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Denon and Yamaha refresh their AV receiver lineups

Theo Nicolakis | May 18, 2016
If you want the latest technologies, but haven't wanted to compromise on build and sound quality, these new receivers promise to have your back.

Yamaha and Denon have announced new models in their flagship receiver lines, with the former rolling out six new products in its Aventage RX-A 60-series, while Denon revealed the midrange AVR-X1300 and the higher-end AVR-X2300.

Yamaha introduces new room-correction technology

Yamaha’s Aventage moniker represent the company’s flagship receiver line. On the video front, each of the new Aventage receivers comes equipped with a varying number of HDMI ports capable of handling 4K Ultra HD resolution, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and high dynamic range (HDR) pass-through, as well as the ability to handle BT2020 10- and 12-bit color spaces with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling. 

All six of Yamaha's new receivers will be compatible with the company's MusicCast wireless multi-room audio system, too. MusicCast works with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Apple's AirPlay technolgoies for added connectivity to music services and to smartphones or tablets to easily stream music all around the home. 

Yamaha’s new AVENTAGE RX-A3060 receiver 
Yamaha’s new Aventage RX-A3060 receiver. Credit: Yamaha

Yamaha’s A-60 models support high-resolution audio music files including: ALAC files up to 24-bit/96kHz; WAV, AIFF, and FLAC files up to 24-bit/192kHz; and DSD files to 5.6MHz. Vinyl lovers will want to look at the Aventage models RX-A760 through RX-A3060, which have phono inputs with RIAA preamps to support traditional cartridge-based turtables. These models can stream music from LP records over the MusicCast network to MusicCast-enabled products in other rooms in the house.

If you like room correction, but hated the last generation of Yamaha’s YPAO room-correction software take note: Starting from the RX-A760 on up, YPAO now has subwoofer parametric EQ down to 15.6Hz. Previous iterations of YPAO were only effective down to about 31Hz. The top-of-the-line RX-A3060 also features YPAO R.S.C., which adds a 3D, multipoint, 11.2-channel precision equalizer and 64-bit resolution

Each of these models features Dolby Atmos and DTS:X support, but only the RX-A2060 and RX-A3060 allow you to grow beyond 5.1.2 setups. The A2060 has 9.2 channels for a 5.1.4 speaker configuration, and the A3060 has 11-channels for 7.1.4 speaker configurations (though an external two-channel amplifier is required to realize that maximum configuration).

Denon X-series: Everything but the kitchen sink

Denon's best AV receivers are in its AVR series, but the two models in the X-series line announced today are no slouches, either. The midrange AVR-X1300W and high-end AVR-X2300W both are 7.2-channel models built with some of the same technology as Denon's pricier flagship models. The X1300W features seven discrete amplifier channels rated at 80 watts per channel (two channels driven), while the X2300W sports the same number of channels rated at 95 watts per channel (again with two channels driven).


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