Yamaha Adds Feature-Packed Budget Receiver
5.1 Audio for a budget home theater
March 16, 2012 by Grant Clauser

If you’re looking for a home theater receiver that packs in features, but doesn’t cost too much, Yamaha has a new model for you. The RX-V373 carries an MSRP of only $299, yet it’s got a nice list of highlights for music and movies.

That list starts with a front USB slot to connect your iPod or iWhatever or an external hard drive. Then there’s the automatic calibration system Yamaha calls YPAO. With YPAO, you hook up a microphone and let the receive send out test tones to set up the receiver for your room.

If you think a 4K TV or projector may be in your future, the RX-V373 offers 4K video pass through on the HDMI pipeline (it includes 4 HDMI inputs and 1 output). It also of course supports 3D and Audio Return Channel (so the streaming audio from your smart TV can be played back on your receiver.

For audio processing, the RX-V373 offers decoding of Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio.

What you don’t get for that $299 is 7.1 or higher channel support. This is a 5.1 system (100W per channel with 192 kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs for all channels), which honestly is what most people use in their living rooms and basic home theaters.

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Grant Clauser - Technology and Web Editor, Electronic House
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths. Follow him on Twitter @geclauser.

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