Yamaha AVRs Add Apple, Network Features

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Buena Park, Calif. –

Yamaha launched a quartet of moderately priced A/V receivers that feature improved integration with Apple devices and reduce the opening price for networked audio streaming.

The receivers are 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, all available in the spring.

With the launches, Yamaha is offering frontpanel iPod/iPhone-compatible USB inputs for the first time to stream music from a tethered Apple device. The feature, which starts at $379, captures an Apple device’s audio output as digital PCM. Like last year, an optional iPod/iPhone dock is available on AVRs priced down to $249 to capture iPod/iPhone-stored audio and video.

Also with the launches, Yamaha drops the opening price point for Internet radio to $599 from $899, and Windows 7 and DLNA 1.5 certification likewise drops significantly to $599, the company said.

In the 71 series, the company is also reducing the opening price of Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master surround processing to $249 from $379, bringing HDMI 1.4a inputs/outputs and HDMI’s audio return channel to $249 from $379, and reducing the opening price of front-panel HDMI inputs to $499.

A new simplified GUI appears on the three models starting at $379, each offering overlaid graphics on HD and 3D video programs.

Like before, $249 is the opening price point for an AVR that accepts an optional stereo Bluetooth module.

At $379, Yamaha adds proprietary Cinema DSP 3D technology to add height and width to the sound stage without adding additional speakers.

Also starting at $379 are proprietary Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) technology, which adjusts response to offset the deleterious effects of a room’s acoustics characteristics, and preset Scene buttons, which activate the receiver’s appropriate inputs and surround mode combinations for the selected source.

At the top of the 71 Series, the RX-V671 network A/V receiver features DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 certification as well as ability to stream Internet radio stations and such Internet music services as Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Pandora, and Napster.

For the RX-V671, Yamaha will also upgrade its free remote-control iPod/iPhone app, which controls basic functionality as well as network content navigation and zone controls on this and other select Yamaha networked products.

In other features, the RX-V671 features six-in/oneout HDMI, 1080p up-scaling, front-panel HDMI inputs, and assignable amplifiers for bi-amp and Zone 2 capabilities.

The RX-V571 also features six-in/one-out HDMI and front HDMI inputs but lacks network capabilities. It offers assignable amplifiers for biamp connection, the company said.

The RX-V471 features four-in/one-out HDMI and comes with Scene functions.

The Yamaha RX-V371 features four-in/one-out HDMI inputs, and nine selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies.

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