Yamaha RX-V479BL 5.1-Channel MusicCast AV Receiver Review

6.29 Mixed Usages
6.1 VIDEO FEATURES:
6.7 CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS:
6 AUDIO FEATURES:
6 MULTIZONE:
6.6 AMPLIFICATION:
Release year: 2016 Rating: 3.9

I think the Yamaha RX-V479BL would be great for a casual, nice conversation. With its movie-like experience, you can reach audio nirvana without spending a lot of money. People who like movies, video games, and music will love this stylish force. Picture yourself watching your favorite movie while gentle music plays in the background. Does it meet your needs and wants? Let's get it over with.



 

Our Verdict

For the Yamaha RX-V479BL, it's like having a reliable friend who always throws great parties but sometimes shows up a little late. Audio screen lag can be very annoying for some people during dramatic scenes. If you want a cheap and flexible sound system for your medium-sized home, the RX-V479BL might be just what you need. Before you start your trip to perfect hearing, get ready for a few small problems.



 

PROS

 

  • Immersive surround sound.
  • Sleek and modern design.
  • Extensive connectivity options.
  • Bluetooth for wireless streaming.
  • User-friendly setup process.
  • MusicCast technology for multi-room audio.
  • 4K Ultra HD pass-through.
  • Affordable mid-range pricing.

 

CONS

 

  • Occasional Bluetooth connectivity issues.
  • Limited HDMI inputs (4).
  • Audio-video synchronization delay.

 

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Specification

GENERAL

Receiver Type A/V Receiver
Number Of Channel 5.1 Channel
Number Channel Processing 5
Audio Feature
Video Feature HDR10 , Dolby Vision , HDCP 2.3 , 4K Passthrough
Watts Per Channel 80 W (6 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.09 % THD, 2 ch driven)
Zones 1
Radio Internet Radio , Pandora , Spotify , Tidal , Deezer , Napster , SiriusXM
Amplifier Class A/B

CONNECTIVITY

Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
USB Yes
RCA LIne Input: 4
RCA LIne Output: 1
RCA Pre-Outs: 1
XLR Line Inputs: No
XLR Pre-Outs: No
Phono Input: Yes
Optical Inputs: 1
Optical Output: No
Coaxial Inputs: 2
Multi-Channel Input: No
Headphone Out: 1
HDMI Inputs: 6
HDMI Outputs: 1
8K Inputs: No
Composite Video Input No
Composite Video Output: No
Component Video Input: No
Component Video Output: No
Front A/V Inputs: No
Speaker A/B: No

AUDIO FEATURES:

Maximum Channel Processing 5
Dolby Atmos No
Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization N/A
Dolby Atmos Music N/A
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby Surround Upmixer N/A
Dolby Pro Logic N/A
Dolby Digital EX N/A
Surround EX N/A
DTS:X No
DTS Neural:X N/A
DTS Virtual:X N/A
DTS Neo
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio Yes
DTS 96/24 Yes
DTS Express Yes
DTS-ES No
IMAX Enhanced N/A
PCM Yes
Music Playback via USB Yes
High Resolution Music Playback via USB and/or Network Yes
High Resolution Audio Formats via USB WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, DSD
Gapless Playback Yes
DSD via HDMI No
DSD via USB Yes
DSD to PCM Converter N/A
USB DAC N/A
Jitter Reduction Yes
DTS Dialog Control N/A
Dialog Enhancement N/A
Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialog Normalization N/A
Dialogue Lift N/A
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
High-resolution Music Enhancer Yes
Audyssey Dynamic EQ N/A
Audyssey Dynamic Volume N/A
Audyssey LFC N/A
Audyssey Sub EQ HT N/A
Audyssey DSX N/A
Direct Mode Yes
Pure Direct Mode Yes
Independent Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Auto Speaker Calibration System with Mic. YPAO
Audyssey App Support N/A
Bass Sync N/A
Optimized Bass Redirection N/A

VIDEO FEATURES:

HDMI Version 2.0a
Enhanced ARC N/A
HDCP Version 2.2
HDR10+ N/A
Dynamic HDR N/A
Dolby Vision Yes
HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) Yes
QMS (Quick Media Switching) N/A
3-D Ready Yes
Video Signal Passthrough Yes
Video Signal Upscaling N/A
Analog To HDMI Upconversion N/A
Component Video Upscaling N/A
isf Certified Calibration Control N/A

AMPLIFIERS

Channels 5
Front Wide Channel Support N/A
Current Feedback Topology N/A
Discrete Amplification Yes
HDAM N/A
THX™ Certification N/A
Continuous 6 Ω Rated Yes
Certified 4 Ω Performance N/A
Bi-amp Capability Yes

GAMING FEATURES

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) N/A
Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) N/A
Quick Frame Transport (QFT) N/A

ZONES

Zones 2
Powered Zones 1
Zone 2 Outs 1
Zone 3 Outs No
RS-232C Interface N/A
+12V Trigger Output 1

RADIO

Analog Tuner Yes
Digital Radio N/A
Internet Radio Yes
Pandora Yes
Spotify Yes
Tidal Yes
Deezer Yes
SiriusXM Internet Radio Yes
Napster Yes

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

On-Screen Display Yes
GUI Languages 8
Web Browser Control Yes
IP Control for CI Yes
Control4 SDDP N/A
PreAmp Mode N/A
Display Dot Matrix
Remote Controller Yes
Remote Control In/Out No
LCD Display N/A
Detachable Power Cord Yes
Setup Assistant Yes

POWER

Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 2 115 W + 115 W
Rated Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, IEC) No
Dynamic Power per Channel (3 Ω, Front) 140 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (4 Ω, Front) 120 W
Dynamic Power per Channel (8 Ω, Front) 80 W
Power Output (8 Ω, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 2 80 W + 80 W
Maximum Effective Power Output (6 Ω, 1 kHz, 1 channel driven, JEITA) No
Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
Toroidal Transformer N/A
Power Consumption 370W
No Sound Power 0.1 W
Standby Power 0.3 W

BUILD

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 161 x 327 mm; 17-1/8” x 6-3/8” x 12-7/8”
Weight 8.1 kg; 17.9 lbs.
Chassis Brushed aluminum
Front Panel Black
Speaker Terminals 5
Large Speaker Terminals No
Color-Coded Speaker Terminals Yes
Transparent High-Grade Speaker Terminals N/A
High Grade Audio Components N/A
ECO Mode / Hybrid Standby Function Yes
Auto Power off Yes
Warranty 2 Years

SPECIFICATIONS

THD digital 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz)
Analog Distortion 0.06% (20 Hz-20 kHz)
Phono Distortion 0.025% (20 Hz-20 kHz)
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Line) 200 mV / 47 k-ohms
Input Sensitivity and Impedance (Phono MM) 3.5 mV / 47 k-ohms
Rated Lineout Level and Impedance 1 V / 470 ohms
Rated Output digital 2 V / 470 ohms
S/N Ratio (Line, IHF-A) 98 dB (S: 200 mV)
S/N Ratio (Phono MM, IHF-A) 82 dB (S: 3.5 mV)
S/N Ratio (digital) 100 dB (S: 2 V)
Phono RIAA Deviation 20 Hz-20 kHz +/-0.5 dB
Frequency Response (Analog In) 10 Hz - 100 kHz +/-1.0 dB
DSD Sampling Rates via HDMI 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz
DSD Sampling Rates via USB 2.8 MHz / 5.6 MHz
Video Input Sensitivity/Output Level and Impedance No
Video Frequency Response No
Ethernet Standard IEEE 802.3, 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
Wi-Fi Standard IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Terminal Frequency 2.4 GHz
Bluetooth Version 2.1 + EDR
Bluetooth Frequency 2.4 GHz
USB Terminal Yes
FM Frequency 87.5 MHz - 107.9 MHz
FM 50 dB Quiet Sensitivity (IHF, 1 kHz, 100% MOD.) 3 μV (20.8 dBf)
FM S/N Ratio 65 dB / 64 dB (Mono/Stereo)
FM Harmonic Distortion (IHF, 1 kHz) 0.7% / 1.0% (Mono/Stereo)
AM Effective Sensitivity 300 μV/m
AM Frequency 530 kHz - 1710 kHz
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Details Review

Design 

The Yamaha RX-V479BL's design is the first visual treat. It has an elegant, black beauty that integrates into your home theater. The sophisticated brushed metal finish makes a statement without being showy. Users has praised the clutter-free front panel and well-lit display.

However, some nitpickers wanted greater weight, raising durability worries. A few also found the front panel buttons tight, causing unintentional presses in the dark.

Connectivity 

The Yamaha RX-V479BL is quite impressive in this aspect. With four HDMI inputs and one output, you can easily connect your gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and streaming devices for a smooth and hassle-free experience. With the 4K Ultra HD pass-through, you'll be treated to stunningly clear visuals that will captivate your eyes.

With Bluetooth connectivity, you can easily stream wirelessly from your smartphone or tablet. However, there have been some concerns raised about the Bluetooth connection, as there have been reports of occasional signal drops. However, the lack of Wi-Fi has caught the attention of those who prefer a wireless option that doesn't rely on Bluetooth.

Performance

The RX-V479BL showcases its impressive audio power with a solid 80 watts per channel. People were really impressed with the immersive surround sound experience, especially when it came to decoding high-res audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Movie nights turned into immersive experiences, with lively conversations and explosive action that filled the room.

The RX-V479BL excels at reproducing high-res audio formats, especially when paired with good speakers. It can reveal the subtle nuances and textures of the music, and create a spacious and realistic soundstage. It can also handle complex and fast-paced soundtracks, and deliver a thrilling and immersive surround sound experience. The bass is tight and punchy, the mids are clear and balanced, and the highs are crisp and smooth. It's just a small hiccup, but it does slightly tarnish an otherwise outstanding performance.

The performance of the Yamaha RX-V479BL is delicately balanced. It provides a rich and immersive audio experience that enhances the overall enjoyment of movies, games, and music. However, some users have reported that the receiver has a slight delay in audio syncing with video, especially during action scenes. This can be annoying and distracting, and may require some manual adjustment. Some users have also experienced some occasional Bluetooth connectivity issues, such as signal drops or interference. These are not deal-breakers, but they do affect the overall performance and reliability of the receiver.

Where and When to Use 

Curious about where this item fits into your life? It's all over the place! How about having a movie night? Sure thing. How about gaming marathons? Sure thing. Blaring the music at a lively house party? Sure thing. The Yamaha RX-V479BL is a fantastic choice for enhancing your audio experience in any room of your home. It's a versatile companion that will bring your entertainment to life, whether you're in the living room, man cave, or even your cozy bedroom.

Compatible Devices

The RX-V479BL excels at compatibility, making it a top choice. It warmly embraces a wide range of devices, from your 4K Blu-ray player to gaming consoles and more. Users found it easy to connect their devices and were pleased with the YPAO feature, which automatically fine-tunes audio settings for optimal sound. On the other hand, some users expressed a desire for additional HDMI inputs, as they felt limited by the current maximum of four.

Ease of Use

The Yamaha RX-V479BL is an easy-to-use device. The setup wizard provides step-by-step guidance for the initial configuration, while the remote control is designed to be user-friendly and easy to use. You can't help but smile when you switch between inputs using the dedicated buttons. However, a few users noticed that the menu navigation was a bit slow, reminiscent of waiting for a friend who is always fashionably late. However, once you become familiar with it, it becomes effortless.

Cost 

The Yamaha RX-V479BL is a great option for those looking for a balance between features and affordability. The great value they received, thanks to the strong connectivity, reliable performance, and stylish design impressed many users. Although there are more affordable alternatives available, the RX-V479BL stands out by offering a dependable and captivating audio experience.

 

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