Yamaha introduced Tuesday its new 5.1-channel Slimline-designed AV receiver — the RX-S602 — featuring wireless connectivity options and Alexa voice control.

The compact Yamaha RX-S602, which will ship in August at a $649.95 suggested retail price, is designed for audiophiles with limited space for AV component placement. The receiver measures just 4.5 inches high, allowing it to be easily placed on short shelves or in other confined places.

The RX-S602 supports a traditional 5.1-channel wired surroud sound setup, but also gives users the option of going wireless using Yamaha’s new MusicCast Surround system.

MusicCast Surround is an enhancement of Yamaha’s popular MusicCast wireless multi-room audio system. With it, users can add wireless rear-channel speakers to a wired 5.1-channel surround sound setup. This uses wired speakers for the front channels (Front Left, Center, Front Right) and wireless speakers for the surrounds (Surround Left, Surround Right).

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In addition to enabling the use of wireless MusicCast surround speakers, the MusicCast platform allows users to send music or television audio to remote MusicCast wireless speakers, soundbars and other MusicCast-enabled devices in rooms around the house over a Wi-Fi network.

Additionally, the slimline Yamaha RX-S602 features voice control when connected to Amazon Alexa-equipped devices, including Echo and Echo Dot smart speakers carrying far-field microphones. In addition, a MusicCast smart device skill available through the Alexa Skills Store will be needed.

Other wireless capability built into the Yamaha RX-S602 includes Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay and Spotify Connect. Supporting streaming services available via the free MusicCast app include Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM Internet Radio, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster and thousands of free internet radio stations.

For connectivity and switching options, the RX-S602 is equipped with four HDMI inputs and one output, all supporting HDCP 2.2 4K content protection, 4K UHD video at up to 60 fps, and the latest high dynamic range (HDR) profiles including: HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma.

Other features available in the receiver include Yamaha’s YPAO auto sound and speaker balancing calibration system that auto adjust speaker channel settings to fit the acoustics of the room. Also added is Cinema DSP 3D that allows creating sound fields like actual movie theaters or concert halls in your room.

The RX-S602 also comes equipped with Zone 2 audio, which sends audio to a speaker pair in another room from a different source than the one playing in the main theater room.


By Greg Tarr


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