Yamaha has presented its new line-up Aventage av-receivers. The Japanese manufacturer comes with the RX-A680, RX-A880, RX-A1080, RX-A2080 and RX-A3080. All new models have to be in stores from May onwards for prizes starting at around €600.
All new av-receivers in Yamaha’s Aventage series are equipped with the HDMI 2.0 standard (so not yet HDMI 2.1 ) and can process content in 4k Ultra HD with 60Hz and the BT.2020 color space. There is also support for HDR in the form of HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and Dolby Vision. In the field of audio Dolby Atmos and DTS: X are supported. Of course there is also access to streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Tidal, via WiFi or Bluetooth. And thanks to the integration of MusicCast the receivers can become part of a multiroom network. In addition, all Aventage receivers are equipped with a digital DAB / DAB + receiver, and Amazon Alexa is integrated so that the models can be operated by voice.
The cheapest model is the RX-A680, a 7.2 -channel receiver with a power of 145 watts per channel. The receiver has four HDMI inputs and one output. For calibration, Yamaha’s YPAO system is on board. This receiver will cost about 600 euros and is for sale from May.
One step up, we see the RX-A880 back, with a capacity of 160 watts per channel. The receiver also has 7 HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs, an additional zone for audio and the extended YPAO Reflected Sound Control system. In terms of design, we see in this model that the connections at the front are concealed behind a flap. The RX-A880 should be available for approximately 1,000 euros from May
From the RX-A1080 all receivers are equipped with ‘Surround AI’. This means that the audio content is analyzed in real time and the display adjusts accordingly. According to Yamaha, this results in the perfect stereo or surround experience. Furthermore, this 7.2-channel receiver with a capacity of 170 watts, 7 HDMI inputs, three HDMI outputs and various high-quality components, including a SABER 9007S Premier DAC, large transformers and passive cooling. The RX-A1080 should cost around 1,300 euros and will be available from July
The RX-A2080 is the first 9.2-channel receiver in the series and this model can even be extended to an 11-channel setup with two MusicCast speakers. The calibration system is YPAO RSC with 3D, so that the 3D surround sound has to be further optimized. In addition, one of the three HDMI outputs can be assigned to a second sin for audio and video. The RX-A2080 has to appear somewhere in July for a price of around 1,700 euros.
The top model is the RX-A3080, a receiver with a capacity of 230 Watt per channel. In addition, this receiver has a SABER ESS ES9026PRO and SABER 9007S Ultra DAC plus XLS connections for stereo speakers. the YPAO system has been extended even further, with a 64-bit High Precision Equalizer. The RX-A3080 must be available for sale from around 2,200 euros from July