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Yamaha RX-V371 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : 230
inc VAT

More connections than most people will have devices for, but the lack of an OSD hampers ease of use

The Yamaha RX-V371 is a budget AV amplifier that’s a little slimmer than usual. In spite of its reduced dimensions, it still has plenty of connectivity options that should simplify any home cinema setup.

Yamaha RX-V371 front

The front panel is home to an oversized volume knob, four quick input select buttons, controls for the integrated radio and tone settings. We like the ability to save custom settings to each input, allowing you to upmix FM radio to 5.1 but playing Blu-ray movies without any processing, for example. There’s also a headphone out and auxiliary audio input, plus composite and stereo phono inputs hidden beneath a removable cover. The inclusion of a calibration microphone input is definitely welcome, as it will allow you to configure your speakers automatically for the best possible audio. It’ll probably only be used once, though, so we would have preferred if it was on the back rather than the front of the unit.

With no on-screen overlay function, this amp relies on its LCD display when changing settings. It’s fairly comprehensive, displaying the active input, volume level and any audio processing currently enabled, but with only a single-line display, it can take a while to familiarise yourself with the menu options. Thankfully you don’t need to do all this using the buttons on the front of the unit; the remote control has a sensible layout and is much more convenient for changing settings from the sofa.

Yamaha RX-V371 rear
The ubiquitous ports shot – click to enlarge

Connectivity can make or break any amplifier, and this is one area where the RX-V371 doesn’t disappoint. Around the back, four HDMI inputs should be enough to connect all your home-entertainment devices. Two component and three composite video inputs cover older devices too. There are HDMI, composite and component video outputs, but it can’t pipe analogue video inputs to the HDMI output, or HDMI inputs to the analogue outs.

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Details

Price£230
Rating****

Connections

HDMI inputs4
HDMI outputs1
Component inputs2
Component outputs1
Output resolutions480i, 480p, PAL (576i), 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets0
SCART socket typeN/A
S-Video input0
S-video output0
Composite inputs4
Composite outputs1
Stereo phono inputs4
Stereo phono outputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs2
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs0
Optical S/PDIF inputs2
Optical S/PDIF outputs0
Multi-channel inputno
Headphone output1/4in
Speaker configurationN/A
Main unit end speaker connection typespring terminals and binding post terminals
Speaker end speaker connection typeN/A
Other connectionsFM antenna, AM antenna, Adapter Port, subwoofer line out
Wired network portsnone
Wireless networking supportnone

Playback

Surround sound formatsDolby Digital EX, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Surround Pro Logic IIx, DTS Decoder 2, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Low Bit Rate, DTS ES, Neo:6, DTS 96/24, Dolby TrueHD
Region freeN/A
Supported playback disc formatsN/A
Audio format supportN/A
Video playback formatsN/A
Image viewing formatsN/A
RadioFM

Speakers

Speaker configurationN/A
RMS power output500W
RMS power centre100W
RMS power front200W
RMS power surround200W
RMS power subwooferN/A
Wall mountableno
Centre speaker cable lengthN/A
Front speaker cable lengthN/A
Surround speaker cable lengthN/A

General

Extrasremote control, FM antenna
Size435x315x151mmmm
Subwoofer dimensionsN/A
Centre speaker dimensionsN/A
Front speaker dimensionsN/A
Surround speaker dimensionsN/A
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on153W

Buying Information

Price£230
Warrantytwo years RTB
Supplierhttp://www.richersounds.com
Detailshttp://uk.yamaha.com