The new RX-A550 sits below the RX-A850 in the AVENTAGE line-up but doesn’t replace anything else within the AVR range. The RX-A550 includes the latest HDCP, 4k video support, Bluetooth and WiFi on board and features a full aluminium housing. It also features 5-channel discrete amplification and a specific UK tuning to this model.
The rest of the range will be updated to the RX-A850, RX-A1050, RX-A2050 and RX-A3050. Replacing their respective models from last year. All models from RX-A850 and above will include HDCP 2.2, Bluetooth and WiFi on board, support for the full 4k colour space of 4:4:4, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, RS-232 for custom install integration and a new Subwoofer EQ.
The company is using ESS SABRE DACs in the RX-A1050 and above, with the ES9006 being used on the RX- A1050, two ES9006 DACs on the RX-A2050 and an ES9016 and ES9006 DAC on the RX-A3050. Combined with these is the new Polymer Multi-layer capacitors, developed with Rohm technologies in association with Yamaha. There’s a new Jitter clock in AVENTAGE for 2015, specifically focusing on network, Bluetooth and USB playback. There’s also a new volume IC built into the AV receiver range.
Prices? RX-A550: £549.95; RX-A850: £899.95; RX-A1050: £999.95; RX-A2050: £1499.95; RX-A3050: £1999.95
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