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4,604Yamaha has released the first details of their new Aventage range of AV receivers for 2016 which includes the RX-A660, RX-A860, RX-A1060, RX-A2060 and RX-A3060 models.
All the new receivers include Yamaha’s MusicCast system which allows you to use all your MusicCast products together or separately, with control from a single app. You can then expand your system as time goes on. It allows your AV receiver to be a content hub and it’s compatible with a wide range of music providers and audio sources including streaming services and radio (FM / AM / DAB) and lets you play the same song in multiple rooms by using the Link function, or play different songs in each room. By registering the AV receiver zones as Rooms on the MusicCast App, they can easily be controlled by the app. When creating multizones on the AV receiver, an interface is provided for unified handling of zone control via the MusicCast app.
All of Yamaha’s seven and nine channel AV receivers support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3-D surround sound formats, with the RX-A3060 possessing the company's unique CINEMA DSP HD3. Yamaha says that the Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3-D formats provide accurate 3-D sound localisation and recreation of the sense of motion, thanks to their Total Purity Concept based on long experience in audio production.
The RX-A1060, and up, each have ultra-low jitter PLL circuitry as well as high performance ESS DACs on board. All models benefit from Yamaha's Total Purity Concept and have fully discrete power amplifiers, independent analogue and digital pure power supplies, and a high quality volume control integrated circuit boards. To some extent, or other, all in the range also get YPAO – the company’s automatic EQ system – where reflected sound control analyses room acoustics and measures various speaker characteristics, then calibrates audio parameters to achieve optimum sound. In addition, the RX-A3060 uses 64-bit and 3D processing for added accuracy.
Naturally, every model in the RX-V81 and RX-A60 Series feature state-of-the-art HDMI terminals that can handle HDCP2.2, 4K60P(4:4:4) transmission including HDR and BT.2020. There’s also built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with the latter a two-way deal, meaning you can stream to Bluetooth equipped speakers or headphones from the receivers, as well as to the receivers from your phone, tablet or computer. The re-emergence of vinyl also sees the RX-V681 / RX-A760 and higher models include Phono input terminals.
Additionally, there’s an ‘Extra Bass’ feature to amplify bass tones, not just in your main room but also on systems in other rooms (Zone 2 and Zone 3) so the likes of in-wall speakers, which typically lack bass can benefit from a bit of extra low-end.
Looking at the models in a little more detail, beginning with the RX-A660; this model has 7.2 channels of amplification at up to 115W per channel and 4 HDMI inputs. The RX-A860 ups the ante with 8 HDMI inputs and up to 160W per channel but is also a 7.2-channel receiver. The RX-A1060, again with 7.2 channel output, also has 8 HDMI inputs but 2 HDMI outs and up to 170W per channel.
Moving further up the food chain, we have the RX-A2060 which has 9.2 channels at up to 220W per channel, as well as two HDMI outputs for multizone. The range topping RX-A3060 is another 9.2 channel model with 8 HDMI and 2 HDMI out but possess the capability for up to 230W per a channel of amplification.
The release date of all the models is scheduled for the end of August or the beginning of September with pricing broadly similar to the equivalent models released in 2015, so we’re looking at about £550 for the entry level model going right up to around £2,000 for the RX-A3060.
We’ll provide more details when we have them.
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