Yamaha’s latest entry-level AV receivers are a testament to the fact that advanced features like networking and iPhone/iPod/iPad integration can be found in the most affordable models.
Given the endless stream of Internet-delivered content, users not only desire to harness it for their big screen enjoyment, but also want the flexibility of controlling it with a device they carry with them everywhere—their mobile phone. Yamaha answers the call with its new series of AV receivers—the 7.1-channel RX-V671 ($599.95 US) and RX-V571 ($499.95 US), along with the 5.1-channel RX-V471 ($379.95 US) and RX-V371 ($249.95 US).
The new RX-V671 network AV receiver, both DLNA 1.5 and Windows 7 certified, is a model that can easily provide users full access to free and paid network music streaming services such as Internet radio, Rhapsody, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Pandora, Napster, as well as audio content located on DLNA supported networked computers or storage drives. Timed with the model’s launch this spring, Yamaha will upgrade its free receiver control iPod/iPhone App which offers control over basic functionality as well as internal sources, network content navigation and zone controls on this, and other select Yamaha networked products.
Equally compelling is the newly added front panel USB iPod/iPhone input (available on RX-V671, RX-V571, RX-471 models) that provides consumers with a direct digital connection of their iPhone/iPod content by using the standard 30-pin iPod dock connector to USB cable connection. Users can then control and play audio content from these devices with the supplied remote, with song titles, cover art and playback information appearing on the receiver’s attractive on-screen menu.
Each model in the 71 Series is 3D-capable, featuring Audio Return Channel (ARC) and 1080p HDMI compatible inputs with HD Audio decoding of Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD content. Eco-friendly, the 71 Series provides the lowest standby power consumption without sacrificing performance, allowing customers to save on their electric bill.
Highlights on the new series include:
CINEMA DSP 3D – This proprietary Yamaha virtual presence technology enhances all HD audio content by adding the height and ambient dimensionality to the home theater experience, without the need for extra front speakers. Available on RX-V671, RX-V571, RX-471 models.
Simplified GUI – A new high-resolution Graphic User Interface (GUI), makes navigation of all menus easy and intuitive. Eye-catching graphics can be overlaid on HD and 3D video signals, providing access to navigational icons and setup items, control over internal sources, as well as connected iPhone/iPod devices. Available on RX-V671, RX-V571, RX-471 models
YPAO –Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer (YPAO) is a proprietary technology that simplifies the set-up process by analyzing the room’s acoustic characteristics and then automatically adjusts the equalizer and sound parameters to provide customers with the optimum sound quality matched to any room at the touch of a button. Available on RX-V671, RX-V571, RX-471 models
Compressed Music Enhancer –Yamaha’s proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer technology restores lost detail in compressed music files, providing a natural sounding listening experience when enjoying your favorite music from an iPod or other compressed music source.
The most advanced model in the series, the Yamaha RX-V671 boasts 6 in/1 out HDMI (3D and ARC compatibility), 1080p upscaling and has assignable amplifiers for bi-amp and Zone 2 capabilities. Bluetooth compatible (A2DP), this model can be used with the optional Yamaha Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10 enabling users to listen to their favorite music on their iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android phone, MP3 player, smartphone, or just about any Bluetooth-enabled device.
The Yamaha RX-571 also boasts 6 in/1 out HDMI (3D and ARC compatibility), and is a compelling choice to users who do not require networking features. It offers front panel USB Digital connections for iPhone/iPod and front panel HDMI connections for camcorders and digital cameras. The RX-V571 also has assignable amplifiers for bi-amp connection.
The Yamaha RX-V471 features 4 in/1 out HDMI (3D and ARC compatibility) and comes with SCENE functions.
The most affordable receiver in the new series, the 100W per channel Yamaha RX-V371 sports 4 in/1 out HDMI inputs (with 3D and ARC compatibility), nine selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies, iPhone/iPod with optional YDS-12 Universal Dock and Bluetooth (A2DP) compatibility with optional Yamaha Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver YBA-10 Dock.
The Yamaha 71 series AV Receivers will be shipping in Spring 2011.
For more info please visit www.yahama.ca.