Summary: I have had RV-473 for about a month now and I'm still learning about its capabilities.First, I am delighted with this AV receiver. Having migrated from a 2nd generation stereo rec/am to the 473 gave me a case of culture shock.
Summary: This receiver is a winner! The features are simple and the sound quality is exceptional. I have this receiver mated with the Energy 5.1 Take Classic Home Theater Speaker System and I couldn't be more pleased with the overall package.
Summary: These days receivers pack in a ton of features, and sometimes it's hard to have it all and get great sound. While "having it all" is a moving target, this receiver does cover the bases, albeit with a few rough edges. First off the receiver sounds great.
Summary: This is my second Yamaha receiver and I couldn't be happier!!..I was a long time fan of Pioneer, until mine died last year and I figured I would give Yamaha a try and I'm very glad I did!!..This receiver does come with the YPAO, but I guess I'm just "Old School" and set mine up by ear.
Summary: Other manufacturers receivers in the same price range may have some more features but I have not found anyone of them that sounds better. After all "the sound" is what a receiver is all about. This is a well built versatile receiver.