Yamaha held a press event in Melbourne today to announce the launch of its brand new AVENTAGE range of premium AV receivers. The new top range promises superior craftsmanship, components, performance and reliability (with a four year warranty to prove it).
The AVENTAGE range utilises premium components to ensure the ultimate in audio and video quality. The units may look similar to the current Yamaha range, but boast fully re-imagined internals, including a doubled-bottom chassis, symmetrical amplifier design and a new heat sink. There is even an extra leg in the centre of the receivers to minimise vibration and reduce colouration of the sound.
The new models also promise ease of operation, with support for third party controllers from companies such as Control 4 and Creston. Plus, there’s a web interface that makes it simple to login from your PC, iPhone, iPad, or any other web-enabled phone or device to quickly change settings and control your music. (An iPhone app might be on the way). All models also come with a Yamaha YDS-12 iPod dock worth $179.
The range starts at $1799 for the RX-A1000 which delivers 130w x 7 channels and up to three zones. The top-of-the-range is the RX-A3000 which will set you back $2499 and offers 140w x 7 channels (expandable to 11.2 channels using secondary amplifiers) and an extra zone, as well as almost limitless connectivity. The receivers will be available from October or November.
Yamaha didn’t stop at the big boys, introducing a range of other hi-fi systems. Like the bigger brothers, these all included iPod docks (though built in for these models), showing Yamaha’s recognition of the changing way people listen to music in the iPod era.
The MCS-1330 features separate CD player and receiver, with 60w x 2 output, Burr-Brown DAC and in a range of colour combinations (black, white, or wood finish speakers). It retails for $1999. Lower again is the MCR-550, at $899, featuring integrated receiver, CD, DAB+, and 32w x 2 output.
There’s also a $599 TSX-140 that is a 15w desktop sound system featuring DAB+, CD, and iPod integration, but also ‘iTunes link’ which allows syncing your iPod to your Mac whilst it’s docked in the Yamaha unit.
See the Yamaha Australia website for more information on any of the new models.