Yamaha has celebrated the fifth anniversary of its prestigious Aventage models by releasing two new AV receivers, the RX-A2040 and RX-A3040.

When conceptualising ‘Aventage’ more than five years ago, our engineers were given free rein to design a series that would transform entertainment in the home,’ said Justin d’Offay, Product Manager for Yamaha Australia. ‘The release of these two latest models from Series V demonstrates our commitment to this fundamental ambition and vividly portrays the future of home entertainment, thanks to the incorporation of Dolby Atmos [via imminent software upgrade]. With Dolby Atmos, an unprecedented sound stage is achieved with exceptional clarity, depth and detail. Localised overhead effects accentuate the home theatre experience, producing a sense of realism unmatched by any other system.

Both models support the latest HDMI version, along with 4K Ultra HD 50Hz/60Hz formats and RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4 for next-generation video performance. Both also feature advanced HDMI Zone switching including Zone 4 to accommodate flexible multi-room applications. This ability to simultaneously distribute two HDMI sources to different areas of the home enables screening of a Blu-ray movie in the main zone, for example, while a second HD source such as Foxtel can be distributed somewhere else in your home.

Both models each incorporate nine discrete amplifiers, which can be linked or unlinked to offer anything from immersive surround sound to flexible configuration options including bi-amping. The RX-A3040 is expandable to an 11.2 channel home theatre system by adding an optional external amplifier to power the front or presence speakers.

High audio performance is ensured through the use in the RX-A3040 of an ESS 192 kHz/32-bit ES9016 SABRE32 Ultra DAC for the 7 main channels, together with 32-bit Hyperstream DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator. The presence channels use a high-end ESS ES9006 SABRE Premier Audio DAC. The RX-A2040 uses two ES9006 SABRE Premier Audio DACs, which support all high-definition audio sources including from Blu-ray players, along with 192kHz/24-bit FLAC or WAV files and 96kHz Apple Lossless.

Wi-Fi is built into both models, with Bluetooth provided via an included adaptor, to enable seamless access to music streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify Connect and streaming from BT devices. Operability is enhanced by Yamaha’s AV Controller app for iOS and Android devices, but there’s also a Wireless Direct mode that facilitates a wireless connection between the receivers and wireless devices, enabling features like AirPlay or app control without the need for a home Wi-Fi network.

The RX-A2040 and RX-A3040 AV Receivers are both covered by Yamaha’s ‘AVENTAGE’ warranty, which extends for four years and includes a 12 month replacement period. The RX-A2040, which is rated at 140-watts per channel for each of its nine channels, retails for $2,299 (RRP). The RX-A3040 (9×150-watts) retails for $2,799.

For further information, please contact Yamaha Music Australia

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