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Yamaha BD-S473
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  • Yamaha BD-S473
  • Yamaha BD-S473
  • Yamaha BD-S473
  • Yamaha BD-S473


Our Score:



  • Looks and build quality
  • Excellent pictures
  • DLNA support


  • No Wi-Fi
  • Limited web content
  • Sparse connections

Key Features

  • 3D Blu-ray playback
  • YouTube Leanback access
  • HDMI v1.4 output
  • Apple/Android Smartphone app
  • USB media playback
  • Manufacturer: Yamaha UK
  • Review Price: £140.00


When you can buy a Blu-ray player in your local supermarket for as little as £60, why pay £140 for one? Well, enthusiasts with expensive, demanding displays need a source that can deliver the cleanest, sharpest video signals – and most cheapo players simply don’t cut the mustard. Pricier decks usually offer high-grade video components and rigid build quality, quelling the vibration and interference that can harm picture quality, while superior audio components bring about better music playback.

Yamaha BD-S473

These are some of the reasons why you might consider buying the BD-S473, Yamaha’s latest entry-level 3D Blu-ray deck. Sure, it lacks the cutting-edge features of mainstream rivals like Samsung, Sony and Panasonic, but with a £140 price tag you’d expect its build quality and performance to be a cut above the budget throngs – particularly from a company as well-versed in the electronic arts as Yamaha.

Yamaha BD-S473 Review - Design and Connections

If you covered up the logo on the front, you’d still know this was a Yamaha player. The all-black finish and clean, straight lines are a dead giveaway, likewise the round buttons and their recognisable symbols. It’s a lovely looking and well-built player – slim and sleek, with a firm aluminium casing and chunky fascia that’s slightly wider than the rest of its body.

Yamaha BD-S473

On the front is a small but legible LED display panel, a USB port and a flap on the left-hand side that drops down when the disc tray opens. On the right side are three buttons: play, pause and stop. If you’re pairing it with a Yamaha receiver they’ll go together beautifully.

Yamaha BD-S473

The rear panel is less populated than we expected for the money. It comprises just three sockets – a 3D-ready HDMI v1.4 out, Ethernet and a second USB port. Yamaha clearly presumes that most people have 3D-ready receivers by now and feels no need to add a second HDMI output, but the lack of analogue stereo, digital output or multichannel analogue outputs will deter those hoping to use the BD-S473 as their main music source.


October 9, 2012, 5:25 pm

'demanding displays need a source that can deliver the cleanest, sharpest video signals'

if it's connected via hdmi, surely it's just delivering a bitstream read off the disc? In which case, a cheap jobbie would be just as good?


October 10, 2012, 11:25 am

I raise this point every single time TR talks about the sharpness and quality of one blu-ray player vs another, yet they (and many other reviewers) still peddle this snake oil every time. Unless you are doing some processing on the image (which I would argue should RARELY be needed on a decently mastered source and should NEVER happen anywhere other than the monitor), an expensive blu-ray deck and a cheap one read the same compressed bitstream from the disc, apply the same known decoding algorithm, and output an identical uncompressed digital signal to the TV. Unless you're using analogue connections, therefore (and why the heck would you?!), logically the only benefits of an expensive deck over a cheap one are in build quality, features, aesthetics, perhaps noise level, and brand snobbery.

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