Recently, it seems that every AV receiver manufacturer is announcing support for Dolby’s new Atmos surround sound format. Not one to let others steal the limelight, Yamaha has just chimed in with two new receivers that will also support Dolby’s fledgling audio format. Since its introduction Yamaha’s Aventage line has represented the pinnacle of Yamaha’s av receivers. Yamaha’s newest models, the RX-A3040 and the RX-A2040 offer marginal improvements over last years models with one notable exception. Both of these receivers will be able to support Dolby’s new Atmos format.

 

Yamaha Aventage RX-A2040

Yamaha RX-V2040

The 9.2 channel Yamaha RX-A2040 packs quite a punch as it’s 140 watts per channel will attest to. The 2040 is HDMI 2.0 compliant and is fully equipped to handle 4K Ultra HD video. Not only does it pass through Ultra HD video, but it can also upscale standard HD video to 4K. The latter is probably more important in the short term since 4K video content is currently limited at best.

The 2040 is also capable of handling nearly any audio format you can throw at it including; FLAC, WAV 192 kHz/24-bit, Apple® Lossless 96 kHz/24-bit playback and gapless playback. The Yamaha RX-A2040 also includes built-in WiFi and offers an impressive array of music streaming options such as AirPlay®, HTC Connect™, Pandora®, Spotify, SiriusXM Internet Radio and Rhapsody®.

 

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3040

Yamaha RX-A3040

The Yamaha 3040 has all of the features of the 2040 except it has some added features for true audiophiles. The RX-A3040 has 9.2 channels which is expandable to 11.2 with the assistance of an external amp. Expanding to 11.2 channels will allow you to install additional ceiling and side speakers so that you can reap the benefits of Dolby’s new Atmos format or use specially designed Atmos compatible speakers.

 

The 3040 has a little more power than the 2040 with it offering about 150 watts per channel. It’s capable of the same 4K video processing of it’s little brother the RX-A2040 and It also has built-in WiFi and offers the same audio streaming and audio decoding. The RX-A3040 also brings to the table ultra-high performance ESS Technology 192 kHz/32-bit ES9016 DAC for the seven main channels, as well as an ESS ES9006 SABRE™ Premier Audio DAC to power the presence channels.

 

Both of these receivers will feature the same high quality construction that Yamaha’s Aventage line is known for and fully discrete power supplies. To enjoy the benefits of Dolby’s Atmos format both receivers will require a firmware update which will be available sometime this fall. Both of these receivers are expected to be released this August. The expected MSRP of the Yamaha RX-V2040 is $1,699.95 and the RX-A3040 is $2,199.95.

 

Please like & share:

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)