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Yamaha RX-V371 review

Tom Morgan
30 Aug 2011
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

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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.