Yamaha has unveiled what they have in store for their Aventage line of receivers this year and the future looks bright. In all, Yamaha has announced 6 new entries in the Aventage line: The RX-A660, RX-A760, RX-A860, RX-A1060, RX-A2060 and the RX-A3060.

 

Like past Yamaha Aventage receivers, the new RX-A60 line-up features the typical heavy-duty construction that we’ve become accustomed to with Yamaha’s upper echelon amps.  4K video is the new “It” feature so its no surprise that all of these new receivers support HDCP 2.2, HDR, BT.2020 wide color gamut, and  4:4:4 chroma subsampling. The other two “It” features are Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. These object based formats are designed to create 3-Dimensional sound which provides an enveloping sonic experience. Every amp, in this group supports both formats. While on the music front, all amps support a wide variety of high-resolution audio files such as ALAC at 96 kHz / 24 bit, WAV, AIFF, FLAC up to 192 kHz / 24 bit, and DSD to 5.6 MHz.

 

Wireless communication is also present and accounted for with Bluetooth and WiFi built-in to all the units. MusicCast, which is Yamaha’s new multi-room audio system, has begun appearing on nearly all of Yamaha’s new offerings. So its no surprise that the new RX-A60 line supports Yamaha’s MusicCast service.

 

Yamaha RX-A660 (MSRP: $649.95) and A760 (MSRP: $749.95)

Both the RX-A660 and A760 feature 7.2 channels of amplification. The 660 can pump out about 80 watts per channel, while the 760 ups the ante by pushing out about 90 watts.  The A760 has 6 HDMI inputs compared to the A660’s 4. The 760 also features zone 2 switching and a phono input for vinyl lovers.

 

Yamaha RX-A860 (MSRP: $999.95) and A1060 (MSRP: $1,299.95)

The 7.2 channel 860 has about 100 watts of power per channel and 8 HDMI inputs (three with HDCP 2.2). The Yamaha RX-A1060 features 110 watts of power with  dual ESS SABRE DACs for superb audio performance.

 

Yamaha RX-A2060 (MSRP: $1,699.95)  and A3060 (MSRP: $2,199.95)

The 2060 and 3060 are the flagship models of this group. They have all the features of the above models and then some. The 2060 has 9.2 channels of amplification and supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X speaker setups of 5.1.4 or 7.1.2 channels. Power shouldn’t be a problem with this amp since it can pummel you with its 140 watts of power. Of course, if you crave more power then the RX-A3060 may be your receiver of choice. It uses its 150 watts of juice to power each of its 9.2 channels and also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X setups of 5.1.4 and 7.1.2 channels. If you hook-up a separate 2-channel amp, the 3060 can process 11 channels including 7.1.4 channels in an Atmos or DTS:X arrangement.

 

The Yamaha RX-A760 should be the first one out the gate when it’s released in May. The others should follow in June and July. See below for the estimated release dates.

 

 

 

 

 

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