Yamaha Corporation, as we all know, is a gigantic multinational company. In the music world they are known for their musical instruments, in the automobile industry they are known for their motorcycles and in the AV world they are known for their wonderful home-theatre receivers, speaker packages and a host of other audio products. This month, we reviewed one of their new offspring from the RX series of AV receivers, the RX-V471 5.1 receiver. The price tag at which it comes makes it an entry-level product. The popularity of entry level products spreads like wild fire in this country because we are a nation that loves movies and music, and we love them even more when they come at a reasonable price.

Out of the box

The Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver came neatly packed in a large box. Within the box, we found the receiver along with its remote control and a manual. The receiver doesn’t make a deep impression on you at first but as you spend more time with it the receiver begins to look beautiful. The beauty of the receiver is its simplicity; there aren’t too many buttons on the front panel. The display is left almost blank, and there are only a few buttons at the bottom of the display. The build quality of the AV receiver is commendable. The binding posts are sturdy; the volume knob is well finished and the outer casing, which is the main strength of any AV electronic unit, is well-built.

Quite standard in dimensions

Quite standard in dimensions but well built


Yamaha has incorporated a lot of high-end technology into the RX-V471. The 5.1 channel receiver boasts of pumping out almost 105W of clean power into every channel. On the rear panel, there are speaker terminals so that you can easily connect a five-channel home-theatre speaker package to it, and also find an RCA line level subwoofer out. Yamaha RX-V471 is a fully loaded receiver; besides the outputs that we mentioned earlier the unit also provides video outs, recording outs, a headphone out that can be traced on the front panel and an HDMI out to which you can connect a flat panel or a projector. The four HDMI inputs at the back of the unit should suffice for most of your audio video needs, but if that is still not sufficient then you can always use the other composite and component inputs. Also, if you are a 3D fan then this receiver won’t disappoint you as it supports 3D video. Even the popular ARC (audio return channel) feature is available on this receiver.

Remote Control

The remote control of the Yamaha RX-V417 is lightweight and an easy fit for the average palm size. The one thing we didn’t like about it was that there are too many buttons on it, plus they are in close proximity to each other so every time you press a particular function the risk of pressing another button is quite high. Also, the main navigation button is not centrally located so it will take time for you to get adjusted to this remote control. 

Fully functional remote

Lightweight and easy to use

AV MAX is a special interest audiophile magazine that focuses on reviewing high-end AV   equipment like amplifiers, stereos, floorstanding speakers and related news

AV MAX is a special interest audiophile magazine that focuses on reviewing high-end AV equipment like amplifiers, stereos, floorstanding speakers and related news


The Yamaha RX-V471 AV receiver was not only easy on the eyes but also on its setup too. The sheer fact that the manufacturer has not done anything extravagant in terms of connectivity has made this receiver a top line product. Connecting the receiver with the 5.1 speaker package in our studio was an easy task as the labeling on the rear panel was quite clear. One did not have to run through dozens of inputs and outputs to find those five speaker outputs, the subwoofer pre-out was also easy to trace as it was separated from the rest of the ins and outs. If the engineers back at Yamaha had provided a second pre-out for another subwoofer it would have been really great. 

Although this is a 5.1 AV receiver, having two subwoofers would never be a problem because one, it helps achieve a balanced response over the room, and two, the entire home-theatre setup is not placed at the mercy of one subwoofer. So given the size of your room, two subwoofers is always better than one. Coming back to the setup, we connected the speakers and placed them in the appropriate positions, a thing to add to this is that in every AV receiver review the first button that we press is the power button and the next is the setup on the remote control. I began to configure the inputs, assign output channels, and adjust speaker crossover points and fine-tuned all the other necessary settings. The GUI (Graphical User Interface) of the RX-V471 was easy to understand but visually it wasn’t very pleasing. 

Plenty of options available

Plenty of options available

It’s important for manufacturers to get this right as the user has to deal with the GUI on an everyday basis. Setting up things was straightforward, and there was no problem navigating through the menus too.

Once we were all set, we picked out the Blu-ray of ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and headed straight to reviewing the unit. The first experience was really gripping as the sonic quality of the 5.1 left us spell bound. The sound was powerful and full bodied. Although the sound effect of the movie kept 5.1 setup left, right and centre quite busy, the entire cinematic experience was delivered with aplomb and great clarity. There are innumerable scenes with screeching tyres, heavy firing, ramming of cars, and between all this mayhem dialogues are also thrown. It’s a hard job for an AV receiver to concentrate on each and every detail in the scene and at the same time send out clean high-quality signal to all the five speakers with accurate timing. 

The Yamaha RX-V471 stood its ground; it managed to deliver a gripping home-theatre experience without losing authority even over a single channel. The intelligible dialogues from the centre channel had us tightly glued to our seats, and the intensity in the actor’s voice was conveyed with exemplary clarity. The climax of the movie, however, is a real torture for any AV receiver. The last 30 minutes are filled to the brim with explosions, car slams and intense fight scenes. We thought that the AV receiver would crumble under such pressure but it impressed us to a great extent. 

Support options include almost anything you can think of

Support options include almost anything you can think of

The dynamics of the AV receiver were commendable because on one hand the deep fisted explosions were taken care of by the powered subwoofer, and to compliment that with the overall sound was the job of the AV receiver. The fronts and the surrounds play an important role as collectively they create a 5.1 soundstage. This 5.1 soundstage is somewhat like a portal it makes you feel right in the centre of all the action and drama; it lets you enjoy the movies like a real-life experience. We were very pleased with the RX-V471 as cinematically it drove us to the edge of our seats and at the same time the entire viewing experience was quite enjoyable. When we tested the AV receiver for its musical capabilities it was nice to see that its performance was nothing less of what it was like in the movies. We auditioned different genres like world music, pop, rock, jazz and latest Hindi film soundtracks. 

Verdict and Price in India

The aural experience was of fine-quality, the instruments had an open sound while vocals sounded warm and natural. The overall tonality of the multi-channel setup was not bright. The AV receiver faired pretty well in terms of music delivery, no matter what piece of music you may be listening to, the RX-V471 never adds any bit of grain or artificiality to the sound.

The Yamaha RX-V471 is priced at Rs. 28,900.

AV MAX is a special interest audiophile magazine that focuses on reviewing high-end AV   equipment like amplifiers, stereos, floorstanding speakers and related news

AV MAX is a special interest audiophile magazine that focuses on reviewing high-end AV equipment like amplifiers, stereos, floorstanding speakers and related news

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