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. The first thing I did after following the quick setup procedures, I became familiar with the equipment manual.
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. For under $800 total for the receiver, speakers, wire, speaker stands - I have a great system on a reasonable budget.
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. Is it going to compete with separates or receivers that cost 2-10x the price? Nope, but most folks will be pleasantly surprised with the warm rich sounds that this beast pours out in droves.
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. Its does an excellent job processing video and my blu rays look AMAZING!!.The on screen menu is much better on this unit than most I have seen and works great for setting up my speakers.
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. The internet radio, iPhone Air Play, and DLNA features are fantastic although not as easy to use in some other comparable models. Sound Reproduction from MP3's is much better than others I have listened to.
Summary: I chose this unit to drive the BIC F56 Sound Bar (5 channels). Yamaha offered the sound controls I need for all my video and audio sources. It brings out the best is the F56. Has network and HDMI, USB connects, etc. With all the features considered, it also was offered at the best price. Take the time to do all the settings, and it will deliver.