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Yamaha Readies DTS:X Firmware Upgrades For Audio Products

Yamaha is joining Denon and Marantz in announcing DTS:X firmware updates for currently available products that feature Dolby Atmos.

The Yamaha products consist of three Aventage-series A/V receivers, one Aventage A/V processor and a soundbar, which will become the industry’s first soundbar with DTS:X.

The firmware updates will be available in early March for the A/V receivers and A/V processor. The YSP-5600 soundbar will get it in late April.

The A/V processor is the $2,999 CX-A5100 A/V processor. The A/V receivers are the $$2,999-suggested RX-A3050, $1,699 RX-A2050 and $1,299 RX-A1050. The soundbar is the $1,599 YSP-5600. An upgrade wasn’t announced for the Atmos-equipped Aventage-series RX-A850 at $999.

DTS:X and Dolby Atmos are object-based surround-sound formats that enable sounds to be placed anywhere in three-dimensional space, including overhead.

In December, Marantz announced that it would offer DTS:X firmware upgrades for two audio/video receivers and two home-theater preamp/processors in February and March.

Sister brand Denon also announced in December that that DTS:X firmware upgrades would be available in January and February for four Denon AVRs.

Both D+M brands were the first to announce a timetable for releasing DTS:X firmware upgrades for Dolby Atmos-equipped products.

The updates will add DTS:X object-based surround decoding to the products, which already incorporate Dolby Atmos object-based surround.