The company plans to release a total of five receivers before the end of the summer, two of which will come packing support for Dolby Atmos.
Dolby Atmos allows listeners to experience multi-directional sound, even from above. The technology was previously limited to theaters. However, both Dolby and a variety of manufacturers are also planning to put the technology into a slew newly announced home theater products.
All five receivers are part of the company’s AVENTAGE Series and will include the HDMI 2.0 and wireless connectivity options. However, the ones getting the Atmos goodies will be the RX-A3040 and the RX-A2040. That will come via a firmware update later this fall.
Other features across the line include video upconversion to 4K 60p, AirPlay, HTC Connect, and access to Pandora, Spotify Connect, Rhapsody, SiriusXM and vTuner out of the box. (A subscription and/or monthly fees may be required, though.) Each one also offers another control option via Yamaha’s AV Controller app for iOS and Android devices.
It should also be noted that each AVR has Virtual CINEMA FRONT technology, which allows listeners to place speakers at the front of the listening area and still get that surround sound effect.
The 9.2-channel RX-A3040 is the top-of-the-line model, with the ability to expand to 11.2 channels. It also has Yamaha’s own CINEMA DSP HD technology, an ESS Technology 192 kHz/32-bit ES9016 DAC for the seven main channels, and an ESS ES9006 SABRE Premier Audio DAC for the others. Other features include HDMI multi-zone switching and the YPAO – R.S.C. (Reflected Sound Control) with 3D calibration system.
The 9.2-channel RX-A2040 also has the HDMI multi-zone switching and the YPAO – R.S.C. with multipoint measurement, as well as two ESS ES9006 SABRE Premier Audio DACs. The 7.2-channel RX-A1040 has one of those DACs, the YPAO – R.S.C. with multipoint measurement, and HDMI zone switching that allows users to have the same or different HDMI sources in two rooms simultaneously. The 7.2-channel RX-A840 also has the YPAO – R.S.C. with multipoint measurement, while the RX-A740 gets YPAO with R.S.C.
The entry-level RX-A740 will start shipping this month, with a $699.95 MSRP. The RX-A840 and the RX-A1040 will ship in July, priced at $899.95 and $1,199.95, respectively. And finally, the RX-A2040 and the RX-A3040 will wrap up the summer, shipping in August with $1,699.95 and $2,199.95 price tags.
Yamaha’s new lineup of 2014 AVENTAGE receivers.