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Yamaha RX-V581

Yamaha RX-V581
alaScore 94

48 reviews

Jan, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 reviews of Yamaha RX-V581. The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and design are overall positive. The size and price are also appreciated.

usability, price, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Yamaha RX-V581 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by: Danny Phillips (

Yamaha RX-V581


Yamaha's RX-V581 range brings you a shed-load of features at affordable prices, including support for the brand's MusicCast multiroom platform. The RX-V581 sits bang in the middle of the five-strong range, between the £279 RX-V481 and the £429 RX-V681....

Yamaha’s great-value Atmos AV receiver delivers a thrilling performance and plenty of features at a low price, even though some rivals offer a more sophisticated listen.

Mar, 2017

Expert review by: What Hi-Fi? (

Yamaha RX-V581 review


This Yamaha AV amp is definitely one to put on your home cinema shortlist

Powerful, large-scaled and punchy ; Superb bass performance ; Exciting detail and rhythm ; Great features ; Easy to use

Midrange could be subtler

A powerhouse performance from Yamaha that puts it back into competition with the best

Jul, 2016

Consumer review by: Gcdm (

Superb audio, you will know the difference between sound and loud.


Nowadays people maybe they won't recognise anymore the difference between loud and good quality sound. This help me distinguish again between the two. The clarity of music to the finest is brilliantly delivered. Even the single smallest sound you can...

Jul, 2017

Consumer review by: AJS87 (

Replacement for Failed Onkyo NR609


I bought this a replacement for my failed old Onkyo TX-NR609. I wanted to spend as little as possible but still get something that will not go out of date too fast. This model was sub £300 and highly rated. It was simple to install and has good sound...


build quality

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Luckymutley (

Incredible Sound


I have recently changed over from an all in one blueray audio surround sound, to this YAMAHA amp. So I could watch sky and Netflix in surround sound and this amp does not disappoint the sound is fantastic even using existing speakers but also can watch...

great sound and features

can't get arc hdmi to work

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Leozak (

Good Solid Amp with loads of features


Had a Yamaha before but wished to upgrade so went for this one as advised by staff in shop as opposed to a more powerful one which I did need. Good choice as it works well similar to my other one but more features and uptodate. Connectivity was no...

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: AndyLNorfolk (

Easy to use, compact.


Connected the HDMI on LG OLED with "ARC" to the HDMI out of the Yamaha. Connect a set of speakers. Check ARC and HDMI Control is enabled. Done! Yamaha plays the sound from the TV's built in apps like iPlayer, Amazon, etc. WiFi connects easily. Self...

only 4 hdmi inputs - ease of use , shortcut buttons for bd and tv , not as deep as many amps , automatic self set up with microphone supplied

no short cut button for sky box(or similar) , no dab radio- fm and am only

Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Mpol12 (

Clear and concise set up instructions


This amp is by far the easiest to set up with clear on screen instructions. Once set up the sound is second to none and justifies it winning the what hi fi 2016 award.

ease of set up


Jun, 2017

Consumer review by: Topcat3115 (

Fantastic audio but could be better at conectivity


I upgraded to this model after my basic model had bit the dust and decided to step up to something that would handle my speakers better plus better features and this fit the bill...For most part this is a great sounding av amp,however the conectivity...

May, 2017

Consumer review by: ggsmith (

Excellent value for money.


Great piece of kit at a fantastic price. So easy to install and huge choice of features and facilities - top notch!!

May, 2017

Product Specifications


Audio D/A Converter (DAC):24-bit/192kHz
Audio output channels:7.2
Dynamic power per channel (4 Ohm):170
Output impedance:6
Power output per channel (1KHz@6 Ohm):115 / 140
Pre-out channels:2 SW
Receiver Type:Surround


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y / Yes

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, MP3, WAV, WMA


Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:4
Composite Video In:4
Digital audio coaxial in:2
Digital audio optical in:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
USB ports quantity:1


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes

Optical Drive

Optical drive included:N / No


Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
HDMI Out:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Number of HDMI Outputs:1

Ports & interfaces

Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
Speakers connectivity type:Banana connector


Power Consumption (Standby):0.1


Internet Radio:Y / Yes
Internet radio services supported:Pandora, Spotify
Supported radio bands:AM, FM


Card Reader:N / No

Technical Details

AirPlay:Y / Yes
Apple docking compatibility:No / Not supported
Audio Decoders:DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby TrueHD / DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby TrueHD
Audio Return Channel (ARC):Y
Auto standby:Y / Yes
Bi-amping:Y / Yes
Colour of product:Black / Titanium
Digital Signal Processing (DSP):Y / Yes
Equalizer:Y / Yes
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
On Screen Display (OSD):Y / Yes


3D:Y / Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:3840 x 2160
Supported video modes:2160p

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:32.7 / 327
Height :16.1 / 161
Width:43.5 / 435