Yamaha RX-V481 5.1-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Black)

Model #RX-V481BL

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Video Signal Format NTSC
4K Support 4K UHD pass-through
HDMI 3D Video Format Pass-through
ARC (Audio Return Channel) Yes
Deep Color / x.v. Color Support Yes, with 24 Hz refresh rate and auto lip-sync
HDMI CEC Compliant Yes

Packaging Info

Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.9 x 9.0 x 5.9"
Package Weight 20.5 lb


Power Requirements 120 VAC, 60 Hz
Weight 17.9 lb (8.1 kg)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 17.1 x 6.4 x 12.9" (43.5 x 16.2 x 32.7 cm) without antenna17.1 x 8.8 x 12.9" (43.5 x 22.2 x 32.7 cm) with antenna
Standby Power Consumption HDMI Control and Standby Through Mode Off: ≤0.1 WHDMI Standby Through Mode On: 1.0 W typicalNetwork Standby On: 1.9 W (wired)


AM/FM Presets 40
Tuning Range FM: 87.5 to 107.9 MHzAM: 530 to 1710 kHz
AM/FM Tuner Yes/Yes


Digital Outputs 1 x HDMI with HDCP 2.2
Analog Inputs 1 x AM antenna1 x FM antenna3 x RCA L/R1 x 1/8" (3.5 mm)4 x RCA composite video
Digital Inputs 4 x HDMI with HDCP 2.21 x TOSLINK optical2 x Digital coaxial
Analog Outputs 1 x RCA composite video1 x Headphone5 x Speaker jacks1 x Subwoofer port
Other Ports 1 x USB front input 1 x RJ45 Ethernet 1 x Wireless antenna
Wireless Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA 802.11b/g/n

Audio Processing

DSP Programs 17
Audio Delay 0 to 500 ms
DTS-HD Master Audio Yes
Dolby Digital Plus Yes
Dolby TrueHD Yes


Dialog Level Adjustment Yes
Dialogue Lift Yes
Discrete Amplification 192 kHz/24 bit Burr-Brown DACs for all channels
No. of Channels 5.1
Dynamic Power per Channel 110 W at 8 Ohms130 W at 6 Ohms160 W at 4 Ohms180 W at 2 Ohms
Power Output 80 W per channel at 8 Ohms, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, 0.09 THD, 2-channel driven115 W per channel at 8 Ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9 THD, 1-channel driven145 W per channel at 6 Ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1-channel driven
Expert Reviews
3 days ago

The Yamaha RX-V481 checks most of the must-have feature boxes, and still delivers excellent sound quality for a mid-price receiver.

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    The Yamaha RX-V481 offers very good audio performance in a relatively affordable bundle. It offers numerous streaming services over Wi-Fi plus the ability to stream to a Bluetooth headphone. HDMI ports support 4K video and HDR sources.

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    The total of just four HDMI ports means users with more than one gaming console, for example, may need to look elsewhere. Competitors such as Pioneer and Sony are supporting the versatile Google Cast system.

User Reviews
14 July 2016

I loved its light weight, and easy speaker hookup. The Setup however, was not so easy with the computer ROM instead of a booklet for the owners manual. I was not able to get the ROM to work in my Apple Macbook Pro, so the next day I had to download the manual from the internet.

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    Clean Balanced Sound

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    No Owners Manual On Paper

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7 July 2016

As promised. It is a good value for the price. Set up was simple and effects are a little more than I need. It paired well with a powered sub and smaller front speakers. The sound is crisp and was flexible enough. One thing I liked specifically it can act as a Bluetooth receiver AND transmitter.

5 July 2016

My previous Yamaha Receiver was a 900 series and I had cassette, reel to reel tape decks, DVD, CD, PS3 components attached as well as Dish Network and 4DTV (old school satellite). The new receiver has HDMI ports and very few input output ports which makes my old components obsolete.

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    Easy to install very few connections required.

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    Old component hook ups are limited and a larger receiver with more ports is needed if you have a large amount of components to connect. I have a 5.1Klipsch speaker system so I did not want to upgrade that and this was the largest receiver that accomodated my 5.1 system.

Product Highlights
  • Up to 80W Per Channel at 8 Ohms
  • YPAO Multipoint Sound Optimization
  • 4K Ultra HD Pass-Through
  • HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • 4 x HDMI-In / 1 x HDMI-Out
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Apple AirPlay Connectivity
  • Front-Panel USB Connectivity
  • On-Screen Display with Cover Art
In The Box
  • Yamaha RX-V481 5.1-Channel Network A/V Receiver (Black)
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • AM Antenna
  • FM Antenna
  • YPAO Microphone
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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