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Yamaha's RX-V483 receiver offers excellent sound for the moneyThe Yamaha RX-V483 may not be the most feature-filled AV receiver but it makes up for this with very good sound quality
The Yamaha RX-V483 is a midrange receiver which offers excellent sound quality and a decent selection of features for the money. It's sounds better than the equivalent Denon AVR-S730, for example. But the trade off is it doesn't have so many features. If you want Dolby Atmos or even a host of HDMI ports, the Yamaha Yamaha is not for you. Otherwise, this receiver is everything that you'd expect from the company. It offers five channels of amplification at 80 watts a channel. And it includes Yamaha's MusicCast, a multi-room system used for streaming music from your phone or Pandora over w-fi. It also offers Bluetooth in and out. The only thing this doesn't have is a lot of HDMI inputs. Only four. Not great if you have a lot of different sources. Most competitors offer six or more. But in its defense, at least these ports are compatible with 4K and the numerous flavors of HDR, including Golden Vision and [INAUDIBLE]. Sound quality is where the Yamaha is at. And the RSXV483 has a very lively sound that makes movie soundtracks exciting. We've tried it with a number of different speakers both bright and hard to drive, and warm. And it did a good job with them all. The Yamaha also make music a lot more involving than the [INAUDIBLE] competition. While paying even more for a Sony SDITN1080 receiver will reap even further benefits, this Yamaha is one of the best options for under 500 Euros. If you do favor performance over features, the RSVX483 is a very good option for home cinema fans on a budget.