I'm brand new on the forum and this is my first post. I actually purchased this receiver on November 2 from Amazon for $199, as their Gold Box Deal of the Day. –Sorry about that, I know most of you paid $279 and up for yours. ;-)
I read through all of the Amazon reviews for both this model and its RXV-473 counterpart as well as this thread before making my decision. I was a little hesitant because of it only having 4 HDMI inputs, not having 2 zones, and not being 7.1, as I wanted to be able to send music into another room. I spent the entire day reviewing receivers, looking at higher end Denons and Yamahas and finally bit the bullet on this receiver. It was a refurbished model with only a 1 year Yamaha warranty but for $18 I got a second year from Square Trade, so all in all I think I got a steal.
In reading through the posts in this thread, several of you have mentioned the receiver's internet radio feature and I wanted to ask a question about that. I've read that all you need to do is hook the receiver up vie ethernet or connect with a device wirelessly (I'm going to use an older Apple Airport Express), and you can access internet radio. I'm wondering how you surf through channel selection?
But I've also read that to access internet radio you have to connect to a computer. In the promo information on another Yamaha receiver it says, "You can connect the receiver to a PC to enjoy internet radio."
So my question is this, Does it require a computer or not? And if it requires a computer, how then is internet radio a function of the receiver, i.e. if I use a computer that's connected to the receiver, net radio is a function of the computer, not the receiver. I'd appreciate any feedback that you guys can provide on this. I will have a Mac mini connected via HDMI but I just wanted clarification about this.
I also went to the Yamaha site to download the user manual, setup guide, and current firmware update while I'm waiting on the receiver to arrive. I want to have read through the information so I'm ready to go when it gets here. When I try to download any of the files from the website below, it prompts me to set up an account, which I'd rather not do that. Do any of you know if there is another site where I can just download the files without having to create an account?
At the following website, there are 2 firmware update files: Update 1.16 from 6/20/13, and Firmware Update Troubleshooting from 11/9/2012. Am I right in assuming that the only file I need is the 6/20/13 file, as that is the newest? Also, can I update firmware by downloading the file onto the root level of a USB flash drive? I know that you can do this with Onkyos but I've been told that you can't with Denons and I'm not sure about Yamaha.
Many thanks for your help in clarifying my questions and for the wonderful discussion that you guys have posted in this thread. It helped to guide my purchase decision.
Thanks so much for your quick response. So are you saying to use the Yamaha app to do this? Or some other internet radio app?
By the way, your posts in thread were my biggest influence in purchasing this receiver. Thanks for all the information!