Yamaha announced yesterday the addition of two new models to its upscale AVENTAGE line of home theater receivers. The RX-A830 and RX-A730 both carry forth the tradition of exceptional build quality, advanced electronics, anti-resonance technology, and style established by their forebears, and carry over the AirPlay support added to last year’s models, but add new connectivity touches like Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL).
Both models feature Yamaha’s YPAO Reflected Sound Control (R.S.C.) room correction system, along with Audio Return Channel and 4K upscaling capabilities from their HDMI ports (six inputs total for the RX-A730, with one output; eight total for the RX-A830, with dual-zone outputs). Both models are also IP-controllable via Yamaha’s mobile app for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire, and boast full compatibility with advanced control systems like Control4. The RX-A830 also adds an RS-232C port for additional custom installation flexibility.
Where the RX-A830 really sets itself apart, though, is in its more robust multi-zone capabilities. In addition to the aforementioned second-zone HDMI output, it also provides a powered second audio zone, as well as a Party mode, “which lets users automatically power on all zones and play content from a single source to all zones, without delay, at the touch of a button.”
Other noticeable differences between the two models include full 7.1-channel preamplifier outputs on the RX-A830, although both feature pre-outs for dual subwoofers (driven — and one assumes room-corrected — simultaneously).
High-resolution FLAC and WAV playback is also onboard with both models, at sample rates and resolutions up to 192 kHz/24-bit, and both of course feature Yamaha’s Scene buttons, which are handy for using the same source for different purposes.
The Yamaha AVENTAGE A730 will be available from authorized Yamaha dealers in April for $699.95 MSRP, while the RX-A830 will follow in May for $899.95 MSRP.