Buena Park, Calif. - Yamaha is bringing two-channel audio components, mainstays of the '70s and '80s component-audio market, into the 21
century with its first two-channel components compatible with Yamaha's iPod docks and Bluetooth-streaming module.
The compatible products, all with retro '70s and '80s cosmetics, consist of three stereo receivers and an integrated amp. Another new stereo component is an AM/FM tuner. All ship by the end of October.
The receivers are the $549-suggested 2x100-watt R-S700, $399 2x75-watt R-S500, and $329 2x50-watt R-S300. The integrated amp is the 2x85-watt $449 A-S500, which can be mated with the new $299 T-S500 AM/FM tuner.
The new models will replace select two-channel products already in the line, which include stereo amps.
The receivers and integrated amp are compatible with Yamaha's optional $99.95-suggested YDS-12 wired dock and $149 YID-W10 wireless dock, which comes with iPod-attachable RF module to stream music from an iPod held in the user's hand. The docks feature their own independent power supplies to deliver a higher signal-to-noise ratio, the company noted. They also receive a balanced audio signal to reduce voltage noise for higher sound quality, Yamaha added. The components also connect to an optional YBA-10 Bluetooth wireless audio receiver through a proprietary connector.
The components feature "muscular vintage designs reminiscent of earlier, highly regarded Yamaha stereo receivers, amps and tuners" because of "uncluttered" extruded-aluminum front panels and large knobs, said Yamaha Electronics president Tom Sumner. They also feature such refinements as a special power supply to deliver the best sound from a docked iPod, multi-zone capabilities, proprietary ToP-ART (Total Purity Audio Reproduction Technology) to deliver accurate soundfield reproduction, and an ART Base to eliminate the deleterious sonic effects caused by external vibrations, the company added.
The top-end R-S700 and R-S500 receivers feature two-zone capability, and the latter comes with a second remote unit to control system operation from the second zone. Both are also Sirius-ready. All three receivers feature 40 station presets
The receivers and integrated amp also come with subwoofer output and phono input for connecting a turntable.
The receivers and integrated amp also feature Pure Direct technology, which enables audio signals to bypass non-essential circuitry and tone controls to deliver purest sound, the company said.
The tuner features 40-station presets as well as 2-line, 16-character dot-matrix display.