Yamaha announce 2017 AVENTAGE AV Receivers
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32Yamaha has just announced its new wave of AVENTAGE AV Receivers for 2017.
The latest range of high-end receivers ushers in a new wave of technology and are designed to cement the ideal of your home cinema amplifier being the centre of your audio world, not just the cinema sound.
The new AVENTAGE all feature Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object based audio as standard, as well as support for older formats. There’s also Yamaha’s original CinemaDSP processing on board to make use of all the speakers in your setup regardless of the audio format being used.
Yamaha developed a new CinemaDSP mode called ‘Enhanced’ targeted at enhancing Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio, increasing precision and spatial representation of the sound field. Yamaha’s CinemaDSP modes are based on sound field data from real venues all over the world and the new Enhanced mode is no exception. You can simply apply the CinemaDSP processing on top of Atmos or DTS:X by selecting the sound mode, this feature is available from the RX-A1070 and above.
The Yamaha multi-channel receivers also support HDR 10 and Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range video combined with 4K Ultra-HD and the series will receive a firmware update for HLG technology later in 2017.
Yamaha’s SCENE technology has been around for years, allowing customers to restore their favourite inputs, CinemaDSP modes, initial volumes and other settings within just the push of a button or tap of an app. The SCENE technology now included in the AVENTAGE range allows for content to be stored within the SCENE presets as well; your favourite net radio stations or an Album on your NAS drive are just a button away!
Yamaha AVENTAGE receivers can automatically calibrate your speakers using the patented YPAO technology, but there is higher accuracy this time around at 64-bits from the RX-A1070 and above.
The AVENTAGE range, and in particular the RX-A3070, have received particular attention from Yamaha’s sound tuning engineers to sound their very best. Yamaha is confident that they are all musically oriented amplifiers. To that end, the RX-A3070 has had an input expansion, now featuring an XLR balanced stereo input. Further adding to the Yamaha’s credibility as a 2ch capable AV Receiver.
A DAB/DAB+ radio is included on every AVENTAGE AVR from the RX-A670 and above. What’s more, the DAB/DAB+ radio can be shared to other devices across the home using MusicCast. So if you want to listen to DAB in the kitchen but only have a small wireless speaker like a WX-010, it’s no problem! Simply start the DAB through your AVR and link to the Kitchen in a few taps of the app.
As with most of the broader product range, the AVENTAGE series of AV Receivers feature Yamaha’s MusicCast wireless music system on board; Yamaha’s original multi-room technology. Offering more than most conventional systems, the MusicCast system has streaming services such as Spotify and Qobuz on board as well as future support for TIDAL and Deezer coming via a firmware update. There’s also net radio with thousands of radio from all over the globe at your fingertips and of course access to all of your music on a NAS or local network device. MusicCast also supports hi-res audio files up to 192 kHz 24 Bit in WAV, FLAC and AIFF, 96 kHz 24 bit in ALAC format and they also support up to 5.6MHz DSD files.
There’s Bluetooth and Airplay as well as a rather unique Bluetooth transmission technology. If you already own a pair of Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth speaker from any brand, you can use it to listen to any audio that’s being played on the AV Receiver.
The real party trick of MusicCast is the ability to send any audio from any device to any other device over your home network. Simply open the app, start playing what you want to share, then link another device in the home. This can be any audio, whether it be from your HDMI inputs, digital or analogue, network sources, vinyl playback from the built-in phono stage or even audio from the TV over ARC.
Availability and pricing:
RX-A670 – 7.2 ch - ETA July 2017 – SRP £TBC.
RX-A870 – 7.2ch - ETA July 2017 – SRP £TBC
RX-A1070 – 7.2ch - ETA August 2017 – SRP £TBC
RX-A2070 – 9.2ch - ETA August 2017 – SRP £TBC
RX-A3070 – 9.2ch (expandable to 11.2) - ETA September 2017 – SRP £TBC
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