Yamaha have a new entry level AV receiver, the RX-V373, the first of its ’73 series, taking the pace of last year’s best-selling AV receiver, the RX-V371. Not exactly a poetic assemblage of product names, but then the poetry is in the sonics, not the symbols.
The sound from many TVs is adequate at best, what these AV receivers allow you to do is hook up your home theatre equipment to multiple speakers, up to a 5:1 surround sound configuration – five speakers, and a subwoofer. As well as the veritable wall of sound from the speaker boxers, there’s sound processing magic within the AV receiver, providing high definition sound to accompany the high definition picture. Inside the box is 17 of Yamaha’s proprietary DSP programs, helping to tweak the very best surround sound, or approximated surround sound, depending upon your speaker configuration.
And it’s not an AV player these days that doesn’t make a concession to the iPod, and the Yamaha RX-V373 is no exception. There’s a USB port on the front, so iPods will play and charge via that port, and song information will display on the RX-V373’s screen.
On the back, is 4 x HDMI inputs, 1 x HDMI output, 2 x digital audio inputs (0ptical), 2 x digital audio inputs (coaxial), analog audio input (4x, with 1 on the front/output (2x), component video input (2x)/output (1x), composite video input (4x, with 1 on the front/output (1x), and a headphone output.
Yamaha RX-V373 price and availability
The RX-V373 is available now, at an RRP of $499. Add it to Yamaha’s YHT-298 home theatre package with bookshelf speakers for $649 RRP, or to the YHT-698AU full size home theatre package, with HT series floor-standing front speakers, for $1,199 RRP.