Jun 07 2017

News - Yamaha intros YAS-207, first soundbar with DTS Virtual:X

Yamaha is known, and lauded, for it's "sound projectors", but they also make the more pedestrian "sound bar". Just adding the $300 YAS-207 to the collection. With a wireless subwoofer, HDMI inputs, and being first to support the DTS Virtual:X 3D audio format being the main selling points.

Mar 03 2017

News - Yamaha YSP-5600 soundbar reviewed at HTR

Anyone who knows me, also knows that the Yamaha YSPs are really the only soundbars that I wholeheartedly recommend. That's not to say that there aren't other models that are just fine, only that they are best if you want a real surround sound HT experience. Unfortunately, they don't come cheap though, this one is $1600, but considering what you'd spend on an AVR + speakers, maybe not so crazy.

Nov 03 2015

News - Yamaha Introduces RX-S601 Slimeline AV Network Receiver with MusicCast

Googling MusicCast was the first thing I did when this bit of PR showed up in my inbox. If it's your preferred scheme for wireless audio, or just limited for space this $600 AVR could fit the bill nicely. Seems to tick all the right boxes (4K, HDCP2.2, HBR audio, etc.), including one of the most important - decent (YPAO) room correction.

Feb 04 2014

News - Yamaha Adds Spotify Connect to AVRs

It's always great when an OEM adds value to devices in the field (instead of asking you to upgrade your hardware), so it's welcome news that Yamaha is adding support for Spotify Connect via a firmware update to select audio video receivers (AVR). I've never spent much time with the service so I can't speak to how useful it is in practice, let us know in the comments if this is a critical (or meh) feature add for you.

PR and list of supported AVR after the click.

May 04 2012

News - Yamaha Announces New High-End RX-V Series Receivers

Yamaha has been slowly rolling out their 2012 RX-V series receivers over the last month or so. The latest additions to the line-up are the new RX-V673 and RX-V773WA, priced at $649.95 and $849.95 respectively. Both models will include 4K-Passthrough, Apple AirPlay support, a low power ECO Mode, and network support for DLNA and Internet streaming as well as app controllers for iOS and Android devices. The RX-V773WA strives to justify its heftier price tag by also including a Wi-Fi adapter and an improved multi-point version of YPAO, Yamaha's room calibration system. Perhaps the most interesting feature for these new models is a subwoofer level adjustment that Yamaha promises will boost bass without adjusting the crossover point or negatively impacting sound quality.

Yamaha RX-V773WA

The flagship RX-V773WA model also features an improved YPAO room calibration system, YPAO R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control), which offers automatic multi-point room measurement to determine speaker positioning. The RX-V673 offers YPAO R.S.C. for automatic single-point room measurement. The YPAO system now reportedly ensures more accurate room measurements by confirming the subwoofer is fully responding before making audio adjustments.


Apr 05 2012

News - Pioneer Adds Two New Elite Receivers, Yamaha Receivers Add AirPlay and 4K

'Tis the season of new receiver releases. Pioneer and Yamaha have each announced a pair of new additions to their 2012 line-ups. Pioneer has added two new models to their line of Elite receivers, the VSX-42 and the VSX-60. Both models bring Pioneer's usual AirPlay and DLNA support along with the new-for-2012 Pandora support. The VSX-60 also includes optional WiFi support and a front HDMI port.


Pioneer's 2012 AV receiver lineup is growing by two with the new VSX-42, priced at $450, and the $650 VSX-60. Both feature six HDMI inputs on the back, Ethernet, video scaling, optional Bluetooth ($99) with A2DP, AirPlay, DLNA, Pandora and iOS or Android apps. 

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Pioneer VSX-60

Yamaha has announced the RX-V473 and RX-V573. Yamaha's new offerings feature a collection of streaming media options similar to the new Pioneer receivers, including AirPlay support, a feature new to Yamaha's receivers this year. One interesting differentiating feature adds a bit of future-proofing in the form of 4K video passthrough. Given the rate at which receivers are adding new features, it's anyone's guess whether Yamaha's new receivers will still be relevant by the time 4K video goes mainstream.

 There's not much differentiating the models, save for a $100 gap in price ($450 for the V473, $550 for the V573), and 7.1 channel audio in the pricier model (you'll find 5.1 channels in the bargain offering). Both flavors include front-panel USB ports (also with iOS compatibility), four HDMI inputs and digital audio inputs, and 115 watts per channel.

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