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Yamaha RX-V471

Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching

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The silence grows thick as the lights go down and the first frame flashes on the screen. There's is a moment of anticipation, then your heart skips a beat as the soundtrack rushes in to fill the void. This is the home theater experience, brought to you by the Yamaha RX-V471. With the ability to decode the the latest high-resolution audio formats found on many Blu-ray movies and concerts, the 'V471 creates a sonic atmosphere that makes you feel like you are there. Its advanced HDMI connections can even pass 3D video signals from a 3D Blu-ray player to a compatible 3D HDTV.

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The silence grows thick as the lights go down and the first frame flashes on the screen. There's is a moment of anticipation, then your heart skips a beat as the soundtrack rushes in to fill the void. This is the home theater experience, brought to you by the Yamaha RX-V471. With the ability to decode the the latest high-resolution audio formats found on many Blu-ray movies and concerts, the 'V471 creates a sonic atmosphere that makes you feel like you are there. Its advanced HDMI connections can even pass 3D video signals from a 3D Blu-ray player to a compatible 3D HDTV.

Easy iPod® and portable playback
The 'V471 has a USB port in front to invite your iPod or iPhone® home. Play your favorite tunes, view album art on your TV through HDMI and keep your iPod charged for your next excursion. The receiver bypasses the iPod's DAC and employs its own low-jitter circuitry for a pristine musical experience. Plus Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer restores your favorite songs to near sound quality on playback. You can also use the USB port to listen to music stored on flash drives, and a front minijack input lets you plug in any device with a headphone jack.

Get to the fun part fast with easy setup and control
Yamaha's sophisticated auto speaker calibration system enables easy, precise setup. Plug in the included microphone and place it in your favorite seat. In minutes, your receiver configures itself for optimum performance with your specific speakers and their placement in the room. Control of the 'V471 is simple. Thanks to its on-screen menu, you can click away and make selections quickly through your TV.

    Power and Processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 85 watts per channel into 8 ohms (1k Hz) at 0.9% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio
    • Cinema DSP modes add richness and presence to music and movie soundtracks
    • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) for easy automatic speaker setup and more precise surround sound (microphone included)
    • Adaptive Dynamic Range Control keeps volume steady for more discreet late-night listening
    • Silent Cinema for simulated surround sound via standard stereo headphones
    • Compressed Music Enhancer for better sounding MP3s and other digital music files
    Digital Music Options:
    • direct digital connection for iPod® or iPhone® through front-panel USB input bypasses the iPod's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
    • iPod/iPhone video playback integration with system remote (requires optional Yamaha dock)
    Audio Performance Features:
    • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
    • Pure Direct mode switches off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
    • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 5 audio/video inputs (including 1 front-panel) with composite video
    • 2 audio-only inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add aphono preamp
    • 1 front-panel minijack audio input for connecting a portable player
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    General Features:
    • easy to use on-screen display
    • four SCENE presets for easier source switching
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • multibrand remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 5-15/16"H x 14-1/4"D
    • weight: 18.1 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Vey impressed with the versatility of this receiver. Works great with accessories in the USB port.

    MikeM, Kansas City,MO

    What's in the Box:

    • 5.1ch AV receiver
    • Wireless remote control (RAV432)
    • 2 "AAA" batteries
    • YPAO microphone (with attached 19' cable terminated by a 3.5mm connector)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna (with push-on "F" connector)
    • Front AV terminal cover
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Reference Guide
    • US Specs sheet
    • Safety Brochure
    • Warranty information
    • On-line product registration information

    Yamaha RX-V471 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (26 Reviews)

    Good receiver for the price

    Joe D. from Volant, PA on 6/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    After owning this receiver for a couple weeks, I am pleased with my purchase. I replaced an older Yamaha receiver, because I wanted a new one with HDMI connections in the back. I also wanted to be able to play music from my iPod, which I can plug it into a USB port in the front. I really like the SCENE functions. I have my cable box set up to the TV scene and I turned the STANDBY THROUGH feature on so the signal will pass through the receiver to the tv when the receiver is off. As you can tell there are alot of cool features with this unit, and the price is right. Currently I am running front, center and subwoofer speakers. Eventually I will get surround speakers to complete the 5.1 channel experience. I hope this review helps.

    Pros: Price, iPod compatible, many functions, Yamaha brand

    Cons: The only thing I don't like is having the owners manual on disc. It is approximately 95 pages long, and it would be nice to have a hard copy when trying to learn all the functions.

    Yamaha RX-V471

    MikeM from Kansas City,MO on 5/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Vey impressed with the versatility of this receiver. Works great with accessories in the USB port.



    Very good for the price

    Jordan from Swarthmore PA on 4/29/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    For the price of this unit you get great value, easy setup and easy to use. I have Klipsch synergy speakers and everything from blu-ray, tv and music sound very good. The only thing that doesn't sound great is the DSP sports setting, the announcer for hockey or football games sounds like he's in a closet and tinny, but switch the setting to 5 channel stereo and its sounds great. Xbox games sound amazing

    Pros: Easy setup,easy to customize the eq. Great price

    Cons: Sports dsp setting could be better

    Beach buddies

    Bobby G from Myrtle Beach SC on 4/28/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This Yamaha V471 receiver does everything I need it to do and then some. Easy to set up, with smaller diminsions so it would fit my space better and all banana plug hookups on the back for a neat, positive connection. The on screen display is simple and logical to operate. The power seems strong and clear even during loud action movie scenes. This is a good solid product in my book and worth the money. As usual, my Crutchfield experience was top notch and thier after sale tech help is second to none.

    Pros: The best of the best for what you spend.

    Cons: None.

    Excellent Purchase

    Bullet from Chesterfield, VA on 4/16/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Purchased this receiver in December for our home theater. Easy set up and the YPAO mic made the sound set up a piece of cake. Sounds great through my Infinity speaker system.

    Pros: YPAO is a great assistant in calibrating the sound. Great power. Plenty of HDMI connections.

    Cons: None I can think of.

    Yamaha RX-V471

    Carl P. from Hawaii on 4/14/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I bought this receiver to replace a four year old Harmon Kardon 7.1 after buying a new 3D ready Sony Television. I live off grid so power consumption is always a concern. This Yamaha only consumes 293 watts, while my H.K used 563 watts, and all other receivers I looked at were 500 plus. I was concerned this would be a wimpy amp, but knew I had the 60 day return policy with Crutchfield. After Brooke's help @ Crutchfield, who has one, I ordered one. After three weeks of use, what a pleasant surprise. My in-wall Definitive Tech speakers came alive, and I can actually now hear my surround speakers, unlike the H.K. I only have a 5.1 system, so that's all I needed in a 3D ready receiver. GREAT value

    Pros: Great sound and value for the price, delivered free to Hawaii from Crutchfield !! Thanks guys, I have bought other items from them and will continue to. Will hook up all units to the Yammy remote soon.

    Cons: CD manual.

    just right!

    Anthony from Olathe,Ks on 4/4/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    the unit sounds wonerful after getting all the setings down.Geting the codes for my other devices was the biggest challenge for the reciever remote powers everything,nice!

    Pros: sound, HDMI connections, on screen guide,ability to name your inputs.

    Cons: manual on cd, which is 97 pages long!

    Love It!!

    Maz from Bedford, NH on 3/15/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has been everything I expected. I know its not top of the line but I cannot find anything wrong with it.

    Pros: 4 HDMI Inputs. Ease of setting it up.

    Cons: None in my Opinion

    Excellent Receiver from Laredo. TX on 3/7/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice receiver, works excellent, and very easy to use. The functionality of the USB with my iphone Excellent!!!!, also the use of my blu ray, what I like most, is that you dont need to turn on the receiver to watch and listen the movie, it works as pass trought, in case you only want to hear the audio with the TV. But if you like and want more power, turn on the receiver and you can hear the speaker of your system.



    Nice receiver

    bob from Boston on 3/6/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    easy to set up and use. Nice speaker calibration system built in the receiver. Am using the HDMI inputs for Cable/DVR, BluRay/DVD and Roku. Output HDMI to TV and audio ports to speakers (Infinity Primus P162 and PS38 subwoofer). Good video -- good sound -- makes me smile.


    Cons: I don't see/hear any.

    Yamaha RX-V471

    LarryA from Gainesville,FL on 2/27/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Great sound. Easy setup.

    Pros: HDMI

    Cons: None

    Just What I Wanted

    Jersey_Boy from Cherry Hill, NJ on 2/19/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I got the RX-V471 on sale with quick free delivery (got here the next day). This was a great deal. I have a 15 year old Yamaha stereo so I knew I could expect a top quality receiver. Setup was easy using a set of speakers from my old Sony (those will be my next upgrade). I love the way you use the YPAO microphone to get the speakers set correctly in minutes. The sound is great and there is lots of power for an average room. I only wanted a 5.1 receiver as I really don't have room for any more speakers. I went to Red Box and rented "Cowboys and Aliens" on Blue Ray and the sound was fantastic. The sound fron my Comcast box is very good too when the broadcast is in Dolby 5.1. The remote can handle both my BD and Cable box for most functions. The only one I need the Comcast remote for is to jump between two stations. Now I need to get some more stuff to hook up so I can use some of these inputs. I'm very pleased with this purchase.

    Pros: Easy setup, Great sound, Good remote

    Cons: None

    Great Receiver for the money !

    Dave F from Westminster, MD on 2/13/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Replaced my old Yamaha reciever with this one when we bought the new LCD/3D TV. because of ease of the HDMI inputs & the ARC feature. My speaker setup is a Bose Acoustimass 10 and is sounds AWESOME !

    Pros: Automatic speaker calibration, Ipod jack, Price/Value.

    Cons: A printed manual would be nice.

    A Great Receiver

    Eric S. from Williamsburg, VA on 2/3/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This receiver has been ALL that I was hoping/expecting it would be! I do not have 7 speakers, so wasn't interested in any 7.1 receivers - all I needed was 5.1 capability. With 4 HDMI inputs (or are there more?), I have everything running through the receiver now. The included multi-function remote was easy to program to operate ALL of my other components (TV, Blu-Ray, DVD, EVEN my Apple TV!). The sound is great after setting up the system with the included room calibration microphone. In short: I am VERY pleased with this Yamaha receiver. I am using a Polk surround 5-speaker set up, with 10" powered Polk subwoofer, along with a Samsung 52" LCD TV, Sony Blu-Ray and Apple TV.

    Pros: Automatic calibration to your room/speaker acoustics 100 watts per 5 channels is PLENTY Intuitive/easy-to-operate controls Excellent multi-function programmable remote Yamaha name - Yamaha has built a reputation for good quality components at a good value, which this is. Receiver doesn't need to be turned on to route HDMI signal through it to your TV

    Cons: If you connect anything into it using Component video (3 separate RCA plugs), like a Wii, the video output to the TV will not go thru the HDMI - you must ALSO run component video cables from the receiver to your TV for anything going INTO the receiver via component.

    Good for your average home theater

    detroitHOOLIGAN from Metro Detroit on 2/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Well I was looking to replace my Denon AVR 1705 because I wanted a receiver for my budget family room home theater. My Denon still sounds great, but it was 7 years old, no HDMI inputs and I wanted to simplify. I am running this setup with Polk monitor 60s for the front, a Polk CS2 center channel and Polk monitor 30's for surround. I also run a 150 watt JBL 10" powered sub, not a cheap one but a nicer one from an SCS set, well known for it's great sub. Anyway, lets talk about the sound, very crisp, very bright, not as warm as the denon. The Denon was rated at 75 watts x 6 (which is what it put out, this is rated at 105 watts x 5 (It is not I measured it at 54 watts per channel). Well after setting up the yamaha Mic, I had to go through and reset everything, if you know your system, avoid it. It set all my speakers to Large, sub to -10db and crossover at 60hz. I set all the speakers to small to take the strain off this AVR's weak amp, sub to +7.5 so I could adjust it manually and compensate for the lack of bass to the front speakers, and once I dialed in the dolby digital and dumped all the lame sounding DSP modes, it sounds alright. For the price what can you do. It is crystal clear at moderate volume, my friends think it is great, and I will use it for the superbowl, but I may be returning it for another Denon. The lack of a manual is a pain, even for a tech savvy guy like me, just print a manual for your customers Yamaha and quit misleading people with your power numbers.

    Pros: Cheap for it's features, would sound ok with any speaker setup (except bose cubes because they never ever sound good no highs no lows must be bose) HDMI picture looks pretty good so far, on screen display is nice, controller is well laid out, looks nicer cosmetically than the old yamaha receivers.

    Cons: Lack of a printed manual, power output is half of what they claim, even the digital manual stinks, when you get the unit you will notice it weighs very little, first sign of it's lack of power.

    Very Impressed

    TimS from Graceville, FL on 2/2/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased this receiver to replace one of three Onkyo's that started malfunctioning (same problems as the rest of the folks here complaining about Onkyo's). Set up was virtually the same as setting up the Onkyo's, so the most setup time for me was disconnecting and reconnecting the speaker wires. It's very easy. I have Gallo 5.1 speaker systems and the sound output from this Yamaha was significantly better than my Onkyo's; louder and clearer. Twister on Blu-ray was amazing. I could crank the Onkyo's to max volume with that movie, but my ears couldn't take the loudness from the Yamaha when I started maxing the volume. And the sound remained clear, not distorted. I was so impressed I bought another one to replace the second Onkyo that failed. The Onkyo's are only three years old, so I'm hoping these Yamaha's will last much longer. I plan on buying a third one in the next few months. For the price, I believe these are great values.

    Pros: Price/value. Easy set up. Great sound quality.

    Cons: None for the first six weeks.

    Great receiver

    HaywardC from Willow Wood, OH on 1/24/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I wanted a good receiver at a reasonable price. I knew Yamaha was a good name but have not purchased a home theater receiver and wanted to upgrade. This one fits the bill. God sound quality. I like the features that allow you to enhance the sound profiles to be like a large music hall, smaller club etc. Ipod jack a great feature. I must say that the technical support from Crutchfield is a great plus. I have called several times and every agent has been helpful and patient. The price on this item was as good as I could find elsewhere so the customer support was the extra incentive to buy it from them.



    Yamaha RX-V471

    Pat S from Grafton, MA on 1/21/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I purchased the Yamaha RX-V471 to replace my 15 year old receiver and upgrade my stereo/home theater system. I also finally purchased a blu ray DVD player and I wanted all of the connections to be through HDMI connections to keep things simple. I was drawn to the Yamaha RX-V471 because of its simplicity. Set up was a snap. The self tuning microphone that comes with the Yamaha custom tunes the stereo to your speakers and room configuration. The sound is great, set up was simple. The HDMI switching makes it very easy to change from stereo to DVD, Cable TV, or other components. There is really no need to buy a programmable all in one remote that will operate your system for you either. I mostly use this receiver for watching television and watching movies. I think the sound is great and I couldn't be happier. Another nice touch is that I can connect the i-pod/pad/phone via the USB jack in the front of the receiver and play anyone's music. If you are looking for a budget friendly, user friendly receiver with HDMI connectors/switches, consider the Yamaha RX-V471.

    Pros: Easy to use. Simple set up and operation.

    Cons: Haven't found any yat.

    disappointed with digital receiver installation and operation

    Mark from Tulsa Oklahoma on 1/18/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I've had Yamaha Natural Sound receivers before and that's why I purchased another Yamaha product when we finally converted to a large screen tv when our tube model finally stopped working. I didn't realize going digital meant the instructions too. I'm very frustrated with Yamaha for the assumption that there's always a computer within sight of the receiver as no printed owners manual was included. Also, I've still not figured out how to make all the speakers work as our "older" bose speakers only connect to the receiver via the subwoofer using standard speaker wires. The subwoofer connects to the smaller speakers, they don't connect to the receiver. There is no such diagram to connect such a setup so I cannot utilize what worked with the Natural Sound Analog unit, which was that setup plus two larger speakers. I guess this "older" guy should have stuck with the analog receiver model. As far as Crutchfield, they were great. Yamaha, not so. I am very disappointed and expected simplicity, not complexity. Bummer

    Pros: none yet.

    Cons: no printed owners manual and not a clear description of how to make 2 pairs of speakers (non-surround sound) work. too many assumptions that everybody has "new" surround sound speaker connection and a computer near by.

    I made the best choice

    Brian from Bronx, NY on 1/13/2012

    I was in the market for a new receiver after 10 years. I was looking to upgrade my old Yamaha with a newer model. I came across this model and I have not been disappointed. It has a very clean sound and trust me you will not be dissatisfied with choosing the Yamaha RX-V471.

    Pros: Easy to connect.

    Cons: None!!!!

    Works Flawlessly...

    JoeyM from Brooklyn, NY on 12/17/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I had a Onkyo TX-DS494 for 10yrs, & I finally decided to upgrade so I would have HDMI inputs as well as decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. So after a lot of research I settled on this Yamaha RX-V471. I could not be happier, setup was very easy because of the on-screen display, the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) was accurate, all features work flawlessly, and the sound quality is terrific. I only wish there was a front HDMI port as well as a traditional volume control like 0-80 instead of seeing DB's. I would defiantly purchase it again if I had to do it over.

    Pros: Set up was very easy and the sound quality is great.

    Cons: Wish there was a front HDMI port as well as a traditional volume control like 0-80 instead of seeing DB's.

    Best ive ever owned

    Lee from Grenada, MS on 6/10/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I Recently received this Yamaha A/V receiver and it is a darn good upgrade from my 8 year old rca receiver, i also purchased a Klipsch Hd Theater 300 and they are a good match. every thing sound crystal clear at high and low volume. overall the best system i've ever owned.




    Timbo from West Chester, PA on 6/7/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Best purchase I've made in years! Goes great with my new Samsung LED 6400 Series with 3D. The onscreen TV display for speake adjustment is outstanding and HDMI connections make a new system run flawlesslly with TV and set top box (Verizon). I only have two Yamaha Tower Speakers but sound is crisp and clear. Especially after I adjusted with YPAO. Set up YPAO right away and take off in the music.



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    MT from Annapolis, MD on 6/7/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Very good product, except that the marketing material does not stress the fact that the on-screen displays/configuration is available ONLY via HDMI output. If you are using COMPONENT or any other video output method, forget on-screen display. Extremely high-quality sound even at very low volumes. This unit replaces a Sony ES and, so far, I have absolutely no regrets with Yamaha. It may very well be my new preferred brand. Love the iPod input!



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    Eddie P from Eastern Virginia on 6/6/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Easy setup! Excellent sound!! Easy to use and so much better than my last receiver. A good choice for the money.



    Very nice Yamaha receiver

    Mark from North Texas area on 5/25/2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Nice, clean, and clear sound; definitely would recommend to anyone wanting a nice 5.1 unit. One suggestion though, if you do not have a TV with HDMI ability, I would suggest getting the RX-V371. On the 371 receiver, you can make all of the adjustments with the front panel display. With the 471, you can make some of the adjustments, but not all the little things that you might would like to see and change. Just a little FYI, that I did not know about.




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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 85
    THD in Stereo 0.9 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 1 k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 6 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 6 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready No
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone Yes
    FM Sensitivity Not Given
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI
    Auto Speaker Calibration YPAO
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion No
    Component Video Conversion No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible ---
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 5-15/16
    Depth (inches) 14-1/4
    Weight (pounds) 18.1
    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 DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, ES, HD, HDMA, Neo6, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 10
    Audio-only Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    Optical Digital Outputs None
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 4
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 1
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port None
    USB Connections 1 Front
    Removable Power Cord No

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    Convenience Features
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    Audio Features

    85 Watts x 5 Channel: The Yamaha RX-V471 AV Receiver is equipped with a 5-channel amplifier rated at 85 watts (into 8-ohms, at 1khz, with 0.9% THD, driving 2 channels) which provides high dynamic power with low-impedance drive capability.

    Wide-range Frequency Response: The receiver's wide-range frequency response, 10Hz to 100kHz, allows you to enjoy the full fidelity of DVD-Audio and Super-Audio CD players.

    192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs: The Yamaha RX-V471 uses high quality, audio-grade Burr-Brown 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters for all channels to maximize sound quality.

    Low-Jitter PLL Circuitry: The Yamaha AV receiver utilizes low-jitter PLL circuitry to help optimize sound imaging. The result is a more dynamic sound with greater detail and less distortion.

    YPAO Technology: This unit employs the YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer), which automatically adjusts the output of the speakers based on placement, performance, and the room's acoustic characteristics. Yamaha's YPAO system uses a small microphone and sophisticated equalization to automatically set the best sound for any room, no matter where the speakers are. First it checks the speaker connections and phase of each speaker. Then it sends out tones which are captured by the microphone to analyze the room acoustics and sets a variety of parameters - such as the speaker size, the distance of the speakers, and even the volume level; until it achieves the best sound conditions for your room. Using the supplied Optimizer Microphone, YPAO performs the following checks and makes appropriate adjustments to give you the best possible sound from your system:

    • Speaker Wiring: Checks which speakers are connected and the polarity of each.
    • Speaker Size: Checks the frequency response of each speaker and sets the appropriate crossover frequency for each channel.
    • Speaker Distance: Checks the distance of each speaker from the listening position and adjusts the delay of each channel.
    • EQ: Each channel has a parametric equalizer; choose one of three target settings before running the setup.
      • Natural: adjusts all speaker to a natural sound; useful when the flat setting sounds too bright
      • Flat: use when all the speakers in the system have similar sound characteristics
      • Front: EQs the center and rear speakers to sound like the front; useful when your front speakers are better than the others in the system
    • Volume Level: Checks and adjusts the volume level of each speaker.

    Multi-Channel/Stereo Decoding Formats: The Yamaha RX-V471 supports the following multi-channel (Dolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic) and Stereo decoding formats.

    2ch Stereo2-channel stereo sound (from the front speakers only), regardless of the playback source
    Straight/Direct Modes
    Straight2-channel stereo sources are output from only the front left and right speakers while multi-channel sources are decoded straight into the appropriate channels without any additional effect processing

    turns off the surround and tone circuitry, and dims the front panel display, allowing sources to bypass the decoders and DSP processors of this unit so you can enjoy pure hi-fi sound from 2-channel analog sources. During Direct playback no sound is output from the subwoofer

    Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digitaldigital surround sound format that gives you completely independent multi-channel audio; with 3 front channels (front L/R and center) and 2 surround stereo channels, Dolby Digital provides 5 full-range audio channels
    Dolby Digital EXdeveloped as an extension to Dolby Digital, the coding technology supports 6.1 discrete channels
    Dolby Digital Plusdeveloped as an extension to Dolby Digital, the coding technology supports 7.1 discrete channels
    Dolby TrueHDa lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation optical discs; the reproduced sound is true to the original source bit-for-bit
    DTSdigital surround sound format that produces practically distortion-free 5.1ch sound (front L/R, center, Surround L/R, and Sub)
    DTS-Expressdigital audio format supporting low bit rates (maximum 5.1-channels, 24 to 256 kbps)
    DTS-ES (Discrete/Matrix)6.1-channel discrete digital audio format adding a surround back channel to the DTS digital surround sound.
    DTS-HD Master Audioan advanced lossless technology that delivers sound that is bit-for-bit identical to the studio master, offering a high-definition home theater experience (up to 7.1ch)
    DTS-HD High Resolutionhigh resolution audio, virtually indistinguishable from the original audio track (up to 7.1ch)
    DTS 96/24digital audio format enabling high sound quality playback in 5.1-channels with a sampling frequency of 96 kHz and 24 bit quantization of DVD-video
    DTS Neo: 6 (Cinema/Music)matrix decoding technology for achieving 6.1-channel surround playback with 2-channel sources
    Dolby Pro Logic
    Dolby Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds
    Dolby Pro Logic II (Cinema/Music/Game)a matrix surround decoding technology, Dolby Pro Logic II detects the directional cues that occur naturally in stereo content and uses these elements to create a five-channel surround sound playback experience
    DSD 6chaudio signals are stored as single-bit values at a high-frequency sampling rate of 2.8224 MHz, while noise shaping and oversampling are used to reduce distortion - providing a better audio quality with a dynamic range of up to 128 db.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.

    CINEMA DSP: Conventional multichannel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent soundfields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate soundfields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater. The AV receiver offers 17 CINEMA DSP programs for movies, music, and games.

    Cinema DSP Movie Modes

    Standardemphasize the surround feeling without disturbing the original acoustic positioning of multi-channel audio, such as Dolby Digital and DTS
    Spectaclereproduces a broad theater soundfield that matches cinemascope and wider-screen movies with an excellent dynamic range providing everything from very small sound effects to large, impressive sounds
    Sci-Fienjoy a variety of cinematographically created virtual spaces reproduced with clear separation between dialogue, sound effects, and background music
    Adventurerestrains reverberations, but puts emphasis on reproducing a powerful space expanded widely to the left and right; reproduced depth is also restrained relatively to ensure the separation between audio channels and the clarity of the sound
    Dramareverberations are modest, but offers and optimum 3D feeling, reproducing effects and background music softly around clear words and center positioning in a way that does not fatigue the listener
    Mono Movieproduces the optimum expansion and reverberation to the original mono audio soundtrack to create a comfortable space with a certain sound depth
    Cinema DSP Entertainment Modes
    Sportsvoice of the commentator and sportscaster are positioned clearly at the center while the atmosphere of the stadium expands in an optimal space to offer the listener a feeling of presence in the stadium
    Action Gamevarious effects make the player feel like they are right in the middle of the action, allowing for greater concentration
    Role Playing Gameadds depth to the soundfield for natural and realistic reproduction of background music, special effects, and dialogue
    Music Videoemphasizes the vividness of vocals and solo play and the beat of rhythm instruments, and to the surround soundfield that reproduces the space of a big live  hall
    Cinema DSP Music Modes
    Hall in Munichsimulates a concert hall with approximately 2500 seats in Munich; beautiful reverberation spread richly, creating a calming atmosphere - the listener's virtual seat is at the center left of the arena
    Hall in Viennasimulates an approximately 1700-seat middle-sized concert hall with a shoebox shape that is tradition in Vienna; creates extremely complete reflections from all around the audience, producing a very full rich sound
    Chambercreates a relatively wide space with a high ceiling like an audience hall in a palace
    Cellar Clubsimulates a live house with a low ceiling and home atmosphere for a realistic live sound
    The Roxy Theatersimulates a rock music live house in Los Angeles with the virtual listening position at the center left of the hall
    The Bottom Linesimulates the front stage of the Bottom Line, a famous New York jazz club - offering real and vibrant sound
    5ch Stereo use this program to output stereo sound from all speakers

    Note: You can change the receiver's CINEMA DSP effect level (level of the soundfield effect to be added). You can adjust the level of the soundfield effect from -6 dB to +3 dB.

    CINEMA DSP 3D: The actually measured soundfield data in recorded soundtracks contain the information of the height of the sound images. CINEMA DSP 3D mode achieves the reproduction of the accurate height of theses sound images so that it can create the accurate and intensive stereoscopic soundfield in your listening room. CINEMA DSP 3D does this by creating virtual presence (height) speakers from the receiver's front speakers, center speakers, and surround speakers, which brings you into a stereoscopic soundfield.

    Virtual CINEMA DSP: Virtual CINEMA DSP is an algorithm that allows you to enjoy DSP soundfield surround effects while using a minimal two-speaker system. This unit will switch to virtual CINEMA DSP mode automatically when surround speakers are unavailable.

    SILENT CINEMA: SILENT CINEMA makes it possible to hear large-scale surround sound through ordinary headphones. This is a variation of CINEMA DSP technology that Yamaha developed to let you listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue. Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the front / center / presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers.

    Compressed Music Enhancer: Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3, WMA, and AAC. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.

    Pro Logic II Parameters: You can adjust the following parameters in Pro Logic II Music modes:

    • Panorama: Sends stereo signals to the surround speakers as well as the front speakers for a wraparound effect.
    • Dimension: Adjusts the soundfield either towards the front or towards the rear of the room.
    • Center Width: Moves the center channel output completely towards the center speaker or towards the front left and right speakers.

    Center Image (DTS NEO: 6 Music): This parameter adjusts the front left and right channel output relative to the center channel to make the center channel more or less dominant as necessary.

    Manual Speaker Setup: This feature allows you to manually adjust the following speaker settings:

    • Speaker Sizes: Set the size and connection status of speakers and subwoofers, and whether to designate a specific speaker (or subwoofer) for low-frequency sound.
      • Front: Large or Small
      • Center: Large, Small, or None
      • Surround: Large, Small, or None
      • Subwoofer: Yes, None
    • Equalizer: Each of the full range channels can be adjusted individually using the seven band equalizer (63Hz, 160Hz, 400Hz, 1kHz, 2.khz, 6.3kHz, 16kHz.)
    • Crossover: Select the crossover frequency (40, 60, 80, 90, 100, 110, 120, 160, or 200Hz) of all the speakers set to Small. Audio with a frequency below this limit (40-200Hz) will be output from the subwoofer or the front speakers.
    • Subwoofer Phase: Switch the phase of your subwoofer between Normal and Reverse.
    • Extra Bass: Select whether to play front channel low-frequencies through either of the front speaker or the subwoofer, or through both the subwoofer and front speakers.
    • Speaker Distance: Set the distance between the speakers/subwoofer and the listening point, so that the sound from each speaker and the subwoofer reaches the listening point at the appropriate timing. Select from 1 to 80 feet in 0.5 foot steps.
    • Speaker Level Adjustment: Adjust the volume (-10 to +10 dB) for each speaker and the subwoofer so that the sound is balanced. A test tone is played back through the receiver for each speaker and subwoofer to help with adjustment.

    Bass and Treble Control: You can adjust the balance of the high-frequency range (Treble) and low-frequency range (Bass) of sounds output from the receiver' front left and right speakers to obtain a desired tone. You can independently adjust the bass (50Hz) and treble (20kHz) from -10dB to +10dB in 2 dB increments. The tone control of the speakers or headphones can be set separately.

    Dynamic Range: The amount of dynamic range compression applied to bitstream signals is adjustable; Min/Auto is suitable for low volume listening, Standard is typical for home use, and Max doesn't compress the dynamic range at all.

    Adaptive DRC: Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) adjusts the dynamic range in relation to the volume, useful at low volume.

    Max Volume Adjustment: Use this feature to set the receiver's maximum volume level. This feature is useful to avoid turning the volume too loud by mistake. You can set the Max Volume from -30 dB to +15 dB in 5 dB steps, or to +16.5 dB (full volume range is -80 dB to +16.5 dB).

    Initial Volume Setting: Use this feature to set the volume level when the power is turned on. You can choose between Off (same as the volume when the unit was turned off), Mute, and -80 dB to + 16.5 dB in increments of 0.5 dB.

    Volume Trim: Use this feature to adjust the volume level of each input. This is useful to balance the level of each input to avoid sudden changes in volume when switching between input sources. The range is from -6 dB to +6 dB in 0.5 dB increments.

    Digital Inputs: The Yamaha AV receiver is equipped with two optical digital inputs (AV-1/AV-4) and two coaxial digital inputs (AV-2/AV-3).

    Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post terminals for the speaker outputs. The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs and a collar surrounding them prevents the use of spade connectors.

    Impedance Selection: You can select 8 ohms or 6 ohms in the menu depending on your speaker application.

    Headphone Jack: The Yamaha RX-V471 is equipped with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphone, so you can listen to your music privately. Connecting a set of headphones automatically mutes the receiver's speaker outputs.  Sound effects applied during playback can also be heard through the headphones.

    Video Features

    1080p HDMI (v.1.4): 1080p HDMI (v.1.4) with 3D and Audio Return Channel (4 In/1 Out) deliver crystal-clear, all-digital audio and video via a single cable. HDMI dramatically simplifies cabling and helps provide you with the highest-quality home theater experience. HDMI can provide an interface between most audio/video sources, such as a set-top box, Blu-ray player, DVD player, or A/V receiver and a video monitor, such as a High Definition Television (HDTV), over a single cable. The AV receiver's HDMI jacks can be used for 2-channel and multi-channel linear PCM (up to 8-channel) and Bitstream (Dolby Digital, DTS, etc) digital audio formats as well as digital video signals up to 1080p resolution (including 1080/24p). They also support Deep Color (30 bit and 36 bit), xvColor, 120 Hz and 24 Hz refresh rates, and auto Lip-Sync compensation.

    3D Ready: The Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    Standby Through: When the RX-V471 is in standby mode (power off), the Standby Through feature allows HDMI source signals to pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI input can be changed using the remote control.

    x.v.Color: The AV receiver supports x.v.Color, offering a wider color range than the current broadcast standard. For the x.v.Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Deep Color: The Yamaha receiver also supports Deep Color which allows the color depth of video signals passing through HDMI to be raised. The number of colors that could be expressed by 1 pixel was 24 bits (16,777,216 colors) with a standard HDMI jack. However, the number of colors which can be expressed by 1 pixel is 36 bits with a Deep Color enabled HDMI jack. Since the gradation of the depth of a color can be expressed more finely with more bits, continuous color changes can be more smoothly expressed.  For the Deep Color feature to be useful, the entire video production chain must be compatible (camera-editing-format-player-display).

    Note: x.v. Color and Deep Color technology are supported only when source product, HDMI cable, media and HDTV all support those features.

    Lipsync: This function adjusts the delay between audio and video output. You can do this manually or have the receiver set the Lipsync function automatically.

    • Auto: When connected to a TV via HDMI, automatically adjusts audio output timing (0-250ms) if the TV supports an automatic lipsync function.
    • Manually: You can manually delay the sound output up to 250ms to synchronize it with the video image.

    HDTV-compatible Component Video: The RX-V471 offers two component video inputs and a component video monitor output. These inputs and output have a frequency response of 5 Hz to 60 MHz and will pass High Definition video sources up to 1080p.

    Front Panel AV Input: The front panel's Video Aux input features analog stereo RCA, composite video, and a 3.5mm stereo mini-plug.

    Background Video: The Background Video feature allows you to watch a video source while listening to a different audio source. With the RX-V471, you can select any video input, and listen to AM/FM radio or select songs from a USB device at the same time.

    USB/iPod Functions

    USB Port: This unit is equipped with a front-panel USB (type-A) port that allows you to enjoy WAV (PCM format only), MP3, WMA, and AAC audio files from a USB MSC (mass-storage-class) memory device (such as a USB flash drive). This unit can recognize sampling frequencies of up to 48 kHz on a compatible USB storage device. This unit supports USB mass storage class devices formatted in FAT 16 or FAT32 (not compatible with USB HDDs). You can use the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control to navigate your stored music files on your connected USB MSC device.

    Note: While listening to a song from a USB device, you can view a favorite video or photo from the receiver's monitor output.

    iPod/iPhone Direct: The USB (type-A) port on the front-panel provides convenient connection for your iPod/iPhone, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the AV Receiver, noise interference is minimized and sound quality is much better. iPod/iPhone digital connection means that the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the system, minimizing noise interference and allowing use of the DAC not in the iPod/iPhone, but in the system. This results in more precise sound reproduction. You can navigate your iPod/iPhone's music via the receiver's on-screen menu (via HDMI) and remote control, or continue to use your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen. You can browse your iPod/iPhone's music content via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, or Composer. You can also control Repeat & Shuffle functions. Song/artist information and Album Art will display on your connected TV (via HDMI). Your iPod/iPhone's battery will be charged while connected to the receiver (when powered on). Using the dock cable to connect directly, iPod/iPhone compatibility is as follows (as of 1/11/2012):

    iPod/iPhone ModelGenerationTested VersionMedia TypeControl TypeDisplay TypeCharge
    AudioVideoRemoteiPod/iPhoneSong/Artist TextTrack Info
    dock connector3rdN/ANNNNNNN
    mini 1stN/ANNNNNNN
    video 5th1.3YOYNYYY
    classic 80GB1.1.2YOYYYYY
    nano 1st1.3.1YNYNYYY
    2nd1.1.3YN YYYYY
    6th1.1 PCYOYYYYY

    Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the receiver and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

    iPod Universal Dock (with video): With the optional YDS-12 iPod Universal Dock (022YDS12, sold separately), you can connect your iPod digital music player to the RX-V471 and control audio/video playback using the remote control. Most fourth generation and later iPods (Click Wheel) are compatible. Video from your iPod and album art can be displayed on a connected TV monitor.

    Tuner Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver features a built-in AM/FM tuner with manual, seek, and preset tuning.

    40-Station Preset Tuning: The RX-V471 lets you store up to 40 AM/FM station presets. This can be done manually or automatically (auto-preset tuning).

    Stereo/Monaural Modes: You can set this receiver to automatically match FM broadcast frequencies in stereo, or convert the frequency to monaural for weaker stations.

    Indoor Antennas: An indoor FM wire antenna and AM loop antenna are included with the receiver.

    Background Video: While listening to the radio, you can display your favorite videos or photos on your connected TV.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen GUI (Graphical User Interface): The RXV-471 offers an on-screen menu system via its HDMI output. This clean and simple interface makes setup and other operations extremely easy. The on-screen display can show album art, provides a choice of various languages, and is visible over 3D images.

    Input Rename: You can rename each input so the display reflects the actual source; choose from 15 templates or create an original name, up to nine characters.

    Display Dimmer: You can set the brightness of the front-panel display from -4 to 0.

    Memory Guard: This feature is used to prevent accidental changes to the DSP program parameter values and other system settings.

    Sleep Timer: The receiver's Sleep Timer function can be set turn the unit automatically off after 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

    Auto Power Down: If you don't operate the receiver or use the remote for an extended period of time, the unit will automatically go into standby mode (Auto Power Down function). The Auto Power Down feature is selectable to 4, 8 or 12 hours.

    Remote Control

    Multibrand Remote Control: The receiver comes with a multibrand wireless remote control. In addition to the receiver, the remote can control multiple brands of TVs, Blu-ray players, DVD players/recorders, DVRs, VCRs, etc.

    HDMI Control: The Yamaha AV receiver supports the HDMI control function, which allows you to operate external components via HDMI. If your TV or other external components support HDMI control, you can use the remote controls of those devices to operate some of this unit's functions, and to synchronize this unit with the operation of those devices. You can use the following operations with the remote control of any of the connected HDMI Control compatible devices.

    • Power synchronization (On/Standby)
    • Volume control, including Mute
    • Changing the volume of the audio output signal device (either the TV or the receiver)

    Scene (for One-Touch Start): The RX-V471 features four Scene buttons on the front panel and remote to make operating the receiver easier. These buttons are initially set to default settings for Blu-ray/DVD viewing, TV viewing, CD listening, and Radio listening. Each can be reprogrammed to any input and any soundfield. Pressing a Scene button will automatically launch a number of operations that initiate play of the source controlled by that button. Other Scene settings are also available, such as iPod Listening, TV Sports Viewing, and Action Game Playing. Browsing and selecting the settings is quickly accomplished by changing Input via the front panel and watching the on-screen display. The settings can be selected for one-time use, or they can replace the original default settings. The Scene names can be changed also.

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