While A/V receivers are constantly bulking up to jam in more features, Yamaha decided to slim down with its new RX-S600 network A/V receiver.
Key receiver features these days are still there: plentiful HDMI inputs, streaming music support, room equalization, quality digital-to-analog converters (DACs). But according to Yamaha, the RX-S600 is also roughly 35 percent smaller than traditional A/V receivers (including others from the company), measuring 17-1/8 x 4-3/8 x 12-5/8 inches and weighing 17.2 pounds.
So sure, you might have to compromise a little. There’s amplification to serve only 5.1 audio channels for your surround-sound enjoyment, so you might pass if you had your home theater heart set on 7.1, 9.2, 11.4 or other speaker configuration.
But the slimmed-down chassis will give you the uncompressed multi-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio formats for your Blu-ray playback, and can handle audio up to 24-bit/192kHz through its Burr-Brown DACs.
If you’re looking to slim down and streamline your music listening, the RX-S600 has you covered with support for AirPlay, Pandora, Spotify and vTuner Internet Radio, plus a front-panel USB input for connecting mobile devices as well as MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) support. (Yamaha’s optional YWA-10 Wi-Fi Adapter and YBA-11 Bluetooth receiver, $99 and $69, respectively, will give you some installation flexibility.)
On the surround-sound side, the receiver includes Yamaha’s YPAO room correction system that analyzes the speaker setup and room acoustics to auto-calibrate the system for you.
There are five HDMI inputs and one output so you can connect a wealth of high-def devices, with 3D and 4K pass-through and Audio Return Channel.
If you don’t want to use the included remote control, there’s compatibility with the Yamaha AV Controller App for Apple and Android devices to provide you plenty of functionality.
Yamaha lists the dynamic power per channel as 90/110/140/160 watts (for 8/6/4/2 ohms), but does not list continuous power per channel. It says 2-channel output for 6 ohms is 60 watts.
Look for the RX-600 this month for $649.
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