Yamaha RX-V581 Review and Specs

Yamaha RX-V581Home-theater systems continue to conquer object-oriented formats - after running-in technologies on receivers of the upper price segment, more affordable models began to acquire Dolby Atmos and DTS: X support. As new technologies become available to a wide range of moviegoers, consider the example of the classic Yamaha RX-V581 specs - the representative of the 2016 Yamaha line. More info in this Yamaha RX-V581 review.

Yamaha RX-V581 review

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Features

Unlike the two younger five-channel counterparts with indices 381 and 481, the RX-V581 has seven amplification channels, which, in fact, determined its status as the most inexpensive Yamaha receiver with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS: X. Its power is 115W (6 ohms). Another extremely important feature is full compatibility with the MusicCast proprietary wireless multiroom platform.

Design and build

The receiver looks solid and attractive. The upper part of the front panel is mirror-polished, which visually increases the display area, and the overall dimensions of this small (in comparison with classmates of other brands) apparatus. In full accordance with the price hierarchy, the facade and the large volume knob are made of plastic. Actually, on the front side there are only connectors for a calibration microphone, headphones, an analog stereo line-in and a USB port. There is no hinged lid hiding additional connectors and controls. In general, the RX-V581 switching kit does not indulge in excesses, but everything really needed is available.

Yamaha RX-V581

Connectivity

On the rear panel there are four inputs and one HDMI output, which, according to current concepts, is, frankly, end-to-end. As for wireless switching, it is represented by Bluetooth and Wi-Fi modules, the latter working exclusively in the 2.4 GHz band.

Setup

However, the arising intricacies of acoustic waves can be more or less adequately resolved using automatic calibration only. To do this, the RX-V581 has YPAO - perhaps one of the best acoustic optimization systems in home cinema. She is able to build an adequate profile, even for a room of complex shape, and with an environment full of reflective surfaces.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Readiness to work with Ultra HD Blu-ray players
  • Rich network capabilities and support for MusicCast technology
  • High-quality sound processing

Cons

  • Lack of multi-channel analog output and HDMI port on the front of the device

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Common features

Product

Yamaha RX-V581

Model

RX-V581

Brand

Yamaha

Reviews

82

Amplifier

Channels

7.2

Stereo power (RMS), W/Ohm

115/6 1KHz

Output impedance, Ohm

6

Frequency response

10Hz-100KHz

THD in stereo, %

0.09

Audio features

Digital to analog converter (DAC)

Burr-Brown 192 KHz/24-bit

Bi-amping

Pure direct (straight)

Auto speaker calibration

YPAO

Speaker A/B switching

Other audio features

CINEMA DSP 3D

Connectivity

Wi-Fi

USB

1 (USB 2.0)

Bluetooth

Ethernet (RJ45)

1

DLNA

MHL

Streaming services

Apple Music (AirPlay)

AirPlay

Google Play Music

Amazon Music

Spotify

Other streaming services

Pandora, JUKE

Extensive connection

HDMI input/output

4/1

HDMI ARC (Audio Return Channel)

HDMI eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)

HDMI CEC

Digital content protection (HDCP)

HDCP 2.2

Subwoofer output (LFE)

2

Headphone output

1 x 6.3

Optical digital input

1

Coaxial digital input

2

Composite input

3

Component input/output

0/0

Phono (MM) input

Front panel connectors

USB, phones, AUX

Multi channel preamp output

Video features

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

4K signal pass-through

4K 60p

HDMI signal pass-through

3D signal pass-through

HDMI pass-through in standby mode

Video conversion

analog to HDMI

Analog to HDMI scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling

Dolby Vision

Other video features

DeepColor, x.v.Color, BT.2020

Additional features

Voice control

App control

iPhone, iPad, Android

Display

fluorescent

Tuner

AM, FM

Sleep timer

Auto power off

ECO mode

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Setup assistant

Firmware update

network, USB

Other additional features

has not

Multi-room

Multi-room zones

2

Zone audio output

speaker

Zone HDMI output

Multi-room control

MusicCast

RS-232

0

Remote control input/output (IR)

0/0

DC trigger output (12V)

0

Multichannel surround

Dolby Atmos

Dolby TrueHD

Dolby Surround

Dolby (other)

Dolby Digital Plus

DTS:X

DTS HD Master

DTS Virtual:X

DTS Neural:X

DTS (other)

DTS-ES, DTS Neo:6 Cinema, DTS 96/24, DTS-EXPRESS

Auro-3D

IMAX Enhanced

Multichannel stereo

Audio file formats

MP3

WMA

AAC

WAV

FLAC

ALAC

Other audio file formats

AIFF

Power

Operational power consumption, W

260

Standby consumption, W

0.1

Removable power cord

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, cm/inches

43.5 x 22.5 x 32.7/17 x 8.6 x 12.6

Weight, kg/lbs

8.1/17.9
Yamaha RX-V581
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