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Yamaha YHT-495BL Complete 5.1-Channel Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Complete 5.1-channel home theater system with HDMI
  • 1080p-compatible HDMI repeater (4 in/1 out)
  • Exclusive Yamaha home theater technology like CINEMA DSP and SCENE functions
  • Compressed Music Enhancer improves playback of your digital music library
  • Includes a Yamaha RX-V371 receiver and Yamaha NS-AP1405BL speaker/subwoofer system
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Product Description

Product Description

The Yamaha YHT-495 5.1-channel home theater system is a quality entry-level HTiB system with a 100-watt, 5-channel A/V receiver, 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs, iPod and Bluetooth compatibility, 4 SCENE buttons, and a powerful 100-watt subwoofer. Supports the latest high-definition audio formats including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. Add your iPod or iPhone by connecting optional compatible Yamaha docks like the YDS-12 or Yamaha Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver (sold separately).

From the Manufacturer

The Yamaha YHT-495 5.1-Channel Complete Home Theater System offers many advanced home theater features including 4-in/1-out HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel compatibility, iPod/iPhone and Bluetooth compatibility, HD Audio with CINEMA DSP compatibility, and SCENE function.

The Yamaha YHT-495
Improve your home cinema experience with the Yamaha YHT-495 5.1 theater system

This package includes a Yamaha RX-V371 100-watt audio/video receiver, a Yamaha NS-AP1405 5-channel speaker package, and a powerful Yamaha YST-SW012 8" 100-watt subwoofer.

The Yamaha RX-V371 Receiver
Featuring 4 HDMI inputs and connections for all your home theater components. View back panel

Yamaha Vitual CINEMA DSP
Enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without the surround speakers
1080p-Compatible HDMI with 3D and Audio Return Channel

Improve your home cinema experience with 100 watts per channel of powerful 5.1-channel surround sound, with the latest HD Audio format decoding: Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio. The 1080p-compatible HDMI (4 in/1 out) supports Deep Color (30/36 bit), x.v.Color, 24 Hz Refresh Rate and Auto Lip-Sync compensation, as well as the latest HDMI features like 3D and Audio Return Channel.

CINEMA DSP Digital for Enhanced Surround Realism

Conventional multi-channel audio reproduction systems base their sound on Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, using matrix and steering technologies to create surround sound effects. Yamaha CINEMA DSP is much more advanced, actually creating richly realized independent sound fields that envelop you in an unmatched surround sound experience. With dialogue, music and effects ideally located in these separate sound fields, you will hear sound with accurate placement, smooth movement, exceptional clarity and richness, and startlingly realistic presence. It will seem as if the walls of your room have disappeared and you are in the middle of your own immense theater.


SILENT CINEMA, a variation of Yamaha's CINEMA DSP technology, makes it possible to listen in private to movies and other multi-channel sources for hours without listening fatigue. Virtual CINEMA DSP lets you enjoy the effects of CINEMA DSP surround sound without using surround speakers (handy for use in custom installations where some rooms don't have surround speakers). It can be used with the front / center / presence speakers or even with just the two front left and right speakers.

Adaptive DRC (Dynamic Range Control)

Yamaha's Adaptive DRC technology automatically adjusts the dynamic range of the sound according to the volume that is selected. Adaptive DRC refines the dynamic range parameters to make low volume sounds easier to hear (narrower dynamic range) while retaining the massiveness felt during high volume (wider dynamic range). And because our ears lose sensitivity to low and high sounds as volume decreases, it continually adjusts these frequency ranges according to the volume and to the input signal level.

Compressed Music Enhancer Refreshes Your Music

Yamaha employs sophisticated digital signal processing with exclusive algorithms to enable playback that improves the performance of compressed music formats, including MP3 and WMA. With the Compressed Music Enhancer, highs and especially lows are richer and smoother, bringing music back to life to be as close to the original as possible.

SCENE: A New Level of Operating Ease

Four SCENE buttons make operating the receiver easier than ever. They are initially set to default settings for DVD Viewing, Disc Listening, TV Viewing and Radio Listening. Push a SCENE button to automatically launch play of the preset source. Other SCENE settings are also available, such as iPod Listening, XM Listening, TV Sports Viewing and Action Game Playing. Browse and select the settings quickly accomplished by rotating the Input knob and watching the on-screen display. The settings can be selected for one-time use, or they can replace the original default settings. You can even change the SCENE names for convenience.

Expand Your Yamaha System with Convenient Connectivity

The optional YDS-12 Universal Dock lets you connect your iPod or iPhone to the receiver. And the YDS-12 is "Works with iPhone"-certified, so you can get the most out of your iPhone music library with zero hassles.

The optional YBA-10 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver docks to the receiver and supports A2DP stereo audio streaming, so users can enjoy music wirelessly from Bluetooth-enabled smartphones, Windows PCs, and Macs.

Technical Specifications

  • Power Output: 100W x 5
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz - 100kHz +0,-3dB
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.06%
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 98dB
  • Standby Power Consumption (HDMI Off, Standby Through Off): 0.1W
  • Receiver Dimensions (WxHxD): 17-1/8" x 6" x 12-3/8"
  • Receiver Weight: 16.5 lbs
  • Surround Speaker Dimensions (WxHxD): 3-5/8" x 6-5/8" x 4-1/8"
  • Surround Speaker Weight (each): 1.26 lbs
  • Center Speaker Dimensions (WxHxD): 9-7/8" x 3-5/8" x 4-3/8"
  • Center Speaker Weight (each): 2.1lbs
  • Subwoofer Dimensions (WxHxD): 11-3/8" x 11-3/8" x 12-7/8"
  • Subwoofer Weight: 18.7 lbs

Product Information

Product Dimensions 23.6 x 17.2 x 24.2 inches
Item Weight 55 pounds
Shipping Weight 55.5 pounds
Manufacturer Yamaha Electronics
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Item model number YHT-495BL
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #568 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Home Theater Systems > Complete Home Theater Systems
#46,350 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at April 4, 2011

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By Matthew N. Tawes on May 16, 2011
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Overall I'm pleased with the YHT-495. The receiver and sub make the cost justified and are nice units however as with most HTIB systems something has to be lacking to achieve the reasonable price and in this case its the speakers. While they do an pretty adequate job the claim of them being 100w thus matching the receiver's max output per channel is false as the box they come in clearly says 80w.
The center channel speaker could be a bit improved perhaps with settings but initially I would say that the front speakers and even surround/rears overpower the voice.
The sub-woofer does put out some nice bass and coupled with the receivers abilities make this a good buy when compared to other systems.
I can see a speaker (at least rear) upgrade in the future but overall this does offer an immersive sound for movie, music and TV in general when 5.1 is offered.
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I am very much enjoying my new sound system. The set-up was easy and intuitive. The sound is clear, the base is booming, and the system gets very loud. I was debating between a system like this or a sound bar, and I am sure glad I went with this system. I paid a little more, but it was well worth it. The only think I didn't like was that the owners manual comes on a CD which I think is less convenient to use.
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This system has good sound and power but clips badly on some sound tracks. The speakers are excellent and worth the price of the unit alone. I am still looking for a high quality Surround Sound amplifier.

Two of the satellite speakers were defective. Yamaha replaced them. This is the first time I have ever had a problem with a Yamaha product, and I have several.

It is rated at 600 watts but does not deliver anything approaching that. That rating is most certainly not RMS, which is annoying. My Hafler is rated at 200 watts and blows the Yamaha right out the window.

The user interface is difficult to navigate if you want to do more than just turn the volume up or down. It is also buggy. If you adjust the speaker levels, the audio and video disappear and it is a real pain trying to figure out how to get them back. The video can be restored via the HDMI menu. Restoring the audio was a real pain. Eventually I found that turning HDMI control off does this.

One disturbing thing is that the TV complains of an invalid sound source. The system plays fine but I don't like wrinkles like that.

Whenever you adjust anything, the system in most cases turns Surround Sound off and you have to turn it back on via the remote.

The speaker cable connectors are poor quality tab-and-clamp and some of them don't clamp very well. Yamaha should have used RCA connectors. I understand why they didn't because the length of the cable will vary with the installation. Alternatively, they should have used the screw-down connectors they used for the center speaker.

Yamaha Support has been unresponsive to my request for wall mounts for the speakers. Universal mounts such as Videosecu will not fit despite their claim. I am left with a half installed Surround Sound system.

Here are my ratings:

Sound quality: ****
Power: **
Ease of use: *
Setup: **
Customer Support: **
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By Sgt Bulky on November 16, 2011
I did quite a bit of research prior to buying this product. I wasn't looking to spend a fortune but wanted something of decent quality. I actually went to Best Buy to preview this product prior to buying it and also to look at some other systems that I had considered buying. After comparing the Yamaha to one of the Sony models I had considered, I immediately realized the Yamaha was far superior to both Sony and Samsung. The sound is amazing, loud, and clear. It was extremely easy to set up and if you know anything about electronics you will have no problem. It only took me, with a little help, about an hour and a half to set up. My only complaint is that the am/fm antenna is very poor quality. I must say that I will definitely be buying more Yamaha products in the future.
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