New Yamaha RXV-581 AV Receiver


"The RX-V581 is an exciting amplifier, and the way it handles bass and sound effects is sure to whet the appetite of any home cinema fan." 'What Hi-Fi? magazine'. 5-star review. Tested at £500.

The Yamaha RXV581 is a 7.2-channel AV Receiver that supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats, as well as Yamaha MusicCast and HDMI with support for 4K. As well as ultra high definition video, the RXV581 also supports DSD and FLAC high resolution audio playback.

The RXV581 is equipped with Bluetooth so you can enjoy wireless music playback from smartphones and other devices. WiFi connection lets you use Apple Airplay, the AV Controller app and MusicCast, Yamaha's advanced network audio system. You can use all your MusicCast products together or separately, and control them from one simple app. MusicCast can stream digital music content from your smartphone, PC or NAS to other MusicCast devices in your home. It can also share music from external devices such as a TV or Blu-ray player connected to the RX-V581.

Ready to work with 4K and 3D content, the RXV581 also supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, to deliver the best possible images to your television.


  • Dolby Atmos® and DTS:X™ support
  • MusicCast for audio enjoyment in every room
  • 7-channel powerful surround sound
  • --- 80 W per channel (6 ohms, 20 Hz-20 kHz, 0.09 % THD, 2 ch driven)
  • --- 115 W per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9 % THD, 1 ch driven)
  • --- 145 W per channel (6 ohms, 1 kHz, 10% THD, 1ch driven)
  • Wi-Fi Built-in and Wireless Direct Compatible for Easy Network
  • Bluetooth® for wireless music streaming and Compressed Music Enhancer for Bluetooth
  • AirPlay®, Spotify®*, Pandora®*smusic streaming services and AV Controller app
  • *Music service availability varies by region.
  • DSD 2.8MHz / 5.6MHz, FLAC/WAV / AIFF 192kHz / 24bit, Apple Lossless 96kHz / 24-bit playback
  • Gapless playback compatibility allows play without interruption
  • HDMI (4 in / 1 out) 4K Ultra HD Full Support with 4K60p (4:4:4), HDCP2.2 (4 in / 1 out), HDR Video and BT.2020 pass-through
  • Front panel USB Digital Connection for USB thumbdrives
  • YPAO™ sound optimisation for automatic speaker setup
  • Virtual Surround Back Speaker for playing 7.1-channel content with a 5.1-channel system
  • Dialogue Lift ensures that dialogue comes from the centre of the screen
  • Dialogue Level Adjustment for proper sound balance with dialogue and vocals
  • Assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection and Speaker Zone B Function
  • Multi-language colour OSD capable of displaying cover art
  • ECO mode operation for about 20% less power consumption
Yamaha have been near the very top of AV receivers over the last few years, revealing as much detail and information from music and movie soundtracks as possible without having to step into the ultra-high-end price points. We’d be happy to demonstrate this model and show you how it can suit your individual needs. Give us a call or visit us at either branch to arrange an audition for yourself.

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