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Yamaha Reprices Neo AVRs

Buena Park, Calif. –


significantly reduced the prices of
its two NeoHD Media Controller A/V receivers by $300, to a suggested $299 for
the YMC-500 and to $499.95 for the Wi-Fi-equipped YMC-700.

The two models,


in mid-2009, let users control all connected sources via an onscreen graphical
user interface and a front panel that sports only an on/off button and one
large control wheel.

To the DLNA-certified YMC-700, the
company also added Pandora Internet radio to the selection of streaming
services available through the device. In addition, Yamaha plans later this
month to launch an iPhone/iPad app to enable Wi-Fi control of the 802.11 b/g-equipped
AV receiver from the Apple devices.

The price reduction makes the YMC-700
“the only Wi-Fi-enabled A/V receiver with full control via iPhone and iPad on
the market for under $500,” said Tom Sumner, president of Yamaha Corp. of

The YMC-700 also streams free Internet radio stations, the Rhapsody
subscription streaming service, and PC-stored music and photos.

Both NeoHD models serve up a simplified onscreen icon-based user
interface to a connected TV. All come with embedded database of IR codes to
control connected TVs and sources from a handheld IR remote, also with a
minimal number of control buttons. IR codes not embedded in the Media
Controller can be learned by the device.

how the controllers’ interface works:

a consumer hits the remote’s power button, the Media Controller and connected
TV power up. The TV screen presents the user with three choices: watch, listen
or play. After selecting one of the choices, the display then prompts the user
to choose among more specific activities, such as watch live TV, watch a movie,
listen to a CD and the like. Next, icons for the requisite A/V components
appear on the screen, including icons for a Blu-ray player, CD player, cable
box, iPod and game console. Once the user selects a component, the component
automatically powers on.

connect with A/V components in the home, all three devices feature one HDMI output
to a TV, three HDMI inputs and three IR outputs to control up to six
IR-controlled sources in the A/V equipment stack, the company said. Also to
connect to source components, the controllers feature two component-video
inputs, one composite-video input, one analog-audio input, one digital coaxial
input and one digital optical input. A proprietary dock output connects to an
optional Yamaha iPod dock or to an optional Yamaha Bluetooth transceiver. A USB port connects to USB-equipped
sources such as non-iPod MP3 players and USB
drives. Both models feature FM radio.