Yamaha’s Affordably Priced RX-V381 Receiver Supports 4K and BT.2020 Color Gamut

The reasonably priced receiver offers features such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio processing, HDCP 2.2 compliancy, and it delivers 5.1 channels of sound.


There is absolutely no question that new formats such as Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro 3D are the future of home theater. That doesn't mean that existing formats aren't entertaining. 

Showing how functional and cost effective formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio can be is the manufacturer Yamaha. The company's latest receiver balances a competitive price point and features that deliver true commercial theater-like experience.

Yamaha's new RX-V381 is a $300 A/V receiver that provides homeowners with a choice of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound options, as well as four HDMI inputs and a single output that are all HDCP 2.2 compliant, with full support of 4K with high dynamic range (HDR) with BT.2020 wide color gamut capabilities. 

“Sound editors and soundtrack composers each play huge roles in today's feature films, and the RX-V381 allows our customers to enjoy these titles as they would in the movie theater, in all their cinematic glory,” says Bob Goedken, general manager, A/V divsion, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Yamaha has packed a lot of advanced technology into a very affordable, solidly built A/V receiver, with an unparalleled level of reliability that assures our customers that they will enjoy this model far into the future.”

In addition to its home theater options, the RX-V381 also incorporates wireless Bluetooth to allow users to wirelessly stream content from their smart devices to the receiver.

The receiver also includes Yamaha's Compressed Music Enhancer technology, which is a solution to maximize the sound quality of wireless music content, and Yamaha's proprietary YPAO room-calibration suite. This EQ package uses a microphone to measure and analyze the sound within a room to tailor the receiver and connected speakers' sound to the listening environment for the best possible sound. 

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Robert Archer
Robert Archer:

Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob also serves as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In addition, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu; both schools are located in Haverhill, Mass.