Buena Park, Calif. – Yamaha began shipping the final and
most expensive model in its RX-V series of A/V receivers (AVRs).
Shipments of the
$899-suggested 7.2-channel RX-V871 follow
of the 7.1-channel RX-V671 at a suggested $599, 7.1-channel
RX-V571 at $499, 5.1-channel RX-V471 at $379, and 5.1-channel RX-V371 at $249.
The features of the new models include DLNA 1.5 and Windows
7 certification to stream audio from networked PCs and network-attached storage
drives; Internet radio streaming; and streaming of Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet
Radio, Pandora and Napster. These networking features also appear in the 7.1-channel
The V871 also features front-panel USB iPod/iPhone input,
which is also available on models priced down to $379 to capture an Apple
device’s audio output as digital PCM. Consumers can use the A/V receiver’s
supplied remote to control and play audio content from the Apple devices, with
song titles, cover art and playback information appearing on an onscreen menu.
Like last year, an optional iPod/iPhone dock is available on AVRs priced down
to $249 to capture iPod/iPhone-stored audio and video.
Compared to the $599 model, the $899 model steps up power to
7×100 watts from 7×90 watts (two channels driven simultaneously from 20Hz to
20kHz into 8-ohm loads with 0.09 percent THD), adds two subwoofer outputs
instead of one, adds aluminum front panel, and incorporates a more
sophisticated version of the company’s YPAO room-correction technology. The
HDMI jack pack also gets an upgrade to eight HDMI 1.4a inputs, including a
front-panel input, and two HDMI 1.4a outputs with audio return channel. That
compares to the $599 model’s six HDMI inputs and one HDMI output.
Like models priced from $379, the $899 model features
proprietary Cinema DSP 3D technology to add height and width to the sound stage
without adding additional speakers.
The AVR is also compatible with a free iPhone/iPod Touch app
available for use with the company’s other networked AVRs. The app controls
basic functionality as well as network content navigation and zone controls on
this and other select Yamaha networked products. A similar Android-based app
will be available in the fall, the company said.
Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High
Other key features include graphical user interface that can
be overlaid on HD and 3D video signals, proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer
technology restores lost detail in compressed music files, assignable
amplifiers for bi-amp and second-zone use, and compatibility with an optional
stereo Bluetooth module.