Yamaha has announced the imminent release of the RX-A2A AV receiver in the audiophile Aventage series. The model will receive a full-color high-resolution LCD display and will be capable of handling 4K 120Hz video, complemented by immersive audio.
Equipped with proprietary Cinema DSP 3D sound field display technology, this 7.2-channel receiver features seven HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. The electronics are supplemented by the Special ART internal vibration suppression technology, for which a special fifth support is installed in the center of the lower panel of the case.
The novelty was promised support for automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), fast frame rate (QFT) and fast media switching (QMS) – these technologies will especially appeal to advanced gamers. For extended active cables to work, the developers have increased the maximum HDMI supply current to 300mA.
As for 8K support at frequencies up to 60 Hz and 4K up to 120 Hz, these modes, according to Yamaha, will not be available immediately, but after updates. It may have something to do with 4K 120Hz display issues already noted by other manufacturers.
For the future, support for HDR10 + and Dolby Atmos Height Virtualization technology are also promised, which allows you to simulate “sound over your head” from ordinary stereo signals – 5.1 or 7.1. But Dolby Vision, support for HDCP 2.3 and eARC, as well as DTS: X with Dolby Atmos will be available right out of the box.
With its own Wi-Fi module, the RX-A2A will get all the features of MusicCast and MusicCast Surround (5.1.2 wireless system based on MusicCast). These are complemented by AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and voice control options from Alexa, Google or Siri.
When you set up your system for automatic multipoint room acoustics calibration, you can use YPAO (Yamaha Parametric Acoustic Optimiser) in the advanced RSC (Reflected Sound Control). The built-in Setup Guide provides connection and setup tips.
The Yamaha Aventage RX-A2A AV receiver will go on sale in early 2021 with a 5-year warranty. In the UK, the novelty will cost £849.