With so many streaming services going right to the home theater receiver these days, it would only make sense that your component has built-in Wi-Fi. That’s what Yamaha seems to be thinking with its latest crop of AVR releases.
As part of the Yamaha’s 2014 RX-V Series, the 7.2-channel RX-V777BT, RX-V677, and RX-V577 will all have built-in Wi-Fi. This is a first for the company and will allow users to stream content directly to the receiver.
Another included option is Yamaha’s new Virtual CINEMA FRONT technology. This perk allows users to place all five speakers at the front of the listening area, but still get the goodness of surround sound. Other features across the line include Spotify compatibility, AirPlay, Internet radio (vTuner), Pandora, and HTC Connect for wirelessly streaming from HTC phones.
Each of the new AVRs is also compatible with the free Yamaha AV Controller app for iOS and Android devices.
The RX-V777BT is the top-of-the-line model, packing in a few additional features. The 7.2-channel receiver has Bluetooth support, YPAO R.S.C. with multipoint measurement calibration options, and HDMI Zone B for putting additional HDMI AV in another room. It also has six HDMI inputs (and one of those has MHL support on it) and two outputs with 4K 50/60p video upscaling. If you only need one, the RX-V677 also has one of those 4K 50/60p outputs.
Both the RX-V777BT and RX-V677 add in SiriusXM Internet Radio and Rhapsody streaming (with a paid subscription), as well as YPAO Volume audio technology. The RX-V577 also has Zone B speaker and dual subwoofer outputs.
Yamaha is also releasing the 5.1-channel RX-V477. It will have many of the features mentioned above, but no Wi-Fi access. Both the RX-V577 and the RX-V477 have six HDMI inputs and one output with 4K Ultra HD pass-through, 3D and Audio Return Channel, as well as 192 kHz/24-bit Burr-Brown DACs for all channels.
“Our strong product line just got stronger,” said Bob Goedken, general manager for Yamaha’s AV division. “The new RX-V Series provides access to more content while maintaining the highest quality audio and video from every source.”
Yamaha is selling the RX-V477 ($449.95) and RX-V577 ($549.95) now. The shipping dates for the RX-V677 and RX-V777BT have yet to be determined, but the company has priced them at $649.95 and $849.95, respectively.
The RX-V777BT is the top-of-the-line model.
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