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BestBuy [bestbuy.com] has the Yamaha Model:RX-V485BL - 400W 5.1-Ch. 4K HDR Compatible A/V Home Theater Receiver - Black on sale for $329 ($70 off).

This is the lowest I've seen for this model.

This 5.1-channel AV receiver offers Wi-Fi®, Bluetooth® and the latest streaming technologies.
  • 5.1-Channel powerful surround sound
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and MusicCast multi-room
  • Pandora®, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and more
  • HDMI® with HDCP 2.3 (4 in/1 out)
  • 4K Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision™, Hybrid Log-Gamma and BT.2020
  • Voice control with Alexa and Google Assistant devices or Siri via AirPlay 2
  • MusicCast Surround capable: add MusicCast 20 or MusicCast 50 speakers to create a 5.1-channel setup with wireless rear surrounds
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Great receiver, had one before replacing it with the RX-A770. I would highly recommend getting this one for entry level 5.1 setups, but be warned, once you get into the home theater space it can be a slippery slope!
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Is Yamaha better than Onkyo?
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I need I guess an entry-level receiver that handles 5.1 - no other devices going into it except a smart tv and 4K streaming (Amazon, Netflix). Is this receiver overkill for basic purposes, and/or is there a better (cheaper) alternative?
Have you considered buying used or maybe even open box.
If all you need is 5 channels and those features, you can easily find a slightly older model that will give all that for much cheaper.
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How's this compare to the Yamaha model that is frequently on sale from Woot (7850 iirc)? I was waiting on that sale again, and really only need 5.1, so might bite on this.

After moving houses, moved from 7.1 (Yamaha 663) with 120" projector to 3.1 (for now) and 65" LG OLED. Need a new reciever to do 4k video and ARC back to the reciever. (I also got a Denon for cheap from a co-worker that does ARC, but it only works on stereo ARC and doesn't output the sound correctly when the TV is set to bitstream).
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How's this compare to the Yamaha model that is frequently on sale from Woot (7850 iirc)? I was waiting on that sale again, and really only need 5.1, so might bite on this.

After moving houses, moved from 7.1 (Yamaha 663) with 120" projector to 3.1 (for now) and 65" LG OLED. Need a new reciever to do 4k video and ARC back to the reciever. (I also got a Denon for cheap from a co-worker that does ARC, but it only works on stereo ARC and doesn't output the sound correctly when the TV is set to bitstream).
Just make sure the one you get supports eARC unless you're plugging directly to the unit.As with ARC you will only get compressed audio if sending out from tv to the unit.The eARC allows fully uncomprssed audio from sources that support it like next gen consoles.

It depends on your wants and need and I always prefer the best audio I can for viewing/gaming.
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329 for a 5.1 is expensive
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After upgrading every component in my living room, my avr is the last to go. It's an 8 year old Denon that is great, but doesn't support 4k. This may finally make me pull the string.
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FWIW, the reliability on these Yamahas is rock solid. I have an RX-V381 that I got from Best Buy open box for $180 3 years ago driving five Infinity speakers and a Dayton Audio sub and it's a workhorse. No issues with it whatsoever. The only way I'll replace it is when I get an 11 channel receiver for that sweet 7.1.4 Atmos setup.
I have the exact same receiver and it's powering my 5 klipsch speakers!! 4 years strong here
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329 for a 5.1 is expensive
You get a lot for the price. How much should it be?
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Bought this a week ago on Amazon; damaged box ($212.00). Was nervous about unit having damage; everything perfect. Very happy with this unit. Currently in an apartment looking for next home. 5.1 is perfect for this living room; when I buy I'll just move this to the bedroom and buy 7.1 or 9.1 when I have a bigger living room. Great features, love Bluetooth for Tidal, Siriusxm etc. As someone mentioned you have to be specific with Alexa and Musicast commands, but not a dealbreaker. Using the pioneer bs22 and center channel I bought from SD deal a few weeks ago. Planning on buying the wireless Musicast speakers for rear soon (when deal pops up).
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Is Yamaha better than Onkyo?
Yes. I owned 2 Onkyo's. Both had the HDMI board failure just beyond the warranty period and I dumped them before Onkyo finally decided to make good and offered extended coverage to everyone with that problem. Fool me twice, shame on me. I won't be going back to Onkyo any time soon. They sounded great while they lasted but dumping over $1,000 down the drain is a real turn off.

I have 4 different Yamaha's now (including this one) with the oldest going on 7 years all with no issues whatsoever.
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How's this compare to the Yamaha model that is frequently on sale from Woot (7850 iirc)? I was waiting on that sale again, and really only need 5.1, so might bite on this.
The TSR-7850 is closer in features/power to the RX-A780 or RX-V685.
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I need I guess an entry-level receiver that handles 5.1 - no other devices going into it except a smart tv and 4K streaming (Amazon, Netflix). Is this receiver overkill for basic purposes, and/or is there a better (cheaper) alternative?
Look on Facebook marketplace or Craigslist. I literally just built a new setup for absurdly cheap. Got a VSX-530 and Pioneer bookshelves for $100.
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I'm going to join the "overpriced" camp on this one.

This is a two-year old mid-grade receiver, that they're still trying to sell for over $300. I'm not saying that everyone needs the bleeding edge, but for crying out loud a RX-V685 was $385 last Black Friday and that absolutely destroys this in every metric. This receiver is just old, and $330 isn't legit clearance priced yet: Wait for $250.

- Only a single Subwoofer out
- No height/presence/Atmos output
- No Atmos decoding
- Only 4 HDMI in (competitors have 5)

They're just trying to take advantage of a receiver shortage due to COVID, and charging full price for this age of appliance. Only buy this if you're desperate, if you can wait then do wait.
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Bought this a week ago on Amazon; damaged box ($212.00). Was nervous about unit having damage; everything perfect. Very happy with this unit. Currently in an apartment looking for next home. 5.1 is perfect for this living room; when I buy I'll just move this to the bedroom and buy 7.1 or 9.1 when I have a bigger living room. Great features, love Bluetooth for Tidal, Siriusxm etc. As someone mentioned you have to be specific with Alexa and Musicast commands, but not a dealbreaker. Using the pioneer bs22 and center channel I bought from SD deal a few weeks ago. Planning on buying the wireless Musicast speakers for rear soon (when deal pops up).
In 2 years, manufacturers will just come up with the next latest, greatest thing.
Something like ATMOS 2.0 or Ultra DolbyVision to make people think their 3 year old receivers, movies and speakers need to be 'upgraded' because they're obsolete and you're missing out.
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