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Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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  • High Quality, New, Very Durable
  • Energy Star Certified
  • Sleek Design
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Product Specifications

Brand NameYamaha
Output Wattage100 watts
Color NameBlack
Specification MetEnergy Star Certified
Special FeaturesHD Compatible, 3D Compatiblity

Technical Details

  • HD Compatible
  • 3D Compatiblity

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 22.5 x 21.6 x 17.8 inches ; 49 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 52 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B007PU2Y4S
  • Item model number: YHT497BL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,804 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: March 30, 2012

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

    Key Features

  • 5.1-Channel Powerful Surround Sound with 100W per Channel
  • All-new Yamaha RX-V373 Receiver and new NS-PZ40 speaker system with piano gloss finish
  • HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
  • 4K pass-through for next generation super high resolution displays, and HDMI (4 in/1 out) with 3D and Audio Return Channel
  • Front panel USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone
  • YPAO sound optimization for automatic speaker setup in minutes
  • Multi language color OSD for improved visibility
  • ECO mode operation for about 20%* less power consumption
  • Background Video feature (for Radio only)

The YHT-497 Home Theater System from Yamaha has a new sleek design and provides simple operation with advanced audio features.

The YHT-497 Home Theater System includes essential capabilities for high definition home audio video enjoyment, offering popular features like USB input for iPhone and color on-screen display, as well as a 5.1 channel speaker system with a powerful 100W subwoofer. This system is also ready for the future with sophisticated technologies like 4k video pass-through and ECO mode for lower power consumption. The Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System includes the all-new Yamaha RX-V373 Receiver, the sleek new NS-PZ40 5-Channel speaker system, and the powerful Yamaha NS-SW40 100-Watt subwoofer.




Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

4K Pass-Through for Next Generation Super High Resolution Images

This AV receiver provides advanced HDMI features including 4K pass-through. 4K refers to four times the resolution of a 1080p display. While not yet available, 4K displays and sources are sure to become popular in the future. This receiver is capable of passing the 4K data from the source to the display, for image clarity far beyond present standards.



Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

3D means the receiver 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.







Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

HDMI CEC for Easy Operation

Another benefit of HDMI is the availability of CEC functionality. When the unit is connected to a CEC compatible TV, it will turn on and off together with the TV, and you can use the TV remote to control the volume. CEC also provides advanced functionality with other components. For example, you can use the receiver’s remote unit to control player functions like Skip and Stop.

*All connected devices must be HDMI CEC compatible. Some CEC compatible TVs/players may not work.




Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

YPAO Sound Optimization for Automatic Speaker Setup

YPAO analyzes 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.








Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

USB Digital Connection for iPod and iPhone

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 AV receiver, 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.





Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

SCENE for One-Touch Start

Pressing a SCENE button powers on the AV Receiver 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.




Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

HD Audio with CINEMA DSP

Yamaha’s exclusive CINEMA DSP technology supports playback of HD Audio (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, etc.), providing natural and expansive sound imaging.













Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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.




Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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.





Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)

Adaptive DRC automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume level. This ensures that you hear clear dialogue and vocals, and all sound effects at comfortable levels. There is no need to adjust the volume level as you listen; everything from whispers to big explosions will be heard clearly and comfortably at the same volume setting. It also tones down loud TV commercials, and is ideal for low-volume, late-night listening, when you do not want to disturb others.




Yamaha YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

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 YHT-497 5.1-Channel Home Theater System

Selectable Auto Power Down

Auto Power Down lets you save energy by selecting to turn off the power after 2, 4, 8 or 12 hours.
* Compared to power consumption when ECO mode is off (Yamaha measurement).












Other Notable Advanced Features

  • iPod/iPhone song titles displayed in English and Western European languages on the front panel
  • Multi language color OSD for improved visibility
  • Front panel mini jack input for connecting portable audio player
  • Audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video input
  • 9 selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies
  • Subwoofer phase select / Subwoofer out
  • Initial Volume Setting and Maximum Volume Setting
  • Audio Delay for adjusting Lip-Sync (0-250 ms)
  • 40-station preset tuning / Auto preset tuning
  • Background Video feature (for Radio only)

Product Description

High Quality, New, Very Durable Home Theater, 100W, USB


Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I have a small living room and I still needed more.
J. L. Wilkerson
Sounds great would Highly recomend as a high quality reasonanbly priced system.
Dan LaCoss
Setup Even for a novice this system is easy to set up.
The Sparks

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Wilkerson on November 1, 2012
Style Name: Home Theater System Verified Purchase
There are so many choices when it comes to surround sound systems. I went with Yamaha because they have a great record of producing really quality speakers and amps. That is exactly what I got with this product. The amp is great, much better than cheaper systems, the speakers sound very nice, they produce excellent mid and high range sound. The subwoofer is perfectly adequate and rounds out the system very well. There are plenty of HDMI connections to plug in your peripherals. You will need to buy extra speaker wire if you have a large space. I have a small living room and I still needed more. The speaker wire they include is standard and is pretty low end but gets the job done if you don't want to cough up the money for pricy thick cables. I used it and everything sounds great. The automatic setup and speaker calibration is very easy to do and balances the system nicely. For the price this a really great little system. The piano black is very sharp looking as well. I noticed several reviews comment that there are better systems out there; no you are absolutely not getting a system that does everything, but you know that when you buy it. If you use a lot of Apple products I would suggest to go up a notch and get the one that does AirPlay. If you have money to spend, sure go buy something even better, because yes there are better systems. But they will cost you and for the price if you want a really basic system that has very nice sound and performance I highly recommend buying this.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By G. T. Hayden on August 26, 2012
Style Name: Home Theater System Verified Purchase
There's seemingly infinite choices of brands and setups for stereos or really any electronics product out there. I chose Yamaha because they were a brand that I know to be leaders in the sound industry. I have a Yamaha acoustic guitar that is really nice, I've heard nice things about their electronic products like this stereo, and hell even Lexus recruited Yamaha to tune the exhaust note on their supercar, the LFA.

About what you're getting - the stereo receiver and the subwoofer are heavy and solid, the speakers, not so much. At least not on the heavy end. The construction appears top notch. It's an attractive system. All the speakers have a little gloss to them. As I said, the satellite speakers (2 front, 2 rear, 1 center) are very light, and very small for that matter. They sound very good nonetheless.

It's a really nice system for watching movies, but maybe not quite as nice for music. The speakers are just too small. If you like to really pump up your music, chances are you'll find this system's limits. The subwoofer never complains, but the smaller fronts become overdriven and/or muddy a few decibels before I'd really like them to. Not a deal breaker though, and perhaps, though unlikely, with more fine tuning of the levels and equalizers etc. I'll be able to fix that.

Like I said it's really nice for movies. Go ahead and turn up the center speaker right away if you're going to watch a movie, as that's where most of the dialog comes from and music/action drowning out dialog is a common problem with any system, including this one. The subwoofer seems to defy physics; despite having only a 6" speaker it rumbles like a 12" and has terrific dynamic range, again great for movies.
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 26, 2012
Style Name: Home Theater System Verified Purchase
I'm not an audiophile, nor am I a serious home theater nut, so I'll keep my review short on nitty technical details. I selected the Yamaha YHT-497 home theater system to complement a newly finished family theater room in our basement. The primary factors in my decision were completeness of the system, user and technical reviews from around the web (where you can find an abundance of technical details), ease of setup, and perceived value. The YHT-497 scored well in all respects. Setup was a snap. I didn't bother with the included speaker wire, as the theater room was pre-wired. I attached all the speakers and the sub-woofer as directed in the easy-to-follow installation guide, and it fired right up. The sound is excellent to my untrained ears, with good bass, good surround, and a number of cool effects to choose from. The surround sound auto-calibration feature is nice and easy as well. Finally, I appreciate the on-screen display, which makes navigating through the more detailed menus/settings a snap. Overall, I'm very happy with the results.

Okay, so why just 4 stars? My experience detailed above was with the second unit I received. The first unit I received was faulty. In short, the receiver would power on for only 5-10 seconds before shutting itself down. No, it wasn't an issue with reversed polarity of the attached speakers (the unit offers automatic protection against this), or any other component attached to the system. So I contacted Yamaha customer support - which was very good and involved minimal hold time, by the way. After working with a support technician on the phone for ~10 minutes, the issue was identified as a short circuit in one of the boards of the receiver unit itself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Carrandi on February 28, 2014
Style Name: Home Theater System Verified Purchase
This unit is absolutely amazing especially as an entry level HTIB. I am a 20 year electronics technician i have seen em all, installed them all, and owned some of the very best. I decided to get this for the bedroom. Had a small budget to work with ( baby on the way ), boy oh boy was i surprised. I truly was not expecting much and i did a great deal of research i usually go for the lowest reviews and base my purchase on those. This unit far exceeds standards and it performs as well as a $1000+ set up. Crisp Sharp Loud from the satellites ( very surprising ), Big deep bass from the powered sub ( it actually gives my $1500 sub from living room setup a big run for its money which is making me more angry by the day..... and happy at the same time? ) makes it a complete experience.
The receiver is solid and full features you will not find on the 399 unit from Yamaha. I seldom write reviews, only when I am truly compelled and this unit COMPELS me! Buy it. You will not regret it.

*** Tips get the RCA 16ga 100ft spool of speaker wire from amazon its about 10 bucks a spool ( awesome price btw will run $40.00 anywhere else ) since the cable provided from Yamaha although good its not 16ga.
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