Buena Park, Calif.-- Yamaha is introducing a line of A/V receivers that feature improved Apple product integration and enhanced network content streaming, all at lower prices.
The receivers are the 7.1-channel RX-V671 ($599) and RX-V571
($499), along with the 5.1-channel RX-V471 ($379) and RX-V371 ($249), all of
which will be available this spring.
The RX-V671 network A/V receiver is DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 certified and provides users full access to free and paid network music streaming services, such as Internet radio, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Pandora, Napster, as well as audio content located on DLNA-supported networked computers or storage drives.
Yamaha's previous opening price for Internet radio was $899, the company said, but does not feature Wi-Fi. At $599, it is the lowest starting price point for Windows 7 and DLNA 1.5 certification.
Yamaha will also upgrade its free receiver control iPod/iPhone app, which offers control over basic functionality as well as internal sources, network content navigation and zone controls on this and other select Yamaha networked products.
The newly added front-panel USB iPod/iPhone input (available on RX-V671, RX-V571, RX-471 models) provides consumers with a direct digital connection of their iPhone/iPod content by using the standard 30-pin iPod dock connector to USB cable connection. Users can then control and play audio content from these devices with the supplied remote, with
song titles, cover art and playback information appearing on the receiver's onscreen menu, Yamaha said.
Each model in the 71 series is 3D-capable, featuring Audio Return Channel (ARC) and 1080p HDMI compatible inputs with HD Audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD content.
The series also offers several advanced features, such as Cinema DSP 3D, which is a proprietary Yamaha virtual presence technology that enhances all HD audio content, without the need for extra front speakers. It is available on the RX-V671, RX-V571 and RX-471 models.
A simplified high-resolution graphic user interface is available on RX-V671, RX-V571 and RX-471 models.
The Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) is a proprietary technology that simplifies the setup process by analyzing the room's acoustic characteristics and then automatically adjusts the equalizer and sound parameters at the touch of a button. It is available on RX-V671, RX-V571 and RX-471 models.
The Yamaha RX-V671 has six-in/one-out HDMI (3D and ARC compatibility), 1080p up-scaling, and has assignable amplifiers for bi-amp and Zone 2 capabilities.
Bluetooth compatible (A2DP), this model can be used with the optional Yamaha Bluetooth wireless audio receiver YBA-10, enabling users to listen to their favorite music on just about any Bluetooth-enabled device.
The Yamaha RX-571 also has six-in/one-out HDMI (3D and ARC compatibility), and is a choice to users who do not require networking features. It offers front-panel USB digital connections for iPhone/iPod and front-panel HDMI connections for camcorders and digital cameras. The RX-V571 also has assignable amplifiers for biamp connection, the company said.
The Yamaha RX-V471 features four-in/one-out HDMI (3D and ARC compatibility) and comes with Scene functions.
Finally, the Yamaha RX-V371 features 100 watts per channel, four-in/one-out HDMI inputs (with 3D and ARC compatibility), nine selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies, iPhone/iPod with optional YDS-12 universal dock, and Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with optional Yamaha Bluetooth wireless audio receiver YBA-10 dock.