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Yamaha RX-V371 AV Receiver Review

The Yamaha RX-V371 is an 100Wx5 receiver. The case is short deep and has a clean look with few switching source buttons. The display stands out for being very informative and to have great characters, allowing good read for more than six meters away from the unit.

On the front panel, rather than digital inputs and USB slots, there are available A/V and a laptops P2 audio. The presence of four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output compatible with Full HD in 3D signal and audio return channel (ARC) are respectively pleasing. The same can be said of the two optical digital inputs and two coaxial. On the other hand, we were disappointed with the “poor” pressure connectors for the outputs of the central boxes and surrounds, which forced us to plug thinner cables than the ones we used to work with. The remote is simple but has a good range and is able to control TVs of other brands.

Fine Tunning

Although the Yamaha RX-V371 does not have an on-screen menu, it is not difficult to understand the settings at the time of setup, thanks to its generous display. Also part of the Yamaha’s tradition, is the fine adjustments of distance (10cm), bass (10Hz),  surround mode parameters and even seven-band equalizer on each channel, something rare in the entry-level models.

After plugging in the cable of the special microphone cord in the Mic input at the front panel, it took a little over a minute to complete the smart setup. At the end, all channels were properly balanced and equalized, however, an alert message on the display, fortunately, “phase problem” in the left surround box. We checked and recorded that a member of our team had mistakenly swaped the polarization of the cable connectors in the box.

 

Evaluation

Receivers such as the V371 requires the use of  compact or bookshelf loudspeakers in the same category. The B&W 705 adopted in this review are located in a high-end level and require a stronger amplification, which the Yamaha failed to provide. Still, it was possible to know in depth the good performance of the device in stereo playback.

The instrumental Syndrome (CD The Marsalis Family – Music ~Redeems), for example, showed a soft trumpet, while a shy level like piano, acoustic bass and drums complemented the so defined rhythm. Meanwhile during an exciting drum solo and four minutes (BD Earth Wind & Fire – Live at Montreux 1997), in DTS-HD Master Audio, the receiver showed a dynamic fast bass very convincing to an entry model. And with its surroundings and impressive Green Hornet DTS-HD MA track, it was difficult not to feel inside the action, chasing scenes, fighting and explosions.

Specification

Amplifier Section Channel 5.1
Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) 100W (8ohms, 0.9% THD)
Rated Output Power (1kHz, 2ch driven) 80W (8ohms, 0.9% THD)
Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms) 110/130/160/180W
Surround Sound Processing CINEMA DSP Yes
DSP Programs 17
Compressed Music Enhancer Yes
SILENT CINEMA / Virtual CINEMA DSP Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
Audio Features Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control) Yes
Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting Yes
Audio Delay Yes (0-240 ms)
192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels Yes (Burr-Brown)
Video Features HDMI 3D passthrough Yes
HDMI Audio Return Channel Yes
Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync Yes
Extensive Connection HDMI Input/Output 4 / 1
HDMI CEC Yes
Dock Port 1 (for optional YDS-12 or YBA-10)
Front AV Input Mini Jack/Analog Audio/Composite
Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical 2 / 0
Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial 2 / 0
Analog Audio Input/Output 4 (front 1) / 2
Component Video Input/Output 2 / 1
Composite Video Input/Output 4 (front 1) / 1
Preout Subwoofer
Headphone Output 1
Tuner Section FM/AM Tuner Yes
User Interface SCENE SCENE (4 sets)
Remote Control Unit Yes (Preset)
Audio Technical Specifications Total Harmonic Distortion 0.06%
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 98 dB (Stereo, 250 mV)
General Standby Power Consumption (IR only) ≤0.5W
Auto Power Down Yes
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17-1/8” x 6” x 12-3/8″
Weight 16.5 lbs.
Shipping Dimensions (W x H x D) 15-5/8″ x 8-7/8″ x 21-3/8″
Shipping Weight (lbs.) 20.94 lbs.

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