Japanese manufacturer Yamaha is rolling out an extensive update to its Yamaha Aventage A/V receiver lineup. The update includes the addition of VRR and ALLM technologies to optimize the gaming experience with the latest consoles or a computer. These features complement the recently added support for 4K/120Hz and 8K/60Hz and make these Yamaha receivers a true reference for gaming.
Compatible Yamaha receivers
The new VRR and ALLM features are available directly after updating compatible Yamaha Aventage A/V receivers. It can be accessed in the reciever’s settings or via the MusicCast app, which was also recently updated (Important update to the Yamaha MusicCast app). If your Yamaha receiver is not connected to the network, you can download the firmware from the manufacturer’s website. The following A/V receivers are concerned by this new update:
- Yamaha Aventage RX-V4A
- Yamaha Aventage RX-V6A
- Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A
- Yamaha Aventage RX-A4A
- Yamaha Aventage RX-A6A
- Yamaha Aventage RX-A8A
The benefits of VRR
VRR technology allows the compatible TV to adapt the display frequency of the received images according to the rate at which they are sent by the graphics processor in real time. This reduces the risk of defects such as tearing or misalignment. The VRR feature is an undeniable improvement for gaming with a Yamaha A/V receiver because it allows you to precisely match the TV’s display rate to that of the graphics processor to get a perfect picture on the screen.
The benefits of ALLM
The ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) function allows the source (computer or PS5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, etc.) to tell the TV to automatically switch to a mode optimized for video games, with low latency (input lag). This low latency is essential on all games that require extremely fast timing and responsiveness, including FPS, but also racing games.
How to enjoy VRR and ALLM?
VRR and ALLM technologies have been introduced with the latest HDMI 2.1 standard. To enjoy the many benefits of these features, it’s best to connect your Yamaha A/V receiver to a compatible TV. A TV with an HDMI 2.1 input, such as those in the QLED Samsung Q65B and LG OLED G2 ranges, therefore seems to be the obvious choice. Some TVs with HDMI 2.0 connectors also support VRR and ALLM features from the HDMI 2.1 standard. However, it will not be possible to enjoy 4K/120Hz or 8K/60Hz. Consequently, it is preferable to own one of the latest TV models.
With ALLM and VRR compatibility, as well as HDMI 2.1 inputs and outputs, Yamaha Aventage A/V receivers are becoming increasingly powerful and meet the needs of the most demanding gamers.