REVIEW | Yamaha RX V475 5.1 Channel Receiver - AV Product Reviews
Chris Murray | On 13, Jun 2013
The Yamaha RX V475 is one of Yamaha’s newer models. Most who’ve purchased it have felt that the Yamaha 475 has great sound quality however, it does come up short in a few key areas. It’s overly complex remote is one and it’s lack of connectivity options is another. But given it’s sound quality, it’s easy to overlook it’s shortcomings.
Yamaha 475 Appearance & Connectivity
The Yamaha 475 has the same design as last years RX line of receivers. The top half has a high gloss sheen to it and the bottom half has a matte almost brushed metal look to it. However, like most a/v receivers, it’s still just a big black box. The front of the Yamaha 475 has the normal accoutrement of buttons that you’d expect such as tuning, input select etc. Usually, we’d say you’d never have a reason to really use any of the buttons on the front however, one look at the Yamaha RX V475 remote and you might have a reason. The remote has a crap load of buttons which makes it a little cumbersome to use. Yamaha has seen fit to cram nearly every button you could possibly need on the remote. In fact, there’s so many that you’re probably better off getting a nice universal remote or just using the iOS / Android app to control the receiver. The app provided by Yamaha will control many of the basic functions of the receiver
Turn the Yamaha RX V475 around and you’ll see all of the connectivity choices you have. Overall the 475 gives you an OK amount of connectivity options, but it does have a few shortcomings. For one, you have a total of 5 HDMI inputs. This isn’t much, especially when you consider that many of Yamaha’s competitors in this price range offer more HDMI inputs, but for most casual home theater buffs, 5 will be enough.
The one thing that is a little strange about the Yamaha 475 is that many of the audio and video inputs are placed into groups. Meaning that if you plug in a device into the AV2 group then you have to use the coaxial audio input that’s in that group with the component video input that’s in the same group. On top of that, you can’t re-assign any of these inputs. In reality this isn’t too bad, but it could limit your connectivity options slightly.
Yamaha RX V475 List of Inputs/Outputs
- HDMI 5 Inputs/1 Output
- USB: 1
- Ethernet: 1
- Digital Coaxial: 2 inputs
- Digital Optical: 2 inputs
- Analog: 4 inputs/1 Output
- Component Video: 2 inputs/1 Output
- Composite Video: 5 inputs/1 Output
- Subwoofer Preout: 1
Yamaha RX V475 Network Functions
As with most modern a/v receivers, the Yamaha RX V475 has pretty good network functions. You get access to a variety of internet radio stations including Pandora. The 475 doesn’t have the variety of internet stations that some of it’s competitors do (Onkyo for instance), but it has enough for most casual users. The Yamaha 475 is DLNA compliant so you can push music from any DLNA compliant server on your network to the receiver.
As mentioned earlier, the Yamaha 475 has an app that you can install on your iOS or Android phone that will allow you to control many of the basic functions of the receiver. Along with this, Yamaha also has a neat WebBrowser control that gives you the ability to control the 475 from your web browser. This is a little gimmicky, but it’s still cool nonetheless.
Like most, if not all, of Yamaha’s line-up of home theater receivers, the Yamaha RX 475 supports Airplay. Airplay basically just allows you to push music from your iPhone, iPad, iPod or iTunes wirelessly. Unlike Onkyo’s group of 2013 receivers, the 475 does not have built in WiFi or bluetooth. To enable any of these functions you’ll need to purchase separate adapters. (The YWA-10 and the YBA-11)
Yamaha 475 Video and Sound
The Yamaha 475 supports 4k video and 3D passthrough as well as ARC (Audio Return Channel). 4K video is roughly four times the resolution of 1080p and while the 475 will passthrough a 4k video signal, it won’t upscale to 4K. On the rear of the 475 is an MHL compatible HDMI input. MHL allows for a direct connection between compatible mobile phones or camcorders to the receiver. This allows for playback of 1080p video or multichannel audio from these devices. Yamaha decided to place this port in an inconvenient location on the back of the receiver. It would have been more convenient if this input was on the front of the receiver. The one thing they did put on the front is a USB port. Which is perfectly suited for plugging in your iOS, Droid or USB device into the receiver.
The Yamaha RX-v475 is a 5.1 Channel receiver and is rated at a respectable 115 watts per channel. It supports the major HD audio formats including: Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio™. The Yamaha 475 also employs a discrete amp configuration and Burr-Brown 192 kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels. For calibration Yamaha uses YPAO for sound calibration which measures your room’s acoustics and makes the necessary audio adjustments accordingly.
What are People Saying about the Yamaha RX-V475?
The overall reception of the Yamaha 475 has been very positive. Head over to Amazon and you’ll find overwhelmingly positive reviews of the 475. Like we mentioned above, some reviewers did have problems with the overly complicated remote that comes with the Yamaha RX-V475. Most purchasers felt the sound quality and the network features were great. Some commented that the setup was very easy and felt that receiver was very user friendly.
Overall, the Yamaha RX-V475 is a good entry level receiver. It does have a few drawbacks such as the lack of HDMI inputs and a pretty terrible remote. However, you do get a nice amount of networking features and like most purchasers have stated, it has excellent sound quality. The current MSRP is about $449, but you can usually find it for under this. If you’re looking for good sounding entry level receiver, then the Yamaha 475 might be a good place to start.
Manufacturers Contact Information
|Onkyo (800) 229-1687 onkyousa.com||Denon (201) 762-6665 usa.denon.com||Yamaha (800) 4-YAMAHA usa.yamaha.com|
|Pioneer (800) 421-1404 pioneerelectronics.com||Harman Kardon (203) 328-3500 harmankardon.com||Samsung 1-800-SAMSUNG samsung.com|
|Seiki Digital 1 (855) 697-3454 www.seiki.com||Sony (877) 865-SONY sony.com||Sharp USA 1-800-237-4277 sharpusa.com|