Buean Park, Calif. -- Yamaha Electronics introduced Thursday a premium line of A/V receivers that will be marketed under the new Aventage (pronounced Ah-Ven-Taj) sub-brand.
The five-model Aventage series is positioned as a complement to
Yamaha's RX-V receiver line, which will continue to offer feature sets in the
opening to mid-level price points, the company said.
The Aventage series models will roll out through August and September at "authorized Aventage dealers."
The line was said to have been designed with direct input from custom installers and A/V specialists.
Aventage Series models include the following:
Â· RX-A700, 90Wx7 ($649);
Â· RX-A800, 95Wx7 ($799);
Â· RX-A1000, 105Wx7 ($1,099);
Â· RX-A2000, 130Wx7 ($1,499); and
Â· RX-A3000, 140Wx7 ($1,899).
All models offer 3D Video support along with a wide-range source connectivity.
Yamaha said the Aventage line was designed "to achieve peak performance at affordable price points."
Products have been re-engineered "to make subtle changes that mean the difference between good and great sound," the company said.
The new models are said to offer peak performance through subtle design changes that were continually evaluated and tested before being implemented in the final product line.
Examples of these changes include: a fifth foot to improve structural rigidity and reduce vibrations and double-bottom construction on select models to improve peak performance at multiple volumes.
Also said to be major element in the refining process was the selection of components, wires, fuses and electrical paths.
"Yamaha had one goal in mind in creating the Aventage series: to achieve the purest, best-sounding audio and the best video reproduction possible," said Tom Sumner, Yamaha president. "Our engineers obsessed over every last detail. They didn't simply pick components that were labeled as having the best specs. Instead, they made countless refinements, representing hundreds of variables, and then listened intently to ensure these changes would provide peak performance. These are the best-sounding receivers we have ever made, and I believe our customers will appreciate the meticulous attention we've given to them. This is just one reason why Aventage boasts a 50 percent longer warranty."
The new models include advanced networking control functions for integration with a range of third-party home automation control systems, while permitting network control via a PC Web browser or by a free iPhone/iPad app on select units.
Receivers are compatible with Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) 1.5 specs to stream Internet Radio (MP3/WMA), Rhapsody and Sirius services as well as playing back music files (WAV, MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC 96/24) from a PC or DLNA server.
The top two units in the series were called "the industry's first A/V receivers to incorporate the HQV Vida video processing chipset."
The top four units also feature dual HDMI or "Zone B" output capability for dual HDTV signal viewing in the main room or a secondary room.
Key common Aventage series throughout the line include: 7.2 channel surround with full HD Audio decoding (Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio; Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio); Four Scene buttons; iPod compatibility (with optional YDS-12 or YID-W10 wireless yAired dock); Bluetooth compatibility; compressed music enhancer; low jitter PLL circuitry; HDMI v.1.4a 3D pass-through with Audio Return Channel (ARC); YPAO room optimizer; and analog-to-HDMI 1080p video upscaling with deinterlacing.
Also featured are Deep Color (30/36 bit) and x.v.Color video support, 24Hz refresh rates, audio input assign capability for HDMI and component video inputs and auto lip-sync compensation, which is said to automatically eliminate audio/video sync issues.
Yamaha also adds its proprietary Cinema DSP 3D audio processing in all models to complement 3D television technology and provides extra height dimension to allow more engaging 3D video via 3D Virtual Presence technology that eliminates the need for extra front presence speakers.