Yamaha RX-V581 7.2ch Network AV Receiver

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Yamaha RX-V581 Network 7.2 AV Receiver With Dolby Atmos

Discrete Amp Configuration for High Sound Quality

The Yamaha RX-V581 was designed with a strong focus on achieving exceptionally high sound clarity. It employs a discrete amp configuration and a low jitter PLL circuit, which contribute to its excellent audio performance.

Support for the Latest Surround Format, Dolby Atmos®

Enter a new world of sound with Dolby Atmos®. It transports you from an ordinary moment into an extraordinary experience with captivating, multidimensional sound that fills your room with amazing richness and depth. Music, people, and objects come alive in breathtaking detail and flow in precise choreography all around you, making you feel like you are truly there. The combination of Dolby Atmos and Yamaha AV receivers will fill the room with multidimensional sound that makes you feel as if you are right in the middle of the story unfolding on the screen


MusicCast is a new revolution in network audio, use all your MusicCast products together or separately, it’s completely up to you. Control it, all from one app, designed to be intuitive, quick and simple to use. Use a soundbar, a wireless speaker, an AV Receiver, HiFi audio whichever suits you best, mix and match then expand your MusicCast system as time goes on. All new from Yamaha, the MusicCast system brings everything to everywhere for everyone.

Bluetooth-Compatible for Wireless Music Streaming

This AV receiver is equipped with Bluetooth functionality to let you enjoy easy wireless music playback from smartphones and other devices. Yamaha Compressed Music Enhancer is now optimised for Bluetooth audio transmission to ensure that your music will have vivid, lively sound quality even during wireless playback.

Flexible Network Functions With Wi-Fi Built-In

The RX-V581 provides a variety of network functions that enable you to access more sources including Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, AirPlay and DLNA playback. The free AV Controller app also lets you control various functions from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Android phones / tablets.

Full 4K Ultra HD Support with 4K60p, HDCP2.2, HDR Video and BT.2020 Pass-Through

The RX-V581 fully supports the latest 4K HDMI standards. Thanks to transmission of 4K video at 60 frames per second pass-through, you can fully enjoy the amazing quality of 4K without any degradation. It also adheres to the HDCP2.2 copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission and supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video which provides further enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image.The RX-V581 fully supports the latest 4K HDMI standards. Thanks to transmission of 4K video at 60 frames per second pass-through, you can fully enjoy the amazing quality of 4K without any degradation. It also adheres to the HDCP2.2 copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission and supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) Video which provides further enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image.

HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

3D means the RX-V581 can handle 3D signal data. The Audio Return Channel function enables data to be sent and received via the same HDMI cable, so you can hear the sound from the TV via a single HDMI cable, with no need for an extra optical cable.

YPAO Sound Optimisation for Automatic Speaker Setup

YPAO analyses the room acoustics and adjusts various audio parameters for optimum sound in just a few minutes. It’s like having a professional installer calibrate your system.

USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone on the Front Panel

A USB port on the front panel allows convenient connection of an iPod/iPhone, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPod/iPhone is transmitted directly to the RX-V581, there is no signal loss or interference, so you enjoy the best possible sound quality. In addition, you can use the receiver’s remote control unit to operate the iPod/iPhone music playback functions.

Stream Millions of Songs with Spotify Connect

With the Spotify app on your smartphone, you've got instant access to millions of songs. And now you can stream those songs to your Yamaha system by using Spotify Connect. Just hit play to start streaming music. What's more, when you've been listening on your smartphone outside and come inside, the song immediately streams to your AVR—like magic, you enjoy uninterrupted music. You can also personalise playlists and receive phone calls while listening to music. (requires Spotify Premium account)

SCENE for One-Touch Start

Pressing a SCENE button powers on the RX-V581 and selects the input source and DSP mode. You can re-set the buttons for different sources by selecting a source and DSP mode, then pressing a SCENE button for more than three seconds.

HD Audio with CINEMA DSP 3D and Virtual Presence Speaker

CINEMA DSP 3D provides a wide, high and dense sound field. HD Audio format decoding lets you enjoy HD Audio sources. Virtual Presence Speaker delivers 3-dimensional sound without actual use of presence speakers.

Extra Bass Provides Rich Bass Reproduction

Yamaha’ s exclusive low-range enhancement technology delivers richer bass than you expect from the speaker size while maintaining good localisation and sound balance even with compact front speakers. When a subwoofer is used, it improves the volume of the entire low range of the speaker system, not only the front speakers, but also enhancing the bass from the subwoofer. You'll enjoy video and music with sound that has exceptional power and presence.

Subwoofer Trim for Improved Sound Imaging

The Subwoofer Trim control enhances the low frequencies by avoiding overlap with the front speaker output. This will result in a cleaner, more focused sound stage while providing a seamless frequency response. When subwoofer frequency overlap occurs in conventional systems, the overall sound is “pushed” toward the subwoofer. Subwoofer Trim takes care of this by separating the low subwoofer frequencies cleanly, thus stabilizing the front stage while providing a well-balanced enhanced bass sound.

Compressed Music Enhancer

When music is encoded into a digitally compressed format like MP3, the frequency response suffers. Yamaha’s Compressed Music Enhancer employs sophisticated digital signal processing using exclusive algorithms to restore what was lost, so the music always sounds the way it should.

ECO mode lowers power consumption by 20%*

Yamaha’s new ECO mode reduces power consumption by about 20%. It can be set from the top of the GUI menu.
* Compared to power consumption when ECO mode is off (Yamaha measurement).

Yamaha RX-V581 7.2ch Network AV Receiver Overview

· MusicCast for audio enjoyment in every room

· Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS-X HD Audio Formats

· 7-channel powerful surround sound

· --- 90 W per channel (6 ohms, 20Hz-20kHz, 0.06 % THD, 2 ch driven)

· --- 150 W per channel (4 ohms, 1 kHz, 0.9 % THD, 1 ch driven)

· --- 150 W per channel (8 ohms, 1kHz, 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 and Spotify Connect® built-in

· Free AV Controller app

· DSD 2.8MHz/5.6MHz, FLAC/WAV/AIFF 192kHz/24bit, Apple Lossless 96kHz / 24-bit playback

· Gapless playback compatibility allows play without interruption

· 4K60p 4:4:4 Pass through, HDMI (6 in/1 out) with HDCP2.2 (3 in/1 out), 3D and Audio Return Channel

· HDMI input on front panel, USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone

· YPAO Reflected Sound Control (R.S.C.) sound optimisation for automatic speaker setup

· YPAO Volume to ensure natural sounds even at low volume

· Virtual Surround Back Speaker for playing 7.1-channel content with a 5.1-channel system

· Extra Bass enriches powerful bass sound even with small speakers

· Advanced GUI on-screen display with (English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese and Chinese)

· Multi-zone audio support (Zone2)

· ECO mode operation for about 20% less power consumption

Yamaha RX-V581 7.2ch network AV Receiver Specifications

Amplifier Section



Rated Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven)

150 W (4ohms, 0.9% THD)

Rated Output Power (20Hz-20kHz, 2ch driven)

90 W (8ohms, 0.06% THD)

Maximum Effective Output Power (1kHz, 1ch driven) (JEITA)

150 W (8ohms, 10% THD)

Dynamic Power per Channel (8/6/4/2 ohms)

125 / 165 / 190 / 235 W

Surround Sound Processing


Yes (3D)

DSP Programs


Dialog Level Adjustment


Virtual Presence Speaker


Virtual Surround Back Speaker


Dialogue Lift

Yes (no presence speakers required)


Yes (Virtual CINEMA FRONT)

Dolby TrueHD


Dolby Digital Plus


Dolby Pro Logic IIx


DTS-HD Master Audio


Audio Features

Pure Direct

Yes (with video on mode)

Compressed Music Enhancer

Yes (incl. enhancer for Bluetooth)

YPAO sound optimization

Yes (R.S.C)

YPAO Volume


Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)


Initial Volume & Maximum Volume Setting


Bi-amp capability


Audio Delay

Yes (0-500 ms)

192kHz/24-bit DACs for all channels

Yes (Burr-Brown)

Video Features

4K Ultra HD Pass-through and upscaling

Yes (4K60p 4:4:4)

HDMI 3D passthrough


HDMI Audio Return Channel


HDMI upscaling

Yes (Analogue to HDMI / HDMI to HDMI)

Deep Color/x.v.Color/24Hz Refresh Rate /Auto Lip-Sync



HDMI Input/Output

6 (HDMI1,2,3:HDCP2.2 compatible) / 1 (HDCP2.2 compatible)


Yes (SCENE, Device Control)

USB Input

iPod / iPhone, USB Memory, Portable Audio Player

Network Port



Yes (with Wireless Direct)





Front AV Input


Digital Audio Input/Output: Optical

2 / 0

Digital Audio Input/Output: Coaxial

2 / 0

Analog Audio Input/Output

4 / 0

Component Video Input/Output

2 / 1

Composite Video Input/Output

4 / 1


Subwoofer (2 x mono)

Headphone Output


Tuner Section

FM/AM Tuner


User Interface

On-screen display

Graphical User Inter face


SCENE (4 sets)

App Control

Yes (iPhone / iPad / Android phone / tablet)

Web Browser Control


Remote Control Unit


Zone Control

Zone 2 Audio Output

Line output

Powered Zone

Zone 2

+12V Trigger Output


Remote (IR) Input/Output

1 / 1


Standby Power Consumption (IR only)


Auto Power Standby


ECO mode


Dimensions (W x H x D)

435 x 171 x 378 mm

(with antenna up: 435 x 234 x 378 mm)


10 kg

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