Yamaha announces ‘affordable’ Dolby Atmos receivers for 2016 – CNET

Yamaha has announced its entry-level RX-V series of receivers for 2016 and one of the biggest changes over last year is the inclusion of Dolby Atmos in three of the models.

Yamaha has announced its entry-level RX-V series of receivers for 2016 and one of the biggest changes over last year is the inclusion of Dolby Atmos in three of the models.

After unveiling the RX-V381 last week the company has now added the 5.1-channel RX-V481 ($449.95) in addition to the 7.2-channel RX-V581 ($549.95), RX-V681 ($649.95) and RX-V781 ($849.95).

While all four models feature Internet connectivity as well as the company’s own Wi-Fi MusicCast system, only the last three will include Dolby Atmos. Dolby Atmos originally appeared in high-end 2014 receivers from the likes of Yamaha and Onkyo, but this is the first time the surround sound standard has appeared in Yamaha’s entry-level range.

All of the models are compatible with the latest 4K standards including HDCP 2.2, HDR and BT.2020. Though the company doesn’t say how many HDMI inputs support this it’s likely all as the entry-level RX-V381 has four compatible ports.

While competitor Onkyo has featured a phono input for many years Yamaha is getting back in the game with its RX-V681 and RX-V781 which both accept a signal directly from a turntable.

The RX-V481 will be available in April, the ‘V581 and ‘V681 in May and the ‘V781 in June. Australian and UK pricing and availability is yet to be announced.

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