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
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.