Conclusion: With the BD-S473, Yamaha has created a nice Blu-ray player that does a good job in the performance department and keeps it simple and sweet. I really enjoyed using the player for Blu-ray/CD spinning. However, the BD-S473 faces some pretty stiff competition from lower-priced players that offer more connection options, more Web services, and built-in WiFi.
Excerpt: Yamaha currently offers three Blu-ray players to complement the brand's range of home audio and home theater electronics. Of the three, The BD-S473 is the least expensive, but still offers enough functionality to meet the needs of most average consumers. When considering a "budget" player (often with a shorter list of features) performance, reliability, and value become the most critical points of interest.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for an abundance of Internet apps, slick, sophisticated onscreen presentation and a radical design, strike the Yamaha BD-S473 off your list. But if you want a robustly made machine that does the basics well, delivers eye-popping pictures and throws in a few treats to keep the interest up, then give it a whirl. The only issue is the price, which is relatively high for a player so light on features and connectivity.
Pros: Solid build quality, Excellent AV performance, Network streaming and YouTube
Cons: No built-in Wi-Fi, Limited Internet content, Basic onscreen design