Yamaha has just revealed two new A/V receivers: the Yamaha RX-V4A (5.2 channels – €549) and the Yamaha RX-V6A (7.2 channels – €749). These two Yamaha A/V receivers feature 4K (120Hz) and 8K (60Hz) HDMI connectors that are VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) compatible, ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), QMS (Quick Media Switching) and QFT (Quick Frame Transport), ideal for gamers and the future PS5 (Playstation 5) and Xbox Series X game consoles. The HDMI inputs/outputs are also compatible with the main HDR (High Dynamic Range) formats: HDR 10+, Dolby Vision and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma). The design has also been entirely revamped.
Vastly different from the previous generations of Yamaha A/V receivers, the Yamaha RX-V4A and Yamaha RX-V6A feature a black mirrored front panel with a large central volume knob and a new higher resolution LCD screen that offers better visibility. The control interface has also been revamped with touch-sensitive buttons for the main controls and the MusicCast multi-room features.
MusicCast Surround technology is also included, allowing you to use a pair of Yamaha MusicCast 20 speakers or a pair of Yamaha MusicCast 50 speakers as wireless surround speakers, as well as the Yamaha MusicCast SUB 100 wireless subwoofer.
Needless to say, the new Yamaha RX-V4A and Yamaha RX-V6A A/V receivers feature WiFi, Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay wireless technology. They’re compatible with a large number of streaming services including Qobuz, Deezer, Spotify, TIDAL and Amazon Music, as well as thousands of free internet radio stations, all accessible via the free MusicCast app. It should be noted that these two Yamaha A/V receivers feature bi-directional Bluetooth. It is therefore possible to stream music wirelessly from a smartphone to listen to it on the speakers connected to the receiver. You can also stream the music played by the receiver to a Bluetooth speaker, Bluetooth headphones or even Bluetooth IEMs or True Wireless IEMs.
Naturally, the new Yamaha RX-V4A and Yamaha RX-V6A A/V receivers support Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks. The Yamaha RX-V6A can also decode Dolby Atmos and DTS-X. Its connectors include a phono input to connect a turntable.
In order to provide optimal audio performance, the Yamaha RX-V4A and Yamaha RX-V6A A/V receivers feature a proprietary design called Concept Total Purity to prevent signal interference. As a result, there are independent power supplies for the analog and digital circuits to attenuate all noise. A new internal volume control circuit also provides superior noise reduction, better channel separation and ultra-low jitter. The DACs (digital-to-analog converters) have their own power supply, which also contributes to noise reduction.
Lastly, acoustic optimization is still included with the YPAO technology, which analyzes the acoustics of the room to adjust the reproduction settings according to the reverberation the room generates, for example.