Said to be directly inspired by the flagship RX-Z11, the new RX-Z7 receiver's seven amplifiers are each rated at 140-watts into 8? (20Hz–20kHz, 0.04% THD). The receiver has onboard decoders for all current hi-fi and home theatre formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks, which can be accessed via the RX-Z7's five V1.3 HDMI inputs and eight SPDIF inputs. There are two HDMI outputs that are capable of simultaneous operation using different standards, to cater for multiple screen applications. All high-definition video formats are supported, including Deep Colour, xvColour, 24Hz and 100/120Hz refresh. In addition, the RX-Z7's Anchor Bay VRS processing allows 1080p upscaling of HDMI and analogue sources and fine control over a number of picture settings such as Mosquito and Block Noise Reduction, Detail Enhancement, Edge Enhancement, Brightness, Contrast and Saturation. Progressive Reprocessing (PReP™) improves the picture quality of progressive video signals (576/720/1080p) which have originated from interlaced sources but undergone inferior deinterlacing by non-dedicated video processors. Automatic acoustic optimisation is achieved using Yamaha's advanced multi-point YPAO, which was originally introduced on the RX-Z11. YPAO automatic calibration can create a larger ‘sweet spot' for several listeners by measuring at several points around the listening environment, while speaker angle measurement further increases the accuracy of multi-channel sources. For speaker systems requiring very large amounts of power and external amplifiers, the RX-Z7's pre-amp mode will provide discrete 7.1 channel line-level output whilst the internal amplifiers are shut down, thus eliminating unnecessary sources of heat and power consumption. In pre-amp mode the internal amplifiers can still be assigned to run speakers in zones 2 and 3. As well as a superimposed colour-icon style graphical user interface (GUI) menu, Yamaha's RX-Z7 has a web-browser interface that allows you to control it using any PC or web-enabled PDA (such as an Apple iPhone or Touch) over the your network. The Ethernet connection also allows you to stream music from your network or the Internet, and to access WMA/MP3 Internet Radio stations. Yamaha's YBA-10 Bluetooth receiver and included YDS-11 iPod™ dock allow easy access to portable music collections with on-screen display of iPod album artwork. The inclusion of the RX-Z7's dual USB (front and rear) inputs, Compressed Music Enhancer and exclusive 3D Cinema and Hi-Fi DSP modes further extend your listening options. The RX-Z7's flexible multi-zone abilities draw inspiration from the example set by the vanguard RX-Z11. The RX-Z7's four individual zones will allow two separate stereo music sources (eg: zones 2 and 3) plus two separate multi-channel surround soundtracks (eg: zone 4 and main) to be distributed simultaneously – all from the one receiver. The main, second and third zones can be powered by each of the seven internal amplifiers while the optical out on the RX-Z7 enables a separate multi-channel source to be played through another amplifier in the fourth zone. Composite or component video can also be enjoyed in zone 2, while each zone can have its own individual control via the web-browser interface, the dual remote IR loop or via a touchscreen remote connected to the RS-232 interface. Dual programmable trigger connections can activate automatic dropdown screens or other devices, further extending the RXZ7's impressive custom installation options. The RX-Z7 consumes a mere 0.1 watt or less whilst in standby which exceeds the requirements of stage 2 MEPS. Available from November, the RX-Z7 is available in black and is shipped with a YDS-11 iPod™ dock. It has a recommended retail price of $3,999 Inc GST. For more information on the RX-Z7, or the complete range of Yamaha products, please contact Yamaha Music

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