Say hello to Yamaha’s latest AVRs, the Aventage RX-A 60 series, which the company says will offer “the ultimate in immersive ultra high-definition home theater entertainment and wireless multiroom audio capabilities.” Citing it’s long history of making musical instruments and audio gear, Yamaha touts that these new models feature high-quality craftsmanship as well as the latest technology.
The new models all handle 4K Ultra HD video properly and feature HDMI 2.0a ports that offer high dynamic range (HDR) pass-through. Supported video features include: 3840 x 2160p resolution, up to 60 Hz high frame rates, coverage of the BT.2020 wide color gamut, 10 or 12-bit color, 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, and HDCP 2.2 copy protection.
Bob Goedken—the general manager of Yamaha America’s AV division—is on the record stating that the “RX-A 60 Series AV receivers put the home theater enthusiast in the center of the action as never before. It provides the absolute cutting-edge in advanced audio technologies, truly lifelike musicality and the best wireless multiroom audio solution in the industry.”
Aventage RX-A 60 Series AV receivers support the MusicCast wireless multiroom audio ecosystem from Yamaha, which the company claims “offers more flexibility than other wireless multi-room audio solutions with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, for added connectivity to music services and to smartphones or tablets.”
Beyond streaming, all of these new AVRs handle high-resolution audio files including: ALAC at 24-bit/96 kHz, WAV, AIFF, FLAC up to 24-bit/96 kHz, and DSD up to 5.6 MHz. Furthermore, models from the RX-A760 through the RX-A3060 feature a phono input. MusicCast even has the ability to send music from a turntable to MusicCast-enabled products in other rooms and it’s all controllable using iOS or Android smart devices.
All of the RX-A 60 Series AVRs have YPAO room EQ built-in. Crucially, subwoofer EQ is supported in all RX-A 60 series models. Furthermore, from the RX-A760 model on up the subwoofer parametric EQ operates down to 15.6 Hz.
The Aventage RX-A660 is the base-level model this year. It sports 7.2-channel surround, four HDMI inputs and one output, compatibility with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X audio (5.1.2-channelS); built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and YPAO room EQ. It outputs 80 watts per channel into 8-ohm loads.
Yamaha’s Aventage RX-A760 features 7.2-channel surround with support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X (in a 5.1.2-channel configuration). Alternately, it can output 5.1-channel audio plus Zone 2 stereo sound with auto switching. This model outputs 90 watts per channel and has six HDMI inputs (three with HDCP 2.2), one HDMI/HDCP 2.2 output, and also includes a phono input, Rhapsody plus SiriusXM Internet radio, YPAO with Reflected Sound Control (R.S.C.) and assignable amps.
Next up is the RX-A860, a 7.2-channel network AVR that also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setups with a 5.1.2-channel speaker layout. It also offers 2-zone operation. Power output is a respectable 100 watts per channel. This model has eight HDMI inputs (three with HDCP 2.2) as well as dual HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs. Features include YPAO room EQ with R.S.C. and multipoint measurement.
Stepping up to the RX-A1060 still only gets you 7.2 channels, which is good enough for handling Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with a 5.1.2-channel speaker configuration. ALternately, this AVR can output 5.1 channels into Zone 1 and stereo into Zone 2 with auto-switching. Power output gets upped to 110 watts per channel versus the lesser models. The RX-A1060 sports eight HDMI inputs (seven with HDCP 2.2) and two HDMI/HDCP 2.2 outputs. This AVR also features symmetrical amp layout, and dual ESS Sabre DACs. YPAO room EQ supports R.S.C. as well as multipoint measurement and offers a 7.1-channel equalizer. Other features include HDMI zone switching along with various tweaks and enhancements that can be applied to Zone 2 content.
Stepping up to the Aventage RX-A2060 gets you a 9.2-channel network AVR. That means you can have Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker setups with 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 channels. Power gets a big boost versus the lower models with 140 watts per channel of output. Dual ESS Sabre DACs are included. YPAO room EQ features R.S.C. with 3D, multipoint and angle measurement plus a 9.2-channel equalizer.
Last but obviously not least is Yamaha’s flagship Aventage RX-A3060. It features 11-channel processing which means it can support Dolby Atmos and DTS:X in setups of 5.1.4 channels, 7.1.2 channels, or 7.1.4 channels (by adding a 2-channel amp). Power output gets boosted to 150 watts per channel. It includes an ESS Sabre 32-bit DAC with fine-tuneable ultra-low jitter phase lock loop (PLL) mode. YPAO room EQ with R.S.C. and 3D, multipoint, 11.2-channel precision equalizer, and 64-bit resolution round out the some of the features offered by the top Aventage AVR.
Pricing and Availability
The new Yamaha AVENTAGE models will be available at the following MSRPs:
– RX-A660 ($650) available in June
– RX-A760 ($750) available in May
– RX-A860 ($1000) available in June
– RX-A1060 ($1300) available in June
– RX-A2060 ($1700) available in June
– RX-A3060 ($2200) available in June
More information on these new AVRs is available on Yamaha’s website.