Modern AV-Receiver Yamaha RX V479 Review – the most complex of electronic audio components. Therefore, what he “budget”, a fascinating test: trying to figure out how to reduce the cost of measures to affect the sound, you feel like real detective specifications. And if the “suspect” is linked to Yamaha, the investigation becomes doubly interesting – until recently, no one except the engineers of the Japanese firm could not so cleverly circumvent the law of transformation of quantity into quality compromises components. Successful whether their efforts will be this time?
In the spring of this year, Yamaha introduced to the consumer a new family of relatively inexpensive but extremely functional receivers Yamaha RX V479 review. This includes four models – 5-channel V379 and V479, a 7-channel V679 and V779. In light of the above, our readers acquainted with the representatives of this series, we decided to begin the story of the unit Yamaha RX V479 review: it is for him to find an effective balance between cost, range of features and the sound quality was the most difficult.
Art experts Yamaha RX V479 review convert austerity measures in much esteem at first sight. The front panel is made of plastic, which is difficult to distinguish from blued metal; in the upper half of the insert is made of Plexiglas, which serves an informative window for the fluorescent display. Here – setting button AM / FM-tuner and microphone jack proprietary auto-calibration system YPAO.
Below the display is a zone of control performed by the original concept. Four buttons, combined called Scene, effectively provide a variety of sources – after snapping the necessary input and DSP-setting mode. That is why the rear jacks are abstract names (AV1, etc.). As a result, once adjusting entries, you will be without any hassle to switch the receiver to work with your TV or BD-player. The following are key settings entry, enable TONE mode and Straight (clipped DSP-processing), as well as the volume control, line input for external audio player (3.5mm jack) and USB port A, adapted to work not only with the flash card but with HDD-drive (power bus provides a current of 1 A), as well as the iPhone and iPod. The receiver is designed according to the principles proprietary Total Purity (literally “full purity”): power to the DAC, as well as the processing units of digital and analog signal supplied from different sources, provided strong measures to reduce jitter, powerful amplification path is assembled from discrete elements, massive radiators transistors are used, among other things, to reduce unwanted vibrations. In short, there is every reason to hope that the potential of high-resolution records will be opened.
Judging by the equipment rear panel Yamaha RX V479 review, the device is equipped quite modern, six HDMI-inputs, freely passed to the video output 4K / 60p and can organize the Audio Return Channel (ARC), and one of them (and, of course, yield) even supports HDCP 2.2 – the latest protection system against unauthorized 4K video coding. There are optical and two coaxial port “numbers”, the subwoofer output jack, and Ethernet.
Nevertheless compromises Yamaha RX V479 review that had to designers, visible to the naked eye. No multi-channel output that would turn this into a superb receiver AV-processor. Diagram 7.1 is fully implemented on the software level (there are decoders Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio), is not supported in hardware. Power – 5-channel Surround Back signals are not provided even line outputs. However, it is critical? Agree create 7.1 system in a small city apartment is often physically impossible, and to work in a small room, and the component is primarily aimed. It even possible to place the rear speakers near the front, ie, to the audience, rather than behind it.
It’s time to notice that the disadvantages Yamaha RX V479 review far outweighed sociability functionality. Built-in Wi-Fi module allows typing in the receiver to a local network, taking wirelessly streaming audio from your computer, tablet, NAS-server (DLNA-supported connection) or The Internet (access to thousands of stations through the appropriate services). A unique opportunity to Wireless Direct allows the receiver to connect via Wi-Fi directly from the computer without the organization of the access point, ie, bypassing the router. Supports AirPlay, so the owner of the gadget iOS-the-air can not only play through our ward stored on Apple-device audio tracks but also view album art or other metadata. Smartphones from other manufacturers will communicate with the receiver on the Bluetooth-interface or through the application Spotify Connect and HTC Connect, which also provide access to millions of songs from the “cloud” services. After the update, the receiver will keep proprietary technology MusicCast. It allows creating from the devices on the local network, multi-system: distribution of audio playback on the components located in different rooms of the house. The source can be any device – smartphone, tablet, TV, CD-player and even a vinyl turntable! Of course, you can listen to the files (including high-resolution up to 128 DSD) directly from the web.
The built-in 24-bit DACs / 192 kHz Burr-Brown not only support 2-channel but also multi-channel PCM, only need to adjust the BD-player to play the appropriate signal. Also, read files FLAC / WAV (up to 24/192) and ALAC (up to 24/96) plus DSD 2,8 / 5,6 MHz (with the possibility of playing without breaks – the so-called Gapless Playback). To improve the sound quality of compressed music (files, MP3 / AAC / WMA, which also does not shy away from the receiver) will feature Compressed Music Enhancer, recovers data lost during compression.
Successful work in the multi-channel systems provides DPS-17 modes, including the ability to simulate the acoustics in the living room of the famous Hollywood Roxy Theater and the Munich Philharmonic. Special mode for listening to the multi-channel soundtrack with headphones.
Proprietary system auto-calibration YPAO adjusts the unit to work with a given number of speakers, and taking into account the acoustic characteristics of the room. For fans of high-precision setting provides an opportunity to “manual” change many parameters. System expansion Bass (Extra Bass) allows you to get impressive bass even from small speakers, and while working on an inexpensive set of satellites and a subwoofer, which has a volume control, you can fine-tune the cutoff frequency woofer (function Subwoofer Trim), to exclude the failures or ” layering “in the sound stage. Finally, the ECO Mode reduces power consumption of the receiver to the 20% without noticeable deterioration in sound quality.
Managed by the receiver, not only with regular remote control but also from your smartphone / tablet through the free application AV Controller Yamaha RX V479 review. Aside from the obvious (on / off, volume control, input selection), the application allows you to configure the characteristics of the system under a certain movie or music track, enter the result in the memory and recall as needed. Another application, AV Setup Guide, is intended for installation. It will help to connect the signal sources and speakers, choose the correct settings. It is practically impossible to make a mistake, because as illustrations using real photos of the receiver.
The results were surprising even listening to our seasoned experts. Working on a 5.1 system “satellite / subwoofer” 479 minutes to create the realistic environmental picture with enough compelling sense of presence, emphasizing the effects of point and transfer movements of objects. Stars from the sky are not enough, just acted confidently and clearly. When we connected it to a pair of high and began to listen to stereo-quality CD-player, amazement there was no limit. Receiver without problems tamed capricious acoustics, inhabiting relief sound images under which he effortlessly let the powerful bass foundation. It’s the perfect device for those who prefer listening to music in dual-channel version, and the action looks from case to case. Skill Development Company again has created a receiver, capable of competing with machines costing a half to two times more expensive.
Verdict: Yamaha RX V479 review
Yamaha RX V479 review listening experience is confirmed by measurement. The stereo receiver delivers 120 W / Ch. at least, that in combination with a high (nearly 100 units.) damping factor allows the receiver to shake any speakers. Digital TONE limited bandwidth tract, but not to the 22 kHz as most competitors, and up to 40 kHz, which allows to use them even when listening files Hi-Res.
Pros: Yamaha RX V479 review
- Built-in Wi-Fi-and Bluetooth-module
- Supports HDCP 2.2 and MusicCast
Cons: Yamaha RX V479 review
- The five channels of onboard amplification
- No multi-channel output
MusicCast: sound always and everywhere
Enormous experience gained by Yamaha RX V479 review voicing at concert halls, embodied in unexpected ways – technology MusicCast, allowing creating audio components, which are located in different rooms of the house, a single system under the control of a smartphone or tablet computer. In contrast to the existing multi-technology, designed to work only with special devices (mainly wireless speakers), MusicCast can be built into any component (today it is supported by more than 20 models of Yamaha, and the most diverse – from the soundbar to AV- receivers). Just such a system can be up to 30 devices, and the music – played with any source, up to a TV, CD-player and even turntables vinyl (only need to connect it to a compatible component MusicCast!). Features technology to be extremely diverse. Firstly, it allows you to play different records in different rooms or turn the house into one musical space. Secondly, for transmission of data, it can be used not only Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, which makes it possible to include in the system of third-party gadgets (such as a portable music system with Bluetooth or a Bluetooth-headset). Thirdly, it is possible to listen to files (including high resolution up to FLAC, WAV and AIFF (24/192) ALAC (24/96) and 5,6 DSD MHz) both with the solid carrier, so and directly from the World Wide Web. Particularly it should be noted that the development of MusicCast Company considers being one of the main priorities of its activities – the technology over the next 5-10 years will support all audio components Yamaha RX V479 review.