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#196426 30-May-2016 18:08
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I can't decide. I only stream music through google play (so wireless isn't an issue) and only have 3 things that use HDMI (foxtel, BD player, xbox) BD Player may become a 4k BD player before long, but not thinking of adding any more HDMI products in the near future.


Have a Sony KD-55x8500c.





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  #1562607 30-May-2016 19:53
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The 479 and 481 are almost identical, just with 'Zone B' for the rear speakers on the 481... plus full HDR compliance for 4K video.


There's only 4 HDMI's on the 481, but 6 on the 479. However you noted that this wouldn't be an issue, so go nuts.


The GUI on the 481 is much nicer to navigate on the 481 too.


The 4 series amps also have a front USB port.




Re: 479/481 vs the 379...


The 379 only has 2 x 5-way binding posts, whereas the 479/481 has 5 x 5-way binding posts to allow for thicker cable where required + banana plugs if you need.


While the 379 has bluetooth, the 479/481 can actually send their audio out to another bluetooth product (UE Boom / bluetooth headphones) - but there will be lag + distance issues inherent with bluetooth.


The biggest bonus for me is networking on the higher spec'd amps, including Airplay, WiFi + ethernet, interweb radio, DLNA audio and the multiroom Musiccast system that means you can add a wireless Yamaha speaker / soundbar / powered speakers etc etc as time goes on.


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  #1562617 30-May-2016 20:06
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Hmm... the DLNA Audio and BT sending might come in handy in summer with some outdoor BT speaker..








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