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Yamaha Adopts AirPlay, Cuts Networked AVR Prices
By Joseph Palenchar -- TWICE, 4/2/2012
Buena Park, Calif. - Yamaha is bringing Apple's AirPlay and iPad charging to its A/V receiver (AVR) lineup for the first time and bringing down the opening price of networked AVRs to an everyday $399 from $549.

The changes come with the shipment of the latest two AVRs in Yamaha's RX series. They are the 7.1-channel RX-V573, retailing for a suggested $549 and expected everyday $499, and the 5.1-channel RX-V473, retailing for a suggested $449 and expected everyday $399.

Yamaha's RX-V473, at a suggested $449 and expected everyday $399, features Apple AirPlay, vTuner Internet radio and DLNA certification.
Announcements about at least two more RX-V series AVRs are expected later this month.

The two new models follow the shipment in March of the 5.1-channel $299-suggested RX-V373, which brought multiple new features to the RX-V series' opening-price AVR, including an iPod/iPhone-compatible front-panel USB port, YPAO automatic calibration and room correction, subwoofer-level adjustment, and high-speed HDMI switching, which reduces the time it normally takes for an AVR to adjust to each switched source by remembering the settings of all connected sources, the company said.

The RX-V373 also brought the company's Scene feature to the RX-V series' opening-price AVR for the first time. Four programmable Scene buttons (BD/DVD, TV, CD and radio) activate the receiver's appropriate inputs and other settings, including surround modes, for the selected source.

The opening-price V373 and the two new models are also the company's first AVRs with 4K2K video passthrough over HDMI. Yamaha hasn't said whether it will offer AVRs this year with 4K2K up-scaling over HDMI.

All 2012 RX-V models are the company's first with a new Eco mode to reduce power consumption when the AVRs are playing, not just when they are in standby.

At an everyday $399, the 5.1-channel RX-V473 steps up from the opening-price RX-V373 to add discrete amps versus chip amps and add networking capabilities such as Apple AirPlay, DLNA 1.5 networking certification, Windows 7 certification, and ability to stream Internet radio stations via vTuner. Internet music services such as Pandora aren't included.

With AirPlay, users not only stream iPod/iPhone/iPad-stored music and AirPlay-enabled music-streaming apps to the AVR, but via an iPhone or iPad, users can also remotely turn on the AVR and adjust AVR volume, the company said. AirPlay also streams music from a networked PC's iTunes application.

The AVR features an Ethernet port, but a wireless Wi-Fi adapter is in the works to add wireless network connectivity to this AVR and all other networked AVRs in this year's line and past years' lines.

The $399 price point also starts the price at which Yamaha AVRs become compatible with the company's free AV Controller app, which turns Apple and Android devices into a Wi-Fi remote that controls such A/V receiver functions as source switching, AM/FM tuning, accessing networked content, engaging DSP and modes, adjusting volume and on/off. The app also enables users to distribute music to multiple rooms.

The app's remote-control feature will encourage consumers to use many AVR functions more often than before because users no longer have to turn a TV on to see the AVR's many menu settings, the company said.

The updated AV Controller app adds native support for the iPad, Android tablets and the Kindle Fire tablet.

Also at $399, AVRs get Made for iPad certification, enabling them to charge an iPad in about an hour vs. anywhere from six to eight hours, the company said.

At an everyday $499, the RX-V573 adds 7x110-watt capability and a Zone B capability, which Yamaha hasn't offered for years. With it, consumers can use a pair of second-room speakers to play back the same audio content when the receiver is operating in stereo or 5.1-channel mode. The AVR will also biamp front main speakers in a 5.1-channel system, and it adds a Virtual Presence Speaker function that simulates a pair of front-height channels without adding separate front-height speakers.

The RX-V573 and RX-V473 also feature multi-language onscreen displays that overlay onto HD and 3D video programs.

Data such as song titles from connected iPods, iPhones, iPods or USB drives is displayed on the receivers' onscreen displays.

All RX-V series AVRs in the 2012 line will offer Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD High Resolution Audio surround decoding. All will also offer 3D-capable HDMI 1.4a inputs, 1.4a outputs, optional stereo Bluetooth module, Cinema DSP with multiple DPS modes, Silent Cinema to play back surround sound through ordinary headphones, and proprietary Compressed Music Enhancer technology, which restores lost detail and high-frequency sounds in compressed music files.

All RX-V AVRs also feature Virtual Cinema DSP technology, which delivers surround sound without setting up surround speakers.


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post #2 of 12 Old 04-03-2012, 09:45 AM
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Guess people don't find Yamaha's press release that interesting
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I'm not sure I like the Eco mode. After reading the spec sheet on yamahas site I notice that there is more of a drop in wattage with more than one channel driven than in years past. They also don't list specs for 2ohms driven dynamically, although last years did. I don't really like the direction Yamaha is going with this, it seems like they are sacrificing the amp section to add more features that a lot of people don't use. But every other manufacture seems to be doing the same.
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I don't like the Yamaha lower tier line but I find it rather interesting they are going to shake up the competition at under $500. It's pretty good to offer those features at that low of a price.

AirPlay - I think the Yamaha iOS and Android apps works better then the airplay function. You have more control over the avr including the ability to play your music as well.

Looks like AirPlay will be adopted across their entire line. Now, let's see what they add to the Aventenge line...
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I'm not sure I like the Eco mode. After reading the spec sheet on yamahas site I notice that there is more of a drop in wattage with more than one channel driven than in years past. They also don't list specs for 2ohms driven dynamically, although last years did. I don't really like the direction Yamaha is going with this, it seems like they are sacrificing the amp section to add more features that a lot of people don't use. But every other manufacture seems to be doing the same.

I looked at the 500 series, and the new model is lighter with slightly lower output specs. Possible that the difference is negligible though.

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Definitely some improvements with this line, but like anyone else, still missing some features. Personally, I would like to see Yamaha's entire line EQ the sub like their more expensive models and allow for individual crossover settings.
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Awesome news! I just got a 1010 for my home theater and I really like the andriod app and was checking on a lower priced AVR to run my whole house audio system upstairs but, until now, Yamaha's lower priced receivers didn't have it. I needed a simple solution to operate it, one my wife could use for instance
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Both the 473 and 573 have only 4 HDMI IN / 1 OUT. This is less than I would have expected, especially on the 573.

I've read conflicting comments on whether YPAO EQs the subwoofer (471-671 and 473-673). Is there a rule of thumb?

Networking and Airplay on the 473 and 573 will make these units competitive on the lower end of the price scale.

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Any news on additional Yamaha models yet?
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Just got me a new Yamaha RX-V373 for 186.00 shipped! Will power my Energy 5.0 classics perfectly. That price was with a promo code btw!

Yamaha RX-V373 5.1 AV reciever,PS3 Gunmeatal gray MGS special edition,Pioneer Elite DV-37 progressive scan DVD/CD player,Energy take 5 classic 5.0 speakers,Pioneer Elite TZ-SW05 150W 10" Subwoofer,Monster M series component, HDMI,Subwoofer cables,Radio Shack 14 AWG flat copper speaker cable,Radio...
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Just got me a new Yamaha RX-V373 for 186.00 shipped! Will power my Energy 5.0 classics perfectly. That price was with a promo code btw!
Where did you purchase it? Looking for a new receiver as well.

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Was at electronics expo but the code is no longer valid.. Guess I was the last one.

Yamaha RX-V373 5.1 AV reciever,PS3 Gunmeatal gray MGS special edition,Pioneer Elite DV-37 progressive scan DVD/CD player,Energy take 5 classic 5.0 speakers,Pioneer Elite TZ-SW05 150W 10" Subwoofer,Monster M series component, HDMI,Subwoofer cables,Radio Shack 14 AWG flat copper speaker cable,Radio...
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