Yamaha Corporation, as we all know, is a gigantic multinational company. In the music world they are known for their musical instruments, in the automobile industry they are known for their motorcycles and in the AV world they are known for their wonderful home-theatre receivers, speaker packages and a host of other audio products. This month, we reviewed one of their new offspring from the RX series of AV receivers, the RX-V471 5.1 receiver. The price tag at which it comes makes it an entry-level product. The popularity of entry level products spreads like wild fire in this country because we are a nation that loves movies and music, and we love them even more when they come at a reasonable price.
Out of the box
The Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver came neatly packed in a large box. Within the box, we found the receiver along with its remote control and a manual. The receiver doesn’t make a deep impression on you at first but as you spend more time with it the receiver begins to look beautiful. The beauty of the receiver is its simplicity; there aren’t too many buttons on the front panel. The display is left almost blank, and there are only a few buttons at the bottom of the display. The build quality of the AV receiver is commendable. The binding posts are sturdy; the volume knob is well finished and the outer casing, which is the main strength of any AV electronic unit, is well-built.
Quite standard in dimensions but well built
Yamaha has incorporated a lot of high-end technology into the RX-V471. The 5.1 channel receiver boasts of pumping out almost 105W of clean power into every channel. On the rear panel, there are speaker terminals so that you can easily connect a five-channel home-theatre speaker package to it, and also find an RCA line level subwoofer out. Yamaha RX-V471 is a fully loaded receiver; besides the outputs that we mentioned earlier the unit also provides video outs, recording outs, a headphone out that can be traced on the front panel and an HDMI out to which you can connect a flat panel or a projector. The four HDMI inputs at the back of the unit should suffice for most of your audio video needs, but if that is still not sufficient then you can always use the other composite and component inputs. Also, if you are a 3D fan then this receiver won’t disappoint you as it supports 3D video. Even the popular ARC (audio return channel) feature is available on this receiver.
The remote control of the Yamaha RX-V417 is lightweight and an easy fit for the average palm size. The one thing we didn’t like about it was that there are too many buttons on it, plus they are in close proximity to each other so every time you press a particular function the risk of pressing another button is quite high. Also, the main navigation button is not centrally located so it will take time for you to get adjusted to this remote control.
Lightweight and easy to use
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