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Yamaha RX-V379 offers decent sound at a budget priceUnless you have a huge home theater or tough-to-drive speakers, the Yamaha RX-V379's combination of useful features and solid performance is probably all you need.
If you thought that buying an inexpensive receiver meant that you were buying a box of loose bolts with no features that could actually break your speakers, then hopefully this Yahama receiver can help change your mind. At $280 dollars street, Yahama RX-V379 isn't cheap. But it's at the low end of the scale and offers a lot of usable features for the price. First of all there's Bluetooth, so you can listen to the music on your phone. And then there's compatibility with the [UNKNOWN] TV standards including 4K support with encryption technology, HDCP 2.2. While this is not as much of an issue right now, it will offer some degree of future proofing. This is a 5.1 channel receiver which offers most surround standards, including Dolby TrueHD, and DTS Master Audio. It also has four HDMI inputs with 4k pass-through. The design is fairly minimalist. But I do love that instead of the terrible input selection knob. Or the wheel of fortune, you might call it, because you don't know what you're going to get next. It does have dedicated shortcuts on the front. Sound quality is where this receiver is at and with a decent set of home cinema speakers, you can get cinema like sound in your home. Music quality is also surprisingly good, even with bluetooth. For most home set ups 300 dollar receiver is probably all you'll need. And for the money the Yamaha RXV379 offers pretty much all that you'll need especially if you have an Apple TV or other scanning box on your system already. This is Ty Pendlebrief for cnet dot com