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Firmware Updates From Yamaha

A total of 17 current home audio products launched in 2018, including sound bars, wireless speakers and AV receivers, will offer Apple AirPlay 2 support and expanded Spotify Connect capabilities

…which means the ability to use Spotify Connect with free Spotify accounts (previously it was only available for paid subscription-based accounts)

Additionally, all Yamaha MusicCast products will gain support for Actions on Google through an update to the Yamaha MusicCast app.

Firmware updates will also add eARC (enhanced audio return channel) functionality to its AV receivers.

Yamaha Firmware Updates: Streaming and Voice Control

Plus users now have the option to use their favourite voice assistant, whether it’s Siri, Google or Alexa.

The firmware updates and MusicCast app update will start in April and continue through summer. Users will be automatically prompted to install the firmware via the MusicCast app. The schedule is as follows:

AIRPLAY 2 AND SPOTIFY CONNECT UPDATES

Beginning in late April and released by model/series: MusicCast 20 and MusicCast 50 wireless speakers, MusicCast BAR 400 sound bar, RX-Ax80 Series AV receivers, RX-Vx85 Series AV receivers, RX-S602 slimline AV receiver, ATS-4080 sound bar and CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor, XDA-QS5400 MusicCast Multi-Room Streaming Amplifier

Summer: MusicCast VINYL 500 turntable

Yamaha Firmware Updates: Streaming and Voice Control

ACTIONS ON GOOGLE

April 16: All MusicCast models introduced since 2015 through an update to the MusicCast app.

eARC

Beginning in late April and released by model/series: RX-Ax80 Series AV receivers, RX-Ax70 Series AV receivers, RX-Vx85 Series AV receivers, RX-Vx83 Series AV receivers, RX-S602 Slimline AV receiver and CX-A5200 AV preamp/processor.

You can reach Yamaha at uk.yamaha.com

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