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Yamaha RX-V581 AV Receiver £349 sevenoakssoundandvision
Yamaha RX-V581 AV Receiver £349 sevenoakssoundandvision

Yamaha RX-V581 AV Receiver £349 sevenoakssoundandvision

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A friend of mine was asking what model my avr was and where I got it, I paid 399.99 at richer reduced from 500 just over 4 months ago so this price is a steal.

Amazing piece of kit solid sound, lots of features and this came out top when I tested the similarly priced denon and pioneers

Not as many hdmis as some other avrs but all 4k capable and it was enough for my sources.

This 7.2-channel network AV receiver features Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ object based surround sound decoding along with the latest in 4K Ultra HD video technologies, built-in Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi to conveniently access music wirelessly from a mobile device, advanced speaker configurations and Zone B audio to provide added system versatility and MusicCast, an application that delivers wireless multiroom audio.

Key Features

7.2-Channel surround sound

Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ to hear the latest in surround sound technology

MusicCast wireless multiroom audio

Bluetooth® to stream music from your phone or smart device

Compressed Music Enhancer and high-resolution audio support for sound clarity

Zone B audio to fill another environment with sound

Wi-Fi, network streaming services

4K Ultra HD pass-through with HDCP 2.2 support

High dynamic range (HDR) and BT.2020 compatibility

YPAO™ sound optimization tuning for your home

20 Comments

Are they all 2.2 HDCP ports?

Good price

Tuvra

Are they all 2.2 HDCP ports?


They are all 2.2 HDCP but as there are only 4 HDMI inputs on the back of this amp this will be quite restrictive for most people.

Same price at RS, TribalUK, Amazon (not direct) and ElectricShop (there's also a possible extra £5 off with voucher code JANSALE5 and 2.3% TopCashback making a potential price of £336.09).

Tempting. I wonder if the Denon 2300 will drop to a similar price soon?

paulj48

They are all 2.2 HDCP but as there are only 4 HDMI inputs on the back of … They are all 2.2 HDCP but as there are only 4 HDMI inputs on the back of this amp this will be quite restrictive for most people.



​Most people? How? I have a 4k smart TV for 4k netflix etc, XB1S for 4k DVD, PS4 Pro and would still have 2 spare ports for a SkyQ/Virgin box and something else if I wanted it, what more do you need? I'd say 4 is ample for the vast majority of people.

klargon

Tempting. I wonder if the Denon 2300 will drop to a similar price soon?


I'd pay the extra £50 for the Denon as it has 8 HDMI inputs all 2.2HDCP more future proof.

Tuvra

​Most people? How? I have a 4k smart TV for 4k netflix etc, XB1S for 4k D … ​Most people? How? I have a 4k smart TV for 4k netflix etc, XB1S for 4k DVD, PS4 Pro and would still have 2 spare ports for a SkyQ/Virgin box and something else if I wanted it, what more do you need? I'd say 4 is ample for the vast majority of people.


The average type of person who would choose an AV amp over a soundbar or Sonos type system is going to be a bit more of an 'enthusiast' and more likely to have more bits of kit.

I'm yet to go 4K but at the moment I have under my TV connected via a Pioneer AV processor is an Xbox 1, PS4, Sky box, Zgemma box, Wii U and an android box so that's 6. Limiting yourself to just 4 inputs when there are other products on the market for similar money with 8 inputs is just daft.
Edited by: "paulj48" 17th Jan

Any one know a quite good speakers set for it maybe?

Wii U? I wouldn't even bother connecting that to the surround sound- I'd go straight to the TV, the Zgemma is doing the same as the sky box so is excessive and Exodus which I assume is why you have the android box can be installed on smart TV's, therefore your setup is more overkill than "enthusiast". I'd bet everything you access, I can access with my setup and I only need 3 ports, granted I don't have a sky box just a Zgemma but I could if I wanted to.

I don't think having an amp with four ports is daft at all. My setup (excluding the amp) is bang up to date and future proofed for a few years and I only need 3 HDMI ports. Zgemma, PS4 Pro, XB1S job done.

Making sure that all 4 ports are 2.2 compliant is more of a concern than the quantity to me and I should imagine the same would apply to most people.

I'd bet a lot of AV enthusiasts don't even own one let alone two or three consoles so this system will be ideal for a lot of people, including myself.

Tuvra

Wii U? I wouldn't even bother connecting that to the surround sound- I'd … Wii U? I wouldn't even bother connecting that to the surround sound- I'd go straight to the TV, the Zgemma is doing the same as the sky box so is excessive .


I love a bit of Mario Kart 8 in surround sound so connected direct to the TV is a definite no especially as I have the speakers and system anyway, why would I not. My AV processor is also used as a matrix so I can also use/watch anything connected on the TV in the lounge or on the TV in the kitchen/diner using the HDMI zones.

Edited by: "paulj48" 17th Jan

Original Poster

Thanks for feedback all

Original Poster

Admast79

Any one know a quite good speakers set for it maybe?



​Q acoustics 3000 series are what I have paired with mine with 3050 floorstanders as fronts

Original Poster

paulj48

I'd pay the extra £50 for the Denon as it has 8 HDMI inputs all 2.2HDCP … I'd pay the extra £50 for the Denon as it has 8 HDMI inputs all 2.2HDCP more future proof.



​Granted its what people are looking for if youre like me and only have 3/4 sources you'll be definitley using I prefer the sound and the functionality the yamaha offers, the yamaha musicast app to control the avr is top notch

klargon

Tempting. I wonder if the Denon 2300 will drop to a similar price soon?



​not likely..that's a better product on the first place

what's the difference between the v581 and v681?
the v681 is £399.

v681 has 4K upscaling, v581 doesn't - so I wouldn't consider buying this.

Only 3x HDMI inputs are 2.2 - HDCP on v681 vs 4x 2.2 HDMI ports on the v581. Maybe enough for you?

The wattage per speakers is greater - v681 is 90w vs v581 is 80w.

To me what's important -

1. 4K upscaling.
2. v2.2 HDCP on all HDMI ports.
3. High wattage per speakers - will come handy when having a house party! With the radio playing on the AV or using the Android TV.X)
4. HDR.
5. DTS-X.
6. ATMOS.
7. Great headphones High fidelity support - supporting various virtual hi-fi environments - to keep Misses happy and me enjoying my ManCave. oO

Edited by: "MiahAM2013" 17th Jan

MiahAM2013

v681 has 4K upscaling, v581 doesn't - so I wouldn't consider buying this. … v681 has 4K upscaling, v581 doesn't - so I wouldn't consider buying this. Only 3x HDMI inputs are 2.2 - HDCP on v681 vs 4x 2.2 HDMI ports on the v581. Maybe enough for you?The wattage per speakers is greater - v681 is 90w vs v581 is 80w.To me what's important - 1. 4K upscaling.2. v2.2 HDCP on all HDMI ports.3. High wattage per speakers - will come handy when having a house party! With the radio playing on the AV or using the Android TV.X)4. HDR.5. DTS-X.6. ATMOS.7. Great headphones High fidelity support - supporting various virtual hi-fi environments - to keep Misses happy and me enjoying my ManCave. oO


thanks!...gotta be the v681 then

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andreasuk

what's the difference between the v581 and v681?the v681 is £399.



​581 doesn't upscale but it does pass through 4k so if you have 4k source I. E Netflix 4k and 4k TV you'll be fine
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