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Yamaha BD-S473

Internet-ready 3D Blu-ray player

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If two-dimensional movie viewing is feeling a little flat, then add depth to your home theater experience with Yamaha's BD-S473 3D Blu-ray player. Enjoy the latest 3D Blu-ray discs on your 3D-ready TV while your HDMI-compatible home theater receiver delivers high-resolution audio to your surround sound speakers. If 3D isn't your thing, the BD-S473 handles standard Blu-rays, DVDs and CDs with ease. And if you don't have HDMI inputs on your receiver, don't worry — you can plug the BD-S473 directly into your TV's HDMI input.

Add depth and dimension to your home theater

If two-dimensional movie viewing is feeling a little flat, then add depth to your home theater experience with Yamaha's BD-S473 3D Blu-ray player. Enjoy the latest 3D Blu-ray discs on your 3D-ready TV while your HDMI-compatible home theater receiver delivers high-resolution audio to your surround sound speakers. If 3D isn't your thing, the BD-S473 handles standard Blu-rays, DVDs and CDs with ease. And if you don't have HDMI inputs on your receiver, don't worry — you can plug the BD-S473 directly into your TV's HDMI input.

Give me your music, your photos, your digital media yearning to breathe free

Let the BD-S473 serve as a network media hub for all your listening and viewing needs. Have a Netflix® streaming account? Connect your network router to the BD-S473's Internet jack to stream your favorite movies and TV shows from Netflix. You can also watch YouTube™ videos, or stream photos, music and video from a DLNA-compatible PC. Don't have a networked PC running all the time? Load your music and photos onto a thumb drive and plug it into the BD-S473's front-panel USB port. Or keep an external hard drive plugged into the rear USB port for accessing more digital content, including downloadable bonus content from Blu-ray discs with BD-Live™ capability.

Control this player with your iPhone® or Android™ device

Tired of losing your remote? Then stash it away and use your Apple or Android device to control the BD-S473. Download Yamaha's free AV Controller app and your iPhone, iPad®, Android device or Kindle Fire becomes your remote. First you'll need to make sure your player's firmware is up to date — simple enough, thanks to the Ethernet jack. Just connect it to your network, follow the steps on the set-up wizard, and the BD-S473 will download and install the latest firmware update to ensure you get the most out of this versatile player's many capabilities.

Another great Yamaha product. Easy to set up and use. A lot of features for the money. Couldn't ask for more.

Dwain T, Blairs va

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray Disc player
  • Wireless remote control (BDP120)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Owner's manual (En/Fr)
  • Warranty information (US)
  • Warranty information (Can)
  • On-line product registration information

Key Features:

  • plays 3D and standard Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs and rewritable discs
  • Internet-ready — plays TV shows and movies from Netflix (membership required) and streams videos from YouTube
  • plays high-resolution digital music files via USB storage device or a networked computer (FLAC files, up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution)
  • stream photos/videos/music from a compatible DLNA-enabled Windows® PC
  • control the player from your iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire or Android device (requires free app and updated firmware)
  • BD-Live- and BonusView™-ready for downloadable bonus content with compatible discs (requires USB storage device)
  • remote control
  • plays Region A Blu-ray discs and Region 1 DVDs
Technical Specs:
  • selectable video resolution up to 1080p, with video upconversion for DVD
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • front and rear USB ports for use with thumb drives
  • audio and video output via HDMI only
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity
  • 17-1/8"W x 2"H x 9-1/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD
3D Capable Yes
Internet Movie Streaming Netflix, YouTube
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified Audio
Video
Photo
Smartphone App Control Yes
DVD Video Upconversion None
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Compatibility
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Outputs
Digital Optical Output None
Digital Coaxial Output None
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.4a
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs None
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs None
RS-232C Port None

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Disc Compatibility
Video Features
Audio Features
USB/Network Functions
Convenience Features
Remote Control

Disc Compatibility

Disc Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-S473 Blu-ray disc player is compatible with many disc types:

Disc Type Disc Description
Blu-ray BD-ROM, BD-R, BD-RE
DVD DVD-Video, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
CD CD-Audio, CD-R, CD-RW

Blu-ray Disc: Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) is the name of a next-generation optical disc format. The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. This extra capacity combined with the use of advanced video and audio codecs will offer consumers an unprecedented HD experience.

  • Better Picture Quality: Blu-ray Disc is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p, 1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal (not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed picture, with deeper, richer colors.
  • Better Sound Quality: In addition to the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
  • Much Greater Storage Capacity: What makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible is the much higher storage capacity of Blu-ray Disc discs. A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data, over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video, plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
  • Backward Compatible: To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism: a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will not play. The BD-S473 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1. Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.

Blu-ray 3D: Blu-ray 3D is the Blu-ray disc video format for 3-dimensional (3D) video playback developed by the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA). Supporting Full HD (1080p), so you can enjoy high quality 3D video. TV and Blu-ray titles are also required to be 3D compatible to enjoy the 3D experience. Adding a 3D capable A/V Receiver will provide a more engaging audio and video consumer experience.

Firmware Updates: As Blu-ray technology continues to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will become available. In order for you to enjoy this new functionality, you will likely be required to update the firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become available for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel Ethernet terminal. Occasionally, Yamaha may release firmware for the purpose of additional features or product improvements. Firmware updates can be downloaded from the Yamaha website via the player's Ethernet connection.

Note: The tested Yamaha BD-S473 contained Firmware Version 1.065O1100 (as of 8/30/2012). Visit the BD-S473's Yamaha Support Page for the latest Firmware update information.

File Compatibility: The Yamaha BD-S473 Blu-ray disc player supports the following audio, video, and photo files recorded onto BD-R/RE, BD-R, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW discs.

File Type File Codec
Audio MP3 (8-320kbps), WMA (32-192kbps), AAC, WAV (LPCM 16-bit/44.1kHz), and FLAC (24-bit/192kHz)
Video MKV with H.264, MPEG PS, MPEG TS, MPEG-4, VOB, AVI, ASF, WMV (1920x1080), and AVCHD (DVD-R/RW  & DVD+R/RW only)
Photo JPEG, GIF, and PNG

Parental Control: Parental Control allows you to set a rating limit based on the age of the viewer (Kid Safe, G, PG, PG-13, PGR, R, NC-17, Adult, and Off), preventing your children from viewing inappropriate material. Playback will stop if the ratings exceed the level you set, and it will require your to enter a 4-digit password before the disc will play back.

Video Features

HDMI 1.4 Output: The Yamaha BD-S473 features a single HDMI (ver.1.4) output for digital audio/video signal transmission. HDMI 1.4 supports 1080p/24Hz resolution, 3D video, Deep Color, x.v.Color, and HDMI CEC. The HDMI output supports 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p and 1080p/24 resolutions. Standard definition DVD signals (480p) are scaled and output at the specified resolution via HDMI.

Note: This player is not equipped with analog audio/video outputs.

1080p/24Hz Output: The BD-S473 includes a 1080/24p HDMI output option to faithfully transfer film images as they were originally recorded. When connected to a 1080/24p display, you can enjoy the remarkable video performance of Blu-ray disc without converting or scaling the signal.

DVD Upscaling (via HDMI): Through the HDMI output, the BD-S473 is capable of upscaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p, 1080i, or 720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to 480p or 480i.

3D-Ready: The Yamaha BD-S473 lets you enjoy 3D Blu-ray disc movies in full HD 1080p. There are two 3D output settings.

  • Auto: This player automatically selects 3D or 2D mode based on video content.
  • Off: This player always selects 2D mode.
Note: 3D viewing requires compatible 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D emitter & glasses, and a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps) connection.

x.v.Color: x.v.Color reproduces a wider range of color than the HDTV standard, showing almost all of the colors that the human eye can detect. Currently there is no x.v.Color software available on Blu-ray, but the BD-S473 is ready to take advantage of x.v.Color discs when they become available.

Deep Color: The HDMI output supports Deep Color, increasing the number of bits available for transmission, meaning more colors are displayed. The BD-S473 can provide 4,096 shades of each of the three primary colors, for a total of 68.7 billion possible colors. This results in greater color fidelity, smooth tonal transitions, and ultra-fine gradations between colors. It also enables more shades of gray, for higher contrast ratio.

Bonus View: The Bonus View feature provides picture-in-picture capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing

TV Aspect: Set the TV aspect ratio to match the connected television.

  • 16:9 Full: Stretches a 4:3 image horizontally to fill the 16:9 screen.
  • 16:9 Normal: Displays a 4:3 image on the 16:9 screen in its original aspect, with black bars on the sides.
  • 4:3 Pan&Scan: Fills a 4:3 screen with a 16:9 signal, centering on the action and cutting off the extreme sides of the picture.
  • 4:3 Letter Box: Displays 16:9 video on a 4:3 screen in the letter box mode with black bars at the top and bottom.

Video Mode: You can select which Video mode suits your preference, viewing environment, and video content.

  • Standard: The image is natural and well-balanced. This mode is suited for normal use.
  • Vivid: The image is more vivid and sharp.
  • Cinema: The image is suited for watching movies in a dark room.
  • Custom: You can adjust the visual image manually using the following parameters.
    • Brightness: adjusts overall brightness of image
    • Saturation: adjusts the richness of the color in the projected images
    • Hue: adjusts the tint of the projected image
    • Contrast: adjusts the bright areas (white levels) in the image
    • Sharpness: adjusts the sharpness of objects in the video
    • CTI: smoothes out the edges of color images, so color images are rendered more distinct

Advanced Video Settings: The Yamaha BD-S473 player also offers the following advanced video settings to further fine tuner the player

  • Color Adjust: You can adjust brightness/saturation/hue for each color (red/green/blue/yellow/cyan/magenta).
  • Noise Reduction: You can se the Noise Reduction to a level of 0 to 3.
  • De-Interlacing Mode: You can select how to detect the video signal. Set to Auto for normal use. When horizontal stripping noise appears on the screen, set this to Film/Video to remove the noise.

Audio Features

Digital Audio Formats: The Blu-ray player's HDMI output is capable of multi-channel bitstream (Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital, and DTS) and multi-channel PCM output.

  • Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus is an improved Dolby Digital signal format that is compatible with up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound and also improves sound quality thanks to extra data bit rate performance. Dolby Digital Plus enables cinematic Dolby surround sound in 7.1 channel with the addition of surround back speakers.
  • Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a high definition audio technology developed by Dolby Laboratories, using lossless coding technology to faithfully reproduce the sound of the studio master. This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. Dolby TrueHD is adopted for applications that put very high importance on sound quality.
  • DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is a high-resolution audio format, which provides a higher quality audio experience than standard definition surround sound. Its compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance (2.0-6.0Mbps) provides high quality sound.
  • DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio, the premium high definition format, utilizes variable bit-rate technology to deliver the ultimate audio quality, while conserving file size and bandwidth. The result is an uncompromised audio experience that brings movies, music and games to life, just as if you were in the studio listening to the master recording.  This lossless audio format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution.

Audio Format Chart:

Source Format HDMI
Bitstream PCM Re-encode
PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch PCM 2ch
PCM 5.1ch PCM 5.1ch PCM 5.1ch PCM 5.1ch
PCM 7.1ch PCM 7.1ch PCM 7.1ch PCM 7.1ch
Dolby Digital Dolby Digital PCM 5.1ch Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus PCM 7.1ch Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD Dolby TrueHD PCM 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD
DTS DTS PCM 5.1ch DTS
DTS HD DTS-HD PCM 5.1ch DTS-HD

Dynamic Range Control: You can activate the Dynamic Range Control (DRC) function to compress the dynamic range of the output signals when playing back DVD/BD recorded in Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, or Dolby TrueHD.

Lip Sync: In some cases when the player is connected to a HDTV, the audio signal may not synchronize with the video signal. If this occurs, adjust the audio delay time to match the video signal. You can set the player to automatically adjust the audio delay or your can manually adjust the audio delay.

USB/Network Functions

Dual USB Ports: The BD-S473 has front & rear-panel USB (type-A) ports. The rear port is used for the temporary storage needed for BD-Live features, and either can be used to play audio (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/FLAC), video (MKV/MPEG/VOB/AVI/ASF/WMV), or still image (JPEG/GIF/PNG) files saved on a USB flash drive. The USB memory device must be formatted with FAT 32/16.

  • Audio File Playback: MP3 (8-320 kbps), WMA (32-192 kbps), WAV (LPCM 44.1kHz/16-bit)
  • Vide File Playback: WMV9 (maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080)
  • Photo File Playback: JPEG

Network Connection: The Yamaha Blu-ray player features an Ethernet RJ-45 port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) to connect to the internet via your home network to enjoy BD-Live content, access firmware updates, and stream content (video, music, and still photos) from your network or the Internet.

DLNA Certified: DLNA certification ensures a device is compatible with other devices designed according to the DLNA interoperability guidelines. The BD-S473 is certified as a Digital Media Player for audio (MP3/WMA/AAC/WAV/FLAC), video (MKV/MPEG/VOB/AVI/ASF/WMV), and still photos (JPEG/GIF/PNG) stored on your Windows PC (Windows 7 recommended).

Video On-Demand: You can instantly watch movies from Netflix over the internet using this Blu-ray disc player. You also get access to YouTube.

  • Netflix 5.1ch: With more than 20 million members in the United States and Canada, Netflix is the world's leading Internet subscription service for enjoying movies and TV shows. The Blu-ray player supports up to 5.1CH audio streaming from Netflix. For $7.99 a month, Netflix members can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streamed over the Internet. Netflix is available in the United States and Canada.
  • YouTube: The Yamaha BD-S473 can play back video hosted by YouTube when connected to your home network with Internet connection. YouTube is a video file-sharing service. You can use the player's on-screen virtual keyboard to  search for video content offered by YouTube.
Note: Video On-Demand requires a  home network with a connection speed of at least 2.5 Mbps recommended (10 Mbps for HD content). Video quality and picture size vary and are dependent upon broadband speed and delivery by content provider. Online content may require additional fees and/or PC registration. Available online content may change without notice.

BD-Live: BD-Live is a collection of online interactive features that content providers may include with a Blu-ray Disc movie to enhance your enjoyment of that movie, providing you a compelling new world of extended interactivity. BD-Live includes access to studio-specified Internet sites that provide you the ability to, for example, download current movie trailers or other exclusive content, play movie related games, enhance the content of their disc, chat with other viewers, play games with other BD-Live connected players, and much more. Blu-ray players and movies must both support BD-Live in order to use the technology.

Note: The Yamaha BD-S473 must be connected to your network via an Ethernet connection and you must have a minimum 2GB USB thumb-drive inserted into the unit's rear-panel USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.

Convenience Features

Start Up/Play Back Time: The Yamaha Blu-ray player has a start-up time of approximately 20.3 seconds. It takes approximately 43.7 seconds for a Blu-ray disc to begin playback. 

Note: The Start Up/Play Back Time tests were started with the Blu-ray player initially turned off & in standby mode. The Start Up Time test was stopped when the player's Screen Saver appeared. The Play Back Time test was stopped when the Blu-ray disc began playback.

Setup Wizard: The Initial Wizard/Easy Setup allows you to set language, resolution, and screen aspect ratio easily. The Initial Wizard screen displayed when you turn this player on for the first time, or after a firmware upgrade or reset.

Bookmarks: The Yamaha BD-S473 allows you to set Bookmarks at specified points of a DVD video. After a Bookmark is set, you can move to the point you set a lot quicker. You can set up to 12 Bookmarks.

Program Play: The Yamaha Blu-ray player allows you to program playback order of audio disc tracks or DVD chapters. You can program up to 15 tracks/chapters.

Last Memory: You can set whether this player remembers the last playback position of a disc when it is set to standby mode or the disc tray is opened.

Screen Saver: This player will switch to screen saver mode if there is no operation for 3 minutes. After that, this unit will turn to standby mode when there is not operation for 27 minutes.

Remote Control

Wireless Remote Control: The Yamaha BD-S473 comes supplied with an IR remote control for wireless operation of the Blu-ray player. For added convenience, there is a dedicated Netflix button so you can access your Netflix movie account quickly.

HDMI Control: When a TV and/or AV receiver supporting HDMI control are connected to the BD-S473 via HDMI cables, it is possible to use one remote to control to perform operations such as power on/off & automatic input selection.

AV Controller App: This AV Controller App (free) will turn your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Android device into a Wi-Fi enabled remote control for the Yamaha Blu-ray disc player. You can control the basic functions of Yamaha the Blu-ray Disc player such as Play, Pause, Skip, Power, and cursor navigations. You must have a wireless network in your home and the Yamaha Blu-ray disc player & Apple or Android device connected to the same network.

Note: The Yamaha AV Controller App will be available later this year via a firmware upgrade.

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I am sorry, I don't know if this is possible. [ KENNETH R  Dec 30, 2013 ]
Hello, Near as I can tell from reading the specifications the USB port is only for connecting mass storage devices.... For playing content stored on a USB drive or storing bd-live data if you use that feature. It is true the this unit has no analog output, or even optical, making it of no use for people who don't have hdmi receivers. You could go with the 673, it has tons of outputs and probably works just as good as the 473, just more features. The price difference is probably not much more than it would be to go your convertor solution, if that were even possible with the 473, which I doubt. Hope that helps. [ MATTHEW  Dec 30, 2013 ]
There is a USB port but I am not sure if it can connect D/A converter. [ P  Dec 30, 2013 ]
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