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Yamaha Adds MHL To Receiver-Based HTiBs

BUENA PARK, CALIF. — Yamaha brought Mobile High-definition Link (MHL) connections to its home-theater receiver/ speaker packages for the first time and extended discrete amplification to all models.

Most models in the lineup of receiver-based HTiBs, which ship this month, also get a Bluetooth adapter addon for the first time. The $69-suggested adapter connects to the HDMI ports of the lineup’s networked HTiBs to get power and transfer audio in digital form to the AVR’s DACs.

Of the five new HTiBs, four models starting at a suggested $649 feature MHL 2.0 connectivity, enabling MHLequipped mobile devices to send 1080p video and 7.1-channel audio over a wired connection to a home-theater system. The connection also charges the mobile device and enables control of the mobile device’s content playback through the home-theater system’s remote control. MHL 2.0 supports 3D content and faster smartphone charging.

Like last year, $649 remains the starting price point for DLNA 1.5 networking, Internet radio streaming and Air- Play. The $649 price point also remains the opening price for a variety of other features, including vTuner and Pandora Internet music streaming; Made For iPod/iPhone/iPad front-panel USB; and remote control from the company’s AV Controller app.