Yamaha RX-V500

Yamaha RX-V500D 5.1 AV receiver

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"This receiver is one of the very few on the market that has a DAB tuner built in as well as an FM tuner. It's a classic 5.1 AV receiver

which can also be networked to enjoy services such as AirPlay or to stream music from your own computer network."

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A mixed bag this one. We like Yamaha products and we do enjoy the Yamaha RX-V500D, but we have a problem with it. Essentially. its the price. It's a 5.1 AV receiver and although it can be networked, it doesn't offer much else. Typically you'll see the likes of Denon and Onkyo selling these for around the £300 mark, but this receiver is closer to £400. This means as much as we like it, the price does seem a bit high.

Of course there's a reason why - DAB. This is also one of the very few AV receivers on the market that actually has DAB fitted, and we think that's great. As it is essentially a UK only feature, it means we finally get something that we wish was on all AV receivers, which usually only carry FM. This carries both. Sadly however that has a knock on effect on the pricing, understandably so. To make a receiver for just the UK costs Yamaha more, as does putting in the DAB technlogy - and that is the reason for that price.

So...is it a good AV receiver? Yes, absolutely. It's also quite well specified with networking available and an optional wireless module if you need to go wireless (unlike Denon for example). It's 3D compatible and will handle 4K too, although unsurprisingly no upscaling at this price. It's got all the latest sound formats covered too, and it also has an auto set up courtesy of Yamahas own YPAO system - perhaps not quite as good as Audyssey, but actually pretty good.

It also benefits from all of Yamahas music and sound experience and with the addition of a few clever sound processing modes, it can produce quite a good sound. It's just that price which pushes it from great to OK - and that's the shame.

Our advice is this - if you have to have DAB on your AV receiver then get this. It really is a good receiver, and yes you are paying a little over the odds but you are paying for something you will struggle to get any other way short of paying for a separate DAB tuner - and that will be way more expensive than buying this receiver.

Tech Spec

General

Model RX-V500D

Amplifier Section

Amplifier type Integrated
Maximum surround 5.1
Number of channels 5
Subwoofer pre-outs 1
Power rating at 8 ohms
Power per channel 115W
Biamp capability No

Audio Section

Surround sound processing Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio
Set-up microphone Yes
A/V setup format Not specified
THX certified? No

Video Section

Is it 3D? Yes
4K passthrough Yes

Tuner Section

Tuner FM, DAB, DAB+

Inputs and Outputs

HDMI connections 5 in, 1 out
Component connections 2 in, 1 out
Composite connections 5 in, (1 on front), 1 out
USB connections 1, To playback from USB sticks, To playback from USB hard drives, To playback and charge iPods/iPhones
Analog connections 4 in, (1 on front), 1 out
Optical connections 2 in
Digital Co-axial connections 2 in
Apple connections iPad, iPhone & iPod via USB

Networking

Is it Smart? Yes
Is it networkable? Yes, wired only but wireless module optional
Internet services DLNA (stream from your own computer)

Accessories

Remote Control Remote control included, Apple app available, Android app available
HDMI lead included? No

Measurements

Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 161 x 315 mm
Net weight 8.1 kg