Summary: In general I like Yamaha and if it was not for the HDMI issue I would have no issue with this receiver. However the HDMI is the heart of the unit for my purposes (and most others I assume) so I cannot in good conscience give more than 2 eggs given the failure I had. Warranty service was easy but very disappointed overall.
Pros: Using HDMI to drive my home system Blue-ray, Cable, PS3. Easy setup, Airplay works well with the network attachment, Nice sound quality. Drives my Polk home 5.1 system w/ no complaints. Good warranty coverage. Good phone support.
Cons: Major HDMI board issues. Unit worked intermittently after first month and then went out all together. Had to send to Yamaha repair shop to replace HDMI board and was told this is common on these units from Yamaha. Very concerned this will happen again soon and be w/o warranty coverage.
Summary: This receiver in my opinion is low standard for a Yamaha. I have the RX-V793 receiver that I have had for several years, I wanted to move up to the newest features. I was very, very disappointed in the sound of the RX-V473, it also does not come with extra plugins in the rear to hook up other components I unhooked it and went back to my RX-V793.
Summary: I spent too much time swapping out speakers thinking they were the problem. It just seems like the receiver just isn't as good as the older one I have. I will continue to search for a good configuration, and will update this review if I figure it out. If you don't want to have buyers remorse I would look at other models or other brands.
Pros: Easy to setup. Nice features.
Cons: Can't seem to get good volume out of the receiver. I have to turn it to 30dB to watch a movie. I have an older Yamaha that fills the room with sound at 40dB with smaller speakers.
Pros: Plenty of HDMI inputs, Control from smartphone, Setup tone and mic.
Cons: No conversion from component to hdmi converter so have to have two outputs to tv, have had to reset and setup unit twice due to no volume on power up, no tech support the level one sent to level two and they never called me
Summary: UPDATE 03/18/2013: * This receiver hangs my iPod Nano after playing only a few songs. I have to let the battery go down all the way on the iPod before it will "reboot". * The problem with the cable box continues. I've decided this receiver is no longer on my "recommended" list. I think I will be buying another Onkyo, when the time comes. As a simple stereo amp this is all right. For the center of my home entertainment setup, it's definitely not.
Pros: HDMI inputs all come into the receiver and then out to the TV. The receiver controls everything automatically. Switching the remote to dvd turns on the dvd player for you. No need to mess with programming the remotes, everything seems to be handled through the HDMI network. Changing the volume on any remote changes it on the receiver too.
Cons: But... hdmi is already slow when switching cable channels. Changing channels now is twice as slow as the receiver is in the middle of things. And worst of all, the receiver looses the video when changing resolutions, ie 720p to 480i or 1080i to 480i. Only way to recover the video is to power cycle the receiver. Cycling the TV or cable box doesnt recover it. Also the receiver displays the volume on the tv when you change the volume. Thats fine, but it seems to be sent ...
Summary: Hätte ich nur auf die negativen Rezensionen hier gehört...! Optisch macht der Yamaha RX-V473 einen guten Eindruck. Leider kam es, wie hier teils beschrieben, zu massiven Tonaussetzer über HDMI. Ich habe ein Apple TV 3. Generation angeschlossen um meine Musikstreams zu hören. Dann die ersten Tonausfälle. Zuerst dachte ich mein Netzwerk sei zu langsam, dann aber bemerkte ich, das der Stream komplett geladen war und einwandfrei hätte abspielen müssen.
Summary: hatte mir den reciver yamaha rx-v473 wegen der guten bewertungen, airplay, netzwerk bestellt. der klang und die surroundeigenschaften sind echt super, hab ja auch boxen von teufel dran. ABER den rest kann man ja voll vergessen! DLNA geht nur über lan kabel bzw. ein extra gerät. und dann kann das teil nicht mal videos abspielen. mediastreaming gleich null! und die einstellungen für zb. lan, wlan,airplay,...
Summary: Je suis déçu. J'ai un meilleur son dans mon casque qui n'est pas un casque de grande qualité. Je trouve le son froid, les paroles peu audibles. Peut-être est-ce à cause des baflles? Pourtant, ce sont des focal chorus 706. Peut-être une mauvaise combinaison? De plus, quand je branche mon lecteur mp3, je trouve que l'amplification du son n'est pas bonne non plus.