Yamaha has incorporated Apple's AirPlay and iPad-charging to its latest lineup of AVRs (A/V receivers). The first two AVRs to reflect these changes belong to Yamaha's RX series - the 7.1-channel RX-V573 and 5.1-channel RX-V473. In addition, the RX-V573 and RX-V473 are retailing at drool-worthy suggested retail prices of US$549 and US$449 respectively.
The two new models follow the shipment in March of the 5.1-channel $299-suggested RX-V373, which brought multiple new features to the RX-V series' opening-price AVR, including an iPod/iPhone-compatible front-panel USB port, YPAO automatic calibration and room correction, subwoofer-level adjustment, and high-speed HDMI switching, which reduces the time it normally takes for an AVR to adjust to each switched source by remembering the settings of all connected sources, the company said.
All 2012 RX-V models will include a new Eco mode to reduce power consumption during operations. An improved AV Controller app also adds native support for the iPad, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire tablet. On top of that, all the new RX-V models will offer support for multi-channel audio CODECs such as Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and Dolby Digital Plus, while Yamaha's Virtual Cinema DSP ensures a simulated surround sound experience without the need for multiple speakers. The new AVRs will also house 3D-capable HDMI 1.4a inputs.
And lastly, expect two more RX-V models to surface later this month in the US. Do note that these AV receivers will take time before they arrive and retail in the respective local countries, so do keep a close watch for our news updates on this matter.