Yamaha RX-497

XM Ready stereo receiver

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  • Yamaha RX-497


  • Yamaha RX-497


  • Yamaha RX-497


Item #: 022RX497

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by Dave Bar

Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

Yamaha receivers deliver exceptional sound for music fans who appreciate great performance. The RX-497 drives 75 watts of dynamic, full-bandwidth-rated power to each of your stereo speakers to provide clear, undistorted sound — even during your music's most demanding peaks. Yamaha's engineers have taken extensive care with every aspect of the RX-497's design and construction to maximize audio performance, including a direct mode that bypasses the receiver's tone, balance, and loudness controls to provide the cleanest signal possible.

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The receiver's integrated AM/FM tuner provides 40 presets for quick access to all your favorite stations. And it comes "XM Ready," so it's easy to add exciting XM satellite radio programming to your system. Simply plug in an optional XM tuner kit and add an XM subscription to access more than 170 digital channels of music, talk, news, and sports.

The '497 offers enough inputs to connect 3 audio components, including a turntable, plus 3 audio/video components. Two sets of main speaker outputs let you connect an additional pair of speakers. And a separate subwoofer output makes it easy to add a powered sub to your system. You also get a multibrand remote that gives you easy control of your receiver and the other audio/video components in your system.


  • 75 watts x 2 (stereo) into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.04% THD
  • 4-ohm capability allows use with a wide range of speakers
  • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM tuner kit )
  • 40 AM/FM presets
  • 3 audio (including phono) and 3 A/V (composite video) inputs
  • subwoofer output
  • tape monitor loop
  • rotary bass and treble controls
  • continuously variable loudness control
  • Pure Direct mode bypasses tone, balance, and loudness controls for cleaner sound
  • dual-room/dual-source output (stereo line-level output for 2nd room)
  • multibrand remote control
  • headphone jack
  • front-panel and remote switching for two pairs of main speakers
  • binding post speaker connectors
  • sleep timer
  • 17-1/8" x 5-15/16" x 12-13/16"
  • weight: 19 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Number Of Channels N/A
Stereo RMS Power (watts) 75
THD in Stereo 0.04 %
Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
FM Sensitivity 11.2 dBf
HD Radio Tuner No
On-Screen Display No
Auto Speaker Calibration ---
HDMI Standby Pass-through ---
Composite Video Conversion ---
S-Video Conversion ---
Component Video Conversion ---
HDMI to HDMI Upconversion ---
Internet-ready ---
Apple AirPlay ---
App Remote Control No
Bluetooth-compatible ---
USB port for iPod/iPhone No
DLNA Certified No
MHL-compatible ---
Multibrand Remote Control Yes
Learning Remote No
LCD Remote No
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 5-15/16
Depth (inches) 12-13/16
Weight (pounds) 19.3
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years
Multi-room Audio--Video
Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
Multi-room Video No
Multi-room HDMI Output No
Surround Processing
Dolby Digital ---
DTS ---
Inputs & Outputs
Phono Input 1
Audio-Video Inputs 3
Audio-only Inputs 3
S-Video Inputs ---
S-Video Outputs ---
S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
Component Video Inputs ---
Component Video Monitor Outputs ---
Optical Digital Inputs ---
Coaxial Digital Inputs ---
Optical Digital Outputs ---
Coaxial Digital Outputs ---
HDMI Inputs ---
HDMI Monitor Outputs ---
Subwoofer Outputs Yes
Multi-Channel Analog Input No
Multi-channel Preamp Output No
Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
Main Speaker Terminals Posts
Ethernet Port ---
USB Connections ---
Removable Power Cord ---
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What's in the box?

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  • Black stereo receiver
  • Wireless remote control (RAX100)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty card
  • XM Connect & Play offer sheet
  • Important safety instructions

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Audio Features
Remote Control
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Audio Features

High-Quality Power Amplifier: With 75 watts of power per channel (at 8 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.04% THD), the RX-497 delivers solid, reliable audio performance even when driving both A and B speaker systems at the same time.

Wide-range Frequency Response: The receiver's wide-range frequency response, 10Hz to 50kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of any source with two channel analog outputs.

Dual Zone Capability: The RX-497 allows you to play two different sources in two zones. The receiver has a pair of stereo preamp outputs for Zone 2. A separate amplifier or stereo receiver with a pair of speakers, or a powered speaker system is required for zone 2.

Impedance Switch: The RX-497 has an impedance switch, allowing operation with 4 ohm speakers.

Loudness: The amount of loudness compensation is adjustable, using a rotary knob on the front panel.

Pure Direct: The Pure Direct feature bypasses the bass, treble, balance, and loudness controls, this eliminates any alteration to the signal and produces the purest possible sound.

Speaker Terminals: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and there is no good spot for a pin connector. Bare wire, single banana, and dual banana plugs are compatible.

Subwoofer: The RCA sub output voltage is 4 volts.

Phono: The RCA phono input is designed for moving magnet (MM) or high output moving coil (MC) turntable cartridges. If you have a low output MC cartridge an in-line boosting transformer or moving coil head amplifier is necessary.

Headphone Jack: The receiver has a standard 1/4" headphone jack on the front panel for private listening. When headphones are plugged in, the receiver's speaker output is not muted, so remember to turn the A and B speakers off.

Back-Up Memory: The unit is equipped with back-up memory which provides approximately one week of memory storage when the power cord is disconnected.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer turns the receiver off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Remote Control

RAX100 Remote Control: The remote control can operate the receiver as well as other remote control capable components from Yamaha and other manufacturers. The remote is pre-programmed with control signals for other brand TVs, VCRs, and DVD players.

Remote Jack: The receiver has a mini-jack input and output for use with other compatible Yamaha components.

Add-on Devices

XM Satellite Ready: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner (220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on back of the receiver, place and aim the included antenna for optimum reception, and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports, new, talk, and exclusive entertainment.

Note: In addition to the XM Direct 2 Home Tuner and the XM-ready receiver, you will need a subscription to XM Satellite Radio to receive XM programming.

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5 out of 5

Yamaha RX-497

Written By RobertM, Cambridge MA on Friday, October 15, 2010
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This receiver is a good buy for the money. The sound is very good and it features clear controls. I have not yet had the time to evaluate the tuner section. Of particular importance to my satisfaction with this purchase: the Crutchfield expert I talked to on the phone was able to help me solve a problem which turned out to be a faulty wire to one of my speakers.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

This was a steal!

Written By Anonymous, Colorado Springs, CO on Thursday, July 09, 2009
This is an awesome receiver! I only listen to vinyl, so the phone preamp was a must! I didn't want a 5, 6, 7 channel receiver for my small apartment. The 2 channel was a perfect choice for my situation. I'm running a Technics 1200 MK-12 turntable with floor speakers. The 75 watts per channel was more than enough power to push these speakers. Has a very simple set up, pretty much plug and play. A really neat feature is the pure direct button, it allows you to by pass the bass, treble and loudness controls on the unit, which is an awesome feature since I have 2 turntables and I use a mixing board to control my sound. If your a budget conscious music lover like myself, this is the perfect receiver for the money. You can not go wrong with this Yamaha.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The Best Stereo Receiver

Written By Jeff, San Jose, California on Tuesday, May 05, 2009
I purchased this receiver with these speakers:
The Bose Acoustimass 3 speaker system and a Boston Acoustics CS Sub 10.

The sound is very, very AWESOME!! The bass sounds supreme when listening to Jazz, R&B and Rap. This setup is a must have for music lovers!

I am very happy with my Yamaha!
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4 out of 5

Good, but not for me

Written By Brian G., Monroe ,NC on Thursday, April 17, 2008
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This unit had great FM reception, good power but it did not bring life to my 301's like my prior receiver. Not sure why this was, they just did not sound as rich and full as they did using an Onkyo brand receiver. I did like the selection knob for the function choice. I did notice that it had in print on the front of the unit ' Natural Sound Receiver' and maybe that had something to do with the didference in the sound output. The one feature I was looking for that attracted me to the unit was that it had a Tape 2/Monitor function that allowed the use of my EQ, which you don't find that often these days, they say that is old school stuff.... maybe I'm old school.
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5 out of 5

Yamaha RX-497 review

Written By jammun, WA on Tuesday, March 25, 2008
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I purchased this receiver after my somewhat ancient Yamaha RX-530 refused to power up any longer. I have always used Yamaha receivers (this is now my third in 25 years). I am old-school; I have no need for anything other than a 2.1 stereo receiver and only have a turntable and CD changer connected to the RX-497. Obviously users wanting surround sound will need to look elsewhere; for those of us just needing 2.1, this is a great unit. It does have a full complement of inputs for DVD, Tape In/Out, etc., if you are looking for those.

What I did need was a Phono input, and this is one of the few receivers I've found that still has that particularly useful relic of the past and was a crucial need when I was evaluting receivers. It eliminates the need to buy a separate Phono preamp. One other nice thing: it has a dedicated subwoofer out jack.

So why did I go with the Yamaha? My previous Yamaha receivers have been real workhorses, lasting about 12 years before their eventual demise. This one also appears to be well built. At 70W per channel, it easily powers my Boston Acoustics satellites and powered subwoofer to deafening volumes while retaining a clean sound.

The tuner is competent. I do not listen to much radio (maybe a baseball game on AM now and then) but I did check out the FM reception and it is decent with the included antenna; however, I do live in a large metropolitan area so potential buyers should take that into account. It's also XM ready if you're interested in that.

Finally, I appreciate the relative low cost of this receiver. There are not a lot of 2.1 receivers available any longer in the mid-price range. They are certainly not available in any of the usual big-box electronics stores, which is what eventually led me to Crutchfield. So thanks to Yamaha (for continuing to make these) and to Crutchfield (for carrying them)!

So in short, if you are not interested in 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, this receiver is a great performer (and a great value) and should be on your short list.

32 out of 32 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Yamaha RX-497

Written By Roy, Portland, TN on Monday, January 14, 2008
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Bought this to replace a 20 year old Yamaha amp that finally gave up. I am very
pleased with the receiver so far. As usual, Crutchfield service and shipping was
exceptional. They're the best!
7 out of 8 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Verry solid performer.

Written By SigFab55, Waterford,N.Y. on Thursday, March 29, 2007
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I had a NAD 7140 receiver for 22 years,wth a great FM tuner that suddenly died,only 40 watts per channell.So priority No.1 was a receiver with a FM section hopfully it's equal. After a lot of research the choice came down to the Yamaha RX-497. Though not as good as the NAD this FM tuner brought in all my favotite stations with a very clean stable stereo sound. Though not mentioned in the manual you can get weak stereo stations by not using the auto tuning mode and leaving it off ,but it will be in mono. With a Chesky jazz and test CD this Yamaha RX 497 delivered a musical soundstage with very solid imaging. Verry good tight bass and clean highs. Music and vocals just seemmingly flowed out of Bose Acoustimas SE-5s and my Bose 301 series 2 speakers. In closing the 75 wattsper channell delivered rich room filling sound.By the way the remote ia easy to use. Nice touch by Crutchfield to include cable labels,they came in good use.
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