What's this? Overall score is based mainly on sound quality and picture quality for models with video players; ease of use and versatility are also factored in. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
$429.95 - $429.99
Summary:A 5.1-channel home-theater-in-a-box system .
The Yamaha YHT-497BL is part of the home theater system
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, home theater system
models like the YHT-497BL are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Sound quality represents tonal accuracy and ability to reproduce fine sonic detail of the front speakers, subwoofer, center-channel speaker, and surround speakers. Sound quality judgments are made with the system optimized using its own auto speaker set-up function (if so equipped), and with its own tone controls and/or pre-set tone settings (if any) adjusted for most balanced sound.
Ease of use:
Ease of use indicates how easy it is to set up the system and use controls on front panel and remote.
Versatility score is based on the presence or absence of useful features. The inputs and outputs shown are on the receiver. (Does not include outputs on the video player, if that is separate.)
About This Brand
Yamaha sells products in all categories of home theater, including sound bars, and 5.1- and 7.1- channel systems that do not include a DVD or Blu-ray player. Prices range from mid to high for the majority of its products.
Features & Specs - Yamaha YHT-497BL
Video player disc capacity The number of discs that the video player can handle.
Video player disc capacity
Active subwoofer Has a built-in amplifier and typically has a bass level control (independent of controls on a receiver).
Wireless subwoofer Yes' indicates that the model comes with a powered wireless subwoofer. "Optional' indicates that accessories (transmitter and wireless amplifiers) are available that allow signals to be wirelessly transmitted the amplifers that power a subwoofer. 'No' indicates that the models does not provide for wireless operation of a subwoofer.
Receiver OSD Receiver OSD Onscreen display lets you view the receiver's menus on a TV screen, a squint-free alternative to using the receiver's LED or LCD display.
Auto speaker calibration System comes with a microphone to automatically adjust speaker sound levels, delays, and possibly more to balance the surround effect for your room size and speaker setup.
Auto speaker calibration
Plays 3D Blu-ray discs Plays 3-D Blu-ray discs; for 3D operation, it requires a 3D TV and 3D glasses, as well a 3D Blu-ray movie.
Plays 3D Blu-ray discs
Analog to HDMI video conversion Can convert analog video input signals (Composite, S-Video, Component) to digital and output them via the HDMI connection.
Analog to HDMI video conversion
3D capable HDMI switching Will pass a 3-D video signal when switching HDMI cable connected 3-D source devices to a 3-D TV.
3D capable HDMI switching
FM tuner Receiver has a built-in FM radio tuner.
AM tuner Receiver has built-in AM radio tuner.
Internet streaming access Can receive audio or video streams from various online entertainment services, such as movies from Netflix or Amazon Video on Demand, or Pandora Internet radio. Requires a broadband internet connection and -- depending on the service -- a subscription.
Internet streaming access
Stereo analog audio (in/out) Stereo analog audio (in/out) lists the number of stereo (two-channel) analog audio input and output connections. These are useful for connecting two-channel analog audio devices such as a TV, set-top box, non-integrated video disc player, etc.
When I looked at the ratings, I was impressed with the system and bought it. It took about 4 days before I began encountering problems with my Blu Ray/DVD playback on this unit. It would just unexpectedly shut down my video and audio. I downloaded the manual and followed their instructions on set up, I replaced my blu ray and HDMI cable. Problem continued. Very frustrating. I took it back to the store and ran into a customer that was returning the same unit because of problems with the sub-woofer. Two bad units equals a problem for buying a third. The tech said maybe they had a bad batch but I was disappointed and returned the unit.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Johnson City, TN
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Worth thu money
Easy To Set Up
Interfaces Well With TV
Ive had the Yamaha for over a month and love the sound for sports and movies. I dont have anything bad to say about the system, but I wish the sub-woofer would shut off when the system is shut down.