August 25, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
Yamaha believes a receiver should multitask. So when they added to the acclaimed Z Series, they wanted to make sure the one box rocked them all.
The new RX-Z7 adds on support for iPod, Bluetooth, HD Radio, satellite radio, web radio, and Real’s Rhapsody service.
However, to take advantage of some of those features, you’re going to need a subscription or an add-on or two. To dock an iPod, you’ll need Yamaha’s optional $100 dock. Bluetooth users will need the $130 YBA-10 Bluetooth Wireless Audio Receiver. XM can stream now, but Sirius features won’t be available until March 2009.
Right now, though, the unit cranks 140 watts to each of the seven channels in up to four zones. You can stream music from PCs or other devices, including Yamaha’s own MusicCAST. Other features include 1080p upscaling, Anchor Bay VRS video processing, 22 Cinema DSP Processing modes, iTunes tagging (for HD Radio), five HDMI inputs, and support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio, as well as DLNA and Windows Vista.
The component also comes with two remote controls. We’re not exactly sure why, but you can also use your web browser or web-enabled cell phone, if you’re all controller happy. It’s also got an RS-232C interface, remote input/output and programmable dual +12V trigger outputs.
Yamaha’s RX-Z7 is a follow-up to the flagship RX-Z11. It’s available now for $2,700.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.