Yamaha unveiled the next generation of its premium Aventage network AV receivers, which now support both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround decoding out of the box in all six 2016 models, as well as 4K Ultra HD with HDR streaming via HDMI 2.0a/HDCP 2.2 inputs.

The company said it developed the series with the level of craftsmanship that Yamaha has used in developing its lines of musical instruments.

All models will pass through the latest 4K/HDR video signals over HDMI 2.0a/HDCP inputs and outputs. These will support up to: 3840×2160 resolution; 4:4:4 chroma subsampling; up to 60Hz frame rates; 12-bit color and HDR metadata.

The entry model (RX-A660) this year begins at a $649.95 suggested retail with the top of the line model offered at $2,199.95. Step-up models in the series starting at $1,699 feature 9.2-channel amplification with Dolby Atmos/DTS:X processing. This enables object-based surround sound-speaker configurations of 5.1.4 and 7.1.2.

The flagship RX-A3060, which carries a $2,199 suggested retail, features 9.2-channel amplification with 11.2-channel processing and, with the addition of an outboard two-channel amp, will drive speaker configurations up to 7.1.4.

Read more on the Yamaha premium Aventage network AV receiver line after the jump:

All Aventage models this year also incorporate support out of the box for Yamaha’s proprietary MusicCast wireless multiroom audio technology. Music is controlled by a simple-to-use iOS or Android smart device app. Additionally, all models support high-resolution audio music files including: ALAC at 96 kHz / 24 bit, WAV, AIFF, FLAC up to 192 kHz / 24 bit, and DSD to 5.6 MHz.

All models but the entry RX-A660 also include phono inputs to provide preamp support for turntables with cartridges. With MusicCast, these AV receivers will send music from a turntable wirelessly to MusicCast-enabled products in other rooms in the house.

All Aventage models are equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with the latter supporting both streaming music from paired smartphones and tablets as well sending signals to wireless speakers and headphones.

All models also feature proprietary YPAO technology to automatically adjust sound for speaker placements and to tune and calibrate sound to a specific room’s acoustic environment.

The entry level RX-A660 will ship in June at a $649.95 suggested retail and features 7.2-channel surround, four HDMI inputs and one output (all with HDCP 2.2), the ability to drive 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos/DTS:X speaker configurations, 7×80-watt output, support for AirPlay, Spotify Connect, Pandora and Internet radio.

The RX-A760 will ship this month at a $749 suggested retail and steps up to 7×90-watt amplification; 5.1-channel surround with simultaneous zone 2 stereo; six HDMI inputs (three with HDCP 2.2) and one HDMI/HDCP 2.2 output; Rhapsody and SiriusXM Internet radio; YPAO with Reflected Sound Control (RSC), and intelligent assignable amps.

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The RX-A860 will be available in June at a $999 suggested retail/$899.95 retail and includes 7×100-watt amplification, eight HDMI inputs (three with HDCP 2.2), dual HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs, YPAO R.S.C. with multipoint measurement, and a vanity-door front panel. Also included are intelligent assignable amplifiers with the choice of surround back or front presence channels.

The RX-A1060 will be available in June at a $1,299.95 suggested retail and steps up to 7×110-watt amplification, eight HDMI inputs (seven with HDCP 2.2); dual HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs, and HDMI zone switching. The latter enables all sources to be output via HDMI to a second zone with zone 2 featuring EQ and Extra Bass processing. The A/V receiver also adds symmetrical amp layout, advanced dual ESS Sabre DACs, YPAO R.S.C. with multipoint measurement, and 7.1-channel equalizer.

The RX-A2060 ships in July at a $1,699.95 suggested retail and includes up to 9.2-channel receiver enabling Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker setups of 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 channels. The AVR also steps up to 9×140-watts of power, 9.2-channel equalizer, and YPAO R.S.C. with 3D, multipoint and angle measurement.

The flagship RX-A3060, which ships in July at $2,199, features 11-channel processing, enabling the addition of a two-channel amplifier to drive Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setups up to 7.1.4 channels. It features 9×150-watts of power, an ESS Sabre 32-bit DAC with the ability to fine-tune ultra-low jitter phase lock loop (PLL) mode to exactly the desired level; and YPAO R.S.C. with 3D, multipoint, 11.2-channel equalizer and 64-bit resolution..

By Greg Tarr


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