Yamaha Debuts AVENTAGE RX-A 80 Series AV Receivers Combining Artificial Intelligence Technology, MusicCast Surround
BUENA PARK, Calif. (May 14, 2018) — Yamaha today is revolutionizing the home theater experience with the integration of artificial intelligence sound technology and MusicCast Surround wireless capability into its AVENTAGE RX-A 80 Series network AV receivers.
Three of the receivers—the RX-A1080, RX-A2080 and RX-A3080—are equipped with Surround:AITM, a next-generation artificial-intelligence technology, which makes for a clearer, more engaging listening experience by automatically adjusting audio levels on the fly to match the scene setting. All six receivers also come with MusicCast Surround technology, which allows for a 5.1-channel setup with wireless surrounds.
Born from the Yamaha legacy of tonal quality and craftsmanship, AVENTAGE receivers are built with the highest-quality components that are meticulously matched to provide the ultimate sonic experience. Refinements include a choice of electronic components that suppress digital noise and vibrations that reduce audio quality, a sturdy frame-and-beam chassis with a fifth foot to dampen sound-degrading resonances, and an aluminum front panel that shields sensitive internal circuitry from electronic noise generated by dimmer switches and other home electronics.
Surround:AI automatically tailors audio performance to match individual scenes in a movie or TV show. In real time and on a scene-by-scene basis, Surround: AI analyzes a scene’s audio characteristics, including dialog, sound effects and channel balance. The AV receiver then compares the scene’s audio characteristics to a reference database of movie scenes and automatically processes the scene’s sound field to enhance the audio experience.
For example, Surround:AI makes dialog more intelligible in scenes with lots of background noise, it delivers massive, full-bodied sound for scenes with big sound effects and it ensures that viewers can hear softly spoken dialog and faint background sounds.
All six AVENTAGE receivers also feature wireless MusicCast Surround, which gives home theater fans the opportunity to use wireless speakers for a home theater’s Surround Left and Surround Right speakers, each synchronized with wired front speakers.
MusicCast Surround builds on the MusicCast wireless multi-room platform, which streams music from almost any audio source over a home’s Wi-Fi network to multiple MusicCast audio products throughout the house.
Other new AVENTAGE features include voice control via Amazon Alexa equipped devices, including Amazon’s Echo smart speaker. Consumers will be able to control commonly used functions—such as on/off, volume, and play/pause/skip—without searching for a remote.
All models also add out-of-the-box support for a trio of HDR (high dynamic range) video standards—HDR10, Dolby VisionTM and Hybrid Log-Gamma. As a result, the receivers pass through HDR-enabled 4K Ultra HD video, enabling HDR-compatible 4K TVs to display the video with the highest contrast ratios and reveal details previously not visible in the darkest and lightest portions of a scene.
Most models also expand the number of HDMI connections so enthusiasts can connect more HD and 4K video sources, such as 4K game consoles and 4K Blu-rayTM players. The top three models step up to three HDMI outputs: two for no-holds-barred home theater rooms equipped with both a flat-screen TV and a video projector, and the third for distributing 4K video and surround sound to a TV in another room.
All new receivers feature Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi, MusicCast, Apple AirPlay®, highly popular music-streaming services—Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio, Deezer, TIDAL and Napster—and thousands of free internet radio stations.
For movie enthusiasts, all receivers play back immersive 3D object-based Dolby Atmos® and DTS:XTM soundtracks, which add height channels to traditional surround sound systems. Individual sounds move seamlessly up and down, from left to right and from front to back, adding realism to scenes in which planes fly overhead, rain pounds down on the roof, or insects buzz around and over listeners.
For ultimate convenience, all models integrate with installed home-control systems such as Control4 and RTI, enabling consumers to turn on their home theater system, lower the lights, and close the shades with one button press. To ensure peak performance, all receivers can be remotely monitored by custom home-technology integrators using the Domotz or Ihiji solutions.
“The ninth generation AVENTAGE series delivers the performance and feature set that demanding music and home-theater enthusiasts appreciate,” said Robert Goedken, general manager, AV division, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Consumers and custom installers alike will be able to use this tech to deliver top-quality home entertainment experiences in any space.”
The RX-A 80 Series lineup starts with the RX-A680, a 7.2-channel receiver that drives immersive 5.2.2-speaker systems consisting of five front and surround speakers, up to two powered subwoofers, and two height speakers, respectively. It also features YPAOTM sound optimization, and four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output, all supporting 4K video up to 60 frames per second with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.
The RX-A780 adds multiple enhancements, including YPAO – R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) and YPAO Volume. The former automatically compensates for the muddying effect that furniture and walls have on audio clarity when speakers are placed nearby, while the latter automatically equalizes audio to deliver balanced low, mid and high frequencies at any volume level. The RX-A780 also steps up to five HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, and Zone 2 audio, which sends audio to a speaker pair in another room from a source independent of the source playing in the main listening room. It also adds an upgraded remote with new easy-to-use on-screen GUI.
The RX-A880 steps up to 100 watts per channel, seven HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs, and YPAO – R.S.C with Precision EQ and multipoint calibration, both delivering higher levels of room-acoustics compensation.
With the RX-A1080, Surround:AI kicks in along with an ESS SABRE 32-bit DAC that produces an outstanding signal-to-noise ratio. Cinema DSP HD3 expands the 3D sound field of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X sound tracks. The RX-A1080 also comes equipped with seven HDMI inputs and three HDMI outputs and 110 watts of output per channel.
Next in line is the RX-A2080, whose 9.2 channels of amplification drive 7.2.2- or 5.2.4-speaker configurations. The receiver also packs in 140 watts per channel and features two 32-bit ESS SABRE DACs to further drive up audio performance.
At the top of the line, the 9.2-channel RX-A3080 connects to an optional external 2-channel add-on amplifier to deliver an 11.2-channel Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound field through 7.2.4-channel speaker layouts. Other enhancements include 150-watt-per-channel output and DAC upgrades.
Pricing and Availability
The new Yamaha AVENTAGE receivers will be available exclusively at authorized Yamaha AV dealers at the following MSRPs:
- RX-A680 ($599.95 MSRP, May availability)
- RX-A780 ($699.95 MSRP, May availability)
- RX-A880 ($999.95 MSRP, June availability)
- RX-A1080 ($1,299.95 MSRP, July availability)
- RX-A2080 ($1,699.95 MSRP, July availability)
- RX-A3080 ($2,199.95 MSRP, July availability)
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