Want a free audio upgrade for your CDs that you are turning into MP3 files? Choose one of the following methods to improve your sound quality:
1. When ripping your audio from a CD, change the sampling rate of your MP3 files from 192 kbps to 320 kbps or higher if possible.
2. MP3s and WMA files are lossy compressed files which mean that some of your initial musical data will be lost in translation. Choose an alternative format instead like the lossless FLAC format or the uncompressed WAV format.
3. If nothing else, be sure to set up your receiver using the YPAO microphone and turn on the Compressed Music Enhancer when listening to compressed audio.
Current networked Yamaha receivers can read all the formats mentioned above via an Ethernet connection. Store your audio on a networked attached storage (NAS) drive to have centralized access to all of your music around your house from your computers and in your home theater or listening area.Input Mixing
Although HDMI is pretty much the standard format these days, using separate video and audio connections still comes up and is a necessary feature on almost every receiver. For example, if your customer wanted to use an HDMI source but wanted audio optically, you would need to assign the optical input to the HDMI source.
Being able to mix and match inputs allows their Yamaha receiver to be flexible and ensures that it is functional with old and new equipment.
Just follow these simple steps for any AVENTAGE receiver to assign the right input mix:
1. Connect the equipment in the desired way. For example, Component Video (AV1) and Analog Audio (AV5).
2. Select the VIDEO source (AV1).
3. Press the OPTION button on the remote.
4. Scroll down to Audio In and select the desired audio input (AV5).
Now your customer will see video from AV1 and hear audio from AV5. When it’s this easy, your customers will be mixing and matching inputs in no time.
Sometimes it is nice to get a refresher, especially when it comes to HDMI CEC. This technology can be a great asset or a hindrance, depending on what your customer needs, so here is a quick overview on HDMI CEC.
HDMI CEC or HDMI Control allows your customer to operate external devices via HDMI. For example, if they connect a TV that supports HDMI Control to a Yamaha receiver with an HDMI cable, they can control the unit (power, volume, etc.) in conjunction with TV remote control operations. They can also control playback devices (HDMI Control-compatible BD/DVD players, etc.) connected to the receiver unit with an HDMI cable.
Keep in mind that HDMI CEC operates by linking between compatible devices and often this means like-brands because the language may be different. For example, a Sony Blu-Ray and Sony TV can control one another if HDMI CEC is active on both devices; but, if a Samsung Blu-Ray and Sony TV are connected, HDMI CEC may not work.
HDMI CEC is a great way to help your customers simplify the remote control operation of their home A/V system. However, if your customer intends to use a third party universal remote control, it is typically a good idea to turn HDMI Control OFF on all connected devices. This will ensure that the remote is the device that is turning on, off, and changing volume on programmed equipment.
Every current Yamaha receiver supports HDMI CEC. To activate, simply access the set-up menu, select HDMI, and turn on HDMI Control. Help your customers make the most of HDMI Control by knowing how to use it, or not, depending on their needs.
Backing up Settings
Thankfully, Yamaha AVENTAGE receivers make it simple to back up and restore the settings on their receivers. Even better, this capability can be done completely over the network! Just follow these simple steps to have your customers backed up in no time:
1. Find the IP address of the receiver through the INFORMATION section of the set-up menu. Typically, this will be something like (192.168.1.?).
2. Type the IP address into any modern web browser on the same network to access the Web Control Center.
3. Choose Settings from the menu and select either Backup or Recovery depending on the need.
4. Choose the file path to complete.