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Yamaha’s latest line of home cinema receivers: RX-Vx81

Yamaha RX-V681

For 2016, the Japanese manufacturer Yamaha has designed a new line of home cinema receivers now widely available in their RX-Vx81 range. This contemporary line of receivers includes the Yamaha RX-V381, Yamaha RX-V481, Yamaha RX-V681 and Yamaha RX-V781. Building upon the qualities that had ensured the success of former models (broad connectivity, YPAO calibration, HDMI 3D compatibility, OSD, Bluetooth, etc.), this new generation of Yamaha receivers brings you all the best of state-of-the-art sound and image technologies. One up-to-date feature offered on all models in this new line is their ability to handle HDR (High Dynamic Range), thus more highly contrasted images.

Simultaneously compatible with the HDCP 2.2 anti-piracy protocol and 60 FPS (frames per second) 4K definition, these new receivers will be compatible with the upcoming Blu-ray UHD (Ultra HD) format. Upscaling (converting from high definition to new 4K format) will be possible on top-end models (Yamaha RX-V681 and Yamaha RX-V781). As far as sound is concerned, these same models will also be compatible with the new Dolby Atmos and DTS:X standards.

Yamaha’s new RX-Vx81 receivers: Dolby Atmos and DTS:X

The main innovation featured by these new, high-end models is the ability to handle Dolby Atmos and DTS:X formats. These formats are the latest development in multichannel sound and offer a cinematographic, immersive experience that centers the spectator at the heart of the action. Two terminals specially dedicated to this new standard are available on the Yamaha RX-V781 and Yamaha RX-V681 receivers. These speaker terminals allow you to upgrade from a 5.1 experience to a 7.2 experience by simply adding 2 surround speakers above the left and right front speakers.

Yamaha RX-V781

View of the back of the RX-V781 receiver

Meanwhile, each model in this new line of receivers remains compatible with the former Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio formats.

If you don’t have sufficient space for a 7.1 or a 5.1 set-up, you can take advantage of the  Virtual Surround Back technology integrated into all models in the Yamaha RX-Vx81 range. This technology allows the receivers to virtually reproduce the surround channels, thereby simulating a 5.1 experience (CINEMA DSP mode on the Yamaha RX-V381 model), or 7.1 experience (CINEMA DSP 3D mode on the other Yamaha RX-Vx81 models).

Yamaha’s new RX-Vx81 receivers: YPAO multi-point calibration

The Auto calibration system YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Room Acoustic Optimizer) guarantees a multi-point calibration on the Yamaha RX-V781 and RX-V681 models. This multi-point system uses an integrated microphone to take measurements in several different areas, allowing your receiver to adapt perfectly to the characteristics of your listening room.

Micro de Calibration Yamaha YPAO

The YPAO Auto calibration microphone

Yamaha’s new RX-Vx81 receivers: broader compatibility and network function

Yamaha’s RX-Vx81 receivers are now all equipped with a USB port on the front panel, enabling them to read files stored on your iPhone, iPod, iPad or flash drive. This interface is capable of handling a wide variety of formats, from MP3 to DSD, without forgetting FLAC, AIFF or WAV depending on the model. These same file formats can also be streamed via Bluetooth or a local network (RJ-45 connection or Wi-fi connection).

This network connectivity will allow you to make the most of online music services like Spotify while also being able to activate the Apple Airplay function and Yamaha MusicCast on the Yamaha RX-V481 model and those above. The latter technology enables wireless content sharing between more than one MusicCast compatible Yamaha accessory.

Port USB et HDMI en façade du Yamaha RX-V781

All models featured in the Yamaha’s RX-Vx81 line are equipped with a USB port on the front panel

Yamaha’s new RX-Vx81 line of home cinema receivers are well-prepared to meet the expectations of any home cinema enthusiast thanks to the integration of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Moreover, they offer a seemingly limitless potential thanks to their capacity to read dematerialized media via Wi-Fi, Ethernet (RJ-45), Bluetooth or, finally, a USB port. A phono input even makes it possible to listen to your record collection on the Yamaha RX-V681 and RX-V781 models.

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