Buena Park, Calif. - Yamaha is touting a new on-screen display (OSD) interface and more HDMI inputs in a new $999-suggested A/V receiver that offers many of the features of its predecessor.
Like the $999 model that it replaces, the 7.2-channel 7x105-watt RX-V1065 features HD Radio, decoding of all Blu-ray surround formats, up-scaling of analog and digital video to 1080p, and connections to an optional iPod dock and Bluetooth transceiver. Other carryover features include Sirius- and XM-ready capability, Neural Surround and a front-panel USB port to play music from a connected MP3 player, USB drive or hard drive.
The new OSD includes such graphics as component icons and album art to make it easy to access content. The number of HDMI inputs goes to four from the predecessor's three.
Shipments are underway and began around the same time as shipments of the company's new MusicCAST wireless multiroom-audio system and the neoHD media controller, a new type of audio component said to simplify the operation of connected music sources and home theater components.
Other carryover features in the RX-V1065 include Cinema DSP 3D audio processing with 17 DSP programs, Yamaha's Digital ToP-ART and High Current Amplification technology, auto lip-sync compensation, and HDMI support for 24fps video, Deep Color (30/36 bit) technology and 120Hz refresh rates.
Four Scene buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and Radio) deliver one-button startup of all Yamaha audio components in a home theater or music system. Once a button is pressed, the receiver transmits IR codes from its back-panel IR output to IR-connected Yamaha components, including DVD player, to automatically turn them on. Then the receiver switches to the proper input and to a preset listening level, and the correct surround mode is engaged.
The unit also features proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer, Yamaha's proprietary room-correction technology, and Adaptive Dynamic Range Control, which automatically increases the volume of softer passages when the user turns down overall system volume.
Other features include assignable amplifiers for biamping left-right speakers, driving back or front presence speakers, or second-zone audio. It also delivers second-zone on/off control from the front panel.