6 reviews

Yamaha RX-397

$250.00 Released June, 2006

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Quality amplification. Affordable price. Great radio reception.

The Cons:Poor manual. Stereo only - not surround sound (better for music listening than home theater). Poor rear console labeling.

The RX-397 is an entry-level stereo receiver from Yamaha, released in mid 2006. The RX-397 is capable of outputting 50 watts of power per speaker channel. This receiver also provides an extended frequency response range of 10Hz to 50kHz, enabling the use of high quality sound sources such as SACD and DVD-Audio.

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Product Shot 2 Yamaha has integrated “Pure Direct” technology into the RX-397, which has been designed to optionally bypass unwanted treble and base alterations, therefore improving overall sound quality. For users with more than one set of stereo speakers, the A-B switch can be used to produce more sound. This unit also includes an AM-FM tuner with 40 preset stations. The RX-397 has five audio inputs plus a phono input for connecting a turntable. A remote control is included.


  • Output power: 50w x 2
  • Extended frequency response range: 10Hz to 50kHz
  • Pure Direct switch
  • 40-station preset AM-FM tuning
  • Motor-driven remote controllable master volume control
  • 5 audio input terminals with phono input
  • Front panel headphone jack
  • Impedance selector (8 ohms/4ohms)

User Reviews (8)

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  • 4

    quality amplification

  • 2

    affordable price

  • 1

    great radio reception

  • 1

    50W is powerful enough for the majority of consumers and speaker configurations

  • 1

    includes remote control

  • 1

    poor manual

  • 0

    stereo only - not surround sound (better for music listening than home theater)

  • 0

    poor rear console labeling

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