Yamaha RX-V573

The Good The Yamaha RX-V573 has built-in networking functionality, including AirPlay and Internet radio. It can also be controlled with a smartphone app available for iOS and Android. And its sound quality is solid with both music and movies.

The Bad Nearly every competing receiver offers more HDMI inputs at this price level. The included remote is difficult to use, and the user interface looks painfully dated.

The Bottom Line The Yamaha RX-V573 is a serviceable 7.1 AV receiver, but with only four HDMI inputs, competing models offer a better value.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
6.4 Overall

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Review

Yamaha's receiver boasts AirPlay, not much else

AV receivers are notoriously jam-packed with features, most of which you'll never use. Yamaha's RX-V573 ($500 street price) is notably lacking many of those niche capabilities common on other receivers, but it also falls short with the one feature that matters the most: HDMI connectivity. With just four HDMI inputs, the RX-V573 falls behind all of its major competitors, especially with the Onkyo TX-NR414 offering six HDMI inputs for $275. Hard connectivity numbers aside, the rest of the RX-V573's intangibles are lackluster as well, with a perplexing remote and archaic user interface.

The sole bright spot is the RX-V573's built-in AirPlay functionality (and other limited network features), but in most cases it's better to add AirPlay with a separate Apple TV box. Most buyers will be better off with competing receivers like the Onkyo TX-NR414 or Sony STR-DN1030 ($450 street), while most Yamaha fans will get a better value from the RX-V473, which is largely identical but is limited to five channels.

Design
The Yamaha RX-V573 looks no different from other mainstream AV receivers. It's big and boxy, with a two-tone look of glossy black on the top and matte finish on the bottom. If you're looking for something more stylish, Denon's AVR-1913 has better looks, while the Marantz NR1603 is attractively compact.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $550
  • Brand Yamaha
  • Type Home Theater Receiver
  • Functions AV network receiver, digital player
  • Sound Output Mode Surround Sound
  • Output Power / Total 115 Watt
  • Color Black
  • Functions Digital player, AV network receiver
  • Additional Features Bi-Amplifying, Compressed music enhancer, Dual-zone capability, Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO), Cinema DSP digital, Silent Cinema, x.v.Color technology, Deep color, DLNA 1.5 certified
  • Media Content Source Network, USB-host
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