Yamaha RX-V463 5.1 AV Receiver Preview
- Channels: 5
- RMS Output Power (20Hz - 20kHz)
- RMS Output Power (1kHz) 100W x 5
- Total Power (20Hz - 20kHz) 500W (1kHz)
- Dolby Digital: Dolby Pro Logic II
- DTS : DTS Neo 6
- iPod Compatibility
- Compressed Music Enhancer
- Neural Surround
- XM HD Surround
- XM Satellite Radio Ready
- Component Video (In/Out) (3 / 1)
- A/V Inputs (S-Video) 4 (3 S-Video)
- Digital Inputs/Outputs [O: Optical, C: Coaxial] O: 2, C: 1)
- Front A/V with Digital Input
- Front Mini Input for Portables
- D/A Conversion: 192 kHz / 24 bit
- Surround Programs: 8
- Night Listening Enhancer
- YPAO (w/Optimizer Microphone)
- On-Screen Display
- Selectable Subwoofer Crossover
- Multi-Channel Decoder Inputs: 6-Channel
- Learning Remote Capability: Preset
- Product Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8" x 5-5/16" x 12-1/2"
- Product Weight (lbs.) 17.6
- Shipping Dimensions (W X H X D) 21-3/4" x 10-7/16" x 19-13/16"
2008 has started off with some amazing prices and features being offered on budget A/V receivers. Just as the new high-end receivers gain new features and new technologies, so do the receivers on the low end of the price spectrum. This is the first time that basic HDMI functionality has been offered on receivers for under $350. This is a winning situation for everyone. Most would think that $350 would not get you anything of quality and in the past that would be correct; Not so anymore. The RX-V463 is a feature laden piece of gear that far from your budget receiver of the past.
With impressive audio processing power the Yamaha RX-V463 dives into territory once occupied by receivers costing twice as much or more.Those features include things such as 192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels, 6-channel external decoder input, iPod and Bluetooth compatibility (via optional Yamaha YDS-10 YBA-10 docking modules) and YPAO for automatically optimizing the sound in your room. And if thats not enough for you then how about 3 HDTV compatible component video inputs, 8 DSP programs, a compressed music (MP3) enhancer, and the ability to view iPod song titles displayed on the front panel and OSD, Dolby Digital and DTS processing, and XM- and XM HD-ready. That is one heck of a feature set for a sub-$350 receiver.
With a rated power of 100 watts x 5 the RX-V463 is no pansy when it comes to power either. Yamaha has offered more bang for your buck than most for a while now, and this budget receiver continues in this tradition. And with Yamaha’s power ratings being very conservative, it is not unreasonable to think this little receiver will beat its rated specs. In short, there is more than enough power being offered here.
In addition to dual HDMI switching inputs, there are three component inputs, three S-video inputs, and three composite video inputs - each with one output as well. For audio, five analog stereo inputs, 6.1 analog inputs, two TOSlink inputs and one coaxial digital input round out the receiver. The RX-V463 also has real binding posts instead of those cheap spring clip terminals that so often plague other budget units.
Like all of the newest Yamaha receivers, setup is could not be any easier with the addition of the on-screen Setup menu. This is a noteworthy feature in itself on a budget receiver. While it is not as advanced as the system found on more expensive Yamaha receivers, it is accurate and easy. Also offered is a new feature called SCENE buttons. SCENE buttons are like macros that are preprogrammed to launch a variety of commands. Build quality is very good and the unit weighs a solid 17.6 lbs. This is a great budget receiver.
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