Yamaha RX-V483 Review
THE VERDICT
The Yamaha RX-V483 has nearly all the must-have features you’d expect in a mid-priced AV receiver. It also delivers solid sound quality to match.

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Design9
Features8.5
Value9
Ease of Use8.5
Sound Quality8.5
The Good
  • The 483 has good overall sound quality and has plenty of power on reserve. It also has a solid group of features with Bluetooth, WiFi and expanded 4K HDR support.
The Bad
  • The Yamaha RX-V483 still doesn’t support Chromecast. At high volume it has tendency to over accentuate treble.
8.5Overall Score

The Yamaha RX-V483 is the successor to last year’s noteworthy RX-V481 and the changes on this year’s model are mostly incremental. However, there have been a couple notable updates. For instance, the 483 has expanded its 4K capabilities by offering support for two additional HDR formats – Dolby Vision and Hybrid-Log Gamma.


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Besides this, the amp also has a solid array of networking support. Bluetooth, WiFi and AirPlay are built-in to the receiver. Throw MusicCast into the mix and the 483 starts looking like a networking dynamo. Combine all of this with its solid sound quality and the 5-channel Yamaha RX-V483 becomes a good mid-range option for many home theaters.

 

Yamaha RX-V483 Design

Yamaha RX-V483 Review

The face of the Yamaha RX-V483 isn’t as neat and tidy as some of the AV receivers I’ve reviewed, but overall it’s not too bad. The receiver has one knob on the front to control volume and a few extra buttons to control other essential functions.The 483 includes a set of quick select buttons that automatically select the correct input and DSP setting. However, chances are unless you lose the remote you’ll seldom find a reason to use these buttons.


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The remote is user-friendly and easy to use. If you prefer, you can also download and install Yamaha’s free AV Control app from the iOS and Google Play stores. It basically mimics all the features of the remote except it has a jazzier interface.

 

Speaking of interfaces, the Yamaha RX-V483 uses a basic text driven on-screen interface. It’s not flashy, but it’s well laid out and easy to navigate. What it lacks in flare, it makes up for with pure functionality.

 

Connections

Yamaha RX-V483 Connections

The Yamaha RX-V483 has nearly the same number of inputs as last year’s 481. The only difference is that the 483 has dropped one of the composite video inputs which probably won’t be a great loss to most users. Other than that, the 483 includes four RCA inputs, one optical and two coaxial digital, one USB input, a 3.5 mm jack, and one ethernet input.  In addition to these, the Yamaha RX-V483 includes four HDMI inputs and one output.

 

You’ll be hard pressed to find a new receiver that doesn’t include support for 4K video and the 483 is no different. It has a substantial list of UltraHD features. 60p, 4:4:4, HDCP2.2, BT.2020, HDR10, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid-Log Gamma) all come standard on the amp. If you’re an early adopter of this unit you may have to wait a few months for Dolby Vision and HLG as they’re not expected to be available until later in the year with a firmware update.

 

Networking & Wireless Features

If you step-up from the Yamaha RX-V383 to the 483 you get the added benefits of having a wireless and wired internet connection. Surprisingly, the 483 doesn’t offer support for Chromecast, but you do get Apple AirPlay. Bluetooth also comes included on this model.

 

Sonos was one of the first to get the ball rolling on multi-room audio and it hasn’t taken long for other companies to jump on board. Yamaha introduced their multi-room audio system MusicCast a couple of years ago and it’s been rapidly proliferating across all of their equipment. Within the MusicCast app you can pull audio from multiple streaming services such as Deezer, Spotify, Pandora, and Tidal. Overall, you don’t have a ton of streaming choices via the app which is a little disappointing since some of Yamaha’s competitors offer more options.

 

The real power of the MusicCast app is the ability to set up a multi-room audio system. The system essentially lets you broadcast audio from devices connected to the receiver to other compatible MusicCast speakers. As a result, you have the ability to create a whole house music system with the 483 at the heart of the whole shebang. You’re not just not limited to connected devices either. You can also send audio from one of the aforementioned streaming services to other speakers in your house via the MusicCast app.

 

The Yamaha 483 supports both Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio, however, since it only has 5-channels it doesn’t support DTS:X or Dolby Atmos. If you want to setup a couple of stereo speakers in another room, you have the option to use your rear speakers as zone 2 speakers. As far as music, the receiver can decode a variety of digital audio formats, not just MP3s. DSD, AIFF, FLAC, WAV and Apple® Lossless are all on the menu.

 

Setup

After you pull the Yamaha RX-V483 from its cardboard container, you’ll find that the receiver is pretty easy to setup.  If you get stumped during the initial configuration you can download Yamaha’s AV setup app and it will guide you through the entire process from start to finish.

 

MusicCast is relatively simple to get up and running in a few minutes. My biggest gripe with the setup is that the MusicCast connect button is only located on the front of the receiver. It would be more convenient if the remote had a connect button. Once in the MusicCast app you can assign the Yamaha RX-V483 to a specific room which is especially handy if you have multiple MusicCast devices.

 

If you’re accustomed to setting up AV receivers you can manually configure your speaker crossovers and distances. However, most will probably want to use Yamaha’s built-in YPAO calibration system. Using YPAO is a painless quick process that only takes a few minutes to complete. Unlike other more complicated calibration systems, you’re only required to place the measurement mic at one location.

 

After the Yamaha RX-V483 barks out a series of test tones, YPAO automatically sets the crossover frequencies and distances for your speakers. For the most part, the settings were spot-on after I ran YPAO except for the fact that it set my front and surround channels to large. This was easily fixed in the settings menu.

 

Sound Quality

I was fairly impressed with the sound quality of last year’s RX-V481 and this year’s successor is pretty much on par with the previous model. The RX-V483 wasted no time asserting itself. The 5-channel amp eagerly attacked the soundtrack of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It did a solid job of steering sound around the room. Imperial Tie Fighters effortlessly zoomed from the left and right rear channels creating a convincing and enveloping soundscape.

 

Moving on to “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them“, the Yamaha RX-V483 proved that it had plenty of power in reserve as I cranked the volume. The amp’s sound never became strained. Dialogue was clear and crisp. When the on-screen action increased, the 483 had no problem keeping up. When compared to the RX-V383, the 483’s soundstage was wider and more cohesive. The 483 also had more punch in the low-end. Dialogue was easily intelligible even with intense on-screen craziness.

 

The Yamaha 483 was also no slouch in the music department. It attacked Michael Jackson’s Xscape album with intense fervor. The receiver displayed good clarity and impressive dynamic range. At mid-volume, Jackson’s vocals were warm and inviting. When I increased the volume I did notice some of that warmth diminishing. At high volume levels, the amp’s treble became slightly over accentuated. It wasn’t enough to take away from my music enjoyment, however, it was something that I felt it was important to note.

 

The Verdict

The Yamaha RX-V483 is a great successor to the 481. It takes everything that was great about last year’s model and adds to it. With the 483’s improved 4K HDR support, great sound quality, and reasonable price it’s hard to mount an argument against this receiver.


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