Yamaha RX-V379 review: All the features and sound you need at a budget price

Home theater receivers are becoming more and more complicated as new audio and video standards constantly emerge. Fixing what you need and what you don’t need can be difficult, and getting back to basics can not only save you money, but also thwart some of the handshakes that complexity can bring. The Yamaha RX-V379 may have a couple of concessions to modern features, but they are largely features you could actually use.

When you consider what the Yamaha RX-V379 offers in terms of functionality, ease of use and performance for the money, one might conclude that there is no reason to spend more on an AV receiver in 2015. Models sold for the double or triple the price of five years ago it lacked the RX-V379’s Bluetooth wireless connectivity and 4K pass-through. Of course, those more expensive and powerful units can still sound better and sound louder than the RX-V379, but taken on its own merits, this receiver offers a whopping value for your dollar, which in the US would be $ 299.95 retail.

In the UK it sells for £ 299.95 and in Australia for AU $ 599, which is an impressive price for the amount of features included.

Pair the RX-V379 with any decent speaker / subwoofer system and the sound of your movies, TVs and music won’t let you down, and it will definitely outdo even the best soundbar or basic sound system on the planet.

Design

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There is nothing in the RX-V379’s design that openly reveals its cheap price; we think it’s pretty cool and feels solidly built. The front panel might look a little more complicated than many at this level, but its direct input buttons are far more usable than the dials on most receivers. Do you want to switch to cable TV? Press a button, rather than turning an inaccurate dial. The LED display is large and easy to read across the room.

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The no-nonsense remote that comes with the Yamaha has fewer buttons and controls than the high-end receiver remotes, but we like it.

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The RX-V379’s menu system covers Speakers, HDMI, Audio, Echo, Function and Language; there are no fancy images, just a simple graphic menu design.

Features

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The RX-V379 is a 5.1-channel receiver, but if you have a large room and need the extra two surround back channels to accommodate a 7.1-channel system, consider upgrading to Yamaha’s RX-V579. That said, for most rooms five speakers – front left and right, center and two surrounds, plus a subwoofer – will produce excellent results.

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The power of the RX-V379 is rated at 100 watts per channel, double what you get from the Denon AVR-5500BT receiver. Of course, it comes with Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio decoding.

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