Pros / This receiver has good power output.

Cons / It’s missing many audio decoders, including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

 Verdict / The Yamaha RX-V483 is powerful and has excellent wireless connectivity options, but it isn’t the best choice if you want a future-proof AV receiver.

The Yamaha RX-V483 is the most affordable AV receiver we reviewed, and you get a lot of power for the price. However, it doesn’t have 7.1-channel processing or the newest audio codecs for upmixing stereo to surround sound.

With just 5.1 channels, the RX-V483 can’t match the 7.1 surround sound of the best home theater AV receivers we reviewed. This is a significant drawback if you want a future-proof receiver. That said, most movies are still mixed to a 5.1 format using Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, which this receiver has decoders for, so the lack of a 7.1-channel amplifier is not a big deal – yet. Dolby Atmos and DTS:X add more overhead channels to the mix, and you can expect most movies to use these expanded surround sound formats in the near future.

The RX-V483’s best feature is its power output. It has the most powerful amplifiers of all the receivers we researched that cost less than $400. With 6-ohm speakers, the receiver is rated for 130 watts per channel, and with 8-ohm speakers, it outputs 110 watts per channel.

Though the RX-V483 has the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio decoders, it doesn’t have them for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, the premier formats. It’s also missing upmixing matrix decoders like Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Surround, DTS Neo:6 and DTS Neural:X. This means that you can’t upmix a stereo signal to surround sound.

For connectivity, the Yamaha RX-V483 includes all the common wireless formats: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and DNLA. However, it only has four HDMI inputs, which is disappointing. Most AV receivers have at least six, which allows you to expand your system when new devices become available in the future. However, it does have legacy inputs for DVD players and gaming consoles that aren’t HDMI compatible. It also has a USB port in the front to charge your phone or tablet.

Yamaha offers a two-year warranty that covers problems due to workmanship or defective parts, which is average for the AV receivers we evaluated. You can contact the company’s helpful support staff by phone, email or live chat if you have questions about the setup process. Live chat is the fastest way to get answers to most questions.

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  • Rated Output for 8-ohm Speakers
  • Rated Output for 6-ohm Speaker
  • Warranty
  • Height
  • Weight
  1. According to the manufacturer, this is the power output when using 8-ohm speakers.
    More is Better
  2. 7  Yamaha RX-V
    50.0 Watts
  3. 130.0 Watts
  4. 120.0 Watts
  5. 80.0 Watts
  6. Category Average
    86.5 Watts

Summary

The Yamaha RX-V483 is powerful compared to other AV receivers that cost around $500. Its 130-watt power output on 6-ohm speakers can make your entertainment room feel like a movie theater. However, it doesn’t have as many HDMI input and output channels as the best AV receivers we looked at. In addition, while it has the most important audio decoders – Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD – it doesn’t have ones that support expanded surround sound and stereo upmixing.

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Specifications and Benchmarks

Connectivity

HDMI Inputs
4
Subwoofer Pre-Outs
1
Analog Audio Inputs
Composite Inputs
HDCP 2.2 Compatible
Additional HDMI Output
-
Phono Input
-

Help & Support

Warranty
2 Years
Phone
Email
Live Chat
Tutorials
User Forum
-

Audio Formats

Dolby TrueHD & DTS-HD (Lossless Surround)
Dolby Atmos & DTS:X (Multidimensional Surround)
-
Dolby Digital Plus (Mobile Audio & Streaming)
Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X (Legacy Upmixing)
-
Dolby Pro Logic II & DTS Neo: 6 (Stereo-to-Surround Upmixing)
-

Dimensions

Width (inches)
17.13
Height (inches)
8.75
Depth (inches)
12.88
Weight (lbs.)
17.9

Power Handling

Max Channel Processing
5
Output for 8-ohm Speakers (watts)
110
Output for 6-ohm Speakers (watts)
130
Two-Zone Audio
Power Consumption (watts)
Not Listed
Standby Power Consumption (watts)
0.1