, and play 'em loud to enjoy their unrivaled depth and detail.
This player offers a couple of features that make it especially easy to use. There's a setup wizard to help you get up and running quickly — something we aren't accustomed to seeing in Blu-ray players. Yamaha also offers a free controller app for Apple® and Android™ tablets and smartphones. It's an easy way to operate the player over your wireless home network with a slick touchscreen interface. Pair this player with a network-connected Yamaha home theater receiver, and you'll enjoy even more control features with the app...not to mention thrilling surround sound.
This unit replaced a JVC which was 10 yeas old and I am quite happy with the way it works
G H, St Louis, Missouri
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This unit replaced a JVC which was 10 yeas old and I am quite happy with the way it works
Pros: Easy set up
It may be short on some 'standard' bells and whistles, most readily compensated for by other equipment, etc ., but performs as stated. Easy to set-up, straight forward and direct. It's quiet, controls are easy to locate and takes up little room without looking or seeming cheap or insignificant. The layout of the remote is a little odd and could use some illumination when watching or listening in reduced lighting, but that's a small concern. So far so good.
I currently own a Yamaha BD-S667 I Have had this unit for over 4 years now Up until recently I Have had no problems. Purchased the Latest X-Men Blu Ray Disc. Disc would not play returned the disc for another still would not play. called Sony maker of the blu ray disc twice each time the rep. from sony told me your player should automatically download the new blu rays that are coming out on the market. if your connected the internet. I have been connected to the internet since purchasing this unit. Opened owners manual retrieved website download information for latest firmware for my model, downloaded latest software upgrade from 2010 to unit after downloading to unit the unit confirmed that it was an old version and that it would not allow unit to play blu ray disc. called Yamaha support in California I Was on the phone with these guys for over an hour 4 different times no one could come up with an answer and could not tell me why there firmware is not updated and why I was not able to play this disc. You guy's should just be aware of Yamaha's support if you ever run into this problem Good luck.
Cons: Very Disappointed in Yamaha Support and the company to allow this to happen to a loyal customer.
Ordered this with a high end Yamaha receiver. This lacks any real capability and is grossly over priced. Lack of what has become standard capabilities (Google prime, Netflix etc) and limited output make this a return item.
Pros: Plays 3D
Cons: Price, Limited internet capability, limited output connections
I finally decided to purchase the BD-S77 after a long period of owning a number of inferior big box store Blu Ray players over the years as they have become cheaper and cheaper in build, quality, and price. Each machine I purchased ended up by not working with the latest blu ray discs, I think because of ongoing changes in security coding schemes. The typical players are also noisy and generally slow to load. I wanted a new player that was a significant step above the cheaper players but that also occupied a strong quality position between the cheap players and high end machines in the $500. and above range. I have long been completely satisfied with Yamaha professional audio equipment such as mixing boards, speaker systems, and amplifiers, so I decided after some research to purchase the BD-S677. I am impressed by the build and weight of the machine, including the look of quality, as compared to cheap looking shiny plastic and over designed exterior cases. The Yamaha operates with impressive smoothness and quiet. I have tried various blu ray discs that date back to the beginning of the format and range to a few recent purchases. The player quickly loaded every disc without any difficulties or quirkiness. The remote is simple and nicely designed for function, rather than for flash. I especially love the real buttons on the front of the player that you can see and use with ease. The display is basic and easy to read, while not being too bright as in some machines.
Pros: Quality build; Quiet operation; Fast loading; Exterior basic control buttons; Plays everything! Simple well designed remote.
Cons: None noted. I am completely satisfied.
The product performs much better than the one that it replaces. Most notable is that the load speed is very short for a BluRay player. Remote could using lighting. Setup and update was easy. I am hooked up wired to my network and HDMI to a Yamaha Rx-V773WA receiver. Have had no luck getting the receiver remote to 'see' and operate the BluRay player, though. I need to spend some time with this. I am sure it must be capable.
Pros: Speedy loads. Less video dropouts on less than perfect disks easy setup
Cons: Unlit remote Receiver remote will not operate the BluRay player
Excellent player. Works as advertised.
Pros: Seamless integration with Yamaha receiver and iPhone app control Solid look and feel
Cons: A bit pricey
I have a high end stereo as the core to a pretty nice surround system. I bought this unit to use as a transport for a Bryston DAC, replacing an inexpensive LG that I was suspicious of its performance; and as a Blu-ray to lighten the work load on my Oppo 95. As a transport it is great: the performance from my bryston skyrocketed. Don't know if it's the brand, the difference in quality for the price jump [about 3x the LG], or being 3-d. As for video, backgrounds seem to have better clarity. And it has BUTTONS that are user friendly and aren't hidden. The stealth buttons on others look cool, but I like buttons I can see and feel. This unit plays SACD,s and replaces the a1020[?], but has pretty mediocre DACs, the only weak point of the unit. It also plays HDCDs. I recommend the unit heartily, with the one exception.
Pros: versatile performance, nice ergonomics
Cons: mediocre DACs
|Surround Sound Decoding||
Dolby Digital Plus |
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
|4K Ultra HD||No|
|Internet Movie Streaming||Vudu,YouTube,Picasa|
|Built-in Wi-Fi||802.11 b/g/n|
|Smartphone App Control||Yes|
|DVD Video Upconversion||720p, 1080i, 1080p|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Digital Optical Output||Yes|
|Digital Coaxial Output||Yes|
|Analog Audio Outputs||Yes|
|1080p Video Output||Yes|
|Component Video Outputs||None|
Disc Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-S677 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:
|Disc Type||Disc Description|
|Blu-ray||BD-ROM, BD-3D, BD-R, BD-RE|
|DVD||DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW|
|CD||CD-Audio, SACD, CD-R, CD-RW|
Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray provides these key features and advantages.
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-S677 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.
AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition signal.
SACD: Super Audio CD use a technology called Direct Stream Digital (DSD) to convert music into a digital signal that can be stored on a disc. Compared to the traditional PCM method (the technology used for CD), DSD offers a much higher resolution by following more closely the original waveform of music. With a frequency response of over 100kHz and a dynamic range over 120dB across the audible frequency range - some 64 times higher resolution then CD - Super Audio CD offers music reproduction that reveals details you just cannot hear on a normal CD.
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-S677 contained Firmware Version 1.117M0100 (as of 4/1/2014). Visit the BD-S677's Yamaha Support Page for the latest Firmware update information.
Dual USB Ports: The BD-S677 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 a variety of audio, video, or still image files saved on a USB msc (mass storage class) device. The USB memory device must be formatted with FAT 16/32. USB devices that can be charged via USB will be charged when plugged into the Blu-ray player's USB port (5V/0.5A).
File Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-S677 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; as well a USB mass storage class devices.
|File Type||File Codec|
|Audio||MP3 (8-320kbps; 32-48kHz), WMA (32-192kbps; 32-48kHz), AAC, WAV (24-bit/192kHz), FLAC (24-bit/192kHz), ALAC (24-bit/192kHz)|
|Video||AVCHD (DVD+R/RW only), DivX, MKV, MPEG, MPEG-4, H.264, AVI, ASF, WMV (1920 x 1080)|
|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.
HDMI 1.4 Output: The Yamaha BD-S677 features a single HDMI (ver.1.4) output for digital audio/video signal transmission. HDMI 1.4 supports 1080p/24Hz resolution, 3D video, Deep Color, x.v.Color, and HDMI CEC. The HDMI output supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080p/24 resolutions. Standard definition DVD signals (480p) are scaled and output at the specified resolution via HDMI.
Note: There are no analog video outputs.
1080p/24Hz Output: The BD-S677 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.
1080p Upscaling: Through the HDMI output, the BD-S677 is capable of upscaling the resolution of standard-definition DVD, network, and USB video. 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-S677 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p. This player automatically selects 3D or 2D mode based on video content; or it can be set to always display 2D.
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.
Deep/x.v.Color Support: The Blu-ray player supports Deep Color and x.v.Color content, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.
TV Aspect: Set the TV aspect ratio to match the connected television.
Video Settings: The Yamaha BD-S677 player also offers the following video settings to further fine tuner the player.
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
192kHz/32-Bit Audio DAC: The Yamaha BD-S677 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, and 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.
Audio Outputs: The Yamaha BD-S677 Blu-ray disc player is equipped with two digital audio outputs (optical/coaxial) and a stereo analog audio output (RCA).
Network Connection (Wired or WiFi): The Yamaha Blu-ray player features an Ethernet RJ-45 port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) and built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) 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.
Internet Apps: You can instantly access Internet content from a variety of online service providers.
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.
DLNA Certified: The BD-S677 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) 1.5 and Windows 7/8 compliant for multimedia networking. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music, videos, and photos stored on your Windows PC or other DLNA-certified media server/Android device. You can use your PC to play its content through the Blu-ray player and your home audio/video system, or use the BD-S677 to browse your multimedia files on your computer's hard drive. You can control playback of your streamed computer files from the Blu-ray player's remote control. The player also supports ID3-Tag and META tag information so song title, artist name, and album name can be displayed on your connected TV (via HDMI). The Yamaha Blu-ray player supports the playback of the following music, video, and photo files via DLNA.
Miracast: Miracast is a "screen mirroring" function which lets you wirelessly send the display from your compatible Windows 8.1+ or Android 4.2+ device (with support for Miracast) through the Blu-ray player and to your TV. This allows you to view pictures and videos that are playing on your compatible Windows or Android device on your TV screen. No wireless router or access point required.
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-S677 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 18.1 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-S677 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.
Auto Power Standby: This player will switch to screen saver mode if there is no operation for five minutes. After that, this unit will turn to standby mode when there is no operation for 15 minutes.
Wireless Remote Control: The Yamaha BD-S677 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray player and HDMI-CEC connected components. The remote offers a dedicated "VUDU" and "YouTube" button to access movies and video clips quickly.
HDMI Control: When a TV and/or AV receiver supporting HDMI-CEC are connected to the BD-S677 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: Download Yamaha's free AV Controller App (from iTunes or GooglePlay) onto your Apple iOS (5.0+) or Android device (2.1+) and turn your mobile device into a WiFi enabled remote control for the Yamaha Blu-ray player. Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same home network as the Yamaha Blu-ray player.
Remote Control In/Out: Two 3.5mm minijacks (Remote control input/output) are provided for wired remote control, allowing you to connect the BD-S677 to other compatible Yamaha components.
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I trust Crutchfield with quality products. [ JIM Jan 10, 2016 ]
RCA audio outs [ Michael Dec 21, 2015 ]
Sorry Michael, I have not tried that. If I recall, Netflix is not available on this machine. good luck. [ Vernon Jul 14, 2014 ]
In order to get Netflix working - I wound up returning Yamaha BD-S677 and purchasing a Yamaha BDA1020 which has the dedicated Netflix button. The 1020 had its own issues connecting with Netflix, that were resolved with a software fix - either from Yamaha or Netflix. Never figured out who came up with the solution. Just started working after several conversations with both vendors. It was an effort, but I am glad to have Netflix in the end. [ ALBERT H Jul 06, 2014 ]
Here are some options that I've tried: - Second blu-ray player - Kids' Wii - Connected laptop to receiver with an HDMI cable - Amazon Fire TV A working blu-ray player is the best option but not for $700+. The second best option was Amazon Fire TV but it doesn't support my Mac. I'm hoping the upcoming Apple TV will be the best answer. Through the Wii, the video quality is sub-VHS quality. You will need Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or some other streaming device for Netflix - just be certain it supports hi-def and has all of the streaming options you want (WatchESPN is a must!). The lack of streaming is a serious shortcoming for this, the Denon and some of the other players in this range. I am currently using the kids' Wii for Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. On this player, Vudu is okay if you want to pay for everything. It does, however, maintain a stable feed. Youtube is pointless. Honestly, this player isn't all that impressive. The player has had some problems with a couple of my blu-rays that were fine on a Sony refurb player and I've read that others have had difficulties with this model supporting blu-rays. If it can't play blu-rays - what's the point? I'm waiting for the new Apple TV to come out to decide if that is better than the Amazon Fire TV because I really don't want another game system for the kids to want to buy games for. [ T Jul 06, 2014 ]