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IFA 2012: New Yamaha Aventage range gets AirPlay, available October

There’s a whole new range of Aventage home cinema receivers on the Yamaha stand at IFA, ranging in price from £850 to £2000, and all due out in October.

Key features across the range include Apple AirPlay compatibility (unlike last year's models), an Eco mode to reduce power consumption by around 20%, Virtual Presence speaker technology to help create the illusion of extra front presence speakers and Yamaha’s familiar CinemaDSP modes.

The flagship RX-A3020 (below) also gets the more advanced CinemaDSP HD3 and a dedicated second zone HDMI output.

Naturally networking is part of the spec, and as well as AirPlay the Aventage range also gets DLNA for streaming. A direct digital connection via USB will ensure optimum sound quality from your iDevice.

There’s also an AV controller app which can be used to recall your favourite speaker settings, CinemaDSP modes, volume and input settings.

Prices start at £850 for the RX-A820 (top), then it's £1000 for the RXA-A1020, £1500 for the RX-A2020 and topping out at £2000 for the flagship RX-A3020. We'll be reviewing the new range as soon as we can.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.