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This review is from: YAMAHA RX-V473BL 5.1-Channel Network AV Receiver
Pros: Setup went easily enough. Things worked when plugged in the way I expected.
I like the remote. Buttons are laid out nicely, very intuitive. Much better than the Sony remote I replaced with lots of confusing acronyms on the buttons.
It has lots of inputs. This was a feature I searched quite a while for, to accommodate all the older gear I have. Still did not have all the inputs I wanted. There's no SVHS for my old VCR. No big loss. And not enough 2 channel audio inputs. Only one set on the back and one on the front. So I have to manually switch cables sometimes.
Includes Ethernet and optical cables. This was a surprise since receivers usually don't come with cables. But it meant I bought extra cables.
FM and AM reception worked surprisingly well with the included antennas. It was all but useless on my old Sony. Not too important since I don't listen to radio much.
Cons: I was hoping this device would take composite and component video signals and route them out the HDMI. It does not seem to do that. So I need 3 sets of cables to my projector: HDMI, Component, and Composite.
Tried to use this with an HDMI to DVI adaptor connected to a DVI to HDMI cable to a projector that has HDMI input. Does not work. I'll have to buy another HDMI to HDMI cable.
Can't find a way to connect my XBox. The component video out will plug in but the only ways to use sound with component video are optical or coaxial. The XBox has 2 channel stereo for the audio out. I was hoping for a mode where I could set the receiver to take video from one AV channel and audio from another but so far have not found a way to do that.
Other Thoughts: Got this for a good price. Much cheaper than the Sony I replaced.
I wanted an option for Pandora but those receivers were all much more expensive. However this one does have Internet radio with a good selection of stations so I don't miss Pandora after all.