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The Yamaha RX-V79 series 4K AV receivers are now available in Singapore

By Ng Chong Seng - on 4 Aug 2015, 12:01am

The Yamaha RX-V79 series 4K AV receivers are now available in Singapore

The RX-V779 receiver is the flagship model in Yamaha's RX-V79 series. (Image source: Yamaha.)

Remember the new Yamaha RX-V79 series 4K AV receivers that we talked about earlier? If you’ve been waiting to get one, know that they’re now available in Singapore at local Yamaha AV dealers. To recap, these new receivers are wireless-enabled, support 4K UHD passthrough via HDMI 2.0, and feature HDCP 2.2 compatibility.

For entry-level users, the RX-V379 is a 5.1-channel model with a 70W (at 6 ohms, 0.09% THD, 2ch driven) rated output power. It has four HDMI inputs, supports 4K UHD passthrough (up to 60p 4:2:0) with HDCP 2.2, Bluetooth wireless music streaming, 17 DSP presets, and uses the company’s AV Setup Guide app for setup assistance. It’s priced at S$599.

Then there’s the RX-V479, which is also a 5.1-channel AVR but with 80W rated output power (6 ohms, 0.09% THD, 2ch driven). It has everything the RX-V379 has, but with more HDMI inputs. It also has a USB port on the front panel for connecting to an iPod or iPhone. And in addition to Bluetooth, it supports AirPlay, Wi-Fi and Wireless Direct, and music streaming services like Spotify Connect and Pandora. Equipped with a Burr-Brown DAC, it supports high-res file formats (e.g., DSD, WAV, FLAC) at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. This model is priced at S$749.

If you’re looking to do a 7.2-channel surround setup, you’ve several options in the form of RX-V579, RX-V679, and RX-V779. For the most part, the S$849 RX-V579 is an enhanced RX-V479. While both models have Cinema DSP 3D, only the latter features a Virtual Surround Back Speaker function. In short, this allows you to experience natural, lifelike sound from behind you without physical speakers being installed in the surround back area. The RX-V579 also supports Zone B speaker output, which means it can send 2-channel stereo audio to a second room while the main zone plays a 5-channel output.

The S$1,049 RX-V679 offers even more power (90W per channel) and features, including 4K UHD passthrough up to 60p 4:4:4 and upscaling, YPAO Reflected Sound Control for automatic speaker setup, and YPAO Volume for ensuring natural sounds at low volume levels. And with a Zone 2 audio mode, you can play a different source in stereo in another room. And of the six HDMI inputs, three support HDCP.

And sitting right at the top is the S$1,299 RX-V779 (95W/ch). Key differences versus the RX-V679 include an additional HDCP output and a phono input for vinyl playback. It’s also the only one to carry an aluminum front panel for enhanced rigidity. Like the V679, it will support the latest HDMI 2.0a spec for HDR video at a later date via a firmware update.

Source: Yamaha Music (Asia).

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