Cheap/Budget Solutions Yamaha RX-V471

So here we are moving up in the Yamaha Line of RXV Affordable receivers. This Receiver is similar to the Yamaha RX-V371 previously reviewed.

Yamaha RX-V471

Being the next up in the line the differences are simple (Besides the added 5W per channel making it 105wpc x 5)

USB Digital Connection for iPhone and iPod on the Front Panel
A USB port on the front panel provides convenient connection for your iPhone/iPod, which also charges when connected. Because the digital signal from the iPhone/iPod is transmitted directly to the AV Receiver, noise interference is minimized and sound quality is iPhone/iPod much better.

On-Screen Simple GUI (Graphical User Interface)
This clean and simple interface makes setup and other operations extremely easy. The on-screen display can show album art, provides a choice of various languages and is visible over 3D images.

The remaining features are the same as the Yamaha RX-V371 previously reviewed. 

Here are specifications and details:
Power and Processing:
  • 105 watts x 5 into 8 ohms (1k Hz) at 0.9% THD
  • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio
  • Cinema DSP modes add richness and presence to music and movie soundtracks
  • YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) for easy automatic speaker setup and more precise surround sound (microphone included)
  • Adaptive Dynamic Range Control keeps volume steady for more discreet late-night listening
  • Silent Cinema for simulated surround sound via standard stereo headphones
  • Compressed Music Enhancer for better sounding MP3s and other digital music files
Digital Music Options:
  • direct digital connection for iPod® or iPhone® through front-panel USB input bypasses the iPod's digital-to-analog converter for better sound
  • iPod/iPhone video playback integration with system remote (requires optional Yamaha dock)
  • play music wirelessly from compatible Bluetooth® devices (requires optional YBA-10)
Audio Performance Features:
  • 192kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown digital-to-analog converters for all channels
  • Pure Direct mode switches off unnecessary circuitry to provide cleaner sound

    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • HDMI version 1.4a with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • Audio Return Channel function receives digital audio signals from a compatible HDTV's tuner via HDMI
    • component video switching (2 in, 1 out)
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical and 2 coaxial
    • 5 audio/video inputs (including 1 front-panel) with composite video
    • 2 audio-only inputs
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • 1 front-panel minijack audio input for connecting a portable player
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    As mentioned previously, Besides the additions mentioned above the remaining features are the same as the Yamaha RX-V371 previously reviewed. Now at $100 difference?  If you can afford it? I think the GUI(Graphical User Interface) alone is worth it but the front port for your iPod could also prove to be an invaluable tool for those who use them.

    For those who don't read, here's a video explaination.