Yamaha RX-V379 Home Theater Receiver

Yamaha RX-V379 Home Theater Receiver
Yamaha RX-V379 Home Theater Receiver - Front and Rear Views. Images provided by Yamaha Coporation of America

Yamaha starts off its 2015 year home theater audio product line with the sub-$300 priced RX-V379 home theater receiver.

The RX-V379 incorporates a basic 5.1 channel configuration and is rated at 70 watts-per-channel (measured from 20Hz to 20kHz, 2-channels driven, 8 ohms, .09% THD). For easy setup, the receiver provides the Yamaha YPAO automatic speaker setup system.

To provide more flexibility in speaker setup, the RX-V379 also incorporates Virtual Cinema Front surround. This feature allows you to place all five satellite speakers and subwoofer in the front of the room, but still get an approximate side and rear surround sound listening experience via a variation of Air Surround Xtreme technology that Yamaha incorporates in it soundbar product line.

The receiver also incorporates four HDMI inputs and one output with 3D and 4K Ultra HD pass-through as well as Audio Return Channel compatibility.

However, it must be noted that while the RX-V379 provides 3D and up to 4K resolution video pass-through, it does not provide analog-to-HDMI video conversion or additional video processing or upscaling.

On the other hand, new for 2015, the RX-V379 does incorporate both HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 compatibility on one of its HDMI Inputs which allows pass-through of 4K resolution at 60fps and secure 4K content streaming from sources, such as Netflix.

In addition to its core features, the RX-V379 also provides the ability to stream music content directly from many smartphones and tablets via its built-in Bluetooth feature.

For added setup convenience, Yamaha also provides access to its free AV Setup Guide App for compatible iOS and Android devices.

NOTE: For those that have older home theater source devices, it must be pointed out that the Yamaha RXV-379 does not provide any Component or S-Video, 5.1 channel analog, or Phono inputs, and there are only one digital optical and two digital coaxial audio inputs. There is also no USB connection provided for playing music stored on flash drives or iPods.