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Yamaha RX-V465 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £319
inc VAT

The only 5.1 model here, this low-cost and easy-to-use AV receiver has good audio quality, produces great directional audio and is superb value.

Yamaha’s RX-V465 is the cheapest AV receiver here and is designed for simple home cinema setups.

It’s the only model on test to amplify 5.1 audio channels only, rather than 7.1, but this is more than enough for all but the largest of living rooms. If you want to upgrade, stereo phono outputs can be connected to an external amplifier to produce the extra two channels.

All the connectors you’d expect are on the back, including four HDMI, two component and four composite. Two coaxial and two optical S/PDIF audio inputs are split evenly between the composite and component inputs, and can’t be reassigned to different video inputs.

The RX-V465 can decode the lossless high- definition Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks used by many Blu-ray discs, as well as all the older DVD standards. There’s no multi-channel analogue input, though, so this receiver’s not ideal for use with a PC.

The speaker connections are two pairs of binding posts for the left and right speakers, and spring clips for the centre and left and right surrounds. We would prefer sturdy binding post connections for all speakers.

Setup is easy, thanks to the tiny microphone that you plug in and position at ear level on your favourite seat. The RX-V465 then measures and adjusts sound from each speaker, configuring the optimal sound.

Surround sound was accurately positioned, with smooth movement and plenty of impact on explosions and ricochets. The sound was a little bass-heavy, but this works well for film soundtracks. Subtle background sounds were audible, if not quite as clear as from some more expensive receivers, such as Onkyo’s TX-SR577. The emphasis on lower-range audio means that both stereo and 5.1 music can sound a little flat or overwhelmed by bass, but the overall result was still enjoyable.

The RX-V465 is easy to use, and the remote makes it simple to adjust settings and switch inputs. Sound quality’s great for the price, making this a decent choice for anyone who wants home cinema on a tight budget. Spend a bit more on Onkyo’s TX-SR577, though, and you can get even better sound.


Price £319
Rating ****
Award N/A


HDMI inputs 4
HDMI outputs 1
Component inputs 2
Component outputs 1
Output resolutions PAL (576i), 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Total SCART sockets 0
SCART socket type 0
S-Video input 0
S-video output 0
Composite inputs 5
Composite outputs 2
Stereo phono inputs 5
Stereo phono outputs 2
Coaxial S/PDIF inputs 2
Coaxial S/PDIF outputs 0
Optical S/PDIF inputs 2
Optical S/PDIF outputs 0
Multi-channel input no
Headphone output 1/4in
Speaker configuration 5.1
Main unit end speaker connection type spring terminals, binding post terminals, and phono inputs
Speaker end speaker connection type N/A
Other connections calibration mic input, subwoofer phono output


Surround sound formats Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS 96/24, DTS-ES Matrix 6.1, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS NEO:6, Dolby TrueHD
Optical drive no
Region free N/A
Supported playback disc formats N/A
Audio format support N/A
Video playback formats N/A
Image viewing formats N/A
Radio AM/FM


Speaker configuration 5.1
RMS power output 525W
RMS power centre 105W
RMS power front 210W
RMS power surround 210W
RMS power subwoofer 0W
Centre speaker cable length N/A
Front speaker cable length N/A
Surround speaker cable length N/A


Extras calibration mic
Size 154x432x325mmmm
Subwoofer dimensions N/A
Centre speaker dimensions N/A
Front speaker dimensions N/A
Surround speaker dimensions N/A
Power consumption standby 0W
Power consumption on 34W

Buying Information

Price £319
Warranty one year RTB