Yamaha rxv481 £249 from richer sounds
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Yamaha rxv481 £249 from richer sounds

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Found 19th Jun
Got apple play the lot not as good as the 581 but if you don't or want 7.1 or dolby atmos then this is a very good deal

Much more than just a top quality AV receiver, the Yamaha RXV481 with MusicCast is the hub of your multi-room music, too.

MusicCast for music all around your home
The Yamaha RXV481 is part of Yamaha's hugely impressive network audio system, MusicCast. With MusicCast you can control all your compatible Yamaha MusicCast products via your smartphone or tablet. Play the same music on all the components or split the sound into different zones for different moods in each room; the choice is yours. The MusicCast CONTROLLER app lets you operate the system around your home and change settings quickly and easily.

Advanced networking including Apple AirPlay and Bluetooth
As well as MusicCast, the RXV481 also has built-in Apple AirPlay, letting you stream music from your Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or other compatible Apple device, wirelessly. You can also view data such as song title, artist name as well as album art* via the AV receiver's on-screen display. *Some models don't support album art display. If you use another brand of smartphone or tablet then you've also got Bluetooth, for easy music streaming from your portable device.

Wi-Fi, DLNA and a smart app for effortless streaming
Connecting to your home network is easy with built-in Wi-Fi. A DLNA certified connection also makes streaming a breeze. You can access your stored music from PC, laptop or NAS drive and listen to Internet radio stations and music services such as Spotify. Another great feature is the downloadable Apple or Android app that lets you control many of the receiver's functions from your smartphone, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or tablet.

Crisp, punchy sound
By using a discrete amplifier with low jitter PLL (Phase-Locked Loop), distortion is exceptionally low and background noise very quiet. The amplifier also delivers a handy 80 watts per channel (6 ohms) for totally immersive sound. For an even punchier sound, try the 'Extra Bass' function. This gives a deeper, richer bass response and work really well with small speakers and at lower volume levels.

Now with full HDCP2.2 compatibility
The latest RXV481 now has HDCP2.2 compatibility through all of its four HDMI inputs. Along with support for HDR and BT.2020, this means the RXV481 is fully equipped for handling the latest UHD Blu-ray players and HDR-equipped 4K TVs.

Zone B output
New to this year's RXV481 model is a powered Zone B output. This can be configured in two ways. Either you can bi-amp your speakers (requires bi-wirable speakers) for enhanced control and a punchier sound or you can add a second pair of speakers in another room; the choice is yours.

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Good price to get into the AV market. HDMI inputs are on the low side but that's the norm with Yamaha AV's lately.
I'd look at Denon too. More comfortable leather.

rev6

I'd look at Denon too. More comfortable leather.

But are they "punchy"?

Original Poster

The rxv-581 is £299 or same price as this but in silver! Don't need loads of hdmi as only have chromecast and the freesat box still another two for chromecast audio but as it has apple play and spotify no need for it

Edited by: "Anon32" 19th Jun

Hi all. I'm considering this AV receiver as a replacement to my old Cambridge A1 mk3 amplifier, because of it's USB connectivity, and Apple AirPlay facility. Has anyone tried this AV receiver as a stereo? I'm wondering if an AV receiver can also be used as a hi-fi at this price point. In order to purchase a dedicated stereo amplifier with these features appears to be considerably more expensive......Thanks

RJ1

Hi all. I'm considering this AV receiver as a replacement to my old … Hi all. I'm considering this AV receiver as a replacement to my old Cambridge A1 mk3 amplifier, because of it's USB connectivity, and Apple AirPlay facility. Has anyone tried this AV receiver as a stereo? I'm wondering if an AV receiver can also be used as a hi-fi at this price point. In order to purchase a dedicated stereo amplifier with these features appears to be considerably more expensive......Thanks



This a great amp - I've always had Yamaha amps.
You do know that you can add Apple Airplay to any amp by getting an Apple Airport Express (they're only about £20 for a used one)

stuart079703 h, 32 m ago

This a great amp - I've always had Yamaha amps.You do know that you can …This a great amp - I've always had Yamaha amps.You do know that you can add Apple Airplay to any amp by getting an Apple Airport Express (they're only about £20 for a used one)


Thanks. I didn't realise they could be bought for £20! I just wasn't sure whether to expect a drop in sound quality when connecting the Airport Express to my hifi amplifier and then my iPod to the Airport Express via the USB. I already have a cable (3.5mm jack and 2 x RCA plugs) plugged into my hifi for my iPod, but the sound quality is not great vs. my CD player. Thanks

No no no
You don't connect your iPod to the airport express.
The express connects to your wifi or ethernet, and then streams your music from your iTunes library on your mac or PC.
That way you get the full quality file - rather than a compressed version that you might have on your iPod in order to carry more music.

The 3.5mm audio out on the express can be used with an analogue or digital optical cable. The sound quality is great provided you have a good quality source file. The express has a very good DAC.
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