Posted on Wed, 27 Jun, 2018
Posted by Bob

Yamaha’s newly revamped Aventage AV receiver range incorporates a raft of advanced, innovative and intelligent features to make your film experience come alive.

Yamaha’s newly revamped “80 series” of Aventage AV receivers sit as the flagship range amongst Yamaha’s line up high-performance AV Receivers. Featuring Yamaha’s MusicCast wireless technology, along with groundbreaking Surround:AI technology, the Yamaha Aventage 80 series offers a unique and powerful AV receiver solution.

Let’s take a look at some of the amazing design enhancements which make up the new 80 series Yamaha Aventage range…

Yamaha Aventage 80 family

 

Yamaha Aventage 80 series

Newly launched, Yamaha’s new 80 series of Aventage AV amplifiers replace in entirety the 2017 Yamaha Aventage line-up, which included “70 series” receivers such as the RX-3070. Five, all-new models, the RX-A680, RX-A880, RX-A1080, RX-A2080 and RX-A3080 sit above the recently announced RX-V85 models in the Yamaha AV receiver line.

So, one year on, what could be so revolutionary about the new 8 series, that Yamaha would replace an entire model line after such a short space of time? In short, the new Aventage 80 series receivers offer greater levels of connectivity than any flagship Yamaha AV amplifier to date.

Sharing core functionality with the RX-V85 models (Bluetooth, AirPlay, Amazon Alexa support) The Aventage 80 series adds Yamaha’s incredible MusicCast wireless surround technology as well as groundbreaking Surround:AI technology which promises to greatly enhance the cinematic experience.

MusicCast and Surround:AI

Yamaha’s MusicCast wireless technology represents their proprietary and highly flexible approach to music streaming, multi-room audio and wireless speaker connection technology. MusicCast offers all the streaming advantages you’d expect, including music content via online streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and Tidal, along with Hi-Res support.

What may be of particular interest to surround sound enthusiasts, is the ability to connect a pair of Yamaha Musicast wireless speakers as rear surround channels. This one feature allows for easy and neat positioning of rear speaker channels without the mess of wiring, or worrying about cable runs.

Yamaha Aventage RX-A3080

Yamaha’s new Surround:AI technology represents one of the most advanced methods of surround sound DSP we’ve seen; using Artifical Intelligence, Surround:AI analyzes in real time various audio characteristics such as dialogue, sound effects, and channel balance. It then compares the data against a reference database of movie scenes and makes real-time adjustments to enhance the presentation.

The real-world benefits should include exciting enhancements such as making dialogue more intelligible, especially in scenes which feature a lot of background noise. Surround:AI is offered on the three flagship Aventage receivers: the 7.2-channel RX-A1080, 9.2-channel RX-A2080, and 9.2-channel RX-A3080.

Additionally, these three “top tier” receivers benefit from the use of ESS Sabre 32-Bit DAC’s for the very highest levels of precision. For those who can forsake Surround:AI and the high-end DAC’s, the RX-A880, RX-A780 and RX-A680 receivers still offer the same levels of build quality and MusicCast support as their three leviathan brethren.

Aventage Range Rundown

RX-A680
7.2-channel receiver capable of driving a 5.2.2-channel speaker layout.
YPAO sound optimization, four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output supporting 4K video at up to 60 frames per second with HDCP 2.2 copy protection.

RX-A880
Higher power output at 100 watts per channel. Seven HDMI inputs, two HDMI outputs.
YPAO-R.S.C room correction featuring Yamaha’s Precision EQ and multipoint calibration.

RX-A1080
Upgraded to ESS SABRE 32-bit DAC. Cinema DSP HD3 for enhanced presentation of Dolby Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks. Seven HDMI inputs, three HDMI outputs and 110 watts of power per channel.

RX-A2080
9.2 channels of amplification capable of driving 7.2.2- or 5.2.4-channel speaker configurations.
140 watts per channel fed from twin 32-bit ESS SABRE DACs.

RX-A3080
Ultimate flagship 9.2 Channel Aventage AV receiver.
Supports 11.2-channel surround processing, with 150 watts per channel.

If you’re looking for a premium AV receiver which is bristling with power, advanced innovations in intelligent processing, and has one of the biggest names in the industry, then the Yamaha Aventage range demands your attention.

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