Wireless networking and high-res audio are playing key roles in new home audio receivers launched by Integra, Yamaha and Denon.
Integra plans during the CEDIA Expo to show a $600 DTM-40.7 networked stereo receiver with custom-integration features. Pricing is unavailable. Denon’s currently shipping $2,199 networked AVR will also be at the Expo, and Yamaha has unveiled a $649-suggested slim-line RX-S601 network A/V receiver. Yamaha, however, isn’t exhibiting at the show.
Here’s what the companies announced:
The D+M brand continues to expand its selection of AVRs with Atmos and capability for an upgrade to DTS:X and Auro 3D. The latest such AVR is the $2,199 AVR-X6200W, expected in October to replace a $1,999 model and become the come in right under the current $2,999 flagship
Like before, it features built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay, DLNA music streaming, Spotify Connect, Pandora, SiriusXM, vTuner Internet Radio and HD Radio tuner. It also comes with 13.2-channel preouts, three-audio-zone capability, and high-resolution audio decoding.
The new 9x140-watt model adds DTS:X upgrade capability, HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2. The latter two are available on all eight HDMI ins and all three HDMI outs.
Thanks to its 11.2-channel processing capability, the AVR-X6200W can support up to 7.1.4 or 9.1.2 Atmos speaker configurations when a two-channel amp is added. Auro 3D is supported up to 10.1 channels with an add-on amp.
The $600 DTM-40.7 networked stereo receiver joins the $550 DTM-40.4 networked stereo receiver and steps up to add built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and a handful of new streaming-music services. Like before, it features DLNA networking.
It also steps up to 384kHz/32-bit DACs and adds DSD 5.6MHz to its portfolio of high-resolution audio decoders, which include DSD 2.8MHz, FLAC, WAV, Apple Lossless and LPCM.
The full array of streaming services are Pandora, Slacker, Deezer, Spotify, SiriusXM and TuneIn Internet radio
Other key features include 2x80-watt amplification into 8 ohms with 0.1 percent THD from 20Hz to 20kHz with both channels driven. It also features second-zone lineout, phono preamp, four digital and six analog audio inputs, and multiple custom-integration features such as Ethernet and RS-232, zone 2 line out, zone 2 subwoofer line out, two IR inputs and one IR output, and three programmable 12-volt triggers.
The company is expanding its selection of components with MusicCast wireless multiroom audio and Wi-Fi with the October availability of the $649.95 RX-S601 slim-line network A/V receiver, which replaces an earlier slim-line receiver.
Recently, the company launched its first wireless multizone-audio products in about a decade with plans to offer 20 audio products, including soundbars and tabletop speakers, by year’s end with proprietary MusicCast technology.
The latest is the RX-S601. Compared with its predecessor, it adds built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and features playback of more high-resolution audio formats, including DSD 2.8/5.6MHz, 192/24 AIFF, and 96/25 Apple Lossless. Like before, it also offers AirPlay, DLNA, and 192/24 FLAC and WAV decoding.
The 5.1-channel AVR also steps up to add HDCP 2.2 copy protection on one HDMI in and out. HDMI ports pass through 4K at 60 fps vs. the predecessor’s 30 fps.
Other new features include Wi-Fi Direct and Virtual Cinema Front, which lets users place all home-theater speakers up front to deliver surround sound.
Also like before, it offers Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding but no Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.
Networked music services are Spotify Connect and Pandora.
The receiver’s 4. 4-unch height is two-thirds that of typical AVR for use in small apartments, dens, offices and other limited-space venues.