Yamaha RX-V485 5.1-Channel AV Receiver Overview
Looking for an inexpensive entry into the world of home theater and whole-house streaming sound? Look no further than Yamaha’s RX-V485, the least expensive model in the revamped V-line (think V for Value) that has dual-band Wi-Fi and the company’s trademarked MusicCast system. That opens up a whole wide world of wireless possibilities, including the latest enhancement – wireless surround speakers with wired front-and-centers. Combine that with a full array of audio and video connections, support for the latest Ultra HD video specifications, access to those immense celestial jukeboxes, and built-in AirPlay and Bluetooth, and wrap it all in Yamaha’s storied sonic superiority and construction quality. The value-priced RX-V485 is your starting point for a satisfying home theater.
- Five powerful channels of amplification (80 watts each, 20-20kHz, two channels driven) and simultaneous Zone B output
- Add audio in every room with MusicCast, and wireless rear speakers with MusicCast Surround
- Voice control with Amazon Alexa integration
- Ready to stream with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and AirPlay built in
- Compressed Music Enhancer brings sound clarity to Bluetooth
- Pandora, Spotify Connect, Napster, SiriusXM, TIDAL and more
- 4 HDMI inputs with 4K pass-through and upscaling
- Full Ultra HD video compatibility with HDCP 2.2, high dynamic range (HDR10), Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
- Handles high-resolution music file formats such as AIFF, FLAC, WAV and Apple Lossless, up to 192kHz/32 bit, and DSD up to 11.2 MHz
- YPAO auto-optimization tunes to your listening environment
- Cinema DSP 3D digital sound-field recreation
- Dimensions: 17-1/8” wide x 6-3/8” high x 12-7/8” deep
- Weight: 17.2 lbs.
- Warranty: 2 years – World Wide Stereo is an authorized dealer for every brand we sell
- Included: World Wide Stereo 60-day guarantee and expert product support
Surrounded by power
The RX-V485 from Yamaha offers top-quality surround options such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master, driven by five powerful, discrete amplifier channels (plus a line-level subwoofer output). Alternately, you can choose to feed a second stereo listening area elsewhere in your house (mirroring your main listening source). As is all Yamaha equipment, the V485 is conservatively engineered, with separate pure-power supplies for analog and digital circuitry to minimize noise and distortion.
MusicCast expands your wireless world
Speaking of elsewhere in the house, MusicCast, Yamaha’s trademarked multi-room Wi-Fi listening system, gives you the option of sending audio from your receiver or other sources (home network or online) to virtually any room in your house – or outside if you so desire. And the newest enhancement, MusicCast Surround, means there are no more wires to trip over when you turn your MusicCast speakers into surrounds (subwoofer coming later this year).
Wireless streaming via MusicCast
MusicCast opens up the whole wide Wi-Fi world of cloud streaming services, with simple app access (MusicCast Controller available for Android and Apple iOS). Spotify Connect, Pandora, TIDAL, Deezer, SiriusXM and more, plus thousands of free Internet radio stations, are right at your fingertips. Hook into your home network to stream your own music collection. Or beam songs directly from phone or pad using Apple’s AirPlay or Bluetooth with Yamaha’s proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer, making mobile music sound better than ever. (Incidentally, the V485’s Bluetooth is two-way, which means you can send the sound wirelessly to your favorite headset.)
Pictures worth a thousand words
The V485 sports four HDMI inputs, all of which support full 4K pass-through with upscaling to make even standard signals look their best on the latest screens. And full Ultra HD sources look phenomenal. All the latest protocols are supported for broadcast, video streaming and discs, including HDCP 2.2, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma, which expand video dynamic range for more vivid colors and greater detail in both bright and shadowy scenes.
Digital decoding just a bit better
The V485’s high performance DAC circuits convert the bits and bytes of today’s digital sound sources into sweet music. And the V485 is built to handle today’s high-resolution music files, whether WAV, ALAC or FLAC up to 192 kHz/32 bit, or DSD up to 11.2 MHz.
Tuned to your room – and your preferences
Yamaha’s Parametric Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) automatically tunes the sound to your listening environment. Just set the included microphone at your listening position, and the RX-V485 measures and adjusts frequency response, time delay and volume level of each channel to squeeze the best sound out of your speakers and you room’s acoustics.
Bring the concert hall home with Cinema DSP
The V485 doesn’t quite read your mind, but if you long to be transported to a concert hall, stadium or intimate jazz club, Cinema DSP 3D will get you there. Yamaha is a pioneer in the creation of virtual spaces through Digital Soundfield Processing, taking detailed measurements in real venues and programming the data right into its processors. Cinema DSP 3D offers pinpoint location of sound effects, transforms your room into any number of locations, and gives you full control of the scale of the space. Combine four sources with your choice of DSP settings and save them in convenient Scene buttons on the front panel and remote.
Simple setup, app control
The more feature-rich a unit is, the more difficult it can be to get just right. But Yamaha makes the process seamless. First, an app-based AV Setup Guide takes you through the initial hookup and adjustment process. Connections and settings are available through on-screen menus, a full-function remote, or the Yamaha AV Controller app (iOS and Android). The MusicCast Controller app (also for iOS and Android) is integrated with Amazon’s amazing Alexa, which makes music as simple as “Alexa, play Misty for me.”
Pairs well with …
If you decide to opt for the wireless MusicCast rear speakers, the RX-V485 is powerful and versatile enough to pair with a wide variety of front 3-speaker packages. As always, let your ears ultimately be your guide. And shop with confidence; every purchase comes with World Wide Stereo’s 60-day guarantee and expert product support.
- Minimum RMS power: 80W per channel (8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, 0.09% THD, 2ch driven)
- Maximum power: 115W per channel (8 ohms, 1kHz, 0.9% THD, 1ch driven)
- Dynamic power per channel (8/6/4/2) ohms: 110W/130W/160W/180W
- Bluetooth: 2.1 + EDR, A2DP, AVRCP, SBC, AAC
- Mini jack: 1
- Analog audio: 3
- Optical digital: 1
- Coaxial digital: 2
- USB: 1
- HDMI terminals: 4
- Composite video: 3
- Subwoofer: 1
- Speaker: 5ch
- Monitor out: 1
- HDMI terminal: 1
- Tuner: FM/AM
- Standby power consumption
- 0.3W (HDMI control off)
- 0.9W (HDMI control on)
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 1/8" x 6 3/8" x 12 7/8"
- Weight: 17.2 lbs.
What's in the Box
What's in the Box:
- RX-V485BL 5.1 Channel AV Network Receiver
- Remote control
- Batteries (x2)
- YPAO microphone
- FM antenna
- AM antenna
Customer Reviews for Yamaha RX-V485BL 5.1 Channel AV Network Receiver with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
1 year ago
Bottom line, I have not enjoyed listening to music this much since I was in my early 20s, and that was a very long time ago. Yamaha did a terrific job with this receiver.
The sound is clean, rich, powerful.