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Yamaha RX-V381 (Titanium) AV Receiver - £199 @ Sevenoaks Sound & Vision
Yamaha RX-V381 (Titanium) AV Receiver - £199 @ Sevenoaks Sound & Vision

Yamaha RX-V381 (Titanium) AV Receiver - £199 @ Sevenoaks Sound & Vision

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AV receiver with built-in Bluetooth® for wireless music playback, stunning 4K Ultra HD video with HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR), BT.2020 compatibility and a discrete 5.1-channel amplifier design with automatic YPAO™ calibration to ensure optimal performance.

Can't really beat this for £199.

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No ATMOS or DTS:X.

Well spotted

No Onkyo.

Looks like a sofa. Haven't read that in a while.

powerbrick

No ATMOS or DTS:X.


not a major issue unless you are intending mounting speakers in the ceiling (yes I know you can get up firing speakers but still)

paulj48

not a major issue unless you are intending mounting speakers in the … not a major issue unless you are intending mounting speakers in the ceiling (yes I know you can get up firing speakers but still)



But still what? You can just get upward firing speakers, as you said?

superpanda

No Onkyo.


No but Yamaha very good indeed like Denon

It's even 249 at Richer Sounds!

How much is the postage?

kencol

It's even 249 at Richer Sounds!How much is the postage?



From their website

Delivery Charges
Sevenoaks Sound & Vision currently offers free Mainland UK delivery. Orders from Jersey and Guernsey will not be accepted. Additional charges may apply to areas outside the Mainland UK - deliveries to the Isle of Man and Orkney Islands will incur an additional charge - please e-mail enquiries@ssav.com for more details.

superpanda

No Onkyo.



​What's yogurt got to do with it?

Only 1 left!

Good deal.

Is this an upgrade to my denon 1909?

powerbrick

No ATMOS or DTS:X.


Of course it won't have Atmos or DTS:X, this is by design - the AVR is just 5.1. You need a minimum of 7.1 for Atmos/DTS:X where 2 channels can be reassigned to ceiling speakers - configuration 5.1.2.
Edited by: "dush_yant" 10th Mar

Not an Onkyo

Not an Onkyo

JohnCrichton

Looks like a sofa. Haven't read that in a while.


You just did. You wrote it aswell.

dush_yant

Of course it won't have Atmos or DTX:1, this is by design - the AVR is … Of course it won't have Atmos or DTX:1, this is by design - the AVR is just 5.1. You need a minimum of 7.1 for Atmos/DTX:1 where 2 channels can be reassigned to ceiling speakers - configuration 5.1.2.


What the hell is DTX:1??
Why would you buy a new amp without the latest tech? Suppose you would recommend a 1080P TV too.

Good deal, shame it doesn't have enough HDMI's compared to my current "sofa"

powerbrick

No ATMOS or DTS:X.



Which is useless for most people both due to space constraints or for that matter lack of support especially DTS:X, in a lounge 14' x 12' I have been more than happy with 5.1 bi-amping the fronts from a 7.1 channel receiver.

Dolby Atmos/DTS:X is about as 'essential' currently as a 4K TV LCD/LED backlit tv is.

powerbrick

What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest … What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest tech? Suppose you would recommend a 1080P TV too.



I suppose you are the sort of person that buys latest cameras via the megapixel count.

Still rocking the RXV 377, good amps. Use mine with some Tannoy floorstanders & centre, with some old Wharfedale diamond 9.1s as rears, and it can wake the dead.

cicobuff

I suppose you are the sort of person that buys latest cameras via the … I suppose you are the sort of person that buys latest cameras via the megapixel count.



Nope. I find my 5D Mk2, quite sufficient.

powerbrick

Nope. I find my 5D Mk2, quite sufficient.



Then you should understand that like with cameras whereby it is lens/sensor quality that is more important than pixel count it is the same with TVs, give me a decent 1080p Plasma over a LCD/LED 4K tv any day. And likewise why does anyone need/want to buy into Atmos/DTS:X to 'futureproof'?, not many budget end receivers have such tech, and still a good number of mid range receivers.

I am more than happy with my 2 year old receiver that does not have Atmos or DTS:X, and quite happy until the ridiculous price of OLED comes down and the market of proper 4K material is out than downgrading from plasma to a crappy budget 4K LCD/LCD set.

So to answer, why not have the latest tech...check your own reasonings with cameras, and try to apply it to other areas.

powerbrick

What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest … What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest tech? Suppose you would recommend a 1080P TV too.


Can you link one with latest tech for this price?

tinca

​What's yogurt got to do with it?



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cicobuff

Then you should understand that like with cameras whereby it is … Then you should understand that like with cameras whereby it is lens/sensor quality that is more important than pixel count it is the same with TVs, give me a decent 1080p Plasma over a LCD/LED 4K tv any day. And likewise why does anyone need/want to buy into Atmos/DTS:X to 'futureproof'?, not many budget end receivers have such tech, and still a good number of mid range receivers. I am more than happy with my 2 year old receiver that does not have Atmos or DTS:X, and quite happy until the ridiculous price of OLED comes down and the market of proper 4K material is out than downgrading from plasma to a crappy budget 4K LCD/LCD set.So to answer, why not have the latest tech...check your own reasonings with cameras, and try to apply it to other areas.


I bought the mk2 when it came out, so it was cutting edge at the time. If I was buying new now I would get the mk4, since I like the 5D, so not really comparable.

If you was to buy a new amp today would you not want all the current features?

Oh gawd, you one of those Plasma zealots Let me guess, Pioneer Kuro?

powerbrick

But still what? You can just get upward firing speakers, as you said?


But still, the cheapest upfiring speakers cost more than this amp, if your in a position where you think it's worth paying that much for up firerers then you'd probably be looking at a better amp anyway.

paulj48

But still, the cheapest upfiring speakers cost more than this amp, if … But still, the cheapest upfiring speakers cost more than this amp, if your in a position where you think it's worth paying that much for up firerers then you'd probably be looking at a better amp anyway.



Since when?
amazon.co.uk/Onk…NJA

And can usually be found cheaper when in stock on other Amazon regions.

powerbrick

Since … Since when?https://www.amazon.co.uk/Onkyo-SKH-410-Skh410-Atmos-Speakers/dp/B00O8LANJA And can usually be found cheaper when in stock on other Amazon regions.


Since last time I looked when I was in the market for a pair, they seem to have reduced in cost now.
Like I initially said though no Atmos is not an issue, like someone else has said this is a 5.1 amp so you wouldnt get Atmos or DTS:X


powerbrick

What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest … What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest tech? Suppose you would recommend a 1080P TV too.



Why are you forcing your standards on everyone else?

Some people just want to replace the TV's speakers, and this is a good price to do that, unless your watching 4K Blurays, then you wont be getting much more than Dolby Digital 5.1 from any source.

if you have a budget then this amp if fine.

haritori

Why are you forcing your standards on everyone else?Some people just want … Why are you forcing your standards on everyone else?Some people just want to replace the TV's speakers, and this is a good price to do that, unless your watching 4K Blurays, then you wont be getting much more than Dolby Digital 5.1 from any source. if you have a budget then this amp if fine.



Probably DD True HD or DTS Master. More standards.

Unknown brand - get a Kawasaki

haritori

Why are you forcing your standards on everyone else?Some people just want … Why are you forcing your standards on everyone else?Some people just want to replace the TV's speakers, and this is a good price to do that, unless your watching 4K Blurays, then you wont be getting much more than Dolby Digital 5.1 from any source. if you have a budget then this amp if fine.



-not my standards, the industries.
-If you are replacing the 'TV speakers' will you not need speakers as well?
-multiple sources cater for newer standards, PS4, Xbox One, VUDU streaming, forum.blu-ray.com/sho…132

powerbrick

What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest … What the hell is DTX:1?? Why would you buy a new amp without the latest tech? Suppose you would recommend a 1080P TV too.



You are mistaken. No 5.1 receiver has Atmos or DTS:X.

powerbrick

I bought the mk2 when it came out, so it was cutting edge at the time. If … I bought the mk2 when it came out, so it was cutting edge at the time. If I was buying new now I would get the mk4, since I like the 5D, so not really comparable.If you was to buy a new amp today would you not want all the current features?Oh gawd, you one of those Plasma zealots Let me guess, Pioneer Kuro?



cross us plasma zealots at your peril, mine is an LG

powerbrick

I bought the mk2 when it came out, so it was cutting edge at the time. If … I bought the mk2 when it came out, so it was cutting edge at the time. If I was buying new now I would get the mk4, since I like the 5D, so not really comparable.If you was to buy a new amp today would you not want all the current features?Oh gawd, you one of those Plasma zealots Let me guess, Pioneer Kuro?



Is this conversation going full circle? What more do you not seem to understand.

This is the latest tech, it is the usual big box shifters annual 'upgrade' from last years model, this Yamaha entry level model still is 5.1, even some mid range receivers that are 7.1 are not Dolby Atmos/DTS:X compatible, last years Sony's midrange £500 STR-DN1070 was not. The upgrade to this model the RX-V481 is still 5.1 yet has more features including DLNA FLAC streaming that this does not have...it is about giving consumers choice at differing price brackets, not everyone has a need or want for what you consider 'future proofing'.

To answer your question in relation to myself, no I do not 'need' all the current features, although within the price range of my receiver Pioneer do support DTS:X and Dolby Atmos as standards....but considering I intend (as I have done historically) a receiver for around 5 years this to me is not a problem or an issue, if my receiver borks in its 5 years Richer Sounds warranty and they replaced it with the latest model it would not make one iota of difference, I would not be utilising those codecs...

Firstly I do not have a 4K blu ray player, secondly I do not own or wish to own a 4K LCD TV..nothing has changed from the 1080p days...the resolution may be upped but the display still has to attempt to emulate deep blacks by zonal backlight switching at best which still cause blooming or at worst edge lit which causes edge of screen bleed.

Whilst 4K content is either horrendously compressed in broadcast mode and does not support even Dolby True HD (Dolby Digital 5.1 at most), and whilst the sparse array of true 4K content released on physical disc remains ridiculously expensive along with the cost of OLED I have no plans to want to change. As previously stated I am more than happy with a 5.1 setup in my size lounge, and more than happy with Dolby True HD/DTS Master Audio on current Blu Ray discs on the best technology television I can currently afford, I actually bought my plasma at the death of the format in knowledge that I wanted the best screen for my money going forward whilst awaiting the true successor to drop.

I am not ready for 4K yet, and that suits me fine, seems little in the industry currently is either...and when I am good and ready I will be happy that my current setup has given me years of quality viewing/audio pleasure. Unless I can see ourselves moving into a larger house even with a future possibility of owning an OLED then regardless Dolby Atmos or DTS:X would still not feature.

Nobody is at a disadvantage here in the world of AV Receivers, you pay your money and make your choice according to budget and features/sound quality you want. I wanted a receiver that played FLAC over my network, I wanted it to have a decent DAC, I wanted it to sound as good with music as it does home cinema, I wanted it to have at least 6 HDMI inputs and I wanted a 7.1 receiver to bi amp. The VSX-924 I have ticks all those boxes just fine, and two years later so does the replacement VSX-1131 with two codecs I still would not be utilising.

cicobuff

Is this conversation going full circle? What more do you not seem to … Is this conversation going full circle? What more do you not seem to understand.This is the latest tech, it is the usual big box shifters annual 'upgrade' from last years model, this Yamaha entry level model still is 5.1, even some mid range receivers that are 7.1 are not Dolby Atmos/DTS:X compatible, last years Sony's midrange £500 STR-DN1070 was not. The upgrade to this model the RX-V481 is still 5.1 yet has more features including DLNA FLAC streaming that this does not have...it is about giving consumers choice at differing price brackets, not everyone has a need or want for what you consider 'future proofing'.To answer your question in relation to myself, no I do not 'need' all the current features, although within the price range of my receiver Pioneer do support DTS:X and Dolby Atmos as standards....but considering I intend (as I have done historically) a receiver for around 5 years this to me is not a problem or an issue, if my receiver borks in its 5 years Richer Sounds warranty and they replaced it with the latest model it would not make one iota of difference, I would not be utilising those codecs...Firstly I do not have a 4K blu ray player, secondly I do not own or wish to own a 4K LCD TV..nothing has changed from the 1080p days...the resolution may be upped but the display still has to attempt to emulate deep blacks by zonal backlight switching at best which still cause blooming or at worst edge lit which causes edge of screen bleed.Whilst 4K content is either horrendously compressed in broadcast mode and does not support even Dolby True HD (Dolby Digital 5.1 at most), and whilst the sparse array of true 4K content released on physical disc remains ridiculously expensive along with the cost of OLED I have no plans to want to change. As previously stated I am more than happy with a 5.1 setup in my size lounge, and more than happy with Dolby True HD/DTS Master Audio on current Blu Ray discs on the best technology television I can currently afford, I actually bought my plasma at the death of the format in knowledge that I wanted the best screen for my money going forward whilst awaiting the true successor to drop.I am not ready for 4K yet, and that suits me fine, seems little in the industry currently is either...and when I am good and ready I will be happy that my current setup has given me years of quality viewing/audio pleasure. Unless I can see ourselves moving into a larger house even with a future possibility of owning an OLED then regardless Dolby Atmos or DTS:X would still not feature.Nobody is at a disadvantage here in the world of AV Receivers, you pay your money and make your choice according to budget and features/sound quality you want. I wanted a receiver that played FLAC over my network, I wanted it to have a decent DAC, I wanted it to sound as good with music as it does home cinema, I wanted it to have at least 6 HDMI inputs and I wanted a 7.1 receiver to bi amp. The VSX-924 I have ticks all those boxes just fine, and two years later so does the replacement VSX-1131 with two codecs I still would not be utilising.



The VSX-1131 is at a great price at the moment. Worth spending the extra in my honest opinion over this. But then you're stuck in the never ending "pay a bit more for a bit extra"...
Edited by: "rev6" 10th Mar

superpanda

No Onkyo.



She ruins the Beatles.

Lakeside

Unknown brand - get a Kawasaki


Or a Sony ?
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