Yamaha’s new eighth-generation Aventage series network A/V receivers adds a litany of advanced video capabilities as well as expanded support for music streaming services including Tidal and Deezer, and expanded MusicCast support.
Six new receiver models offer a range of immersive audio and 4K Ultra HD video features, including three different high dynamic range (HDR) video profiles: baseline HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG). Both Dolby Vision and HLG will support the widest possible contrast ratios and color gamut from forthcoming live HDR broadcast signals, along with supporting Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc and 4K streaming video services, Yamaha said. Dolby Vision and HLG capabilities will be delivered via firmware update this fall.
All six new models support a range of audio formats including 3D surround sound from Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks.
Yamaha made its MusicCast wireless multiroom audio system more robust with the addition of Tidal and Deezer apps to the streaming service library. The lower-priced RX-A670, RX-A770 and RX-A870 model receivers will be able to access both services following a firmware update soon after release; the top-of-line RX-A1070, RX-A2070 and RX-A3070 models will support those services out of the box, Yamaha said.
The flagship Aventage RX-A3070 is a 9.2-channel A/V receiver expandable to 11.2 channels or 7.1.4 channels of object-based surround with an external-channel amp. It delivers 150 watts per channel and Sabre DACs. It also includes XLR-balanced inputs for secure and stable pro-level signal transmission with reduced degradation from supporting source components.
The Aventage RX-A2070 is a 9.2 channel unit (5.1.4 or 7.1.2 channel) with HDMI zone switching supporting Powered Zone 2 and 3 and HDMI Zone 4; 140 watts per channel; and dual Sabre Premier DACs.
The RX-A1070 includes Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing with Cinema DSP HD. The receiver features three DSP LSI chips, 110 watts per channel, and seven HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.2 and dual HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs. The A/V receiver also adds symmetrical amplifier layout and YPAO multipoint room calibration tools.
The flagship RX-A3070 will retails for $2,200 and the line steps down to $600 for the baseline RX-A670. They will hit retail throughout May, June and July.
Yamaha also has also begun to ship its step-down series of A/V receivers, the RX-V series, starting at $300 and stepping up to a $650 suggested retail.