Yamaha Leapfrogs Most Other AV Receivers Offering 8K/60 Inputs

yamahaThe new Yamaha RX-A8A, RX-A6A and RX-A4A are 11, nine and seven-channel, respectively home theater receivers that manage 4K and 8K signals. Dubbed the AVENTAGE series, all three include seven HDMI 2.1 inputs (supporting up to 8K@60/4K@120 signals and look unique with a center-mounted front-panel volume knob, a color LCD display a rotary jog dial and touch buttons. The new AVENTAGE AV receivers are also integrated with what Yamaha is calling an auto low-latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rates (VRR), quick frame transport (QFT) and quick media switching (QMS) and all three also support immersive 3D audio with Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, enabled by the Qualcomm QCS407 smart audio platform. QCS407 is included with quad-core audio processing, too.

All inputs on the new AVENTAGE models support Dolby Vision. In addition to DTS-X and Dolby Atmos, the three models also offer Dolby Atmos with Height Virtualization, simulating the overhead sound experience for an immersive, 360-degree sound field in a number of speaker configurations. The top two models will offer Auro-3D, which offers even more transformative capabilities and immersive audio experiences by creating virtual, three-dimensional virtual soundscapes that move around the listener.

In addition, all models feature Surround:AI, a proprietary Yamaha technology and the only artificial intelligence found in an AV receiver. This technology analyzes the DSP parameters and optimizes each sound element, such as dialogue, background music and sound effects, in real-time. The three new AVENTAGE models double the previous platform at 64-bits, thanks to the Qualcomm QCS407 chip.

The AVENTAGE models offer the entire suite of MusicCast capabilities and app control, including Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, built-in music streaming services, multiroom audio and voice control via Alexa, Google and Siri-enabled devices. Built-in streaming services include Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Napster, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, Tidal and Qobuz, plus thousands of internet radio stations.

RX-A8A At-a-Glance:

  • 11.2-ch., 150-watt AV receiver with Zone 2, 3 and 4
  • HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (7-in/3-out)
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz (7-in/3-out)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Surround:AI, Auro 3D*
  • YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement, precision EQ and low-frequency mode
  • Simply to use and control, with AV Setup Guide app, MusicCast app and web setup
  • Integration-friendly, with full two-way control with home automation and smart home control systems
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • $2,999.95 MSRP, available summer 2021

RX-A6A At-a-Glance:

  • 9.2-ch., 150-watt AV receiver with Zone 2, 3 and 4
  • HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (7-in/3-out)
  • 8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz (7-in/3-out)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Surround:AI, Auro 3D*
  • YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement, precision EQ and low-frequency mode
  • Simply to use and control, with AV Setup Guide app, MusicCast app and web setup
  • Integration-friendly, with full two-way control with home automation and smart home control systems
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • $2,199.95 MSRP, available summer 2021

RX-A4A At-a-Glance

  • 7.2-ch., 110-watt AV receiver with Zone 2
  • HDMI 2.1 with HDCP 2.3 and eARC (7-in/3-out)
  • ยท8K/60Hz & 4K/120Hz (7-in/3-out)
  • Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization, Surround:AI
  • YPAO R.S.C. automatic room calibration with multi-point measurement, precision EQ and low-frequency mode
  • Simply to use and control, with AV Setup Guide app, MusicCast app and web setup
  • Integration-friendly, with full two-way control with home automation and smart home control systems
  • Voice control with Amazon Alexa, Siri (via AirPlay 2) and Google Assistant
  • $1,299.95 MSRP, available summer 2021