MusicCast makes it easy to bring music to every room in your home wirelessly with playback controlled by a simple app. Start with a MusicCast Sound Bar then add a MusicCast capable A/V receiver in your main entertainment room for the ultimate home theater experience, next add MusicCast Wireless speakers or hi-fi components in other rooms wirelessly.
Bluetooth Compatible for Wireless Music Streaming
The RX-V481 is equipped with Bluetooth functionality to let you easily enjoy wireless music playback from smart phones and other devices. The Compressed Music Enhancer from Yamaha is now optimized for Bluetooth audio transmissions to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality during wireless playback.
4K Ultra HD Pass-through with HDCP 2.2 and BT.2020 Supports the Latest Digital Media
This unit supports the latest HDMI standards thanks to the transmission of 4K video at 60 frames per second (pass-through only). Fully enjoy the high definition video quality of 4K without degradation along with HDCP 2.2 that fully complies with the latest copyright protection, a standard for 4K video transmission. It also supports the wider color gamut of BT.2020 pass-through.
HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel
The RX-V481 supports 3D video signals. Additionally, the audio return channel function enables audio to be sent and received via the same HDMI cable, so you can hear the sound from the TV via a single HDMI cable.
HDMI CEC for Easy Operation
Another benefit of HDMI is the availability of CEC functionality. When the unit is connected to a CEC compatible TV, the receiver will turn on and off together with the TV and you can use the TV remote to control the volume. CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components. For example, you can use the receiver’s remote control to command source players with functions like skip, play and pause.
Note: All connected devices must be HDMI CEC compatible. Some CEC compatible TVs / players may not work.
You can connect the A/V receiver to a Mac or PC with WebBrowser Control and have two way control of Internet radio, Pandora, Rhapsody, Spotify, or SiriusXM Internet Radio. The A/V Controller app lets you control various functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.
Built-in Wi-Fi and Wireless Direct
Built-in Wi-Fi allows for a wireless connection with your wireless router, greatly simplifying system connections for enjoying networked audio (PC / NAS) and music streaming services. If a Wi-Fi router is not available, the unique Wireless Direct feature not only enables you to stream music directly from your smart phone or tablet via the A/V Controller App, AirPlay etc., but also allows for control of the A/V receiver as well.
Stream Music Directly to the Receiver with AirPlay
This A/V receiver supports AirPlay, which means it can accept wireless music streaming from an iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, as well as from iTunes on a Mac or PC. This makes it easy to enjoy music from your mobile devices or computer in your home theater system. You can view metadata such as song title, artist name, and album art inside the receiver's on-screen display.
Stream Millions of Songs with Spotify Connect
With the Spotify app on your smart phone, you have instant access to millions of songs. Now you can stream those songs to your networked Yamaha A/V receiver by using Spotify Connect. Just hit play to start streaming music. When you listen to Spotify outside on your smart phone or tablet and come inside, the song immediately streams to your Yamaha A/V receiver allowing no interruption to your music playback. You can also personalize playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music on Spotify.
A/V Controller App for Easy, Convenient Operation
Use the Yamaha A/V Controller App (downloadable from iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore)to control the power, volume, input selections, DSP modes and much, much more from an iPhone or Android device. You can also use as many as 23 different languages and customize the interface by hiding unused icons and renaming functions. A tablet version is also available.
DSP Parameter Adjustment for Easy and Detailed Setting
The RX-V481 receiver is equipped with a variety of sound programs that utilize original DSP technologies from Yamaha. These sound programs allow you to easily create sound fields like actual movie theaters or concert halls in your room to enjoy natural stereoscopic sound fields. It is now possible to use the A/V Controller app to adjust the DSP parameters in a basic or advanced mode to match the mood of your favorite movie or music album.
Extensive Audio Codec and Format Support
The RX-V481 is compatible with many audio formats such as Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. It is also compatible with high-resolution audio codecs such as DSD / AIFF / FLAC / WAV / Apple Lossless. You will enjoy the excellent sound quality of these various high-resolution audio codecs from the USB input on the front panel or from network connected devices.
Compressed Music Enhancer
When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. The Compressed Music Enhancer from Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music always sounds the way it should.
Gapless Playback Compatibility Allows Play without Interruption
Many live and classical albums have no gaps in the music. Gapless playback ensures that there are no pauses between audio files. This provides playback with no interruptions, the way it was meant to be heard.
YPAO™ Sound Optimization for Automatic Speaker Setup
YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimizer) analyses the rooms acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates the audio parameters to achieve optimum sound.
Extra Bass Provides Rich Bass Reproduction, Even with Small Speakers
This exclusive low-range enhancement technology delivers richer bass than you would expect from the speaker size while maintaining good localization and sound balance even with compact front speakers. When a subwoofer is used, it improves the volume of the entire low range of the speaker system, not only the front speakers, but also enhancing the bass from the subwoofer. You'll enjoy video and music with sound that has exceptional power and presence.
USB Digital Connection for iPod, iPad, and iPhone on the Front Panel
A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod, iPad, and iPhone, which also charges the iOS device when connected. Because the digital signal from device is transmitted directly to the A/V receiver, there is no signal-loss or interference. You get to enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the Apple device for basic playback control.
Total Purity Concept for the Finest Sound Quality
The Total Purity Concept, which Yamaha has been cultivating for many years, encompasses high drive amp technology, high purity preamplification, anti-vibration technology and independent pure power supplies. All models have fully discrete power amplifiers that help minimize distortion. They also adopt pure independent power supplies, allowing dedicated power supplies for the analog and digital circuitry to prevent digital noise from affecting analog circuitry. The anti-vibration heat sinks are designed to suppress vibration from transistors and sound pressure. Down to every detail, this A/V receiver is designed with full emphasis on the highest possible sound quality.
Discrete Amp Configuration for High Sound Quality
This A/V receiver was designed with a strong focus on achieving a high level of sound clarity. It employs a discrete amplifier configuration and a low-jitter PLL circuit, contributing to its excellent audio performance.
SCENE for One-touch Start
Pressing a SCENE button powers on the A/V receiver and selects the input source and DSP mode. You can reset the buttons for different sources by selecting a source and DSP mode, then pressing a SCENE button for more than three seconds.
HD Audio with CINEMA DSP 3D and Virtual Presence Speaker
CINEMA DSP 3D provides a wide, high and dense sound field. HD Audio format decoding lets you enjoy HD Audio sources. Virtual Presence Speaker delivers three-dimensional sound without the actual use of presence speakers.
Virtual CINEMA FRONT
The Virtual CINEMA FRONT feature allows for more flexibility to arrange your speakers inside the room. Simply place the surround speakers in the front of the listening area to enjoy a virtual 5-channel surround sound with superior rear virtual sound localization.
Virtual Presence Speaker and Virtual Surround Back Speaker
With the power of CINEMA DSP 3D, the Virtual Presence Speaker function makes full use of center and surround speakers to create audible information from where presence (height) speakers are normally installed. In addition, this model also features a Virtual Surround Back Speaker function. Even without using surround back speakers, you can experience more natural, lifelike sound from behind you without physical speakers being installed in the surround back area of the listening environment.
Subwoofer Trim for Improved Sound Imaging
The Subwoofer Trim Control enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result in a cleaner, more focused soundstage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is “pushed” toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim Control takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.
Specifications: • Power output: 115 watts RMS @ 8 ohms 1 kHz 1 channel driven, 80 watts RMS @ 8 ohms 20-20,000 Hz 2 channels driven • Dynamic power per channel: 110 watts @ 8 ohms, 130 watts @ 6 ohms, 160 watts @ 4 ohms, 180 watts @ 2 ohms • THD: 0.09% • Surround sound processing: CINEMA DSP, 17 DSP programs, SILENT CINEMA, Virtual CINEMA FRONT, Extra Bass, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio • DAC: 192 kHz/24-bit • HDMI 4K Ultra HD pass-through • Inputs: 4 HDMI, USB, digital optical, 2 digital coaxial, 3 stereo RCA, 4 composite video • Outputs: HDMI, composite video, subwoofer preout, 1/4' headphone jack • AM/FM tuner • Includes: Remote control, AM antenna, FM antenna, YPAO calibration microphone, and 2 AAA batteries • Power requirement: 120 VAC 60 Hz • Dimensions: 17-1/8" W x 6-3/8" H x 12-7/8" D.