Yamaha Bows Aventage AVRs
Despite spiffed-up cosmetics, some of the changes may not be obvious to the naked eye. They will include a fifth foot for added rigidity, double-bottom construction to reduce resonance, and rerouting of internal wires, fuses, and signal paths. The new design is more durable and will thus get a 50 percent longer warranty.
On the feature side, Yamaha is offering broad home automation support, web browser control, iPhone/iPad control, DLNA 1.5, internet radio, Rhapsody, Sirius, and broad audio file compatibility including not only MP3 and AAC but also FLAC, WMA, and WAV. Video processing will be HQV Vida in the top two units.
All models will have 7.2 channels of amplification with lossless surround (of course), HDMI 1.4a, Audio Return Channel, iPod compatibility with optional dock, Bluetooth, jitter reduction circuitry, and Yamaha's own YPAO auto setup and room correction. Yamaha's 3D Virtual Presence eliminates the need for extra front presence speakers. Yamaha's Cinema DSP 3D audio processing uses 3D Virtual Presence technology to complement 3D visuals.
The line's five models range from the RX-A3000 ($1900) down to the RX-A700 ($650).