We’re just on the bullet train heading back to Narita airport, so finally have time to publish the full details of the Spring 2010 products Yamaha has been showing us at its HQ in Japan over the last few days.
Home cinema amplifiers
As mentioned in our original (and exclusive) news story, Yamaha’s tackling the affordable end of the market with its first 2010 receivers, and is also making a big effort to make them less fiddly and frightening than other products of this type.
For example, each receiver has a set of shortcut buttons on the front panel (pictured above) and simplified connection arrangements on the back (see below for the RX-V367).
These aren’t low-tech receivers, though, as each has advanced features like automatic speaker calibration and 3D-compatible HDMI connections.
More after the break
RX-V367Price - £200Available – ImminentlyFinish – black (above) / titanium (below)
RX-V367 spec overview:
5.1100W per channel RMS192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs3D-compatible (via firmware update) HDMI repeater (4in/1out)SCENE buttons for quick access to sources and saved settingsYPAO automatic speaker calibrationCINEMA DSP with 17 programmesCompressed music enhancerFM tuner
Price - £300Available – late May / early JuneFinish – black / titanium (pictured above)
5.1105W per channel RMSHD audio decoding192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACs3D-compatible (via firmware update) HDMI with Audio Return Channel (4in/1out)YPAO automatic speaker calibrationCINEMA DSP with 17 programmesCompressed music enhancerFM tunerOptional Bluetooth receiver – YBA-10Optional iPod/iPhone dock YDS-12
RX-V567Price - £400Available – late May / early JuneFinish – black (pictured above)/ titanium
7.190W per channel RMSHD audio decoding192kHz/24-bit Burr Brown DACsAssignable amplifiers for bi-amping3D-compatible (via firmware update) HDMI with Audio Return Channel (4in/1out)Video upscaling to 1080pYPAO automatic speaker calibrationCINEMA DSP with 17 programmesCompressed music enhancerFM tunerOptional Bluetooth receiver – YBA-10Optional iPod/iPhone dock YDS-12
Home cinema speakers
To complement these bargain-priced amps, Yamaha is also launching a very affordable 5.1 speaker package - the NS-P285. This is likely to be made available bundled with the RX-V367 as well as on its own.
NS-P285Price - £180Available – from late JuneFinish – semi-gloss black
5.1 (four identical satellites, dedicated centre, subwoofer)Compact, wall-mountable designImpedance – 6 ohmsSatellite power handling – 80WSatellite sensitivity – 81dBCentre power handling – 100WCentre sensitivity – 84dBSubwoofer power – 100W dynamic, 50W RMSSubwoofer driver – 16cmAdvanced YSP for ‘awesome deep bass’
Desktop Audio (DTA)
Yamaha is aiming to build on the success of its PDX players from last year with a new micro system and bedside unit. Styling is paramount, with a wide range of colours available, but high tech goodies like wireless, AirWired connections for iPods and iPhones also feature.
MCR-040Price - £220Available – ImminentlyFinish – 10 colours available - including white (pictured above), blue, green, orange, pink, red, turquoise, brown and black
iPod/CD/USB and DAB/FM15W per channelWide choice of coloursDetachable stereo speakersYST technology for improved bass and stereo imaging
MCR-140Price – £275Available – late May / early JuneFinish – 10 colours available (Green finish pictured above)
As MCR-040, but with AirWired dock for iPod and iPhone. This is a new version of Yamaha’s proprietary wireless technology, which allows for uncompressed, latency-free transmission of music when an Apple player is connected to the wireless dongle.
TSX-80Price - £200Available – late May / early JuneFinish – light blue (pictured below) / ivory / purple (pictured above)
Key specs:2.116W total poweriPod/iPhone dock with radio and alarmTouch Smart controls illuminate buttons relating to the source or menu you’re usingLED clock shines through coloured front panelIntelliAlarm gradually fades music in to avoid sudden wake-up
It’s nearly BBQ time, and Yamaha wants to make sure you can listen to your music while you cremate your steaks. Hence the introduction of three pairs of stereo speakers that can be mounted anywhere, are aesthetically designed to blend in, and are weather resistant.NS-AW392Price – £150Available – late May / early JuneFinish – black (pictured above), whiteKey specs:Drivers – 13cm waterproof woofer and 1.9cm tweeterNominal power – 40WMaximum power – 120WSensitivity – 86dBImpedance – 6 ohmsWeight – 1.8kg
NS-AW592Price – £200Available – late May / early JuneFinish – black, white (pictured above)Key specs:Drivers – 16cm waterproof woofer and 2.5cm tweeterNominal power – 50WMaximum power – 150WSensitivity – 88dBImpedance – 6 ohmsWeight – 2.4kg
And that's it for now. We've seen - and heard - plenty more Yamaha products still to come in 2010. Watch this space for news updates, plus reviews of the kit above from next month onwards.