Yamaha RX-V583 Review
THE VERDICT
The Yamaha RX-V583 is a great home theater amp at a reasonable price. It’s laundry list of features makes it a top-choice mid-range receiver.

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Design8.5
Features9
Value8.5
Ease of Use8
Sound Quality8
The Good
  • The Yamaha RX-V583 has an impressive set of streaming and multi-room audio features. The amp sounds great for movies and can decode the latest and greatest in home theater audio formats
The Bad
  • The 583 is a little skimpy on connection choices. No component inputs and only 4 HDMI inputs. It sounds slightly better for movies than music.
8.5Overall Score

Yamaha, like Onkyo, likes to load up its receivers with features. The 7-channel RX-V583 is the step-down model from the Yamaha RX-V683, but it’s no slouch in the features department. The amp has MusicCast, AirPlay, WiFi, and Bluetooth built-in. It also decodes both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X home theater formats.  If that’s not enough, it offers full 4K support with HDR, HDCP 2.2 and more….whew!  With its combo of features and solid performance, the 583 is more than ready to take on the competition from Sony, Denon, Onkyo, and Pioneer.

 

Appearance

Yamaha RX-V583 Review

I would like to tell you that the Yamaha RX-V583 has a brand new design that’s a huge departure from last year’s model, but I would be lying. The truth is, it’s nearly identical to last year’s RX-V581. The 583 is your basic black AV receiver box. The bottom half has a brushed aluminum finish with a large volume knob on the right. The face of the receiver has the usual compliment of buttons including a series of 4 scene select buttons which allows you to quickly choose an input and DSP setting. The receiver also has a headphone jack, a 3.5mm input, and a USB port conveniently located on the front.


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The Yamaha RX-V583 has a no-frills text driven user interface, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Navigating the menus are quick and easy thanks to its intuitive layout. I’ve criticized Yamaha’s button-riddled remotes in the past, but the simple layout of the 583’s gave me no reason to complain. In addition to the remote, Yamaha also offers an app which is a free download on Android and iOS devices. If you want a little more eye candy this will probably suffice. Besides looking pretty, the app is pretty powerful. Not only can you control nearly all of the settings of the amp, but additionally, you can customize the receivers sound by playing around with the DSP settings.

Connections

Yamaha RX-V583 Rear Connections

The Yamaha 583 has an OK, but not great selection of connection choices. The amp has 3 analog audio inputs and three digital (2 coaxial and 1 optical). If you need component inputs you’ll need to look somewhere else. A front USB input makes it convenient to connect a music player or a thumb drive that’s loaded up with music. It also has 4 HDMIs which isn’t a lot especially when you consider that the entry-level Yamaha RX-V383 comes with the same amount. However, if you have a 4K TV these HDMIs have most of the goodies you’re looking for such as 60 frames per second 4K pass-through, HDCP 2.2, BT.2020, HDR with Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log Gamma support. Basically, if you have a 4K TV all these little doodads mean your image should be richer and brighter.

 

Remember the days when networked AV receivers were a rarity. Those days are long gone. While most entry-level receivers are still waiting for networking features to trickle down to them, when you hit mid-level amps like the Yamaha RX-V583, it’s practically a requirement. In fact, when first booting up the 583 one of the first thing the amp prompts you to do is setup the network. If you have a newer Apple device the 583 can easily copy your WiFi settings and be on your network in no time. Along with WiFi, the 583 also has Bluetooth, AirPlay and a port for wired ethernet connections. Throw-in DLNA compatibility and you can stream audio from a multitude of devices such as smartphones, laptops or network attached storage devices.

 

Internet Streaming & Multi-Room Audio

With the Yamaha RX-V583’s networking acumen you can pull audio from a variety of online streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Tidal and Deezer. The 583 is also part of Yamaha’s MusicCast ecosystem. If you have MusicCast compatible speakers in your home it’s possible to zap audio from the 583 to those speakers simply by pressing the link icon in the app.

 

Audio Formats

The Yamaha RX-V583 picks-up bonus points because of the sheer number of audio formats it can decode. For music, it can handle MP3, DSD, AIFF, FLAC, WAV, and Apple Lossless.  And for home theater, the 7-channel receiver decodes Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X also come along for the ride. In total, the Yamaha 583 can power a 5.1.2 configuration for both of these formats.

 

Setup

Yamaha has one of the fastest and easiest auto calibrations around. Their YPAO calibration system only requires you to place the included microphone in one location. The amp uses a series of test tones to set the correct speaker crossovers, distances, and levels. One word of caution. As is the case with most auto calibration systems, YPAO isn’t infallible. In my case, it set the surrounds and front left/right channels to full range. After calibration, I went into the settings menu and set the crossovers to a THX recommended 80Hz. One nice feature is that if you have an Atmos/DTS:X arrangement, the amp allows you to specify one of three speaker patterns – overhead, front height or Dolby enabled in the setup menu.

 

The receiver doesn’t hold your hand through the setup process. However, if you run into trouble, Yamaha provides an AV setup app that will walk you through the necessary connections and configurations. The one caveat is that the app only works on tablets which is a bit of a bummer for anyone without a tablet sized device.

 

Sound Quality

Yamaha’s amps are known for delivering dynamic performances. Be it an entry-level receiver like the RX-V383 or a top-of-the-line amp in the Aventage series, Yamaha’s receivers usually deliver the goods.

 

John Wick Chapter 2, like its predecessor, has a more subdued Dolby Atmos soundtrack than some movies, but it shouldn’t be underestimated. The Yamaha RX-V583 growled to life almost immediately as John Wick’s car rumbled onto the screen. During the firefight inside the catacombs beneath Rome, bullets ricocheted and echoed from all directions.

 

Firing up Superman – Man of Steel on Blu-ray, the Yamaha RX-V583 delivered a fantastic spacial performance from the opening scene to the last. When the Man of Steel battled Zod’s Kryptonian lackeys in Smallville, every punch, explosion, and bullet was expertly placed in space. Bass was punchy and visceral. The 583’s low-frequency reproduction gave the movie’s soundtrack weight and solidity.

 

The 583’s treble and mid-range performance matched its meaty bass response. Dialogue was clean and clear. In testing out the amp it was clear to me that the 583 is slightly better for movies than music. While vocals sounded natural coming from the amp there was a slight disconnect between the amp’s upper mid-range and treble. This was more noticeable at high volume levels, however, it didn’t take away from my overall music enjoyment.

 

The Verdict

The Yamaha RX-V583 is a thrilling movie performer with solid music streaming and multi-room capabilities. It falls slightly short in its musical performance, but not by much. The 583 isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely on par with competing mid-range amps.

 


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