Manufacturer: Yamaha Part number: RX-V473
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CNET editors' review
price range: $366.99 - $399.95
- Reviewed by: Matthew Moskovciak and Steve Guttenberg
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 11/26/2012
The good: The Yamaha RX-V473 has built-in networking functionality, including AirPlay and Internet radio. Its sound quality is solid with both music and movies, and it can be controlled with a smartphone app that's available for iOS and Android.
The bad: Nearly every competing receiver offers more HDMI inputs at this price level. The included remote is difficult to use, and the UI looks painfully dated.
The bottom line: The Yamaha RX-V473 is a serviceable 5.1 AV receiver, but given that it has only four HDMI inputs, competing models offer a better value.
by Premium-User on February 5, 2013
Pros: + Airplay is great and is not limited to IOS products
+ Very easy to set up
+ Powerfull and clean system
Cons: - Remote could be easier to operate
Summary: I had an older Yamaha Receiver which this unit replaced. All I can say is wow - I did not know (unfortunately) what I was missing. If you have been ...
Summary: I had an older Yamaha Receiver which this unit replaced. All I can say is wow - I did not know (unfortunately) what I was missing. If you have been on the fence to replace older analog equipment, I hope this helps you make the leap. Everything, and I mean everything, sounds better with this receiver. My surround system sounds like what I expected it to sound like but never quite experienced with the old setup. I am listening to music more with airplay and movies and TV really come alive and are immersive in sound.
Set up is somewhat complicated and took me a few hours to get it right. Here is what I learned setting it up. 1- you have to read the manual and you may have to read it more than once 2 - equipment does not necessarily talk well with each other - especially my media center PC. I turned off CEC control on my TV and that seemed to help (the TV and Receiver were duking it out so it seemed). 3 - The receiver likes newer HDMI cables. I had an older hdmi cable that did not work well (connected to that PC) but once I replaced it with Amazon basic cables (good value by the way), it did the trick. 3 - Watch the YPAO video. I looked at the settings that YPAO set up and they seemed "odd" but after I watched the YPAO video -( key learning - put the mic at ear level where you sit - I did this by placing the tripod on the sofa where I usually sit), the odd settings went away.
Airplay is great and Airplay is not limited to IOS products. It works well on both IOS and Android. Net radio works well too though bookmarking is a pain (Airplay, I have discovered, is much easier to use).
The Yamaha app makes it easier to control the receiver and makes up for the cruddy on screen display/remote.
In the grand scheme of things, this is something that you can keep for a long time.
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It is worth the money and I consider it to be one of the best purchases I have made in a while.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
by highstrng1 on April 11, 2013
Pros: AIRPLAY AND NET RADIO
Cons: I CAN'T THINK OF ANY
Summary: Absolutely a fantastic receiver. Especially for the money. I also had an old yamaha receiver. i up graded and BAM... I couldn't believe the difference.. Not to mention the ...
Summary: Absolutely a fantastic receiver. Especially for the money. I also had an old yamaha receiver. i up graded and BAM... I couldn't believe the difference.. Not to mention the airplay, net radio and the ability to use my smart phone as remote control. Its awesome.
I recommend it to everyone I know.
Sound and features nice, HDMI configuration issues
by aerobott on August 25, 2012
Pros: Really nice sound, fairly straightforward configuration navigation, good network detection and connectivity, solid list of features for the price, pretty straightforward to use remote, solid construction
Cons: Serious HDMI computer screen geometry detection issues.
Summary: When run with a computer as AV source, severe limitations must be put on the TV screen geometry mode to get the computer desktop to be useable. At this late ...
Summary: When run with a computer as AV source, severe limitations must be put on the TV screen geometry mode to get the computer desktop to be useable. At this late date in the development in all these devices, the receivers HDMI detection and configuration routine should be much more advanced. I used the receiver to replace an external HDMI switch box, but the switch box didn't have these problems and it's three years older than the receiver. Hopefully, Yamaha will fix the problem, it's not like computers with HDMI cards don't exist out there.
- Manufacturer: Yamaha
- Part number: RX-V473
- Description: Expand Apple connectivity with AirPlay and versatile USB input for iPad compatibility. Be ready for the future with sophisticated technologies like 4k video pass-through and 20% less power consumption with ECO mode.
- Product type Home Theater Receiver
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.1 in x 12.4 in x 6.3 in
- Color Black
- Surround System Class 5.1 channel
- Amplifier Output Details 80 Watt,
- THD 0.9 % - 7 channel(s) ( Surround ),
- 20 - 20000 Hz - THD 0.09 % - 2 channel(s) ( Surround )
- Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
- Audio D/A Converter 24bit / 192kHz
- Built-in Decoders Dolby Digital Plus,
DTS-HD High Resolution,
DTS-HD Master Audio,
- Surround Sound Effects CINEMA DSP 3D,
SILENT CINEMA DSP,
Virtual CINEMA DSP
- Digital Sound Processor (DSP) Yes
- DSP Preset Qty 17
- Output Power (Total) 115 Watt
- Apple AirPlay AirPlay built-in
- Additional Features Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO),
Compressed music enhancer,
DLNA 1.5 certified,
iPod and iPhone compatible
Networking & Digital Media
- Connectivity Ethernet ,
Wi-Fi ready, adapter sold separately
- Internet Streaming Services vTuner
- DLNA Yes
- USB features USB flash drive playback
- Tuner Type Radio tuner - AM/FM - Digital
- Preset Station Qty 40
Inputs & Outputs
- HD connectors HDMI connection(s) on this receiver make it a great choice for your High-Def home theater. One cable carries digital audio and video data directly to your display.
- Connections 1xHeadphones-Front,
1xAudio line-in(Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm)-Front,
1xComposite video input(RCA phono)-Front,
1xUSB(4 pin USB Type A)-Front,
4xHDMI input(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
1xHDMI output(19 pin HDMI Type A)-Rear,
2xComponent video input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xMonitor output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
2xSPDIF input(RCA phono)-Rear,
2xComposite video input(RCA phono)-Rear,
2xComposite video/audio input(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xAudio line-in(RCA phono x 2)-Rear,
1xComposite video/audio output(RCA phono x 3)-Rear,
1xMonitor output(RCA phono)-Rear,
1xSubwoofer output(RCA phono)-Rear,
5xSpeakers output(Banana/spade x 2)-Rear,
- Headphone Jack Yes
- Coaxial Digital Input Yes
- Optical Digital Input Yes
- HDMI Switching Yes
- HDMI features Standby pass-through ,
Audio return channel (ARC) ,
4K Pass through
- Type of remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] Auto calibration microphone,
- Power Device Power supply - Internal
- Power Consumption Stand by / Sleep 0.1 Watt
Dimensions & Weight (Shipping)
- Width 15.6 in
- Depth 20.9 in
- Height 9 in
- Weight 20.9 lbs