Excerpt: 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.
Excerpt: There has been something of a dry spell for new AVRs of late. Months have passed without seeing one then, like buses, Yamaha launches the five-model strong RXV-x71 lineup all at once. To celebrate the 25 years since the launch of its Cinema DSP technology, Yamaha’s fledglings get some cutting edge features and obligatory eco-friendly credentials, too.
Summary: The Yamaha RX-V471 is a well-appointed, highly musical AV receiver that punches above its budget price tag. It's well built, sounds great, and even throws in USB playback. After a couple of years out of sync, Yamaha is back in the groove.
Pros: Refined, well-rounded audio performance, High-quality digital-signal processing modes, Supremely easy to use, USB music playback
Cons: No Ethernet networking, Not massively dynamic, No album art support outside of iOS devices